WHERE HE STANDS: After 10 weeks in fourth place, by an ironic twist, Kevin Harvick remained in fourth place after the points were reset after Richmond in preparation for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Harvick is tied with Carl Edwards for fourth, is nine points behind new points leader Matt Kenseth and leads sixth-ranked Joey Logano and Greg Biffle by three points each.
CHICAGO RECORD: 12 career starts, 2 wins, 6 top-fives, 7 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: First in 2001 and 2002. Was 12th in this race last year after finishing runner-up in the 2011 race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Harvick begins his final Chase and final 10 races with Richard Childress Racing this Sunday. There'd be no better way to kick things off than with a win. Here's his thoughts: "I really like tracks like Chicagoland where the surface is a little bit worn out, because it makes for better racing. We were fortunate to win the first couple of races here, so Chicagoland has always been a really good race track for us as far as fans and following, too. DeLana (wife) and I always enjoy coming in early for the Chase kick off, going into the city and having a couple of low-key days before the weekend gets started."
LOOKING BACK: Harvick fought an ill-handling race car for much of Saturday's race at Richmond. While he didn't have a car to win, he did manage a respectable 11th-place finish.
ETC.: Harvick has completed 99.5 percent (3,190) of the 3,207 total laps contested in 12 career starts at Chicagoland. His average start is 18.8 and average finish is 10.5. He has zero DNFs there.
99 CARL EDWARDS, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Carl Edwards dropped from third to fifth place after the points were reset following last Saturday's race at Richmond in preparation for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Edwards is tied with Kevin Harvick for fourth, is nine points behind new points leader Matt Kenseth and leads sixth-ranked Joey Logano and Greg Biffle by three points each.
CHICAGO RECORD: 8 career starts, 0 wins, 3 top-fives, 3 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Second in 2010. Was 19th in this race last year.
LOOKING AHEAD: Edwards comes into the Chase with momentum, having won Saturday at Richmond. He's still smarting from coming so close to capturing the title in 2011 (lost in a tiebreaker to Tony Stewart) and then missing the Chase entirely last year. However, he has had his struggles at times at Chicagoland. Still, he feels very confident coming into the Chase opener: "We're gonna win the championship. That's our mission. That seemed like a crazy idea about a month-and-a-half ago, but Jimmy (crew chief Jimmy Fennig) and these guys have buckled down. We've got two guys in the Chase (including teammate Greg Biffle). This championship would mean the world to me. The next 10 weeks, we're gonna be on them hard. They're gonna know we're here."
LOOKING BACK: Edwards led 46 laps, but none were more important than the last one Saturday at Richmond, as he managed to get past race leader Paul Menard on a restart with three laps left and sailed on to his second win of the season.
ETC.: Edwards has completed 95.4 percent (2,040) of 2,139 total laps contested in eight career starts at Chicagoland. His average start is 14.6 and average finish is 16.6. He has zero DNFs there.
22 JOEY LOGANO, FORD
Team: Penske Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: After climbing from 16th to eighth in the regular season standings over the previous four races, Joey Logano continued his uphill climb after Richmond, moving into a tie for sixth place with Greg Biffle after the points were reset for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Logano and Biffle are 12 points behind points leader Matt Kenseth, three points behind the fourth-place tie of Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards, and lead a five-way tie for eighth place with the remaining Chase-eligible drivers.
CHICAGO RECORD: 4 career starts, 0 wins, 0 top-fives, 1 top-10s and 0 poles. Best career finish: 7th in 2012. Finished a career-best seventh in this race last year.
LOOKING AHEAD: With defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski having failed to make this year's Chase, Logano is Penske Racing's only hope to win a title this season. It's also Logano's first career Chase. Here's his thoughts on Sunday's Chase kickoff race: "It does feel pretty good to be in the Chase. That's a testament to this team. We are going to go out there and try to run as solidly as we have been running the last several months. But I think we are legitimate contenders. I think we have as good of a shot as anyone. We are running really strong right now. If we can keep it up, we can win this Championship for sure. We have 10 races to prove it."
LOOKING BACK: Logano had struggles almost the entire race at Richmond. He eventually finished 22nd, one lap down from the leaders.
ETC.: Logano has completed 99.9 percent (1,067) of the 1,068 total laps contested in four career starts at Chicagoland. His average start is 15.5 and average finish is 15.0. He has zero DNFs there.
16 GREG BIFFLE, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Greg Biffle remained in ninth place in the standings after the points were reset in preparation for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship playoffs. He's tied with Joey Logano, 12 points behind points leader Matt Kenseth, three points behind the fourth-place tie of Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards, and lead a five-way tie for eighth place with the remaining Chase-eligible drivers.
CHICAGO RECORD: 10 career starts, 0 wins, 1 top-fives, 1 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Fourth in 2008. Finished 13th in this race last year.
LOOKING AHEAD: Biffle is known as an excellent driver on 1.5-mile tracks - except at Chicagoland, where he has managed just one top-10 in 10 starts. He can't explain his lack of success, but is definitely looking to turn it around this Sunday: " I'm really excited about going to Chicago and being in the Chase. We struggled at Chicago last year, but this year we've focused a lot of our effort on being ready for this weekend. We are much better prepared than last year."
LOOKING BACK: Biffle was hoping for a top-10 finish at Richmond to send him into the Chase, but fell just a little bit short, finishing 12th.