From the thrills, spills, and chills of Talladega, we head west, out to the land of cattle, cowboys, and crazy racing. Texas Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile quad-oval track near Fort Worth, is known for it?s fast speeds. Brian Vickers? lap speed that won the pole in the fall race in 2006 was 196.23 mph!
This race also begins the homestretch run for Jimmie Johnson?s run into history. All he needs to do these last three races is finish in the top-10 to mathematically eliminate the rest of the competition and rewrite the record books. Four championship titles in a row has never been done before in NASCAR. 10th-place or better will be easy for Johnson, as Texas and Phoenix (next week) are some of his best tracks. His average finish at Texas is 8.5, tops among drivers.
- Texas also happens to be the last track Jeff Gordon won at! Last April, Jeff started on the outside pole and won the race, leading 105 laps in the process. He?s finished first and second in the past two races at Texas, along with two top-two starts. Perhaps Jeff can win again and make a dent in the big points lead Jimmie Johnson has. Unfortunately, the driver who finished second to Gordon that day was none other than Jimmie. But, anything can happen.
When Jeff pulled off that victory, he was mired in the longest losing streak of his career, and to come to a place where he?s struggled in the past was a great feeling for the entire Hendrick team.
Other drivers to looks for up front on Sunday include Roush cars Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle, as well as Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart. Those four have performed admirably here in past races. Carl Edwards has three wins here (he swept both races last year), tops among drivers. Perhaps he can break his winless season.
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