ETC.: Busch has completed 89.9 percent (2,736) of the 3,044 total laps contested in 16 career starts at Talladega. His average start is 20.9 and average finish is 22.1. He has a career-high five DNFs there.
16 GREG BIFFLE, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Greg Biffle dropped the most of anyone in the top-10 after Richmond, falling four positions, from fourth to eighth. He trails series leader Jimmie Johnson by 71 points (after being just 47 points behind heading into Richmond), is six points behind seventh-ranked Kyle Busch and leads the ninth-ranked tie between Paul Menard and Kevin Harvick by one point each.
TALLADEGA RECORD: 20 career starts, 0 wins, 2 top-fives, 5 top-10s and 0 poles. Best career finish: Fourth in fall 2009. Finished fifth in the spring race last year and was sixth in the fall race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Biffle has struggled at Talladega throughout his Sprint Cup career. Every time he goes there, he hopes to change his run of bad luck. Maybe that will finally happen Sunday. Here are his thoughts about the race: "I'm really looking forward to Talladega. We've been working really hard on our restrictor-plate program. We did a tire test for Goodyear at Daytona and so we think we learned a little bit of speed secrets. You never know what will happen at Talladega. It's a lot wider racetrack and we are probably going to be three or four wide. For sure it will be an exciting finish."
LOOKING BACK: Biffle had arguably his worst performance of the season at Richmond, finishing 36th. After wrecking, he ultimately finished 15 laps off the lead lap.
ETC.: Biffle has completed 93.3 percent (3,542) of the 3,796 total laps contested in 20 career starts at Talladega. His average start is 16.3 and average finish is 19.0. He has a career-high five DNFs there.
27 PAUL MENARD, Chevrolet
Team: Richard Childress Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Paul Menard moved up one spot to a tie for ninth place in the standings with Richmond winner and Richard Childress Racing teammate Kevin Harvick. The pair are 72 points behind series leader Jimmie Johnson, trails eighth-ranked Greg Biffle by one point and leads 11th-ranked Aric Almirola by 13 points.
TALLADEGA RECORD: 13 career starts, 0 wins, 1 top-fives, 1 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Second in fall 2008. Finished 17th in last year's spring race and was 28th in the fall race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Menard goes from one of his worst tracks (Richmond) to yet another poor track for him (Talladega). Of his five DNFs there, four have been due to being caught up in one of Talladega's infamous "Big Ones." Here are his thoughts for this Sunday's race: "Going into Talladega, there is always an unknown factor. We need to make sure we stay out of trouble and bring home the CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet SS in one piece at the end of the day. With the Gen-6 car it's going to be hard to make moves and passes at Talladega. We're going to have to be a little more creative with strategy and how we work the race. I'm going to have to be more patient, because you can't just pull out and pass with the new car like you used to be able to do. Our goal this weekend is to continue to complete laps and be consistent. If we can do that and be there at the end I think we'll be in good shape."
LOOKING BACK: For one of the first times this season, Menard was not the highest-finishing driver in the Richard Childress Racing stable (teammate Kevin Harvick won) at Richmond. Still, he didn't have that bad of a night, finishing 13th.
ETC.: Menard has completed 83.1 percent (2,053) of the 2,472 total laps contested in 13 career starts at Talladega. His average start is 19.8 and his average finish is 22.5. He has five DNFs there.
29 KEVIN HARVICK, Chevrolet
Team: Richard Childress Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Kevin Harvick moved up two spots, from 11th to a tie for ninth with Paul Menard after Richmond. Harvick and Menard both trail points leader Jimmie Johnson by 72 points, are one point behind eighth-ranked Greg Biffle and lead 11th-ranked Aric Almirola by 13 points.
TALLADEGA RECORD: 24 career starts, 1 win, 6 top-five, 10 top-10s, 1 pole. Best career finish: First in spring 2009. Finished 25th in last year's spring race, and was 11th in the fall race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Harvick has become quite the proficient driver at Talladega. He has developed a knack for not getting into trouble in most races - in other words, he avoids many of the multi-car big wrecks that invariably occur there. Here are his thoughts about Sunday's race: "I like restrictor-plate racing, but our luck hasn't been that great lately on that style track. Last season, we thought we were going to have a chance to win coming to the checkers during the second races of the season at Daytona and Talladega, but we wound up coming in on a wrecker. We just haven't gotten the finishes we thought we would at those tracks, even though we've had good runs. We're coming off a win at Richmond, so I'm hoping we can carry that momentum into the race this weekend."
LOOKING BEHIND: Harvick led just three laps at Richmond, including the most important one, the final lap, as he won his first race of 2013 (and first win since Phoenix last fall).
ETC.: Harvick has completed 97.8 percent (4,446) of the 4,548 total laps contested in 24 career starts at Talladega. His average start is 22.0 and his average finish is 15.4. He has one DNF there.
43 ARIC ALMIROLA, Ford
Team: Richard Petty Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: 11th, 13 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week.