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NASCAR Preview For Texas

Only seven points separate Sprint Cup leader Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart entering Sunday's race at Texas (Getty Images)

It’s a triple-header weekend at Texas Motor Speedway including the eighth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The trucks run tonight, Nationwide goes tomorrow and the Sprint Cup race is on Sunday and it’s looking like it’ll be a two-man battle for the title.

Tony Stewart has won three of the first seven races in the Chase so far including last week at Martinsville. Combined with points leader Carl Edwards’ ninth place finish, Stewart is only 8 points back.
Stewart stirred up the pot a little bit after the race last week by telling Edwards “he better be worried” and “he is not going to have an easy three weeks.”
Tony won the fall race at Texas in 2006. But he’s really on a roll now. He has three straight top-10 finishes including his win at Martinsville.
For Edwards – Texas seems to be feast or famine. He leads all drivers with three wins there, but he’s also had some awful finishes too including 39th two years ago and 33rd last fall. Last April he finished third. He’ll be looking for his first victory in this year’s Chase on Sunday.
None of the 12 drivers in the Chase have been mathematically eliminated yet. Heading into Texas, 89 points separate Edwards from 12th-place Ryan Newman.
Kevin Harvick is in third place, 21 points out of the lead, while Brad Keselowski is fourth, 27 points back.
Five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson’s hopes of winning a sixth straight title are fading. He’s 43 points back and time is running out and there’s not a whole lot he can do about it. He’ll need the leaders to make some major mistakes to let him back in the running.
Seven Sprint Cup regulars including Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are entered in tomorrow’s Nationwide race and now that the IndyCar season is over, Danica Patrick will be back for the final three Nationwide races. She’s running a full-time Nationwide schedule next year and a partial one in Sprint Cup.

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