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Nascar Sprint Cup Racing At Texas – Chaz’s Top 10 Picks

Nascar Sprint Cup racing heads to Texas Motor Speedway under the lights  this Saturday night, and I have my top 10 picks for you to take a gander at after the jump.

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I’m looking forward to the race even more so this year because for the first time, a Sprint Cup race at Texas will be under the lights.  Regardless of the time of day, I always have an awesome time at TMS.  If you have never been to a Nascar race, man, you’ve been missing out!  The tailgating is second to none and the race itself is bad ass.  I know that Nascar racing has been stereotyped as an event for rednecks.  Well, if that is true, just call me a redneck -Nascar racing rocks!

Anyway, last week,  I didn’t do too bad on my picks for the  Martinsville race as five out of the ten drivers I picked made it into the Top 10.

So, here are my picks for Nascar Sprint Cup racing at Texas counting from 10 to 1:

10. Carl Edwards:

Even though Edwards has won 3 times at Texas, I’m not ready to anoint him as a master of the track. Besides those three wins, Edwards has only 3 top 5′s and 4 top 10′s with an average finish of 17.7.  Still, though, you can never count cousin Carl out of any race – especially Texas where he has those 3 wins in the last 11 races. I’ll Carl Edwards, the 10th spot in this week’s picks.

9.Denny Hamlin:

Hamlin has won the last two races at Texas in his Toyota Fed Ex car.  He has five top 5 finishes and eight top 10 finishes at the track with an average finish of 8.8.  I do not think he’ll win 3 in a row, so don’t count Denny Hamlin out, however, I don’t think he’ll finish better than 9th this week.

8. Kyle Busch:

Kyle’s average finish at Texas is 16.2 with four top 5′s and 5 top 10′s under his belt which is exactly how many top 5′s and top 10′s he has for this season alone.  He has yet to win however and I think that streak will stay alive this week.

7. Kurt Busch:

Kyle’s brother, Kurt seems to always be consistent at Texas.  Kurt already has one win at Texas, plus, the older Busch brother has three top 5′s and ten top 10′s with an average finish of 13.8,  definitely making him one of the favorites this week.

6. Greg Biffle:

Biffle is struggling a bit this year.  He has only one top 10 finish so far, but it is still a young season and I think he is way over due for  a good finish.  At Texas, Biffle has won once, with four top 5′s and seven top 10′s with an average finish of 19.

5. Jeff Gordon:

Another former winner at Texas, Gordon has an average finish of 17 with seven top 5′s and nine top 10′s.  So far this season, Gordon has two top 5′s and two top 10′s and a win and he is looking to get back to his consistent ways.  I think at Texas, he’ll lead the most laps, but then tail off at the end with a top 5 finish.

4. Tony Stewart:

I’ll never forget seeing Stewart’s car going up in flames one year at Texas when he drove the #20 car.  Stewart has an average finish of four top 5′s and ten top 10′s with one win at Texas.  I think he’ll have a great race and should end up with a top 5 finish at least this week.

3. Mark Martin:

In ’08, Martin had a chance to win for the second time at Texas only to see Carl Edwards take the checkered instead.  I really wanted to see Martin win that race that year. Martin is Mr. Consistency at Texas with one win, seven top 5′s and twelve top 10′s.  I think it will be a three way race at the end of the race with Martin barely getting beat by the two guys I have at the top of my list.

2. Kevin Harvick:

Harvick is on fire this year and that is reason enough for me to put him at number 2 on my list.  At Texas, Harvick has three top 5′s and eight top 10′s with an average finish of 12.  Again, though he has the momentum and I look for him to have, yet, another great finish this week.

1. Dale Earnhardt Jr:

Last week, Jr was 5 laps away from getting his first win in two years before Harvick plowed by and got the win.  This should make him even more hungrier for a win and the reason I am picking him in the number 1 spot.  Junior has one win at Texas with three top 5′s and eight top 10′s.  I fully expect to see him in victory lane this week.

So, there are my picks.  If you noticed, I left Jimmy Johnson off the list because I am simply tired of him winning all the time as I’m sure some of you are as well.  Still, he is usually pretty good at Texas and I’ll pick him as my dark horse.

Who are your favorites at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend? Let us know down below.

Here is a video of one of the worst wrecks I have seen at Texas, or any other track for that matter.  Michael McDowell was qualifying for the race a few years ago.  Here is that wreck. that showcases how fast the track is at Texas Motor Speedway.

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