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My prediction this week is that the winner of the NRA 500 will come from Group B. Many of the drivers in this group have had a lot of success at the racetrack. It will not be hard to find a good driver for your team this week.
If you want to use a driver that other teams in your league may not have this week, use Paul Menard. Menard is off to the best start of his career and finished both of the races at the 1.5-mile racetracks this season in the top 10. He will finish near the top 10 again this week.
My sleeper pick this week is Kurt Busch. He has one win, three top-five finishes and 12 top-10 finishes in his 20 career races at Texas Motor Speedway. He finished eighth in his last race at Texas and fifth in his last race at a 1.5-mile racetrack.
Here are the four drivers I selected for Group B and stats from the NASCAR Media Center based on their career stats at Texas Motor Speedway.
No driver in the series has more wins at Texas Motor Speedway than Carl Edwards. He has finished both of the races this season at 1.5-mile racetracks in the top five, and he will do it again this week.
Edwards has three wins, five top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes in his 16 career races at the racetrack. In the last four races at the track, Edwards has the fourth-best average starting position of 9.5 and the fourth-best average finishing position of 7.2.
Even when Edwards struggled last year, he still had a good finish at Texas Motor Speedway.
The best time to use Greg Biffle is at the 1.5-mile racetracks. He has had success at those tracks in his career, and Texas Motor Speedway is one of his best.
Biffle has two wins, seven top-5 finishes, 11 top-10 finishes and one pole in his 18 career races at Texas Motor Speedway. He is also the defending race winner of the spring race in Texas. In the last four races at the racetrack, Biffle has a series-best average starting position of 3.8 and the second-best average finishing position of 5.1.
He has had an up-and-down season in 2013. He will be up Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been good at Texas Motor Speedway. He has finished in the top 10 in five of the last six races at the track. He should make it six of the last seven after Sunday’s race.
Earnhardt has one win, three top-five finishes, 12 top-10 finishes and two poles in his 21 career races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Earnhardt does not always start up front at Texas Motor Speedway, but he usually finds his way to the front at the end of the race. In the last four races at the track, Earnhardt has an average starting position of 19.8 and an average finishing position of 8.2.
Last week was a bad week for Earnhardt, but he will bounce back at Texas Motor Speedway.
If your fantasy NASCAR team is like mine, you have already used Kyle Busch a lot this season. The other selections for Group B should perform well enough for me to leave Busch on the bench, but just in case they do not, Busch is a great backup plan.
Busch has five top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes in his 15 career races at Texas Motor Speedway. In the last four races at the track, Busch has the seventh-best average starting position of 10.3 and the sixth-best average finishing position of No. 10.
Busch has been one of the best drivers in the series the past three races. He will contend for his second win of the season Saturday night.
Other good choices: Martin Truex Jr., Mark Martin, Kurt Busch and Paul Menard.