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This Week in NASCAR 09.13.13

Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013

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