This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
This is potentially great news for championship contender Martin Truex Jr. He is thick in the middle of the Chase battle coming to Fort Worth, and he's looking for the win and automatic berth in the championship round of the Chase at Homestead. Considering that Truex has had a tremendous amount of success on these intermediate ovals the last three seasons, he should be in good position for one of the remaining championship playoff berths. When we note that one of his four victories this season have come by way of these 1.5-mile tracks, we notice that's a bit less than his norm. However, what happened this past weekend at Martinsville to the No. 78 team will be a powerful motivator for a very focused and emotional driver and team this week. Truex has yet to win at this oval, but he's been incredibly close on multiple occasions the last couple years. He's led a ton of laps at Texas in the last five events, and that shouldn't be overlooked.
Another driver in the Toyota camp worth keeping an eye on this Sunday is Kyle Busch. He is always well ranked when we visit the oval at Fort Worth, as you'll see in the statistical table below. He and Denny Hamlin are the other