The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolls into Texas Motor Speedway this week for the AAA Texas 500.
Three Chase contenders (Brad @keselowski, @KurtBusch, and @joeylogano) are currently more than 23 points away from fourth place in the point standings. These drivers will likely need a victory to keep their Championship 4 hopes alive. Will one of them revive their championship hunt today?
Before the green flag flies, here are some interesting stats to consider:
• After the events of last week, Logano is now in jeopardy of missing the Championship 4. With only two races left in the Eliminator Round, Texas could be his best chance at clinching a win. Last year, he gained his first victory at the 1.5-mile track. Additionally, his last five starts have resulted in four top-five finishes. He begins fourth.
• Coming off his victory last week, @JeffGordonWeb looks for another win. While he visited victory lane here in 2009, his past five starts have not reflected that success. During that time, he collected three finishes of 29th or worse. However, the No. 24 team managed to place seventh earlier this year. They begin 18th today.
• Of the remaining eight Chase drivers, @KyleBusch has the best stats at Texas. In his last five starts, he accumulated four top-fives, including a victory in 2013. This evening, will Busch gain his fifth victory of the season and a spot in the Championship 4? He begins third.
• In the past six races here, @JimmieJohnson has captured four of his five victories at Texas. While the Lowe’s team has already been eliminated from the Chase they will be a threat for the win later today. During their 24 starts here, they have amassed the best average finish, 8.8. Johnson has not won since May – will he change that today? He begins eighth.
• @erik_jones will be subbing for @mattkenseth this week in the No. 20 Toyota, marking his second start in the Sprint Cup Series. The 19-year-old has already found success earlier this weekend, grabbing the victory in the Camping World Truck Series and placing fourth in the XFINITY Series event. Additionally, he placed in the top-10 in the only Cup Series practice and later qualified sixth.
• In the past eight races here, each winner held a top-five starting position, with the exception of one event (2014, Logano – 10th). Could Keselowski, @KevinHarvick, Busch, Logano, or @KyleLarsonRacin continue this trend?
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