Originally written on Captain Thunder Racing  |  Last updated 11/13/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 15: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #9 Budweiser Dodge, climbs into his car on pit road prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 15, 2009 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR)
  KASEY KAHNE - WINNER #5 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet   ·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.5   2012 Rundown   ·         Two wins, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; three poles   ·         Average finish of 13.6   ·         Led 9 races for 262 laps   Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:   ·         Four wins, seven top fives, nine top 10s   ·         Average finish of 12.7 in 17 races   ·         Average Running Position of 12.7, fourth-best   ·         Driver Rating of 97.5, third-best   ·         453 Fastest Laps Run, second-most   ·         1,206 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most   ·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.443 mph, eighth-fastest   ·         3,402 Laps in the Top 15 (63.3%), sixth-most   ·         651 Quality Passes, fourth-most   JIMMIE JOHNSON #48 MyLowe's Chevrolet   ·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.6   2012 Rundown   ·         Three wins, 15 top fives, 20 top 10s; two poles   ·         Average finish of 10.7   ·         Led 21 races for 1,261 laps   Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:   ·         Six wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s; three poles   ·         Average finish of 11.8 in 22 races   ·         Series-best Average Running Position of 8.2   ·         Series-best Driver Rating of 111.0   ·         Series-high 488 Fastest Laps Run   ·         1,095 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most   ·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 176.468 mph   ·         Series-high 4,599 Laps in the Top 15 (85.6%)   ·         Series-high 772 Quality Passes     DENNY HAMLIN #11 FedEx Ground Toyota   ·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.1   2012 Rundown   ·         Five wins, 12 top fives, 15 top 10s; three poles   ·         Average finish of 12.2   ·         Led 21 races for 1,132 laps   Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:   ·         Two top fives, seven top 10s   ·         Average finish of 15.0 in 14 races   ·         Average Running Position of 13.5, fifth-best   ·         Driver Rating of 89.3, sixth-best   ·         142 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most   ·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.376 mph, 10th-fastest   ·         3,446 Laps in the Top 15 (69.3%), fifth-most   ·         565 Quality Passes, sixth-most       JEFF GORDON #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet   ·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.4   2012 Rundown   ·         One win, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s; two poles   ·         Average finish of 14.3   ·         Led 19 races for 458 laps   Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:   ·         Five wins, 16 top fives, 21 top 10s; eight poles   ·         Average finish of 15.7 in 39 races   ·         Average Running Position of 16.0, 12th-best   ·         Driver Rating of 87.7, ninth-best   ·         176 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most   ·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.523 mph, sixth-fastest   ·         3,001 Laps in the Top 15 (55.9%), eighth-most   ·         551 Quality Passes, ninth-most         GREG BIFFLE #16 3M/IDG Ford   ·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 101.0   2012 Rundown   ·         Two wins, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s; two poles   ·         Average finish of 10.1   ·         Led 15 races for 650 laps   Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:   ·         Four top fives, seven top 10s   ·         Average finish of 17.1 in 19 races   ·         Average Running Position of 14.5, eighth-best   ·         Driver Rating of 92.3, fifth-best   ·         282 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most   ·         1,061 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most   ·         Average Green Flag Speed of 175.669 mph, third-fastest   ·         3,385 Laps in the Top 15 (63.0%), seventh-most   ·         576 Quality Passes, fifth-most      SLEEPER PICK (always outside Top-20 in points) REGAN SMITH
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