Week 8: Top 12 - and beyond

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 7, 2008) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 along with other notable drivers, going into the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on April 12.

1 -- Jeff Burton (No. 31 AT&T Mobility Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.7

2008 Rundown
*One win, three top fives, five top 10s
*Average finish of 7.1
*Led five races for 60 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
*Two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s
*Average finish of 11.4
*Finished ninth in November's Phoenix race
*Led four of 17 races for 215 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Series-high 2,382 laps run on the lead lap (of a total of 2,387)

2 -- Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.9

2008 Rundown
*Two top fives, four top 10s
*Average finish of 8.3
*Led two races for 33 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
*Two wins, three top fives, five top 10s
*Average finish of 13.2
*Finished sixth in November
*Led three of 10 races for 316 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*2,206 laps run on the lead lap (of a total of 2,387), fourth-most

3 -- Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 112.0

2008 Rundown
*One win, four top fives
*Average finish of 11.1
*Led six races for 386 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
*One win, four top 10s; one pole
*Average finish of 16.3
*Finished eighth in November
*Led three of six races for 78 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Average Running Position of 8.8, second-best

4 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 104.8

2008 Rundown
*Three top fives, five top 10s
*Average finish of 11.0
*Led five races for 268 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
*Two wins, four top fives, five top 10s
*Average finish of 19.0
*Finished 43rd in November
*Led three of 11 races for 310 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*165 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

5 -- Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Toyota)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.6

2008 Rundown
*Three top fives, five top 10s
*Average finish of 11.6
*Led three races for 289 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
*One win, six top fives, eight top 10s
*Average finish of 9.4
*Finished fourth in November
*Led four of 12 races for 293 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*2,020 Laps in the Top 15, third-most

6 -- Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.5

2008 Rundown
*Three top fives
*Average finish of 13.6
*Led five races for 291 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
*One win, four top fives, seven top 10s
*Average finish of 6.6
*Won the November race at Phoenix
*Led four of nine races for 168 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*162 Laps in the Top 15, third-most

7 -- Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Toyota)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.0

2008 Rundown
*One win, two top fives, four top 10s
*Average finish of 13.4
*Led three races for 212 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
*Two top fives; one pole
*Average finish of 13.8
*Finished 16th in November
*Led two of five races for 93 laps

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

8 -- Ryan Newman (No. 12 Alltel Dodge)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.0

2008 Rundown
*One win, two top fives, three top 10s
*Average finish of 13.6
*Led two races for 11 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
*Three top fives; three poles
*Average finish of 20.6
*Finished fifth in November
*Led four of 11 races for 118 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*552 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

9 -- Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.6

2008 Rundown
*Three top fives, four top 10s
*Average finish of 13.6
*Led three races for 17 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
*Two top fives
*Average finish of 17.4
*Finished second in November
*Led three of eight races for 342 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Series-high 355 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green)

10 -- Carl Edwards (No. 99 Office Depot Ford)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 111.2

2008 Rundown
*Three wins, four top 10s
*Average finish of 12.7
*Led four races for 306 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
*Two top fives, four top 10s
*Average finish of 16.0
*Finished 42nd in November
*Led one of seven races for 87 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Series-high 312 Fastest Laps Run

11 -- Clint Bowyer (No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.0

2008 Rundown
*One top five, four top 10s
*Average finish of 14.3
*Led three races for 137 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
*One top five
*Average finish of 18.6
*Finished 11th in November
*Led one of five races for 21 laps

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

12 -- Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 87.8

2008 Rundown
*Four top 10s
*Average finish of 14.1
*Led three races for three laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
*One top five, three top 10s
*Average finish of 19.0 in seven Phoenix races
*Finished 40th in November

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*323 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), sixth-best

13 -- Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Ford)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.2

2008 Rundown
*One top five, four top 10s
*Average finish of 16.9
*Led four races for 143 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
*One win, five top fives, six top 10s
*Average finish of 17.0
*Finished third in November
*Led five of 11 races for 154 laps

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

14 -- Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.3

2008 Rundown
*Three top fives
*Average finish of 19.7
*Led five races for 183 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
*One win, eight top fives, 15 top 10s; three poles
*Average finish of 8.3
*Finished 10th in November
*Led eight of 18 races for 247 laps

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

-credit: nascar

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