ETC.: Kenseth has completed 92.3 percent (3,360) of the 3,640 total laps contested in 14 career starts at Las Vegas. His average start there is 17.2 and his average finish is a very strong 11.6. He has one DNF there.
11 DENNY HAMLIN, Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Denny Hamlin fell the most positions of any driver in the top-10, dropping from second to eighth after Sunday's race at Phoenix. After tailing points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by only five points after the season-opening Daytona 500, Hamlin now trails Earnhardt by 22 points, is two points behind seventh-ranked Matt Kenseth and leads ninth-ranked Carl Edwards by three points.
LAS VEGAS RECORD: 8 career starts, 0 wins, 1 top-5s, 4 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Third in 2007. He finished 15th in last year's race and was 20th in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Having come so close at Daytona (finished second), Hamlin looks to get back on the right track Sunday in Las Vegas after finishing 19th at Phoenix.
LOOKING BACK: Hamlin struggled with an ill-handling car and had less than ideal track position for much of Sunday's race at Phoenix, ultimately finishing 19th.
ETC.: Hamlin has completed a perfect 100 percent (2,156) of the 2,157 total laps contested in eight career starts at Las Vegas. His average start there is 20.1 and his average finish is 13.1. He has zero DNFs there.
99 CARL EDWARDS, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Carl Edwards took a big jump forward at Phoenix, gaining six positions to climb from 15th to ninth. He trails points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 25 points, is three points behind eighth-ranked Denny Hamlin and leads the three-way tie for 10th place between Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears by one point.
LAS VEGAS RECORD: 9 career starts, 2 wins, 4 top-5s, 5 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: First in 2008 and 2011. Finished fifth in this race last year and was also fifth in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: It's almost prophetic, but whenever Edwards has a good race at Las Vegas, he typically goes on to have a good season overall. Here's his thoughts on Sunday's race in Sin City: "We had an extremely fast car in Phoenix. We've been working very hard on our mile and a half program and I'm excited to go to Vegas. We have got the test day which should be good. Hopefully we can build on this good run and have some fun and get our first win of the season. If we had qualified better at Phoenix I think that we would have been really good, so that says a lot about our team."
LOOKING BACK: Edwards had a decent race at Phoenix, not exactly one of his best tracks, leading one lap and finishing a very respectable seventh place.
ETC.: Edwards has completed a perfect 100 percent (2,424) of the 2,424 total laps contested in nine career starts at Las Vegas. His average start there is 13.8 and his average finish is a very strong 9.7. He has zero DNFs there.
16 GREG BIFFLE, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Greg Biffle dropped three spots in the standings after Phoenix, falling from seventh into a three-way tie for 10th with Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears. Biffle trails points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 26 points, is one point behind ninth-ranked Carl Edwards and leads 13th-ranked Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by one point.
LAS VEGAS RECORD: 10 career starts, 0 wins, 2 top-5s, 6 top-10s, 1 poles. Best career finish: Third in 2008 and 2012. Finished 17th in this race last year and was third in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Biffle seems to always be in the hunt at Las Vegas, but he still hasn't taken the checkered flag first. Maybe that will change this Sunday. Here's his thoughts: "I love the city of Las Vegas and I love the race track. We run really well there and I have the American Red Cross on the car, I cannot wait to get to Vegas. It takes a lot of things to win at Vegas. Track position is crucial. We've been really close to winning in the Cup car before and hopefully this is it."
LOOKING BACK: After finishing eighth in the season-opening Daytona 500, Biffle fell off the pace Sunday at Phoenix, ultimately finishing 17th.
ETC.: Biffle has completed 90.8 percent (2,443) of the 2,691 total laps contested in 10 career starts at Las Vegas. His average start there is an excellent 8.6 and his average finish is 13.8. He has one DNF there.
Driver Capsules for the Week of March 4, 2014
13 CASEY MEARS, Chevrolet
Team: Germain Racing