17 MATT KENSETH, Ford

Team: Roush Fenway Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: This year's Daytona 500 winner remained atop the Sprint Cup standings for the third straight week after Sonoma. He is 11 points ahead of second-ranked and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle and 14 points in front of third-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr.

KENTUCKY RECORD: 1 career start, 0 wins, 0 top-5s, 1 top-10, 0 poles. Finished 6th in this race last year, the inaugural Sprint Cup race at the 1.5-mile track just outside Cincinnati.

LOOKING AHEAD: Fresh off Tuesday's announcement that he will not be returning to Roush Fenway Racing for next season, all types of speculation has surfaced, with Kenseth rumored to be going to any number of new teams, including Joe Gibbs Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Petty Motorsports, Penske Racking and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. Most believe he'll wind up at JGR. Regardless, Kenseth still has 20 more races -- and a potential second Sprint Cup championship to win before he leaves RFR at season's end. Here's his scouting report on Saturday night's race at Kentucky: "I've only raced at Kentucky once now, and we ran pretty competitively there to finish well in last year's race. My comfort level is high going into this weekend, but I'm just not as familiar with the track yet as a lot of the guys who have competed in Nationwide series races there in the past. I'm looking forward to going back to Kentucky this weekend because there were a lot of great fans in the area. There was a lot of great support from the region and I thought it was a great race last year, so I'm looking forward to another great weekend at Kentucky."

LOOKING BACK: While he is typically competitive on road courses, winning on them is a whole other story. That's why it's no surprise Kenseth held his own Sunday at Sonoma and got the best result he could (13th), given the competition and the better ability of some drivers on the twisting track layout.

ETC.: Kenseth completed 100 percent (267) of the 267 laps contested in his one career start at Kentucky. He qualified 13th.

16 GREG BIFFLE, Ford

Team: Roush Fenway Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: After leading the points for 11 straight weeks and then sitting in third place the last two weeks, Biffle edged back closer to the top spot, moving into second place after Sonoma. He trails Roush Fenway teammate and points leader Matt Kenseth by 11 points and is 3 points ahead of third-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr.

KENTUCKY RECORD: Finished 21st in this race last season.

LOOKING AHEAD: For a guy who typically excels at 1.5-mile tracks, Biffle was nothing more than mediocre in the inaugural Sprint Cup race at Kentucky last year, starting 21st and finishing 21st. He's looking for a much better outing in his sophomore start at the suburban Cincinnati track: "Kentucky is a really fun, flat 1.5-mile track which creates lots of side-by-side racing. The sweeping corners, combined with the flat puts on a great race. Plus Saturday night racing under the lights is always exciting."

LOOKING BACK: Biffle stayed true to form at Sonoma. Typically, when he has a bad outing one year (like 23rd in 2011), he bounces back the following year with a stronger performance, just like he did Sunday, finishing 7th. In his last seven starts at Sonoma, he has two top-5s, two other top-10s and an 11th. Not half bad for a guy who considers himself an average road-course driver.

ETC.: Biffle completed all 267 laps last year.

88 DALE EARNHARDT JR., Chevrolet

Team: Hendrick Motorsports

WHERE HE STANDS: Dropped one position in the standings, from second to third, following Sunday's race at Sonoma. Trails points leader Matt Kenseth by 14 points, is 11 points behind second-ranked Greg Biffle and leads fourth-ranked Jimmie Johnson, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, by 11 points.