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Julie Tam, NBCDFW.com
Get ready for an exciting weekend of races at Texas Motor Speedway, ending with a Sprint Cup Series race. If the NASCAR triple-header is anything like Friday's practice, you're liable to see cars spinning out and all sorts of other high-speed action.
Andy Lally, driver of the #71 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet spun out during practice at TMS on Friday afternoon.
Jeff Gordon is among the drivers who will race in the big one -- Sunday's Sprint Cup AAA Texas 500. "I think the fans are going to see a heck of a show this weekend. It's pretty typical of Texas, but it seems like it gets better every time we come here," Gordon said.
Drivers are revving up their engines for a fast ride in front of eager fans already watching practice from the stands. Fans will be watching to see if number-one-ranked Jimmie Johnson can hold onto his 4-year championship run.
"I think that's what people are talking about. A majority of the fans want to see somebody else win," NASCAR driver Jeff Burton said.
Kasey Kahne has enjoyed a past win at Texas Motor Speedway. He's lacing up his shoes to enter his third race with a new team -- Red Bull.
"When it comes to race day, it's just all about how Saturday practice goes, how things are and where the car's at, and hopefully, Sunday afternoon will be really good for us," Kahne said.
"There's a lot of challenges here, which is what makes it fun. The fact that it is hard is what makes it fun, in my opinion," Burton said.
The track's surface has evolved, and so have the drivers. This weekend's races will test how well they work together.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at 8 p.m. Friday. The Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge race happens Saturday morning at 11:30. The biggest names go for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in the AAA Texas 500 on Sunday at 2 p.m.