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THE RACE: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300

TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #6 of 33 for the 2012 season


Race:Friday, April 13, 2012 in Justin, TX

Title Sponsor: O'Reilly Auto Parts

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:46pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN2, 8:00 pm/et

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Vince Welch
    Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Dale Jarrett, Brad Daugherty

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team

Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, April 12th


Friday, April 13th

7:30 PM (8:30 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Official Texas Race Results (pdf)
  • Stenhouse, Jr. wins at Texas: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway for his second win of the year and the 4th of his career. #33-Paul Menard finished second followed by #38-Kasey Kahne, #18-Denny Hamlin, #3-Austin Dillon, #27-David Ragan, #31-Justin Allgaier, #7-Danica Patrick, #43-Michale Annett, and #30-Steve Arpin. There were 5 cautions for 33 laps and 14 lead changes among 7 leaders. The estimated attendance was 73,600. Complete results are on the Texas race results page (pdf).(4-13-2012)

  • Texas Race Fast Facts:
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the 16th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, his fourth victory in 79 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2012. His first came at Las Vegas.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in five races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    This is Roush Fenway Racing's fourth consecutive victory at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Paul Menard (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 11 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2012.
    Kasey Kahne (third) posted his third top-10 finish in 12 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-13-2012)

  • Driver standings following Texas:
    1) #2-Elliott Sadler 247
    2) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 243 -4
    3) #3-Austin Dillon 227 -20
    4) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 193 -54
    5) #43-Michael Annett 183 -64
    6) #88-Cole Whitt 182 -65
    7) #60-Trevor Bayne 180 -67
    8) #19-Tayler Malsam(I) 163 -84
    9) #31-Justin Allgaier 163 -84
    10) #44-Mike Bliss 1 147 -100
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(4-13-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Texas are posted (pdf). There were no changes to locked in positions for Richmond. #50-T.J. Bell, in 34th place (in owner points), is the first driver that will have to qualify on speed.(4-13-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #81-Bowles, 18th
    Caution 2: #81-Bowles (2), 18th
    Caution 3: #44-Bliss, 16th
    Caution 4: #7-Patrick, 8th
    Caution 5: #44-Bliss (2), 16th
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-13-2012)

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Menard on pole at Texas: #33-Paul Menard won the Coors Light Pole for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 181.714 mph. #18-Denny Hamlin will start second. The rest of the top ten: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #3-Austin Dillon, #2-Elliott Sadler, #54-Kurt Busch, #88-Cole Whitt, #38-Kasey Kahne, #30-Steve Arpin, and #44-Mike Bliss. Did Not Qualify: #89-Morgan Shepherd & #72-John Jackson. The starting lineup is posted on the Texas starting lineup page (pdf).(4-13-2012)

  • Texas Motor Speedway Qualifying Notes:
    Paul Menard won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 16th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 with a lap of 29.717 seconds, 181.714 mph.
    This is his fifth pole in 173 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first pole in 11 races at Texas Motor Speedway. His previous best start was third on April 4, 2009.
    Denny Hamlin (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2012 and his sixth in nine races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his sixth in six races this season.
    Austin Dillon (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(4-13-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Stenhouse, Jr. fastest in happy hour: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr was also quickest during the final practice session for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 with a top speed of 182.556 mph. He was followed by: #33-Paul Menard, #3-Austin Dillon, #7-Danica Patrick, #54-Kurt Busch, #18-Denny Hamlin, #88-Cole Whitt, #70-Johanna Long, #44-Mike Bliss, and #30-Steve Alpin. See complete results on the Texas practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(4-13-2012)

  • Stenhouse, Jr. fastest in first practice: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was fastest during opening practice at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 179.611mph. #2-Elliott Sadler was second, followed by #33-Paul Menard, #38-Kasey Kahne, #20-Joey Logano, #3-Austin Dillon, #18-Denny Hamlin, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #44-Mike Bliss, and #22-Brad Keselowski. See complete results on the Texas practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(4-12-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 45 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. returns to the #5;
    The #08 of Randy Hill Racing is TBA;
    The RAB Racing #09, typically driven by Kenny Wallace is TBA because the team has not found sponsorship;
    Timmy Hill returns to the Nationwide Series in the Rick Ware #15;
    David Ragan will drive the #27;
    Steve Arpin is in the Turner Motorsports #30;
    Kelly Bires drives the Go Green Racing #39;
    John Jackson will be in his #72;
    Mike Harmon's #74 is driver TBA;
    Scott Riggs will be in the #75 for Rick Ware.
    Not entered: #60-Trevor Bayne.
    UPDATE: Kyle Fowler will be in teh #08 for Randy Hill Racing.(4-9-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Ryan Truex will drive the #09 for RAB Racing.(4-10-2012)
    UPDATE 3: Blake Koch moves to the #15 for Rick Ware and will have to qualify on time. Timmy Hill will be in the #41.(4-11-2012)
    UPDATE 4: Kevin Lepage will be in the #74 for Mike Harmon.(4-12-2012)
    See the complete list on the Texas entry list page.(4-9-2012)

  • NASCAR Nationwide Series in Texas: After a two-week schedule break, the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to action Friday night, April 13, at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. ESPN2 will have a live telecast of the 300-mile race starting with NASCAR Countdown at 8 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 8:30 p.m. Also, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying earlier in the day at 5 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com. (ESPN)(4-9-2012)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575

  • Set limits:
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4410

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.1 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: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Texas this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Cup and Nationwide teams ran at this track in 2011 . . . teams in these two series also ran this exact tire set-up at Chicagoland last season and at Homestead the last two seasons . . . this set-up was re-confirmed at a Goodyear test at Texas on February 7-8 . . . teams/drivers participating in that test were the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Denny Hamlin, No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet with Tony Stewart, No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Clint Bowyer, No. 16 Roush-Fenway Racing Ford with Greg Biffle, and No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Jeff Burton . . . 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.

NASCAR News & Notes

    Glitter Abounds Under The Friday Night Lights
    Turn those cameras on because the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. This weekend boasts a Friday night showdown under the lights with one of the more star-studded fields seen thus far in 2012. Joining series regulars like standings leader Elliott SadlerDanica PatrickSam Hornish Jr., reigning series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and talented Sunoco rookies Austin Dillon and Cole Whitt are eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series double-duty drivers.
    Leading the double-duty group is two-time series champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. (who also is Patrick and Whitt's team owner at JR Motorsports). Earnhardt has made four starts at Texas, posting one win (1998) and three top 10s. His pre-race Driver Rating is 94.3 and his Average Running Position is 14.7.
    The last driver to win a series event at Texas entered this weekend is Kurt Busch (spring 2006 winner), making his second series start of the season, but first driving for his brother/team owner Kyle Busch. Kyle Busch Motorsports is seeking its first NNS victory and Kurt, the 2004 NSCS champion, will have some serious expectations to match. Kyle won five straight races at Texas from 2008-10 but Kurt should be up to the task. He has made two series starts at Texas, posting one win and two top 10s. He leads the series among entered drivers in average finish with a 4.5.
    Kasey KahneDenny HamlinPaul MenardDavid RaganJoey Logano along with former series champions Joe Nemechek  a winner at Texas in 2003  and Brad Keselowski round out the double-duty field.
    Series Regulars Ready To Continue Their Winning Ways
    As the NNS returns from its two-week hiatus, fans and media alike are looking forward to non-fulltime NSCS drivers not only contending with, but beating some of the finest drivers the NSCS has to offer. Dating back to November, the last time the NNS raced at Texas, six of the eight series races have been won by drivers not running for NSCS championship points.
    The 2011 Daytona 500 champion, Trevor Bayne won his first NNS race last November at Texas before Sam Hornish Jr. won the season's second-to-last event at Phoenix. To kick off 2012, James Buescher, championship points-eligible in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and in line to run 14 NNS races this year, won at Daytona. Elliott Sadler won at Phoenix and Bristol while Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won at Las Vegas. Joey Logano finally chalked up one for the Cup regulars at Auto Club Speedway. Bayne's win last fall made him the first series regular  and third overall  to win at Texas dating back to 1998. Earnhardt Jr. won that year and Jeff Purvis was the winner in 2002.
    This weekend at Texas, the pre-race Loop Data stats point to Stenhouse as the one to watch among the series regulars. He has a Driver Rating of 99.5, an Average Running Position of 8.5 and has spent 93.5% of his laps completed in the top 15.
    Standings leader Sadler has made eight starts at Texas, posting two Coors Light poles and five top 10s. Sadler was a guest on this week's NASCAR Teleconference.
    Top 30 Brings Focus To Other End Of Points Scale 
    With the first five races of the season in the books, the top-30 tide will turn starting at Texas. For the first five races of the year, the top 30 cars via 2011 owner points were locked in to each event. At Texas  and for the remainder of the year  the current top 30 in owner points will be locked in each week.
    That scenario came close to presenting a nerve-racking qualifying session for Johanna Long, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate and Pensacola native. Long, 19, will be making her series debut at Texas and came close to having to qualify her No. 70 ML Motorsports Chevrolet on speed. The No. 70 is listed 31st in the owner standings but has made all five attempts this year. Long's ride will move up at least one spot since the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has made three attempts thus far in 2012.
    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Texas is a home race for Turner Motorsports owner Steve Turner (Hallettsville) and Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney), driver of the No. 23 R3 Motorsports Chevrolet & Steve Arpin is back in the series for the first time in two years while Kelly Bires also returns. & Ryan Truex, two-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, will be in the No. 09 for RAB Racing at Texas. Kenny Wallace returns at Talladega. & JR Motorsport's crew chief Bruce Cook has moved to the No. 88 of Cole Whitt while Tony Eury Sr. now leads the No. 5 Chevrolet of Dale Earnhardt Jr. & Tayler Malsam, currently eighth in points, will throw out the first pitch at the April 11 Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners game at The Ballpark at Arlington. & Justin Allgaier and Jeremy Clements visited schools in Darlington County on April 10 in support of the May 11 race at Darlington Raceway. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. travels to Montreal on April 11 to help promote the Aug. 18 race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. & Manufacturer Spotlight: Each manufacturer has won at least one of the last eight NNS races dating back to the last three events of 2011 (Ford  2, Dodge  2, Chevy  3, Toyota  1).

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