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Deadlocked: Another close Chase at Texas with Kenseth and Johnson tied for lead, best at track

  • Driver Jimmie Johnson prepares for practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)The Associated Press

  • Driver Matt Kenseth, right, listens to NASCAR inspector Billy Berkheimer before practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)The Associated Press

  • Jimmie Johnson, left, playfully interrupts Matt Kenseth as Kenseth gives an interview during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)The Associated Press

  • Driver Carl Edwards heads to the garage for the final practice session for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. Edwards is starting in the pole position. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)The Associated Press

  • Driver Jimmie Johnson pulls into the garage after practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)The Associated Press

Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson seem to always be near each other this weekend at Texas.

That is appropriate.

Kenseth and Johnson are deadlocked for the points lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with three races left. The next is Sunday at the high-banked, 1½-mile Texas track where they are statistically the best two drivers.

Johnson starts third for Hendrick Motorsports. He is a row ahead of Kenseth, who qualified sixth for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Johnson and Kenseth have both won twice at Texas. Their 15 top-10 finishes are tied for the most there and they have the best average finishes — Kenseth at 8.5, just ahead of Johnson's 9.1

Carl Edwards, the only three-time Cup winner at Texas, is the polesitter for the 501-mile race.