ETC.: Johnson has completed 97.1 percent (8,594) of the 8,852 total laps contested in 25 career starts at Charlotte. His average start there is outstanding 7.4 and his average finish is an excellent 11.6. He also has four DNFs there.
31 RYAN NEWMAN, Chevrolet
Team: RICHARD CHILDRESS Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: After three weeks in ninth place, Ryan Newman moved up one position to eighth place after Kansas. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 62 points, is eight points behind seventh-ranked Jimmie Johnson and leads ninth-ranked Greg Biffle by four points.
CHARLOTTE RECORD: 26 career starts, 0 wins, 4 top-5s, 10 top-10s, nine poles. Best career finish: Second in fall 2003 and spring 2009. Finished sixth in last year's Coca-Cola 600 and was eighth in last fall's Chase race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Newman leads the Richard Childress Racing team with his eighth-place ranking following Kansas. While he's looking forward to the Sprint All-Star Race this Saturday (12 starts, one win, three top five and seven top 10 finishes, and one pole), Newman has nine poles overall in Cup racing at Charlotte, but has never won a race there. That's something he hopes to change in the May 25 Coca-Cola 600. Here's his thoughts on Saturday's All-Star race: "I approach it like all the other races, it's a race to win. But, I think it's a race that carries a little more bragging rights to it. It is the All-Star Race and there is a million bucks on the line, so I wouldn't mind earning that payday. Regardless of the format or how the fans vote, the event provides you with a fair chance to win the race and that's why it's a lot of fun for us. It's like a championship, you have a chance. You just have to beat all the other guys doing it."
LOOKING BACK: Newman failed to lead a lap at Kansas but still had the highest-finishing car in the RCR stable, ending up a solid 11th.
ETC.: Newman has completed a fair 87.7 percent (8,114) of the 9,252 total laps contested in 26 career starts at Charlotte. His average start there is an outstanding 7.0, but his average finish of 19.1 leaves a lot to be desired. He has five DNFs there.
16 GREG BIFFLE, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: After climbing two spots, from 10th to eighth, after Talladega, Greg Biffle fell back one position to ninth after Kansas. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 66 points, is four points behind eighth-ranked Ryan Newman and leads 10th-ranked Brian Vickers by one point.
CHARLOTTE RECORD: 22 career starts, 0 wins, 5 top-5s, 8 top-10s, 1 pole. Best career finish: Second in spring 2008. Finished 31st in last year's Coca-Cola 600 and was 16th in last fall's Chase race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Biffle is overdue to earn his first career win in both this Saturday's Sprint All-Star Race (10 starts, 0 wins, two top five and three top 10 finishes), as well as the Coca-Cola 600 on May 25. Here's Biffle's thoughts on the All-Star race: "I'm looking forward to the All-Star race; hopefully we can continue running well on 1.5-mile tracks. Night races are always exciting and hopefully we can learn some things for the Coke 600 next weekend."
LOOKING BACK: Biffle had an average car in Saturday's race at Kansas that ultimately led to him earning an average finish of 16th.
ETC.: Biffle has completed 90.7 percent (7,057) of the 7,784 total laps contested in 22 career starts at Charlotte. His average start is 17.0 and his average finish is a nearly identical 17.1. He has two DNFs there.
55 BRIAN VICKERS, Toyota
Team: Michael Waltrip Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Brian Vickers remained in 10th place for the third consecutive week after Kansas. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 67 points, is one point behind ninth-ranked Greg Biffle and leads 11th-ranked Brad Keselowski by one point.
CHARLOTTE RECORD: 15 career starts, 0 win, 2 top-5s, 3 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Fifth in spring 2007 and spring 2009. Vickers has not raced in the Coca-Cola 600 since 2011, when he finished 18th. He was 25th in last fall's Chase race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Vickers admittedly has a poor record at Charlotte, but he's looking to change that in both the All-Star race (three starts, 0 wins, one top five and one top 10) and the May 25th Coca-Cola 600. Here's his thoughts on Saturday's All-Star race: "I'm really looking forward to it. The last time I was supposed to be in the All-Star race I couldn't be in the All-Star race because I was out sick unfortunately. It's pretty exciting to be in the race this year -- well, not there yet, made that mistake once. Pretty exciting to plan to be in the race. I look forward to being a part of it."
LOOKING BACK: Vickers had an average run at Kansas and wound up with an equally average finish of 14th place.
ETC.: Vickers has completed a mediocre 88.0 percent (4,669) of the 5,303 total laps contested in 15 career starts at Charlotte. His average start there is 18.9 and his average finish is 23.0. He has three DNFs there.
2 BRAD KESELOWSKI, Ford
Team: Team Penske
WHERE HE STANDS: 11th, only one point out of the top 10.