13 CASEY MEARS, Chevrolet

Team: Germain Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: 24th, 103 points out of a spot in the Chase. Gained two spots last week.

WATKINS GLEN RECORD: Only one top-10 finish in 10 starts.

LOOKING AHEAD: Mears feels "Watkins Glen is another chance for us to do well. Last year, we had a brake issue in qualifying and had to start 30th, but we were able to race our way to the front and finish 12th. We are looking forward to getting to Watkins Glen on Friday."

LOOKING BACK: After running in and out of the top 10 for much of the afternoon, Mears ended the day in 12th place. "We had a solid day and everyone on the Geico team did a nice job and Bootie (Barker, crew chief) made some good calls that put us in position to have a strong finish," said Mears. "After two bad races, this is exactly the type of finish we needed. We were strong all day and it felt good to run up front and be competitive."

ETC.: Mears began the week by testing at Atlanta. "That just shows the commitment on the part of Germain Racing and everyone involved," said Mears. "Everyone is determined to get better. Everyone is determined to run up front on a regular basis. We had a strong run at Pocono, and we hope to have another one this weekend."