"Expect the cars that were there to lead the way on the practice sheets and be toward the top of the qualifying order when all that comes down," Johnson said. "That's all very important stuff but, what I'm really excited about after the test session is how much the line has moved around on the racetrack. If we have sunny conditions for the race, we'll have a very, very exciting race."
Kenseth's test here did not go as well as planned. His session was cut short early when he suffered a blown right-front tire and made contact with the wall, causing significant damage to his car. It was not the same car that his Joe Gibbs Racing team plans to use for this race.
"When you run nine laps and one (tire) blows apart for some reason, that's always a cause for concern for sure," Kenseth said.
After scoring his first victory of the season at Martinsville, Gordon moved up from fifth to third in the Chase standings. He is now 27 points out of the lead.
"All we can do is go out and perform at our best and just see what happens," Gordon said. "The nice thing is that we're not doing the points racing right now. We're just going out and just trying to go out and win races and not think about protecting anything. It's just go and give it everything we've got."
Harvick is fourth in points (-28), followed by Kyle Busch (-36), Bowyer (-55), Earnhardt (-56), Biffle (-58) and Kurt Busch (-75).
Tenth through 13th are: Edwards (-76), Joey Logano (-85), Ryan Newman (-106) and Kahne (-124).
Forty-three teams are on the entry list for the AAA Texas 500.
O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge - Texas Motor Speedway - Fort Worth, Texas
After having the past two weekends off, the Nationwide Series is set to run its final three races of the season, beginning with Saturday's 300-mile event at Texas Motor Speedway.
The series competed 21 consecutive weeks, with its most recent race on Oct. 11 at Charlotte. Points leader Austin Dillon finished second there and remained eight points ahead of Sam Hornish Jr., who placed third after leading the most laps.
Dillon has been impressive in his first three Nationwide races at Texas, finishing no worse than sixth. The Richard Childress Racing driver had a third-place run here in April. He's also competed in four Camping World Truck Series events at this track, finishing second in the fall 2011 race.
"I really enjoy Texas, and it's one of my favorite tracks," Dillon said. "I've had some success and led a lot of laps there in the Truck Series. I finished third in Nationwide there earlier this year. I've had some good cars there."
Hornish has just two top-10 finishes in seven Nationwide races at Texas -- a pair of seventh-place runs. He has competed in seven Sprint Cup Series races as well as 13 IndyCar Series events at this track. The Penske Racing driver led 29 laps but finished 34th in the spring Nationwide race here. He was involved in an accident with Jeremy Clements in the late going.
"For us, Texas is the perfect place to have a great finish and make up a few points towards the Nationwide Series title," Hornish said.
Dillon, 23, is attempting to become the third youngest champion in NASCAR's second-tier series, behind Brian Vickers (20) and Rob Moroso (21). He's also trying to become the third driver to win a title in both Nationwide and trucks. Greg Biffle and Johnny Benson are those drivers who have accomplished that feat. Dillon, though, has yet to make it into victory lane in a Nationwide race this season.