TEXAS RECORD: Finished fifth in the spring race.
LOOKING AHEAD: Logano said, "We want to go out there and contend to win all three of these races. I feel like we have a good shot at winning all of them for sure. We've been really good on the 1.5-mile tracks this year and two of the final three are mile-and-a-halves. That has been our strong point this season. And then you add Phoenix on top of that and we ran top-10 all day there in just our second race together earlier this year before we had fuel issues late in the race."
LOOKING BACK: Logano was not pleased with his 14th-place finish at Martinsville. "That was not the type of finish that we envisioned coming out of practice on Friday and Saturday," said Logano, who started sixth. "I felt like we had a car that was capable of winning or at least running in the top five. We were looking good early. We got off a bit on our adjustments, but we went back on them and the car was pretty good. Then about halfway through the race we got off sequence with our pit stops and that really hurt us. We got stuck out on the track with older tires and never got the yellow flag that we thought would come. So we fell back and lost all of our track position and spent the rest of the day trying to get it back."
ETC.: Like most kids, Halloween was one of Logano's favorite "holidays" when he was growing up. He said one of his favorite memories was when he and his roommate and friend Coleman Pressley dressed up as the lead characters from the movie "Dumb and Dumber." Logano laughs as he adds he also used to dress up as a race car driver when he was a kid.
39 RYAN NEWMAN, Chevrolet
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 12th, 106 points out of first place. Lost one spot last week.
TEXAS RECORD: One win and four top-10 finishes in 20 starts including a 10th in the spring race.
LOOKING AHEAD: Newman said, "I always look forward to racing at Texas. I love the speed at Texas. It's a fast race track. Texas is actually one of the fastest tracks we go to all year, so you have to be at the top of your game because things can happen pretty quickly. It's a track I've always liked, although it doesn't necessarily show in my finishes."
LOOKING BACK: On the restart with 185 laps to go, Newman dived underneath Kevin Harvick. But as Newman moved up the race track, he was not clear of Harvick. The two made contact with Newman spinning backwards into the first-turn wall. The damage was severe enough that Newman was forced to go to the garage area for repairs. He returned 65 laps later to finish 38th. "We were making progress," said Newman. "We didn't start out the day too strong, but I felt like we had a chance to come out of it with a good finish. I don't know what happened there with the 29 car. The next thing I know, I'm in the wall."
ETC.: In looking back at the 2013 season, Newman feels "we've been good at times this season, but not as consistent as we needed to be to be a contender for the championship. Having said that, we aren't just going to give up on the rest of the season. Our goal is to get back into the top-10. I think we're 30 points out of the top 10 heading into Texas. I want to be one of the drivers getting up on the stage at the (championship) banquet in Las Vegas."
5 KASEY KAHNE, Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
WHERE HE STANDS: 13th, 124 points out of first place.
TEXAS RECORD: One win and five top-10 finishes including four top-five's in 18 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Kahne believes the new Gen-6 car makes it easier for drivers to run well at 1.5-mile tracks like Texas. "As a driver, it just gives you more overall grip so you can just push harder. You can push harder on entry (into the corner), pick the throttle up, be underneath another car and not be so worried about losing it, getting loose, sliding, spinning out or any of that stuff. I think it just gives you just a little bit more security with what you are doing."
LOOKING BACK: On a restart with 320 laps to go, the inside line got jammed up behind leader Jeff Burton, who spun his tires as the green flag was waved. Kahne slowed but was hit from behind by Denny Hamlin. The contact sent Kahne spinning into the second-turn wall. He was four laps down by the time he returned to the track as he finished 27th. "We had a pretty decent car," said Kahne. "I thought we might end up with a pretty good day. But everything got jammed up on that one restart and I got the worse of it. Just another frustrating day."
ETC.: Kahne will be racing of his favorite cars this weekend at Texas. Kahne finished third in the car at Indianapolis and seventh at Michigan. He also drove it at Chicagoland Speedway in September and finished 12th. "We just have a lot of confidence in this car," said crew chief Kenny Francis. "We have high hopes for it this weekend. We want to finish the season on a high note, beginning with Texas."