LOOKING BACK: Keselowski led 114 laps at Richmond and could have potentially won, but Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano was just a bit better and wound up winning to Keselowski's fourth-place finish.
ETC.: Keselowski has completed 97.5 percent (1,859) of the 1,906 total laps contested in 10 career starts at Talladega. His average start there is 17.5 and his average finish is 14.2. He has one DNF there.
48 JIMMIE JOHNSON, Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: Jimmie Johnson fell three spots in the standings after Richmond, dropping from fifth to eighth. He trails points leader and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon by 59 points, is five points behind seventh-ranked Brad Keselowski and is 10 points ahead of ninth-ranked Ryan Newman.
TALLADEGA RECORD: 24 career starts, 2 wins, 6 top-5s, 10 top-10s, 1 pole. Best career finish: First in spring 2008 and spring 2011. Finished fifth in this race last year, and was 13th in the fall Chase race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Johnson is still looking for his first win of the 2014 season. He has excellent chances to do so in the next three races - Talladega, Kansas and Charlotte. Here's his thoughts on Sunday's race: "The spring Talladega race is always a great race. Granted, things can happen out of your control and you can be taken out in heartbeat, but for the most part, to me it's a lot of fun. With the rules package as it is, it encourages racing from the drop of the green flag to the checkered so you have to have strategy throughout the race. Qualifying is going to be pretty interesting - I'd say it's one for the fans to watch. It's going to be fun."
LOOKING BACK: Johnson struggled all day at Richmond, eventually finishing a disappointing and uncharacteristic 32nd-place, four laps behind the race leaders.
ETC.: Johnson has completed 94.2 percent (4,286) of the 4,552 total laps contested in 24 career starts at Talladega. His average start there is an outstanding 10.1 and his average finish is 17.0. He also has a career-high eight DNFs there.
31 RYAN NEWMAN, Chevrolet
Team: RICHARD CHILDRESS Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Ryan Newman remained in ninth place in the standings for the second week in a row after Richmond. He trails points leader Jeff Gordon by 69 points, is 10 points behind eighth-ranked Jimmie Johnson and leads the 10th-ranked tie of Brian Vickers and Greg Biffle by 16 points.
TALLADEGA RECORD: 24 career starts, 0 wins, 4 top-5s, 9 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Third in spring 2009. Finished 32nd in this race last season and was ninth in last fall's Chase race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Newman makes his 25th career Sprint Cup start at Talladega on Sunday. He's had rough luck several times, including two memorable end-over-end crashes earlier in his career there. He's looking for a good finish in his first visit there with his new Richard Childress Racing team. Here's his thoughts on Sunday's race: "Talladega is one of those tracks that is a necessary evil on our race schedule especially considering my history at the track. But, it's like any other track where it provides you with a legitimate chance and opportunity to win. I just have to figure out a so-called antitoxin to stop getting snake bit there because it happens to me more often than any one there."
LOOKING BACK: Newman had a solid night at Richmond, finishing eighth, the highest finish of the three RCR cars entered in the event.
ETC.: Newman has completed a paltry 84.3 percent (3,839) of the 4,552 total laps contested in 24 career starts at Talladega. His average start there is 13.5 and his average finish is 21.7. He has a career-high eight DNFs there.
55 BRIAN VICKERS, Toyota
Team: Michael Waltrip Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Brian Vickers climbed into the top 10 after Richmond, leaving him tied for 10th place with Greg Biffle. Vickers and Biffle trail points leader Jeff Gordon by 85 points each, are 16 points behind ninth-ranked Brian Vickers and four points ahead of 12th-ranked Austin Dillon.
TALLADEGA RECORD: 14 career starts, 1 win, 4 top-5s, 6 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: First in fall 2006. This will be Vickers' first Cup race at Talladega since 2011, when he finished 38th in the spring race and fifth in the fall Chase race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Vickers is enjoying a strong performance in his first full season on the Sprint Cup level in three seasons. The switch to Michael Waltrip Racing has done wonders for the Thomasville, N.C., native. Here's his thoughts on Sunday's race: "(Talladega is) a special place. I won my first Sprint Cup race there in 2006 and like everyone I love the show. It's as mentally challenging of a race as we have. With the new qualifying and all that is at stake on Sunday I'm sure the Aaron's 499 will be a weekend to remember."
LOOKING BACK: Vickers had a decent run at Richmond this past Saturday. Even though he failed to lead a lap, he hovered in and around the top 10 for much of the evening, eventually finishing 12th.
ETC.: Vickers has completed 90.3 percent (2,400) of the 2,657 total laps contested in 14 career starts at Talladega. His average start there is 20.4 and his average finish is 20.1. He has four DNFs there.
16 GREG BIFFLE, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing