The Sprint Cup Series is down to its final three races of the season. The first of those takes place this Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.
The points standings took a surprising turn this past weekend in Martinsville. At a track dominated by Jimmie Johnson in recent years, it was his teammate, Jeff Gordon, who scored the win. It was Gordon's eighth career win on the half-mile track, and it moved him up to third place in the standings, still in contention for the title.
Even more surprising than Johnson not ending up in Victory Lane was the great finish that Matt Kenseth posted. Statistically, Martinsville had been Kenseth's worst track entering Sunday. After leading the race with 25 laps to go, he got passed by Gordon for the win but still held on for second place.
Thanks to Kenseth's runner-up finish, the top of the championship standings features a tie between him and Johnson.
The series returns to Texas this weekend, where Kyle Busch scored the win earlier in the year.
Neither of the top two championship contenders were significant factors in the first race in the Lone Star State. Can either of them score the win, and which driver will take over sole possession of the top spot in the title hunt?
Join us as we get you set for the eighth race of the Chase by telling you which drivers to keep the closest eye on and what the biggest stories are as the series makes its final stop of the year at Texas Motor Speedway.