After his victory at Martinsville last weekend, Martin Truex Jr. has advanced to the NASCAR Monster Energy Series Championship race. Other drivers will be looking to punch their ticket to the title race this weekend in Texas, as the NASCAR circuit heads to the Texas Motor Speedway for the 2019 AAA Texas 500.
This will be the second race in the round of 8, and the winner will automatically qualify for the championship race in Homestead. The Texas Motor Speedway is the most similar track to Homestead, so this will be a good gauge as to who will be able to handle the track conditions and setup.
Let’s preview some of the NASCAR Betting who have the best chance to take the checkered flag at the AAA Texas 500 and advance to the championship race at Homestead.
2019 AAA Texas 500 Odds, Preview & Expert Prediction
Erik JonesAlthough he’s struggled lately, Jones has always raced well at the Texas Motor Speedway. In each of his last three starts here, he has finished in fourth place. Jones is racing for next year, so his team will be looking at ways that they can improve and get ready for the 2020 season.
Joey LoganoLogano has finished in the top four in three of his last seven starts at the Texas Motor Speedway. Logano really needs the victory here, as he doesn’t want to depend on earning enough points to be able to win the championship. He seems to have a knack for racing well when he really needs to.
Kevin HarvickHarvick has six top three finishes in his last 10 starts here, not to mention the fact that he has won two wins and three runner-up finishes. Those two wins have been the past two AAA Texas 500’s. Harvick has been on a roll as of late, so look for him to have a great race at a track that he loves.
Chase ElliottAfter mechanical issues last week at Martinsville, Chase Elliott really needs to get a win in one of the next two races to qualify for the championship race. He has raced at Texas seven times, and never finished lower than 13th. If he doesn’t win one of the next two, he’ll need to be in the top three to gain enough points to qualify, so look for him to run well.
Kyle BuschAs long as he can stay away from Aric Almirola, Busch has a great shot at winning here this weekend. In six of his last 10 starts at Texas, he has finished in the top five. Busch would love to get a victory, rather than depend on points to qualify for the title race. If he can race like he did early in the season, he has a great shot at taking the AAA Texas 500.