KANSAS RECORD: Eight top-10 finishes in 12 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Edwards knows, "We've really got to step it up now to have a chance (to win the Sprint Cup Championship). We did not need that trouble (at Dover), but there's a lot of races left. We are heading to a track (Kansas) where we've run well, so we have high hopes for this weekend. We feel this can be the place where we get back in (the Chase for the Championship)."
LOOKING BACK: A broken part in the rear end of his Ford left Edwards in 35th place at the end of the day. "We struggled all day," said Edwards. "Our plan was to get off-sequence at the end and I thought we might have a shot at making a top-three or four out of it, but something broke in the left-rear. I don't know what it was. Jimmy (Fennig, crew chief) did a great job working hard on it all day, but we just weren't fast."
ETC.: As a native of Columbia, Mo., Edwards looks on Kansas Speedway as his "home track." And for that reason, a win at the facility "would be awfully special. A lot of my family and friends come to Kansas each year. We've come close (to a win). We've had a second and a third. Now we just need to close the deal."
22 JOEY LOGANO, Ford
Team: Penske Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 12th, 66 points out of first place.
KANSAS RECORD: Still looking for his first top-10 finish. Best finish in eight starts is a 15th.
LOOKING AHEAD: Logano is really looking forward to Kansas this weekend because of the team's success at 1.5-mile tracks this year. "Those type of tracks have just always suited my driving style," said Logano. "There is just something about those tracks that I like. I don't really know what it is. You have a nice little mix of speed and drivability at these places. Even in the Nationwide Series, I've had a lot of success on the 1.5-mile tracks. And those have been our best tracks this year. We've been fast everywhere."
LOOKING BACK: Logano finished third at Dover. "Our biggest issue is we didn't take off with really good speed, but after 15-16-17 laps it came to me and it was really fast," said Logano. "It just took a little too long there on that last restart (with 26 laps to go). I was able to get up to third, I was in the right lane, but by the time my car came to me it was too late. We were the fastest car the last six laps, but it doesn't really matter when you can barely see the leaders. But we can't be too disappointed with a third-place finish."
ETC.: Car owner Roger Penske has been quite pleased with the organization's transition from Dodge to Ford in 2013. "I'd say the transition to Ford has been a home run," said Penske. "The commitment from Ford Motor Company from top to bottom is something that we haven't seen with many manufactures. Switching to the new Gen-6 car and also looking at going with a new manufacturer had a lot of challenges, but I think we've come together and we're only going to get better."
5 KASEY KAHNE, Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: 13th, 78 points out of first place.
KANSAS RECORD: Finished second in the May race for his second runner-up finish in the last four races. Will be shooting for his fifth straight top-eight finish.
LOOKING AHEAD: Kahne is really looking forward to the next two races at Kansas and Charlotte. "I think it's a stretch where we can run well," said Kahne. "They're a couple tracks that we've been able to run up front at every time we go to them. Looking forward to that. Just trying to get back on track, finishing up the season strong. I feel like the leaders in the points, they're kind of in their own race. We'll just do what we can to finish off our year, and hopefully we can get a win or two at some of our best race tracks."
LOOKING BACK: After being one of the fastest cars in both practice sessions on Saturday, Kahne had high hopes for Sunday at Dover. But a late-race engine problem left him in 13th place at the end of the day. "Something was wrong - we don't know what - and we lost a lot of power," said Kahne. "Didn't seem like the engine, maybe it was something else like the tail pipes... We are not real sure. We salvaged a good finish out of it. So that was good for what we had and what we were dealt with."
ETC.: Kahne does not believe there should be a special point system for the Chase for the Championship. "I like how NASCAR has done that (the Chase)," said Kahne. "I like the fact that 12 and sometimes 13 drivers get to start the Chase and have a chance to win a championship with 10 races to go. Once you get in those final 10, if you keep having an up-and-down year, you're not going to win a championship. Consistency and winning races and running up front week after week, you get your Sprint Cup champion from that. You shouldn't be able to mess up four times in 10 races and still have a chance to win a Sprint Cup."