This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
We make a return to the intermediate ovals for the first race of the season in Fort Worth this weekend. After the All-Star short-track action of Bristol Motor Speedway, the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is up next. This event was rescheduled from being postponed earlier in the year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It also signals a return to the lightning-fast intermediate ovals on the circuit. The teams that performed well earlier in the schedule at both Atlanta and Charlotte can look forward to similar racing this Sunday at the Texas oval. For the drivers that finished well in Wednesday night's All-Star race, it's time to sharpen up and refocus once again on points racing. The drivers who do well on the intermediate ovals and are looking for a boost in the championship standings, it's time to strike while the iron is hot.
Texas Motor Speedway possesses the trademark characteristics of the "D" shaped tri-ovals on the circuit. This facility has 24-degree banking in the turns and very high speeds similar to that of the oval in Atlanta. This race will give us a good indication of the drivers that will be dominant for the remainder of the season, since this style of track makes up the bulk of the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. We can look back at the results from Charlotte Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway a few weekends ago and get a good indication of who will perform well at TMS this