Apr 4, 2014; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) is interviewed during practice for the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Ice Picks -Texas

Texas Motor Speedway is the track at which you want to see a NASCAR race. It’s big at a mile and a half, fast, has many grooves with bumps and brings side-by-side racing at its best.

I usually wait till after qualifying to post this to give you the best possible choices but no need here; the household names will rise to the top by the time it’s all said and done.

Roush Fenway Racing leads all teams with nine wins, followed by Hendricks Motor Sports with five wins and Joe Gibbs Racing with four.

Most wins by active driver is a tie between Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson, each with three wins. Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart each have two wins.

History has it at Texas that the number three starting position produces the most winners than any other starting position. Witness Jimmie Johnson, who started third last fall.

Three drivers have won from the pole, Kasey Kahne in 2006, Jimmie Johnson in 2012 and Kyle Busch the latest in 2013.

Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson should do very well on Sunday, as both lead all drivers with 16 top ten’s at Texas, including a win for Kenseth from the 31st starting position.

Most winners come from the top-ten at 76%, while the front row has only 26 % of all Texas wins.

This track is very similar to Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the same length and similar banking, if that helps you make a decision.

Goodyear is bringing out a new tire for the rear right at Texas. It’s the same tire used in the Nationwide Series Last night. The tires barely last a fuel run from what I saw at the Nationwide race last night, and NASCAR has warned racing teams not to go below the recommended tire pressure to avoid problems.

There will be cautions on Sunday, and I don’t foresee a gas mileage race at the end. The final 80 laps should go green with no green white checkers.

Here’s my Ice Pick’s for Texas – Racing Points = Money:

A List

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr- has been red-hot at Mile & half Tracks.

Jimmie Johnson- is a stud here winning the last Texas race.

Kevin Harvick- was great at Las Vegas so he gets my nod.

 

B List

 

Carl Edwards- loves this track and should get a top ten.

Greg Biffle- loves this track and should get on track after Texas.

Brad Keselowski- was strong at Las Vegas so a top ten should be in order.

Brian Vicker- was fast in practice and has been running with the big boys lately so he gets my nod.

 

C List

 

Kyle Larson- races like a veteran and did so last night in the Nationwide race, don’t be surprise if he wins on Sunday.

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