Edwards has three wins here, including a sweep in 2008. The NASCAR Sprint Cup AAA Texas 500 will get the green flag just after 2:00 p.m. His driver rating of 87.4, is 13th-best , but he has finished second here the last two races and led 96 laps in the spring. Our favorite this week is a non-Chase driver and there are other non-Chase drivers who could spoil the show this week. The third-place starting position is the most proficient starting spot in the field at Texas Motor Speedway, producing more wins than any other starting position (six) most recent: Jimmie Johnson (fall of 2014). He was fourth here in the spring but dominated at the Charlotte race a few weeks ago. Harvick could seal the deal and score his first Texas win in 25 starts Sunday, but he is somewhat of a risky proposition.
Others: Denny Hamlin (15-1) has the 7th-best driver rating, 93.0, in the field and swept the races here in 2010. Being good at the 1.5 mile tracks is crucial to winning a championship and several drivers have shown that they are better than the rest of the field when it comes to this size track. Worth. Busch has gone deeper into the Chase than he has in recent years and is currently second in the Chase standings. He has come close on several occasions and might do so again Sunday. Many may think he might try and lay back and protect his points spot, but he is a racer, won here in the spring of 2013 and will most certainly be looking to add another win and gain a spot in the final four Sunday.
Kevin Harvick(9-2) is the oddsmakers favorite and desperately needs a win to secure a spot in the final four. Logano did score his only Texas win to date in the spring last year, but overall has the 17th-best, 81.4, among the field. He has the most wins among active drivers, five, has the highest driver rating, 107.2, and has won the last two races here, in the spring and this race last fall. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ET Sunday with live coverage on NBC.
. Logano went from Chase favorite to the bottom of the Chase grid. Should this race come down to fuel mileage, as it has many times, look for Edwards to be a contender for the win.
Kyle Busch (6-1) has the fifth best driver rating, 101.3, among the field. He has the 8th-best driver rating, 91.9, but is still desperate for a win before the season ends and might be in a good spot to score his second win here and his first since the year 2000.
Joey Logano (5-1) may be the most desperate driver of all Sunday. He missed the spring race due to injury, but was fourth in this race last year. After leading the most laps last Sunday at Martinsville, Logano saw his race end in controversy when he was crashed out by Matt Kenseth. In desperation mode, he should be ready to stage the same kind of performance again and it would be no ones surprise to see him jump back to the top of the Chase grid with a win Sunday.
Qualifying will take place Friday at 6:45 p.m. It is also the same length as the final race in just two weeks. The Driver Ratings, a stat that combines other stats to determine the top drivers, was compiled from 2005-2015 races (21 total) among active drivers at Texas Motor Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson (6-1) is the absolute favorite this week. Here are the odds, current as of Thursday morning for your NASCAR betting or fantasy racing leagues. If he can find some of that old magic, he may be a contender Sunday. Johnson has been struggling in the last few weeks, but there is something about Texas that seems to suit his style of driving.
The second race in NASCARs Eliminator Round sends the NASCAR Sprint Cup series west this week for Sundays AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. He has the sixth-best driver rating of 95.8 and has proven to be a fuel mileage master as evidenced by his win at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway race in May. Seven drivers are still vying for three spots in the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway with only Jeff Gordon, who won the first race in this round last week, in a secure spot. ET. Texas is another 1.5 mile track, one of 11 1.5 mile stops on the schedule. Johnson is outside the Chase and seeking redemption and just may find it this Sunday.
Carl Edwards (12-1) may not be among the oddsmakers favorites but he may be the surprise this week. (20-1) has shown some speed at the 1..5 mile tracks and was third here in the spring