The 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup is down to three races, including this weekend’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, November 2nd. Also at the 1.5-mile track this weekend: the Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, November 1st.
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch, who was eliminated from Chase contention after Talladega, will be doing “triple-duty” this weekend, driving his own Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra in Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race before getting behind the wheel of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry on Saturday. Busch has 13 top five finishes, including six wins, at TMS in the Nationwide Series; he won five straight from spring of 2008 to spring of 2010. On Sunday, he’ll be in the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota for the Cup Series race; Busch has one win and eight top 10 finishes in 18 starts at Texas.
Matt Kenseth, currently fourth in the Chase standings, will compete both Saturday and Sunday at Texas. The driver of the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota in the Cup Series has two wins at Texas, as well as 17 top 10 finishes – the most of any active driver at the track. Another category he leads in: the best average finish among active drivers – 8.3 in 24 starts. In the Nationwide Series, where he’ll be driving the No. 20 GameStop: Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Toyota, Kenseth has two wins and 16 top 10 finishes in 18 starts.
Denny Hamlin, in the No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota on Sunday, sits two points behind Kenseth in fifth in Chase standings. He has two wins and nine top 10 finishes in 17 starts at Texas, with both wins coming in 2010. Elliott Sadler, in the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota on Saturday, has seven top 10 finishes in 13 Nationwide Series starts at Texas. Sadler is currently fourth in Nationwide Series points, 63 points behind leader Chase Elliott.
The Nationwide Series qualifies for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. PT, followed by the green flag at 2:30 p.m. PT. Qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway gets underway Friday at 5:45 p.m. CT; the race goes green Sunday at 2 p.m. CT. Keep up with this weekend’s action at joegibbsracing.com.
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