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The first Saturday night race of the season takes place in the Lone Star State for the Duck Commander 500 in Texas. Six drivers are now locked into the Chase, with Kevin Harvick holding on to the points lead by four over Jimmie Johnson. Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kyle Busch won his first ever Sprint Cup race at Martinsville, which made him the sixth driver eligible. However, recent history at Texas Motor Speedway may prevent number seven from entering the Chase.

Johnson has won the last three races at Texas, and coincidentally enough is the active leader with six wins total. All six wins were from top 10 starts. Carl Edwards won three times at Texas, sweeping both races in 2008 while with Roush Fenway Racing. Edwards has scored top 10 finishes the last three races, a fifth place finish last Fall. There are four drivers who have won twice at Texas Motor Speedway, only three are active at the moment while another looks to end a very long winless streak.

Greg Biffle is one of those two time winners, but has not won since Michigan in 2013, and has a winless streak of 99 races. Biffle has yet to score a top 10 finish this season. Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin is also a two timer, with both his Texas wins coming in 2010. Hamlin will look to become the second two time winner this season along with Johnson. Matt Kenseth is the other two timer, last win in 2011. Kenseth has only one top 10 finish this season, placing seventh at Phoenix.

Other winners are Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr and the Busch brothers. Kahne and Newman are the two drivers who also have long winless streaks. Kahne hasn’t won since Atlanta in 2014 and has a winless streak of 53 races. Newman hasn’t scored a win since Indianapolis and 2013, and his winless streak goes as far as 93 races. Kahne and Newman are ones who need a win more than anything early in the season.

After first the practice on Thursday, Martin Truex Jr was the fastest. However, the top five continued to change constantly, so there’s no telling who may win the pole late this afternoon. Texas on a Saturday night will be fun.

The first Saturday night race of the season takes place in the Lone Star State for the Duck Commander 500 in Texas. Six drivers are now locked into the Chase, with Kevin Harvick holding on to the points lead by four over Jimmie Johnson. Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kyle Busch won his first ever Sprint Cup race at Martinsville, which made him the sixth driver eligible. However, recent history at Texas Motor Speedway may prevent number seven from entering the Chase.

Johnson has won the last three races at Texas, and coincidentally enough is the active leader with six wins total. All six wins were from top 10 starts. Carl Edwards won three times at Texas, sweeping both races in 2008 while with Roush Fenway Racing. Edwards has scored top 10 finishes the last three races, a fifth place finish last Fall. There are four drivers who have won twice at Texas Motor Speedway, only three are active at the moment while another looks to end a very long winless streak.

Greg Biffle is one of those two time winners, but has not won since Michigan in 2013, and has a winless streak of 99 races. Biffle has yet to score a top 10 finish this season. Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin is also a two timer, with both his Texas wins coming in 2010. Hamlin will look to become the second two time winner this season along with Johnson. Matt Kenseth is the other two timer, last win in 2011. Kenseth has only one top 10 finish this season, placing seventh at Phoenix.

Other winners are Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr and the Busch brothers. Kahne and Newman are the two drivers who also have long winless streaks. Kahne hasn’t won since Atlanta in 2014 and has a winless streak of 53 races. Newman hasn’t scored a win since Indianapolis and 2013, and his winless streak goes as far as 93 races. Kahne and Newman are ones who need a win more than anything early in the season.

After first the practice on Thursday, Martin Truex Jr was the fastest. However, the top five continued to change constantly, so there’s no telling who may win the pole late this afternoon. Texas on a Saturday night will be fun.


Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Bryan Law

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