PSN NASCAR Handicapping Report: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Picks

Ryan Blaney looks for his first career Cup win in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 from Texas Motor Speedway. He’s coming off a second-place finish in the Xfinity Series race yesterday and will be a longshot pick for both analysts today.

By Greg DePalma, PSN Executive Producer

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Blaney’s second-place finish on Saturday in Texas was his second career runner-up finish there in the Xfinity Series. If he can transform his Xfinity success over to Cup then he stands to be a solid play today. Blaney will start second on the front row.

Let’s see which other drivers make this week’s lists in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 from Texas Motor Speedway.

TRACK TRENDS

– 25 of 32 all-time race winners started inside the top-10.

– 19 of 32 all-time race winners started inside the top-5.

– Ford drivers are just 1 for L9.

– The farthest back a race winner has started to win at Texas Motor Speedway is 31st (Matt Kenseth/2002).

Here are the drivers that make up this week’s race day picks report. Complete driver analysis and odds are available every week on The Sports Section.

PSN PICKS: WEEK 7

CJ RADUNE

RACE RECORD: 5 for 6

RACE TOTAL: +370

WEEK 7 RACE PICKS

K Harvick (5-1)…20

B Keselowski (6-1)…20

Kyle B (8-1)…20

M Kenseth (13-1)…20

R Blaney (20-1)…20

For a complete record of CJs weekly race picks you can check out his 2017 Balance Sheet Report which is updated after every race all season long.

GREG DEPALMA

RACE RECORD: 4 for 6

RACE TOTAL: +336

WEEK 7 RACE PICKS

Kyle B (8-1)…45

J Johnson (8-1)…25

C Elliott (9-1)…20

R Blaney (20-1)…8

E Jones (44-1)…2

For a complete record of Greg’s weekly race picks you can check out his 2017 Balance Sheet Report which is updated after every race all season long.

Points Formula (Monster Energy Cup Series)

Each analyst receives a weekly allowance of 200 points to spend on races (100 x 36) and futures (100 x 32).

100 futures points will be invested before practice begins each week, while 100 race points will be invested on race day.

The weekly totals take into account both the 100 futures investment and the 100 in race picks.

After race 32 in Kansas, each analyst will no longer be obligated to invest the 100 in futures points if he chooses, although he must continue to invest the 100 in race points through Homestead.

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