This week’s race
Quaker State 400
What: 267 laps (400.5 miles)
Where: Kentucky Speedway, a 1.5-mile banked quad-oval in Sparta, Ky.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Radio: Performance Racing Network
Last year’s winner: Matt Kenseth
Also this week: UNOH 225, Camping World Truck Series, Kentucky Speedway, 8 p.m. Thursday, Fox Sports 1.• Hero Campaign 300, Nationwide Series, Kentucky Speedway, 7:30 p.m. Friday, ESPN.
Worth mentioning: Jeff Gordon continues to lead the Sprint Cup Series standings and holds a 20-point advantage over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson. HMS teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. is third, Matt Kenseth is fourth and Brad Keselowski is fifth.
Who’s Hot / Who’s Not
Carl Edwards: Locked into the Chase and gave Roush Fenway Racing a much-needed confidence boost.
Jeff Gordon: It has been quite some time since Gordon was this good week-in and week-out.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: The benefit of fast cars and a better attitude on road courses was a third place at Sonoma.
Paul Menard: Back-to-back top fives and five top 10s in past seven races.
Brendan Gaughan: Ended a decade of disappointment with a win at Road America.
Landon Cassill: Among the best at making the most out of very little.
Kevin Harvick: Just when you think you’ve seen every way a fast car can lose a race.
AJ Allmendinger: Was the class of the field until he got in a wreck with Earnhardt.
Trevor Bayne: Has wrecked out of past two Nationwide races.