Week 10: The top 12 - and beyond

Week 10: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 -- And Beyond DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 27, 2009) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the Crown Royal Presents the Russ Friedman...

Week 10: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 -- And Beyond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 27, 2009) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top 12, along with other notable drivers, going into the Crown Royal Presents the Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway on May 2. (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 -- Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.1

2009 Rundown
• One win, three top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 9.4
• Led six races for 314 laps

Richmond International Raceway Outlook:
• One win, two top fives, five top 10s
• Average finish of 19.1
• Finished 10th in September
• Led six of 16 races for 340 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 9.5, second-best

2 -- Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.7

2009 Rundown
• One win, five top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 10.4
• Led six races for a total of 394 laps

Richmond International Raceway Outlook:
• Two wins, 12 top fives, 20 top 10s; five poles
• Average finish of 15.1
• Finished eighth in September
• Led 20 of 32 races for 1,065 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Series-high 238 Fastest Laps Run

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

2009 Rundown
• One win, four top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 12.6
• Led eight races for 311 laps

Richmond International Raceway Outlook:
• Three wins, four top fives; two poles
• Average finish of 17.5
• Won September's Richmond race
• Led seven of 14 races for 369 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Series-best Average Running Position of 8.4

4 -- Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.0

2009 Rundown
• Three top fives, six top 10s
• Average finish of 11.0
• Led four races for 53 laps

Richmond International Raceway Outlook:
• Three wins, eight top fives, 14 top 10s
• Average finish of 10.5
• Finished second in September
• Led 11 of 20 races for 815 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 10.9, fifth-best

5 -- Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 100.4

2009 Rundown
• Two top fives, four top 10s
• Average finish of 12.3
• Led three races for 331 laps

Richmond International Raceway Outlook:
• Three top fives, four top 10s; two poles
• Average finish of 8.8
• Finished third in September
• Led all six of his Richmond races for 452 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 9.7, fourth-most

6 -- Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.4

2009 Rundown
• Two wins, three top fives
• Average finish of 16.4
• Led five races for 561 laps

Richmond International Raceway Outlook:
• Six top 10s
• Average finish of 6.8
• Finished 15th in September
• Led five of eight races for 345 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 151 Fastest Laps Run, tied for fifth-most

7 -- Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.8

2009 Rundown
• One top five, four top 10s
• Average finish of 14.4
• Led five races for 42 laps

Richmond International Raceway Outlook:
• Three top 10s
• Average finish of 18.2
• Finished 13th in September
• Led one of nine races for 15 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 12.7, seventh-best

8 -- Clint Bowyer (No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 79.1

2009 Rundown
• Three top fives, four top 10s
• Average finish of 15.1
• Led one race for nine laps

Richmond International Raceway Outlook:
• One win, three top 10s
• Average finish of 9.3
• Finished 12th in September
• Led two of six races for 17 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Has run 78.4% of the laps on the lead lap, 13th-best

9 -- Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 83.6

2009 Rundown
• One top five, four top 10s
• Average finish of 14.9
• Led one race for 67 laps

Richmond International Raceway Outlook:
• One win, seven top fives, 13 tops 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 15.0
• Finished sixth in September
• Led nine of 29 races for 899 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 70.3%, eighth-best

10 --Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 88.9

2009 Rundown
• Three top fives, five top 10s
• Average finish of 16.3
• Led four races for 150 laps

Richmond International Raceway Outlook:
• Two top fives, five top 10s; one pole
• Average finish of 15.7
• Finished 14th in September
• Led four of 13 races for 71 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 15.7, 10th-best

11 -- David Reutimann (No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 83.8

2009 Rundown
• One top five, two top 10s
• Average finish of 15.4
• Led three races for 42 laps

Richmond International Raceway Outlook:
• One top 10
• Average finish of 18.3
• Finished ninth in September
• Led one of four races for 104 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Average Running Position of 15.5, ninth-best

12 -- Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 81.2

2009 Rundown
• Two wins, three top fives
• Average finish of 18.0
• Led four races for 155 laps

Richmond International Raceway Outlook:
• One win, three top fives, nine top 10s
• Average finish of 16.9
• Finished 39th in September
• Led eight of 18 races for 192 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• 65 Fastest Laps Run, tied for 12th-most

15 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.9

2009 Rundown
• One win, three top 10s
• Average finish of 18.0
• Led four races for 90 laps

Richmond International Raceway Outlook:
• Three wins, eight top fives, 10 top 10s
• Average finish of 11.1
• Finished fourth in September
• Led 10 of 19 races for 427 laps

Season-To-Date Loop Data Highlight
• Has run 92.2% of the laps on the lead lap, fourth-best

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , David Reutimann , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch