Kyle Larson – Kyle Larson raced at Texas last fall in the 51 car. In the race he started 36th, had a 27th place average running position, earned the 25th best driver rating and finished 23rd. Also on 1.5 mile tracks last year he had a few other good performances. At Homestead last season he finished 15th and at Charlotte he had top fifteen potential until his engine blew up. At Las Vegas this season he had a fast car but was the victim of a speeding penalty. He started in 17th, earned the 18th best driver rating and finished 19th. At Auto Club Speedway recently he finished 2nd. Don’t overlook Austin Dillon this week because he has strong sleeper potential in the Texas Duck Commander 500.
Austin Dillon – Austin Dillon raced twice at Texas last year. In the spring Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ran into the side of him and caused damage. As a result he finished 33rd. In the fall last year he drove the #33 car. It was essentially an RCR car and he performed better in that race. He started 21st, finished 22nd and had a 23rd place average running position. At Las Vegas earlier this season he started in 4th, had a 12th place average running position and finished 16th.
Trevor Bayne – Trevor Bayne will return to action this week in the Texas Duck Commander 500. This will mark his first race since Las Vegas. At Vegas he finished 20th, had a 22nd place average running position and earned the 23rd best driver rating. Texas is a track that Bayne is familiar with. In five of his seven races he’s finished between 17th and 22nd. Last fall he finished 29th. In the spring race last season he finished 18th.
Danica Patrick – At Las Vegas earlier this year Danica Patrick showed some improvement on this track type. She started in 22nd and finished 21st. For her on 1.5 mile tracks I would call that progress. At Texas Danica Patrick has three races under her belt. In all three races she’s finished in the twenties. Last fall at Texas she finished 3 laps down in 25th. In spring 2013 she finished in 28th 3 laps down. In her first Texas start she finished on the lead lap in 24th.
Parker Kligerman – Last fall at Texas Parker Kligerman drove a car for his current employer. He had a very good race and he likely earned his job security following that event. In the race he started 23rd, had a 24th place average running position and finished 18th. At Homestead last year in his car he finished 25th. At the 1.5 mile track visited earlier this year he didn’t perform nearly as well. He finished 40th, earned the 40th best driver rating and had a 41st place average running position. Based off his consistent struggles this week I wouldn’t flirt with the idea of picking him.