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Watch the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400 @ 3:30 PM

After short-track action on the East Coast, the Cup Series now shifts to high speeds at Texas Motor Speedway for the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 this Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN Radio, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio).

After a storybook 1-2-3 Hendrick Motorsports finish at Martinsville last weekend, Racing Insights expects the powerhouse organization to follow up that act with a 1-2 finish on Sunday, this time with Kyle Larson leading the charge.

The No. 5 Chevrolet driver has been known to put on a clinic at 1.5-mile tracks — see his Las Vegas victory earlier this year for recent proof. Since joining Hendrick, he’s led 2,399 out of a possible 7,017 laps on 1.5-milers. In the Next Gen era, Larson not only has the most wins on 1.5-mile tracks (three), but he has won 31% of all stages on intermediates (10 out of 32 stages). When it comes to the Texas circuit in particular, Larson ranks first in most lap runs in the top 10 (438) and second when running in the top five (262).

Following Larson in the projections is his teammate and current three-time winner this season William Byron, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin, Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney and JGR’s Martin Truex Jr. to round out the top five. Tyler Reddick, Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell, Brad Keselowski and Bubba Wallace complete the projected top 10.


With the last three races at Texas Motor Speedway each bringing out more than 10 cautions, expect it to be another action-packed weekend deep in the heart of Texas.

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2 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay: Texas, FS1
3:30 p.m., NASCAR Cup Series: AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 at Texas Motor Speedway, FS1
10 p.m., NASCAR Cup Series: AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 at Texas Motor Speedway (re-air), FS1


TYLER REDDICK: While it’s been mostly the Hendrick and JGR show in 2024, don’t overlook the speed of 23XI Racing this weekend. For Reddick, he was a winner at Texas back in the fall of ’22 and has finished in the top 10 at the circuit in two of the last three races. Additionally, in Reddick’s last seven starts on 1.5-mile tracks, he has four top-five finishes and six top-10s, which is the best of all drivers across that span.

BUBBA WALLACE: Wallace put his No. 23 Toyota on the pole and led 111 laps before ultimately finishing third at Texas last fall. Intermediate tracks have also been Wallace’s specialty. In the last 11 races on 1.5-mile tracks, he has five top-five finishes, which is tied for third during that span. After a fourth-place finish at Martinsville last week, Sunday provides a good opportunity for the 23XI driver to build more momentum.

BRAD KESELOWSKI: Keselowski has been able to string together only a handful of respectable finishes so far this season. While the No. 6 Ford somewhat struggled at Martinsville, the intermediate at Texas presents a good opportunity for the 2012 champ to bounce back on Sunday. Keselowski is a 14-time winner on 1.5-mile tracks and currently has five consecutive top-10 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway — best in the series.

ERIK JONES: Since the reconfiguration of the track at Texas, Jones has piled up seven top-10 finishes at the circuit. Jones also ranks fourth in laps run inside the top five in the Next Gen car with 207. Finally, Jones owns a 10.7 average finish in the last 10 Texas races, which is fifth best among the current Cup Series field.

JIMMIE JOHNSON: Johnson’s last start at Texas Motor Speedway was back in 2020, and it’s rare to see a part-time driver in contention for a win on a non-road course. However, when the part-time driver is a seven-time champion and a newly inducted Hall of Famer who used to dominate the track, it’s hard to count him out. Plus, given the speed the Toyotas have shown this season, it’s worth keeping an eye on Johnson and seeing how he progresses this weekend.


Racing Insights’ advanced statistical formula includes current track, current track type, recent performance, team data and pit-crew data to arrive at a projected winner and full race results.

1 5 Kyle Larson
2 24 William Byron
3 11 Denny Hamlin
4 12 Ryan Blaney
5 45 Tyler Reddick
6 19 Martin Truex Jr.
7 20 Christopher Bell
8 1 Ross Chastain
9 23 Bubba Wallace
10 22 Joey Logano
11 54 Ty Gibbs
12 9 Chase Elliott
13 6 Brad Keselowski
14 14 Chase Briscoe
15 48 Alex Bowman
16 99 Daniel Suárez
17 17 Chris Buescher
18 10 Noah Gragson
19 8 Kyle Busch
20 34 Michael McDowell
21 43 Erik Jones
22 3 Austin Dillon
23 77 Carson Hocevar
24 2 Austin Cindric
25 7 Corey LaJoie
26 4 Josh Berry
27 41 Ryan Preece
28 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
29 42 John Hunter Nemechek
30 51 Justin Haley
31 71 Zane Smith
32 84 Jimmie Johnson
33 21 Harrison Burton
34 38 Todd Gilliland
35 16 Ty Dillon
36 31 Daniel Hemric
37 15 Kaz Grala
38 33 Austin Hill