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 third consecutive week after Richmond. He leads second-ranked Matt Kenseth by five points and third-ranked Carl Edwards by 28 points.

TALLADEGA RECORD: 42 career starts, 6 wins, 15 top-5s, 19 top-10s, 3 poles. Best career finish: First in summer 1996, spring 2000, spring 2004, spring 2005, spring and fall 2007. Finished 11th in this race last year and was 14th in the fall Chase race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Gordon is still in search of his first win of 2014. But he is atop the points standings because he continues to have consistent runs. Here's his thoughts on Sunday's race: "Qualifying this Saturday has the potential to be one of the most exciting sessions of the season. It's definitely going to be a learning experience on where to position yourself to get the best draft with the most speed. You can talk about a plan ahead of time, but that plan may completely change when the session starts."

LOOKING BACK: Gordon led almost half (173) of the 400 laps at Richmond, but couldn't hold off Joey Logano at the end, forcing Gordon to settle for second instead of earning his first win of 2014.

ETC.: Gordon has completed 91.8 percent (7,229) of the 7,877 total laps contested in 42 career starts at Talladega. His average start there is 11.6 and average finish is 16.2. He has a career-high nine DNF's there.

20 MATT KENSETH, Toyota

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: For the fourth consecutive week, Matt Kenseth remained in second place in the Sprint Cup standings. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by five points and leads third-ranked Carl Edwards by 23 points.

TALLADEGA RECORD: 28 career starts, 1 wins, 5 top-5s, 9 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: First in fall 2012. Finished eighth in this race last year and was 20th in last fall's Chase race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Kenseth continues to look for his first win of the season, much like points leader Jeff Gordon. Other than last fall's 20th-place showing, Kenseth finished third, first and eighth in the previous three races.

LOOKING BACK: Kenseth led 35 laps but couldn't catch eventual race winner Joey Logano at Richmond, falling back to finish fifth in this past Saturday's race.

ETC.: Kenseth has completed 94.5 percent (5,011) of the 5,304 total laps contested in 28 career starts at Talladega. His average start there is 20.5 and his average finish is 17.7. He has four DNFs there.

99 CARL EDWARDS, Ford

Team: Roush Fenway Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: Carl Edwards remained in third-place for the fourth consecutive week in the Sprint Cup standings after Richmond. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 28 points, is 23 points behind second-ranked Matt Kenseth and leads fourth-ranked Kyle Busch by three points.

TALLADEGA RECORD: 19 career starts, 0 win, 2 top-5s, 5 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Third in spring 2013. Finished a career-best third in this race last year and was 17th in last fall's Chase race there.