Texas Motor Speedway sits 1,365 miles from the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave. and Constitution Ave. in Washington, D.C. where my favorite baseball team is celebrating their World Series title as I write this playbook. Shifting attention back to Fort Worth, Texas where the Cup series, in my other favorite sport, gets ready to race at Texas Motor Speedway for the second time this season and first time since late-March.

This 1.5-mile track was repaved back in 2017 and was reconfigured as well to give the two sets of corners different banking. The first set of corners is now banked at 20 degrees and the second set is tilted at 24 degrees which makes it a challenging track to get the balance correct for the length of a race. This is also one of the fastest tracks on the Cup schedule because of the smoothness and lack of tire wear in the racing surface. Texas is also an interesting track from a starting spot for winners perspective as shown in the Track Breakdown earlier this week as only three of 37 winners have come from the pole position while eight have come from starting third.

With 334 laps in the race, there is a fair amount of opportunity for laps led dominator points this week and position differential will be key as well. Check out the Track Breakdown, Practice Notes, and Podcast for strategy notes and info on every driver in the field.

Average Points by Starting Spots

This tool shows the average points based on starting spot, regardless of driver in that spot, over the last five Fall races at Texas.

DriverStarting PositionAvg. DK Pts.RankAvg. FD Pts.RankDriverStarting PositionAvg. DK Pts.RankAvg. FD Pts.Rank
Kevin Harvick151.85359.909Austin Dillon2130.501358.0811
Erik Jones252.65262.066Bubba Wallace2219.803043.1434
Denny Hamlin385.15181.321Jimmie Johnson2333.501058.7810
Kurt Busch421.452950.7624Clint Bowyer2429.401454.7817
Alex Bowman528.851651.5422Ryan Newman2513.253938.2039
Aric Almirola614.203648.1027David Ragan2641.60764.325
Daniel Suarez750.55468.222Michael McDowell2724.102351.2823
Brad Keselowski843.90667.284Ryan Preece2821.702849.7225
Ricky Stenhouse Jr924.002453.1421John Hunter Nemechek2915.903443.7831
Matt DiBenedetto1037.10860.768Parker Kligerman3028.201854.0218
Joey Logano1132.851156.0814Paul Menard3113.004039.5837
Kyle Busch1247.30567.883Landon Cassill3216.103343.7632
Kyle Larson1325.302053.5019Corey LaJoie3313.503739.8436
Chase Elliott1417.103148.7826JJ Yeley3421.802743.7632
Ryan Blaney1522.852553.3220Ross Chastain3524.452244.2830
Daniel Hemric1628.901557.1613Garrett Smithley3624.802147.8628
Martin Truex Jr1728.401755.2815Quin Houff3716.903241.6635
William Byron1834.55961.547Joe Nemechek3822.352646.5229
Ty Dillon1931.551257.7212Josh Bilicki3915.003539.3438
Chris Buescher2027.051954.9816Timmy Hill4013.503735.3640


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