Saturday afternoon the NASCAR Nationwide series hits the track for the O’Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
If you are going to win the race on Saturday you will have to beat Kyle Busch. Let’s be honest, Busch has dominated at the Fort Worth track, winning the last four races in a row. Busch average start at the track is 10.2 but his average finish is 6th.
Busch will run up front and will be a contender, since he is starting third.
Another driver to watch this weekend is Justin Allgaier. He has had a stellar start to the season. He has three top fives and five top 10 finishes so far this season. He has an average finish of 5.0 this season.
Saturday he starts 18th on Saturday, but don’t expect him to be there for long. Allgaier has proven that his second season is no slump and I think if you want a driver to watch this weekend he is it.
Another driver to watch Saturday is Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. He really needs to have a strong run on Saturday. They are currently outside the top 30 in owner’s points and they had to qualify on time. He did a good job qualifying, fifth.
Stenhouse needs to finish the race, plain and simple. He has no top 10 finishes this season and with an average finish 32.2, Stenhouse will need to run a clean, smart race, if he wants to dig his way out of the points cellar.
Weather could be a factor. They are expecting showers Saturday afternoon. Depending on the weather this race might not run the full length of the race.
Crew chiefs will be watching the weather and one pit call could change the outcome of the race, if or when the rain does arrive.
That leads me to pit road. Unlike at Phoenix, you can’t lose multiple laps on pit road but you can lose the race. It will be important for drivers to not speed on pit road. We saw it in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race last season at Texas; you can lose the race on pit road.
Saturday should be a very entertaining race. The O’Reilly 300 is at 3ET on ESPN 2.