With the 2013 NASCAR season drawing to a close, the Chase for the Sprint Cup is closing in on the halfway point while Nationwide Series sees Sam Hornish Jr. try to hang on to his point lead for the last five races on the schedule.
Both series have made their last stop at the Monster Mile for the season, and we have a slew of stories leading us into Kansas. The No. 22 Penske Racing Ford has won a season-high 11 times. Will Kansas see another No. 22 Ford victory?
Meanwhile, Jimmie Johnson nabbed his fifth win of the season and his eighth Dover win overall. Now that he's broken the dominant streak that Joe Gibbs Racing has had in the Chase, can he surpass them at Kansas?
All that, including the Nationwide Championship race and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s winless streak make up for the hottest stories in NASCAR this week.