Week 32: The top 12

Week 32: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 13, 2008) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 going into the sixth race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup -- the TUMS QuikPak 500 at Martinsville...

Week 32: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 13, 2008) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 going into the sixth race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup -- the TUMS QuikPak 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

1 -- Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.8

2008 Rundown
• Five wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s
• Average finish of 11.1
• Led 25 races for 1,369 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
• Driver Rating of 121.2
• Four wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 6.0
• Finished fourth in March
• Led seven of 13 races for 1,006 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Series-best Average Running Position of 10.2

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

2008 Rundown
• Two wins, seven top fives, 17 top 10s
• Average finish of 11.4
• Led 11 races for 140 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
• Driver Rating of 85.3
• One win, 10 top fives, 14 tops 10s
• Average finish of 14.5
• Finished third in April
• Led seven of 28 races for 662 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 1,482 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), second-most

3 -- Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.7

2008 Rundown
• Two wins, 11 top fives, 14 top 10s
• Average finish of 13.1
• Led 16 races for 446 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
• Driver Rating of 64.4
• One top 10
• Average finish of 23.6
• Finished 20th in March
• Led one of 11 races for six laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 452 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

4 -- Carl Edwards (No. 99 Office Depot Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 104.9

2008 Rundown
• Six wins, 14 top fives, 22 top 10s
• Average finish of 10.7
• Led 18 races for 815 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
• Driver Rating of 72.4
• One top 10
• Average finish of 19.1 in eight races
• Finished ninth in March

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Series-high 833 Fastest Laps Run

5 -- Clint Bowyer (No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 81.6

2008 Rundown
• One win, five top fives, 14 top 10s
• Average finish of 14.7
• Led five races for 152 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
• Driver Rating of 75.0
• Two top 10s
• Average finish of 15.0 in five races
• Finished 10th in March

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 221 Fastest Laps Run, tied for 12th-most

6 -- Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 89.5

2008 Rundown
• Six top fives, 15 top 10s
• Average finish of 13.2
• Led seven races for 191 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
• Driver Rating of 87.4
• Five top 10s
• Average finish of 18.8
• Finished 12th in March
• Led four of 14 races for 147 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 64.5%, 10th-best

7 -- Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.4

2008 Rundown
• One win, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s
• Average finish of 14.4
• Led 14 races for 622 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
• Driver Rating of 116.3
• Two wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s; three poles
• Average finish of 11.9
• Finished fifth in March
• Led 10 of 19 races for 1,193 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 360 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

8 -- Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.2

2008 Rundown
• 10 top fives, 15 top 10s
• Average finish of 14.9
• Led 17 races for 359 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
• Driver Rating of 124.5
• Seven wins, 19 top fives, 25 top 10s; seven poles
• Average finish of 7.0
• Finished second in March
• Led 23 of 31 races for 2,556 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 12.3, fifth-best

9 -- Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.8

2008 Rundown
• Eight wins, 16 top fives, 18 top 10s
• Average finish of 12.3
• Led 23 races for 1,671 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
• Driver Rating of 93.3
• Three top fives, four top 10s
• Average finish of 16.7
• Finished 38th in March
• Led two of seven races for 116 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 685 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

10 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.5

2008 Rundown
• One win, nine top fives, 14 top 10s
• Average finish of 13.7
• Led 20 races for 894 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
• Driver Rating of 100.7
• Seven top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 14.3
• Finished sixth in March
• Led seven of 17 races for 758 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 515 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

11 -- Matt Kenseth (No. 14 DEWALT Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 87.6

2008 Rundown
• Eight top fives, 17 top 10s
• Average finish of 17.1
• Led 17 races for 395 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
• Driver Rating of 77.8
• Two top fives, five top 10s
• Average finish of 16.5
• Finished 30th in March
• Led six of 17 races for 60 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 260 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

12 -- Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.3

2008 Rundown
• One win, nine top fives, 15 top 10s
• Average finish of 16.5
• Led 14 races for 710 laps

Martinsville Speedway Outlook:
• Driver Rating of 100.6
• One win, three top fives, five top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 9.5
• Won the March Martinsville race
• Led three of six races for 235 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 1,475 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), third-most

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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 , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch