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1. Kurt Busch finished fifth in the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway and remained first in the NASCAR Nextel Cup point standings. He is now 96 points ahead of second-place Jeff Gordon. Busch is the only driver to score top-10 finishes in the first six races of the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup. Busch has scored three victories and 18 top-10 finishes in 2004. It was his 12th top-15 finish in the last 12 races. Busch and ninth-place Ryan Newman are the only drivers to receive bonus points in all six races of the Chase. Busch leads all drivers scoring 40 bonus points in the first six races of the Chase. Busch has a 4.33 average finish in the first six races of the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup, the best of all drivers. He has competed in seven races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and has scored one victory and three top-10 finishes there. Busch has a 16.9 average finish at Atlanta and ranks seventh among the top-10 drivers in average finish there. He finished eighth in this race one year ago and 12th there in March.

2. Jeff Gordon finished ninth in the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway and climbed from third to second in the NASCAR Nextel Cup point standings. Gordon has scored four top-10 finishes in the six races in the Chase. Gordon has scored five victories in 2004. His 22 top-10 finishes are the most of all drivers. Gordon is 96 points behind point leader Kurt Busch as the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gordon has an 8.83 average finish in the first six races of the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup. Gordon has scored four victories and 15 top-10 finishes in his 24 races at Atlanta. Gordon has a 12.6 average finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway, second among the top-10 drivers in average finish there. He finished first in this race one year ago and 10th there in March. Gordon has posted top-10 finishes in his last four races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished 33rd in the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, his worst finish and only finish outside the top 10 in the six races of the Chase. He lost 101 points on point leader Kurt Busch at Martinsville. Earnhardt Jr. has scored 20 top-10 finishes in 2004. Earnhardt Jr., is 125 points behind first-place Kurt Busch. Earnhardt Jr. has a 9.67 average finish in the first six races of the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup, third among the top-10 drivers. He has competed in 10 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway scoring one victory and six top-10 finishes there, all in the last six races. Earnhardt Jr. has a 10.2 average finish at Atlanta, the best among the top-10 drivers in average finish there. He finished sixth in this race one year ago and first there in March.

4. Jimmie Johnson finished first in the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway and climbed from eighth to fourth in the NASCAR Nextel Cup point standings. Johnson has scored six victories and 17 top-five finishes this season, both the most among all drivers. He is 207 points behind first-place Kurt Busch. Johnson has a 15.3 average finish in the first six races of the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup. Johnson has competed in six races Atlanta Motor Speedway, scoring three top-10 finishes there, all top fives. Johnson has a 15.5 average finish at Atlanta and ranks sixth among the top-10 drivers there. Johnson finished third in this race one year ago and fourth there this past March.

5. Mark Martin finished 12th in the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway and remained fifth in the NASCAR Nextel Cup point standings. He is just 17 points behind fourth-place Jimmie Johnson and 224 behind point leader Kurt Busch. Martin has scored one victory and 13 top-10 finishes in 2004. Martin has a 12.5 average finish in the first six races of the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup and ranks fourth among the top-10 in average finish. Martin has competed in 37 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway scoring two victories and 17 top-10 finishes. He has a 17.1 average finish and ranks eighth among the top-10 drivers in average finish there. He finished 39th in this race one year ago and 14th in March.

6. Tony Stewart finished 15th in the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway and remained sixth in the NASCAR Nextel Cup point standings. Stewart has scored two victories and 16 top-10 finishes in 2004. Stewart is 246 points behind first-place Kurt Busch. He has competed in 11 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, scoring one victory and six top-10 finishes, all in the last six races there. Stewart has a 13.9 average finish at Atlanta and ranks fourth out of the top-10 drivers in average finish there. Stewart finished second in this race one year ago and seventh there in March.

7. Elliott Sadler finished 32nd in the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway and dropped from fourth to seventh in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Top 10. Sadler has scored two victories and 14 top-10 finishes in 2004. He is 255 points behind first-place Kurt Busch. Sadler has a 15.5 average finish in the first six races of the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup. Sadler has competed in 11 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and has scored only one top-10 finish there. Sadler has a 22.5 average finish at Atlanta, the worst average finish among the top-10 drivers there. He finished 17th in this race one year ago and 29th there in March. He has been running at the finish in all but one of his races at Atlanta.

8. Matt Kenseth finished 16th in the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway. He dropped from seventh to eighth in the NASCAR Nextel Cup point standings and is now 260 points behind first-place Kurt Busch. He has scored two victories and 16 top-10 finishes this season. Kenseth has ranked in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Top 10 since Rockingham in 2003, 67 straight races. He has competed in nine races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, scoring five top-10 finishes. He has a 15.2 average finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway and ranks fifth among the top-10 drivers in average finish there. He finished 11th in this race one year ago and sixth in March. Kenseth has scored four top-10 finishes in his last five races at Atlanta.

9. Ryan Newman finished third in the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway and remained ninth in the point standings. He has scored two victories and 13 top-10 finishes in 2004. Newman is 266 points behind first-place Kurt Busch. He has competed in five races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, posting four top-10 finishes. Newman has a 12.8 average finish at Atlanta, third among the top-10 drivers in average finish there. He finished 29th in this race one year ago, his worst Atlanta finish and fifth there in March. Newman has led in all five of his races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

10. Jeremy Mayfield finished sixth in the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway and remained 10th in the NASCAR Nextel Cup point standings. It was his third top-10 finish in the Chase. He is 364 points behind first-place Kurt Busch. His 20.2 average finish in the first six races in the Chase is the worst among the top 10. He has scored one victory and 13 top-10 finishes in 2004. Mayfield has a 21.2 average finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway and ranks ninth among the top-10 drivers in average finish there. He has competed in 17 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, posting five top-10 finishes there. He finished seventh in this race one year ago and second there in March, his best finish at the Georgia superspeedway. Mayfield has finished 22nd or worse in six of his last eight races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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