WHERE HE STANDS: 18th, 36 points out of the top 10.
INDY RECORD: One top-10 in four starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Logano calls Indianapolis Motor Speedway "one of the coolest race tracks in the entire world. When you drive around the place, you just know that this is a unique place to race. It's a track and a race that everyone wants to win. There are a few tracks - Daytona, Darlington, Charlotte, Talladega, Bristol - where you really want to win and Indy is near the top of that list. And to get a chance to race there for Roger Penske, knowing the history that he has at Indy, is pretty cool. Now, what would be even better is to win the race for Roger. That would be cool."
LOOKING BACK: Logano agreed to spend his off Sprint Cup weekend racing in the Nationwide Series at Chicagoland Speedway after a request by Penske. Both Logano and Penske were elated with the results as Logano won the race and led a 1-2 sweep for Penske Racing. "Really big for us to get a 1-2 finish for Penske," said Logano. "Our goal was to win this thing. That's why I came out here on my off week, it was to come out here and win. I'm glad I did." The victory was Logano's 20th on the Nationwide Series.
ETC.: Two races ago, Logano stood 10th in the Sprint Cup standings. But two bad-luck races in a row has dropped him to 18th. Logano feels he has to step up and "be a leader" to help the team overcome its recent troubles. "The guys are going to look at you," said Logano. "The thing is that we know the last two weeks things have happened beyond our control. There is nothing you can do when you have tire issues and we've had them two weeks in a row. But we've been running really well and I think that will continue. You just have to keep the guys pumped up."
39 RYAN NEWMAN, Chevrolet
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 19th, 36 points out of the top 10.
INDY RECORD: Finished seventh a year ago for only his second top-10 finish in 12 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Newman calls Indianapolis Motor Speedway "a unique race track. We all know that. It's a lot of fun, especially when you're up front. It seems like the straightaways go on forever and you can just sit there and relax and drive the race car. It's really a deal where, if you have a fast race car, you will have fun. If your car isn't fast, it's going to be a miserable day. It is so difficult to pass there. But for me, I think racing at Indianapolis is just about the history."
LOOKING BACK: A late-race accident triggered when Matt Kenseth ran into the back of Kurt Busch resulted in a 39th-place finish for Newman as he lost three spots in the standings.
ETC.: Newman said his "favorite Brickyard moment was probably my first competitive lap that I ever had there back in 2001. Everybody was in qualifying trim in practice - the way we used to do with the schedule. We were quickest out of the box. I wasn't even a rookie at that point and I was the quickest car in practice. So that was pretty cool. I ended up qualifying fifth because I bounced off the wall in turn four. But that, to me, was pretty impressive - to be that much of a rookie and to be that competitive at a track that is so difficult."
27 PAUL MENARD, Chevrolet
Team: Richard Childress Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 20th, 36 points out of the top 10.
INDY RECORD: Won the Brickyard 400 in 2011.
LOOKING AHEAD: Menard said, "Indy is a place where I spent a lot of time when I was younger. It will always be a very special place for me since it's the track when I got my first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win. We've had a tough month so far, and we are looking forward to changing our luck this weekend. I've got a brand new number 27 Duracell/Menards Chevrolet for this weekend, and I'm ready to get on track after having a weekend off. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the greatest race track in the world and it's always a pleasure to walk through the gates at 'The Brickyard'."
LOOKING BACK: Menard finished 17th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
ETC.: Car owner Richard Childress is the only car owner to win the Brickyard 400 with three different driver - Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Harvick and Menard. Childress, surprisingly, calls the Menard victory maybe the best of the three. "Not taking anything away from Dale or Kevin's first win there, but that one was so special I think because of being able to win a race with Paul, being able to win at Indy, where that whole family had put so much into Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Childress. "John Menard (Paul's father) played a huge role there for many years. To be able to win that race with him, have his whole family there that day, it was almost a storybook ending to a great venture in Indy for John Menard."
17 RICKY STENHOUSE JR., Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 21st, 47 points out of the top 10, 11 points out of the top 20.
INDY RECORD: Will be making his Sprint Cup debut.
LOOKING AHEAD: Stenhouse said he is "looking forward to my first Cup start at Indy. A win at Indy is something every driver dreams about. We ran there last year for the first time in the Nationwide Series and finished ninth after running in the top 10 for most of the day. Track position is crucial at Indy so we will have to stay up front and work on pit strategy. I'm confident we can earn a top-10 finish this weekend in our Ford Ecoboost Fusion."
LOOKING BACK: Stenhouse was involved in a late-race accident and finished 34th at Loudon.