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No. 18 Toy­ota, Joe Gibbs Rac­ing DRIVER: Kyle Busch

HOME­TOWN: Las Ve­gas

NOTE­WOR­THY: Busch has six wins this season and went headto-head with Kevin Har­vick for a long stretch of sum­mer in which the two proved to be the most dom­i­nant in the Cup Se­ries. No. 4 Ford, Ste­wart-Haas Rac­ing DRIVER: Kevin Har­vick HOME­TOWN: Bak­ers­field, Calif.

NOTE­WOR­THY: His seven wins are a ca­reer high and lead the Cup Se­ries. No. 78 Toy­ota, Fur­ni­ture Row Rac­ing DRIVER: Martin Truex Jr. HOME­TOWN: Mayetta, N.J.

NOTE­WOR­THY: Truex is the only driver who has shown con­sis­tent abil­ity to keep up with Busch and Har­vick this season. No. 2 Ford, Penske Rac­ing DRIVER: Brad Ke­selowski HOME­TOWN: Rochester Hills, Mich.

NOTE­WOR­THY: Swept the Xfin­ity Se­ries and Cup races at Dar­ling­ton in his first ca­reer vic­to­ries at the South Carolina track. No. 14 Ford, Ste­wart-Haas Rac­ing DRIVER: Clint Bowyer HOME­TOWN: Em­po­ria, Kansas

NOTE­WOR­THY: Bowyer ended a five-year los­ing streak but hasn’t had the same speed as team­mate Har­vick. No. 22 Ford, Team Penske DRIVER: Joey Logano HOME­TOWN: Middletown, Conn.

NOTE­WOR­THY: Logano’s only win of the season came at Tal­ladega, although he did fin­ish sec­ond be­hind team­mate Brad Ke­selowski in the South­ern 500. No. 41 Ford, Ste­wart-Haas Rac­ing DRIVER: Kurt Busch

HOME­TOWN: Las Ve­gas

NOTE­WOR­THY: Busch won at Bris­tol in Au­gust to en­sure a spot in the play­offs. He won his Cup ti­tle in 2004 in the first year of the Chase. No. 24 Chevro­let, Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports DRIVER: Chase Elliott HOME­TOWN: Daw­sonville, Ga.

NOTE­WOR­THY: Elliott fi­nally scored his first vic­tory of his Cup ca­reer with a win in Au­gust on the road course at Watkins Glen. No. 12 Ford, Team Penske DRIVER: Ryan Blaney

HOME­TOWN: High Point, N.C.

NOTE­WOR­THY: Blaney has had a quiet year in his shift in-house to Team Penske. He’s won two poles but hasn’t been to vic­tory lane. No. 20 Toy­ota, Joe Gibbs Rac­ing DRIVER: Erik Jones

HOME­TOWN: By­ron, Mich.

NOTE­WOR­THY: Jones is a rookie in the Gibbs lineup and scored his first ca­reer Cup vic­tory at Day­tona in July. No. 3 Chevro­let, Richard Chil­dress Rac­ing DRIVER: Austin Dil­lon HOME­TOWN: Wel­come, N.C.

NOTE­WOR­THY: Dil­lon won the Day­tona 500 to open the season and lock a spot in the play­offs. No. 42 Chevro­let, Chip Ganassi Rac­ing

DRIVER: Kyle Lar­son

HOME­TOWN: Elk Grove, Calif.

NOTE­WOR­THY: hav­ing a dis­ap­point­ing season in that he's yet to win a Cup race this year. He dom­i­nated at Dar­ling­ton but was beat at the end by Brad Ke­selowski. No. 11 Toy­ota, Joe Gibbs Rac­ing DRIVER: Denny Ham­lin HOME­TOWN: Ch­ester­field, Va.

NOTE­WOR­THY: Ham­lin hasn’t shown the strength to be a ti­tle con­tender and is rac­ing to keep his streak of at least one win a season go­ing. No. 10 Ford, Ste­wart-Haas Rac­ing DRIVER: Aric Almirola HOME­TOWN: Tampa, Fla.

NOTE­WOR­THY: He re­placed Dan­ica Pa­trick at SHR and has had a break­out year with a ca­reer-high 10 top-10 fin­ishes. No. 40 Chevro­let, Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports DRIVER: Jim­mie John­son

HOME­TOWN: El Ca­jon, Calif.

NOTE­WOR­THY: The seven-time NASCAR cham­pion has not won a race this year and has strug­gled along with the Hen­drick or­ga­ni­za­tion. No. 88 Chevro­let, Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports DRIVER: Alex Bow­man HOME­TOWN: Tus­con, Ariz.

NOTE­WOR­THY: Re­placed Dale Earn­hardt Jr. at Hen­drick and won the pole for the Day­tona 500. That was the lone bright spot in Bow­man’s full-time move to Hen­drick.

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