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 fifth consecutive week after Daytona and for 11 of the last 12 weeks. Gordon leads second-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 27 points each.

NEW HAMPSHIRE RECORD: 38 career starts, 3 wins, 16 top-5s, 22 top-10s, 4 poles. Best career finish: First in summer 1995, fall 1997 and fall 1998. Finished 10th in this race last year and was 15th in last fall's Chase race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Gordon is still looking for his second win of the season. He also hasn't won at New Hampshire in more than 15 years. Could he accomplish both goals Sunday? Said Gordon, "Loudon has always been a good and consistent track for us, and I'm really looking forward to this weekend. Hendrick Motorsports tested at New Hampshire a few weeks ago and I thought the No. 24 team had a really good test. We've had some good cars and some strong runs at Loudon recently, but that doesn't make a weekend any easier. We still have to work hard from Friday morning through the end of the race on Sunday."

LOOKING BACK: Gordon led just two laps in Sunday's rain-shortened race at Daytona and finished 12th.

ETC.: Gordon has completed 98.3 percent (11,058) of the 11,250 total laps contested in 38 career starts at New Hampshire. His average start there is an outstanding 9.6 and average finish is just as outstanding at 10.6. He has two DNFs there.

88 DALE EARNHARDT JR., Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

WHERE HE STANDS: Former points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. remained in second place for the second week. Earnhardt trails points leader and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon by 27 points each and is 28 points ahead of fellow teammate and third-ranked Jimmie Johnson.

NEW HAMPSHIRE RECORD: 29 career starts, 0 wins, 7 top-5s, 12 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Third in summer fall 2004. Finished 14th in this race last year and was sixth in last fall's Chase race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Earnhardt has never won at New Hampshire, but it's not because he hasn't tried. He likes the one-mile flat track and hopes to finally break through Sunday. Said Earnhardt: "We went to New Hampshire (recently for a test) trying to find that little bit extra as a whole group. You only get four tests from which to choose and the whole company has to agree on where we're going. It's a company-wide initiative to try and improve, so I think it says a lot that we chose New Hampshire as one of those tests."

LOOKING BACK: Earnhardt stayed out of trouble for the most part in Daytona, did not lead any laps, and came home with a decent 14th-place finish.

ETC.: Earnhardt has completed 94.6 percent (8,085 laps) of the 8,550 total laps contested in 29 career starts at New Hampshire. His average start there is 16.0 and average finish is 15.7. He has four DNFs there.

48 JIMMIE JOHNSON, Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

WHERE HE STANDS: Jimmie Johnson dropped from a tie for second into third place following Daytona. He trails points leader and teammate Jeff Gordon by 55 points, is 28 points behind second-ranked teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. and leads fourth-ranked Brad Keselowski by 10 points.

NEW HAMPSHIRE RECORD: 24 career starts, 3 wins, 9 top-5s, 17 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: First in summer 2003 and fall 2003, and summer 2010. Finished sixth in this race last year and was fourth in the fall Chase race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Johnson makes his 25th career start at New Hampshire this Sunday. After a disappointing finish at Daytona, he's looking to earn his first win at the Loudon track in four years. Said Johnson, "We were pretty disappointed last weekend with the result at Daytona. I really felt like we had a fast car and to be there for all that time only to be knocked out of the race at lap 20 was tough. We are looking forward to New Hampshire and then the off-weekend. Everyone on this team works so hard, they deserve some time off and I hope that we can head into the break with a good finish at Loudon."

LOOKING BACK: Johnson got into the first big wreck of the day just 20 laps into Sunday's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. His car was unable to be repaired and Johnson finished with one of his worst outings of the season thus far, winding up 42nd out of 43 drivers.

ETC.: Johnson has been near-perfect at Loudon, completing 7,009 laps (99.0 percent) of the 7,077 total laps contested in 24 career starts at New Hampshire. His average start there is 12.4 and his average finish is an outstanding 9.2. Equally impressive is he has zero DNFs there.

2 BRAD KESELOWSKI, Ford

Team: Penske Racing