Top 12 - Chase for the Cup 2007-10-01

Chase For The NASCAR Nextel Cup, Week 4: Talladega Superspeedway DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12, going into the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 7. 1 -- Jimmie...

Chase For The NASCAR Nextel Cup, Week 4: Talladega Superspeedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12, going into the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 7.

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

The File:
*32 years old from El Cajon, Calif., 29 career wins
*Six wins, 15 top fives, 18 top 10s this year
*Three poles
*Average finish of 12.4
*Led 17 of 29 races for 968 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
*One win, three top fives, four top 10s; one pole
*Average finish of 19.3
*Finished second in April
*Led 10 of 11 races for 180 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
*Series-high 744 Fastest Laps Run

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

The File:
*36 years old, Vallejo, Calif., 79 career wins
*Four wins, 17 top fives, 23 top 10s; six poles
*Average finish of 8.0
*Led 19 of 29 races for 1,039 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
*Five wins, 12 top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
*Average finish of 15.4
*Won the Talladega race in April
*Led 23 of 29 races for 800 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
*Series-best Average Running Position of 8.7

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

The File:
*28 years old from Emporia, Kan., one career win
*One win, four top fives, 14 top 10s; two poles
*Average finish of 13.8
*Led 10 of 29 races for 306 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
*Average finish of 36.7
*Finished 35th in April
*Led one of three races for five laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
*Sixth-best Closer -- 35 positions improved over the last 10% of races

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

The File:
*36 years old from Columbus, Ind., 32 career wins
*Three wins, 10 top fives, 20 top 10s
*Average finish of 12.8
*Led 19 of 29 races for 942 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
*Eight top fives, 10 top 10s
*Average finish of 12.9
*Finished 28th in April
*Led 11 of 17 races for 145 laps

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

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

The File:
*31 years old from Bakersfield, Calif., 11 career victories
*One win, four top fives, 12 top 10s
*Average finish of 15.4 this season
*Led 10 of 29 races for 269 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
*Three top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
*Average finish of 13.0
*Finished sixth in April
*Led seven of 13 races for 54 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
*Fourth-best Closer -- 48 positions improved over the last 10% of races

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

The File:
*22 years old from Las Vegas, Nev., four career wins
*One win, eight top fives, 16 top 10s
*Average finish of 14.2
*Led 14 of 29 races for 295 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
*Average finish of 30.8
*Finished 37th in April
*Led one of five races for 10 laps

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

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

The File:
*28 years old from Columbia, Mo., seven career wins
*Three wins, eight top fives, 12 top 10s
*Average finish of 13.7
*Led 11 of 29 races for 428 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
*One top five, three top 10s
*Average finish of 23.0
*Finished 42nd in April
*Led two of six races for nine laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
*6,218 Laps in the Top 15, fifth-most

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

The File:
*27 years old from Mayetta, N.J., one career win
*One win, six top fives, 11 top 10s
*Average finish of 16.0
*Led 12 of 29 races for 354 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
*One top five, two top 10s
*Average finish of 20.0
*Finished 10th in April
*Led one of five races for two laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
*Series-high 2,511 Green Flag Passes

9 -- Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)

The File:
*29 years old from Las Vegas, Nev., 17 career wins
*Two wins, five top fives, 10 top 10s
*Average finish of 15.7
*Led 17 of 29 races for 747 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
*Six top fives, 10 top 10s
*Average finish of 10.2
*Finished third in April
*Led 11 of 13 races for 81 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
*Series-high 1,508 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green flag conditions)

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

The File:
*40 years old from South Boston, Va., 19 career wins
*One win, seven top fives, 13 top 10s
*Average finish of 14.1
*Led six of 29 races for 28 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
*Two top fives, 10 top 10s
*Average finish of 18.5
*Finished 34th in April
*Led 10 of 27 races for 57 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
*1,383 Quality Passes, fifth-most

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

The File:
*35 years old from Cambridge, Wis., 15 career wins
*One win, eight top fives, 17 top 10s
*Average finish of 13.5
*Led 16 of 29 races for 529 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
*Three top fives, six top 10s
*Average finish of 15.4
*Finished 14th in April
*Led 12 of 15 races for 131 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
*Series-high 7,867 laps run on the lead lap

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

The File:
*26 years old, Chesterfield, Va., three career wins
*One win, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
*Average finish of 13.9
*Led 14 of 29 races for 799 laps

Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
*Average finish of 21.3
*Finished 21st in April
*Led all three of his Talladega races for 50 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
*420 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

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