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 sixth consecutive week after the Coca-Cola 600. He leads second-ranked Matt Kenseth by 11 points and third-ranked Carl Edwards by 24 points.
DOVER RECORD: 42 career starts, 4 wins, 17 top-5s, 24 top-10s, 4 poles. Best career finish: First in fall 1995, spring 1996, fall 1996 and spring 2001. Finished third in this race last year and was fourth in the fall Chase race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Gordon has had an outstanding career racing at Dover. In 42 starts, he's won four times and amassed a total of 24 top-10 finishes. He looks for another strong run and to continue his stranglehold thus far on the top of the points standings. "I enjoy racing at Dover because of the high speeds and the high-banked corners and the high-banked straightaways. You are constantly on the edge and you can find yourself in trouble quickly. The groove widens out and we can run low, middle or high. But this place is tricky because the balance of the car can be different from one end of the track to the other."
LOOKING BACK: Even though he didn't get his second win in a row (having won two weeks ago at Kansas), Gordon continued his outstanding season-long consistency in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600, finishing seventh.
ETC.: Gordon has completed 94.8 percent (16,784) of the 17,704 total laps contested in 42 career starts at Dover. His average start there is 11.9 and average finish is 11.6. He has five DNF's there.
20 MATT KENSETH, Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: For the seventh consecutive week, Matt Kenseth remained in second place in the Sprint Cup standings. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 11 points and leads third-ranked Carl Edwards by 13 points.
DOVER RECORD: 30 career starts, 2 wins, 13 top-5s, 19 top-10s, 1 pole. Best career finish: First in spring 2006 and spring 2011. Finished 40th in this race last year (due to engine failure), but rebounded to finish seventh in last fall's Chase race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Kenseth is now the only driver in the top five in the standings who still has not won a race in 2014, a definite anomaly after scoring a series-high seven races in 2013. Now that Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson have broken their respective winless streaks, it's Kenseth's turn now to visit victory lane. Will he do so this Sunday? "I feel like we're gaining on it," Kenseth said. "We're not where we were last year yet, but I feel like certainly we're gaining on it. ... We are just a little bit off and just need to get it a little better somehow."
LOOKING BACK: Kenseth had a very strong run at Charlotte, leading 33 laps and finishing a close third to winner Jimmie Johnson and runner-up Kevin Harvick.
ETC.: Kenseth has completed 95.4 percent (11,454) of the 12,004 total laps contested in 30 career starts at Dover. His average start there is 15.3 and his average finish is 13.4. He has five DNFs there.
18 KYLE BUSCH, Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Kyle Busch remained in third place for the third consecutive week after the Coca-Cola 600, but he is now also tied with Carl Edwards. Busch and Edwards both trail points leader Jeff Gordon by 24 points, are 13 points behind second-ranked Matt Kenseth and leads fifth-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 14 points.
DOVER RECORD: 18 career starts, 2 wins, 9 top-5s, 12 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: First in spring 2008 and spring 2010. Finished fourth in this race last year and was fifth in last fall's Chase race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Busch is still looking for his second win of the season. Could it potentially be at Dover on Sunday? ?"It's definitely a fast racetrack," Busch said of Dover. "It's a fun racetrack, too. It makes it interesting when you get to traffic, when you have to pass guys, when you're kind of falling down into the hole and jumping back up out of the hole to the straightaways. It's a good place to race. It's a competitive racetrack and, when the rubber gets laid down, it definitely changes the whole atmosphere and the whole way you run around that place."
LOOKING BACK: For the second consecutive week, Busch had just an average car at Charlotte, just like he did at Kansas. He failed to lead a lap but still finished with a decent ninth-place showing.
ETC.: Busch has completed just 89.2 percent (6,426) of the 7,204 total laps contested in 18 career starts at Dover. His average start there is 11.9 and average finish is 12.8. He has three DNFs there.
99 CARL EDWARDS, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing