What to watch for In the 12-race history at Texas, there has never been a multiple winner. Seven different Fords, three different Chevrolets and two different Dodges have taken the checkers at the 1.5-mile intermediate track in Fort Worth, which hosted an annual spring race from 1997-2004 before adding a second fall race in 2005.
Tony Stewart led 278-of-339 laps on his way to his first win in November 2006. Now, the Lone Star State's most recent champ looks to become the first multiple winner, as well as the first driver to take back-to-back checkers at Texas. In his last three races, Stewart has finished first, third and sixth, while leading a total of 392 laps during that stretch.
Stewart is followed closely on the list of Texas favorites by Matt Kenseth, who has been Mr. Consistency at this track. Kenseth won in 2002, then finished sixth in '04, third in November '05 and second in April last year. Kenseth is one of five drivers who has completed all 1,341 total laps in each of the previous four races.
Past winners Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle all have a legit shot at winning again. As is the case with Kenseth, both Edwards and Biffle have the advantage of the Roush aero package, which should put them in clean air at the front of the pack for the two Fort Worth races in 2007.
Casey Mears knows his way around this track, and he'll be doing it in a Hendrick-prepared racecar this season. Throw out last spring's 14th-place anomaly and Mears has averaged a 5.5-place finish at Texas since 2004.
Keep an eye on... Clint Bowyer -- In only his second Cup start at TMS, Bowyer posted a strong fifth-place run. Plus, we believe he's one of the few drivers who would actually look cool wearing that Stetson in Victory Lane.
Denny Hamlin -- He ran fourth here in the first race last year and 10th in the fall. Plus, he has Tony Stewart to bounce ideas off of.
Jimmie Johnson -- A Hendrick machine has gone to Victory Lane only once at Texas - in 1999 with Terry Labonte - but J.J. has three top-5 runs in the last four TMS events. And besides being one of the best drivers out there, he should be expected to win on any given week.
Martin Truex Jr. -- In three starts, Truex has finished on the lead lap and inside the top 15 every race.