Everything’s bigger and better in Texas right? Isn’t that what they say? In this case that’s not quite right. Texas Motor Speedway has a long history of being a debated track for exactly how good it is. It’s also not the biggest track on the schedule. Not even close. It’s a relatively standard intermediate track but where it does shine is the speed. It’s one of the fastest intermediates on the schedule. Oh yeah, and Big Hoss is the biggest screen at a NASCAR track, so there’s that.

Texas Motor Speedway DFS Strategy

The 1.5-mile layout of Texas matches a few other tracks on the schedule but its design of it is slightly different than those others. It has different banking in Turns 1&2 and Turns 3&4 as of a few years ago following a redesign. That redesign hasn’t produced the best racing historically. Now they’ve put resin on the track in the higher grooves to try and get multiple grooves during the race. Will that work? It’s yet to be known but expect a lot of follow the leader in the beginning of runs. The other thing they’re hoping will help the track this weekend is using the tires from Kansas a few weeks ago. It’s hard to tell if that’ll help either. Typically at Texas, it’s a track position track with drivers starting in the top-10 being able to hold those spots, unless equipment failures or wrecks happen. We’ve seen equipment failures at 500-mile intermediates this year so that could be a possibility again. Laps led dominators typically come in pairs here. So for DFS builds, we’ll want two guys in the lineups who we expect to lead a bunch of laps and anything else is gravy. Keep in mind that this is also the only “standard” track in the Round of 12 as Talladega and the Charlotte Roval follow this race which means this is the least wild card chance to punch a ticket to the Round of 8. Playoff drivers will be focusing their strategies on winning which may mean we see them drop back in positions at the end of stages.

Practice To Qualifying

The following table shows the practice speeds over the single-lap and lap averages from practice compared to where they qualified. It is designed to show the chances for drivers to move up or who may drop backward during the race.

DriverPrac to QualQualQual to L5 Avg. Fin.Comb. PracPrac 3 10-lap5-Lap Avg
Brad Keselowski-81-17.89 4
Joey Logano-22-10.8411
William Byron-33-12.0643
Tyler Reddick24-4.7235
Michael McDowell-255-14.630 22
Chase Elliott-136-10.819514
Austin Dillon67-3.61  
Denny Hamlin-68-5.814  
Kyle Larson-19-8.310 11
Daniel Suarez-710-3.217 18
Austin Cindric-1311 24617
Ross Chastain-112-17.313 6
Chris Buescher-313-9.616 24
Ryan Blaney7141.67 7
Martin Truex Jr-3150.218 26
Ty Gibbs-916 25  
Alex Bowman1417-1.2322
Kyle Busch31812.015 12
Bubba Wallace1119-7.28 9
Harrison Burton820 12 8
Ricky Stenhouse Jr1021-7.011  
Christopher Bell12213.021 13
Kevin Harvick-42316.027 15
Cole Custer224 22 19
Aric Almirola-42513.029 16
Noah Gragson-226 28720
Erik Jones222716.45 10
Todd Gilliland-428 32  
Corey Lajoie3293.626 27
Chase Briscoe103015.020825
Justin Haley031-6.031 23
Ty Dillon9327.523 21
Garrett Smithley-2332.235  
BJ McLeod-2345.336  
Landon Cassill1356.534  
Cody Ware336-2.033 28