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

By Jerry Bonkowski and Bob Moore

24 JEFF GORDON, Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

WHERE HE STANDS: Jeff Gordon remained in first place for the fourth consecutive week after Kentucky and for 10 of the last 11 weeks. Gordon leads the second-ranked tie of Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 24 points each.

DAYTONA RECORD: 43 career starts, 6 wins, 13 top-5s, 20 top-10s, 3 poles. Best career finish: First in summer 1995, winter 1997, summer 1998, winter 1999, summer 2004 and winter 2005. Finished 34th in this race last year and was fourth in this year's Daytona 500.

LOOKING AHEAD: Gordon makes his 44th career start at Daytona this Saturday. He's looking for his first win there since capturing the 2005 Daytona 500. Here's his thoughts on what it takes to win at Daytona: "Luck. We were fortunate there earlier this year to not get caught up in any wrecks and finished in the top five. That's our plan again this weekend. Hopefully we're battling our teammates for the win again, as well. The July race is different because the track is hot and slick and you need a good-handling car. But you still need to avoid the 'big one' or 'big ones.'"

LOOKING BACK: Gordon did not lead any laps Saturday at Kentucky, but finished sixth.

ETC.: Gordon has completed 94.7 percent (7,218) of the 7,623 total laps contested in 43 career starts at Daytona. His average start there is 10.5 and his average finish is 16.3. He has six DNFs there.

48 JIMMIE JOHNSON, Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

WHERE HE STANDS: Jimmie Johnson remained in second place for the third straight week after Kentucky. He is tied for second place with teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr.; the pair trails points leader and teammate Jeff Gordon by 24 points and leads fourth-ranked Brad Keselowski by 34 points.

DAYTONA RECORD: 25 career starts, 3 win, 9 top-5s, 12 top-10s, 2 poles. Best career finish: First in winter 2006, winter 2013 and summer 2013. Finished first in this race last year and was fifth in this year's Daytona 500.

LOOKING AHEAD: Johnson is looking for his third win at Daytona in the last four races there. Here's his thoughts on Saturday's race: "We had a tough weekend in Kentucky; we have some things to work on and we know it. I commend everyone for keeping their composure through a frustrating night. I'm looking forward to Daytona this weekend. We are taking the car we had at Talladega, and it was pretty fast. We had a good outing last time at Daytona and hope for a good night with the Lowe's Patriotic Chevrolet."

LOOKING BACK: Johnson will have to wait until next year to potentially check off Kentucky from his bucket list: it's one of only four tracks that he's never won at in his career. In this past Saturday's race there, Johnson finished 10th.

ETC.: Johnson has completed 4,097 laps (92.6 percent) of the 4,426 laps contested in 25 career starts at Daytona. His average start there is 10.4 and his average finish is 17.0. He has five DNFs there.

88 DALE EARNHARDT JR., Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

WHERE HE STANDS: After being in third place for the previous three weeks, former points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. moved into a tie for second place with teammate Jimmie Johnson. Earnhardt and Johnson trail points leader and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon by 24 points each and are 34 points ahead of fourth-ranked Brad Keselowski.

DAYTONA RECORD: 29 career starts, 3 wins, 11 top-5s, 17 top-10s, 1 pole. Best career finish: First in summer 2001, winter 2004 and winter 2014. Finished eighth in this race last year and won this year's Daytona 500.

LOOKING AHEAD: Earnhardt is hoping to pick up where he left off in February when he won the Daytona 500 for the second time and now seeks to do a season sweep there on Saturday night. He'll make his 30th career start at the legendary 2.5-mile track.

LOOKING BACK: Earnhardt earned his third top-5 finish on 1.5-mile tracks this season. His thoughts: "This place (Kentucky) is a bit of a handful for me. I don't think I've got it figured out just yet. And I don't exactly know what I'm looking for and how I need the car to drive. So Steve (crew chief Steve Letarte) and the guys did a good job in having to deal with me and trying to put a good car under me this weekend. It was a lot of fun in the race."

ETC.: Earnhardt has completed 97.0 percent (4,992 laps) of the 5,146 total laps contested in 29 career starts at Daytona. His average start there is 11.2 and average finish is 13.4. He has three DNFs there.

2 BRAD KESELOWSKI, Ford

Team: Penske Racing