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 fifth consecutive week after his win at Kansas. He leads second-ranked Matt Kenseth by 15 points and third-ranked Kyle Busch by 21 points.

CHARLOTTE RECORD: 42 career starts, 5 wins, 16 top-5s, 22 top-10s, 9 poles. Best career finish: First in spring 1994, spring 1997, spring 1998, fall 1999, fall 2007. Finished 35th in last year's Coca-Cola 600 and was seventh in the fall Chase race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Gordon looks to pick up where he left off two weeks ago at Kansas (win). Charlotte is one of his best tracks and it would be a great way to end the first third of the season on a high note in NASCAR's longest and most grueling race of the season. Here's Gordon's thoughts on Sunday night's race: "It's hard to believe it's been 20 years (since he won his first Cup race at Charlotte). We had a fast race car that day and led a lot of laps, but Rusty (Wallace) was the class of the field. (Then No. 24 crew chief) Ray Evernham made a great call for two tires on that last pit stop, and that call got us the win."

LOOKING BACK: Gordon led just nine laps but was able to regain the lead from Kevin Harvick and held on for the win two weeks ago at Kansas. It was Gordon's 89th win of his Sprint Cup career.

ETC.: Gordon has completed 92.8 percent (13,972) of the 15,057 total laps contested in 42 career starts at Charlotte. His average start there is 10.3 and average finish is 16.0. He has 10 DNF's there.

20 MATT KENSETH, Toyota

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: For the sixth consecutive week, Matt Kenseth remained in second place in the Sprint Cup standings. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 15 points and leads third-ranked Kyle Busch by six points.

CHARLOTTE RECORD: 29 career starts, 2 wins, 8 top-5s, 15 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: First in spring 2000 and fall 2011. Finished 15th in last year's Coca-Cola 600 and was third in last fall's Chase race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Now that points leader Jeff Gordon has reached victory lane, Kenseth is the next-highest ranked driver still without a win. Kenseth is typically a pick to finish in at least the top 10 at Charlotte, but he has struggled at times in the 600. Can he put it all together this Sunday?

LOOKING BACK: Kenseth led one lap and finished 10th at Kansas.

ETC.: Kenseth has completed 94.7 percent (9,770) of the 10,320 total laps contested in 29 career starts at Charlotte. His average start there is 17.3 and his average finish is 13.8. He has five DNFs there.

18 KYLE BUSCH, Toyota

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: Kyle Busch remained in third place for the second consecutive week after Kansas. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 21 points, is six points behind second-ranked Matt Kenseth and leads fourth-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by five points.

CHARLOTTE RECORD: 20 career starts, 0 win, 9 top-5s, 12 top-10s, 1 pole. Best career finish: Second in fall 2010 and fall 2011. Finished 38th in last year's Coca-Cola 600 and was fifth in the fall Chase race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Busch has finished in the top 10 in nearly half of his 20 career starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but still has yet to reach victory lane. He's hoping to change that Sunday night: "Winning at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which is my favorite track, would be really special since I've been able to win there in other series and have been close a lot in the Cup car. It seems like the month of May at Charlotte just doesn't like me too much. We got to win in the Truck race there last weekend, so I'm hoping we can change that. There are plenty of other tracks where we also need to win, but there's no doubt Charlotte and the Coke 600 would be big."

LOOKING BACK: Kyle Busch had an average car at Kansas. He led just one lap and ultimately finished 15th.

ETC.: Busch has completed 91.7 percent (6,578) of the 7,174 total laps contested in 20 career starts at Charlotte. His average start there is 14.4 and average finish is 15.9. He has five DNFs there.

88 DALE EARNHARDT JR., Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports