Originally written on Captain Thunder Racing  |  Last updated 10/7/12
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DALE EARNHARDT JR. - WINNER
#88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.1
 
2012 Rundown
 
·         One win, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
 
·         Average finish of 10.0
 
·         Led 12 races for 340 laps
 
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
 
·         Five wins, nine top fives, 13 top 10s
 
·         Average finish of 14.8 in 25 races
 
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 14.8
 
·         Driver Rating of 90.0, second-best
 
·         66 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
 
·         4,926 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
 

BRAD KESELOWSKI
#2 Miller Lite Dodge
 
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 98.0
 
2012 Rundown
 
·         Five wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s
 
·         Average finish of 10.6
 
·         Led 17 races for 503 laps
 
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
 
·         Two wins, three top fives, five top 10s
 
·         Average finish of 13.0 in seven races
 
·         Average Running Position of 17.5, 12th-best
 
·         Driver Rating of 86.2, eighth-best
 
 
 
JIMMIE JOHNSON
#48 Lowe's Chevrolet
 
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.9
 
2012 Rundown
 
·         Three wins, 15 top fives, 20 top 10s; two poles
 
·         Average finish of 10.4
 
·         Led 20 races for 1,250 laps
 
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
 
·         Two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
 
·         Average finish of 17.7 in 21 races
 
·         Average Running Position of 18.2, 14th-best
 
·         Driver Rating of 81.5, 11th-best
 
·         1,339 Laps in the Top 15 (46.9%), seventh-most
 
·         2,735 Quality Passes, seventh-most
 
 
 
DENNY HAMLIN
#11 FedEx Freight Toyota
 
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.7
 
2012 Rundown
 
·         Five wins, 12 top fives, 15 top 10s; three poles
 
·         Average finish of 12.2
 
·         Led 21 races for 1,132 laps
 
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
 
·         Three top fives, five top 10s
 
·         Average finish of 18.2 in 13 races
 
·         Average Running Position of 16.0, eighth-best
 
·         Driver Rating of 87.0, fourth-best
 
·         2,736 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 
 
CLINT BOWYER
#15 5-hour Energy Benefiting Avon Foundation For Women Toyota
 
·         Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.1
 
2012 Rundown
 
·         Two wins, seven top fives, 18 top 10s
 
·         Average finish of 11.1
 
·         Led 9 races for 192 laps
 
Talladega Superspeedway Outlook:
 
·         Two wins, four top fives, seven top 10s
 
·         Average finish of 15.6 in 13 races
 
·         Average Running Position of 21.8, 30th-best
 
·         Driver Rating of 79.5, 18th-best
 
·         61 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
 
 
 
SLEEPER PICK (outside the Top-20 in Sprint Cup points)
REGAN SMITH
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