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Week 19: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 -- And Beyond DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 7, 2008) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 along with other notable drivers, going into the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on...

Week 19: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 -- And Beyond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 7, 2008) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 along with other notable drivers, going into the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night. (Note: Drivers listed below who are outside the top 12 are chosen based on past performances at the upcoming track and/or those within striking distance of the top 12.)

1-- Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.3

2008 Rundown
*Six wins, 11 top fives, 12 top 10s
*Average finish of 9.9
*Led 13 races for 900 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 105.0
*One top five
*Average finish of 10.0
*Finished 13th last season
*Led one of three races for two laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Series-high Average Running Position of 10.0

2 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.0

2008 Rundown
*One win, seven top fives, 12 top 10s
*Average finish of 11.2
*Led 13 races for 621 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 102.3
*One win, two top fives, three top 10s
*Average finish of 15.1
*Finished 19th last season
*Led four of seven races for 121 laps

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

2 -- Jeff Burton (No. 31 AT&T Mobility Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.1

2008 Rundown
*One win, four top fives, 10 top 10s
*Average finish of 10.3
*Led seven races for 62 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 89.0
*One top five, three top 10s; one pole
*Average finish of 19.3
*Finished seventh last season
*Led one of seven races for 60 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*868 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), fourth-most

4 -- Carl Edwards (No. 99 Office Depot Ford)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.5

2008 Rundown
*Three wins, seven top fives, 13 top 10s
*Average finish of 10.9
*Led nine races for 396 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 75.8
*One top five
*Average finish of 20.7 in three career races
*Finished third last season

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Series-high 500 Fastest Laps Run

5 -- Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.7

2008 Rundown
*One win, four top fives, eight top 10s
*Average finish of 14.3
*Led 13 races for 604 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 107.2
*Four top fives, five top 10s; one pole
*Average finish of 9.2
*Finished 37th last season
*Led five of six races for 161 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Average Running Position of 10.7, third-most

6 -- Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.0

2008 Rundown
*Seven top fives, eight top 10s
*Average finish of 14.8
*Led nine races for 257 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 91.8
*One win, four top fives, five top 10s; one pole
*Average finish of 10.0
*Finished ninth last season
*Led three of seven races for 81 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Average Running Position of 12.0, fifth-best

7 -- Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Toyota)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.2

2008 Rundown
*One win, five top fives, nine top 10s
*Average finish of 15.3
*Led 10 races for 670 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 83.8
*Average finish of 15.5 in two races
*Finished 17th last season

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*902 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), second-most

8 -- Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.7

2008 Rundown
*Two wins, three top fives, nine top 10s
*Average finish of 16.4
*Led seven races for 144 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 53.2
*Average finish of 33.0
*Finished 32nd last season
*Led one of four races for 10 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*212 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

9 -- Matt Kenseth (No. 14 DEWALT Ford)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.4

2008 Rundown
*Four top fives, 11 top 10s
*Average finish of 16.2
*Led nine races for 191 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 126.2
*Two top fives, three top 10s
*Average finish of 10.1; Finished second last season
*Led five of seven races for 293 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*166 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

10 -- Clint Bowyer (No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 80.4

2008 Rundown
*One win, four top fives, nine top 10s
*Average finish of 16.0
*Led four races for 150 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 86.0
*Two top 10s
*Average finish of 9.5
*Finished 10th last season
*Led one of two races for one lap

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*160 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most

11 -- Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.8

2008 Rundown
*Five top fives, seven top 10s
*Average finish of 16.3
*Led eight races for 283 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 95.3
*Average finish of 14.6
*Finished 11th last season
*Led one of five races for 34 laps

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

12 -- Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Toyota)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.5

2008 Rundown
*Five top fives, eight top 10s
*Average finish of 16.7
*Led eight races for 520 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 112.2
*Two wins, five top fives; one pole
*Average finish of 11.0
*Won last season's Chicagoland race
*Led five of seven races for 384 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*206 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

13 -- Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 86.6

2008 Rundown
*Two top fives, five top 10s
*Average finish of 15.6
*Led four races for 88 laps

Chicagoland Speedway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 114.6
*Two wins, four top fives, five top 10s
*Average finish of 8.0
*Finished fourth last season
*Led five of seven races for 282 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Eighth-fastest average Green Flag Speed rank

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch