James Buescher's sixth-place finish coupled with a 28th-place run for rookie Ty Dillon last Saturday at Martinsville allowed Buescher to take a 21-point lead over Dillon.
Buescher, who hails from nearby Plano, Texas, is hoping for a better finish at his home track after placing 15th and 19th in his past two races there. All four of his truck wins this season have come at 1.5-mile racetracks -- Kansas, Chicagoland and both Kentucky races.
Could Texas be win No. 5 for him?
"I'm looking forward to this weekend," Buescher said. "I thought we had a shot to win the summer race there earlier this year and just got taken out with 30 laps to go leading the race. It's a place that we always have a lot of speed at, and our team tends to do pretty well at the mile and a halves. I'd say that's why we have four wins already on mile and a halves this year."
Buescher's best finish in seven truck races at Texas is sixth, which occurred in the spring and fall events in 2010.
"It would definitely mean a lot to me to be able to win in front of my hometown crowd," he said. "It's a racetrack that I've been going to since it opened, and it means a lot to me. It's where I got started in racing. I've spent a lot of time there, and all my family and friends will be there."
Dillon entered the Martinsville race with a one-point lead over Buescher, but late in the event, Dillon suffered a flat right-front tire and made contact with the wall, putting him six laps behind after making multiple pit stops for repairs. His worst finish of the season came in the second Martinsville race.
"We have to focus on the next race and do our best to win," Dillon said. "I'm not thinking about Phoenix or Homestead. I'm just thinking about what we have to do in Texas this weekend."
Dillon finished third in his first truck start at Texas one year ago. He placed seventh there in June.
Timothy Peters is currently 25 points behind Buescher, while Parker Kligerman trails by 36 points.
Aric Almirola and Kyle Busch are those Sprint Cup Series regulars competing in this race. Busch is entered in all three NASCAR national touring series events at Texas this weekend.
Thirty-seven teams are on the preliminary entry list for the WinStar World Casino 350.
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck. Date: Friday, Nov. 2. Race: WinStar World Casino 350. Site: Texas Motor Speedway. Track:1.5-mile oval. Start time: 8 p.m. (et). Laps: 147. Miles: 220.5. 2011 Winner: Kevin Harvick. Television: Speed. Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Satellite.