Michigan: Week 16: Top 12 - and beyond

Week 16: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 -- And Beyond DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 16, 2008) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 along with other notable drivers, going into the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on...

Week 16: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 -- And Beyond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 16, 2008) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 along with other notable drivers, going into the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on Sunday (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: 108.7

2008 Rundown
*Four wins, nine top fives, 10 top 10s
*Average finish of 10.1
*Led 11 races for 791 laps

Infineon Raceway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 90.6
*One top 10
*Average finish of 19.7 in three career races
*Finished eighth in last season's race

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Series-high Average Running Position of 9.8

2 -- Jeff Burton (No. 31 AT&T Mobility Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.4

2008 Rundown
*One win, four top fives, 10 top 10s
*Average finish of 8.2
*Led seven races for 62 laps

Infineon Raceway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 100.6
*One top five, five top 10s
*Average finish of 19.4
*Finished third last season
*Led one of 14 races for three laps

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

3-- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.5

2008 Rundown
*One win, seven top fives, 11 top 10s
*Average finish of 10.5
*Led 11 races for 541 laps

Infineon Raceway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 66.1
*Average finish of 22.0
*Finished 13th last season
*Led one of eight races for nine laps

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

4 -- Carl Edwards (No. 99 Office Depot Ford)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 105.2

2008 Rundown
*Three wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s
*Average finish of 11.3
*Led seven races for 393 laps

Infineon Raceway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 79.8
*One top 10
*Average finish of 20.7
*Finished 18th last season
*Led one of three races for 12 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Series-high 480 Fastest Laps Run

5 -- Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.1

2008 Rundown
*One win, four top fives, seven top 10s
*Average finish of 14.0
*Led 11 races for 573 laps

Infineon Raceway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 68.4
*One top five, two top 10s
*Average finish of 20.0
*Finished 17th last season
*Led two of six races for three laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Average Running Position of 10.8, fourth-most

6 -- Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Toyota)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.9

2008 Rundown
*One win, five top fives, eight top 10s
*Average finish of 14.3
*Led nine races for 664 laps

Infineon Raceway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 79.3
*One top 10
*Average finish of 11.0
*Finished 10th last season
*Led one of two races for three laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Series-high 766 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green)

7 -- Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.8

2008 Rundown
*Two wins, three top fives, eight top 10s
*Average finish of 15.0
*Led six races for 140 laps

Infineon Raceway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 61.0
*Average finish of 31.5 in four races
*Finished 23rd last season

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

8 -- Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.7

2008 Rundown
*Five top fives, seven top 10s
*Average finish of 14.6
*Led seven races for 282 laps

Infineon Raceway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 93.6
*Two top fives
*Average finish of 14.6
*Finished fifth last season
*Led one of five races for eight laps

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

9 -- Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.4

2008 Rundown
*Six top fives, seven top 10s
*Average finish of 14.9
*Led eight races for 211 laps

Infineon Raceway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 102.1
*Five wins, nine top fives, 11 top 10s; five poles
*Average finish of 9.7
*Finished seventh last season
*Led nine of 15 races for 437 laps

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

10 -- Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.8

2008 Rundown
*Two top fives, five top 10s
*Average finish of 15.0
*Led three races for 34 laps

Infineon Raceway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 80.0
*Two top fives
*Average finish of 15.1
*Finished second last season
*Led one of seven races for five laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*10th-fastest average Green Flag Speed rank

11 -- Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Toyota)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.8

2008 Rundown
*Five top fives, seven top 10s
*Average finish of 17.1
*Led seven races for 388 laps

Infineon Raceway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 113.9
*Two wins, three top fives, five top 10s; one pole
*Average finish of 10.0
*Finished sixth last season
*Led seven of nine races for 66 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*3,485 Laps in the Top 15 (71.6%), eighth-most

12 -- Clint Bowyer (No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 78.6

2008 Rundown
*One win, three top fives, seven top 10s
*Average finish of 16.9
*Led four races for 150 laps

Infineon Raceway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 75.3
*One top five
*Average finish of 10.0 in two races
*Finished fourth last season

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

17 -- Ryan Newman (No. 12 Alltel Dodge)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 79.5

2008 Rundown
*One win, two top fives, five top 10s
*Average finish of 18.9
*Led six races for 60 laps

Infineon Raceway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 104.3
*Two top fives, four top 10s
*Average finish of 9.8; Finished 20th last season
*Led one of six races for 11 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*1,250 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most

22 -- Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 66.6

2008 Rundown
*One top five
*Average finish of 21.7
*Led one race for one lap

Infineon Raceway Outlook:
*Driver Rating of 115.3
*One win; Average finish of 1.0
*Won last season's race
*Led seven laps in his only Infineon Raceway event

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*1,281 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

-credit: nascar

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