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.