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Only three races remain in the 2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season.
For some drivers, even if the title isn’t possible anymore, scoring good results to end the year on a high note is equally important.
Texas will provide another opportunity for it to happen.
These five drivers have the potential to score a good finish while also offering good value for a safer bet.
What: AAA Texas 500
Where: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX
When: Sunday, November 3rd at 3:00 PM EST
How: NBCSN (TV) | Performance Racing Network (Web radio) | NBC Sports App
Texas has been very good to Erik Jones in recent races.
The Joe Gibbs driver has an unusual streak of three consecutive fourth-place finishes.
Jones led 94 laps during that run, showing pace to go along with consistency.
He also holds a very good career average finish of 9.33 at the track, which is good enough for second among active drivers.
After facing a disappointing early elimination in the Round of 16, Jones has struggled to regain his form.
The JGR driver only has one top 10 finish in seven races, so Texas could be the perfect place to bounce back.
Johnson is the all-time leader in wins at Texas with seven.
The seven-time champion has four wins in his last ten races at the track.
But since a run of four wins in six races from November 2014 to April 2017, #48 has struggled to replicate that form.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver finished 15th or worse in three consecutive races after that.
He recovered with a solid run in March this year.
Johnson scored his first pole since 2016 and led 60 laps on the way to a fifth-place finish.
Another top 5 run is a realistic possibility for this weekend’s race.
Suarez had a tough run at Texas during his Joe Gibbs’ years.
The former Xfinity Series champion had a 14th place finish as his best result.
In 2018, his final year with the team, Suarez finished 29th and 28th.
He managed to turn it around in his first start at the track with Stewart-Haas.
Suarez led four laps and finished third in stage 2, keeping the position at the checkered flag.
The Stewart-Haas driver is coming off a tough run, finishing three consecutive races outside the top 30.
Texas has been a very good track for the team, however, so he could shoot for a similar result.
As mentioned earlier, Stewart-Haas has done well at Texas.
Kurt Busch was one of the reasons for it, as the 2004 champion scored seven top 10 finishes in ten races with the team.
Despite moving to Chip Ganassi for 2019, Busch’s good run continued.
He finished ninth in this year’s Spring race to make it five consecutive top 10 finishes.
The elder Busch brother also has three poles in the last ten races at the Fort Worth oval.
He has one win and holds the ninth-best average finish among active drivers.
William Byron is coming off what could be considered his best race yet.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver made his way to the front and finished close to race winner Martin Truex Jr.
Considering how dominant Truex looked throughout the race, it’s fair to say that Byron’s runner-up finish was a win in its own right.
The sophomore driver started this year’s Spring race from the front row, led 15 laps and finished a solid sixth.
If Byron’s breakout performance at Martinsville wasn’t just for show, expect him to be among the front runners again this weekend.
The latest odds for AAA Texas 500 are provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
|Martin Truex Jr.||+500|
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