We leave Virginia to head to Texas for the 2017 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, a 500-mile race that debuted in 1997 and has taken well over three hours to finish. Of course, we’ve picked up where we left off last season and have picked the winner in each of the last three races. Last week Brad Keselowski hit with odds of +750.
So, let’s not waste anymore time.
Here are five drivers to consider betting on this week. (Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.)
Kyle Busch - We had Kyle Busch on the card last week as well, and he finished second. Busch has finished no worse than eighth in his last three races and has seven top-10 finishes in his last 10 races overall. As for Texas, Busch is a two-time winner in this event and is the defending champion. In fact, Busch has finished fifth or better in his last five races at Texas Motor Speedway. He’s a must play again this week.
Chase Elliott - Chase Elliott is coming off a third place finish last week and has finished no worse than 12th in his last five races. In his two appearances at this track last year, Elliott posted a finish of fifth and fourth. As if that weren't enough, Elliott also has a victory in the 2014 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Elliott’s current form and history at Texas Motor Speedway makes him a nice play this weekend.
Martin Truex Jr. - Martin Truex Jr. has been hit or miss despite his win in Las Vegas and is coming off a 16th place finish in Virginia. However, Truex has four straight top-10 finishes at the Texas Motor Speedway and that doesn’t include a runner-up finish in the 2013 NRA 500. Truex is due for another solid performance and given his success on this track, it wouldn't be surprising if he’s in victory lane for the second time this season.
Joey Logano - Joey Logano won this race back in 2014 with an average speed of 134 miles per hour, which is the slowest since Greg Biffle won the race in 2005. Logano also has three top-five finishes in his last four appearances at Texas Motor Speedway, which includes a runner-up finish in last years AAA Texas 500. Logano has posted back-to-back top-five finishes and is still looking for his first win of the season. There’s a good chance it could take place this weekend.
Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson is still looking for his breakthrough moment this season after producing just one top-10 finish. The good news is Johnson won this race back in 2015 and has a long history of owning this track overall. Of course, Johnson has won the second race at the Texas Motor Speedway five times and has posted 11 top-10 finishes in his last 14 races there overall. This is one of those tracks that can turn Johnson’s season around and get him moving upward in the standings.