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This Week in NASCAR 09.13.13

Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013
Points Standings Sprint Cup 1. Matt Kenseth 2,015 2. Jimmie Johnson 2,012 3. Kyle Busch 2,012 4. Kevin Harvick 2,006 5. Carl Edwards 2,006 6. Joey Logano 2,003 7. Greg Biffle 2,003 8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,000 9. Kurt Busch 2,000 10. Clint Bowyer 2,000 11. Kasey Kahne 2,000 12. Ryan Newman 2,000 13. Jeff Gordon 750 14. Jamie McMurray 721 15. Brad Keselowski 720 16. Paul Menard 698 17. Martin Truex Jr. 691 18. Aric Almirola 664 19. Juan Pablo Montoya 656 20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 644 21. Marcos Ambrose 638 22. Jeff Burton 628 23. Tony Stewart 594 24. Casey Mears 544 25. David Ragan 489 26. Denny Hamlin 485 27. Danica Patrick 473 28. David Gilliland 462 29. Mark Martin 457 30. Dave Blaney 396 31. David Stremme 362 32. David Reutimann 353 33. Travis Kvapil 352 34. Bobby Labonte 343 35. J.J. Yeley 340 Nationwide 1. Sam Hornish Jr. 880 2. Austin Dillon 864 3. Regan Smith 854 4. Elliott Sadler 852 5. Justin Allgaier 828 6. Brian Vickers 827 7. Brian Scott 819 8. Trevor Bayne 810 9. Kyle Larson 799 10. Parker Kligerman 732 Truck 1. Matt Crafton 569 2. James Buescher 532 3. Ty Dillon 511 4. Jeb Burton 503 5. Timothy Peters 495 6. Miguel Paludo 494 7. Ryan Blaney 485 8. Johnny Sauter 465 9. Darrell Wallace Jr. 465 10. Brendan Gaughan 464

What: 267 laps or 400.5 miles

Where: Chicagoland Speedway, a 1.5-mile banked tri-oval in Joliet, Ill.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

TV: ESPN

Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Brad Keselowski

Also this week: American Ethanol 225, Truck Series, Chicagoland Speedway, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Fox Sports 1.

•  Dollar General 300, Nationwide Series, Chicagoland Speedway, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2.

Worth mentioning: Matt Kenseth enters the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup as the No.1 seed thanks to his five wins. Kenseth won the 2003 series title – the lastdecided under a season-long points system.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

HOT

Matt Kenseth: Perhaps his best opportunity yet to win a Chase championship.

Kurt Busch: Strong performance at Richmond, Va., makes Furniture Row Racing first single-car team to make the Chase.

Joey Logano: Making his first appearance in the Chase.

Brad Keselowski: Hehas won five of his past six Nationwide Series starts but missed the Chase.

James Buescher: Suddenly, his odds at repeating as Truck series champion don’t look so bad.

NOT

Clint Bowyer: If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s an (intentional) duck.

Martin Truex Jr.: Hopefully, his accomplishments this season won’t be overshadowed by getting dragged into the Bowyer spin controversy at Richmond.

Restarts: Hey NASCAR, change the rule or enforce the rule. But please, choose one.

Jim Utter

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