AMD at The Glen - Race to The Chase
Roush Racing. Points: 2,712. Martin finished fifth at Indianapolis, his 14th top-10 effort in 2006. He has had only one DNF (at Talladega in October 2005, due to an accident) in the 46 events since Dover in June 2005. Martin has three victories in 18 races at Watkins Glen; his most recent triumph there came in 1995. He has a 6.22 average Watkins Glen finish, tops among active drivers. Martin has led in six of his 18 Watkins Glen races. He has four victories and 32 top-10 finishes in 40 career road course races. He has an 8.15 average finish on road courses, the best among active drivers with more than 10 road course starts. Season-to-date Loop Data highlight: Martin is ranked eighth in Driver Rating (93.5). No. 7 - Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Chevrolet). Team: Joe Gibbs Racing. Points: 2,648. Hamlin finished 10th at Indianapolis, his ninth top-10 showing this season. He has been the highest-finishing rookie in 11 of 21 races this season. Hamlin won the NASCAR Busch Series road course race in Mexico earlier this year. He finished 12th at Infineon Raceway, his first major-league road course event. Season-to-date Loop Data highlight: Hamlin is ranked third in Fastest Drivers Early in a Run (8.158). No. 8 - Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet). Team: Hendrick Motorsports. Points: 2,627. Gordon finished 16th at Indianapolis to climb one spot in the standings. His four DNFs in 2006 are the most of the drivers in the top 10. Gordon has four victories and seven top-10s in 13 races at Watkins Glen; his most recent victory came in 2001. He finished 14th in this race last year. Gordon has nine road course victories, an all-time NASCAR record. He has 17 top-10 finishes in 27 road course races. Season-to-date Loop Data highlight: Gordon is fifth in Mile Leaders (585.01). No. 9 - Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet). Team: Joe Gibbs Racing. Points: 2,619. Stewart finished eighth at Indianapolis, to advance one spot in the standings. He has three victories and five top-10 finishes in seven races at Watkins Glen; his most recent triumph there came last year and was his third victory in his last four races there. He has led in three of his seven Watkins Glen races, winning all three. Stewart has a 7.428 average finish at Watkins Glen, second to Mark Martin. He has five victories and nine top-10 finishes in 15 career road course races. Season-to-date Loop Data highlight: Stewart is ranked fourth in Driver Rating (98.1). No. 10 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet). Team: Dale Earnhardt Inc. Points: 2,612. Earnhardt finished sixth at Indianapolis to once again crack the top 10. He has three top-10 finishes in six races at Watkins Glen; he placed 10th there last year, his third consecutive top-10 effort. He has been running at the finish in all but two of his six Watkins Glen races, in which he has a 17.5 average finish. He has three top-10 finishes (all at Watkins Glen) in 13 career road course races. Season-to-date Loop Data highlight: Earnhardt is ranked fifth in Quality Passes (1,074). Fast Facts Top 10 following Indianapolis (race 21 of 36): 1. Jimmie Johnson 3,124 (pts) 2. Matt Kenseth 3,017 (-107) 3. Jeff Burton 2,749 (-375) 4. Kevin Harvick 2,733 (-391) 5. Kyle Busch 2,733 (-391) 6. Mark Martin 2,712 (-412) 7. Denny Hamlin* 2,648 (-476) 8. Jeff Gordon 2,627 (-497) 9. Tony Stewart 2,619 (-505) 10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,612 (-512) Weeks at No. 1: Johnson (13). New arrival this week in the Top 10: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dropped out of the Top 10: Kasey Kahne Closing in on the Top 10: 11. Kasey Kahne 2,575 12. Greg Biffle 2,497 13. Kurt Busch 2,438 14. Carl Edwards 2,380 15. Casey Mears 2,279 * Denotes Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate.
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