Top 12 - and beyond 2007-06-11

WEEK 15: THE NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES TOP 12 -- AND BEYOND DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 11, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12 along with some other notable drivers, going into the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan ...

WEEK 15: THE NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES TOP 12 -- AND BEYOND

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 11, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12 along with some other notable drivers, going into the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 17.

Chase Contenders
The Top 12 ... And Beyond
Following Race 14 of 36

1 -- Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)

The File:
* 35-years-old from Vallejo, Calif., 79 career wins
* Four wins, 10 top fives, 12 top 10s
* Five poles
* Average finish of 6.6 this season
* Led in 11 of 14 races for 700 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
* Two wins, 15 top fives, 19 top 10s; four poles
* 10.0 average finish
* Finished eighth and second, respectively, last season
* Led in 19 of 28 races for 856 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-best Driver Rating of 111.9

2 -- Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Ford)

The File:
* 35-years-old from Cambridge, Wis., 15 career wins
* One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s
* Average finish of 8.6
* Led in 11 of 14 races for 253 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
* Two wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s
* 7.933 average finish
* Finished 13th and first, respectively, last season
* Led in six of 15 races for a total of 150 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 4,559 laps run on the lead lap

3 -- Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Chevrolet)

The File:
* 26-years-old from Chesterfield, Va., two career wins
* Six top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 9.6
* Led in eight of 14 races for 661 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
* One top 10
* 10.5 average finish in two races
* Finished 12th and ninth, respectively, last season

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Average Running Position of 10.292, third-best

4 -- Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)

The File:
* 31-years-old from El Cajon, Calif., 27 career wins
* Four wins, eight top fives, nine top 10s
* Average finish of 12.6
* Led in eight of 14 races for 612 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
* One top five, four top 10s
* 15.6 average finish
* Finished sixth and 13th, respectively, last season
* Led in four of 10 races for a total of 83 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 441 Fastest Laps Run

5 -- Jeff Burton (No. 31 AT&T Mobility Chevrolet)

The File:
* 39-years-old from S. Boston, Va., 19 career wins
* One win, five top fives, seven top 10s
* Average finish of 13.1 this season
* Led in five of 14 races for 27 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
* Four top fives, eight top 10s; two poles
* 15.769 average finish
* Finished 11th and 42nd, respectively, last season
* Led in seven of 26 races for 74 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 884 Quality Passes -- passes of cars in the top 15 under green flag conditions

6 -- Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet)

The File:
* 36-years-old from Columbus, Ind., 29 career wins
* Three top fives, nine top 10s
* Average finish of 15.9
* Led 10 of 14 races for 650 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
* One win, seven top fives, 10 top 10s
* 13.688 average finish
* Finished 41st and third, respectively, last season
* Led four of 16 races for 165 laps

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

7 -- Carl Edwards (No. 99 Office Depot Ford)

The File:
* 27-years-old from Columbia, Mo., four career wins
* Two top five, four top 10s
* Average finish of 14.9
* Led in five of 14 races for 59 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
* Three top fives, four top 10s
* 8.6 average finish
* Finished second and 22nd, respectively, last season
* Led in three of five races for 74 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 3,426 Laps in the Top 15, seventh-best

8 -- Clint Bowyer (No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet)

The File:
* 28-years-old from Emporia, Kan., zero career wins
* Seven top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 15.9
* Led in five of 14 races for 23 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
* 36.0 average finish
* Finished 39th and 33rd, respectively, last season
* Led in one of two races for six laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 2,636 Laps in the Top 15, 11th-best

9 -- Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet)

The File:
* 31-years-old from Bakersfield, Calif., 11 career victories
* One win, two top fives, five top 10s
* Average finish of 16.9 this season
* Led in six of 14 races for 176 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
* Two top fives, four top 10s
* 16.833 average finish
* Finished 10th and 11th, respectively, last season
* Led in two of 12 races for 88

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 1,445 Green Flag Passes

10 -- Kyle Busch (No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet)

The File:
* 22-years-old from Las Vegas, Nev., four career wins
* One win, three top fives, seven top 10s
* Average finish of 18.1
* Led in seven of 14 races for 87 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
* One top ten
* 26.25 average finish
* Finished 14th and 39th, respectively, last season
* Led in three of four races for 40 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Third-fastest Green Flag Speed

11 -- Martin Truex Jr. (No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet)

The File:
* 26-years-old from Mayetta, N.J., 1 career win
* One win, two top fives, five top 10s
* Average finish of 18.1
* Led five of 14 races for 233 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
* 23.0 average finish in two races
* Finished 16th and 30th, respectively, last season

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

12 -- Mark Martin (No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet)

The File:
* 48-years-old from Batesville, Ark., 35 career wins
* Four top fives, seven top 10s
* 8.5 average finish
* Led five of 11 races for 45 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
* Four wins, 16 top fives, 27 top 10s
* 11.952 average finish
* Finished 27th and fifth, respectively, last season
* Led 24 of 42 races for 882

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 94% of Martin's laps have been on the lead lap, third-best percentage

14 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet)

The File:
* 32-years-old from Kannapolis, N.C., 17 career wins
* One top five, five top 10s
* Average finish of 16.7
* Led five of 14 races for 237 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
* One top fives, four top 10s
* 18.4 average finish
* Finished third and sixth, respectively, last season
* Has led in eight of 15 races for 108 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 3,481 Laps in the Top 15, fifth-most

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Martin Truex Jr. , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin