Top-12 - Chase for the Cup 2007-11-12

Chase For The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Week 10: Homestead-Miami Speedway DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12 going into the season finale -- the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov.

Chase For The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Week 10: Homestead-Miami Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12 going into the season finale -- the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 18.

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

The File:
*32 years old from El Cajon, Calif., 33 career wins
*10 wins, 20 top fives, 23 top 10s this year
*Three poles
*Average finish of 10.9
*Led 23 of 35 races for 1,288 laps

Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
*Two top fives, four top 10s
*Average finish of 14.5
*Finished ninth at Homestead last season
*Led three of six races for 36 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
*Series-high 959 Fastest Laps Run

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

The File:
*36 years old, Vallejo, Calif., 81 career wins
*Six wins, 20 top fives, 29 top 10s; seven poles
*Average finish of 7.4
*Led 23 of 35 races for 1,300 laps Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
*Three top fives, six top 10s
*Average finish of 11.4
*Finished 24th last season
*Led three of eight races for 46 laps

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

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, 17 top 10s; two poles
*Average finish of 13.1
*Led 13 of 35 races for 387 laps

Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
*One top 10
*Finished 10th last season, his only Homestead start

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
*Second-best Closer -- 57 positions improved over the last 10% of races

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

The File:
*22 years old from Las Vegas, Nev., four career wins
*One win, 11 top fives, 20 top 10s
*Average finish of 13.9
*Led 19 of 35 races for 636 laps

Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
*Average finish of 39.5
*Finished 38th last season
*Led one of two races for 28 laps

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

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

The File:
*36 years old from Columbus, Ind., 32 career wins
*Three wins, 11 top fives, 23 top 10s
*Average finish of 12.7
*Led 20 of 35 races for 980 laps Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
*Two wins, three top fives, four top 10s
*Average finish of 10.0
*Finished 15th last season
*Led five of eight races for 330 laps

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

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

The File:
*35 years old from Cambridge, Wis., 15 career wins
*One win, 12 top fives, 21 top 10s
*Average finish of 13.3
*Led 19 of 35 races for 698 laps

Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
*One top five, two top 10s
*Average finish of 22.7 in seven races
*Finished sixth last season

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
*9,634 laps run on the lead lap, second-most

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

The File:
*31 years old from Bakersfield, Calif., 11 career victories
*One win, four top fives, 15 top 10s
*Average finish of 15.4 this season
*Led 12 of 35 races for 271 laps Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
*Two top fives, five top 10s
*Average finish of 8.7
*Finished fifth last season
*Led three of six races for 59 laps

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

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

The File:
*40 years old from South Boston, Va., 19 career wins
*One win, nine top fives, 17 top 10s
*Average finish of 13.9
*Led seven of 35 races for 79 laps

Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
*Three top fives
*Average finish of 13.8
*Finished 14th last season
*Led one of eight races for five laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
*2,815 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

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

The File:
*28 years old from Columbia, Mo., seven career wins
*Three wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
*Average finish of 14.2
*Led 12 of 35 races for 515 laps

Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
*One top five, two top 10s; one pole
*Average finish of 8.7
*Finished eighth last season
*Led one of three races for 94 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
*427 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-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, 13 top 10s
*Average finish of 15.6
*Led 20 of 35 races for 868 laps

Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
*One win, two top fives; two poles
*Average finish of 21.2
*Finished 43rd last season
*Led two of six races for 32 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
*Series-high 1,804 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, seven top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
*Average finish of 16.7
*Led 16 of 35 races for 578 laps

Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
*One top five
*Average finish of 17.0
*Finished second last season
*Led one of two races for 27 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
*2,982 Green Flag Passes, second-most

12 -- 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 14.3
*Led 17 of 35 races for 887 laps

Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
*One top five
*Average finish of 18.0
*Finished third last season
*Led one of two races for one lap

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