AAA Texas 500 Preview: The Round of 8 at Texas
AAA Texas 500 Preview: The Round of 8 at Texas

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

NASCAR's Chase for the Cup is coming down the stretch, and this week the Monster Energy Cup Series visits Texas Motor Speedway for a race that will be a pivotal event in crowning the next champion.

This is potentially great news for championship contender Martin Truex Jr. He is thick in the middle of the Chase battle coming to Fort Worth, and he's looking for the win and automatic berth in the championship round of the Chase at Homestead. Considering that Truex has had a tremendous amount of success on these intermediate ovals the last three seasons, he should be in good position for one of the remaining championship playoff berths. When we note that one of his four victories this season have come by way of these 1.5-mile tracks, we notice that's a bit less than his norm. However, what happened this past weekend at Martinsville to the No. 78 team will be a powerful motivator for a very focused and emotional driver and team this week. Truex has yet to win at this oval, but he's been incredibly close on multiple occasions the last couple years. He's led a ton of laps at Texas in the last five events, and that shouldn't be overlooked.

Another driver in the Toyota camp worth keeping an eye on this Sunday is Kyle Busch. He is always well ranked when we visit the oval at Fort Worth, as you'll see in the statistical table below. He and Denny Hamlin are the other

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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