One constant throughout the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season has been the close-knit racing and the on-track action isn’t the only thing that’s been tight. Up and down the top 10 in the points standings there have been ongoing battles and jockeying for position all season long.
Most fans are familiar with the ongoing championship match between the top-three title contenders: points leader Austin Dillon, Sam Hornish Jr. (-eight points) and Regan Smith (-52). A little further back in the standings, however, there’s an equally fierce battle between Elliott Sadler, Trevor Bayne and Brian Scott for fifth, sixth and seventh in points, respectively. Just 15 points separate the three.
When the series returns to action on at Texas Motor Speedway for the first of the final three events of the season, Sadler, Bayne and Scott will be competing just as hard as the frontrunners.
In his third straight full-time season in the series, Sadler has compiled nine top fives and 18 top 10s. His most recent trips to the three tracks remaining on the schedule resulted in a 13th (Texas), fifth (Phoenix) and ninth (Homestead). In a combined 27 starts at the three tracks, he has one victory at Phoenix in March 2012.
Bayne won the June race at Iowa earlier this season and has collected six top fives and 19 top 10s in the year’s first 30 races. In his last trips to Texas, Phoenix and Homestead, he’s finished 26th, fourth and 11th, respectively. He won the November 2011 event at Texas, but has not visited Victory Lane at the other two tracks.
Scott has three top fives and 12 top 10s on the season, including a pair of runner-up finishes at Indy and Richmond. He has finishes of 10th, 11th and seventh in his most recent visits to each of the three remaining tracks.