For Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, who trail the points lead by 28 and 36 points, respectively, a race at Texas Motor Speedway comes at an excellent time.
Busch swept the April NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, leading 171 laps in the main event. It was the third time in his career that Busch has cracked the triple digit laps led figure at Texas.
Harvick has yet to win at Texas, but his performance rundown is typical of the Bakersfield, Calif., product – not a whole lot of laps led, but plenty of solid finishes. Harvick has finished in the top 10 in two of the last three Texas races.
Here’s the bad news: For either of them to win the championship, it would take an unprecedented comeback. In the Chase era, the largest comeback with three to go came in 2006 by Jimmie Johnson, who coincidentally made up a 26-point deficit on Matt Kenseth. That roughly equates to a six point deficit in the current system.