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February 22, 2011

NASCAR's Top Drivers for Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix



Who are the top statistical performers at Phoenix International Raceway going into the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on February 27? That's what we wanted to know. Here's a quick look at who you should consider for your fantasy NASCAR team.


Driver Rating at Phoenix
Jimmie Johnson    122.6
Carl Edwards        101.7
Mark Martin        100.8
Jeff Gordon        99.8
Kurt Busch        99.3
Denny Hamlin        98.6
Kyle Busch        96.3
Greg Biffle        96.2
Tony Stewart        96.2
Kevin Harvick        95.2
Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-10 races (12 total) at Phoenix. 


Here's a detailed breakdown of the top drivers at Phoenix, in alphabetical order.

Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)
    •      Four top fives, five top 10s
    •      Average finish of 14.6
    •      Average Running Position of 14.3, 11th-best
    •      Driver Rating of 96.2, eighth-best
    •      270 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
    •      436 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most
    •      Average Green Flag Speed of 123.036 mph, seventh-fastest
    •      2,402 Laps in the Top 15 (63.0%), 10th-most
    •      242 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 10th-most

Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)
    •      Two wins, six top fives, 12 top 10s
    •      Average finish of 11.7
    •      Average Running Position of 14.9, 12th-best
    •      Driver Rating of 86.3, 13th-best
    •      Series-high 590 Green Flag Passes
    •      2,371 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2%), 11th-most
    •      305 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Kurt Busch (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge)

    •      One win, four top fives, nine top 10s
    •      Average finish of 13.3
    •      Average Running Position of 10.4, third-best
    •      Driver Rating of 99.3, fifth-best
    •      232 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
    •      Average Green Flag Speed of 122.957 mph, 11th-fastest
    •      2,621 Laps in the Top 15 (74.9%), eighth-most
    •      225 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota)

    •      One win, one top five, seven top 10s; one pole
    •      Average finish of 13.8
    •      Average Running Position of 11.3, fifth-best
    •      Driver Rating of 96.3, seventh-best
    •      137 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
    •      477 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
    •      Average Green Flag Speed of 122.968 mph, 10th-fastest
    •      3,246 Laps in the Top 15 (85.2%), second-most
    •      Series-high 345 Quality Passes

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Aflac Ford)
    •      One win, five top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
    •      Average finish of 11.8
    •      Average Running Position of 12.5, ninth-best
    •      Driver Rating of 101.7, second-best
    •      234 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
    •      Average Green Flag Speed of 123.260 mph, second-fastest
    •      2,777 Laps in the Top 15 (72.9%), fifth-most
    •      276 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)
    •      One win, nine top fives, 17 top 10s; three poles
    •      Average finish of 10.4
    •      Average Running Position of 10.1, second-best
    •      Driver Rating of 99.8, fourth-best
    •      99 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
    •      Average Green Flag Speed of 123.042 mph, sixth-fastest
    •      3,144 Laps in the Top 15 (82.5%), third-most
    •      242 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota)
    •      Five top fives, six top 10s; one pole
    •      Average finish of 11.6
    •      Average Running Position of 11.9, seventh-best
    •      Driver Rating of 98.6, sixth-best
    •      191 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
    •      Average Green Flag Speed of 123.114 mph, third-fastest
    •      2,503 Laps in the Top 15 (71.5%), ninth-most
    •      250 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)

    •      Two wins, three top fives, seven top 10s
    •      Average finish of 14.4
    •      Average Running Position of 11.9, eighth-best
    •      Driver Rating of 95.2, 10th-best
    •      147 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
    •      445 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
    •      Average Green Flag Speed of 122.990 mph, ninth-fastest
    •      2,714 Laps in the Top 15 (71.2%), sixth-most
    •      243 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet)
    •      Four wins, 10 top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
    •      Average finish of 4.9
    •      Series-best Average Running Position of 5.1
    •      Series-best Driver Rating of 122.6
    •      Series-high 415 Fastest Laps Run
    •      Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 123.548 mph
    •      Series-high 3,661 Laps in the Top 15 (96.1%)
    •      310 Quality Passes, third-most

Mark Martin (No. 5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet)
    •      Two wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole
    •      Average finish of 8.6
    •      Average Running Position of 11.6, sixth-best
    •      Driver Rating of 100.8, third-best
    •      241 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
    •      Average Green Flag Speed of 123.088 mph, fourth-fastest
    •      2,341 Laps in the Top 15 (66.9%), 12th-most

Ryan Newman (No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet)
    •      One win, five top fives, five top 10s; four poles
    •      Average finish of 20.2
    •      Average Running Position of 15.0, 13th-best
    •      Driver Rating of 88.0, 12th-best
    •      446 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
    •      2,691 Laps in the Top 15 (70.6%), seventh-most
    •      324 Quality Passes, second-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet)
    •      One win, seven top fives, nine top 10s
    •      Average finish of 12.0
    •      Average Running Position of 10.9, fourth-best
    •      Driver Rating of 96.2, ninth-best
    •      128 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
    •      500 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
    •      Average Green Flag Speed of 123.063 mph, fifth-fastest
    •      2,836 Laps in the Top 15 (74.4%), fourth-most
    •      295 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)   
    •      One top five, four top 10s; one pole
    •      Average finish of 15.6
    •      Average Running Position of 14.3, 10th-best
    •      Driver Rating of 89.0, 11th-best
    •      114 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
    •      Average Green Flag Speed of 122.998 mph, eighth-fastest
    •      2,163 Laps in the Top 15 (67.9%), 13th-most
    •      223 Quality Passes, 13th-most


LAST YEAR'S QUALIFYING/RACE DATA
2010 pole winner: AJ Allmendinger (134.675 mph, 26.731 seconds)
2010 race winner: Ryan Newman (99.372 mph, 4-10-10)
Track qualifying record: Ryan Newman (135.854 mph, 26.499 seconds, 11-5-04)
Track race record: Tony Stewart (118.132 mph, 11-7-99)

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