WHERE HE STANDS: Carl Edwards climbed three positions in the standings after his win at Bristol, from a tie for sixth-place to a tie for third-place with Jeff Gordon. The pair trail new points leader Brad Keselowski by 11 points, second-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by one point and lead fifth-ranked Jimmie Johnson by nine points.
FONTANA RECORD: 16 career starts, 1 wins, 8 top-5s, 13 top-10s, 1 poles. Best career finish: First in spring 2008. Finished fourth in this race last year and was fifth in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Edwards has become quite proficient at Fontana, with eight top-fives and 13 top-10s in 16 overall starts. He's riding momentum from Sunday's win in Bristol and could make it back-to-back wins this Sunday. Here's his thoughts: "(With not having a win prior to Bristol), concerned is not really a strong enough word, but it definitely got my attention. ... Now we get an opportunity to prove that we deserve to win (he won Bristol under caution) and honestly, it might have been a lot more exciting. With everything like that there's always an opportunity, but I did not want to see that caution, I did not at all, so I'm glad the rain came. There was some higher powers at work there and it worked out great."
LOOKING BACK: Edwards powered to a strong win at Bristol. He was in the right place at the right time when caution fell on the final lap.
ETC.: Edwards has completed 99.6 percent (3,718) of the 3,734 total laps contested in 16 career starts at Fontana. His average start there is 18.8 and his average finish is 8.4. He has zero DNFs there.
48 JIMMIE JOHNSON, Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: After climbing two places in the standings after Las Vegas, Jimmie Johnson gave back what he gained by dropping back two spots after Bristol He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 20 points, is nine points behind the third-ranked tie between Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards, and leads sixth-ranked Joey Logano by two points.
FONTANA RECORD: 19 career starts, 5 wins, 12 top-5s, 14 top-10s, 1 poles. Best career finish: First in spring 2002, summer 2005, summer 2008, fall 2009 and spring 2010. Finished 12th in this race last year and was 10th in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Johnson is still in search of his first win of 2014. Fontana could very well be the place: it's one of his most successful tracks. It's hard to pick against him. Here's his thoughts on Sunday's race: "I love going back to California to race. If I had a home track, Fontana is definitely mine. It was the site of my first win in '02 so it's very special to me. I have some local favorite restaurants I like to hit up and get to see a lot of friends. We have a full day of media on Thursday - which is great to be able to stop in Los Angeles on the way out there and hit that market from a media standpoint. We are doing some cool mainstream media hits it's good for me, good for Lowe's and good for the sport."
LOOKING BACK: Johnson struggled with tire issues and handling at Bristol, ending up with a disappointing 19th-place finish.
ETC.: Johnson has completed an outstanding 100 percent (4,484) of the 4,484 total laps contested in 19 career starts at Fontana. His average start there is 9.6 and his average finish is an excellent 5.7. He has zero DNFs there.
22 JOEY LOGANO, Ford
Team: Penske Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: After climbing four spots following Phoenix and two spots after Las Vegas and into fourth place, Joey Logano gave back two positions in the standings, dropping to sixth after Bristol. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 22 points, is two points behind fifth-ranked Jimmie Johnson and leads seventh-ranked Denny Hamlin by one point.
FONTANA RECORD: 7 career starts, 0 wins, 2 top-5s, 2 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Third in 2013. Finished a career-best third in this race last year and 24th in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Logano returns to the same track where he not only had issues with Denny Hamlin, he also had a post-race scuffle with Tony Stewart. Here's his thoughts on returning to Fontana: "Last year, we did put on a pretty good show there. There was a lot of passing and back and forth action. We had a shot to win there last year and just missed out on it by a little bit. I'd like to go out there and win this weekend. I feel like our two-mile program is really strong and has been here at Team Penske. Hopefully, we can keep it up on Sunday."
LOOKING BACK: Logano led 12 laps at Bristol but his car progressively went away in the final 100 laps or so, ultimately finishing 20th.
ETC.: Logano has completed 99.9 percent (1,477) of the 1,479 laps contested at Fontana. His average start is 12.3 and average finish is 15.4. He has zero DNFs there.
11 DENNY HAMLIN, Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Denny Hamlin climbed one spot in the standings after Bristol, from eighth to seventh. He trails points leader Brad Keselowski by 23 points, is one point behind sixth-ranked Joey Logano and leads eighth-ranked Matt Kenseth by two points.
FONTANA RECORD: 13 career starts, 0 wins, 1 top-5s, 4 top-10s, 3 poles. Best career finish: Third in summer 2008. He finished 25th in last year's race and was 11th in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Hamlin returns to the place where he suffered the worst wreck of his Sprint Cup career, suffering a compression fracture in his lower spine, causing him to miss the next four races. He's looking to make a triumphant return this weekend and finally earn that first win that has eluded him up to this point there.
LOOKING BACK: Hamlin bounced back from a 12th place finish at Las Vegas to lead four laps and finish sixth this past Sunday at Bristol. Here's his thoughts about his showing: "It was alright. We weren't very good on the short run and got beat pretty bad on restarts. Other than that, a solid day. It's not what we want when we come to Bristol. Obviously, it's win or nothing."