Capsules for the top 20 drivers in the Sprint Cup standings, plus five additional drivers of note.

By Jerry Bonkowski and Bob Moore

24 JEFF GORDON, Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

WHERE HE STANDS: Jeff Gordon remained in first place for the third consecutive week after Sonoma and for nine of the last 10 weeks. Gordon leads second-ranked Jimmie Johnson by 20 points and third-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 25 points.

KENTUCKY RECORD: 3 career starts, 0 wins, 1 top-5s, 3 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Fifth in 2012. Finished eighth in this race last year and was fifth in the 2012 race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Like the majority of drivers there, Gordon is looking for his first career win at Kentucky. Here's his thoughts on Saturday night's race: "Kentucky is a very challenging track that is tough to win on. ... Winning at all the tracks would be something that I would be very proud of. But it seems every time we get close to accomplishing that goal, another track is added! But I think winning at all the tracks would be a pretty awesome feat."

LOOKING BACK: Gordon led 26 laps and had there been another lap or two, he may have beaten race winner Carl Edwards at Sonoma. Instead, Gordon settled for his fifth runner-up finish there.

ETC.: Gordon has completed an outstanding 100 percent (801) of the 801 total laps contested in three career starts at Kentucky. His average start there is 11.7 and his average finish is an outstanding 7.7. He has zero DNFs there.

48 JIMMIE JOHNSON, Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

WHERE HE STANDS: Jimmie Johnson remained in second place for the second straight week after Sonoma. He trails points leader and teammate Jeff Gordon by 20 points and leads third-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by five points.

KENTUCKY RECORD: 3 career starts, 0 win, 1 top-5s, 3 top-10s, 1 poles. Best career finish: Third in 2011. Finished ninth in this race last year and was sixth in the 2012 race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: With his win two weeks ago at Michigan, Johnson has now won at all but four tracks on the Sprint Cup circuit. One of those four is Kentucky Speedway. Here's his thoughts on Saturday night's race: "It would be great to go to Kentucky and win, to cross another track off our list. We have run really well there, led a lot of laps but just haven't been able to score a win. Last weekend we had a really great run going, I'm really proud of this team and I'm just looking forward to the upcoming tracks before the off-weekend - Kentucky, Daytona and New Hampshire."

LOOKING BACK: Johnson was going for his fourth win in the last five races at Sonoma, but came up short, finishing seventh.

ETC.: Just like Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon, Johnson has completed all 801 of the laps (100 percent) contested in three career starts at Kentucky. His average start there is a near-perfect 3.0 and average finish is an outstanding 6.0. He has zero DNFs there.

88 DALE EARNHARDT JR., Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

WHERE HE STANDS: Former points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. remained in third place for the third straight week after Sunday's race at Sonoma. He trails points leader and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon by 25 points, is five points behind second-ranked Jimmie Johnson and leads fourth-ranked Matt Kenseth by 40 points.

KENTUCKY RECORD: 3 career starts, 0 wins, 1 top-5s, 1 top-10s, 1 poles. Best career finish: Fourth in 2012. Finished 12th in this race last year and was fourth in the 2012 race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Earnhardt has been up and down in the first three races at the 1.5-mile track at Kentucky. He was 30th in the first Sprint Cup race there in 2011, fourth in 2012 and fell back to 12th in last season's race there. Here's his thoughts on Saturday night's race: "I think we are pretty confident when we go to Kentucky that we can be competitive. We sat on the pole last year and were leading the race when we had a little bit of trouble and ran over something on the racetrack. The car should be fast, should be quick. It's a fun place to run at. It's got some bumps and some characteristics that are unique to that track. I can't wait to get there and see what condition the racetrack is in."

LOOKING BACK: Earnhardt surprised a lot of people, and probably himself, with a career-best third-place finish (and first ever top-10 showing there) at Sonoma.

ETC.: Earnhardt has completed 99.8 percent (799) of the 801 total laps contested in three career starts at Kentucky. His average start there is 12.3 and average finish is 15.3. He has zero DNFs there.

20 MATT KENSETH, Toyota

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing