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2004: Finished 45th in series points. … Competed in 10 events for John McNelly, Michael Holigan and James Finch. … Posted season-best starting position of 19th and once again tied his previous top finish of 15th at Pikes Peak.
2012: Came in second in points to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Announced his departure from Richard Childress Racing to Joe Gibbs Racing, taking his sponsor OneMain Financial with him. Had four wins, 15 top fives, 24 top 10s and four poles. 2011: Was second in points to Stenhouse in his first full-time season back in the Nationwide series. 2010-1999: Ran full-time in the Sprint Cup series, winning three races and running for the championship twice for three different teams.
2012: Finished ninth in points and announced his departure from Joe Gibbs Racing to Richard Childress Racing. Won in the Truck series driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, marking his first win in any of the national series since May 2009 at Dover (Trucks). 2010-2009: Raced for Braun Racing until it folded into Turner Motorsports. With lack of seats, he went to JGR beginning in 2011.
2012: Earned Truck series Rookie of the Year title and was fourth in points. Will run full time in 2013 with a limited Nationwide schedule. 2011: Won the ARCA championship while racing in select NASCAR touring and national series.
2011: Finished 11th in series points. … Raised Loop Data Driver Rating nine points from 2010. … Missed five consecutive spring races due to illness. … Scored first career win, in 77th career start, at Texas-2. … Career-best average finish of 13.7. … Best start, second at Nashville-1 and Iowa-2. … Career-best average start of 8.4. … Posted 23 top-10 starts in 29 races. … Completed 97.2 percent of laps attempted. … Led career-best 114 laps. … Top 10 in every Loop Data statistical category. … Career-best Average Driver Rating of 97.1. 2010: Finished career-best seventh in series points. … Split season, running first 28 races for Diamond-Waltrip Racing, then finishing with Roush Fenway Racing. … Won three consecutive poles (Gateway-1, Lucas Oil Raceway, Iowa), tying a mark held by four drivers – Sam Ard (1983), Mark Martin (1987), Michael Waltrip (1989) and Jeff Gordon (1992). … Best finish, third, at Gateway-1 and Richmond-2. … Eight of 11 top-10 finishes came in second half of season, including top 15s in five of his seven starts for RFR. … Added six top fives. … Led 99 laps. … Raised Driver Rating by more than seven points over 2009 to 88.29.
2012: Won the Truck Championship over Timothy Peters by six points with four wins, 10 top fives and 14 top 10s. 2011: Finished third in points after a DNQ at Phoenix that most say cost him the championship. 2010: Raced for two different teams in both the Truck and Nationwide series. 2008: Debuted in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, Truck and Nationwide series. 2007: Debuted in the NASCAR KN Pro Series East series.
2012: Start & Parked in the Cup series for Humphrey Smith Racing while racing in the Nationwide series for TriStar Motorsports, finishing eighth in points. 2009-2008, 2004: Finished fifth in the Nationwide series points. 2002 Truck champion.
2011: Finished 15th in series points. … Career year in first full-time series season, for independent family-run race team. … Best start, 18th at Chicagoland. … Best finish, 14th at Iowa-1, Atlanta, Richmond-2. … Average finish of 23.6. … Running at finish of 28 of 34 races, completed 94.3 percent of laps attempted. … Led career-high 12 laps. 2010: Finished 34th in series points. … Ran 16 races for owner Johnny Davis, attempted to qualify in seven others. … Best start, 13th at Richmond-2, Texas-2. … Career-best finish, 10th at Gateway-2. … Completed 85.7 percent of laps attempted.
2011: Finished 19th in series points. … Raised Loop Data Driver Rating 6.3 points from 2010 in first season with TriStar Motorsports. … Best finish, 18th at Chicagoland-1; also finished 19th at Phoenix-2. … Completed 90.4 percent of laps attempted. … Posted series track-best finishes at three speedways – Auto Club (21st), Chicagoland-1 (18th) and New Hampshire (20th). 2010: Finished 24th in series points. … Competed in 29 of 35 races in second season for Team Rensi Motorsports. … Best finish was 17th in season-opener at Daytona where he also led a lap. … Led two laps at Talladega, where he finished 22nd. … Best start was 19th at Dover-2. … Completed career-best 95 percent of laps attempted.
2011: Finished 43rd in series standings. ... Made first five career starts with Go Green Racing. ... Best start, 32nd at Chicagoland-2. ... Best finish, 20th at Iowa-2 in series debut at his home track. ... Average finish of 25.4. ... Completed 98.2 percent of laps attempted.
2011: Finished 18th in series standings. ... Skipped two of the first three races then completed the season for owner Randy MacDonald. ... Brought rookie of the year race down to Homestead-Miami finale before finishing second. ... Best start, 13th at Texas-2 and Phoenix-2. ... Career-best 14th-place finish, at Road America and Phoenix-2. ... Average finish of 24.9. ... Completed 91.1 percent of laps attempted. 2010: Finished 115th in series standings. ... Made one start for owner Wayne Day, started 32nd and finished 22nd at Iowa.
2012: Finished fourth in the points while pulling double duty for the final 20 races of the season. Announced he will run full time again in the Nationwide series in 2013 with a part-time Cup schedule. 2011: Ran a partial schedule in the Nationwide series, finishing 23rd in points. 2010-2008: Was a full-time Cup driver, finishing a best 28th in points.
2011: Finished 13th in series points. … Raised Loop Data Driver Rating eight points from 2010 in second full season with J-D Motorsports. … Best start, 17th at Kentucky; the start marked the 400th of his career, making him the fourth driver in series history to hit the milestone. … Best finish, fifth at Road America, was best since third at Kentucky in 2008. … Completed 91.7 percent of laps attempted. … Led 12 laps. 2010: Finished 18th in series points. … Challenged for top-10 position in the standings in first full season with J-D Motorsports, but seven DNFs (did not finish) hampered his efforts. … Best finish, 11th, at Las Vegas. … Was ranked in the top 10 in the driver standings during the 2010 season, a first for a J-DM driver.
2011: Finished 21st in series points. … Attempted full schedule for fourth consecutive season in his own Faith Motorsports equipment and successfully made all 34 races, with best points position since 1983. … Best start, 21st at Phoenix-2. … Best finish, 18th at Las Vegas. … Completed 76.7 percent of laps attempted. … Became 12th driver in series history to reach 300 career starts. 2010: Finished 28th in series points. … Attempted full schedule in his own cars for third straight year, deferring in one race (Homestead-Miami) to Johnny Chapman. … Made 27 races. … Best finish, 18th, at Gateway-2. … Completed 57.3 percent of laps attempted, one lap led. … Formed partnership with fellow owner Richard Childress midway through the season, running 13 races in Childress’ No. 21 Chevrolet.
2011: Finished seventh in series points. … Noticeably in tremendous shape to start the year, joined RAB Racing for major comeback, raising Loop Data Driver Rating 30 points from 2010. … Standings finish was his best as a full-time series driver since 2005 (also seventh). … His 11 top-10 results were most since 2005. Finished as best Toyota driver in standings. … Best start, fourth at Bristol-2. … Average start of 16.1. … Best finish, fifth at Richmond-2. … Best average finish (15.8) since 2003. … Completed 97 percent of laps attempted. … Eclipsed Jason Keller (519) for series record for most career starts at Texas-2; ended season with 522 starts. 2010: Finished 19th in series points. … Raced full season for Jay Robinson Racing. … Ranked second in Loop Data category for Closers by gaining 31 positions over the final 10 percent of each race. … Best finish, 11th, at Talladega. … Completed 95.4 percent of laps attempted.
2012: Busch called this the worst year of his career, despite one win, 13 top fives, 20 top 10s and two poles. Brother Kurt took KBM’s Nationwide team to Victory Lane for the first time while Kyle didn’t see Victory Lane in any other series. 2011: Surpassed Mark Martin as the winningest Nationwide driver (51) and won over 100 races across the three national series. 2010: Became the first driver to sweep all three national series in one weekend at Bristol.
2012: Won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship in only his third full season while also taking home three Nationwide wins. 2011: Finished fifth in points and had three wins, which all came after breaking his ankle at a test at Road Atlanta. 2010: Won the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship.
2009: Finished 25th in series points. … In return to series, ran 16 events for Yates Racing, producing one top-five and four top 10s. ... Best finish was fifth at Texas. … Had a trio of third-place starting positions. 2007: Finished 43rd in series points. … In 11 races for Dale Earnhardt Inc., had one top five and five top 10s; best finish was fourth at Watkins Glen. 2006: Finished sixth in series points. … Recorded his lone series victory to date in his home state, at the Milwaukee Mile. … Had a career-best seven top fives and 16 top 10s for DEI. 2005: Finished sixth in series points. … Finished second at Richmond fall race. … Captured pole at Talladega. … Started and finished third at Milwaukee. … Posted six top fives and 15 top 10s; he had one top-10 finish in his previous 48 series races. … All top-10 finishes came in final 20 races of the season, moving him from 18th to sixth in the standings by year’s end. 2004: Finished 23rd in series points. … Recorded his first career pole at Kansas. … Started season with team owner Andy Petree, competing in 14 events before switching to Dale Earnhardt Inc.’s No. 11 Chevrolet at New Hampshire. … Finished second in the series’ Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings despite missing seven races. 2003: Finished 60th in series points. … Ran in six races for Andy Petree. …Made series debut at Nashville where he started 43rd and finished 12th. …Scored a ninth-place finish at ORP, his best showing of the year and his first career top 10
2012: Finally settled at Hendrick Motorsports, Kahne had two wins and was fourth in points, earning 12 top fives, 19 top 10s and two poles. 2011: Considered a filler year at Red Bull Racing, Kahne earned one win and two poles. 2010: After announcing he would leave Richard Petty Motorsports, he was released five weeks early from his contract and started at Red Bull Racing. 2008: Became the first driver to win the Fan Vote and then win the NASCAR Sprint All Star Race.
2012: Made it back to Victory Lane at Michigan in June. Led the points for a good portion of the season leading to the Chase until he had to sit out due to a concussion (Regan Smith replaced him), erasing his Chase hopes. 2011: First season with Steve Letarte as crew chief and the duo finished seventh in points. Was on pole for the Daytona 500. 2010: Ran the infamous No. 3 Wrangler paint scheme in the Nationwide series at Daytona and won.
2011: Finished 23rd in series points. … Loop Data Driver Rating improved 12 points from 2010. … Won first career race in 163rd start, at Daytona-2. … Average finish of 19.2. … Won first two career poles, at Texas-1 and Indianapolis. … Career-best average start of 15.1. … Won Sprint Showdown (preliminary to NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race). … Completed 93.6 percent of laps attempted. … Led career-high 49 laps. 2010: Finished 24th in series points. ... Made improvement at end of season with move of veteran crew chief Drew Blickensderfer to his program for 2011. … Average start in last three races just over eighth; average start 22.5. … Best finish, sixth, Talladega-1; average finish 21.3.
2011: Finished 14th in series points. … Third consecutive season as full-time owner/driver, competed in 30 races and fielded other drivers in four additional series races. … Best start, 12th at Phoenix-1. … Best finish, third at Talladega. … Average finish of 18.9. … Completed 93 percent of laps attempted. … Ranked in the top 10 in driver points the first three weeks of the season and again in Week 7 following Talladega, the first time he’d been in the top 10 since 2005. 2010: Finished 20th in series points. … Made 33 starts while fielding team as full-time owner/driver. … Best start, 11th at Bristol-1. … Best finish, 14th at Auto Club-2. … Completed 89.3 percent of laps attempted.
2012: Finished third in points for the Nationwide series title and took the Rookie of the Year honors. Announced he would again run full time in the Nationwide series in 2013 while attempting seven Cup races, including the Daytona 500. 2011: Won the Truck championship by six points over Johnny Sauter.
Finished career-best 20th in series points. … More than doubled previous career total starts in first full-time season. … Ran season’s first nine races with crew chief Greg Erwin, next 17 with Mike Ford before finishing season with Todd Parrott, with whom he had three top-10 starts, two top-10 finishes (including his season-best) and a worst finish of 16th in their last four starts of the season. … Won pole at Charlotte-1. … Average start, 16.2. … Best finish, fourth at Martinsville-2 tied career best. … Average finish, 20 while running at finish of 33 races. … Completed 96.2 percent of laps attempted. … Led career-best 78 laps. … On Nov. 17 RPM announced it had renewed Almirola's contract for 2013. 2010: Finished 48th in series points. … Ran nine races; four for James Finch, five for Richard Petty Motorsports in No. 9 Ford, replacing Kasey Kahne. … Career-best finish, fourth, came in Homestead season finale, his last start before 2012 Daytona 500. …
2008: Finished 39th in series points. … Drove seven races for Roush Fenway Racing. … Best start, second at Talladega. … Average start of 17.3. … Best finish, 18th at Milwaukee, Talladega. … Average finish of 24.7. … Completed 79 percent of laps attempted.