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Week 14: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 -- And Beyond DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 1, 2009) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway on June 7.

Week 14: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 -- And Beyond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 1, 2009) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway on June 7. (Note: Drivers listed below who are outside the top 12 are chosen based on past performances at the upcoming track and/or are within striking distance of the top 12.)

1 -- Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.5

2009 Rundown
• Six top fives, nine top 10s
• Average finish of 9.6
• Led six races for 60 laps

Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• One win, six top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 13.0
• Finished second in August
• Led eight of 20 races for 114 laps Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 10.7, third-best

2 -- Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.7

2009 Rundown
• One win, six top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 11.3
• Led eight races for a total of 496 laps

Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• Four wins, 15 top fives, 22 top 10s; two poles
• Average finish of 10.3
• Finished 10th in August
• Led 19 of 32 races for 870 laps Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 305 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

3 -- Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.5

2009 Rundown
• Two wins, six top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 12.7
• Led 11 races for 617 laps

Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• Two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
• Average finish of 9.8
• Finished third in August
• Led six of 14 races for 368 laps Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Series-best Average Running Position of 9.4

4 -- Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.4

2009 Rundown
• One win, four top fives, seven top 10s
• Average finish of 11.7
• Led seven races for 322 laps

Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• Two wins, seven top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 15.7
• Finished 38th in August
• Led eight of 16 races for 352 laps Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 9.9, second-best

5 -- Ryan Newman (No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 83.7

2009 Rundown
• Four top fives, seven top 10s
• Average finish of 13.5
• Led seven races for 137 laps

Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• One win, five top fives, six top 10s; two poles
• Average finish of 13.9
• Finished 14th in August
• Led nine of 14 races for 161 laps Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Has run 80.6% of the laps on the lead lap, 11th-best

6 -- Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.3

2009 Rundown
• Three wins, four top fives, five top 10s
• Average finish of 16.3
• Led eight races for 789 laps

Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• One top five, two top 10s
• Average finish of 22.0
• Finished 36th in August
• Led one of eight races for two laps Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 236 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

7 -- Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.3

2009 Rundown
• Two top fives, four top 10s
• Average finish of 14.2
• Led four races for 479 laps

Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• Two wins, four top fives, five top 10s; two poles
• Average finish of 6.2
• Finished 23rd in August
• Led four of six races for 300 laps Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 11.0, fourth-most

8 -- Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 83.9

2009 Rundown
• Two wins, four top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 15.3
• Led six races for 178 laps

Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• Three top fives, eight top 10s
• Average finish of 14.2
• Finished 11th in August
• Led nine of 18 races for 32 laps Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 1,160 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

9 -- Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.9

2009 Rundown
• Four top fives, seven top 10s
• Average finish of 15.0
• Led six races for 308 laps

Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• One top five, two top 10s
• Average finish of 18.3
• Finished 13th in August
• Led five of 12 races for 59 laps Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 295 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

10 -- Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 81.9

2009 Rundown
• Two top fives, five top 10s
• Average finish of 14.6
• Led two races for 67 laps

Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• Seven top fives, 14 top 10s
• Average finish of 16.5
• Finished 21st in August
• Led 15 of 30 races for 104 laps Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 66.3%, ninth-best

11 -- Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.6

2009 Rundown
• Two top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 15.3
• Led six races for 54 laps

Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• Two wins, three top fives, four top 10s
• Average finish of 14.3
• Won August's Pocono race
• Led five of eight races for 106 laps Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 12.8, seventh-best

12 -- Mark Martin (No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 96.7

2009 Rundown
• Two wins, three top fives, seven top 10s
• Average finish of 17.2
• Led six races for 216 laps

Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• 19 top fives, 31 top 10s; three poles
• Average finish of 10.7
• Finished eighth in August
• Led 26 of 44 races for 430 laps Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Has been passed 491 times, fewest in the series

13 -- David Reutimann (No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 82.2

2009 Rundown
• One win, two top fives, three top 10s
• Average finish of 16.5
• Led five races for 72 laps

Pocono Raceway Outlook:
• Average finish of 32.0 in his four Pocono races
• Finished 30th in August Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 15.4, ninth-best

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , David Reutimann , Carl Edwards , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin