DOVER RECORD: One win and nine top-10 finishes in 27 starts including a tenth in the June race.
LOOKING AHEAD: Earnhardt's goals for the rest of the season are pretty simple - win a race or two. "If we can win a couple races, no matter what happens in the championship that will improve the results of our season and give us a lot to be happy about. It would be great to go ahead and go to Dover and get that done. I thought we were pretty aggressive last weekend trying to get ourselves in position to win. It's good to be able to look back on Sunday and feel like we had potential. If we can be as aggressive as we were this past Sunday on pit strategy and many different things, just going after the set-up of the car and working real hard on Saturday trying to prepare the car for the race, I think we can put ourselves in position (for a win) more often with just a few races left."
LOOKING BACK: An early miscue on pit stop dropped Earnhardt to 36th in the running order. But he was able to rebound to finish sixth at Loudon. "I'm glad we were able to get a decent finish out of it," said Earnhardt. "I'm glad we had a fast enough car to be able to rally. The car was faster than heck (in the final practice session), one of the top three cars. I just want to win one. I'm trying hard."
ETC.: Earnhardt admits that his problems at Chicagoland Speedway in the opening race of the Chase for the Championship "still stings pretty good. If we had won today (at Loudon), it might have helped a little bit. We dug a pretty deep hole. When Matt (Kenseth) and the 48 (Jimmie Johnson) and the 18 (Kyle Busch) are running like they are, we are not going to catch them running sixth. So we have to do better."
22 JOEY LOGANO, Ford
Team: Penske Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 12th, 69 points out of first place.
DOVER RECORD: Will be shooting for his fourth straight top-10 finish. Has won three consecutive Nationwide Series races.
LOOKING AHEAD: Logano is not ready to give up in his bid to win the 2013 championship. "It's going to be tough for sure," said Logano. "The way the 20 team (Matt Kenseth) has been running and the fact that we got in a big hole with our engine issues in Chicago put us behind, but that doesn't mean we can't still do it. All it takes is for a couple of guys to have a bad race here or there and you are right back in the hunt. We need to just run our race and let everything else take care of itself."
LOOKING BACK: Logano finished 14th at Loudon. "This is Loudon for me," said Logano. "It was nothing different. It's just such a tricky race track to get around. At times we had a top-seven or eighth-place car, and I think we did even at the end of the race. But I didn't have as good of a last restart as I needed. You had to be in the right lane on that last restart and we probably could have finished in the top 10 today. But it's just so hard to pass. It is the hardest race track in the world to pass on. It's the most frustrating place I think I've ever been to, so I'm just glad to leave."
ETC.: Logano calls Dover one of his favorite tracks. "It would be very high on my list," said Logano. "It's just a track I feel like I can get around well. I love the speed and the sensation of the banking. It's really cool to just run around there, especially in qualifying trim. I'm excited to go back with a race in the books between me and Todd (Gordon, crew chief). I think we are going to be really fast this weekend."
5 KASEY KAHNE, Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: 13th, 71 points out of first place. Lost three spots last week.
DOVER RECORD: Five top-10 finishes in 19 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Kahne said, "I feel like we are out of that part of it, the championship, but there's so many good tracks in the Chase for us coming up. I feel like we can still come back and get in the top 10, and maybe even better than that. As much as I love giving speeches, I want to be part of Las Vegas. I owe it to my guys." Only the top 10 make the stage at the annual Sprint Cup Awards banquet held each December in Las Vegas.
LOOKING BACK: Kahne had high, hopes for the 300-lap event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after qualifying second and being one of the fastest cars in every practice session. And he quickly showed how fast his car was by taking the lead on the third lap and leading the next 29 laps. But his visions of challenging for the win ended suddenly on lap 253 when his car got loose while battling Brian Vickers for eighth place and spun hard into the inside wall. "I don't know what happened," said a stunned Kahne, who ended up 37th to all but end his championship aspirations. "I don't know what happened."
ETC.: Kahne was surprised by the reaction to his interview with ESPN's Jerry Punch after his wreck at Loudon. "I couldn't hear what he was saying," said Kahne. "I knew he asked what had happened. At that point, I didn't know exactly what had happened. I knew we were three wide going into turn three. Did we have a little contact, and that's why we spun? I wasn't positive on that. But I was really just mad, and I didn't think too much of it (the TV interview) until I saw people thought something was wrong with me. I screwed up bad and I was just frustrated. Two races in, I'm already out of the Chase. I didn't want to give up that one spot, and I ended up giving up 30 spots because I was hardheaded and made a hardheaded mistake. I feel terrible for my guys."