Who is hot and cold entering the AAA Texas 500

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Only three Sprint Cup drivers have had the good fortune to win in the last eight races at Texas Motor Speedway.

Luckily for them, they’re all drivers who are still in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Those wins belong to Jimmie Johnson (five), Kyle Busch (two) and Joey Logano (one).

But they’re not the only Chasers with Texas success. In fact, of the eight remaining drivers only one – Kevin Harvick – has not found victory at the 1.5-mile track in Fort Worth, Texas.

Texas represent one of four Sprint Cup tracks the 2014 champion has not won at. The others are Kentucky Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Sonoma Raceway.

Harvick has six top fives at the track. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver has finished in the top three in three of the last four visits.

Fortunately for Harvick, he’s won the second race in each Chase round so far.

Here’s who is hot and cold heading into this weekend’s AAA Texas 500.

Who’s Hot

Jimmie Johnson

  • Finished in the top 10 in five of the last six races with wins at Charlotte and Martinsville
  • 455 laps led in the 2016 Chase, 266 in the regular season.
  • Six wins at Texas Motor Speedway, including the last four fall races.
  • Advanced to the championship race for the first time in elimination era.
  • Average Texas finish: 8.3.

Joey Logano

  • Finished in the top 10 in 17 of the last 21 races.
  • Won at Texas in April 2014; finished third last April.
  • Earned top-three finishes four times on 1.5-mile tracks this season.
  • Average Texas finish: 17.5.

Matt Kenseth

  • Top-10 finishes in six of the last seven races, including two second-place finishes.
  • Finished 11th at Texas in April, best finish in last three Texas races.
  • Top-10 finishes in the last six races on 1.5 mile tracks
  • Average Texas finish: 9.5.

Kyle Busch

  • Top-10 finishes in seven of the last eight races (strategic 30th-place finish at Talladega).
  • Won at Texas in April after leading 34 laps.
  • Finished in top four in six of the last seven Texas races, including two wins.
  • Average Texas finish: 11.9.

Who’s Cold

Carl Edwards

  • Only two top 10s in the last nine races.
  • Only one top five since the Kentucky race in July.
  • Three wins at Texas, but none since 2008.
  • Average Texas finish: 14.2.

Kurt Busch

  • Only four top 10s in last eight races.
  • Finished top 10 in three of the last four races at Texas, ninth in April.
  • Has not finished worse than 14th on a 1.5-mile track in 22 races (Kansas 2014).
  • Average Texas finish: 15.3.

Chase Elliott

  • Only two top 10s in the Chase.
  • Finished ninth at Texas in April; Earned first Xfinity Series win at Texas.

Martin Truex Jr.

  • Finished seventh at Martinsville after leading 147 laps.
  • Finished in the top 10 in last three Texas races.
  • Average Texas finish: 14.3.

Other interesting notes entering the AAA Texas 500.

  • There has been a green-flag stretch of 100 laps or more in 12 of the last 14 Texas races.
  • Eight of the 11 Texas Chase races held were won by drivers still competing for the championship. But in the past two seasons Johnson won it after having been eliminated in the Chase.
  • The race winner started outside the top 10 in four of nine races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2016.

Kyle, Kurt Busch compete in first day of Race of Champions exhibition

DOVER, DE - MAY 30:  Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, left, talks with brother Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Toyota, in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2015 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Kurt and Kyle Busch are in Miami this weekend to take part in the international auto racing competition, Race of Champions. The exhibition event is two days and pits drivers from every major auto racing league against each other.

The Busch brothers are the only NASCAR representatives in the competition. They are joined multiple Formula One drivers, Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Alexander Rossi, Ryan-Hunter Reay, James Hinchciffe and Tony Kanaan and action sports star Travis Pastrana. Prior to the start of the races, all of the drivers got psyched up together.

And right before the event began, Kurt Busch showed off his new No. 41 Monster Energy Ford by doing donuts in the middle of the race course.

But when it came time to race Kurt Busch’s had a tough day. He and former Formula One driver David Coulthard competed in the vehicles used in the NASCAR Euro Series and Coulthard crossed the finish line with a healthy lead over the Stewart-Haas Racing driver.

Kyle Busch was marginally better in his first race against F1 driver Jenson Button, who won but with the Joe Gibbs Racing driver right at Button’s rear wheel.

But Kyle Busch bounced back in his second race and defeated Hinchcliffe, which advanced him out of the first round. But he was eliminated from the competition when he was swept by Coulthard in the next round.

In Kurt Busch’s second race, he faced Hunter-Reay, who was one of his teammates when he competed in the 2014 Indianapolis 500. Busch won, but he wasn’t able to advance to the next round.

The competition was eventually won by Montoya, who is taking part in the Race of Champions for the first time.

Both Busch brothers will be back on Sunday to compete for the Nations Cup.

Kyle Busch entered into SRL Winter Showdown Super Late Model race

JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 16:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive for Safety 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 16, 2016 in Joliet, Illinois. Busch is seen here wearing his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fire suit.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Kyle Busch is entered into the third annual SRL Winter Showdown, a Super Late Model race at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California.

Busch, who is competing in the Race of Champions this weekend in Miami, will drive the No. 51 Toyota Camry sponsored by JBL in the Feb. 11 race.

Busch and his competitors will be trying to claim the $30,000 prize for winning the race. Kyle Busch Motorsports had a presence in last year’s Showdown when Todd Gilliland competed for the team.

“They have a pretty strong field lined up again this year with Bubba Pollard coming back and trying to make it three-in-a-row. And then you add in some of the West Coast guys like Derek Thorn, David Mayhew and Noah Gragson, who will be running one of my trucks full-time this season, and it has a lot of great drivers,” Busch told Speed51.com. “One of the things that is going to be really cool is that this will be the first time that Erik Jones and I get to race against each other in the supers since he beat me in the Snowball Derby back in 2013.”

Busch is quite successful in his Super Late Model career, having won the Snowball Derby, CRA SpeedFest, the Oxford 250, the Winchester 400 and the Battle at Berlin in recent years.

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Social Roundup: 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 20:  NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees (L-R)Richard Childress, Mark Martin, and Rick Hendrick pose for a portrait prior to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Induction Ceremony at NASCAR Hall of Fame on January 20, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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Last night, the NASCAR Hall of Fame inducted its eighth class, including Rick Hendrick, Richard Childress, Mark Martin, Benny Parsons and Raymond Parks.

The night was filled with current and future Hall of Famers celebrating the history of the sport and the lives of the five inductees.

MORE: Benny Parsons’ Hall of Fame induction an emotional celebration

MORE: Mark Martin went from a “broken man” to a Hall of Famer

Here’s a look at how the night played out on social media with observations on the inductees from current NASCAR drivers and one message from future NFL Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.

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‘Only in America’: Richard Childress cherishes Hall of Fame induction (Video)

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CHARLOTTE — Richard Childress traced his Dickensian rise from humble beginnings to six championships in NASCAR’s premier series during his Hall of Fame induction speech Friday.

Childress, who grew up in poverty in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, won six championships in NASCAR’s premier series with fellow high school dropout Dale Earnhardt. After starting as an independent driver-owner who never won in a dogged career from 1968-81, Childress switched to focusing solely on running a team.

His grandson, Austin Dillon, now drives the No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing that Earnhardt made famous.

“Only in America could a kid selling peanuts and popcorn at Bowman Gray Stadium have a dream of becoming a race driver some day,” Childress said. “And then he goes out and buys him an old ’47 Plymouth (and) pays $20 for it — that was the best investment I ever made — and have a dream of being a NASCAR driver some day, be standing up here tonight to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  Only in America.  What a great country we live in.”

During his speech, Childress made several references to a wall he’d like to put in the stock-car museum to signify all those who paved the way for his success.

“I’d like to put a 10‑foot by 20‑foot granite wall with thousands of names etched in it that’s helped me all along the way to get here tonight,” he said. “I can’t thank you all, but I want to put you on a great granite wall to where I can thank you for getting us up here.

“But on that granite wall, the first thing would be my family.  My wife Judy, my daughter Tina, my son‑in‑law, Mike Dillon, grandson Ty and his wife Haley, she’s here tonight.  Grandson Austin and his fiancé, Whitney Ward.  I couldn’t have done it without you all’s support.  We are a NASCAR racing family.”