Everything is bigger in Texas. Every year when the Chase for the Sprint Cup heads there, the championship battle always increases its magnitude. The standings are tied after Martinsville, so how can this fight get any closer or bigger? Texas Motor Speedway could show us when the championship grind continues on Sunday afternoon.
The AAA Texas 500 will go green on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 3:16 PM ET. Sunday’s race will consist of 334 laps and 501 miles. The race day weather looks great with mostly sunny skies, a high of 66 F, and a 0% chance of rain. You can catch the action on ESPN or listen to it on PRN.
A fierce battle took center stage last November between 2012 championship contenders, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson. They went door-to-door for a majority of the race as neither wanted to give the other an edge. Johnson took the checkered flag, but it turned out not to be enough in the championship battle as Keselowski took the crown.
This year, a battle among the top title contenders is very likely. Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson have been stellar here in years past. Johnson won last year which could help him out, but Kenseth has been superb on mile and a half tracks this season. A very equal race may play out between the two as in the last two Texas races, the eventual drivers competing for the title at Homestead finished one-two at Texas. Who has the advantage? It’s tough to say because both contenders have shown qualities that will make them the ones to beat on Sunday.
While the focus will be on those two this weekend, a few other drivers are making their one storylines. Jeff Gordon is coming off his first win of the season at Martinsville and is still within reach of the Sprint Cup. Another great performance needs to be put on in this race in order for the No.24 team to climb into the championship battle. Parker Kligerman is making his Sprint Cup debut behind the wheel of the No.30 car. Kligerman has one career Camping World Truck Series victory. Kyle Larson will also be back this weekend in the No.51 car.
Whatever goes down in Texas this weekend, the championship battle is sure to be affected. Whoever can pull away to at least a one point advantage will set their sights on the title. There is only three weeks left in the season. The time to go is now. Not just for the championship contenders, but for the guys who want to make something out of their season. It will be fast, dramatic, and exciting on Sunday because it’s Sprint Cup Series action from the Lone Star State.
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