Wednesday, November 3, 2010

NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and wild card Martin Truex Jr. are the ones to watch in Race 8 of the Chase at Texas.

As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolls into Race 8 of the chase for the Sprint Cup Championship in the Long Star state at Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday’s race, the numbers have changed in the points standings after the spoiler Clint Bowyer survived the Big one and narrowly beating his teammate Kevin Harvick to win at Talladega Superspeedway.

Right now, Jimmie Johnson has a slim 14 point lead over second place Denny Hamlin and a 38 point lead over third place Kevin Harvick. As of now, it’s the top 3 in points that are contending for the championship with 3 races to go.

However as the top 3 in points as well as chase driver Jeff Gordon are the favorites heading into Texas Motor Speedway, the non-chase drivers are more of the ones to watch again this week including MWR driver Martin Truex Jr. who is coming off a 6th place finish at Talladega last week and heading into Texas will be driving a special NAPA Paint Scheme that features more than 2,400 names of breast cancer survivors and victims written in pink on a blue car.

Anytime I see a special paint scheme that honors the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, I tend to take notice and while I don’t know anyone in my life that is a breast cancer survivor, I am blessed to have my sister, my mother, my grandmother in my life today.

No. 56 car breast cancer tribute paint scheme to run this weekend in Texas - The NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota will feature more than 2,400 names of breast cancer survivors and victims written in pink on the blue car. Additionally, NAPA AUTO PARTS is donating $250,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

(Photos Source: MSLGroup for NAPA AUTO PARTS and Michael Waltrip Racing)