WHERE HE STANDS: Greg Biffle climbed one spot after Fontana and into a tie for fourth place with Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards. The pair trail new points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 35 points, third-ranked Jimmie Johnson by 19 points and lead sixth-ranked Kyle Busch by just one point.
MARTINSVILLE RECORD: 20 career starts, 0 wins, 0 top-fives, 3 top-10s and 0 poles. Best career finish: seventh, fall 2007. Finished 13th in the spring race last year and was 10th in the fall race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Biffle has to be cringing at the thought of the next race at Martinsville. Try as hard as he may, he just can't seem the handle around that short track, which is ironic given that Biffle grew up racing on short tracks similar to Martinsville. Here's Biffle's thoughts on Sunday's race: "Martinsville is obviously not one of my best race tracks, but over the last couple of years we've gotten a lot better with top-10 finishes. Now we need to step it up and get a top-five finish. Our brakes have been good, tractions been good and the cars are working better. Our goal is a top-five finish at Martinsville this Sunday."
LOOKING BACK: Biffle had a strong run at Fontana, one of his favorite tracks, finishing sixth.
ETC.: Even though he's struggled when it comes to good results there, Biffle has completed 97.7 percent (9,804) of the 10,034 total laps contested in 20 career starts at Martinsville. His average start is 20.2 and average finish is a mediocre 21.4. He has zero DNFs there.
99 CARL EDWARDS, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Carl Edwards climbed three spots after Fontana and into a tie for fourth place with Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards. The pair trail new points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 35 points, third-ranked Jimmie Johnson by 19 points and lead sixth-ranked Kyle Busch by just one point.
MARTINSVILLE RECORD: 17 career starts, 0 wins, 1 top-five, 5 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Third in fall 2008. Finished 11th in last year's spring race and was 18th in the fall race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Edwards is much like teammate Greg Biffle. Both spent their formative racing careers primarily on short tracks - and winning a lot on them - but for some reason have just not had much luck at Martinsville Speedway. Here's Edwards' thoughts on Sunday's race: "I am late a lot, so I think it would do everyone around me a big favor if I was to put our Fastenal Ford in Victory Lane at Martinsville and take home the Grandfather clock. We have had a few good runs there, but for the most part, we have struggled. It would be huge for me personally to get a win there."
LOOKING BACK: Edwards had one of his stronger performances of the season at Fontana, finishing fourth. Had a few things gone more his way, he might have left there with his second win of the season.
ETC.: Edwards has completed 97.9 percent (8,351) of the 8,534 total laps contested in 17 career starts at Martinsville. His average start is 18.1 and average finish is 16.1. He has zero DNFs there.
18 KYLE BUSCH, Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Climbing seven spots after Bristol, Kyle Busch jumped up four more spots into sixth place after his win at Fontana. He trails points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 36 points, is one point behind the fourth-place tie between Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards and leads seventh-ranked Kasey Kahne by four points.
MARTINSVILLE RECORD: 16 career starts, 0 wins, 7 top-five, 8 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Second in fall 2012. Finished 36th in last year's spring race, but bounced back to finish a career-high runner-up in the fall race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Busch has won at Bristol and Richmond, but never at Martinsville. Coming off a win at the two-mile track at Fontana, he's looking to finally scratch Martinsville off his "must win" list of tracks. Busch is eyeing a second straight win Sunday: "I certainly hope so. We were so close last fall and right on Jimmie's (Johnson) bumper for the win. I've led a bunch of laps there, but we just haven't been able to hold it for the end of the 500 laps."
LOOKING BACK: Busch dominated to win at Fontana, his 25th career Cup victory. He had a car that was the class of the field and continually kept his challengers at bay throughout the race.
ETC.: Busch has completed 95.6 percent (7,684) of the 8,034 total laps contested in 16 career starts at Martinsville. His average start is 13.9 and average finish is 16.8. He has one DNF there.
5 KASEY KAHNE, Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: Kasey Kahne remained in seventh place in the standings after Fontana. He trails points leader and teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 40 points, is one point behind sixth-ranked Kyle Busch and leads eighth-ranked Paul Menard by five points.
MARTINSVILLE RECORD: 18 career starts, 0 wins, 2 top-five, 3 top-10s, 1 poles. Best career finish: Second in spring 2005. Finished 38th in last year's spring race, but rebounded to finish third in the fall race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Much like fellow drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, all who cut their racing teeth on short tracks, Kahne has not been able to solve the puzzle that has been Martinsville Speedway. Here's Kahne's thoughts on Sunday's race: "Just having Jimmie (Johnson), Jeff (Gordon) and Dale (Earnhardt, Jr.) as my teammates, those guys run really well there. Being part of Hendrick Motorsports, they bring a really nice package to that track. Last year was the best I've ever ran there, the most comfortable I've been and I feel like it will be like that again this year just because of the guys I'm surrounded with. That was one of my hardest tracks and now I'm feeling like I'm figuring it out and I think it's because of those guys and listening and learning from them."
LOOKING BACK: Kahne had a competitive car at Fontana, but wasn't able to win a second straight race, having captured the checkered flag the week before at Bristol. Kahne ultimately finished ninth at Fontana.