Race: Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500
Date: October 17th @ 2pm
Venue: Texas Motor Speedway
2020 Winner: Kyle Busch (3:42:14)
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).
Joey Logano (eighth selection this year) – Joey has nine finishes inside the top seven at Texas since 2015. He is one of two racers to be among the top 12 in every playoff race so far (Denny Hamlin is the other).
Martin Truex Jr. (eighth selection this year) — I’m doubling down on Martin, who had his first playoff finish outside the top 12 last week. He has finished among the top seven at Texas 10 times since 2015.
High Risk/High Reward
Kyle Busch (eighth selection this year) — Kyle has been up and down in the playoffs so far. He has three top 10 finishes and three finishes worse than 20th. He has averaged a 7th place finish at Texas over the last three years.
Ryan Blaney (tenth selection this year) Ryan has been among the top 10 in the playoffs four times but he has also had a 22nd place and 15thplace finish. He’s not a lock at Texas like some of the others but he has a handful of top 10s here over the last three years.
The Dark Horse
Kurt Busch (ninth selection this year) Kurt has averaged an 8th place finish here over the last three years. Just like his brother, he has three top 10s in the playoffs and three finishes outside the top 20.
Favorite: Average Finish 13th (35th Percent)
High Risk/High Reward: Average Finish 17th (44th Percent)
Dark Horse: Average Finish 18th (47th Percent)