20 MATT KENSETH, Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: After spending the previous two weeks in fifth place, Matt Kenseth regained the two spots in the standings he lost at Michigan and climbed back into third place following Atlanta. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 78 points, is 57 points behind second-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. and leads fourth-ranked Joey Logano by three points.
RICHMOND RECORD: 29 career starts, 1 wins, 5 top-5s, 13 top-10s, 1 pole. Best career finish: First in late summer 2002. Finished sixth in this race last year and was fifth in this year's spring race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Kenseth became the third and final Joe Gibbs Racing driver to clinch his berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, although he's the first driver to do so by points and not wins.
"That was the goal, to have all three JGR cars in the Chase and we were able to accomplish that," Kenseth said. "The ultimate goal is for one of us to be able to win the championship. I feel like we're gaining on it. I'm not a huge believer in momentum, but yet I feel like everyone is really clicking together and working well together and the stops are good. I feel like we're doing everything right now, we just need a little more speed to be able to start getting those wins."
LOOKING BACK: Kenseth continued on a strong roll at Atlanta, finishing second to winner Kasey Kahne. A wiggle by Kenseth on the last lap allowed Kahne to get past for the victory. This is Kenseth's second strong run, having finished third the week before at Bristol.
ETC.: Kenseth has completed 97.9 percent (11,364) of the 11,609 total laps contested in 29 career starts at Richmond. His average start there is 20.0 and average finish is 15.4. He has one DNF there.