After the bumping and running of the short track of Martinsville, it’s time for those drivers to unleash the speed at one of the fastest tracks on the schedule in the heart of Texas. Texas Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile Quad-oval track that is known for speed and lots of it.

The track is a bit different than your run-of-the-mill mile-and-a-half track as the banking is different in both sets of turns with Turns 1 & 2 banked at 20 degrees and Turns 3 & 4 tilted at 24 degrees. While the banking isn’t progressive it does allow for speed to keep up throughout the lap and just keep building to the point where, prior to the new aero package, speeds were routinely hitting 200-plus MPH into Turn 1.

The track was repaved prior to the 2017 season and so this will be just the fifth race on that surface and so the wear isn’t really there yet, and neither is a defined second groove. The track has been using tools to try and get a second groove to come in, but as of yet, it hasn’t come in...