The 12 faces for the 2008 Chase for the Sprint NASCAR Sprint Cup is made up of ten drivers from last year's Chase and two past Chase drivers locked out last year. Only two competitors have been able to secure Chase berths in the five years of the format: Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth.

The new faces to the 2008 Chase for the Sprint Cup are Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Greg Biffle. Joining Biffle and Earnhardt Jr. are last year's Chase drivers: Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Burton, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Kenseth.

The 12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship contenders have a stellar record at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a combined total of 14 wins and 83 top-10 finishes. With no rookies in this year's Chase and every driver having been in the Chase at least one time in previous years, look for experience and confidence to prevail throughout the 10-race shootout to determine the winner of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Below is a look at the 12 contenders for the 2008 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and their history at Atlanta Motor Speedway:

1. Kyle Busch - No. 18 M&M's/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry

After winning the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the spring, Busch has gone on to win seven more times on the Sprint Cup series this year. Busch also has 10 combined wins from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the Nationwide Series this year, including a win in the American Commercial Lines 200 at AMS in the spring. Before this spring's win in the Sprint Cup Series, Busch's best Sprint Cup finish at Atlanta was 12th.

Average finish at AMS: 20th (in eight races)

2. Carl Edwards - No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion

In eight career cup starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Edwards has two wins and five top-10 finishes. Edwards' first-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win came at Atlanta in March of 2005 and he followed that up with another win in October of that year. With six wins in the Sprint Cup Series this year Edwards can be considered a favorite to win the Pep Boys Auto 500 in October.

Average finish at AMS: 13th (in eight starts)

3. Jimmie Johnson - No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Impala SS

Johnson has racked up three wins and nine top-10 finishes in 14 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Coming across the line in 13th place for the Kobalt Tools 500 in the spring, Johnson is the defending race winner for the 2007 Pep Boys Auto 500 and also the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion. Johnson and the entire No. 48 Lowe's crew are known for turning up the heat when it comes crunch time and this October at Atlanta should be no different.

Average finish at AMS: 9th (in 14 starts)

4. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. - No. 88 Mountain Dew AMP/ National Guard Chevrolet Impala SS

Coming back to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Pep Boys Auto 500, Earnhardt Jr. also brings with him a third-place finish from the Kobalt Tools 500 in March. Earnhardt Jr. has one win and 10 top-10 finishes in 18 Sprint Cup Series starts at AMS. Earnhardt Jr. is having a solid year in his debut season at Hendrick Motorsports with one win and 12 top-10 finishes. Look for Earnhardt Jr. to be near the front when the checkered flag falls on race day

Average finish at AMS: 12th (in 18 starts)

5. Clint Bowyer - No. 07 Jack Daniels Chevrolet Impala SS

In five starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bowyer has finished in the top-10 three times. This is the second consecutive year Bowyer has made the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup. Last year, in his rookie season, Bowyer finished third in the Championship standings driving for Richard Childress Racing. When NASCAR comes back to AMS, Bowyer brings with him a solid sixth-place finish from the Kobalt Tools 500.

Average finish at AMS: 14th (in five starts)

6. Denny Hamlin - No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry

Hamlin, the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup Raybestos Rookie of the Year, has made the Chase for the Sprint Cup all three years he has competed in NASCAR's top series.  When the Sprint Cup Series comes back to town for the Pep Boys Auto 500, Hamlin brings with him one top-10 finish in six career cup starts at Atlanta.

Average finish at AMS: 19th (in six starts)

7. Jeff Burton - No. 31 AT&T Mobility Chevrolet

The last two races at Atlanta Motor Speedway have been kind to Burton, as he brought his No. 31 AT&T Mobility Chevrolet home in fourth-place and

10th-place. In 28 career Sprint Cup starts at AMS, Burton has seven top-five finishes and 13 top-10 finishes. In the 2008 season, Burton has one win and 11 top-10 finishes and currently sitting at fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points.

Average finish at AMS: 17th (in 28 starts)

8. Tony Stewart - No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry

Coming off a strong second-place finish in the spring Kobalt Tools 500, Stewart will be making his 20th career Sprint Cup Series start at Atlanta the next time NASCAR rolls into town for the Pep Boys Auto 500. With two wins and 12 top-10 finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Stewart and the Home Depot team are always a threat to win.

Average finish at AMS: 12th (in 19 starts)

9. Greg Biffle - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion

With six career top-10 finishes at Atlanta Motor Speedway and a fourth-place finish in the Kobalt Tools 500 spring race, Biffle looks poised to carry his strong run into the Pep Boys Auto 500 on October 26. Biffle drives for Roush Fenway Racing, a team known for having a strong intermediate track program. So come race day, it should come as no surprise to see the No. 16 car in the front or possibly getting his first victory at AMS.

Average finish at AMS: 15th (in 10 starts)

10. Jeff Gordon - No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet Impala SS

In 31 career Sprint Cup series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Gordon has driven to a top-10 or better finish in 20 of them. In the spring Kobalt Tools 500, Gordon brought home another great finish coming across the line in fifth-place. Gordon made his first Sprint Cup series start at Atlanta in 1992 and has won four times at AMS throughout his career. With as much success as he has had at AMS, Gordon is an obvious threat to win again at the Pep Boys Auto 500 in October.

Average finish at AMS: 13th (in 31 starts)

11. Kevin Harvick - No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet Impala SS

With a victory at Atlanta in only his third career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in 2001, Harvick followed his victory with a third-place finish the following fall. In the spring 2008 Kobalt Tools 500, Harvick posted a seventh-place finish in the No. 29 car for Richard Childress Racing.

Average finish at AMS: 23rd (in 15 starts)

12. Matt Kenseth - No. 17 DeWALT Ford Fusion

Kenseth has 10 top-10 finishes at AMS in 18 career Sprint Cup Series starts and runs strong at the season's end. Kenseth is one of only two drivers to make the Chase all five years and he took home the Sprint Cup Series Championship in 2003. In his last trip to Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kenseth brought home his DeWALT Ford Fusion in eighth place.

Average finish at AMS: 14th (in 18 starts)

For more information on tickets to this October's Pep Boys Auto 500, fans can contact the AMS ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

DRIVER

CAREER CUP STARTS

CAREER CUP WINS

AMS STARTS

AMS WINS

CURRENT AGE

Kyle Busch

150

12

8

1

23

Carl Edwards

157

13

8

2

29

Jimmie Johnson

245

37

14

3

33

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

327

18

18

1

34

Clint Bowyer

99

2

5

0

29

Denny Hamlin

105

4

6

0

28

Jeff Burton

501

20

28

0

41

Tony Stewart

346

32

19

2

37

Greg Biffle

222

12

10

0

39

Jeff Gordon

535

81

31

4

37

Kevin Harvick

276

11

14

1

33

Matt Kenseth

318

16

16

0

36