Chris Buescher – Texas is Chris Buescher’s home track and on Sunday if you pick him I would look for him to be a high-teens to low-twenties driver. He might even be able to finish slightly better than that range because in the Playoffs at tracks of this length he has results of 15th (Las Vegas) and 16th (Kansas). This spring at Texas he walked away with a 15th place finish. Also in the race he earned the 17th best driver rating and had a 17th place average running position. In 2017, Buescher was a low-twenties driver in both events. Last fall he finished 22nd and had a 20th place average running position. In spring 2017 he finished 21st, had a 20th place average running position and earned the 18th best driver rating.
David Ragan – David Ragan is a good option among low-tier drivers at Texas. On Sunday I would look for him to be a high-teens to low-twenties performer. This year at 1.5 mile tracks minus Chicagoland he has a 21.4 average finish and a 22.5 average running position. Earlier this year at Texas he had a tough race and finished 17 laps down in 23rd. That should tell you something about the level of attrition. On lap 179 he was caught up in the “Big One.” Last year when his level of performance wasn’t as high he had results of 28th and 30th.
William Byron – William Byron had the best result of his career at a 1.5 mile track this spring at Texas and finished 10th. As we’ve seen over the course of the season that result certainly isn’t typical. In his last two incident free races at tracks of this length he’s finished 20th in both races. Realistically on Sunday I would look for him to be a high-teens to low-twenties performer. In addition to finishing 10th this spring at Texas it should be noted he had a 14th place average running position and earned the 12th best driver rating. The attrition rate was absurdly high so don’t read into his result too much.