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Who's hot/Who's not 10.31.13

Friday, Nov. 01, 2013

This week’s race

AAA 500

What: 334 laps or 501 miles

Where: Texas Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile banked, paved quad-oval located in Fort Worth, Texas.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

TV: ESPN

Radio: Performance Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Jimmie Johnson

Also this week: WinStar World Casino 350k, Camping World Truck Series, Texas Motor Speedway, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Fox Sports 1.

•  O’Reilly Challenge, Nationwide Series, Texas Motor Speedway, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN.

Worth mentioning: Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson are tied atop the Sprint Cup Series standings with three races left this season. That’s the closest points race with three races remaining since the advent of the Chase format in the 2004 season.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

HOT

Jeff Gordon: Welcome back to the winner’s circle.

Matt Kenseth: Leading the Cup series with three races left.

Jimmie Johnson: Please see Matt Kenseth.

Denny Hamlin: He didn’t win at Martinsville but it was one of his most productive weekends of the season.

Darrell Wallace Jr.: A historic first Truck win for Wallace and a welcomed second in a national series for an African-American driver.

ThorSport Racing: No other race team has led the series standings in the NASCAR Truck Series this season.

NOT

Kasey Kahne: There may be only a few yards of grass in the Martinsville infield but somehow Kahne wound up stuck in it.

Ty Dillon: Someone trying to run for a championship should be smarter with their late-race moves.

Kevin Harvick: Someone with the experience of Harvick should know not to make racing incidents personal.

Jim Utter