The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competes at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday. This is the second race of the Round of 8. Allocations are hard to find but this is not the week to save drivers. The cream rises to the top on the 1.5-mile tracks so use the best drivers available this week.
Martin Truex Jr. (2): I will use one of my last allocations with Truex this week. He has won 6 of the 11 races on the 1.5-mile tracks, including every race in the playoffs. He has also led 1,023 laps in these races. If you have any allocations left with Truex, this is the best week to use it. I have Kevin Harvick #1 in my rankings but I trust Truex more so I will go with him.
Group A Rankings: 1) Martin Truex Jr., 2) Kevin Harvick, 3) Denny Hamlin 4) Kyle Busch, 5) Matt Kenseth, 6) Jimmie Johnson, 7) Brad Keselowski, 8) Joey Logano, 9) Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Group B is tough for me this week. I want to save Kyle Larson for Homestead and I am out of allocations with Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney and Jamie McMuray. Busch and Blaney are my top two picks but I cannot use them.
Chase Elliott (2): The No. 24 team failed to qualify their car Friday so Elliott will start 34th. I am not worried about it. The race Sunday is 500 miles and that is a long time to get to the front. His teammate (Jimmie Johnson) won this race from the back in April. Elliott will have the speed to do the same this week.
Kasey Kahne (8): I was planning on using Clint Bowyer in this spot but Kahne has looked a little better this week. Kahne was 13th fastest in final practice with the 6th best 10-lap average speed. I will use him this week and save my last two allocations with Bowyer for Phoenix and Homestead.
Group B Rankings: 1) Chase Elliott, 2) Kyle Larson, 3) Kurt Busch, 4) Ryan Blaney, 5) Jamie McMurray, 6) Kasey Kahne, 7) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 8) Clint Bowyer, 9) Austin Dillon.), 10) Ryan Newman
Erik Jones (1): I am using my last allocations with Jones this week. His car has looked very fast and this is his best track left on the schedule. He should finish in the top 10 Sunday.
Group C Rankings: 1) Erik Jones, 2) Daniel Suarez, 3) Michael McDowell, 4) Ty Dillon, 5) David Ragan, 6) Landon Cassill
Good luck this week!
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