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5 Drivers to Watch in the NRA 500

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5 Drivers to Watch in NRA 500

Jerome Miron-US Presswire

This Saturday, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads back to a one and a half mile superspeedway, Texas Motor Speedway, for the NRA 500. After last week's race at Martinsville, Five Time Champion Jimmie Johnson is back dominantly on the top of the standings and is now the first driver to garner multiple victories in 2013. If he's lucky, Johnson can pull the repeat this weekend.

Other drivers who were previously on great runs of strong finishes were shattered at the short track of Martinsville including Dale Earnhardt Jr., who fell back to third in the points, and Kurt Busch whose car overheated on Sunday. Busch has done a great job this year with his small Furniture Row Racing team so far but couldn't help his finish at Martinsville

While some kept up their strong runs like Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, and Brad Keselowski (back in second looking at Johnson's bumper that has to be a familiar feeling at this point). If Kyle Busch can post another solid finish or score his first win here, he'll be competing with the top three in points who have been settled and shuffled at the top.

Here at Texas there are some more obvious favorites such as Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, and Matt Kenseth. All have great records here, but these are not the only drivers to pay attention to when the race kicks off Saturday night under the lights.

Jake Thompson is a NASCAR Writer for Follow him on Twitter @JakeThompsonCU.

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Greg Biffle

Peter Casey-US Presswire

Biffle is the defending champion of this race and hasn't shown too much spark yet this year. Expect him to be fighting for the lead.

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Jimmie Johnson

Peter Casey-US Presswire

Johnson has two wins here including a win in last year's Chase to beat Brad Keselowski who finished second. He'd sure like a consecutive victory for his third win here.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Peter Casey-US Presswire

Earnhardt Jr. is going to be looking to take that point lead back from his teammate Johnson. He does have a win here and 12 top ten finishes. NASCAR's most popular driver could come out the points leader as well.

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Kyle Busch

Peter Casey-US Presswire

Rowdy Kyle Busch is headed to Texas Speedway with a great start to the year and will only be hoping to make it better. It may be hard going, but don't be surprised if he has this race track figured out just like he improved at Martinsville.

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Brad Keselowski

Peter Casey-US Presswire

Keep watch on the reigning champion here at this track. In the Chase last year he ran Johnson hard for the finish only to get second. If he drives like he did last year, we could see the Blue Deuce in victory lane.