WHERE HE STANDS: After winning Monday at Texas, Joey Logano climbed four places in the standings, from eighth to fourth. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 24 points, is 12 points behind third-ranked Carl Edwards and leads fifth-ranked Kyle Busch by four points.
DARLINGTON RECORD: 5 career starts, 0 wins, 0 top-5s, 2 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Ninth in 2009. Finished 22nd in this race last year and was 10th in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Logano became the seventh different winner in as many races with his win Monday at Texas. Here's his thoughts on Darlington: "It is definitely one of those places where you find yourself out of breath when you take the checkered flag. I remember the first time I did a qualifying lap at Darlington as a rookie and I got out of the car and was just shaking. I think my first words were 'whoa' when it was all finished. And we qualified fifth that year. You are right on the edge, trying to go as fast as possible, just inches from the wall. It makes you a little jittery. I heard it was even crazier before they repaved it as well, although since they repaved it, the speeds are up. But it feels really good when you finish and you see that you have posted a really good lap time. But it takes all of your focus for that lap that's for sure."
LOOKING BACK: Logano led 108 of 340 laps at Texas. He had an outstanding jump on the final restart and overtook Jeff Gordon on the final lap to earn the victory.
ETC.: Logano has completed 96.8 percent (1,781) of the 1,839 total laps contested in five career starts at Darlington. His average start is 17.2 and average finish is 20.6. He has zero DNFs there.
18 KYLE BUSCH, Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Kyle Busch continued to move up in the standings, gaining one spot from sixth to fifth following Monday's race at Texas. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 28 points, is four points behind fourth-ranked Joey Logano and leads the sixth-place tie of Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. by three points each.
DARLINGTON RECORD: 9 career starts, 1 win, 2 top-5s, 5 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: First in 2008. Finished sixth in this race last year and was fourth in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: As an avid student of NASCAR's past history, Kyle Busch loves returning to Darlington Raceway, the second-oldest track on the NASCAR circuit. He not only loves racing there, but has been very successful. Here's his thoughts on Saturday's race: "Going back to Darlington, it's a place that's really tough, really challenging. ... I'm looking forward to going back there and seeing what Darlington has got in store for us again. I'm hearing that the track color has changed a little bit more with another year for the surface to mature, so maybe the grip level is not going to be old Darlington, but something similar."
LOOKING BACK: Busch led 10 laps at Texas. Had he not washed up the racetrack on the final lap, he may have had a shot at the win, but wound up with a still respectable third-place finish.
ETC.: Busch has completed 97.2 percent (3,216) of the 3,310 total laps contested in nine career starts at Darlington. His average start there is 16.9 and average finish is 14.4. He has zero DNFs there.
48 JIMMIE JOHNSON, Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: Jimmie Johnson fell one spot in the Sprint Cup standings, into a tie for sixth-place with teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., after his disappointing 25th-place finish at Texas. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 31 points, is three points behind fifth-ranked Kyle Busch and is 10 points ahead of eighth-ranked Brad Keselowski.
DARLINGTON RECORD: 15 career starts, 3 wins, 8 top-5s, 11 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: First in spring and fall 2004 and 2012. Finished fourth in this race last year and won the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Johnson is still looking for his first win of the 2014 season. Darlington, and upcoming races at Richmond and Charlotte seem to be the best locales for Johnson to break through. Here's his thoughts on Saturday's race at Darlington: "Darlington has been a great track for us over the years. The most memorable was winning the 200th for Hendrick Motorsports a few years ago. From a track standpoint, Darlington has character so track position and strategy will be pretty important. There is a ton of history and a great race for the fans to watch. It's a high speed track - it's one of my favorites. Texas was disappointing for us - we had such a fast car and had some bad luck so I'm looking forward to this weekend and getting back after it."
LOOKING BACK: He came into Texas as one of the favorites, but being caught up in debris from Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s early wreck essentially ended Johnson's day. Still, his crew worked hard to repair the damage and he finished a respectable 25th, considering all the things he went through.
ETC.: Johnson has completed 96.4 percent (5,100) of the 5,290 total laps contested in 15 career starts at Darlington. His average start there is 11.8 and his average finish is an outstanding 8.8. He has one DNF there.
88 DALE EARNHARDT JR., Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: Dale Earnhardt Jr. fell five spots, the biggest drop he's had this season, from first into a tie for sixth with teammate Jimmie Johnson after Texas. He trails new points leader Jeff Gordon by 31 points, is three points behind fifth-ranked Kyle Busch and leads eighth-ranked Brad Keselowski by 10 points.
DARLINGTON RECORD: 19 career starts, 0 wins, 3 top-5s, 8 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Fourth in spring 2002 and 2008. Finished ninth in this race last year and was 17th in the 2012 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Earnhardt has never won at Darlington, but more importantly, he has to find a way to bounce back from the terrible last-place finish he had at Texas.
LOOKING BACK: Earnhardt suffered a season-worst 43rd-place finish Monday at Texas. He inadvertently hit a soggy patch of grass on the infield heading into Turn 1, lost control, crashed into the outside retaining wall, his car caught on fire, and that abruptly ended his day. "Just didn't see the grass," Earnhardt said. "Didn't know the grass was down there. With the way the A-post is on these cars you can't really see that good to that angle. I just didn't have a good visual of where the apron and the grass was and got down in there pretty good. You can't run through there they way they have these cars on the ground like that. Just a mistake on my part. I just didn't know I was that close to the grass, and made a mistake."