16 GREG BIFFLE, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Biffle, who led the points for 11 straight weeks earlier in the season, has been back in the top spot in the Sprint Cup standings following the last three races. He leads second-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by eight points and third-ranked Matt Kenseth by 21 points.
RICHMOND RECORD: 20 career starts, 0 wins, 2 top-5s, 5 top-10s, 1 pole. Best career finish: 3rd in summer 2005. Finished 13th in this race last year and 18th last spring.
LOOKING AHEAD: For a guy who grew up on short tracks like the .75-mile Richmond International Raceway, Biffle has not had the best of luck there. Given that he's the points leader -- a position he'll lose after Richmond once the points are reseeded for the 12 drivers who make the Chase -- a win Saturday night would certainly boost his standing in the Chase field when it begins. Here are Biffle's thoughts about Richmond: "It feels good to be locked into the Chase. I'm ready for Richmond, but it's been a hit-or-miss track for us. Richmond is definitely a driver's track, and the night race this weekend will be exciting for fans. We are taking a brand new chassis this weekend and hopefully we can get another win before the Chase starts."
LOOKING BACK: After clinching his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup after Bristol, Biffle had hoped to pick up more points at Atlanta but struggled to a 19th-place finish. Still, he managed to hold on to the points lead, although the gap between Biffle and second place dropped to just eight points.
ETC.: Biffle has completed 97.3 percent (7,788) of the 8,003 laps contested over his 20 starts at Richmond. He has an average start of 17.8; average finish of 16.7. He also has 1 DNF.
88 DALE EARNHARDT JR., Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: Earnhardt climbed back into second place after Atlanta. He trails points leader Greg Biffle by eight points and leads third-ranked Matt Kenseth by 13 points.
RICHMOND RECORD: 26 career starts, 3 wins, 9 top-5s, 11 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: 1st in spring 2000, spring 2004 and spring 2010. Finished 16th in this race last year but jumped up to second last spring.
LOOKING AHEAD: For fans who have been waiting for Earnhardt to win his second race of the season, Richmond is one of the best candidates, particularly given his record there. Here are Earnhardt's thoughts on Saturday's final pre-Chase race: "I like short tracks. Richmond has been a good one for us for a couple of races. I have always enjoyed running there, and it's a fun track. It's not your typical short track with the way the front straightaway is. It definitely makes each corner unique from the other, and the way you drive the track can change throughout the race. It's a lot of fun for a driver."
LOOKING BACK: Earnhardt finished seventh at Atlanta. Although he didn't lead any laps, Earnhardt had a decent car that may not have been the best of the field, but he and crew chief Steve Letarte worked together to get a top-10 finish.
ETC.: Earnhardt has completed 99.1 percent (10,308) of the 10,403 laps he's contested during his 26 career starts at Richmond. His average start is 16.4; average finish is 13.9. He also has 1 DNF there.
17 MATT KENSETH, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: After losing two spots in the standings after Bristol, Kenseth climbed back into third place after Atlanta. He trails points leader and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle by 21 points, second-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 13 points and leads fourth-ranked Jimmie Johnson by 10 points.
RICHMOND RECORD: 25 career starts, 1 win, 3 top-5s, 9 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: first in summer 2006. Finished 23rd in this race last year and 11th last spring.
LOOKING AHEAD: Now that he finally confirmed his move to Joe Gibbs Racing next season on Tuesday, Kenseth has few distractions left from this point on. All he needs to do is go out and win races and have consistently strong finishes. If he does that, he could potentially leave his longtime home at Roush Fenway Racing with his second career Cup championship. Here are Kenseth's thoughts on Saturday's race: "You never know how the racing will be this weekend at Richmond with guys still trying to race their way into the Chase. I think certainly since NASCAR added the wild card element that it's put another interesting twist into qualifying for the Chase, so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens. It's nice to know that we're locked in as we head into Richmond, though, because in the past I've gone there having to still make the Chase, so it's nice to know we're already in. Of course, we'll still be racing to get another win hopefully before the Chase begins."
LOOKING BACK: After finishing 17th at Michigan and 19th at Bristol, both uncharacteristic finishes for a guy who typically does much better at both tracks, Kenseth rebounded to finish ninth at Atlanta.
ETC.: Kenseth has completed 97.6 percent (9,758) of the 10,003 laps contested in his 25 career starts at Richmond. His average start is a mediocre 21.8; his average finish is 17.0. He also has 1 DNF there.
48 JIMMIE JOHNSON, Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: After dropping from first to fourth after Michigan, Johnson rebounded at Bristol to regain two positions, only to fall back two spots again to fourth after Atlanta. He trails points leader Greg Biffle by 31 points, third-ranked and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 10 points and leads fifth-ranked Martin Truex Jr. by 10 points.
RICHMOND RECORD: 21 career starts, 3 wins, 5 top-5s, 8 top-10s, 2 poles. Best career finish: 1st in spring and summer 2007 and summer 2008. Finished 31st in this race last year, but was sixth this spring.