- Race: 8:30pm/et, Friday, April 8, 2011 in Denton, TX
- Length: 200 Laps, 300 miles
- TV: ESPN2 - 8:00pm/et
- Radio: PRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Purse: $1,272,384
- Pit Reporters:
Edwards wins at Texas:#60-Carl Edwards won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. He dominated the race, leading 169 of the 200 laps for his first win of the season and the 30th of his Nationwide career. #22-Brad Keselowsi finished second followed by #33-Paul Menard, #20-Joey Logano, #2-Elliott Sadler, #31-Justin Allgaier, #32-Reed Sorenson, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #99-David Reutimann, and #11-Brian Scott. There were 3 cautions for 15 laps and 7 lead changes among 5 leaders. The estimated attendance was 77,200. Complete results are posted on the Texas race results page.(4-8-2011)
Texas Race Fast Facts:
Carl Edwards(i) won the 15th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, his 30th victory in 217 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2011. He led 169 of the race's 200 laps 10 laps shy of Kyle Busch's record.
This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 13 races at Texas Motor Speedway. He won last November's race.
Brad Keselowski(i) (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in ten races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2011.
Paul Menard(i) (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in ten races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Blake Koch (25th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the point standings by 14 points over Jason Leffler.
This is the first victory in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the Mustang. Each manufacturer had a finisher among the top four tonight.
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas and their finish
Caution 1: #88-Almirola, 12th
Caution 2: #30-Leffler, 15th
Caution 3: #62-Annett, 18th
Edwards on pole at Texas: #60-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 178.938mph. #22-Brad Keselowski will start second. The rest of the top 10: #2-Elliott Sadler, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, #33-Paul Menard, #16-Trevor Bayne, #20-Joey Logano, #18-Kyle Busch, #38-Kasey Kahne, and #88-Aric Almirola. Did Not Qualify: #55-Rowe. The starting lineup is posted on the Texas starting lineup page.(4-8-2011)
Texas Qualifying Notes:
Carl Edwards(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 15th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 with a lap of 30.178 seconds, 178.938 mph.
This is his 24th pole in 217 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. He breaks tie for third with Sam Ard and Jeff Green.
This is his third pole and sixth top-10 start in 2011.
This is his second pole in 13 races at Texas Motor Speedway. His other pole came Nov. 1, 2008.
Brad Keselowski(i) (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2011 and his fourth in ten races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Elliott Sadler (third) posted his third top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his third in six races this season.
Blake Koch (20th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-8-2010)
Hornish fastest in happy hour: #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. was quickest during happy hour at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 180.246mph. He was followed by: #2-Elliott Sadler, #99-David Reutimann, #30-Jason Leffler, #66-Steve Wallace, #62-Michael Annett, #88-Aric Almirola, #40-Scott Wimmer, #05-David Starr, and #87-Joe Nemechek. Just 24 teams practiced during the session. Complete results are posted on the Texas practice results page.(4-8-2011)
Edwards fastest in first Friday practice: #60-Carl Edwards set the pace during Friday's first practice at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 182.834mph. He was followed by: #33-Paul Menard, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #22-Brad Keselowski, #20-Joey Logano, #18-Kyle Busch, #16-Trevor Bayne, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #88-Aric Almirola, and #38-Kasey Kahne. 39 drivers practiced during the session. Complete results are posted on the Texas practice results page.(4-8-2011)
Stenhouse fastest in second practice: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was also quickest during the second practice session at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 178.814mph. He was followed by: #60-Carl Edwards, #33-Paul Menard, #22-Brad Keselowski, #18-Kyle Busch, #38-Kasey Kahne, #20-Joey Logano, #2-Elliott Sadler, #99-David Reutimann, and #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. 42 drivers participated in the practice. Complete results are posted on the Texas practice results page.(4-7-2011)
Stenhouse fastest in first practice: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.was fastest during opening practice at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 182.710mph. He was followed by: #60-Carl Edwards, #99-David Reutimann, #38-Kasey Kahne, #16-Trevor Bayne, #2-Elliott Sadler, #33-Paul Menard, #18-Kyle BUsch, #20-Joey Logano, and #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. 36 drivers practices during the session. Complete results are posted on the Texas practice results page.(4-7-2011)
Entry List:There are 45 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday night's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Some notes:
David Starr will return to the #05;
Josh Wise remains in the #7 for JR Motorsports;
Sam Hornish returns in the Penske #12;
Paul Menards makes his debut in the #33 for KHI;
Danny O'Quinn will drive the #39 for Go Green;
Dennis Setzer will be in the Jay Robinson Racing #49;
Tim Schendel returns to the Jimmy Means #52;
Mike Harmon is again entered in his #74;
David Reutimann will sub for Ryan Truex in the #99;
UPDATE: Kelly Bires and the #25 team have withdrawn.(4-5-2011)
See the complete list on the Texas entry list page.
Nationwide Series in Prime Time from Texas: ESPN2 continues its coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series with a live telecast of the 300-mile race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Tex., in prime time on Friday night, April 8. NASCAR Countdown airs at 8 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 8:46 p.m. Also from Texas, ESPN2 airs NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying on Friday at 5 p.m. Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree. Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.
NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Allen Bestwick with analysis by Wallace and Brad Daugherty, a team owner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.(ESPN)(4-4-2011)
Nationwide Series Track Schedule
Times listed are local to the track (Central Time).
Wednesday, April 6th
5:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER
Thursday, April 7th
8:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
8:30 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
1:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
2:00 PM-4:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
6:00 PM-7:30 PM NNS PRACTICE
7:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
9:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, April 8th
8:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:30 AM-10:45 AM NNS PRACTICE
11:15 AM-12:30 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
4:05 PM (5:05 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS – ALL POSITIONS)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM (8:30 PM) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NASCAR News & Notes
Turner Motorsports Heads Home
Turner Motorsports owner, and Hallettsville, Texas native, Steve Turner has assembled a trio of full-time regulars that currently are all in the top five of the series driver standings: Jason Leffler (second), Justin Allgaier (third) and Reed Sorenson (fifth). Leffler leads the team with three top 10s and is just six points behind series standings leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Allgaier is 25 points back from Stenhouse and has posted one top five and two top 10s. Sorenson is 30 points behind the standings leader and has posted two top-five finishes this season.
Turner also enlisted a rotation of marquee names to fill his fourth car: Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver James Buescher. Martin (49 wins) brought the team its first series victory at Las Vegas earlier this season.
Heading to Texas, here are some quick facts for the Turner Motorsports’ line-up:
• Jason Leffler has 13 series starts at Texas posting one top five, five top 10s and one pole (his first career pole, in 2000). He has a Texas Driver Rating of 83.2; his average finish at Texas is 13.9.
• Justin Allgaier has five series starts at Texas posting five top-20 finishes, a Driver Rating of 82.5 and an average finish at Texas is 16.0.
• Reed Sorenson has seven series starts at Texas, posting three top fives, four top 10s, a Driver Rating of 84.4 and an average finish of 14.4.
• Kasey Kahne has 13 series starts at Texas, posting one win (April, 2006), one top five, and two top 10s. He has a Driver Rating of 92.1 and an average finish of 23.0.
Time For Stenhouse To Defend Standings Lead
This weekend, Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. defends a NASCAR Nationwide Series points lead for the first time.
Stenhouse’s turnaround from last season is almost unfathomable. After the first five races of 2010 he had an average finish of 32.2, two DNFs and his No. 6 team had fallen out of the top 30 in owner points. Stenhouse rebounded, and went on to have a strong 2010 season, posting three top fives, eight top 10s and captured the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. Matt Kenseth talked about Stenhouse’s success during the NASCAR national teleconference.
This season’s start could not be more different than 2010. He’s the fourth different driver standings leader this season, joining Landon Cassill, Reed Sorenson and Jason Leffler. He has posted one top five, four top 10s and a pole after the first five races. He has a Driver Rating of 108.0; which is 48.2 points more than he had in 2010 after the first five races (59.8).
At Texas, he has made two starts, posting an 11th-place finish in the spring race and a DNF in the fall event last season.
Kyle Busch: Texas-Sized Talent
On Fire. In the zone.
Both statements can be used when describing Kyle Busch’s NASCAR Nationwide Series start this season. He has won three out of the first five races. If Busch wins this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway it will be four of six, which would be the best start in NASCAR Nationwide Series history. Only Mark Martin has had a similar start in series history, posting four wins in the first seven races in 2000.
Busch’s stats speak for themselves. He has made 12 starts at Texas, posting a record-tying five consecutive wins (2008-2010), 10 top fives, 11 top 10s and two poles.
At Texas Motor Speedway Busch leads the series in both Driver Rating (127.4) and Fastest Lap Run (518 laps). He is the only active driver who averages a top-five finish at Texas (4.9).
There have been 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series Loop Data perfect Driver Ratings of 150.0 since the inception of the statistic in 2005. Busch has posted 14 of the 27. Four of those came at Texas, the most of any track on the schedule.
Busch could also pass the 20,000th NASCAR national series lap led mark this weekend at Texas. He needs 117 more laps led to reach the historic mark.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series new car will be making its Texas debut on Thurs., April 7. Teams will receive extra practice, one of four tracks teams selected for extended practice time this season. … Robert Richardson Jr. will attempt to make his 75th NASCAR Nationwide Series start Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, his home track. A native of McKinney, Texas, some 45 minutes northeast of the track, Richardson will need to qualify on time. … Kenny Wallace is inching closer to becoming the second driver in series history to reach 500 starts. He’ll enter Texas having made 493 starts. Jason Keller is the all-time leader with 519. … David Reutimann will be replacing Ryan Truex this weekend in the Pastrana Waltrip Racing No. 99 car. Truex is out recovering from wrist surgery … Paul Menard will make his season series debut this week in the No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet, and Sam Hornish returns to the series in the No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge.
Goodyear Tire Notes
Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
Nationwide: Left-side -- 775, Right-side -- 775
Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying, 11 sets for race;
Nationwide: 2 sets for Thursday practice, 6 sets for Friday
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4410
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.1 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi;
Right Front -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Texas this weekend . . . teams in both of these series ran this left-side tire code (D-4392) at Texas last season, but with a different right-side . . . teams did run this exact combination of left- and right-side tires at Homestead last November . . . compared to what was run at Texas in 2010, this right-side tire code (D-4410) features a slight construction change to bring it into line with what is run at other mile-and-a-half tracks . .
. coming up, Nationwide teams will run this same exact tire set-up at Chicgoland in June and this left-side code at Nashville later this month . . . also, teams in both of these series will run this left-side at Darlington in May . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required run inner liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be
12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Additional Texas Nationwide Race Info: