KANSAS RECORD: 14 career starts, 2 wins, 7 top-fives, 9 top-10s, 1 poles. Best career finish: First in fall 2007 and fall 2010. 2008. Was 27th in this race last year and 19th in this year's spring race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Kansas has been one of Biffle's better tracks, but not of late, having finished 27th and 19th in his last two starts there. He says he's looking to turn things around and climb back in the Chase standings this Sunday: "I feel really good about Kansas this weekend. We've got a lot of speed in our cars and 1.5-mile tracks are our favorite type of tracks. I like Kansas and have a couple of wins there. We've been running well and we have a strong opportunity to get our first win of the Chase. Even though the tire for this weekend is different than what we tested a little while back, I think we still learned a lot. We've got to get a win this weekend to get back in the Chase."
LOOKING BACK: While teammate Carl Edwards did miserably, falling seven places in the standings after finishing 35th, Biffle was decent, settling for a ninth-place finish.
ETC.: Biffle has completed 93.7 percent (3,453) of 3,686 total laps contested in 14 career starts at Kansas. His average start is 14.9 and average finish is a strong 10.1. He has one DNF there.
39 RYAN NEWMAN, Chevrolet
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Ryan Newman is the highest he's been thus far in the Chase, climbing two spots from ninth to seventh place in the Sprint Cup standings after Dover. He trails series leader Matt Kenseth by 48 points, is seven points behind sixth-ranked Greg Biffle and leads eighth-ranked Clint Bowyer by three points.
KANSAS RECORD: 15 career starts, 1 wins, 3 top-fives, 4 top-10s and 0 poles. Best career finish: First in 2003. Finished 30th in this race last year and was 14th in this year's spring race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Newman needs a big boost this Sunday for two reasons. First, he needs to build upon the momentum that raised him to seventh in the standings for the first time in this year's Chase. Second, he's failed to finish in the top 10 in each of the last five races there. Here's Newman's thoughts on Sunday's race: "I think it is a three-man race (Kenseth, Johnson and Kyle Busch) right now, but I don't think it can't be a four-, five- or six-man race by the time we get to Homestead. We didn't have a great race at New Hampshire a few weeks back, so we gave up quite a few points right there. Who's to say those guys won't find themselves having an off-race like that just the way we did? It's not over until it's over. There is so much racing left. There are so many laps, so many opportunities for guys to make mistakes that I feel like it's too early to be talking about it."
LOOKING BACK: Newman led six laps and ultimately finished eighth at Dover.
ETC.: Newman has completed 94.2 percent (3,724) of the 3,953 total laps contested in 15 career starts at Kansas. His average start is 13.9, while his average finish is 18.1. He has three DNFs there.
15 CLINT BOWYER, Toyota
Team: Michael Waltrip Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 8th, 51 points out of first place. Gained two spots last week.
KANSAS RECORD: Finished fifth in the May race for his third top-seven finish in the last four races.
LOOKING AHEAD: Bowyer, a Kansas native, loves "coming back to Kansas. They've done such a great job with turning Kansas Speedway into a destination track for NASCAR fans. It's a fun place to visit with all the restaurants, shopping, sporting events and things to do within walking distance of the track. That all used to be farm field and now it's like a whole new city centered around the race track. I've run really well there, and I would love to win a race at my home track."
LOOKING BACK: Bowyer was playing the fuel-mileage game to perfection before a late-race caution ruined his hopes of visiting victory lane. "We've had a rough start to the Chase, but we worked hard and put ourselves in a good position to go for the win today," said Bowyer. "Unfortunately, that caution there at the end ruined our plan (of not stopping for fuel while the other leaders all had to stop), but we were good enough and smart enough to get a win today. We were just a little short (speed wise) there at the end)." Bowyer ended up 10th at Dover.
ETC.: Bowyer and Michael Waltrip Racing got some very good news last week when 5-Hour Energy announced they would return in 2014. Melissa Skabich, a company spokesperson, said the decision was made "after several internal discussions and meetings with MWR." There had been a lot of speculation that the company would not return after NASCAR severely penalized MWR for trying to "manipulate" the Richmond race. "There had been a lot of talk, but I've always knew 5-Hour Energy was behind me 100 percent," said Bowyer. "We've had a great relationship from day one, and it's going to continue to be that way."
78 KURT BUSCH, Chevrolet
Team: Furniture Row Racing