Team: Richard Petty Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: 22nd, 109 points out of the top 10, only seven points out of the top 20. Gained one spot last week.
BRISTOL RECORD: Finished fifth last August for his fourth top-10 finish in nine starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Ambrose said, "Bristol is a place where I've had some good success in the past. You need to be pretty aggressive all night. It's a long race, and you want to stay on the lead lap and be in position to win in the final 50 laps. You know it's going to be a long night so you race aggressive, but also pick your spots too. We're looking for wins right now."
LOOKING BACK: Ambrose rallied in the final 40 laps to finish sixth at Michigan. "We had a good day," said Ambrose. "I'm really proud of Drew (Blickensderfer, crew chief) for calling a great race. We didn't start (26th) where we wanted, but he had us running near the top-10 all day and we had a good finish. The car was fast on long runs, and we passed a lot of cars today."
ETC.: Ambrose feels the top-10 run at Michigan was a much needed boost for the entire team. "We haven't had a race like that on a longer oval in a while, and that really was a shot in the arm," said Ambrose. "It really helps us, and now, we head into Bristol with a lot of confidence. We don't have to be conservative. We can just really go for it and see if we can get a win. I know this team is capable, and Bristol is a great track for us."
42 JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, Chevrolet
Team: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
WHERE HE STANDS: 23rd, 114 points out of the top 10, 12 points out of the top 20. Lost one spot last week.
BRISTOL RECORD: Three top-10 finishes in 13 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Montoya is quick to point out "we had a really good Target Chevy the last time we went to Bristol. But we had a fuel pressure issue early on and had to go behind the wall for repairs. It's a shame because when we returned to the track I was going around lead-lap cars with no problem. If that hadn't happened, the Target team would of easily had a top-five finish. This time we're looking for a little redemption and getting the finish we deserve at Bristol."
LOOKING BACK: Montoya finished 11th at Michigan. "It turned out to be a pretty good day for the Target team," said Montoya. "The track was really slick when we first started the race and the car was a handful. The guys made a lot of changes and we were running our fastest lap times toward the end of the race. I just wish we hadn't had to try and save fuel at the end as I think we could have raced our way into the top 10."
ETC.: Michael Andretti said he is trying to find a sponsor so he can hire Montoya to drive one of his IndyCars in 2014. "I have talked to Juan about (returning to) IndyCar and told him 'hell, yeah, let's find a way to put something together," said Andretti. "I've driven against him, and I think he's one of the best drivers I've ever driven against. It just comes down to sponsorship." Montoya was told last week his contract would not be extended at EGR.
11 DENNY HAMLIN, Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 25th, 224 points out of the top 10.
BRISTOL RECORD: Won the August race a year ago. Has seven top-10 finishes in 15 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: It has been a rough summer for Hamlin and the 11 team as they have not finished better than 18th in the last nine races. The last top-10 finish came at Pocono in early June. But with Bristol next on the schedule, Hamlin feels "we are ready to get back to running good. Bristol has always been one of our better tracks."
LOOKING BACK: An untimely caution flag and handling problems throughout the afternoon left Hamlin in 20th place at the end of the day. "We were just so loose in traffic," said Hamlin. "I wasn't able to get into the corner how I would like to, and it really hindered our speed in the middle of the corner and down the straightaway."
ETC.: Hamlin believes "we are getting closer and closer each week to being back to the competition level we should be at, and hopefully we can show the strength of our race team in the next few weeks. We've got some really good tracks coming up for us. So we feel good about the future."
55 BRIAN VICKERS, Toyota
Team: Michael Waltrip Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: The team is 19th in the car owner point standings, 66 points out of the top 10.
BRISTOL RECORD: Vickers will drive the 55 car in 12 of the last 13 races this season after the team released Mark Martin from his contract so he could sub for the injured Tony Stewart. Vickers finished eighth in the spring race for his third straight top-eight finish at BMS.
LOOKING AHEAD: Vickers said, "I didn't think things could get any better than last week's announcement with Aaron's to run full time in 2014, but having a chance to run the rest of the 2013 season creates a tremendous opportunity for our team. I'm confident that spending more time working with the 55 crew will only help improve our already strong performance to date, giving us the momentum needed to start the 2014 season off strong in Daytona."