This week, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX, as pre-race coverage starts with "NASCAR RaceDay" at 11:30 a.m. ET on FS1.
Newly repaved and reconfigured, the 1.5-mile Texas track ought to be a real challenge for all involved. With no testing since the extreme makeover, all the drivers and teams will be scrambling to find speed this weekend.
But like every track, some drivers seem better suited to fast intermediate-sized tracks like Texas than others do.
Here are the 15 active drivers with the best career average finishes at 1.5-mile tracks.
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Clint Bowyer, 17.46 average finish
The last victory for Bowyer in a Cup race came at Charlotte in October 2012.
Kurt Busch, 16.99
The 2017 Daytona 500 winner has won three times at Atlanta and once each at Texas, Charlotte and Homestead.
Kyle Larson, 16.51
Although he’s only won so far at the 2-mile Michigan and Auto Club Speedway tracks, Larson has been runner-up in his last three 1.5-mile races.
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Ryan Newman, 16.32
The Richard Childress Racing driver has one victory each at Texas, Kansas and Chicagoland.
Chase Elliott, 16.13
Still looking for his first career Cup victory, Elliott is ranked second in points right now.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr., 15.47
NASCAR’s 14-time most popular driver won his first Cup race at Texas in 2000, and he’s also won at Atlanta and Chicagoland.
Kasey Kahne, 15.34
The Hendrick Motorsports driver has four victories at Charlotte and three more at Atlanta.
Joey Logano, 15.12
Four times, Logano has won on intermediate tracks, including at Kansas in October 2015, when he famously dumped Matt Kenseth.
Martin Truex Jr., 14.93
The most notable of Truex’s four intermediate-track victories came in last year’s Coca-Cola 600, when he led 392 of 400 laps to win.