This week’s race
What: 334 laps (501 miles)
Where: Texas Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile banked, paved quad-oval in Fort Worth, Texas
When: 3 p.m. Sunday
Radio: Performance Racing Network
Last year’s winner: Jimmie Johnson
Also this week: WinStar 350k, Camping World Truck Series, Texas Motor Speedway, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Fox Sports 1.
• O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Nationwide Series, Texas Motor Speedway, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2.
Worth mentioning: The Harlem Globetrotters have been named the grand marshals of Sunday’s race and will have the honor of giving the starting command to the field.
Who’s Hot/Who’s Not
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: His victory helped Hendrick Motorsports weather a difficult anniversary a bit easier.
Jeff Gordon: The Drive for Five remains alive.
Ryan Newman: Not winning but doing everything else to stay in the hunt for a championship.
Tony Stewart: He likely appreciated being able to talk about performance on the race track for a change.
Darrell Wallace Jr.: Three wins this season and now in the thick of the Truck series championship hunt.
Matt Tifft: UNC Charlotte student finished eighth in his Truck series debut at Martinsville.
Brad Keselowski: Thankfully he knows how to win this season – he’ll likely need to in order to reach the next round of the Chase.
Kevin Harvick: Please see Brad Keselowski.
Johnny Sauter: If you dish it out, you better be prepared to take it.