Kevin Harvick is another driver, along with Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards, who effectively need a victory to advance to the Championship round of the playoffs. He won the most recent event on this track type at Charlotte.
Carl Edwards has a nine-race, top-20 streak on this track type with all but three of those results ending in top-10s.
Cole Whitt has been hovering around the 30th-place mark on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. Most of his results ended in the 27th- to 36th-place range with one very solid result at Kansas. He finished 23rd in the Hollywood Casino 400.
Jeff Gordon finished second in the Duck Commander 500 this spring and he has been second in two of the last three races on this track type this season. He finished that well at Chicagoland and Charlotte.
Alex Bowman has been remarkably consistent on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year. In nine events to date, he has finished between 30th and 37th in each race.
For the second time in the Chase, Brad Keselowski is basically in a must-win situation if he wants to advance to the final round of the playoffs. If he wins to advance, he will have recorded victories in each of the Chase segments.
Michael McDowell and the Leavine Family Racing team are back in the field for another attempt on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track. This will be their eighth attempt in 10 races.
Matt Kenseth needs to regain the form on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks that he showed at the beginning of the season. In his first seven attempts on this track type, he swept the top 10, but his latest two attempts ended in a 13th at Kansas and a 19th at Charlotte.
Johnny Sauter leads the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice session at Texas Motor Speedway.
Veteran racer Donnie Neuenberger has signed to drive the No. 40 Toyota Camry for Carter 2 Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opener at Daytona in February.
A week after watching his nephew make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville, Carlos Contreras will exchange a radio for a steering wheel and compete in Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.
Mackena Bell will make her debut in one of NASCAR's premier touring series on Nov. 8.
Bell will drive the Rick Ware Racing #23 Chevy Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide series DAV200 "Honoring America's Veterans" race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Jamie Dick and Viva Motorsports are hoping to have a fiesta next weekend in Phoenix to celebrate a good finish for their new sponsor, Fiesta Auto Group.
Richard Childress Racing will have Scott Lagasse, Jr. driving the No. 33 Alert Today Florida/Boy Scouts of America Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series season finale at Homestead-Miami 300 on Saturday, November 15 with Nick Harrison as crew chief.
Keith Rocco is in the business of collecting checkered flags and championships, and for the seventh year in a row, business was good.