Highlighted NASCAR Cup Series Drivers at Texas Motor Speedway

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Highlighted NASCAR Cup Series Drivers at Texas Motor Speedway

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The NASCAR Cup Series is set to race at Texas Motor Speedway in continuation of the playoffs this Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET on USA Network, post-race show on Peacock).

This event marks the opening race of the Round of 12, with Tyler Reddick, holding a three-point advantage above the cutline, defending his victory from the previous year.

Here’s an overview of the drivers to keep a close watch on during the Sunday afternoon race in Texas:

FRONTRUNNERS

Kyle Larson

  • Points position: 4th
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Richmond I, Martinsville I, Darlington II)
  • Past at Texas: Two top-10 finishes in his last two starts, including one win. Larson also claimed victory in the 2021 All-Star Race at Texas. He has three DNFs in his previous seven races at this 1.5-mile track. Notably, Larson boasts the best average finish in this season’s playoffs (2.3) along with one win.

Denny Hamlin

  • Points position: 3rd
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Kansas I, Pocono, Bristol)
  • Past at Texas: With 32 career starts, Hamlin has secured 15 top-10 finishes, seven top-fives, three wins, and just one DNF. Hamlin’s recent Texas performances have been strong, finishing 11th or better in his last three starts. In this season’s playoffs, he holds an average finish of 9.3, including one victory at Bristol.

Kyle Busch

  • Points position: 6th
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Fontana, Talladega I, Gateway)
  • Past at Texas: In his previous 32 starts at Texas, Busch has notched 18 top-10 finishes, 14 top-fives, and four wins. However, his streak of five top-10 finishes ended last season with a crash, marking his first career DNF at Texas. Notably, Busch has led 628 laps since 2012.

Ryan Blaney

  • Points position: 11th
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Charlotte)
  • Past at Texas: Blaney has consistently performed well at Texas, with only one finish worse than eighth in his last nine starts. His lone disappointing result came in spring 2019 when he finished 37th due to a mechanical issue. While he hasn’t secured any points-paying wins at Texas, he did win last season’s All-Star Race and finished fourth in the playoff race.

QUESTIONS TO ANSWER

Chris Buescher

  • Points position: 5th
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Richmond II, Michigan, Daytona II)
  • Past at Texas: Buescher’s Texas record includes 13 career starts with a career-best finish of 15th, zero laps led, and two DNFs. Currently, he sits 10 points above the cutline as the Round of 12 begins, and a strong performance is crucial to maintain his contention for a spot in the Round of 8.

Christopher Bell

  • Points position: 7th
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Bristol Dirt)
  • Past at Texas: Bell’s Texas history features four career starts with two third-place finishes and two finishes outside the top 21. His performances at Texas reflect the inconsistency of his current campaign, which includes five top-10 finishes and four finishes of 13th or worse in his past nine races.

Ross Chastain

  • Points position: 9th
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Nashville)
  • Past at Texas: Chastain has participated in six career starts at Texas, with a career-best finish of 13th in last season’s race. He has secured three top-10 finishes in the past 13 races of this season. Chastain enters the Round of 12, three points below the cutline, making every race crucial for his playoff hopes.

Martin Truex Jr.

  • Points position: 1st
  • Best finish this season: 1st (Dover, Sonoma, New Hampshire)
  • Past at Texas: Truex has notched 17 top-10 finishes in 33 career starts at Texas but has faced six DNFs, including the last two Cup races at the 1.5-mile track. His second-place finish behind Kyle Busch in 2020 remains his sole result better than 25th in the past four races at Texas.

Reference:

https://sports.yahoo.com/nascar-cup-drivers-watch-texas-110000634.html

https://www.nbcsports.com/

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