WHERE HE STANDS: 11th, no points out of the top 10.
TALLADEGA RECORD: Five top-seven finishes in the last 10 races.
LOOKING AHEAD: Biffle said, "I'm really looking forward to Talladega this weekend. Having a fast car, staying up front and having good pit stops is what it will take to be there at the end and put yourself in contention for a win. Nobody ever knows what's going to happen at Talladega, we'll have to wait and see."
LOOKING BACK: Biffle was happy to finish 15th after a night filled with problems. "We had problems on pit road including one where I stopped short of the pit box, the car got real tight at the end and we got into a minor deal with a couple of cars on one of the late restarts and suffered some minor fender damage, so to get out of here with a top-15 finish isn't too bad," said Biffle.
ETC.: With NASCAR hinting they are planning to announce major engine changes in the next four to six weeks, car owner Jack Roush said, "From an owner's standpoint, NASCAR has got to be mindful of what it costs. The race teams can only afford to change so many things at a time. With the expanding technology and the engineering costs that everybody has with the pressure for sponsorship and investment in the sport, a dramatic or unnecessary engine change would not be welcome in my world."
3 AUSTIN DILLON, Chevrolet
Team: Richard Childress Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 12th, only four points out of the top 10. Lost two spots last week to fall out of the top 10.
TALLADEGA RECORD: Finished 29th in his lone Cup start.
LOOKING AHEAD: Dillon feels "like you can't be conservative" at Talladega. "You have to stay up front. You have to know what the car needs to stay up front. I really like running up front in these speedway races because I think if you're ahead of that big pack it makes it easier to avoid the big wreck."
LOOKING BACK: Dillon finished 27th at Richmond. "We've had a couple of pretty good finishes recently but unfortunately, this wasn't one of them today," said Dillon. "We struggled a little bit tonight in the Dow Chevrolet but that's okay, you'll have days like those. We were loose, loose, loose at the end as the rubber came down (the track) and we got sideways."
ETC.: The last time Dillon raced at Talladega he was part of "The Big One" including flipping completely over and driving the car back to the garage area. "That was a wild ride" said Dillon, who was subbing for the injured Tony Stewart. "Talladega is one of the places we circled to try and go for the win. Talladega is open for everybody to have a really good car like I did last year in the 14 car, so hopefully I can back that up in the 3 car and be there for the white-flag lap. It's all about being there for the white flag so you can try and win the race."
42 KYLE LARSON, Chevrolet
Team: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
WHERE HE STANDS: 13th, only five points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week.
TALLADEGA RECORD: Will be making his Sprint Cup debut. Finished 38th in his lone Nationwide Series start.
LOOKING AHEAD: Larson said, "We're cautiously optimistic about this weekend at Talladega. It's a tough track where anything can happen. I'm hopeful that we can come away with a better outcome than we did in Daytona, and we'll be smart about managing the car during qualifying and the race. My team is really excited about our Target Chevy for this weekend and they feel good about the setup."
LOOKING BACK: When qualifying was rained out Friday, Larson was awarded the pole position for the Richmond race after posting the fastest time during the first practice session. But his run as the pole sitter was short lived as he was clipped by Clint Bowyer only moments after the start of the race. The contact sent Larson spinning. He was forced to pit for repairs and returned to the track in 43rd place. Despite the bad start to the evening, Larson was able to rally and finish 16th. "After working hard in the first practice, and getting the pole as a result of the weather, I'm pretty disappointed with how the race started," said Larson. "But the guys on my crew did a good job all night making adjustments to the car, and we got a finish that will keep us competitive in the points, so that's a positive."
ETC.: Larson has four top-10 finishes in his last six starts during his rookie Sprint Cup season and has climbed from 22nd to 13th in the point standings during this stretch. "We've had good momentum lately, so I'll try to stay out of trouble (this weekend at Talladega) and shoot to get another good finish," said Larson.
11 DENNY HAMLIN, Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 14th, 11 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week.
TALLADEGA RECORD: Five top-10 finishes in 16 races.
LOOKING AHEAD: Even though he is still seeking his first win at Talladega, Hamlin feels good about this weekend. "We have good restrictor-plate cars at JGR," said Hamlin. "I know we will run well and run up front. We just need to miss all the accidents and be in the front pack at the end. If we are, we can win the race."
LOOKING BACK: On the restart with only 22 laps to go, Hamlin got hit from behind by teammate Kyle Busch and was sent spinning to end any hopes Hamlin had of finishing in the top 10. Hamlin was battling for sixth at the time of the incident. Hamlin was able to keep his car off the wall as he ended the night in 22nd place. "It was definitely a disappointing finish to the race," said Hamlin. "We had a great car on long runs, but unfortunately, we didn't get many of those tonight. The contact at the end looked to be just a product of close racing at Richmond, and we got the worst of it."