ETC.: Earnhardt has completed an outstanding 99.5 percent (8,034) of the 8,075 total laps contested in 25 career starts at Atlanta. His average start is 16.2, while his average finish is 12.5. He has two DNFs there.
5 KASEY KAHNE, Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: Kasey Kahne climbed back into the top-10 after a strong run at Bristol, going from 11th to eighth. Kahne trails points leader Jimmie Johnson by 120 points, is 13 points behind seventh-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr., and leads ninth-ranked Greg Biffle by just three points.
ATLANTA RECORD: 16 career starts, 2 wins, 6 top-fives, 8 top-10s and 2 poles. Best career finish: First in spring 2004 and fall 2009. Finished 23rd in this race last year and was 34th in the 2011 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Kahne has struggled miserably at Atlanta the last three races there, finishing 32nd, 34th and 23rd. While he likely has one of the two wild-card spots locked up to make the Chase if he needs it, he'd rather make the Chase as one of the top 10 guaranteed seeds. Here's his thoughts on Sunday's race: "Since the first time I went there, Atlanta has always been one of my favorite racetracks. It kind of reminds me of racing at Eldora Speedway. When you run the outside at Atlanta right up by the wall, it feels really similar to racing a dirt track in a winged sprint car. I like that feeling you get -- that sensation of being beside the wall. And then the tires fall off, and it gets really slippery. Atlanta is just fast and rough. You have a lot of things you're kind of working through throughout a race run and just trying to get the balance of the car to be good throughout 45-48 laps. It's tough to get it right. I've just always liked racing there, it's a good one."
LOOKING BACK: Kahne did not lead any laps, but came oh so close to winning at Bristol. Unfortunately for him, he couldn't quite catch eventual winner Matt Kenseth in the final laps and settled for a runner-up finish.
ETC.: Kahne has completed 95.8 (5,008) of the 5,227 total laps contested in 16 career starts at Atlanta. His average start is 9.2, while his average finish is 18.6. He has three DNFs there.
16 GREG BIFFLE, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Greg Biffle climbed one spot back to ninth in the standings after Bristol. He trails points leader Jimmie Johnson by 123 points (down from 181 points two weeks ago), is three points behind eighth-ranked Kasey Kahne and leads 10th-ranked Joey Logano by 13 points.
ATLANTA RECORD: 18 career starts, 0 wins, 3 top-fives, 9 top-10s, 1 poles. Best career finish: Third in spring 2005. Finished 15th in this race last year and was 12th in the 2011 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Biffle knows what he has to do if he hopes to make the Chase: He has to remain in the top 10 and the best way to do so is to get a win in the next two races prior to the start of the Chase. Otherwise, there's a possibility Biffle may not qualify for the playoffs. He comes into Atlanta with a great deal of confidence. Here's his thoughts on Sunday's race: "I'm really pumped about Atlanta. We had a good run at Bristol and I'm looking forward to this weekend. Atlanta is a 1.5-mile track that we've had a lot of success at. We need to go there and challenge for the win and run in the top five, to head to Richmond and start the Chase off on an upswing this year. We're looking forward to Atlanta."
LOOKING BACK: Biffle recorded his second straight ninth-place finish in the last two races at Bristol, having also done the same a week earlier at Michigan.
ETC.: Biffle has completed 96.5 percent (5,670) of the 5,877 total laps contested in 18 career starts at Atlanta. His average start is 12.5 and average finish is 16.0. He has two DNFs there.
22 JOEY LOGANO, Ford
Team: Penske Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Joey Logano continued his outstanding climb upwards in the standings in the last two races. After moving from 16th to 13th after Michigan, Logano rose three more places after Bristol to 10th place. He trails points leader Jimmie Johnson by 136 points, is 13 points behind ninth-ranked Greg Biffle and leads 11th-ranked teammate Brad Keselowski by four points.
ATLANTA RECORD: 6 career starts, 0 wins, 0 top-fives, 0 top-10s and 0 poles. Best career finish: 18th in 2012. Finished a career-best 18th in this race last year and was 24th in the 2011 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Logano isn't content to take his chances with a possible wild-card berth to make the Chase. Rather, he wants to continue his climb up in the standings and make the Chase as one of the 10 guaranteed berths. But Atlanta is also one of his worst tracks, so he'll definitely have to pick things up Sunday. Here's his thoughts on the race: "We plan on doing nothing different at Atlanta. We want to just keep doing what we have been doing. We have been fighting back all year long, so if we go into the weekend with the same mindset, then we will hopefully continue to perform at the level we have been. We have put ourselves in the position that we need to be right now. So now we just need to build on it. Keep gaining points and keep getting the best finish that we can. That's how we are going to go into these final two weeks. The Chase is our ultimate goal."
LOOKING BACK: Logano finished a very strong fifth at Bristol, continuing the momentum he earned with his win at Michigan.
ETC.: Logano has completed 98.6 percent (1,946) of the 1,973 total laps contested in six career starts at Atlanta. His average start is a poor 28.2, while his average finish there isn't much better at 26.0. He has zero DNFs there.
2 BRAD KESELOWSKI, Ford
Team: Penske Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 11th, only four points out of the top 10. Lost three spots last week to fall out of the top 10.