Although he isn't even in the championship picture, Kyle Busch managed to draw attention to himself this weekend. His retaliatory act against Ron Hornaday Jr. in Friday's Truck Series event resulted in NASCAR parking Busch for the remainder of the weekend. As a result, Michael McDowell will pilot Busch's No. 18 Toyota. For fantasy owners, the news obviously means that Busch has become a non-factor this weekend. However, McDowell suddenly becomes a possible sleeper option. After all, his performance should see a huge boost in performance thanks to the Joe Gibbs Racing equipment.
As for the title fight, both Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards will roll off inside the top 10 Sunday. The strong qualifying effort probably means a little more to Stewart than Edwards given Stewart's typical abysmal performance in time trials. That being said, Stewart won't find it easy to gain any spots. Edwards' Roush Fenway Racing teammates grabbed the top three spots in qualifying, and none of them are likely to give an inch to Stewart.
For fantasy owners, loading up on the Roush drivers could be the smart move. After all, pole-sitter Greg Biffle has six straight top-10 finishes at Texas, including back-to-back top-five efforts. Matt Kenseth will start third and is gunning for a season sweep at the track, and second-place qualifier David Ragan has back-to-back top-10 finishes at Texas. Edwards himself is a three-time track winner. With all four starting seventh or better, it could be a big Sunday for Jack Roush.
About Brian Polking
Racing has been part of Brian's life ever since he can remember, and he spent his childhood at dirt tracks throughout Ohio and Kentucky watching his father race. NASCAR naturally became his favorite sport, and he has been following the Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series for most of his life. Brian majored in journalism and economics at Ohio State University and becoming a sports writer has always been his dream. Although he has covered everything from minor league baseball to the NCAA tournament, his passion has always been NASCAR. Brian has served as a NASCAR writer for a variety of sites, eventually becoming head editor of the NASCAR section for Fanball.com. His knowledge of NASCAR comes from his life-long love of racing, and he tries to add a personal touch to every article he writes. Brian is always up for talking NASCAR with anyone that wants to. Brian joined KFFL's team in 2011.
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