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March 24, 2013, Brad Norman, NASCAR.com

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Earnhardt Jr. takes points lead; Edwards, Kyle Busch make gains

1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88)

Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet

Where he stands: Earnhardt Jr. leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings with 199 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Earnhardt battled through the field multiple times to finish in second place for the second time this season. The No. 88 has five top-10 finishes in five races -- and a worst finish of seventh place. That consistency was on display in Fontana, and helped Earnhardt move past 2012 champion Brad Keselowski in the points standings.
Next week: In 26 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Earnhardt has 10 top-fives and 14 top-10s. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Earnhardt ranks fifth out of 47 drivers with an average place of 10.9.
Last year: Earnhardt finished in the top 10 for the fourth consecutive Martinsville race, perhaps thanks to a fortuitous caution. As teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson battled in front of him, Junior -- sitting in third -- was questionable to even finish the race. He was short on fuel with about 10 laps to go. When David Reutimann didn’t pit after cutting a tire, he caused a caution flag by stalling out on the track, sending Junior to the pits. Earnhardt came off pit road in sixth place and kept control of his car when he was sandwiched between AJ Allmendinger and Jeff Gordon during a crash in Turn 1. Starting third on the green-white-checkered finish, the No. 88 held its spot to the checkered flag to take third.
What he said: “We had a good car and came real close to winning there, but then everybody started taking tires and tires were really big at the end because the place is really slick and worn out. We were lucky there at the end and came in and got some fresh tires and that sort of fixed our mistakes and helped us to get a good finish.”

2. Brad Keselowski (No. 2)

Penske Racing, Ford 

Where he stands: Keselowski is second in the standings with 187 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Keselowski and his crew couldn’t get a handle on the No. 2. Keselowski qualified third, but moved to the rear due to switching an engine. It took the driver less than 90 laps to get into the top five, and even a pit-road speeding penalty couldn’t halt Keselowski’s charge. In the end, the car had old tires and was shuffled to the back on late restarts and finished 23rd.
Next week: In six career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Keselowski has three top-10s. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Keselowski ranks 11th out of 47 drivers with an average place of 15.0.
Last year: Keselowski broke through at Martinsville in 2012 after some previous frustrating showings. The No. 2 earned two top-10s at the .526-mile track last season, including a ninth-place run in the 2012 Goody’s Fast Relief 500 spring race. Keselowski was in the top four on a green-white-checkered restart and was shuffled down a bit in traffic during the final laps.
What he said: “I think we went from the back to the front three times, which really showed the speed we had. We’re still in a good points position after a tough day.”

3. Jimmie Johnson (No. 48)

Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet

Where he stands: Johnson is third in the standings with 183 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Johnson's usual dominant Fontana display was missing. The No. 48 car had trouble when racing side-by-side with others, and the five-time Sprint Cup champion found himself in 24th place with 20 laps remaining. In true Johnson fashion, though, he passed 12 cars over the remaining laps to take 12th.
Next week: In 22 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Johnson has seven wins, 15 top-fives, 19 top-10s and two poles. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Johnson ranks first out of 47 drivers with an average place of 6.2.
Last year: Johnson led 111 laps of the 515-lap race, including 104 near the very end. The No. 48 was one of the cars to beat, but Five-Time was caught up in a late wreck on a green-white-checkered restart, and his banged-up car limped to a 12th-place finish -- not at all bad considering the circumstances. In Turn 1 of the late restart, Johnson was the outside car when Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman tried to make it three-wide. When Bowyer, going down low, bumped race leader Jeff Gordon, the three cars converged in the middle of the track, spinning out. After a quick pit stop, Johnson was back on the track -- and making a few late passes to salvage his afternoon.

What he said:
“It wasn’t the finish we wanted, but I’m proud of the way our guys never gave up."

4. Carl Edwards (No. 99)

Roush Fenway Racing, Ford 

Where he stands: Edwards is fourth in the standings with 164 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Edwards continued to drive well, putting even more distance between this year's results and last year's lost season. Edwards started 24th and had dropped to 27th through 30 of 200 laps. The No. 99 Ford kept charging, though, and Edwards gained six spots in the final 30 laps to finish fourth. It's his third top-five this season in five races.
Next week: In 17 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Edwards has one top-five and five top-10s. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Edwards ranks 13th out of 47 drivers with an average place of 16.1.
Last year: Edwards nearly cracked the top 10, but settled for an 11th-place finish. It was a successful showing for the No. 99 Ford, which started 28th. Edwards’ most memorable moment may have been playing an April Fools’ joke (the race was April 1) on crew chief Bob Osborne, telling him he broke the transmission before revealing the gag in a radio segment picked up and broadcast on FOX.
What he said: “Man, that was just an unbelievable race. It is so cool to come here to California and have a standard old-school NASCAR race where tires make a difference. It was really a great show. I hope the fans enjoyed it. That is about as good as it gets.”

5. Greg Biffle (No. 16)

Roush Fenway Racing, Ford 

Where he stands: Biffle is fifth in the standings with 164 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Biffle charged to the front of the field after starting in the rear due to an engine failure in practice. The No. 16 Ford had qualified second, so his team was confident even after moving back. Their faith was justified in a sixth-place finish. Biffle, along with teammate Carl Edwards, gives Roush Fenway Racing two drivers in the top five.
Next week: In 20 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Biffle has three top-10s. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Biffle ranks 22nd out of 47 drivers with an average place of 21.5.
Last year: Although Biffle’s history at Martinsville isn’t exactly sterling, the driver may have turned a corner, in a manner of speaking, last season. After starting 26th, Biffle maneuvered his way into the top 10 by Lap 100 and competed for a spot with that distinction all day. The No. 16 Ford finished in 13th place, his best showing at the track in four races, and set the stage for a top-10 finish in the fall race.
What he said:
“Overall, a (sixth-place) finish for us is a great day. It was pretty crazy with those restarts at the end.”

6. Kyle Busch (No. 18)

Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota 

Where he stands: Busch is sixth in the standings with 163 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Busch had the best car in the field but appeared to be out of luck on the final lap. Having led 125 laps, the No. 18 Toyota was stuck in third place as rivals Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin dueled for the win. But as the focus was on the No. 22 and No. 11 cars, Busch stealthily made his move, moments before Logano and Hamlin spun each other out. It was Busch's first Sprint Cup Series win since his victory in Richmond last April.
Next week: In 16 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Busch has seven top-fives and eight top-10s. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Busch ranks seventh out of 47 drivers with an average place of 14.1.
Last year: After qualifying eighth and sporting a fast car, Busch -- who would later take his No. 18 Toyota into the garage to inspect for a mechanical failure -- drilled the wall in Turn 3 in a single-car wreck. Busch’s team got the car back in the track, and he finished running, albeit 80 laps down and in 36th place.
What he said: “It feels so good to finally win. We weren’t going to win if it wasn’t for those two (Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano) battling. If they would have been single file and just racing, it would have went down in order. Being right here in California -- finally, finally we get the ‘home’ win for Toyota.”

7. Kasey Kahne (No. 5)

Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet

Where he stands: Kahne is seventh in the standings with 159 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Kahne showed the same pluck and resiliency as he has throughout this season. The No. 5 Chevrolet incurred some early damage after it slid on oil -- which was splayed on the track following engine problems from Timmy Hill's No. 32 -- and was in 35th place through 40 laps. Twenty laps later, though, Kahne was near the top 10. The same trend held true at the end, when Kahne was 17th through 190 laps but finished ninth.
Next week: In 18 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Kahne has two top-fives, three top-10s and one pole. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Kahne ranks 20th out of 47 drivers with an average place of 20.9.

Last year:
Kahne earned his first pole at Martinsville in the spring race, and he appeared poised to record his first top-five of the season. Running in the top-five all day, Kahne -- after a tough-luck start to the season -- blew his engine midway through the race, sending him careening into pit road. His day done, Kahne could only watch as he finished 38th.
What he said: "What a crazy race. Had a lot of fun trying to get a top-10; nice work to my guys for battling all day."

8. Paul Menard (No. 27)

Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet 

Where he stands: Menard is eighth in the standings with 154 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Menard's streak of
top-10 finishes appeared to be in jeopardy. The No. 27 Chevrolet hit the wall on Lap 103 after a tire went flat. He came out of pit road in 28th place but steadily chased down the field and finished eighth. That continued another streak -- Menard has improved his finish in every race this season (21st, 20th, 10th, ninth, eighth).
Next week: In 11 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Menard’s best finish is 12th in 2012. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Menard ranks 28th out of 47 drivers with an average place of 23.8.
Last year: Menard appeared to be in shape to put his Martinsville hex behind him after qualifying 11th. The No. 27, though, had handling problems most of the afternoon, and extended green-flag stretches prohibited the team from making many adjustments. Menard would go on to finish 26th, five laps down.
What he said: "We had a good car all day, but just had bad luck with a flat tire mid-race, (but) we battled back to end the day with an eighth-place finish. We've had a great start to the 2013 season. "

9. Joey Logano (No. 22)

Penske Racing, Ford

Where he stands: Logano is ninth in the standings with 146 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Logano again found himself making major headlines after the race. The story throughout Sunday afternoon was that Logano -- fresh off a spat with Denny Hamlin at Bristol -- had a good car and was driving it well. The No. 22 led 41 laps and was in the lead with one lap to go. Then Hamlin attempted to pass him, and the two bumped and banged their way down the track. Eventually, both drivers spun out, with Hamlin taking the worst of it. Logano then dealt with an angry Tony Stewart on pit road, and the two pit crew teams had to separate the drivers. Still, with the field frozen when the caution was thrown, Logano finished third.
Next week: In eight career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Logano has one top-five and two top-10s. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Logano ranks 18th out of 47 drivers with an average place of 18.1.
Last year: Long runs without a caution proved to be Logano’s undoing. With his car -- then the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing -- experiencing a tight condition in the center of the corner, Logano wasn’t much of a threat, despite qualifying 10th. He finished 23rd.
What he said: “Tony was just upset about a restart that I was racing him really hard on the bottom trying to make sure I protected my spot. … I knew if he put me three-wide that would be the end of my race and I wouldn’t win. I was smart enough to realize that. Then I had to just do what I had to do to get to the front and try to win the race.”

10. Denny Hamlin (No. 11)

Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota 

Where he stands: Hamlin is 10th in the standings with 145 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Hamlin started on the pole and ran in the top 10 most of the afternoon. With a daring move on a late restart -- swooping down toward the apron, making it four-wide in spots -- Hamlin got into the top five and eventually tracked down Joey Logano for the race lead. Logano bumped Hamlin, though, spinning out the No. 11 -- and relegating the driver to a 25th-place finish. Hamlin was taken to an area hospital following the race. 
Next week: In 15 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Hamlin has four wins, nine top-fives, 12 top-10s and two poles. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Hamlin ranks third out of 47 drivers with an average place of 8.9.
Last year: Hamlin’s history at Martinsville is rich, replete with victories and top-10 finishes. The driver, who at one point won three consecutive races at the track from 2009-10, added another top-10 to his name by finishing sixth. Hamlin ran in the top five most of the day and led 31 laps. He slipped down to ninth place during a long green-flag stretch, but pitted during a late caution for four fresh tires, which enabled him to move up the field on the restart.

11. Matt Kenseth (No. 20)

Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota 

Where he stands: Kenseth is 11th in the standings with 141 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Kenseth took the lead on Lap 1 and held it for 10 laps, but the No. 20 Toyota was never in serious contention for the win. Kenseth was forced to take a green-flag pit stop earlier than he wanted after getting bumped by former teammate Greg Biffle, putting him a lap down. He rallied to finish seventh. 
Next week: In 26 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Kenseth has three top-fives and eight top-10s. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Kenseth ranks 17th out of 47 drivers with an average place of 17.7.
Last year: Martinsville’s paper-clip layout has given Kenseth issues throughout his career. The No. 20 driver took steps toward correcting that last year, though. Kenseth steered his way out of trouble over the final laps and finished fourth, his best finish at the .526-mile track since 2002. In fact, Kenseth has finished in the top 10 in the past two spring races there.
What he said: “It was up and down. We sort of missed it a little bit. … I thought we had good strategy, good stops -- a great job at fixing all our problems, we were just off all day.”

12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17)

Roush Fenway Racing, Ford 

Where he stands: Stenhouse Jr. is 12th in the standings with 139 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Stenhouse followed the same diet he's been on all season -- log laps, stay out of trouble, finish races. He did the same at Fontana, resulting in a 20th-place finish, although the No. 17 Ford challenged for a spot in the top 10 throughout the middle of the race.
Next week: Stenhouse Jr. has no starts at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
What he said: “At the end we were making headway but chose to take two tires on the final caution which cost us, but it was a gamble and if it would have worked out it would have been great.”

13. Kurt Busch (No. 78)

Furniture Row Racing, Chevrolet 

Where he stands: Busch is 13th in the standings with 137 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Busch finished in the top five for the second consecutive race. It was quite a climb to get there as the No. 78 was in 30th place through 130 laps. Busch's aggressive driving sealed a fifth-place finish, and vaulted him up to 13th in the standings -- he was 29th two weeks ago.
Next week: In 25 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Busch has one win, two top-fives, four top-10s and one pole. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Busch ranks 19th out of 47 drivers with an average place of 18.5.
Last year: Busch continued to trend downward at Martinsville, finishing 15th after qualifying 19th. It wasn’t a horrible finish by any means, but Busch hasn’t recorded a top-10 finish at the track since his sixth-place outing in 2005, an ominous streak of 14 races.
What he said: “I could have followed Kyle (Busch), and just want to apologize to him for putting it three- and four-wide on the restart because I am hungry and going for the win. I messed (Kyle) up on the restart and I told him, I am going for the win with this Furniture Row Chevrolet SS and I am not going for anything less.”

14. Clint Bowyer (No. 15)

Michael Waltrip Racing, Toyota 

Where he stands: Bowyer is 14th in the standings with 137 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Bowyer's up-and-down day finished on a down note. Although the No. 15 had battled into the top 10 at multiple points, a mechanical issue forced it to the garage after 185 laps. Bowyer was in the top 15 at the time of the incident. He plummeted 10 spots in the standings.
Next week: In 14 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Bowyer has two top-fives and eight top-10s. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Bowyer ranks sixth out of 47 drivers with an average place of 13.3.
Last year: Bowyer was in perhaps the best position to challenge for the win in the 2012 spring race. After a late caution sent everyone to pit road except for the top two cars, the No. 15 Toyota won the race off pit road and was primed to challenge Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson -- both cars had old tires, and the drivers had been told to conserve fuel. His bold pass attempt on a late restart caused a three-car spinout and kept victory from Bowyer’s grasp, but the driver managed to recover to finish 10th.
What he said: “That was such a shame. We had an amazingly fast 5-hour Energy Toyota today, but sometimes things just don’t go your way. (Sunday) was one of those days. Tough day in the points, but we’ll be fine.”

15. Kevin Harvick (No. 29)

Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet 

Where he stands: Harvick is 15th in the standings with 130 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Harvick again had a fast car. But again, 'Happy' wasn't pleased with his finish. Running in the top five, Harvick's tires were worn by the time the race was concluding. During a wave of late cautions, the No. 29 stayed out on the track, which ultimately caused him to lose position on restarts. Harvick, in fourth place through 190 laps, finished 13th.
Next week: In 23 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Harvick has one win, three top-fives and 10 top-10s. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Harvick ranks eighth out of 47 drivers with an average place of 14.3.
Last year: Harvick and his team couldn’t get a handle on the No. 29’s handling issues. After winning the race in 2011 -- and finishing fourth in the fall race at Martinsville -- Harvick qualified second for the 2012 Goody’s Fast Relief 500. A loose car prevented Harvick from challenging for the lead, and eventually, for a spot in the top 10. Despite numerous adjustments, Harvick finished 19th.
What he said: "This was not the result our team should have left with today. ... We just lost grip and track position at the end."

16. Jamie McMurray (No. 1)

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet 

Where he stands: McMurray is 16th in the standings with 125 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, McMurray couldn't duplicate last week's feat of a top-10 finish. The No. 1 Chevrolet finished 19th place.
Next week: In 20 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, McMurray has one top-five, 10 top-10s and one poles. In the past eight years at Martinsville, McMurray ranks 14th out of 47 drivers with an average place of 16.5.
Last year: McMurray has a respectable track record at Martinsville, but much of the success came early in his career. In his previous six races over the past three years, McMurray has just one top-10 finish. That didn’t come last year, when the No. 1 Chevrolet driver finished 17th.
What he said: “The track was very unpredictable. We were both tight and loose throughout the race. Our Bass Pro Shops Chevy was really good in the early stages but, we just couldn’t hit the adjustments in the second half.”

17. Aric Almirola (No. 43)

Richard Petty Motorsports, Ford 

Where he stands: Almirola is 17th in the standings with 125 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Almirola rallied for a 14th-place finish. The No. 43 Ford started 23rd and was 31st through 70 laps before gaining ground.
Next week: In eight career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Almirola has one top-five and two top-10s. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Almirola ranks 31st out of 47 drivers with an average place of 26.7.
Last year: After missing both races at Martinsville in 2011, Almirola displayed a deft touch that had been missing on the track in previous tries. Driving the No. 43 Ford, Almirola finished eighth, his best showing at the track -- at least until the fall race.
What he said: “That was a hard fought top-15 finish. We just couldn’t find speed on the low line. Once we got to the top, we were pretty fast especially when the tires fell off. The guys made good adjustments and really helped the handling throughout the race."

18. Jeff Gordon (No. 24)

Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet 

Where he stands: Gordon is 18th in the standings with 123 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Gordon overcame a tight-handling car and damage to the right front of his car that took two pit stops to fix to finish 11th and get back in the top 20 in points standings.
Next week: In 40 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Gordon has seven wins, 25 top-fives, 32 top-10s and seven poles. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Gordon ranks second out of 47 drivers with an average place of 6.2.
Last year: The No. 24 was the class of the field, but just a 14th-place finish to show for it. Gordon led 329 of 515 laps, including stretches of 128 and 83 consecutive laps led. With team owner Rick Hendrick searching for his 200th win, Gordon chased down teammate Jimmie Johnson and passed him with three laps to go. A caution brought on a green-white-checkered finish, and Gordon was caught up in a wreck when the field went three-wide.
What he said: "We're fighters, we just don't give up. We're a much stronger team than we show in the results and this team is a tight-knit group."

19. Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56)

Michael Waltrip Racing, Toyota 

Where he stands: Truex Jr. is 19th in the standings with 122 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Truex Jr. stayed in the top for the first half of the race despite a less-than-ideal car setup. That problem caught the No. 56 team at the end. Truex Jr. and his team decided to gamble and not pit on the last restart, and his car dropped from eighth place to finish 18th.
Next week: In 14 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Truex Jr. has two top-fives and four top-10s. For point-paying races in the past eight years at Martinsville, Truex ranks 23rd out of 47 drivers with an average place of 21.9.
Last year: Truex Jr. matched his best showing at Martinsville by finishing fifth in the 2012 spring race. Although he struggled at times driving off the corner, Truex Jr. avoided the late wreckage and didn’t let a couple of slow pit stops ruin his day.
What he said: "We made a lot of significant chassis changes that cost us track position, but we had to fix as much as we could. There were times when my NAPA Toyota was downright evil. It's a shame. We gambled there at the end on track position and I just could get the car to do what I needed."

20. Ryan Newman (No. 39)

Stewart-Haas Racing, Chevrolet 

Where he stands: Newman is 20th in the standings with 121 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Newman rallied for a 10th-place finish, gaining 10 spots on the final 10 laps. It's his third top-10 of the season.
Next week: In 22 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Newman has one win, seven top-fives, 11 top-10s and one pole. He is the defending race champion. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Newman ranks ninth out of 47 drivers with an average place of 14.5.
Last year: Newman earned his only win of 2012 by being in the right place at the right time. During a green-white-checkered restart, Newman was in fourth place and watched the three cars in front of him spin out entering Turn 1. Newman nosed his car past the wreckage on the low side, and was first on the ensuing restart. He held off AJ Allmendinger to pick up the victory.
What he said: “I put us in a bad spot at the end with the speeding penalty, but fortunately we were able to rally back from that to finish 10th. I can’t say enough about everyone on this No. 39 team.”

Five in the rearview mirror …

Tony Stewart (No. 14)

Stewart-Haas Racing, Chevrolet 

Where he stands: Stewart is 22nd in the standings with 108 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Stewart was blocked by Joey Logano on a late restart, which caused him both to lose lots of ground and finish 22nd and angrily confront the driver following the race.
This week: In 28 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Stewart has three wins, nine top-fives, 15 top-10s and three poles. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Stewart ranks fourth out of 47 drivers with an average place of 10.8.

Marcos Ambrose (No. 9)

Richard Petty Motorsports, Ford 

Where he stands: Ambrose is 23rd in the standings with 107 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Ambrose lost a rear tire on Lap 130, then had another flat on Lap 169 that ripped off the left rear of his car. It was bad enough that Ambrose spent plenty of time behind the wall for repairs before finishing 36th, 18 laps down.
Next week: In eight career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Ambrose’s best finish is 11th in 2010. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Ambrose ranks 29th out of 47 drivers with an average place of 24.0.

Mark Martin (No. 55)

Michael Waltrip Racing, Toyota 

Where he stands: Martin is 25th in the standings with 102 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Martin was back in the No. 55, but it was an eventful day for the wrong reasons. Martin slid into the wall after oil from Timmy Hill’s car leaked onto the track; as Martin was trying to get in position for a top 10 late, he was caught speeding on pit road. He finished 37th.
Next week: In 48 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Martin has two wins, 12 top-fives, 25 top-10s and three poles. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Martin ranks 10th out of 47 drivers with an average place of 14.7.

Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42)

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet 

Where he stands: Montoya is 30th in the standings with 83 points.
Last week:
In the Auto Club 400, Montoya went to the garage early with shifter problems. He returned to the track, but wasn't a factor and finished 38th.
Next week: In 12 career starts at Martinsville Speedway, Montoya has two top fives and three top 10s. In the past eight years at Martinsville, Montoya ranks 15th out of 47 drivers with an average place of 16.8.

Danica Patrick (No. 10)

Stewart-Haas Racing, Chevrolet 

Where she stands: Patrick is 29th in the standings with 87 points.
Last week: In the Auto Club 400, Patrick struggled while running down low and finished 26th, one lap down.
Next week: Patrick has no starts at Martinsville Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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