LOOKING AHEAD: Biffle, who will make the 400th start of his Cup career on Sunday, can't wait to get to Texas "and put these last couple of weeks behind us. Texas has really been good to us the last four or five years. So we are really looking forward to this weekend. We would love to extend that streak of a different race winner every week. And we feel we've got a good shot at it."
LOOKING BACK: Biffle led once for 18 laps and seemed headed for a top-five finish when he ran into handling problems in the final 100 laps of the Martinsville race. "Restarting on the outside really hurt us, and then we got real tight there at the end," said Biffle, who ended up 18th. "Time and again I would be on the outside for the restarts and would lose eight to 10 spots. I really thought we were going to have a real good day. But the restarts and a tight race car left us outside the top 15."
ETC.: On Friday, Biffle will play host to 125 students and teachers from Our Lady of Perpetual Help elementary and middle school at Texas Motor Speedway as part of the "Give Kids a Smile" program. "This program is very special to me," said Biffle. "It helps bring awareness to kids and their families about having a good dental health plan."
42 KYLE LARSON, Chevrolet
Team: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
WHERE HE STANDS: 19th, 26 points out of the top 10. Lost three spots last week.
TEXAS RECORD: Finished 23rd in his Cup debut last November.
LOOKING AHEAD: Larson said "After a tough track last weekend, I'm really looking forward to Texas. I enjoy the mile and a half tracks the best and have run pretty well on those tracks in the past. Our Target Chevy was really good in pre-season tests on the mile and a half track at Charlotte, so I think we should be able to unload with a really good car for this weekend's race and plan on being very competitive."
LOOKING BACK: It was an up-and-down day for Larson. After running as high as eighth at the midway point of the race, the rookie driver ran into all kinds of problems in the final 250 laps including spinning out in turn two to bring out the 11th of 14 caution flags. As a result, Larson finished 27th. "Not the finish I was hoping for," said Larson. "I knew this was a tough track, but thought we had a decent chance to get a good finish in the Target Chevy after running upfront midway through the race. I thought we did alright on our short runs, but just didn't do as well on the long runs."
ETC.: Larson feels his previous Cup experience at Texas will be of a huge benefit this weekend. "There is a big difference between the Cup and Nationwide cars at a place like Texas," said Larson. "So I feel good that I have experienced that difference. There are just different things you need to work on to make both cars fast."
41 KURT BUSCH, Chevrolet
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 20th, 28 points out of the top 10. Gained four spots last week.
TEXAS RECORD: One win and 12 top-10 finishes in 22 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Busch admits "the adrenaline of winning and accomplishing something special as a team carries over, but Martinsville is a half-mile track that is very different from the mile and a half of Texas. The way we struggled at Vegas earlier this year we definitely need to rebound on the mile and a half's. The key to winning there in my mind is carving through the center of the corners through the bumps. If you can do that and hold it wide open through there you are going to be the car to beat."
LOOKING BACK: Busch did the unthinkable Sunday at Martinsville - he beat Jimmie Johnson at a track where he had dominated. As Busch himself noted, "the 48 (Johnson) is king here." After swapping the lead with Johnson, Busch got back by Johnson with 11 laps to go and led the rest of the way to end a 83-race winless streak. The victory was Busch's 25th of his Cup career. "It's a dream come true to have Gene Haas call you and tell you he wants you to drive his car and he wants to go for trophies and wins," said Busch. "It's unbelievable feeling to deliver. We are a winner. We're not guaranteed in the Chase but we have a win and we're moving forward. Now our next objective is just to build more consistency in our Haas Automation Chevy."
ETC.: While Busch was enjoying "the awesome feeling" from his Martinsville victory, he was not pleased with all the questions about his run-ins with Brad Keselowski during the race. "We're not worried about any of that nonsense right now," began Busch. But when the questions kept coming, Busch got more than a little irritated. "I can't believe he overreacted and he's as upset as he is (for the first incident on pit road that sent Keselowski to the garage area for repairs)," said Busch. "He targeted us, he was aiming for us. He tried to flatten all four of my tires. That's a punk-*** move and he will get what he gets back when I decide to get it back."
5 KASEY KAHNE, Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: 22nd, 29 points out of the top 10. Lost three spots last week.
TEXAS RECORD: Finished fifth last November. Overall has one win and six top-10 finishes including five top-five's in 19 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Kahne hopes to become the seventh different winner in the first seven races of the season. "We had a really good car there last fall, and hopefully we will be as strong this weekend," said Kahne. "We are bringing a new car this weekend and Kenny (Francis, crew chief) feels really good about it. The start of the year hasn't gone as we had hoped so we need a good run this weekend."
LOOKING BACK: Kahne rallied from an early-race accident to run in the top five with less than 50 laps to go. But then he ran into major handling problems and ended the day in 22nd spot. "The day certainly didn't end as we had hoped," said Kahne. "The car got really tight at the end and we didn't get another caution to fix it. It was a real handful after that last restart (with 35 laps to go)."
ETC.: Kahne said his workouts include the "things that I feel make me better throughout the race and after the race. And I feel better mentally because of working out, being prepared and being in great shape. Some tracks can be tough on your neck and arms, and other tracks, not so much. I think there's a lot there (while in the car) that definitely takes some athletic ability, and I think that it helps being athletic and being prepared. It (the workouts) helps me for sure."
1 JAMIE MCMURRAY, Chevrolet