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

By Jerry Bonkowski and Bob Moore

88 DALE EARNHARDT JR., Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

WHERE HE STANDS: Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the Sprint Cup Series standings after one race, heading into Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway. Earnhardt leads second-ranked Denny Hamlin by five points and third-ranked Brad Keselowski by six points.

PHOENIX RECORD: 23 career starts, 2 wins, 6 top-5s, 10 top-10s, 2 poles. Best career finish: First in 2003 and 2004. Finished fifth in this race last year and was fourth in the fall Chase race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Earnhardt comes into Phoenix with a great deal of confidence and momentum. Between his win Sunday at Daytona and his last two finishes at PIR (both top-10 finishes), he arguably has to be considered one of the favorites for this Sunday's race in the Valley of the Sun. Here's his thoughts on the post-Daytona 500 experience: "It's been fun being busy and talking about the win. It's an opportunity to celebrate my team and their effort, give everybody credit. So I'm enjoying it. It's a lifetime opportunity to not only win the race but to be able to celebrate it and go talk to the world about it."

LOOKING BACK: Earnhardt stunned much of the NASCAR world by winning Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500, his second career win in that event.

ETC.: Earnhardt has completed 93.3 percent (6,773) of the 7,257 total laps contested in 23 career starts at Phoenix. His average start there is 17.5 and his average finish is 17.0. He has three DNFs there.

11 DENNY HAMLIN, Toyota

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: Denny Hamlin came close, but not close enough, finishing runner-up to Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500. Hamlin trails Earnhardt by five points, is one point ahead of third-ranked Brad Keselowski and is three points ahead of the fourth-place tie of Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.

PHOENIX RECORD: 17 career starts, 1 wins, 8 top-5s, 9 top-10s, 1 poles. Best career finish: First in 2012 spring race. Finished third in this race last year and was 28th in the fall Chase race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Hamlin comes into Sunday's race at Phoenix looking to get back on track there. He won the 2012 spring race, finished runner-up in that year's fall event, and was third in last year's spring race, only to falter and finish 28th in last fall's race there. Here's his thoughts: "I'm up to speed, to say the least, within our race team. Where even last year we were a little bit off of our teammates ... The first few races will be tough for us. Other than that I think we'll be fine."

LOOKING BACK: Hamlin gave it all he could, but just didn't quite have enough power to defeat Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Sunday's Daytona 500.

ETC.: Hamlin has completed a near-perfect 99.5 percent (5,356) of the 5,382 total laps contested in 17 career starts at Phoenix. His average start there is 11.9 and his average finish is 10.9. He has zero DNFs there.

2 BRAD KESELOWSKI, Ford

Team: Penske Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: Brad Keselowski had one of the strongest runs he's had in a long time in Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500, finishing third to winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. Keselowski trails second-ranked Denny Hamlin by one point, and leads the fourth-place tie of Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson by two points each.

PHOENIX RECORD: 9 career starts, 0 wins, 2 top-5s, 3 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Fourth in 2013 spring race. Finished second in this race last year and was 11th in the fall Chase race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Keselowski needs to continue doing what he did at Daytona. Here's his thoughts on Sunday's race at PIR: "Team Penske has traditionally had a great short-track program. We had a strong Ford Fusion at Phoenix last November and since then we have made improvements. Having said that, my Daytona 500 race car was one of the best cars I have ever had there and, as I said after the race, you don't get cars like that all the time. ... I'm confident that our Ford Fusion will be competitive and our team will be as well."

LOOKING BACK: Keselowski said before the season began that he wanted to get off to a good start and prove that last year's disappointing performance - failing to defend his 2012 Sprint Cup championship and not even qualifying for the Chase - was a fluke. He certainly did that Sunday.

ETC.: Keselowski has completed a poor 88.6 percent (2,556) of the 2,885 total laps contested in nine career starts at Phoenix. His average start there is 18.2 and his average finish is 17.1. He has one DNF there.

24 JEFF GORDON, Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

WHERE HE STANDS: Jeff Gordon had a great run in Sunday's Daytona 500, ultimately finishing fourth. Gordon is tied with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson for fourth place in the standings. The duo trails points leader and teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. by eight points each, are two points behind third-ranked Brad Keselowski and are two points ahead of sixth-ranked Matt Kenseth.

PHOENIX RECORD: 30 career starts, 2 wins, 10 top-5s, 20 top-10s, 3 poles. Best career finish: First in 2007 spring race and 2011 spring race. Finished ninth in this race last year and was 14th in the fall Chase race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Gordon is off to a good start, exactly what he needed to do if he hopes to win a fifth Sprint Cup championship this year (and if he does so, he's already said he'll retire then). Here's Gordon's thoughts on Sunday's race at Phoenix: "I feel we have made some great improvements with how competitive we are at Phoenix and a lot of that is just confidence in how far you can push the car. And the grip level has improved - it was like a razor's edge when they first repaved and reconfigured the track. It was difficult to judge where that 'edge' was. The last race here I thought we had a car capable of winning or finishing top three, but we had some difficulty on a late-race restart (and finished 14th). Better restarts are something I'm focusing on this year."

LOOKING BACK: Gordon helped teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. late in the race, including giving him a good push forward when he needed it in the closing laps. Earnhardt may have won the race, but Gordon definitely gets an assist.

ETC.: Gordon has completed 98.0 percent (9,201) of the 9,386 total laps contested in 30 career starts at Phoenix. His average start there is 10.7 and his average finish is 11.5. He has three DNFs there.

48 JIMMIE JOHNSON, Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

WHERE HE STANDS: Jimmie Johnson rallied back from deep in the pack to finish fifth in Sunday's Daytona 500. Johnson is tied with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon for fourth place in the standings. The duo trails points leader and teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. by eight points each, are two points behind third-ranked Brad Keselowski and are two points ahead of sixth-ranked Matt Kenseth.

PHOENIX RECORD: 21 career starts, 4 wins, 14 top-5s, 17 top-10s, 2 poles. Best career finish: First in fall 2007, spring and fall 2008 and fall 2009. Finished second in this race last year and was third in the fall Chase race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Phoenix is one of Johnson's strongest tracks, with four career wins there. He came oh so close in the last two races there, finishing second in this race last year and then third in the Chase race in the fall that sent him into the season finale at Homestead in perfect position to clinch his sixth Sprint Cup championship the following week. Here's his thoughts on Sunday's race: "With all the rule changes we have had this year, Phoenix is going to be an interesting race. I think everyone will be in the same boat and it's going to be somewhat of a crap shoot. We have had some good luck and some bad luck there, so we will always be hoping for the best."

LOOKING BACK: Johnson began his quest for a record-tying seventh career Sprint Cup championship with a strong fifth-place finish at Daytona. He had a car that was strong enough to bring him from back in the pack to one that challenged for the win, but just came up a bit short.

ETC.: Johnson has completed 99.4 percent (6,594) of the 6,633 total laps contested in 21 career starts at Phoenix. His average start there is 12.0 and his average finish is an incredible 6.3. He has zero DNFs there.

20 MATT KENSETH, Toyota

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: Matt Kenseth comes into the second race of the season in sixth place. He trails points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 10 points, is two points behind the fourth-place tie of Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson and leads the seventh-ranked tie of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Greg Biffle by one point.