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Glance at the 12 drivers in the Chase

JENNA FRYER
AP Auto Racing Writer

A glance at the 12 drivers competing in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship heading into this weekend’s race at Martinsville (in order of points):

DRIVER: Carl Edwards

CHASE POINTS: First, 2,237 points

POSITION CHANGE: None

CAR: No. 99 Aflac Ford

TEAM: Roush Fenway Racing

WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Was pushed by teammate Greg Biffle and said he was grateful to finish 11th.

CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 14

BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 3rd (2008)

DRIVER: Matt Kenseth

CHASE POINTS: Second, -14

POSITION CHANGE: Plus 1

CAR: No. 17 Crown Royal Ford

TEAM: Roush Fenway Racing

WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Lost drafting partner David Ragan at the end of race and dropped to 18th-place finish.

CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 23

BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 2nd (2002)

DRIVER: Brad Keselowski

CHASE POINTS: Third, -18

POSITION CHANGE: Plus 3

CAR: No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge

TEAM: Penske Racing

WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Grabbed a fourth-place finish on a day other contenders had problems to stay in title hunt.

CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 3

BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 10th (2010)

DRIVER: Tony Stewart

CHASE POINTS: Fourth, -19

POSITION CHANGE: Plus 1

CAR: No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet

TEAM: Stewart-Haas Racing

WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Was in position to race for the win until Paul Menard didn’t push him on the final restart. Finished seventh.

CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 25

BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 1st (2000, 2006)

DRIVER: Kevin Harvick

CHASE POINTS: Fifth, -26

POSITION CHANGE: Minus 3

CAR: No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet

TEAM: Richard Childress Racing

WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Was caught in an early wreck, finished 32nd and took a huge hit in the standings.

CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 20

BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 1st (2011)

DRIVER: Kyle Busch

CHASE POINTS: Sixth, -40

POSITION CHANGE: Minus 2

CAR: No. 18 M&Ms Toyota

TEAM: Joe Gibbs Racing

WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Was in the same wreck that claimed Harvick and finished 33rd.

CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 13

BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 3rd (2011)

DRIVER: Jimmie Johnson

CHASE POINTS: Seventh, -50

POSITION CHANGE: Plus 1

CAR: No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet

TEAM: Hendrick Motorsports

WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Waited too late to make his move to the front and finished 26th

CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 19

BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 1st (2004, 2006, 2007-twice, 2008, 2009)

DRIVER: Kurt Busch

CHASE POINTS: Eighth, -52

POSITION CHANGE: Minus 1

CAR: No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge

TEAM: Penske Racing

WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Said his title hopes were “done” after an accident caused him to finish 36th.

CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 22

BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 1st (2002)

DRIVER: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

CHASE POINTS: Ninth, -74

POSITION CHANGE: None

CAR: No. 88 AMP Chevrolet

TEAM: Hendrick Motorsports

WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Waited with Johnson too long to try to move to the front, finished 25th.

CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 23

BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 2nd (2011)

DRIVER: Jeff Gordon

CHASE POINTS: 10th, -82

POSITION CHANGE: Plus 1

CAR: No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet

TEAM: Hendrick Motorsports

WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Thought he had Trevor Bayne pushing him at the end, but Bayne ditched him and Gordon finished 27th.

CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 37

BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 1st (1996, 1997, 1999, 2003-twice, 2005-twice)

DRIVER: Denny Hamlin

CHASE POINTS: 11th, -84

POSITION CHANGE: Plus 1

CAR: No. 11 FedEx Toyota

TEAM: Joe Gibbs Racing

WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Had no drafting partner for the longest time, finally found one and finished eighth – his best finish of the Chase.

CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 12

BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 1st (2008, 2009, 2010-twice)

DRIVER: Ryan Newman

CHASE POINTS: 12th, -88

POSITION CHANGE: Minus 2

CAR: No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet

TEAM: Stewart-Haas Racing

WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK: Was in an accident and finished 38th, dropping him to the bottom of the Chase standings for first time this season.

CAREER MARTINSVILLE STARTS: 19

BEST MARTINSVILLE FINISH: 2nd (2007)