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The AAA 500 should be one of Greg Biffle’s best opportunities to score a late-year top-five and be one of the best fantasy values in nearly every game. In his last 12 attempts on this track, his worst finish was a 12th and his best was a victory in spring 2012.

Nearly 60 percent of those starts ended in top-fives and his average since fall 2008 has been a respectable sixth. He has struggled off and on this year and might fly under most fantasy players’ radar screens, which makes him one of this week’s best differentiators.
Oct 31 - 11:06 AM

Reed Sorenson has been gradually improving on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks in 2014. His first three starts at Vegas, Texas, and Kansas were in the 30s; his latest five attempts all ended in the mid- to high-20s.

Sorenson’s best finish was a 26th in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas, which puts him on the cusp of scoring a top-25. He has also shown the greatest improvement on average from his starting position to finish, so he could be one of this week’s hidden fantasy gems.
Oct 31 - 10:51 AM

In nine races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year, Kasey Kahne has earned eight top-15s. Five of these were top-10s, but he barely missed that mark at Texas this spring and finished 11th in the Duck Commander 500.

Eleventh is precisely where Kahne finished in last spring’s Texas race, but he rebounded to finish fifth in the fall. Watch him closely in practice to see if he might show the same signs of improvement this week.
Oct 31 - 10:46 AM

OneMain Financial announced today that it will be the primary sponsor of the Roush Fenway Racing No. 1 OneMain Financial Ford Mustang driven by Elliott Sadler in the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS).

The 2015 season will mark OneMain Financial's 12th season in NASCAR, and the company's return to a full-season sponsorship, serving as primary sponsor for all 33 races for the No. 1 Ford Mustang in the NXS. Sadler (current driver of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota Camry) will continue his relationship with OneMain Financial as he competes for a championship in the 2015 season. He has 260 Nationwide Series starts to his credit, earning 10 wins, 16 pole awards, 61 top-five and 128 top-10 finishes.-Drivers Choice Marketing
Oct 31 - 10:45 AM

Kevin Harvick is scheduled to make his 500th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) start in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS).

In the midst of his 14th season in the series, Harvick has earned 26 wins, 111 top fives, 226 top-10 finishes and 14 pole awards. This weekend the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS will feature a special 500th start logo on the hood, under the right taillight and on the base of the b-post in recognition of the milestone. In addition, the hashtag #TexasToast appears on the car’s decklid.-Elevation Group PR
Oct 30 - 7:48 PM

Making his 19th Nationwide Series start at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, Mike Bliss is ready to get back to the track after two weekends off.

With an average starting position of 16.8 and an average finishing position of 21.0, Bliss has turned over 3,000 laps at the 1.5-mile speedway. After his 32nd place finish in the spring race at TMS, Bliss is ready to get back on track this weekend.-TriStar Motorsports NC
Oct 30 - 7:40 PM

Ryan Blaney has the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in Happy Hour practice for the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350K at Texas Motor Speedway.

The average speed of 174.845 mph in the No. 29 Ford F-150 was best of the five trucks that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. No. 51 Kyle Busch (173.148 mph), No. 19 Tyler Reddick (172.060), No. 99 Bryan Silas (171.971) and No. 20 Brennan Newberry (170.689) are the others on this list.
Oct 30 - 7:37 PM

Johnny Sauter is fastest in Happy Hour for the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350K at Texas Motor Speedway.

At 180.186 mph in the No. 98 Smokey Mountain/Curb Records Toyota Tundra, he was the fastest of the 30 trucks out on the track for the final practice. Sauter also led the first practice earlier today. No. 13 Jeb Burton, No. 17 Timothy Peters, No. 51 Kyle Busch and No. 88 Matt Crafton are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. No. 0 Caleb Roark was the slowest.
Oct 30 - 7:31 PM

Kevin Harvick is another driver, along with Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards, who effectively need a victory to advance to the Championship round of the playoffs. He won the most recent event on this track type at Charlotte.

Harvick blew an engine early in the Duck Commander 500 this spring and that came on the heels of a 41st-place finish at Vegas. Since then, he has finished worse than 12th only one time in the last seven similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races.
Oct 30 - 6:24 PM

Carl Edwards has a nine-race, top-20 streak on this track type with all but three of those results ending in top-10s.

Unfortunately, the Duck Commander 500 at Texas was not one of the races in which he finished among the top 10. He was 14th in that event and needs to improve in order to climb out of the points’ hole that 20th-place finish at Martinsville created.
Oct 30 - 6:17 PM

Cole Whitt has been hovering around the 30th-place mark on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. Most of his results ended in the 27th- to 36th-place range with one very solid result at Kansas. He finished 23rd in the Hollywood Casino 400.

That race was difficult on tires and witnessed a lot of attrition. Whitt’s ability to save his rubber makes him more attractive than many of the other rookies.
Oct 30 - 6:06 PM

Jeff Gordon finished second in the Duck Commander 500 this spring and he has been second in two of the last three races on this track type this season. He finished that well at Chicagoland and Charlotte.

During his career, Texas has not been one of his better tracks, but this spring’s success will make the team hopeful. A solid top-five may be enough to give him the points needed to advance to the Championship round at Homestead.
Oct 30 - 6:01 PM

Alex Bowman has been remarkably consistent on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year. In nine events to date, he has finished between 30th and 37th in each race.

Bowman’s best result came in the most recent race at Charlotte where he finished 30th after qualifying 33rd. Last week, he was 29th at Martinsville and he would like to record another finish in the 20s to show that he is continuing to improve.
Oct 30 - 6:00 PM

For the second time in the Chase, Brad Keselowski is basically in a must-win situation if he wants to advance to the final round of the playoffs. If he wins to advance, he will have recorded victories in each of the Chase segments.

Keselowski has three wins on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, but in the remaining six events, he has only one other top-10. No one wants to count him out, but he has a steep hill to climb.
Oct 30 - 5:46 PM

Michael McDowell and the Leavine Family Racing team are back in the field for another attempt on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track. This will be their eighth attempt in 10 races.

McDowell failed to qualify at Atlanta, but he was a decent value the last time he raced on this track type at Charlotte. He finished 29th in the Bank of America 500 and performed well at his salary cap.
Oct 30 - 5:45 PM


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