Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Preview: Championship Clock is Ticking

Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Preview: Championship Clock is Ticking

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

NASCAR's Chase for the Cup is coming down the stretch, and this week the NASCAR Cup Series visits Texas Motor Speedway for a race that will be a pivotal event in crowning the next champion.  

This is potentially good news for championship contender Kyle Busch.  He is in perilous waters coming to Fort Worth, and he's looking for the win and automatic berth in the championship round of the Chase at Phoenix.  Considering that Busch is our last Texas winner, he should have a slugger's chance of winning and capturing one of the four available spots in the championship round of the Chase at Phoenix.  After the Charlotte Roval this past Sunday, he sits a scant 1 points behind Ryan Blaney and the cutoff to make the championship round on points.  So he'll be swinging for the fences in this 500-mile shootout.  His strong performance in this event one year ago is a good indicator that he has the potential to pull off the upset win this Sunday. 

Another driver worth keeping an eye on this Sunday is Chase Elliott.  He is in a desperate position in terms of the points and advancing to Phoenix.  Elliott needs a big performance at Fort Worth and this is the style track that he's feasted on in recent seasons.  Elliott has never won a Cup Series race at Texas so it would seemingly be a tall order for the No. 9 Chevrolet team.  However, he did turn in a strong All

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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