Top 12 - Chase for the Cup 2007-10-22

Chase For The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Week 7: Atlanta Motor Speedway DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 22, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12 going into the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct. 28. 1-- Jeff...

Chase For The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Week 7: Atlanta Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 22, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12 going into the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct. 28.

1-- Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)

The File:
* 36 years old, Vallejo, Calif., 81 career wins
* Six wins, 20 top fives, 26 top 10s this year
* Seven poles
* Average finish of 7.4
* Led 22 of 32 races for 1,280 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Four wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 13.3
* Finished 12th at Atlanta in March
* Led 19 of 30 races for 1,050 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-best Average Running Position of 9.1

2-- Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)

The File:
* 32 years old from El Cajon, Calif., 30 career wins
* Seven wins, 17 top fives, 20 top 10s; three poles
* Average finish of 11.8
* Led 20 of 32 races for 1,216 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Two wins, seven top fives, eight top 10s
* Average finish of 10.1
* Won the Atlanta race in March
* Led six of 12 races for 338 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 891 Fastest Laps Run

3 -- Clint Bowyer (No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet)

The File:
* 28 years old from Emporia, Kan., one career win
* One win, five top fives, 16 top 10s; two poles
* Average finish of 13.2
* Led 12 of 32 races for 386 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* One top 10
* Average finish of 19.3
* Finished sixth in March
* Led one of three races for two laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Fifth-best Closer -- 50 positions improved over the last 10% of races

4 -- Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet)

The File:
* 36 years old from Columbus, Ind., 32 career wins
* Three wins, 10 top fives, 22 top 10s
* Average finish of 12.4
* Led 20 of 32 races for 980 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Two wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s
* Average finish of 11.5
* Finished second in March
* Led 12 of 17 races for 790 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 599 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

5-- Carl Edwards (No. 99 Office Depot Ford)

The File:
* 28 years old from Columbia, Mo., seven career wins
* Three wins, nine top fives, 13 top 10s
* Average finish of 13.3
* Led 11 of 32 races for 428 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Two wins, three top fives, five top 10s
* Average finish of 9.8
* Finished seventh in March
* Led four of six races for 140 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 6,750 Laps in the Top 15, sixth-most

6-- Kyle Busch (No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet)

The File:
* 22 years old from Las Vegas, Nev., four career wins
* One win, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s
* Average finish of 14.2
* Led 17 of 32 races for 406 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Average finish of 23.0
* Finished 32nd in March
* Led one of six races for four laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Fifth-fastest average Green Flag Speed

7 -- Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet)

The File:
* 31 years old from Bakersfield, Calif., 11 career victories
* One win, four top fives, 13 top 10s
* Average finish of 15.9 this season
* Led 11 of 32 races for 270 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* One win, two top fives
* Average finish of 25.2
* Finished 25th in March
* Led four of 13 races for 69 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Fourth-best Closer -- 51 positions improved over the last 10% of races

8 -- Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Chevrolet)

The File:
* 26 years old, Chesterfield, Va., three career wins
* One win, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 13.5
* Led 15 of 32 races for 839 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* One top 10
* Average finish of 19.3
* Finished 19th in March
* Led one of four races for 16 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 430 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

9 -- Jeff Burton (No. 31 AT&T Mobility Chevrolet)

The File:
* 40 years old from South Boston, Va., 19 career wins
* One win, eight top fives, 14 top 10s
* Average finish of 14.6
* Led seven of 32 races for 79 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Six top fives, 11 top 10s
* Average finish of 17.2
* Finished fourth in March
* Led eight of 26 races for 103 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 2,606 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

10-- Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)

The File:
* 29 years old from Las Vegas, Nev., 17 career wins
* Two wins, five top fives, 11 top 10s
* Average finish of 16.2
* Led 18 of 32 races for 760 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* One win, three top 10s
* Average finish of 22.3
* Finished 11th in March
* Led five of 13 races for 182 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 1,673 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green flag conditions)

11 -- Martin Truex Jr. (No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet)

The File:
* 27 years old from Mayetta, N.J., one career win
* One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s
* Average finish of 16.9
* Led 13 of 32 races for 355 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* One top 10
* Average finish of 28.2 five races
* Finished eighth in March

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 2,865 Green Flag Passes

12 -- Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Ford)

The File:
* 35 years old from Cambridge, Wis., 15 career wins
* One win, nine top fives, 18 top 10s
* Average finish of 14.3
* Led 17 of 32 races for 561 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Five top fives, eight top 10s
* Average finish of 15.6
* Finished third in March
* Led four of 15 races for 60 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 8,672 laps run on the lead lap, second-most

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Martin Truex Jr. , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch