This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
NASCAR's Chase for the Cup is coming down the stretch, and this week the Monster Energy 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 Chase Elliott. 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 Homestead. Considering that Elliott has had a good amount of success on these intermediate ovals since the Chase playoffs began, he should have a slugger's chance of winning and capturing one of the three available spots in the championship round of the Chase at Homestead. After Elliott's disappointment at Martinsville this past week, he sits 44 points behind the cutoff to make the championship round on points. So he'll be swinging for the fences in this 500-mile shootout. His fourth- and second-place efforts at Las Vegas and Kansas recently are a good indicator that he could pull off the upset win this Sunday.
Another driver worth keeping an eye on this Sunday is Denny Hamlin. He is always well ranked when we visit the oval at Fort Worth, as you'll see in the statistical table below. He and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates are the top performing Toyota drivers in the midst of many Ford and Chevrolet drivers that do exceedingly well at Texas Motor Speedway. Hamlin was the spring winner at Texas, and he won