Top 12 - Chase for the Cup 2007-11-05

Chase for The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Week 9: Phoenix International Raceway DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12 going into the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix ...

Chase for The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Week 9: Phoenix International Raceway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 12 going into the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 11.

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

The File:
* 32 years old from El Cajon, Calif., 32 career wins
* Nine wins, 19 top fives, 22 top 10s; three poles
* Average finish of 11.1
* Led 22 of 34 races for 1,233 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
* Three top fives, six top 10s
* Average finish of 7.3
* Finished fourth in April
* Led three of eight races for 113 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 934 Fastest Laps Run

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

The File:
* 36 years old, Vallejo, Calif., 81 career wins
* Six wins, 20 top fives, 28 top 10s this year
* Seven poles
* Average finish of 7.4
* Led 23 of 34 races for 1,300 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
* One win, eight top fives, 14 top 10s; three poles
* Average finish of 8.2
* Won the Phoenix race in April
* Led eight of 17 races for 247 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-best Average Running Position of 9.2

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

The File:
* 28 years old from Emporia, Kan., one career win
* One win, five top fives, 17 top 10s; two poles
* Average finish of 13.2
* Led 13 of 34 races for 387 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
* One top five
* Average finish of 20.5
* Finished 22nd in April
* Led one of four races for 21 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Second-best Closer -- 57 positions improved over the last 10% of races

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

The File:
* 22 years old from Las Vegas, Nev., four career wins
* One win, 11 top fives, 19 top 10s
* Average finish of 14.1
* Led 19 of 34 races for 636 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
* One win, three top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 18.0
* Finished seventh in April
* Led three of five races for 78 laps

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

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

The File:
* 28 years old from Columbia, Mo., seven career wins
* Three wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s
* Average finish of 13.4
* Led 11 of 34 races for 428 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
* Two top fives, four top 10s
* Average finish of 11.7 in six races
* Finished 11th in April

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 7,047 Laps in the Top 15, ninth-most

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

The File:
* 36 years old from Columbus, Ind., 32 career wins
* Three wins, 10 top fives, 22 top 10s
* Average finish of 12.9
* Led 20 of 34 races for 980 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
* One win, five top fives, seven top 10s
* Average finish of 9.9
* Finished second in April
* Led four of 11 races for 293 laps

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

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

The File:
* 40 years old from South Boston, Va., 19 career wins
* One win, nine top fives, 16 top 10s
* Average finish of 14.1
* Led seven of 34 races for 79 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
* Two wins, five top fives, eight top 10s
* Average finish of 11.6
* Finished 13th in April
* Led four of 16 races for 215 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 2,758 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

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

The File:
* 31 years old from Bakersfield, Calif., 11 career victories
* One win, four top fives, 14 top 10s
* Average finish of 15.7 this season
* Led 12 of 34 races for 271 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
* Two wins, three top fives, four top 10s
* Average finish of 14.0
* Finished 10th in April
* Led three of nine races for 316 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Fourth-best Closer -- 49 positions improved over the last 10% of races

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, 13 top 10s
* Average finish of 15.7
* Led 20 of 34 races for 868 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
* One win, two top fives, five top 10s
* Average finish of 13.6
* Finished 18th in April
* Led four of nine races for 448 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 1,761 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green flag conditions)

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

The File:
* 35 years old from Cambridge, Wis., 15 career wins
* One win, 11 top fives, 20 top 10s
* Average finish of 13.6
* Led 18 of 34 races for 605 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
* One win, four top fives, five top 10s
* Average finish of 18.4
* Finished fifth in April
* Led four of 10 races for 61 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* 9,330 laps run on the lead lap, second-most

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

The File:
* 26 years old, Chesterfield, Va., three career wins
* One win, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 14.3
* Led 17 of 34 races for 887 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
* Two top fives; one pole
* Average finish of 13.3
* Finished third in April
* Led two four races for 93 laps

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

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

The File:
* 27 years old from Mayetta, N.J., one career win
* One win, seven top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 16.9
* Led 15 of 34 races for 506 laps

Phoenix International Raceway Outlook:
* Average finish of 18.0 in three races
* Finished 20th in April

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight:
* Series-high 2,960 Green Flag Passes

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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