NASCAR heads to Texas Motor Speedway for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The race can be seen on Sunday at 10:30 p.m. on Dsport.
Drivers battle it out in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, the largest event held at Texas Motor Speedway and one of the biggest races of the season, to clinch a spot in the Playoffs for the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup.
Texas Motor Speedway was repaved and reconfigured over the offseason. Turns 1 and 2 were widened and the banking was reduced from 24 degrees to 20 degrees. Buckle up your seatbelt on your recliner this week because the new surface and less down force will produce some fast racing Sunday.
Here are five drivers to consider betting on this week:
We had Kyle Busch on the card, as for Texas, Busch is a two-time winner in this event and is the defending champion. In fact, Busch has finished fifth or better in his last five races at Texas Motor Speedway.
In his two appearances at this track last year, Elliott posted a finish of fifth and fourth. Elliott also has a victory in the 2014 O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Elliott’s current form and history at Texas Motor Speedway makes him a nice play this weekend.
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. has been hit or miss despite his win in Las Vegas and is coming off a 16th place finish in Virginia. However, Truex has four straight top-10 finishes at the Texas Motor Speedway and that doesn’t include a runner-up finish in the 2013 NRA 500. Truex is due for another solid performance and given his success on this track, it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s in victory lane for the second time this season.
Joey Logano won this race back in 2014 with an average speed of 134 miles per hour, which is the slowest since Greg Biffle won the race in 2005. Logano also has three top-five finishes in his last four appearances at Texas Motor Speedway, which includes a runner-up finish in last year’s AAA Texas 500. Logano has posted back-to-back top-five finishes and is still looking for his first win of the season. There’s a good chance it could take place this weekend.
Jimmie Johnson is still looking for his breakthrough moment this season after producing just one top-10 finish. The good news is Johnson won this race back in 2015 and has a long history of owning this track overall. Johnson has won the second race at the Texas Motor Speedway five times and has posted 11 top-10 finishes in his last 14 races there overall. This is one of those tracks that can turn Johnson’s season around and get him moving upward in the standings.
Source: Sports Chat Place