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 second consecutive week after Darlington. He leads second-ranked Matt Kenseth by just one point and third-ranked Carl Edwards by 19 points.

RICHMOND RECORD: 42 career starts, 2 wins, 16 top-5s, 26 top-10s, 6 poles. Best career finish: First in spring 1996 and summer 2005. Finished 11th in this race last year and was eight (started from the pole) in the summer Chase-qualifying race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Gordon is still in search of his first win of 2014. But he is atop the points standings because he continues to have consistent runs. It's almost as if Gordon's philosophy this season is, "If you can't beat 'em, at least stay close to 'em."

LOOKING BACK: Gordon led eight laps at Darlington, but his car got tight near the end of the grueling 500-mile race, but was able to salvage a good seventh-place finish.

ETC.: Gordon has completed 93.2 percent (15,662) of the 16,809 total laps contested in 42 career starts at Richmond. His average start there is an outstanding 7.6 and his average finish is 14.1. He has seven DNF's there.

20 MATT KENSETH, Toyota

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: For the third consecutive week, Matt Kenseth remained in second place in the Sprint Cup standings. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by just one point and leads third-ranked Carl Edwards by 18 points.

RICHMOND RECORD: 28 career starts, 1 wins, 4 top-5s, 12 top-10s, 1 poles. Best career finish: First in summer 2002. Finished seventh in this race last year and was sixth in the final Chase qualifier there last summer.

LOOKING AHEAD: Kenseth has struggled at Richmond far too often, but his last four finishes - 11th, 5th, 7th and 6th - show that he's back in sync with the tough 3/4-mile track.

LOOKING BACK: Kenseth led 12 laps but couldn't catch eventual race winner Kevin Harvick in the final laps at Darlington, falling back slightly to a still strong fourth-place finish.

ETC.: Kenseth has completed 97.8 percent (10,964) of the 11,209 total laps contested in 28 career starts at Richmond. His average start there is 20.2 and his average finish is 15.8. He has one DNF there.

99 CARL EDWARDS, Ford

Team: Roush Fenway Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: Carl Edwards remained in third-place for the third consecutive week in the Sprint Cup standings after Darlington. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 19 points, is 18 points behind second-ranked Matt Kenseth and leads fourth-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by seven points.

RICHMOND RECORD: 19 career starts, 1 win, 4 top-5s, 10 top-10s, 1 poles. Best career finish: First in summer 2013. Finished sixth in this race last year and was first in the final Chase qualifier last summer.

LOOKING AHEAD: In his 20th career Sprint Cup start there, Edwards is looking to make it two in a row at Richmond next Saturday, having won last summer's final Chase qualifying race there.

LOOKING BACK: Edwards continues to look for his first career win at Darlington, finishing 13th there last Saturday.

ETC.: Edwards has completed 97.1 percent (7,393) of the 7,616 total laps contested in 19 career starts at Richmond. His average start there is 13.3 and his average finish is an almost identical 13.7. He has one DNF there.

88 DALE EARNHARDT JR., Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

WHERE HE STANDS: After falling into a tie for sixth place after Texas, Dale Earnhardt Jr. climbed two spots in the standings after Darlington, and is now fourth. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 26 points, is seven points behind third-ranked Carl Edwards and leads fifth-ranked Jimmie Johnson by one point.

RICHMOND RECORD: 29 career starts, 3 wins, 9 top-5s, 12 top-10s, 1 poles. Best career finish: First in spring 2000, spring 2004 and spring 2006. Finished 10th in this race last year and was 13th in the final Chase qualifier there last summer.

LOOKING AHEAD: Preparing to make his 30th career Sprint Cup start there, Richmond is one of Earnhardt's favorite tracks, but since his last win there in spring 2006, he has managed just two top-five and one other top-10 finish in his subsequent 15 starts there.

LOOKING BACK: Earnhardt was sooooo close to his second win of the season, but couldn't quite hold on to defeat Kevin Harvick at Darlington. In turn, Harvick became the first two-time winner this season. Earnhardt earned his third runner-up finish.

ETC.: Earnhardt has completed an outstanding 99.2 percent (11,513) of the 11,609 total laps contested in 29 career starts at Richmond. His average start there is 15.9 and average finish is 13.8. He has one DNF there.

48 JIMMIE JOHNSON, Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

WHERE HE STANDS: Jimmie Johnson climbed one spot in the standings, from a tie for sixth-place into fifth-place after Darlington. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 27 points, is one point behind fifth-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. and is one point ahead of sixth-ranked Kyle Busch.

RICHMOND RECORD: 24 career starts, 3 wins, 5 top-5s, 8 top-10s, 2 poles. Best career finish: First in spring and summer 2007 and summer 2008. Finished 12th in this race last year, but tied-his career-worst showing with a 40th-place finish in last summer's final Chase qualifier there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Johnson is still looking for his first win of the 2014 season. He has excellent chances to do so in the next four upcoming races at Richmond (which will be his 25th career start there), Talladega, Kansas and Charlotte.

LOOKING BACK: Johnson came oh, so close, to winning at Darlington, but just didn't have quite as strong of a car as winner Kevin Harvick or runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr.

ETC.: Johnson has completed 94.4 percent (9,075) of the 9,609 total laps contested in 24 career starts at Richmond. His average start there is 12.5 and his average finish is 17.3. He has one DNF there.

18 KYLE BUSCH, Toyota

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: Kyle Busch dropped one place in the standings after Darlington, falling to sixth. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 28 points, is one point behind fifth-ranked Jimmie Johnson and leads seventh-ranked Brad Keselowski by 23 each.