ETC.: Earnhardt has completed 97.3 percent (7,159) of the 7,359 total laps contested in 22 career starts at Texas. His average start is 11.5, while his average finish is 14.3. He has two DNFs there.
16 GREG BIFFLE, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 8th, 58 points out of first place. Lost one spot last week.
TEXAS RECORD: Will be shooting for his 11th straight top-10 finish. Overall has two wins and 12 top-10 finishes including eight top-five's in 19 starts. Finished fourth in the spring race.
LOOKING AHEAD: Biffle will be making the 400th start of his Cup career this weekend. "I'm real excited about Texas, and the 400th start seems like a lot, but I remember them (the news media) talking about Ricky Rudd's 700th start, so we're a little over halfway to that mark. I can still get to third (in the point standings) with a couple good runs. If I win Texas and have a good run at Phoenix and Homestead I'm looking at standing there third in points. And I think we can win Texas."
LOOKING BACK: Biffle rallied in the final 100 laps to finish ninth at Martinsville. But he was livid after the race as he felt Jimmie Johnson had ruined his chances of finishing in the top five. Biffle grabbed Johnson by the collar on pit stop as he shouted "you knocked my... rear bumper off. You...ran into the back of me." Biffle shook his finger at Johnson as Johnson said, "I was inside of you. If you want to talk about it, we can talk about it." A few moments later Biffle told the media "we had a top-five car. I just wish that wouldn't have happened (being forced to pit to have the flapping rear bumper removed)." A few hours later, Biffle tweeted an apology to Johnson. "I apologize for the way I acted toward Jimmie Johnson after the race, hard racing and I (now) know the bumper had damage already."
ETC.: Biffle, as a former teammate of Matt Kenseth, said he "like to see Matt win it (the 2013 Sprint Cup championship) I think he deserves it. He's worked hard and made a big decision to make a change (from Roush Fenway Racing to Joe Gibbs Racing). He had been at Roush for a long time like me and I'm happy for him. He's gonna be tough to beat. He may not need any help or encouragement because you saw last week (at Martinsville). Matt finished second and led a lot of that thing and beat the 48 car (Johnson) by four or five spots."
78 KURT BUSCH, Chevrolet
Team: Furniture Row Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 9th, 75 points out of first place.
TEXAS RECORD: One win and 12 top-10 finishes in 21 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Busch said, "Texas was the turning point of our season back in April. We felt like we had a whole different swagger about the team with the setup we brought there. We qualified second and ran up front. Unfortunately, we had a mechanical problem (fuel regulator) and didn't take advantage of the setup. I'm looking forward to going back to Texas and trying to clean up some spilled milk from before."
LOOKING BACK: Busch finished 18th at Martinsville. "We didn't qualify well (19th), didn't practice well and obviously didn't race well," said a frustrated Busch. "I don't know what it is but there's something about this track that doesn't suit me. It was a very disappointing performance today. I had one really good run, but couldn't keep it up. We weren't good on restarts and I was just trying to survive out there."
ETC.: Busch admits "we haven't had much success at the last three Sprint Cup races, so it's time to turn that around. I feel Texas has the potential of being one of our better Chase races." Busch hopes to win a race for car owner Barney Visser and the Furniture Row team before he moves on to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014. "It sure would be nice to give this team a win," added Busch.
99 CARL EDWARDS, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 10th, 76 points out of first place.
TEXAS RECORD: Finished third in the spring race for his fourth top-eight finish in the last five races including a second and two third-place finishes. Won both races in 2008. His third triumph came in Nov. 2005.
LOOKING AHEAD: Edwards is looking forward to this weekend. "There couldn't be a better track for us to go to (than Texas)," said Edwards. "We had a great test there the other day. It's a fast race track. It's aged a little bit, so it has some character and you can drive the car into the corner really aggressively and slide it around a lot. That makes it really fun to drive and when you have success at Texas the folks there really make it special."
LOOKING BACK: Edwards finished 12th at Martinsville. "It was a really tough race," said Edwards. "Our car was a middle-of-the-pack car and we made it to 12th, so we salvaged something. I caused the first two cautions when the car was real hard to drive on entry (into the corner), so that was pretty frustrating. I felt bad about that. The car was real, real loose in and that was the reason I hit Kvapil (Travis) there like that (in turn four). It was kind of embarrassing to do that but that's how it goes I guess. I'm going to apologize to him right now."
ETC.: Edwards is featured in the new music video put out by recording artist Sara Evans. "Sara was as nice and down to earth as she seems," said Edwards. "She amazed me with how much heart she put into this song ("Slow Me Down"). We had a lot of fun shooting the video and I hope everyone enjoys it." Evans, a Columbia, Mo., native as is Edwards, said, "Carl blew us all away, both on and off camera. He nailed the acting parts and was so much fun to have around on set especially during the fighting scenes in the apartment. We're both from Missouri and share the same sense of humor, so it was easy to joke back and forth, we had the entire crew cracking up, but on camera it looks like we literally hate each other. I hope the fans love the video for 'Slow Me Down' as much as I do."
22 JOEY LOGANO, Ford
Team: Penske Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 11th, 85 points out of first place. Gained one spot last week.