Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Preview: The Championship Clock Is Ticking

Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Preview: The Championship Clock Is Ticking

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

NASCAR's Chase for the Cup is coming down the stretch, and this week the NASCAR 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.  

Elliott 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 Phoenix.  Considering that Elliott is coming off a 48 laps led and sixth-place finish at Kansas, 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 Phoenix.  After the Hollywood Casino 400 last Sunday at Kansas, he sits a scant 8 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 strong performances earlier this season on the intermediate ovals are a good indicator that he has the potential to pull off the upset win this Sunday. 

Another driver worth keeping an eye on this Sunday is Martin Truex Jr.  He is in a desperate position in terms of the points and advancing to Phoenix.  Truex needs a big performance at Fort Worth and this is the style track that he's feasted on in recent seasons.  Truex has never won at Texas so it would seemingly be a tall order for the No. 19 Toyota team.  Perhaps the biggest threat

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Mark Taylor
Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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