2019 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500: Predictions and Odds
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway for the seventh round of the 2019 season. Defending race winner Kyle Busch is the early favorite.
The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series makes its way to Forth Worth, TX, for the seventh round of the 2019 season.
Texas Motor Speedway hosts the first of two races at the track and could provide some valuable insights for the next 1.5 mile tracks.
Are we going to see more of the recent Joe Gibbs and Penske dominance, or could an underdog snatch the victory?
How To Watch
What: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500
Where: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX
When: Sunday, March 31st at 3:00 PM EST
How: Fox (TV) | Performance Racing Network (Web radio)
What’s At Stake?
Just like all the other point-paying races in the schedule, a win here punches a driver’s ticket to the postseason. Additionally, stage points are also in play.
Kyle Busch leads all drivers with four stage wins and two race victories. Can the 2015 champion build an even greater lead for the first round of the playoffs?
Although it’s not something to worry about this early into the season, Kevin Harvick has yet to win a race in 2019. Having won two out of the last four races at Texas, will the 2014 champion get his first victory of the year?
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Kyle Busch is the defending race winner. The driver of the #18 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing dominated the event last year. Busch led 116 of the 334 laps and also won the second stage. Off to another hot start, the 2014 Cup Series champion has led more laps this season then the next two drivers combined and is one of the early favorites.
Kevin Harvick has never won the spring race at Texas Motor Speedway in his career. On the other hand, the driver of the #4 car has back-to-back wins in the autumn race. While Harvick has yet to hit victory lane this season, the Stewart-Haas driver scored two stage wins and is always among the favorites.
Reigning Cup Series champion Joey Logano has one win to his name at Texas Motor Speedway. The Penske driver has never finished lower than sixth in the spring race since 2013. In fact, 2018 marked the #22 driver’s first finish outside the top 5 in that period.
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Seven-time Cup series champion Jimmie Johnson is also a seven-time winner at Texas, the most among active drivers. The #48 driver hasn’t won a race since 2017, and given Chevrolet’s poor form, he doesn’t seem likely to break that streak. But Johnson’s talent and success at the track could be enough to pull off an upset.
Denny Hamlin is currently tied for third among active drivers with two wins at Texas Motor Speedway. The driver of the #11 Joe Gibbs Racing car has not won at the track since 2010, however. Hamlin has also struggled for consistency this season following his win at the Daytona 500. But JGR and Toyota’s recent dominance make Hamlin an interesting pick.
Martin Truex Jr. still lacks a win at Texas Motor Speedway. The 2017 champion did finish five times out of six races inside the top 10 under the Joe Gibbs Racing umbrella. It’s not that farfetched to consider him a contender for this year’s race.
Kurt Busch’s strong start to the season came as a bit of a surprise. The 2004 champion sits 10th in the standings, three points behind star teammate Kyle Larson, and currently rides a streak of four consecutive top ten finishes. Larson and Busch are the top two Chevrolet drivers in the standings. With one win at the track, the driver of the #1 Chip Ganassi Racing car started two of the last three races at Texas Motor Speedway from the pole-position. A win might be a bit of a long shot, but Busch could pull off the upset.
2019 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Predictions and Odds
The odds will be updated as they are made available.