WHERE HE STANDS: 11th, no points out of the top 10.
PHOENIX RECORD: Finished ninth in the November race for his fourth top-10 finish in 10 starts. Led 33 laps in the November event.
LOOKING AHEAD: Logano is quick to point out that racing at Phoenix is a "totally different style of racing" than Daytona. "At Daytona, you are mentally worn out after the race because you are on edge the whole time. When you get to Phoenix, you can get more into a zone. It's more racing where handling and car prep really comes into play. And you just approach it different from the very beginning. Daytona is Daytona. But you really feel like you start the season when you get to Phoenix."
LOOKING BACK: Logano finished 11th in the Daytona 500. "That was a crazy, crazy race there at the end," said Logano. "It's funny because you line up behind Brad (Keselowski, his teammate) and he gets a hole and I don't, and then you see where he goes and where you're at. We got shuffled all the way to the back with 10 (laps) to go. We worked our way up some. We got sideways at the end, but I was able to save it."
ETC.: Logano feels that Dale Earnhardt, Jr. winning the Daytona 500 "will be good for our sport. It will bring a lot of attention our way in the coming weeks. That's probably our biggest star winning the biggest race. That's got to be good, right? Hopefully, we as a sport can take the extra attention and make it pay off with some big races in the next couple of weeks. And hopefully we can win both of those (Phoenix and Las Vegas)."
4 KEVIN HARVICK, Chevrolet
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 12th, three points out of the top 10.
PHOENIX RECORD: Has won two of the last three races including the November event. Overall has four wins and 11 top-10s including seven top-five's 22 races. Is tied for the most wins with Jimmie Johnson.
LOOKING AHEAD: Harvick feels Phoenix is "similar to the tracks that most of us grew up racing on. Phoenix is a very challenging race track. It has a very unique layout that is different at both ends. I feel like I've been racing at Phoenix my entire career, and I feel that what I've learned there has helped me be successful on the other flat tracks we race on. The race track continues to change as it ages, so you're always tweaking to keep up with the changes every time we head out there."
LOOKING BACK: Harvick seemed headed for a top-10 finish in the Daytona 500 when he became involved in the last-lap accident that left him in 13th place. "My car just went straight. I thought I had a flat tire, but Carl (Edwards) and Reed (Sorenson) said that they about spun out the lap before down there (turn four) with some oil or whatever was on the track," said Harvick. "I clobbered the side of the 18 (Kyle Busch). I hate it for everybody who got their cars torn up. Our Budweiser Chevy was good all night. Even with all that happened on the last lap we finished okay. Good way to start the year with a new team." Harvick left Richard Childress Racing after last season to move to Stewart-Haas Racing.
ETC.: Harvick said he loves "change. As I've learned over the off-season, change is very enthusiastic for not only myself but for all the people around me. I think everybody at SHR would tell you that the enthusiasm is contagious at the shop just because it just bleeds over from one person to the next. It's been a lot of fun. Hopefully, the results will show everything that we think we should be able to achieve."
1 JAMIE MCMURRAY, Chevrolet
Team: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
WHERE HE STANDS: 13th, four points out of the top 10.
PHOENIX RECORD: Only two top-10 finishes in 21 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: McMurray said, "Phoenix is an area and track that I enjoy visiting, so I always look forward to this trip. It is going to be interesting with the new qualifying format for everyone. Our guys have put in a lot of work over the off season to get ready. Once you get past Daytona you will start to get an idea early in the season of where the program is headed. I'm looking forward to getting into the Cessna Chevy this weekend and build some momentum from our top-15 finish at Daytona."
LOOKING BACK: Despite being involved in the last-lap accident, McMurray was able to finish 14th in the Daytona 500. "We had a pretty good McDonald's Chevy tonight," said McMurray. "We were fortunate enough to miss a few wrecks early in the race and put ourselves in position for what we hoped would be a top-10 finish. Unfortunately, we got involved in the last wreck of the day coming to the checkered flag. Not the way we wanted to finish."
ETC.: During the off-season testing, McMurray said "our cars have been significantly faster than what they were last year. I don't know exactly why, but speed-wise it's been better. The mentality in the shop and everyone's attitude in the shop is better that it's ever been. We had our team luncheon (before Daytona) and since I've been in racing, I haven't been involved with a group of people that are as positive and everyone fighting for the same goal as what we have right now."
52 BOBBY LABONTE, Chevrolet
Team: HScott Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: 14th, five points out of the top 10.
PHOENIX RECORD: Team will not be racing at Phoenix.
LOOKING AHEAD: James Finch, the former owner of this team, loves restrictor-plate racing, and he decided to rent one of his former cars for the Daytona 500. As for the rest of the season, Finch said he may run the other restrictor-plate events "or I may not. This could be my only race of the year."
LOOKING BACK: Labonte was in position to finish in the top 10 when he and Kurt Busch got together with 10 laps to go. The contact damaged Labonte's car enough where he couldn't "race like I wanted." As a result, Labonte finished 15th. "It was a good night, but it could have been a lot better," said Labonte.