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Race for the Chase – A look at the contenders to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup field

  • 14 July 2013 -   Joey Logano during the Camping World RV Sales 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (HHP/Christa L Thomas)

    14 July 2013 - Joey Logano during the Camping World RV Sales 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (HHP/Christa L Thomas)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet,  practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15:  Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15:  Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Paul Menard, driver of the #27 Peak/Menard's Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Paul Menard, driver of the #27 Peak/Menard's Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jimmie Johnson speaks to the media during a press conference prior to auto racing practice at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday March 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

    NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jimmie Johnson speaks to the media during a press conference prior to auto racing practice at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday March 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr., smiles as he stands talking with crew members in the garage during NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing practice Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Dale Earnhardt, Jr., smiles as he stands talking with crew members in the garage during NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing practice Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Driver Brad Keselowski talks with crew chief Paul Wolfe in the garage after a qualifying session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Driver Brad Keselowski talks with crew chief Paul Wolfe in the garage after a qualifying session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Carl Edwards leaves the garage after finishing practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race Friday, June 20, 2014, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Carl Edwards leaves the garage after finishing practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race Friday, June 20, 2014, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

  • Driver Joey Logano smiles in the garage area during the practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, April 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer)

    Driver Joey Logano smiles in the garage area during the practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, April 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer)

  • Kevin Harvick works in the garage during NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing practice on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

    Kevin Harvick works in the garage during NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing practice on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

  • Denny Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the second of two NASCAR Sprint Cup series qualifying auto races at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

    Denny Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the second of two NASCAR Sprint Cup series qualifying auto races at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

  • Jeff Gordon talks to crew members before practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, May 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

    Jeff Gordon talks to crew members before practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, May 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

  • Tony Stewart jokes with members of the media during NASCAR auto racing media day at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Tony Stewart jokes with members of the media during NASCAR auto racing media day at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Clint Bowyer, left, Josh Wise, center, and AJ Allmendinger, right, raise their trophies after the NASCAR Sprint Showdown auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Friday, May 16, 2014. All three gained a spot in Saturday's All-Star race with Bowyer winning the race, Allmendinger finishing second, and Josh Wise being selected by a fan vote. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Clint Bowyer, left, Josh Wise, center, and AJ Allmendinger, right, raise their trophies after the NASCAR Sprint Showdown auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Friday, May 16, 2014. All three gained a spot in Saturday's All-Star race with Bowyer winning the race, Allmendinger finishing second, and Josh Wise being selected by a fan vote. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Greg Biffle, left, laughs with a crew member before getting into his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race on Friday, June 20, 2014, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Greg Biffle, left, laughs with a crew member before getting into his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race on Friday, June 20, 2014, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

  • Kyle Larson, third from left, stops to sign autographs between practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Friday, June 20, 2014, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Kyle Larson, third from left, stops to sign autographs between practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Friday, June 20, 2014, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

  • Driver Matt Kenseth stands in the garage area before practice for Sunday's Aaron's 499 NASCAR auto race at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, May 2, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

    Driver Matt Kenseth stands in the garage area before practice for Sunday's Aaron's 499 NASCAR auto race at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, May 2, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

  • Kurt Busch stands by himself in the garage during NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing practice Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Kurt Busch stands by himself in the garage during NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing practice Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch poses for a portrait during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/NASCAR via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kyle Busch

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch poses for a portrait during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/NASCAR via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kyle Busch

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne poses for a portrait during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/NASCAR via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kasey Kahne

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne poses for a portrait during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/NASCAR via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kasey Kahne

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Paul Menard poses for a portrait during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Paul Menard poses for a portrait during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman poses during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman poses during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Smithfield Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Smithfield Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 DOW Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 DOW Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15:  Brian Vickers, driver of the #55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Brian Vickers, driver of the #55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brian Vickers poses during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/NASCAR via Getty Images)

    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brian Vickers poses during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/NASCAR via Getty Images)

  • Aric Almirola celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, July 6, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Aric Almirola celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, July 6, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Austin Dillon prepares before practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, May 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

    Austin Dillon prepares before practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, May 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

  • 14 July 2013 -   Joey Logano during the Camping World RV Sales 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (HHP/Christa L Thomas)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet,  practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15:  Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15:  Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Paul Menard, driver of the #27 Peak/Menard's Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jimmie Johnson speaks to the media during a press conference prior to auto racing practice at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Friday March 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr., smiles as he stands talking with crew members in the garage during NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing practice Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Driver Brad Keselowski talks with crew chief Paul Wolfe in the garage after a qualifying session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  • Carl Edwards leaves the garage after finishing practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race Friday, June 20, 2014, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
  • Driver Joey Logano smiles in the garage area during the practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, April 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer)
  • Kevin Harvick works in the garage during NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing practice on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
  • Denny Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the second of two NASCAR Sprint Cup series qualifying auto races at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
  • Jeff Gordon talks to crew members before practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, May 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
  • Tony Stewart jokes with members of the media during NASCAR auto racing media day at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Clint Bowyer, left, Josh Wise, center, and AJ Allmendinger, right, raise their trophies after the NASCAR Sprint Showdown auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Friday, May 16, 2014. All three gained a spot in Saturday's All-Star race with Bowyer winning the race, Allmendinger finishing second, and Josh Wise being selected by a fan vote. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
  • Greg Biffle, left, laughs with a crew member before getting into his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race on Friday, June 20, 2014, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
  • Kyle Larson, third from left, stops to sign autographs between practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Friday, June 20, 2014, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
  • Driver Matt Kenseth stands in the garage area before practice for Sunday's Aaron's 499 NASCAR auto race at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, May 2, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
  • Kurt Busch stands by himself in the garage during NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing practice Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch poses for a portrait during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/NASCAR via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kyle Busch
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne poses for a portrait during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/NASCAR via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kasey Kahne
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Paul Menard poses for a portrait during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman poses during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Smithfield Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 DOW Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 15:  Brian Vickers, driver of the #55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brian Vickers poses during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/NASCAR via Getty Images)
  • Aric Almirola celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, July 6, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Austin Dillon prepares before practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, May 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

JIMMIE JOHNSON

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

Wins: 3

Points: 596

Top 5s: 6

Top 10s: 12

Best finish at NHMS: 1st (July 2003, Sept. ’03, June ’10)

Average finish at NHMS: 9.6

Last year at NHMS: 6th in July, 4th in Sept.

Did you know? Last year he became the third driver with six Cup Series titles.

DALE EARNHARDT JR.

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

Wins: 2

Points: 624

Top 5s: 9

Top 10s: 12

Best finish at NHMS: 3rd (Sept. 2004)

Average finish at NHMS: 13.8

Last year at NHMS: 14th in July, 6th in Sept.

Did you know? Junior was voted the Most Popular Driver for an 11th consecutive season in 2013.

BRAD KESELOWSKI

Team: Team Penske

Wins: 2

Points: 586

Top 5s: 8

Top 10s: 9

Best finish at NHMS: 2nd (Sept. 2011)

Average finish at NHMS: 12.6

Last year at NHMS: 4th in July, 11th in Sept.

Did you know? He won his first career Cup Series pole at Loudon for the September race in 2010.

JOEY LOGANO

Team: Team Penske

Wins: 2

Points: 546

Top 5s: 6

Top 10s: 9

Best finish at NHMS: 1st (June 2009)

Average finish at NHMS: 17.5

Last year at NHMS: 40th in July, 14th in Sept.

Did you know? His first Cup start was at Loudon in September of 2008, and his first Cup win was at Loudon in June of 2009.

CARL EDWARDS

Team: Roush Fenway Racing

Wins: 2

Points: 543

Top 5s: 4

Top 10s: 8

Best finish at NHMS: 2nd (July 2006)

Average finish at NHMS: 13.5

Last year at NHMS: 8th in July, 9th in Sept.

Did you know? He was a part-time substitute teacher before signing with Roush Fenway Racing.

KEVIN HARVICK

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

Wins: 2

Points: 514

Top 5s: 5

Top 10s: 8

Best finish at NHMS: 1st (Sept. 2006)

Average finish at NHMS: 13.4

Last year at NHMS: 7th in July, 20th in Sept.

Did you know? He began racing karts at age 5, winning seven national titles and two Grand National championships.

JEFF GORDON

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

Wins: 1

Points: 651

Top 5s: 6

Top 10s: 13

Best finish at NHMS: 1st (July 1995, Sept. ’97, Aug. ’98)

Average finish at NHMS: 9.0

Last year at NHMS: 10th in July, 15th in Sept.

Did you know? He’s third on Cup Series all-time wins list with 89 victories.

KYLE BUSCH

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

Wins: 1

Points: 524

Top 5s: 4

Top 10s: 7

Best finish at NHMS: 1st (July 2006)

Average finish at NHMS: 15.1

Last year at NHMS: 2nd both races

Did you know? He graduated from high school (Durango HS in Nevada) a year early to accelerate his racing career.

DENNY HAMLIN

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

Wins: 1

Points: 493

Top 5s: 4

Top 10s: 6

Best finish at NHMS: 1st (July 2007)

Average finish at NHMS: 9.0

Last year at NHMS: 21st in July, 12th in Sept.

Did you know? He qualified for seven straight Chases (2006-12) before missing out last year, finishing 23rd in points.

ARIC ALMIROLA

Team: Richard Petty Motorsports

Wins: 1

Points: 452

Top 5s: 2

Top 10s: 4

Best finish at NHMS: 5th (July 2013)

Average finish at NHMS: 21.0

Last year at NHMS: 5th in July, 21st in Sept.

Did you know? Coming off his first career win this past Sunday in the rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.

KURT BUSCH

Team: Stewart-Haas Racing

Wins: 1

Points: 412

Top 5s: 4

Top 10s: 4

Best finish at NHMS: 1st (July 2004, Sept. ’04, June ’08)

Average finish at NHMS: 16.5

Last year at NHMS: 31st in July, 13th in Sept.

Did you know? He began racing in Dwarf Cars at the age of 14 near Las Vegas.

MATT KENSETH

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing

Wins: 0

Points: 580

Top 5s: 6

Top 10s: 11

Best finish at NHMS: 1st (Sept. 2013)

Average finish at NHMS: 14.4

Last year at NHMS: 9th in July, 1st in Sept.

Did you know? His first Cup win was at the Coca-Cola 600 in 2000, the only rookie winner in the race’s history.

RYAN NEWMAN

Team: Richard Childress Racing

Wins: 0

Points: 534

Top 5s: 1

Top 10s: 6

Best finish at NHMS: 1st (Sept. 2002, Sept. ’05, July ’11)

Average finish at NHMS: 15.6

Last year at NHMS: 39th in July, 16th in Sept.

Did you know? His extensive car collection was on “American Pickers” (Episode: Art of the Deal).

PAUL MENARD

Team: Richard Childress Racing

Wins: 0

Points: 516

Top 5s: 3

Top 10s: 9

Best finish at NHMS: 12th (Sept. 2012)

Average finish at NHMS: 24.6

Last year at NHMS: 17th in July, 22nd in Sept.

Did you know? His first career Cup win came in the Brickyard 400 at the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

CLINT BOWYER

Team: Michael Waltrip Racing

Wins: 0

Points: 509

Top 5s: 2

Top 10s: 7

Best finish at NHMS: 1st (Sept. 2007, Sept. ’10)

Average finish at NHMS: 15.1

Last year at NHMS: 13th in July, 17th in Sept.

Did you know? His first career Cup victory came at Loudon in September of 2007.

AUSTIN DILLON

Team: Richard Childress Racing

Wins: 0

Points: 494

Top 5s: 1

Top 10s: 2

Best finish at NHMS: Hasn’t raced in Cup Series at NHMS

Average finish at NHMS: N/A

Last year at NHMS: N/A

Did you know? Grandson of car owner Richard Childress, won Nationwide Series in 2013.

GREG BIFFLE

Team: Roush Fenway Racing

Wins: 0

Points: 490

Top 5s: 2

Top 10s: 5

Best finish at NHMS: 1st (Sept. 2008)

Average finish at NHMS: 12.1

Last year at NHMS: 15th in July, 3rd in Sept.

Did you know? He’s the only driver to win Rookie of the Year awards in both the Nationwide (2001) and Truck Series (1998).

BRIAN VICKERS

Team: Michael Waltrip Racing

Wins: 0

Points: 484

Top 5s: 3

Top 10s: 6

Best finish at NHMS: 1st (July 2013)

Average finish at NHMS: 17.1

Last year at NHMS: 1st in July, 7th in Sept.

Did you know? He missed his high school prom because he was racing in a Nationwide Series event at Bristol in 2002.

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