William Byron – William Byron shouldn’t be overlooked at Texas. He hasn’t been a strong competitor at 1.5 mile tracks but I think he’s ready for a break through performance. By break through I mean finish in the mid-teens. His team is building a note book and finding out what works for him and it will show in results soon. He’s on a great team and you can’t keep them down forever. At Atlanta, Byron finished 18th and at Las Vegas he finished 27th. Auto Club Speedway isn’t a 1.5 mile track but he walked away with a 12th place finish there.
Kasey Kahne – At Texas I think it’s safe to assume Kasey Kahne will be a high-teens to low-twenties performer. This year at the two 1.5 mile tracks visited he’s finished within that range. Las Vegas is the most similar track visited and at that venue he finished 19th and had a 22nd place average running position. Atlanta is the other 1.5 mile track raced at and he finished 21st there. Last fall at Texas Kahne ran well. He spun but he still manged to come home with an 11th place finish. Last spring he was likely mid to high-teens good but finished a misleading 38th after having some type of problem under his hood with 43 laps to go. Just prior to his problem he was running around 16th. Over the last five races this season Kasey Kahne has finished between 19th to 24th.
Chris Buescher – I don’t see lots of upside for Chris Buescher at Texas. Realistically I would write him down as a high-teens to low-twenties driver. Over the last four races at 1.5 mile tracks his average finish is 20.5. Las Vegas is the most similar track visited this year and he ran well there and finished 15th. In 2017 at Texas Buescher was a low-twenties driver in both events. Last fall he finished 22nd and had a 20th place average running position. Last spring there was nothing special about Buescher’s performance. He finished 21st, had a 20th place average running position and earned the 18th best driver rating.