A look at the 13 drivers in the Chase (and their 2013 statistics) who will race in NASCAR’s stop in Loudon, N.H., this weekend:
1. Matt Kenseth, Cambridge, Wis.
No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota
Joe Gibbs Racing
6 wins, 7 Top 5s, 14 Top 10s.
2,063 points (1st), $5,336,342.
Notable: Was last driver to win championship in Winston Cup era. Solidified standing with victory in Chase opener last week at Chicagoland.
2. Kyle Busch, Las Vegas
No. 18 M&M’s Peanut Butter Toyota
Joe Gibbs Racing
4 wins, 12 Top 5s, 16 Top 10s.
2,055 points (2d), $5,520,528.
Notable: Runner-up to his teammate Kenseth at Chicagoland. His four wins are tied with Jimmie Johnson for second on the circuit.
3. Jimmie Johnson, El Cajon, Calif.
No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet
4 wins, 10 Top 5s, 16 Top 10s.
2,052 points (3d); $7,139,871.
Notable: Got season off to a rousing start with victory in the Daytona 500. Trails Kenseth by 11 points, but the five-time NASCAR champion enters Loudon with three career victories, eight top 5s, and 16 top 10s at NHMS.
4. Kevin Harvick, Bakersfield, Calif.
No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet
Richard Childress Racing
2 wins, 7 Top 5s, 14 Top 10s.
2,048 points (4th); $4,970,424.
Notable: His final Chase appearance in the No. 29 RCR Chevrolet. He will be moving on to Stewart-Haas Racing next season. Earned 20 bonus points in Chase for his regular-season victories at Richmond and Charlotte. Finished seventh behind winner Brian Vickers in July at NHMS.
5. Carl Edwards, Columbia, Mo.
No. 99 Aflac Ford
Roush Fenway Racing
2 wins, 8 Top 5s, 13 Top 10s.
2,040 points (5th), $4,693,109.
Notable: Entered the Chase on the heels of his impressive victory at Richmond, giving him two regular-season wins to go along with his victory at Phoenix. Finished eighth in July at NHMS, where he remains winless but with a pair of top 5s and four top 10s.
6. Kurt Busch, Las Vegas
No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet
Furniture Row Racing
0 wins, 9 Top 5s, 14 Top 10s.
2,040 points (6th), $4,030,563.
Notable: The only driver of a single-car independent operation in the field. Showed consistent approach in his last seven races with six top 10s, five top 5s, and a runner-up finish at Richmond, his best result of the regular season.
7. Jeff Gordon, Vallejo, Calif.
No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet
0 wins, 5 Top 5s, 13 Top 10s.
2,039 points (7th), $4,489,355.
Notable: Given an 11th-hour reprieve when NASCAR put Penske Racing and Front Row Motorsports on probation for alleged collusion, taking unprecedented move of clearing a 13th spot in Chase field for the four-time NASCAR champion.
8. Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind.
No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet
1 win, 6 Top 5s, 13 Top 10s.
2,035 points (8th), $4,458,679.
Notable: Took Martin Truex Jr.’s wild-card spot in the Chase when NASCAR docked Truex driver points, knocking him out of the field after his team, Michael Waltrip Racing, was sanctioned for manipulating outcome of race at Richmond.
9. Clint Bowyer, Emporia, Kan.
No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota
Michael Waltrip Racing
0 wins, 8 top 5s, 14 Top 10s.
2,035 points (9th), $4,296,509.
Notable: Emerged unscathed after NASCAR docked him and his team points for their part in manipulating outcome of Richmond race. Finished ninth at Chicagoland. Has recorded a pair of victories at NHMS, both coming in the Chase, in 2007 and 2010.
10. Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash.
No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet
2 wins, 8 Top 5s, 11 Top 10s.
2,032 points (10th), $4,189,288.
Notable: Recorded his regular-season victories at Bristol and Pocono, which helped him secure bonus points to earn a spot in the Chase. Returns to NHMS, where he won July’s Cup event. Has three top 5s and eight top 10s in Loudon.
11. Greg Biffle, Vancouver, Wash.
No. 16 3M Ford
Roush Fenway Racing
1 win, 3 Top 5s, 10 Top 10s.
2,032 points (11th), $3,860,154.
Notable: Only driver in the field without a DNF during regular season. Enters NHMS on heels of seventh-place finish in Chase opener at Chicagoland. Visited Victory Lane at NHMS in the 2008 Chase event.
12. Joey Logano, Middletown, Conn.
No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford
1 win, 8 Top 5s, 14 Top 10s.
2,011 points (12th), $4,384,825.
Notable: Suffered engine problem at Chicagoland, but recorded his first career Cup win at NHMS in 2009.
13. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kannapolis, N.C.
No. 88 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet
0 wins, 5 Top 5s, 14 Top 10s.
2,010 points (13th), $4,405,538.
Notable: Qualified ninth for the Chase, but dropped to 13th in the standings after stumbling out of the blocks at Chicagoland with a 35th-place finish because of engine problems . His best result at NHMS: third in 2004.