Week 15: Top 12 - and beyond

Week 15: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 – And Beyond DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 9, 2008) – Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 along with other notable drivers, going into the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International ...

Week 15: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 – And Beyond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 9, 2008) – Below is a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 along with other notable drivers, going into the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 15 (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: 108.4

2008 Rundown
*Four wins, nine top fives, 10 top 10s
*Average finish of 9.9
*Led 10 races for 786 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
*Two top 10s
*Average finish of 20.7
*Finished 13th in August’s Michigan race
*Led three of six races for 40 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Series-high Average Running Position of 10.2

2 – Jeff Burton (No. 31 AT&T Mobility Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.4

2008 Rundown
*One win, four top fives, 10 top 10s
*Average finish of 7.7
*Led seven races for 62 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
*Four top fives, eight top 10s; two poles
*Average finish of 16.0
*Finished 14th in August
*Led seven of 28 races for 74 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*716 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: 104.8

2008 Rundown
*Six top fives, 10 top 10s
*Average finish of 11.2
*Led 10 races for 527 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
*Two top fives, five top 10s; two poles
*Average finish of 17.2
*Finished 12th in August
*Led 10 of 17 races for 110 laps

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

4 – Carl Edwards (No. 99 Office Depot Ford)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 104.6

2008 Rundown
*Three wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s
*Average finish of 11.6
*Led six races for 372 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
*One win, four top fives, six top 10s
*Average finish of 7.3
*Finished seventh in August
*Led four of seven races for 137 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Series-high 468 Fastest Laps Run

5 – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Toyota)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.3

2008 Rundown
*One win, five top fives, eight top 10s
*Average finish of 14.4
*Led eight races for 663 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
*One top five, two top 10s
*Average finish of 10.0
*Finished fifth in August
*Led one of four races for one lap

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Series-high 725 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green)

6 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.1

2008 Rundown
*One win, four top fives, six top 10s
*Average finish of 14.6
*Led 10 races for 508 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
*Two top fives, five top 10s
*Average finish of 14.8
*Finished third in August
*Led six of 12 races for 154 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*Average Running Position of 11.2, fourth-most

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

2008 Rundown
*Five top fives, seven top 10s
*Average finish of 14.2
*Led seven races for 282 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
*Two wins, four top fives, six top 10s
*Average finish of 13.4
*Finished 19th in August
*Led seven of 10 races for 190 laps

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

8 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.3

2008 Rundown
*Six top fives, seven top 10s
*Average finish of 14.6
*Led eight races for 211 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
*Two wins, 15 top fives, 20 top 10s; five poles
*Average finish of 10.5
*Finished 27th in August
*Led 21 of 30 races for 899 laps

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

9 – Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 87.7

2008 Rundown
*Two wins, seven top 10s
*Average finish of 17.1
*Led six races for 71 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
*One win, four top fives; one pole
*Average finish of 15.3
*Finished 31st in August
*Led three of eight races for 40 laps

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

10 – Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.4

2008 Rundown
*Two top fives, five top 10s
*Average finish of 15.2
*Led three races for 34 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
*Two top fives, five top 10s
*Average finish of 16.0
*Finished 15th in August
*Led two of 14 races for 88 laps

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

11 – Clint Bowyer (No. 07 Jack Daniel’s Chevrolet)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 80.7

2008 Rundown
*One win, three top fives, seven top 10s
*Average finish of 16.2
*Led four races for 150 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
*Average finish of 26.3
*Finished 17th in August
*Led one of four races for six laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*144 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

12 – Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Toyota)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.1

2008 Rundown
*Four top fives, six top 10s
*Average finish of 18.0
*Led six races for 387 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
*One win, eight top fives, 12 top 10s
*Average finish of 12.9
*Finished 10th in August
*Led five of 18 races for 167 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*3,297 Laps in the Top 15 (70.7%), eighth-most

15 – Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Ford)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 84.5

2008 Rundown
*Two top fives, eight top 10s
*Average finish of 18.5
*Led eight races for 150 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
*Two wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s
*Average finish of 9.7
*Finished fourth in August
*Led seven of 17 races for 181 laps

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

21 – Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)
*Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 73.8

2008 Rundown
*One top five, two top 10s
*Average finish of 20.9
*Led three races for 74 laps

Michigan International Speedway Outlook:
*Two wins, six top fives
*Average finish of 18.9
*Won last August’s Michigan race
*Led 10 of 14 races for 290 laps

Season-to-Date Loop Data Highlight
*1,165 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most

-credit: nascar

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