The Round of 8 kicks off this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway where the winner gets a free ticket to the Championship race in a few weeks at Phoenix. The race this weekend marks just the second intermediate track to this point in the playoffs with Las Vegas being the other one. With this being an intermediate track, we need to reconfigure our strategies a bit this week since it’s a tad different from what we’ve used the last few weeks.

It’s been a year since we’ve had an actual points-paying race at Texas Motor Speedway as the previous event here this year was the All-Star race with a different package on the cars. The other thing to consider is that this is one of the longer intermediate races of the year at 500 miles or 334...