• Where: NASCAR – Texas Motor Speedway
  • When: Sunday, April 9, 2107

The big news about the Texas Motor Speedway is that is has been re-paved. It didn’t take long in practice for the drivers to find the sliding and hot spots on the track. Many of the drivers were having trouble holding onto their cars and many were sliding out. Turn 3 appears to be the source of the most trouble. The new asphalt is slick and tricky. The reconfigured Turns 1 and 2 have been widened from 60 feet to 80 feet – but haven’t been properly rubbered in yet, according to the drivers, leaving only a narrow groove to run in. Get outside that and it likely will be disastrous.

Track Facts:

  • LOCATION: Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Surfaced paved
  • Length 1.5 miles
  • There are four turns
  • Banking 24 turns

BANKING: TURNS: 24, BACKSTRETCH: 5, TRI-OVAL: 5
TRACK RECORD: TONY STEWART, 200.11 MPH (26.985 SECS.)

Who to Consider:

Jimmie Johnson has 14 top-five finishes at the Texas Motor Speedway with Matt KEnseth coming in at 13 and Kyle Busch at 11. These drivers are well worth consideration to win this race.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. should be considered as the is in all the categories nish based on his loop data at Texas. Junior owns top-10 scoring in a handful of categories including average finish, average running position, driver rating, fastest laps run, average green flag speed, laps in the top 15, and quality passes.

Kasey Kahne has an 11for average finish and has been in the fastest laps recorded. He is in position to win this race so don’t count him out.

Kyle Busch is looking to continue his success as he has five straight top five finishes and is a success on this track with seven of the last eight races being in the top five.

Clint Bowyer has an average finish of 12.4 and was runner-up here in 2011. He has some fast practice laps as on track to find a win in Texas.

Chase Elliott finished third last week and has been no worse than 12th in the last five races he has been in. On this track last season he finished fourth and fifth. He won the Xfinity race here in 2011.

Martin Truex Jr. is due for a big performance and has past success on this track. Also, Joey Logano won this race in 2014 and has finished in the top five in three of his last four races.

The ODDS:

Brad Keselowski, 6:1
Kyle Larson, 6:1
Martin Truex Jr., 6:1
Kevin Harvick, 7:1
Chase Elliott, 7:1
Joey Logano, 7:1
Kyle Busch, 8:1
Jimmie Johnson, 10:1
Matt Kenseth, 15:1
Denny Hamlin, 20:1
Dale Earnhardt Jr., 25:1
Clint Bowyer, 25:1
Jamie McMurray, 30:1
Kasey Kahne, 40:1
Ryan Blaney, 40:1
Erik Jones, 40:1
Ryan Newman, 40:1
Kurt Busch, 40:1
Field, 1,000:1

My top pick: Kyle Busch