CAR: No. 24 Chevrolet
COMMENT: The three-time Winston Cup champion has slipped in the past two races _ finishing 37th and 17th _ but don't expect the slump to continue.
CAR: No. 88 Ford
COMMENT: The 1999 Winston Cup champion could be the runaway leader if it weren't for some inconsistent runs earlier this season.
CAR: No. 28 Ford
COMMENT: Rudd knows how to win and, like teammate Dale Jarrett, has the equipment to make a stab at his first career championship.
CAR: No. 2 Ford
WINS 1 :
COMMENT: Needs more than one win to have a chance, is always good on the short tracks such as Bristol, Martinsville and Richmond.
CAR: No. 40 Dodge
COMMENT: Admirable effort by this veteran who's leading the Dodge contingent. A championship isn't likely unless he goes on a tear in the second half.
CAR: No. 20 Pontiac
COMMENT: Relegated to 26th place after disobeying a black flag penalty in the Pepsi 400 and crashing in the Tropicana 400. Actions have hurt, but not killed, Stewart's title hopes.
CAR: No. 29 Chevrolet
COMMENT: Should be nicknamed "The Iceman" for his composure, attitude and success in the most trying circumstance as Dale Earnhardt's replacement.
DALE EARNHARDT JR.
CAR: No. 8 Chevrolet
COMMENT: More was expected from this team when the season began. Maybe Junior's win in the Pepsi 400 is a sign of things to come.
CAR: No. 10 Pontiac
COMMENT: Benson is slipping further in the standings with each race. A win would boost this team's confidence tremendously.
CAR: No. 18 Pontiac
COMMENT: Don't be surprised if Labonte makes run toward the top of the standings in the stretch run. He knows what it takes, but consistency is key.
_ COMPILED BY KEVIN KELLY