ETC.: Bowyer has completed 98.5 percent (4,995) of 5,070 total laps contested in 16 career starts at Phoenix. His average start is 18.9 and average finish is 16.9. He has two DNFs there.
16 GREG BIFFLE, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 8th, 73 points out of first place.
PHOENIX RECORD: Seven top-10 finishes including five top-five's in 19 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Biffle said, "I love going to the desert and I'm really looking forward to Phoenix this weekend. We had a good car in the spring at Phoenix until we got back in traffic (he led 39 laps). But we've been working on our short track program so I'm confident going into this weekend. We still can finish in the top five (in the standings) with a good run at Phoenix and another one at Homestead."
LOOKING BACK: Biffle finished 12th at Texas. "That was a tough one," said Biffle. "The car wasn't very good in traffic and it seemed like we missed maybe the front gaps a little bit on the start. We didn't get it (right) until it seemed like about 20 to go or 30 or 50 or whatever that last stop was. We just weren't where we wanted to be. It was a tough day."
ETC.: Biffle said he is rooting for his former teammate, Matt Kenseth, to win the championship. "Matt's a great guy," said Biffle. "He was a great teammate (at Roush Fenway Racing). We're still pretty good friends. We do a lot of stuff together. I'd like to see Matt win it. He's been a good guy over time. I think he deserves it."
22 JOEY LOGANO, Ford
Team: Penske Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 9th, 91 points out of first place. Gained two spots last week.
PHOENIX RECORD: Three top-10 finishes in nine starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Logano said he is sad that the 2013 season is coming to a close. "I'd like to keep on going," said Logano. "I'm a racer and I like to race. When the off-season comes around, I'm good for a couple of weeks and then I'm ready to get back in a race car and race. That's what I like to do and that's what I want to do. There isn't much other than racing for me."
LOOKING BACK: Logano ran up front all afternoon as he finished third at Texas. "The guys on the AAA Fusion did a great job overnight looking at what Brad's (Keselowski) car had and what we went through in practice. We went through our notes and made sure we understood all the changes and put together a fast race car today. From the start of the race we started moving forward and I thought I was a second or third-place car all night. Overall we can't be disappointed with a third-place finish as the 48 (Jimmie Johnson) car was just ridiculously fast."
ETC.: Logano has high hopes for this weekend because it's the second time around at Phoenix for him and crew chief Todd Gordon. "When you come to a track together for the first time, you don't know how he likes to set up a car. He doesn't know what kind of adjustments that you like. You don't know exactly how to explain the car's handling to him. When you do it once and you come back a second time, you have all those notes and you know where you are going to start. That is why we have seemed to click so well going back to these places a second time."
78 KURT BUSCH, Chevrolet
Team: Furniture Row Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 10th, 96 points out of first place. Lost one spot last week.
PHOENIX RECORD: One win and 11 top-10 finishes in 21 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Busch said, "Phoenix, I love the place, led a lot of laps there. But that was on the old configuration. The new configuration is little bit slicker and if you hit it exactly right you can be quick there. But if you're off, it makes it treacherous and tough to pass on when the track heats up. After the last four Chase races, we're overdue for a strong finish."
LOOKING BACK: Busch finished 17th at Texas. "That's all we had," said Busch. "It was a struggle all weekend with our Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet. It wasn't a good day, or for that matter, a good weekend. We were off since we unloaded on Friday and never found the right balance for this track. We gave it everything we had, but yet it was disappointing because these mile-and-a-half tracks should be good for us."
ETC.: Furniture Row Racing announced last week that Martin Truex Jr. has signed a multi-year agreement to drive the number 78 beginning with the 2014 season. Truex will replace Busch, who is moving to Stewart-Haas Racing. "As unlucky as I got at Richmond a month or two ago, I got just as lucky when this deal turned up," said Truex, who was knocked out of this year's Chase for the Championship when NASCAR ruled Michael Waltrip Racing tried to manipulate the race at Richmond. "It's been tough," added Truex. "It's been a roller coaster of emotions to say the least. I was terrified (when sponsor NAPA said it would be leaving the 56 team at the end of the 2013 season because of what transpired at Richmond). My first thought was, 'What am I going to do next year? Here it is September. Everybody has got their deals done for next year.' I'm just very, very fortunate to have the opportunity to drive for a team of this caliber this late in the season."
99 CARL EDWARDS, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 11th, 116 points out of first place. Lost one spot last week.