Although the two drivers are tied in points, Smith holds the tiebreaker by virtue of his win in the Daytona season opener. It is the first time in Bayne's six-year career that he has held or shared the points lead.

"I'm excited about getting back to Texas," Bayne said. "Not only am I running both series (he's also diving the No. 21 Ford in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race), it's also where AdvoCare's headquarters are located and where I earned my first Nationwide Series win.

"We have been steadily climbing up the points ladder and I'm hoping to take the top spot this weekend. The guys have been working really hard to get me fast cars and I think it's paying off."

Bayne's quest to usurp Smith from his top spot, which he has held after each of the first five races, is definitely possible. Six of his seven Texas starts have resulted in top-15 finishes. In the 2013 spring race, he finished 26 finish but followed with an 11th in his most recent trip to Texas last November.