When the Formula One teams unload in Austin in two weeks, the championship already will be in the pocket of Sebastian Vettel, the German superstar’s fourth straight.
But when the NASCAR guys hit the track at Texas Motor Speedway this Sunday, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson will be in a dead heat for the Sprint Cup title.
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NASCAR Texas weekend
Where: Texas Motor Speedway (northeast of Fort Worth)
Tickets: $25 to $70, available at the gate
Nationwide: O’Reilly Auto Parts Texas 300
Saturday: Qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.); race, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2, 2:30-5 p.m.)
Defending champion: Kevin Harvick
Nationwide update: Austin Dillon holds an eight-point lead on Sam Hornish Jr. with three races left. … Kyle Bush won the spring race in Texas.
Sprint Cup: AAA Texas 500
Tickets: $20 to $140, available at the gate
Saturday: Practice (Fox Sports 2, 10-11 a.m.; Fox Sports 1, 1-2 p.m.)
Sunday: Race, 2 p.m. (ESPN, 1-6 p.m.)
Defending champion: Jimmie Johnson
Chase for the Cup
1. Matt Kenseth;2,294
2. Jimmie Johnson;2,294
3. Jeff Gordon;2,267
4. Kevin Harvick;2,266
5. Kyle Busch;2,258
Note: Kenseth holds the tiebreaker with seven wins to Johnson’s five.