Now that the first short-track race of the season is in the books, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway for the running of Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX (pre-race coverage starts on FS1 at 11:30 a.m. ET).
And this week, we’re back to a 40-car field. Here’s the entire preliminary entry list.
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Off to a strong start, McMurray will look to bounce back from a last-place finish at Martinsville.
The only two-time winner so far this year, Keselowski is riding a wave of five straight top-five finishes, including wins at Atlanta and Martinsville.
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The elder Dillon scored his first top-five finish of 2017 at Martinsville.
The 2014 champ is in something of a mini-slump, with two finishes of 20th or worse in the last three races.
So far, Kahne is running better than he did last year but not up front regularly yet.
Although they still have a ways to go, Roush Fenway Racing has definitely improved this year.
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Stuck at 29th in points, Patrick will hope for progress in Texas.
The five-time Martinsville winner had a tough time on Sunday and will be ready to run better this weekend.
For being with a single-car team, Dillon’s done a good job so far this season in the Germain Racing Chevrolet.
Is there another driver who’s enjoying 2017 as much as Bowyer is? Doubtful.
In four of the five races he’s competed in this year, Sorenson has finished 30th or 31st.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Fresh off a wild 10th-place run at Martinsville, Stenhouse will be searching for speed in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford.
A two-time Texas winner, Busch has top-three finishes in two of the last three races this season.
After a couple of solid runs, Suarez had a rough weekend at Martinsville, just like a lot of rookies do.
Kenseth had to be pleased to come away from Martinsville with a top-10 finish.
Although he’s still been up and down, there’s no question that Blaney has improved in 2017. So have the Wood Brothers team.
With five finishes of sixth or better so far this year, it’s just a matter of time until Logano finds Victory Lane.
Another new track for the rookie BK Racing driver.
The second-year Hendrick Motorsports pilot trails fellow young gun Kyle Larson by just four points in the Cup points standings.