5 drivers who can Texas two-step their way to Victory Lane
There are just three races left in the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, with the racers set to do battle in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Here are five drivers who can win on Sunday:
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Joe Gibbs Racing has four great drivers and teams, but the No. 18 squad is the only one of the current drivers to win a championship with JGR. That experience gives Busch a small edge over his teammates, as does the fact that he won at Texas in the spring.
Don’t think for a minute that winning at Martinsville will cause Johnson to slow down at Texas, where he has won four straight Chase races and holds nearly every statistical record. He will be looking to drive a stake through the heart of the competition.
Kenseth has been running awfully well of late, with four top fives, including a pair of runner-up finishes, in the Chase so far. And the Joe Gibbs Racing driver has a whopping 13 top-five finishes here, including a pair of victories and eight finishes of third or better.
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Don’t be fooled by the fact that Harvick has never won at Texas Motor Speedway. In his last four starts here, he’s finished second twice and third once with an average finish of 4.25. Besides, Harvick’s back is up against the wall and that’s when he’s most dangerous.
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Martin Truex Jr.
Truex led 141 laps here in the spring race, which he should have won. Earlier this year, he won at 1.5-mile tracks at Charlotte and Chicagoland, and the 1.366-mile Darlington track. Texas is right in Truex’s wheelhouse, and he and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team have something to prove after an early exit from the Chase.