What: O' Reilly Auto Parts 500
When: April 9th
Where: Texas Motor Speedway
2016 Winner: Kyle Busch
I will follow Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing where you pick 2 A Racers, 4 B Racers and 2 C Racers. As such I will pick one from A, 2 from B and 1 from C (as if they were your starters) along with one Dark Horse pick.
Track: Texas Motor Speedway. Located in Fort Worth, Texas, this 1.5 mile quad-oval asphalt track was built and opened in 1996. It features this race as well as one playoff race and has different banked turns on 1 and 2 (20 degrees) vs. 3 and 4 (24 degrees). Jimmie Johnson holds the most wins here (6).
Kyle Busch. In two races at Texas Motor Speedway last year, he finished 1st in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 then 5th in the playoffs later on in the year. He is comfortable with this track (extending years before this) and has shown strength this season with two top 5 finishes in the 6 races thus far.
Kasey Kahne. With an 8th place finish last year in both races at this track, Kasey is familiar here. Oh and he finished 8th at the first race here in 2015 as well. If he can repeat that performance, it would be a solid add to his two top finishes so far this season.
Danica Patrick. Texas Motor Speedway is giving away 30,000 Danica Patrick bobble heads. I feel like she's been having the season that screams top 15 finish in one of the next few races here. A steady improvement has been coming after two 30's finishes now trending into the lower 20's. The improvement and adjustments are there, just waiting on a good venue to have it happen and where better than Texas Motor Speedway with 30,000 fans shaking the bobble heads.
Erik Jones. In his one race here last year he finished 12th. Add that to his 4 consecutive top 15 finishes and you could have another solid outing from your C driver.
Trevor Bayne. He has finished in the top 15 in 4 of the 6 races this year with the other two being within the top 25. He had a 15th place finish in the first race here last year and 18th in 2015.