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Official Race Report
Race Date: Friday, November 2, 2012
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
Pit Reporters: Ray Dunlap, Hermie Sadler
Pre-race Host: Krista Voda
Wednesday, October 31st
6:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
Thursday, November 1st
12:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
4:00 PM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM [6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EASTERN] NCWTS PRACTICE
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM [7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EASTERN] NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
7:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSE
9:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSE
Friday, November 2nd
11:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
2:10 PM [3:10 PM EASTERN] NCWTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM NCWTS MINOR'S ADMITTED IN THE NASCAR GARAGE AREA WITH PROPER CREDENTIALS
4:45 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VICTORY THEATER)
6:40 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS-SECURITY -- CLEAR PIT ROAD
7:00 PM [8:00 PM] NCWTS RACE (147 LAPS, 220.5 MILES)
7:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Note: All times are listed in local / Central Time Zone unless otherwise indicated, and are tentative, subject to change.
Texas Official Race Report page (pdf).(11-5-2012)
Sauter wins at Texas: Johnny Sauter, driving the SealMaster/Curb Records Toyota for ThorSport Racing, took the checkers for the WinStar World Casino 350 to make it back-to-back wins at Texas Motor Speedway. Sauter picked up his only other 2012 win at the June event at Texas. This is his sixth overall series win. #7-Parker Kligerman was second. Rounding out the top ten were; #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #18-Kyle Busch, #3-Ty Dillon, #88-Matt Crafton, #22-Joey Coulter, #11-Todd Bodine, #5-Aric Almirola, #17-Timothy Peters. Points leader, #31-James Buescher finshed 11th after sustaining damage to the rear during a restart and developed a vibration. Buescher's points lead is now just 15 ahead of second place, Ty Dillon. There were 10 lead changes among 9 drivers with 2 caution flags for 8 laps. Complete race results are posted on the Texas Race Results page (pdf).(Unofficial)(-2012)
Post-Race Fast Facts:
Texas Motor Speedway
14th Annual WinStar World Casino 350
Race Winner: Johnny Sauter
Team: No. 13 - SealMaster/Curb Records Toyota
Owner: Mike Curb
Crew Chief: Joe Shear Jr.
*Johnny Sauter won the 14th Annual WinStar World Casino 350, his sixth victory in 106 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2012. His first victory was also at Texas. He becomes the third driver to sweep at Texas, joining *Ron Hornaday Jr. (2008) and Brendan Gaughan (2002-03).
*This is his second victory and seventh top-10 finish in nine races at Texas Motor Speedway.
*Parker Kligerman (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in five races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2012.
*Nelson Piquet Jr. (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in five races at Texas Motor Speedway.
*James Buescher leads the point standings by 15 points over Ty Dillon.
*Chevrolet clinches the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Manufacturer's Championship, sweeping all three NASCAR national series manufacturer titles.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, November 02, 2012 @ 09:56 PM Eastern)
Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Ty Dillon, #3 23 Places
Keystone Light Pole Award: Nelson Piquet Jr, #30 180.246 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Hendrick Engines, #30
Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race: Johnny Sauter, #13
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Ty Dillon, #3(NASCAR Statistics)
Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and finish)
Caution 1: #99-Bryan Silas, 23rd
Caution 2: #99-Bryan Silas, 23rd
Driver Point Standings following Race #20 at Texas Motor Speedway:
1) #31-James Buescher, 750
2) #3-Ty Dillon, 735, -15
3) #17-Timothy Peters, 725 -25
4) #7-Parker Kligerman, 723 -27
5) #22-Joey Coulter, 707 -43
6) #88-Matt Crafton, 703 -47
7) #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., 669 -81
8) #6-Justin Lofton, 640 -110
9) #13-Johnny Sauter, 620 -130
10) #32-Miguel Paludo, 599 -151
Complete driver point standings are posted on the Texas Driver Standings page (pdf).(Unofficial)(11-2-2012)
Piquet wins Texas pole: Nelson Piquet Jr., driving the #30-TAG Heuer Avant-Garde Eyewear Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports, was the fastest qualifier with a top speed of 180.246 mph to win the Keystone Light Pole for the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. This is his third pole this season. #31-James Buescher was second. Rounding out the top ten were; #18-Kyle Busch, #32-Miguel Paludo, #22-Joey Coulter, #19-David Mayhew, #5-Aric Almirola, #09-John Wes Townley, #3-Ty Dillon, #7-Parker Kligerman. Did not qualify; #83-Chris Fontaine. Withdrawn; #0-Blake Koch. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Texas Lineup (pdf)(11-2-2012)
Post-Qualifying Fast Facts:BR>
Texas Motor Speedway
14th Annual WinStar World Casino 350
Keystone Light Pole Winner: Nelson Piquet Jr.
Team: No. 30 - TAG Heuer Avant-Garde Eyewear Chevrolet
Owner: Steve Turner
Crew Chief: Chris Carrier
*Nelson Piquet Jr. won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 14th Annual WinStar World Casino 350 with a lap of 29.959 seconds, 180.246 mph.
*This is his third pole in 50 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. The three poles came at Rockingham, Pocono and Texas.
*This is his third pole and 14th top-10 start in 2012
. *This is his first pole in five races at Texas Motor Speedway.
*James Buescher (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2012 and his sixth in eight races at Texas Motor Speedway.
*Kyle Busch (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his second in two races this season.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, November 02, 2012 @ 04:07 PM Eastern)
Piquet leads final practice at Texas: #30-Nelson Piquet Jr, was again atop the scoring board for the final practice session at Texas Motor Speedway with a top speed of 182.113 mph. Rounding out the top ten were; #32-Miguel Paludo, #31-James Buescher, #29-Ryan Blaney, #3-Ty Dillon, #18-Kyle Busch, #88-Matt Crafton, #19-David Mayhew, #33-Cale Gale, #22-Joey Coulter. There were 37 trucks on track for the final practice session. Practice speeds for the WinStar World Casino 350 are posted on the Texas Final Practice Speeds page (pdf).(11-1-2012)
Piquet leads first practice at Texas: Nelson Piquet Jr, driving the #30 TAG Heuer Avant-Garde Eyewear Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports, had the fastest lap with a top speed of 181.574 mph to lead the opening practice session for the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #7-Parker Kligerman, #31-James Buescher, #17-Timothy Peters, #22-Joey Coulter, #18-Kyle Busch, #09-John Wes Townley, #4-Brandon McReynolds, #32-Miguel Paludo, #13-Johnny Sauter. There were 30 trucks on track for the opening session. Practice speeds are posted on the Texas Practice Speeds page (pdf).(11-1-2012)
Official Entry List: There are 38 trucks listed on the final Entry List for the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. Note: driver change to the #27-Stephen Leicht added; BJ McLeod will now be driving the #25 Chevrolet for Hillman Racing. Entry list is posted on the Texas Entry List page.(11-1-2012)
Preliminary Entry List: There are 37 trucks listed on the Preliminary Entry List for the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. Entry list is posted on the Texas Entry List page.(10-29-2012)
#2-Brendan Gaughan, returns as driver of the South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet for RCR
#4-Brandon McReynolds, making 1st series start, Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports
#5-Aric Almirola, returns to the seat of the Wauters Motorsports Ford
#18-Kyle Busch, making 2nd 2012 start, driver for the Dollar General Toyota for KBM
#19-David Mayhew, returns as driver of the #19 MMI/Steak & Grape RAM for BKR
#51-Germain Quiroga, making 2nd 2012 start as driver of the Net10 Wiresless Toyota for KBM
#83-Chris Fontaine, switches to this truck # and will have to qualify on speed, Glenden Enterprises Chevrolet
#84-Russ Dugger, driver for the Glenden Enterprises Toyota(10-29-2012)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Race No. 20 -- WinStar World Casino 350
Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) -- Fort Worth, Tex.
Fast Facts for November 2, 2012
Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials
5 sets for the event
Number of Tires:
Left-side -- 375
Right-side -- 375
Left-side -- D-4392
Right-side -- D-4418
Left-side -- 87.2 in. (2,215 mm)
Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 mm)
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 -- 51 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi
Notes: While NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams will run the same left-side tire code (D-4392) as those in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at Texas this weekend, they run a distinct right-side code (D-4418) . . . these are the same left- and right-side tire codes that Camping World Truck Series teams ran at Texas earlier this season and twice last season . . . while this right-side code is unique to Texas, these teams have run this left-side code (D-4392) twice already this season (Darlington and Chicagoland), as well as seven times in 2011 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners on all four tire positions at Texas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR)(10-30-2012)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Texas Motor Speedway
Texas Toasts Its Native Son ... And Next Truck Champion?
James Buescher heads home to Texas Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points lead and a championship in his grasp.  And it all happened so quickly for the Plano, Texas native. In only one 200-lap race, Buescher transformed a one-point deficit to rookie Ty Dillon into a 21-point advantage. Now only three races remain for Buescher to hold serve and claim a title he's been stalking since he entered the series fulltime in 2009.
Here's the best news for Buescher: All four of his wins this season -- two at Kentucky and one each at Kansas and Chicagoland -- have come on tracks measured at 1.5 miles. Texas? It's a 1.5-mile track. The season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway? Ditto.
So it looks good on paper. But so did Dillon at Martinsville, considering Dillon's impressive runner-up finish in the spring race. Instead, Dillon wound up 28th due to a tire problem that got compounded.Â The key for Buescher now is to conserve -- or better yet, pad -- his cushion. To do so, he'll likely have to fare better at Texas than he has in the past. Though he has led laps in each of the last three Texas races (and won poles in two of them), Buescher has averaged a finish of just 14.3. In all, Buescher has three top 10s in seven starts.
Dillon has two starts at Texas, top 10s in each. His best finish was third in this race last year. Timothy Peters, not to be counted out, is 25 points behind Buescher. He has one top 10 in nine starts at Texas.
Busch Looks To Double Up At Texas
Last season, Kyle Busch Motorsports piled up eight wins, six by its all-world driver-owner. This season, a revolving roster of Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Jason Leffler, David Mayhew, German Quiroga, Drew Herring, Brian Scott and Kyle Busch, himself, have combined for just one.Â But that one came last week at Martinsville with Hamlin. And success comes in bunches when it comes to Busch, whose 30 wins as a driver is second all-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The team will double-down again this weekend, with two big guns aiming for Victory Lane.
The first: Kyle Busch, who returns to the seat of his #18 Toyota for only the second time this season, after a second-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September. Busch will run all three NASCAR national series races this weekend at Texas.
The second truck will be driven by three-time NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series champion Quiroga. Quiroga will make his fourth career start for KBM, and second of 2012. At Talladega, Quiroga finished eighth, his first career top-10 finish.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
Chevrolet, which currently leads the manufacturers' standings by 18 points, can clinch the Manufacturer's Championship this weekend by leaving Texas with a 13-point lead over Toyota. Chevy can clinch by earning third-place points or better. ... Brandon McReynolds, son of FOX analyst Larry McReynolds, will pilot the #4 truck for Turner Motorsports on Friday night. ... ThorSport Racing should figure prominently this weekend. Johnny Sauter won at Texas in the spring, and Matt Crafton comes off a strong Martinsville performance, and finished second at Texas in the spring. ... Brendan Gaughan will drive the #2 truck, and had four straight wins from 2002-03. ... Todd Bodine leads all drivers with six Texas wins, and will drive the #11 Toyota for Red Horse Racing. ... Nelson Piquet Jr. will make his 50th NCWTS start.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(10-30-2012)