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Wendy's about to unseat Burger King

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A Wendy's restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.

Wendy’s is about to unseat Burger King in the burger chain wars, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Sales at Wendy’s U.S. restaurants — both franchised and company-owned — are on track to be $8.42 billion or $53 million higher than Burger King’s this year, the article said.

Burger King has long been the burger-chain industry’s number-two in terms of sales after sector leader McDonald’s. The change at the number-two spot will represent the first reordering of the industry-leading trio since Wendy’s was founded in 1969, the Journal said.

Americans are expected to spend more than $175 billion at fast-food restaurants this year, up about 3 percent from 2010, according to the article. Wendy’s U.S. same-store sales are expected to rise 1.1 percent, while Burger King’s U.S. and Canada same-store sales will drop 3.9 percent, the report said.

The fast food wars are heating up with Wendy's on the verge of surpassing Burger King in U.S. sales and becoming the #2 fast food chain in the country, behind McDonald's. NBC's Lilia Luciano reports.