NEW HAMPSHIRE: One win and eight top-10 finishes including five top-five's in 22 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Biffle said he is "looking forward to Loudon. I won there a few years ago and we had a strong run in Richmond (earlier this month) so I'm really ready for this weekend. We've got a brand new 3M Ford for this weekend, and I'm looking to get a solid finish." Crew chief Matt Puccia quickly adds, "We had a good test there earlier this year and we took what we learned and ran well at Richmond with it and will apply it to Loudon this weekend."
LOOKING BACK: Biffle battled engine problems the "the last 100 laps" as he finished 16th in the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. "We were down quite a bit of power the last 100 laps," said Biffle. "We just tried to keep our momentum up. The restarts just killed us. I just didn't have the power on the restarts. Once it stretched out a little we were pretty good and could keep up. That isn't the way we wanted to start (the Chase) but we had a pretty fast car at times. That was a rough night."
ETC.: When asked which tracks in the Chase he can't wait to get to and which ones is he the most worried about, Biffle replied, "the most comfortable are the mile-and-a-half tracks like Texas, Charlotte, where we run good. The ones I am nervous about are Martinsville, we got three or four top-10's in a row there but historically that hasn't been a good track for us. Then of course Talladega."
22 JOEY LOGANO, Ford
Team: Penske Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 12th, 52 points out of first place. Lost six spots last week.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Finished eighth in the Chase race a year ago for his fourth top-10 finish in 10 starts. Won his first Cup race at NHMS in a rain-shortened event in June 2009.
LOOKING AHEAD: Logano said, "We are looking to rebound at New Hampshire. I thought we had a pretty good race car there in July, but we never got a chance to show it as we had a tire issue on the third lap and hit the wall. We never got a chance to show what we could do. So we are going to try and scratch that from our memory banks and just go out there and do what we need to do."
LOOKING BACK: After winning the pole and leading the first 32 laps, Logano had visions of winning the first race in the 2013 Chase for the Championship. But those dreams went up in smoke on lap 175 of the 267-lap event when he suffered engine failure. "I am pretty angry," said Logano. "That was such a fast car we had. It is a bummer to have it (engine problems) in the Chase when you are running for a championship."
ETC.: Logano refuses to believe "we are out of it (a shot at the Sprint Cup title). We have a shot at it. The problem is it is only 10 races, but this team has shown how good we are. It (the engine failure at Chicagoland) is a tough break for this team. We are strong. We have battled through a lot of adversity this year and we will keep doing it. We just need to keep our heads in the game and that's what we are going to do."
88 DALE EARNHARDT JR., Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: 13th, 53 points out of first place. Lost four spots last week.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: 11 top-10 finishes including seven top-five's in 28 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Earnhardt said, "We tested at New Hampshire last month because we weren't as good as we thought we needed to be earlier this year. We picked up a few things at the test that will help us. We believe we will be a lot better this time around, so we are hoping for a good finish. We know New Hampshire is an important race for us if we are to have any shot (at winning the title)."
LOOKING BACK: It was a long day and night for Earnhardt. First, he got caught up in a wreck on pit road that severely damaged his race car and then he suffered engine failure with 42 laps to go. As a result, he finished 35th to all but knock him out of championship contention. "We had a car we were pretty happy with and just thought we were going to have a pretty good night," said Earnhardt. "I don't know what was going on on pit road there but we knocked the front end off of it on pit road. Those guys all stopped in front of us. We were trying to get that fixed and get a decent finish, but something broke in the motor."
ETC.: Earnhardt knows "it's going to be really hard to win a championship this far behind. We have some pretty tough competition in the Chase. The average finish is going to be inside the top 10 to win the championship. So you can do the numbers, you can do the math."