Jimmie Johnson – Jimmie Johnson had a good car at Texas in April but Ryan Newman took away his chance for victory. With about 30 laps to go Johnson was coming to lap Newman but was held up which allowed Biffle to quickly catch him. If that didn’t happen I think it’s likely he would’ve won this spring. His car was certainly fast enough. He finished 2nd, had a 3rd place average running position and led a race high 156 laps. This team is in “Chase Mode” and I think the chance is zero that he’ll struggle. Even if he has problems he’s proven he can overcome them. From a career perspective Jimmie Johnson has been good at Texas. He only has one win but he’s finished 2nd five times. My prediction is Jimmie Johnson will win the AAA Texas 500. (Yahoo! A Driver)
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Denny Hamlin – Denny Hamlin should be considered a pre-race favorite to win the AAA Texas 500 if he can avoid problems. He’s been very strong on high speed intermediate tracks this season and he’s a two time winner at this speedway. At the two most similar track visited recently he’s finished 1st (Atlanta) and 2nd (Charlotte). This team needs the win and Hamlin will be going all out in this race. My only concern about Hamlin is that his recent Texas results haven’t been the best. In the last three races at this 1.5 mile track he’s finished 12th, 20th and 15th. I wouldn’t be surprised if many experts pick Hamlin to win the AAA Texas 500. (Yahoo! A Driver)
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Brad Keselowski – Keselowski has a terrible track record at Texas. His best finish is 14th and his average finish is 25.3. When you dig a little deeper than just his finish position he really hasn’t been that bad here lately. This spring he finished 36th but by no means was he that bad. That race was early in the season when Penske Racing had mysterious engine issues. If he didn’t have problems he was looking like a lock to finish in the top ten (Yahoo! Race Chart). What I really like about Brad is how good he’s been at 1.5 mile intermediate tracks this season. On them he has two wins and five top tens. Charlotte is the most similar track on the schedule and a few weeks ago Keselowski had the car to beat until he ran out of gas. (Yahoo! A Driver)