NEW HAMPSHIRE RECORD: 11 career starts, 1 wins, 2 top-5s, 4 top-10, 0 poles. Best career finish: First in summer 2009. Finished 40th in this race last year and was 14th in last fall's Chase race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Having grown up in neighboring Connecticut, Logano always welcomes returning to his "home track" in New Hampshire. He's still looking for his second career win there and thinks he has a good shot this Sunday. Said Logano, "The funny part about it is that it is probably one of the toughest tracks for me on the entire schedule. I just don't really run that well there. But it has been pretty important, especially getting my first win there. Even that day though, we didn't run the best, we just had the best strategy when the rain was coming and took advantage of it. But I've generally struggled at the track. It's gotten better over the last couple of years and I've had a couple of top 10s there, but it's definitely my kryptonite on the schedule. ... I think we could change a lot of that this weekend."
LOOKING BACK: Logano stayed out of trouble for the most part at Daytona and came home with a 17th-place finish, the last driver on the lead lap.
ETC.: Logano has completed 95.8 percent (3,140 laps) of the 3,278 laps contested in 11 career starts at New Hampshire. His average start there is 22.0 and average finish is 17.5. He has one DNF there.
99 CARL EDWARDS, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Carl Edwards dropped from sixth to seventh place after Daytona. He is now 108 points behind series leader Jeff Gordon (was 82 points back prior to Daytona), is three points behind sixth-ranked Joey Logano and leads eighth-ranked Ryan Newman by nine points.
NEW HAMPSHIRE RECORD: 19 career starts, 0 win, 2 top-5s, 5 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Second in summer 2006. Finished eighth in this race last year and was ninth in last fall's Chase race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Edwards will be making the 20th career start of his Sprint Cup career Sunday at New Hampshire and is still in search of his first career win there. When asked if there's been any movement on where he'll race next season, either renewing his current deal with Roush Fenway Racing or moving to another team, Edwards remains tight-lipped. Said Edwards, "No, no there isn't (anything new) and it isn't bothering me to keep it to myself either."
LOOKING BACK: Edwards was involved in the early multi-car wreck at Daytona, but was able to return later after repairs were made. He ultimately finished 37th.
ETC.: Even though he's never won a Sprint Cup race there, Edwards has completed an almost perfect 99.9 percent (5,667) of 5,670 total laps contested in 19 career starts at New Hampshire. His average start there is 15.3 and his average finish is 13.8. He has zero DNFs there.
31 RYAN NEWMAN, Chevrolet
Team: Richard Childress Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Ryan Newman remained in eighth place for the third straight week after Daytona. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 117 points, is nine points behind seventh-ranked Carl Edwards and leads ninth-ranked Kyle Busch by 10 points.
NEW HAMPSHIRE RECORD: 24 career starts, 3 wins, 6 top-5, 15 top-10, 7 poles. Best career finish: First in fall 2002, fall 2005 and summer 2011. Finished 39th in this race last year and was 16th in last fall's Chase race there (started from the pole).
LOOKING AHEAD: Newman will be making his 25th start at New Hampshire this Sunday. He's also looking for his record-extending eighth pole there and his first win and pole of 2014 as well. Said Newman, "New Hampshire has always been a good track for me, which is why I consider it to be one of my favorite tracks on the Sprint Cup circuit. It's the place where I scored my first Cup win. I've found a way to be fastest on both Fridays and Sundays. I also enjoy the Modified races here and will compete in that event, as well. It's going to be a very busy weekend for me, but it will be a lot of fun. I really enjoy the area and the fans are great. New Hampshire is always a place I look forward to going back to each year."
LOOKING BACK: Newman was involved in the big 25-car wreck and managed to complete just 100 of the rain-shortened 112-lap event at Daytona, ultimately finishing 24th.
ETC.: Newman has completed 97.7 percent (6,914) of the 7,077 total laps contested in 24 career starts at New Hampshire. His average start there is an outstanding 8.0 and his average finish is 14.0. He has three DNFs there.
18 KYLE BUSCH, Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Kyle Busch climbed from 10th to ninth place after Daytona. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 127 points (was 110 points back prior to Daytona), is 10 points behind eighth-ranked Ryan Newman and leads 10th-ranked Paul Menard by eight points.
NEW HAMPSHIRE RECORD: 18 career starts, 1 wins, 6 top-5s, 8 top-10s, 1 pole. Best career finish: First in summer 2006. Finished second in this race last season and was second again in last fall's Chase race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Busch admits New Hampshire isn't his favorite track because he's had more struggles than success there. Said Busch, "Loudon is tricky for me. For some reason, I never figured it out with our last car (the so-called Car of Tomorrow). ... We had two great finishes there last year - I was second both times. We would certainly like to turn those seconds into wins, though. So, it's been one of those places that's just kind of tricky sometimes to figure out for me - just the flatness of the corners, how hard do you get into the corner, how much brake do you use, how much do you let the car roll, how hard to get back on the gas - there are so many different things you've got to work through at Loudon."
LOOKING BACK: Busch was also involved in the big 25-car wreck near the end of Sunday's race at Daytona, but his was a bit scarier than the others involved: he wound up upside down until the car was righted. He even joked over the team radio while waiting for the safety crew to arrive, saying, "I'm just hanging around here (upside down)." Busch ultimately finished 28th.
ETC.: Busch has completed 97.8 percent (5,254 laps) of the 5,370 total laps contested in 18 career starts at New Hampshire. His average start there is 11.7 and average finish is 15.1. He has zero DNFs there.
27 PAUL MENARD, Chevrolet
Team: Richard Childress Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Paul Menard climbed into the top 10 and into 10th place after Daytona. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 135 points, is eight points behind ninth-ranked Kyle Busch and leads 11th-ranked Kevin Harvick by two points.
NEW HAMPSHIRE RECORD: 14 career starts, 0 wins, 0 top-5s, 0 top-10s, 0 pole. Best career finish: 12th in fall 2012. Finished 17th in this race last season and was 22nd in last fall's Chase race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: New Hampshire is by far one of Menard's worst-performing tracks. As he makes his 15th start there this Sunday, he's looking for his first top-10 as well. Said Menard, "New Hampshire is one of those tracks where everyone basically runs the same speed. There are usually about five guys that stand out and everyone else runs the same speed. It's really hard to pass, but it's a couple grooves so you just have to make your car work where the other guys can't. We'll try to work on that apron and get some good drive off, but you have to maintain the turn."
LOOKING BACK: Menard managed to complete all 112 laps in Sunday's rain-shortened race at Daytona, ultimately ending up with a 16th-place finish.
ETC.: Menard has completed a near-perfect 99.0 percent (4,122 laps) of the 4,162 total laps contested in 14 career starts at New Hampshire. His average start there is 20.0 and average finish is 24.6. He has zero DNFs there.
4 KEVIN HARVICK, Chevrolet
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 11th, only two points out of the top 10. Lost two spots last week to fall out of the top 10. Will make The Chase after winning two of the season's first 18 races.
NEW HAMPSHIRE RECORD: One win and 13 top-10 finishes in 26 starts. Has finished in the top eight in the last two July races.
LOOKING AHEAD: Harvick said, "New Hampshire is a track that I enjoy going to. It always seems like the New Hampshire race comes down to a track position strategy call on two tires or four tires toward the end of the race. Track position will play a big part, but getting your car to handle right will probably play an equal part."
LOOKING BACK: Harvick had high hopes for the day, but they came to a crashing halt on lap 20 when he was involved in a 16-car accident. As a result, he finished 39th. "It looked like the 17 (Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.) got squirrelly up there and then they all started wrecking," said Harvick. "I had the wreck cleared but unfortunately with the splitters and everything out in front (of the car); the grass is what tears all the cars up. It was unfortunate for our Budweiser Chevy, but maybe one day they'll make grass that's not eight inches tall."
ETC.: Harvick likes New Hampshire because it's "flat, similar to the tracks out west where I started my racing career. There's a lot braking and you have to really work on getting your car through the center of the corner and still have that forward drive you need up off the corner."
15 CLINT BOWYER, Toyota