â€¢ Jeff Gordon has scored two top-five finishes in the first two races in The Chase, the only driver to do so.
â€¢ Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin have each scored top-10 finishes in the first two races in The Chase.
â€¢ Jeff Gordon has climbed from ninth to second in the point standings in the last two races. His second-place points position is his highest in 2006 and highest since he ranked second after Darlington in May 2005. The last time he led the point standings was after his victory in the 2005 Daytona 500.
â€¢ Denny Hamlin has posted 15 top-10 finishes this season and ranks fourth in the Championship point standings after the second race of The Chase. He is second in points earned over the past 10 races – earning 1,482 points – just three less than Kevin Harvick over the 10-race period. Hamlin remains on track with other notable rookies including Ryan Newman who posted 22 top-10 finishes in his rookie season and Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart who both posted 21 top-10 finishes in their rookie seasons.
â€¢ Matt Kenseth has posted 13 top-five finishes in 2006 and ranks third in the point standings.
â€¢ Matt Kenseth has posted six straight top-10 finishes, the longest current streak.
â€¢ Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth have each scored a top-15 finish in 23 of the 28 races in 2006, the most of all drivers (82 percent).
â€¢ Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth are the only drivers to score 18 top-10 finishes in the first 28 races of 2006.
â€¢ Kasey Kahne has won five races in 2006, the most of all drivers.
â€¢ Denny Hamlin has scored top-15 finishes in 18 of the last 19 races.
â€¢ Mark Martin has been running at the finish in the last 35 races, since Kansas one year ago, the longest current streak.
â€¢ Dave Blaney has posted three straight top-15 finishes and four in his last five races. NASCAR