ETC.: Stenhouse has completed 100 percent (628) of the 628 total laps contested in two career starts at Phoenix. His average start there is 19.5 and his average finish is 14.0. He has zero DNFs there.
16 GREG BIFFLE, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Greg Biffle had a good run in the season-opening Daytona 500, finishing eighth. Biffle had a very strong Ford that challenged for the lead several times and could have pulled an upset with a break or two. He is tied in the Sprint Cup standings with Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The duo trails points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 11 points, is one point behind sixth-ranked Matt Kenseth and leads ninth-ranked Austin Dillon by one point.
PHOENIX RECORD: 20 career starts, 0 wins, 5 top-5s, 7 top-10s, 1 poles. Best career finish: First in 2012 spring race. Finished 17th in this race last year and was 13th in the fall Chase race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Phoenix is not one of Biffle's best tracks. He's never won there and seems to struggle more often than not. That's kind of surprising given Biffle's extensive short track racing career. He started racing on short tracks in his native Washington state and was quite successful back in his pre-NASCAR days.
LOOKING BACK: Biffle showed lots of promise for the rest of the 2014 season by finishing eighth in Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500. Here's his thoughts on his finish: "It was a good night. They just have a tick more speed, it seems like. I could kind of hold them off, but it depends on who is pushing you, I guess. You get some fast cars lined up and you're fast, but that last restart killed me. That was it."
ETC.: Biffle has completed 97.6 percent (6,172) of the 6,321 total laps contested in 20 career starts at Phoenix. His average start there is 14.6 and his average finish is 13.8. He has one DNF there.
3 AUSTIN DILLON, Chevrolet
Team: Richard Childress Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Austin Dillon comes into the second race of the season in ninth place, after also finishing ninth in the season-opening Daytona 500 on Sunday. Dillon, who started on the pole for that race, trails Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 12 points in the Sprint Cup standings, is one point behind the seventh-place tie of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Greg Biffle and leads 10th-ranked Casey Mears by two points.
PHOENIX RECORD: 0 career starts, 0 wins, 0 top-5s, 0 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: Sunday will mark Dillon's first career Sprint Cup start at Phoenix. However, in five career Nationwide Series races there previously, he had two top-five and four top-10 finishes. And in two career Camping World Trucks Series races, he had one top-five and another top-10 finish at PIR.
LOOKING AHEAD: Dillon started off his Sprint Cup rookie season by finishing ninth in the season-opening Daytona 500. Here are his thoughts heading into Sunday's race at Phoenix: "(PIR) is a track I've been looking forward to for several weeks. I'm a rookie and I have a lot to learn - I know I'll have a lot to learn all season. I feel like I showed my rookie stripes quite a bit during the Daytona 500, but Phoenix is a track where I've made a ton of laps as a driver, so I've been looking forward to entering that race. ... I've raced there in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series so I feel like I have a good feel for the track."
LOOKING BACK: Even though he finished ninth in Sunday's Daytona 500, Dillon had problems during the race, being involved in at least three different wrecks. He is young, enthusiastic and will make mistakes this season, but to work through all those wrecks and still finish ninth is a significant accomplishment.
ETC.: Dillon has never raced in the Sprint Cup Series at Phoenix.
13 CASEY MEARS, Chevrolet
Team: Germain Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: Casey Mears had one of the best season-opening finishes he's ever had, winding up 10th in the Daytona 500. Mears is tied for 10th in the Sprint Cup standings with Joey Logano, each with 14 points. Both drivers trail points leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 14 points, are two points behind ninth-ranked Austin Dillon and are three points ahead of 12th-ranked Kevin Harvick.
PHOENIX RECORD: 19 career starts, 0 wins, 0 top-5s, 0 top-10s, 0 poles. Best career finish: 11th in spring 2008 race. Finished 14th in this race last year and was 27th in the fall Chase race there.
LOOKING AHEAD: Off to a great start to begin the season, Mears hopes to build upon his Daytona performance with an equally strong run - if not stronger - this Sunday at Phoenix. Here's some of Mears' thoughts: "Everybody is always excited about a season, but we are especially excited at Germain Racing, for sure. We've got a lot of things going on with the partnership with (Richard Childress Racing, which supplies motors and chassis to Germain Racing). ... It's a big step for our organization. Last year was our first full season and now having a full relationship with RCR from the technical side to being able to review data, cars parts and pieces, it's a real big step in the right direction for our program."
LOOKING BACK: Mears literally flew under the radar for most of Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500, stayed out of trouble for the most part and came home with a promising 10th-place finish.
ETC.: Mears has completed 91.0 percent (5,408) of the 5,943 total laps contested in 19 career starts at Phoenix. His average start there is 23.5 and his average finish is 26.2. He has four DNFs there.
Driver Capsules for week of Feb. 25
22 JOEY LOGANO, Ford
Team: Team Penske