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Staff picks for today’s Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 500

FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 09: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, greets fans during driver introductions prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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Here’s a look at who the NBC Sports staff is picking to win today’s Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Nate Ryan

Ryan Blaney. It was his race to lose after he won the first two stages in April, and it unfortunately got away from him. It won’t today.

Dustin Long

Kevin Harvick. He doesn’t wait until Phoenix to win and advance to the championship round in Miami.

Daniel McFadin

Matt Kenseth goes to victory lane in the first race since announcing he would be stepping away from NASCAR after this season.

Jerry Bonkowski

Jimmie Johnson. Sure, he’s struggled this year, but if he can repeat the win he had at Texas in April, he punches his ticket to the championship race and a chance to win a record eighth Cup title.