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PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 6:25 am 

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 7, 2009) — The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns on Sunday, April 18 in Phoenix, Arizona for the Subway Fresh Fit 500. With seven races complete, 2009 has set the stage for one of the most anticipated championship races in years. Four of the top five in the point standings are previous series champions with a combined total of 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup titles. This is about as good as it gets this early in the season.

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet), the standings leader, has four series championships (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001) and 82 career series victories; fifth on the all-time wins list, one behind Cale Yarborough. His win at Texas last week extended his lead to 162 points over second.

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet), second in the standings, has three consecutive championships (2006-08) and 41 career series victories. His win two weeks ago at Martinsville and his second-place finish last week at Texas moved him up six spots in the standings. Johnson has won the last three NASCAR Sprint Cup events at Phoenix International Raceway.

Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge), third in the standings, has one championship (2004) and 19 series victories. Busch has one win this season (Atlanta) with two top fives and four top 10s. Busch won at Phoenix in 2005.

Clint Bowyer (No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet), fourth in the standings, is the odd man out when it comes to championships, but has two career series victories. Bowyer’s momentum has been built on consistent finishes this season, three top fives and four top 10s.

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet), fifth in the standings, has two series championships (2002, 2005) and 33 series victories. In his first season as an owner/driver, Stewart has posted two top fives and five top 10s. He won in his first start at Phoenix in 1999, starting 11th.

In total, 191 points separate first from fifth in the point standings after the season’s first seven races.

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