WHY HE MATTERS: He leads Tony Stewart by 3 points with two races to go.
WHAT HE SAYS: “We can walk out of (Texas) with our heads up. We’re still the points leaders.”
WHAT THE NUMBERS SAY: The leader after eight Chase races has won six of seven titles.
Quote of note
“I watched Tony (Stewart) and Carl (Edwards). They’re going for it. … It’s intense trying to win these races right now.” — Kasey Kahne, who finished third at Texas, behind Stewart and Edwards, respectively.
Where to watch
Sunday’s pre-race show on ESPN starts at 2 p.m. EST, followed by the race at 3:00.