My #5 driver is still in the Championship hunt (sort of) here, #18 Kyle Busch. Kyle is a long shot in the Chase as he is 36 points out with just three races to go. But he comes into Texas with 16 starts, one win and six Top 5’s. He won here earlier in the year and that has helped to give him the #3 Best Average Finish.


My #4 driver to watch is a three-time former winner, #99  Carl Edwards. Carl has 17 starts, three wins and seven Top 5’s. Carl is #4 rated on tracks like this and finished 3rd here in April. Carl isn’t in The Chase, but he’s working very hard to salvage a horrible season.


The #3 driver has been very consistent here, #16 Greg Biffle. Greg has 19 starts, two wins, and eight Top 5’s. He has an amazing ten straight Top 10’s and seven of those were Top 5’s. In the April race Greg finished 4th.


My #2 pick is the defending champion of this race, #48 Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie has 20 starts here, two wins, and nine Top 5’s. He is rated #3 on tracks like this, has the #2 Best Average Finish at Texas, and is #1 hottest over the last six weeks. He would be my #1 pick except for…


My #1 pick this week is the driver who has the best average finish here, #20 Matt Kenseth. Matt has always done very well here. He has 22 starts, two wins and 12 Top 5 finishes. Five of his last six starts were all Top 5’s. Matt is not only the best on these intermediate tracks, he is in a dead heat with Jimmie Johnson and needs to finish in front of him to win the Chase.




Monday look for our preview of the Kobalt Tools 500 from Phoenix.

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