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Some Stats in the Race for 12th

The race for the all important 12th and final place in the Chase this year is boiling down to a race between Kurt Bush, who currently occupies 12th, followed by his teammate Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr, and in with a real outside chance Greg Biffle.

With Kurt Busch sitting in 12th we gathered some stats comparing him to those chasing him in all races where they have run together.

Kurt Busch vs Dale Earnhardt Jr after Watkins Glen 2007
They have raced against each other 242 times, starting with the 2000 MBNA 400, the 27th race in the 2000 season.
Of those 242 meetings Dale Earnhardt Jr has beaten Kurt Busch 137 times, and Kurt Busch has beaten Earnhardt Jr 105 times.
Kurt Busch has 16 wins, Dale Earnhardt Jr has 15 wins
Kurt Busch has 54 top 5 finishes while Dale Earnhardt Jr has 70
Kurt Busch has 97 top 10’s while Dale Earnhardt Jr has 110
Kurt Busch has an average finish of 17.6 while Dale Earnhardt Jr has an average finish of 15.6

Kurt Busch vs Ryan Newman after Watkins Glen 2007
They have raced against each other 208 times, starting with the 2000 Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500, the 32nd race in the 2000 season.
Of those 208 meetings Kurt Busch has beaten Ryan Newman 112 times, and Ryan Newman has beaten Kurt Busch 96 times.
Kurt Busch has 16 wins, Ryan Newman has 12 wins
Kurt Busch has 52 top 5 finishes while Ryan Newman has 57
Kurt Busch has 93 top 10’s while Ryan Newman has 91
Kurt Busch has an average finish of 16.1 while Ryan Newman has an average finish of 16.9

Kurt Busch vs Greg Biffle after Watkins Glen 2007
They have raced against each other 170 times, starting with the 2002 NAPA Auto Parts 500, the 10th race in the 2002 season.
Of those 170 meetings Kurt Busch has beaten Greg Biffle 97 times, and Greg Biffle has beaten Kurt Busch 73 times.
Kurt Busch has 13 wins, Greg Biffle has 10 wins
Kurt Busch has 43 top 30 finishes while Greg Biffle has 57
Kurt Busch has 76 top 10’s while Greg Biffle has 54
Kurt Busch has an average finish of 16 while Greg Biffle has an average finish of18.3

Looking at the stats it looks like Kurt Busch has a pretty good case for holding on to the very valuable 12th place, but of course as we saw last year with Tony Stewart anything can happen when it comes to making the chase.

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