As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series gets ready to head to Texas Motor Speedway for Saturday night's Duck Commander 500 (FOX, 7:30 p.m. ET), here's a look at five drivers who should factor heavily into the mix for the victory.
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Easily the most dominant driver of the 2015 season, Harvick has yet to find Victory Lane in the Lone Star State. However, his second-place finish here last fall was a career-best at Texas and the start of an amazing eight-race stretch of top-2 finishes. Harvick already has two wins this season, and is probably the odds-on favorite to win again Saturday night.
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A winner at Texas for the first time last April, the Team Penske driver has been nothing less than stellar in 2015. Since opening the season with a victory at the Daytona 500, he's raked in five more top-10 finishes in as many starts. There's no reason to expect his streak to end this weekend.
The six-time Sprint Cup Series champion has won three of the past five races at Texas, including last November's drama-filled event. Johnson and his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team also notched a victory here in the fall of '07.
NASCAR via Getty ImagesJared C. Tilton
The 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion comes into the weekend red-hot, fresh off a second-place finish at Martinsville that followed a victory at Fontana the week before. Keselowski, who is winless in 13 Texas starts, undoubtedly hasn't forgotten about last November's contentious post-race fight with Jeff Gordon.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Who will ever forget the third-generation driver's emotional first-career Sprint Cup Series win, which came at Texas in April 2000? Since then, Earnhardt is winless in 24 Texas starts – but he does own a pair of runner-up finishes at the fast Fort Worth track.