ETC.: Busch has completed 94.6 percent (4,484) of the 4,740 total laps contested in 25 career starts at Talladega. His average start is 21.2, while his average finish is 16.7. He has six DNFs there.
15 CLINT BOWYER, Toyota
Team: Michael Waltrip Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 8th, 63 points out of first place. Gained one spot last week.
TALLADEGA RECORD: Two wins and five top-seven finishes in the last seven races.
LOOKING AHEAD: Bowyer believes "Talladega is the race that can win or lose you the Chase in a fraction of a second. It's a traffic jam at 200 miles per hour. You have to survive until the end, which is easier said than done, all the while putting yourself in the right position to win and get as many points as you can. You have to drive aggressive and be defensive all at the same time. If you make a mistake, chances are you'll end up with a wrecked car. You just have to race and hope it all works out in the end."
LOOKING BACK: Bowyer finished 11th at Charlotte. "Man, when it isn't your day it just isn't your day," said Bowyer. "We should have had a top five, but something happened under the hood with about 30 (laps) to go and it just killed us. We were looking so good. Brian (Pattie, crew chief) told me he really wants to race this car in Texas (on Nov. 3) so we did all we could not to wreck the car. If it's as good at Texas as it was tonight then Texas could be a lot of fun."
ETC.: The organization announced Monday that it will have only two full-time teams in 2014, Bowyer and Brian Vickers in the 55 car. Martin Truex, Jr., and the 56 team were told they should look for other employment in the coming months. Co-owner Rob Kauffman said Michael Waltrip will compete in the Daytona 500 as part of a third team that will run a very limited schedule. MWR also plans on bolstering its research and development effort away from the track.
88 DALE EARNHARDT, JR., Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: 9th, 66 points out of first place. Lost one spot last week.
TALLADEGA RECORD: Five wins and 13 top-10 finishes including nine top-five's in 27 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Earnhardt said, "I've really have had a lot of success at Talladega, a lot of great races. I feel confident when we go there that we are going to have a good car. Hendrick Motorsports has done a great job with this car at Daytona and Talladega. Our confidence level is real good, real high. Hopefully, we can get the opportunity to go to victory lane. We really feel like we have a good shot at it and feel like it is about time for us to win one at Talladega."
LOOKING BACK: Earnhardt ran in the top five for the first 200 laps, leading twice for 19 laps. But he ran into mechanical problems in the final 134 laps as he ended the night in 15th place. "Something in the set-up moved, but the car was real quick at the start of the race," said a dejected Earnhardt. "Thought we had a top-five car and I don't know what happened. It just would not turn at all the last half of the race. We've got to take it back (to the race shop) and see what happened."
ETC.: A few hours before the start of the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Earnhardt spent some time with his fans at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Pit Party. In addition to signing autographs, Earnhardt talked about his collection of Washington Redskins game programs and restored cars. He also joked with Brad Keselowski about a house Keselowski brought "as-is" from Earnhardt. It seems the ceiling just recently collapsed.
99 CARL EDWARDS, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 10th, 67 points out of first place. Gained one spot last week.
TALLADEGA RECORD: Won the pole and finished third in the May race. It was his best finish in 18 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Edwards said, "We ran really well at Talladega in the spring. We were leading when it started raining and we were leading at the white flag, and we feel like we've made huge gains with our restrictor-plate program. This is a race that we can go win and climb up some positions in the standings."
LOOKING BACK: Edwards finished 10th at Charlotte. "It was a long night," said Edwards. "We just struggled all night. We're fortunate to finish 10th. I hate to say that, but we just weren't very good. It was really hard to pass, but not for everybody. Some people could make it happen, so I have to say that as far as how the tire drove and all that stuff, I'd say this was better and more fun to drive. This is my kind of race track. But we just couldn't make anything happen."
ETC.: Edwards calls Talladega "a wildcard race in the Chase where anything can happen and I believe after this race you're going to see who the championship contenders are. Hopefully, we can get up there and get close enough to still have a shot at it (the Sprint Cup title)."
22 JOEY LOGANO, Ford
Team: Penske Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 11th, 75 points out of first place. Lost one spot last week.