Legends throughout NASCAR's 60-year history will help crown the 2008 Sprint Cup Series champion during Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

He's not talking like it's a certainty at this point, but with three races left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Jimmie Johnson pretty much can tell the engravers to get started putting his name on the championship trophy with a strong finish in Sunday's Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

One of the biggest complaints, if you can call it that, of NASCAR fans about their heroes inside the racecar is: "we never get to see them outside the racecar."

Texas Motor Speedway has always been good to Carl Edwards. The Roush Fenway driver has a pair of Sprint Cup victories at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth racetrack, including one this past spring. He clinched a long-awaited first championship in what was when called the Busch Series on the wide, fast tri-oval one year ago. He's well on his way to amassing a closet full of boot-shaped trophies, cowboy hats, and six-shooters, the awards historically bestowed upon race winners in the Lone Star State.

Texas Motor Speedway has always been good to Carl Edwards. The Roush Fenway driver has a pair of Sprint Cup victories at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth racetrack, including one this past spring. He clinched a long-awaited first championship in what was when called the Busch Series on the wide, fast tri-oval one year ago. He's well on his way to amassing a closet full of boot-shaped trophies, cowboy hats, and six-shooters, the awards historically bestowed upon race winners in the Lone Star State.

CORNELIUS, NC - "When it comes to lifting off the gas, you do it at both places. At Atlanta , once you get into a green-flag run, you probably lift more times than you are on the gas. You coast forever. The same thing happens at Texas . In qualifying trim you are going to really hold the gas down and run a fast lap. But once you get some time on those tires, the grip starts to go away. You will ride up the hill and then be off the gas a lot. You may also be on the brake a little bit."

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CORNELIUS, NC - David Reutimann and the UPS Team head to Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) for the running of the Dickies 500, the first of the final three races of the 2008 season. Reutimann has made two Sprint Cup starts at TMS but has yet to see a checkered flag as motor failure has ended his races early at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth facility.

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CORNELIUS, N.C. Nick Hughes has been named technical director at Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR).