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NASCAR's Texas three step this weekend

All threeNASCARseries will be running this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, a tricky 1.5 mile oval that always seems to bring out the best in the drivers. There are plenty of big storylines as we get together in the Metroplex for the final time in the 2013 season.

Lets start with the truck series, where theNASCARworld is still talking aboutJames Buescher, who has been nothing short of amazing this season. He headshometo Texas Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points lead and a championship in his grasp. In only one 200-lap race, the Plano, Texas nativetransformed a one-point deficit to rookieTy Dilloninto a 21-point advantage.

Now, only three races remain for Buescher to hold serve and claim a title hes been stalking since he entered the series full-time in 2009.

After two weeks off, the Nationwide gang is back and ready to finish off their 2013 season. Eight points separating leaderAustin Dillonand second-placeSam Hornish Jr., its time for the two drivers and their teams to buckle down and take full advantage of every opportunity.

They have Texas, Phoenix and Miami over the next three weeks to settle this battle. As fate would have it, Dillon and Hornish are both running for their first NASCAR Nationwide title and they know that any little slip-up could cost them the title. Based on past series history at Texas, Dillon holds a slight edge over Hornish, but it should be a wide-open race on Saturday afternoon.

The main event comes Sunday afternoon with theChase for the Sprint Cuptitle on the line.Matt KensethandJimmie Johnsonare tied for the points lead with just three races to go the 2013 season. We have a little bit of history going on here as we have a tie for the first time this late in the season since 1975, when the current points structure was implemented.

In 1996,Jeff GordonledTerry Labonteby a single point. A year ago, Johnson held a two-point lead over champion-to-beBrad Keselowski.

This will be really close. As we look inside the numbers, we see that Kenseths average finish at Texas Motor Speedway is 8.5. Johnson is close at 9.1. Kenseth owns the tracks best driver rating of 106.5. Johnson is second at 103.3. The edge goes to Kenseth in laps led with 772 to Johnsons 443.

The most glaring difference at least in 2013, the first season for the NASCARSprint CupSeries Gen-6 car is in their 1.5-mile track performance. Four of Kenseths seven wins have come on tracks just like Texas. HisJoe Gibbs Racingteammate,Kyle Busch,won Aprils Texas race from the Coors Light Pole. Johnson has been shut out on the 1.5s, as have hisHendrick MotorsportspartnersGordon,Dale Earnhardt Jr.andKasey Kahne.

Look for the Gibbs boys to get Kenseth out of Texas still in first place in thestandingsheading west to the Valley of the Sun.

Friday Night: Camping World Truck Series Windstar World Casino 350

Broadcast: TV FoxSports1 8:30 p.m. ET

Radio: PRN and Sirius XM Channel 90

Saturday Afternoon: Nationwide Series O Reilly Auto Parts 300

Broadcast: TV ESPN2 3:30 p.m. ET

Broadband: Watch ESPN

Radio: PRN and Sirius XM Channel 90

Sunday Afternoon:Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship AAA Texas 500

TV: ESPN 3 p.m. ET Broadband: Watch ESPN

Radio: PRN and Sirius XM Channel 90






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