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THE RACE: O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge

TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #31 of 33 for the 2012 season

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Race: Saturday, November 3, 2012 in Justin, TX

Title Sponsor: O'Reilly Auto Parts

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:41pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN2, 7:00 pm/et

  • Announcers: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch

  • 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,November 1

10:30 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
6:30 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSE

Friday, November 2

11:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:05 PM-2:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
5:00 PM-6:30 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
6:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
8:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, November 3

11:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
3:05 PM (4:05 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
4:30 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VICTORY THEATER )
6:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
6:30 PM (7:30 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
7:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
8:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Texas Motor Speedway Race Results (pdf)
  • Harvick wins at Texas Motor Speedway: #33-Kevin Harvick won the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the year and the 39th of his Nationwide career. #22-Ryan Blaney finished second, his career best, followed by #54-Kyle Busch, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #18-Denny Hamlin, #3-Austin Dillon, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #31-Justin Allgaier, #98-Kevin Swindell, and #20-Joey Logano. #2-Elliott Sadler finished 11th and he is now tied with Stenhouse, Jr. for the points lead with two races remianing. There were 5 cautions for 22 laps and 11 lead changes among 5 leaders. The estimated attendance was 68,500. Complete results are on the Texas Motor Speedway race results page (pdf).(11-3-2012)

  • Texas Motor Speedway Race Fast Facts:
    Kevin Harvick won the 8th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, his 39th victory in 290 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    With the victory, Harvick takes sole possession of third on the all-time series wins list.
    This is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his fifth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 14 races at Texas Motor Speedway. He is now tied with Kyle Busch for the series track wins record.
    Ryan Blaney (second) posted his career-best NASCAR Nationwide Series finish. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2012.
    Kyle Busch (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 14 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(11-3-2012)

  • Driver standings following Texas Motor Speedway:
    1) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1170
    2) #2-Elliott Sadler 1170
    3) #3-Austin Dillon # 1149 -21
    4) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 1075 -95
    5) #43-Michael Annett 1013 -157
    6) #31-Justin Allgaier 1010 -160
    7) #88-Cole Whitt # 945 -225
    8) #10-Mike Bliss 846 -324
    9) #11-Brian Scott 780 -390
    10) #7-Danica Patrick 772 -398
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(11-3-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Texas Motor Speedway are posted (pdf).(11-3-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas Motor Speedway: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #75-Hill, 39th
    Caution 2: #40-Darnell, 25th
    Caution 3: #24-Starr, 23rd
    Caution 4: #99-Wallace, 15th
    Caution 5: #10-Bliss, 18th
    (11-3-2012)


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Busch on pole at Texas Motor Speedway: #54-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 183.051mph. #2-Elliott Sadler will start second. The rest of the top ten: #33-Kevin Harvick, #3-Austin Dillon, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #88-Cole Whitt, #20-Joey Logano, #7-Danica Patrick, #18-Denny Hamlin, and #99-Kenny Wallace. Did Not Qualify: #46-Chase Miller, #15-Timmy Hill, #13-Jennifer Jo Cobb & #89-Morgan Shepherd. Timmy Hill will replace Kelly Bires in the #75 and drive it. The starting lineup is posted on the Texas Motor Speedway starting lineup page (pdf).(11-3-2012)

  • Texas Motor Speedway Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 8th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge with a lap of 29.500 seconds, 183.051 mph.
    This is his 25th pole in 242 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. He takes sole possession of fourth on the all-time series poles list.
    This is his second pole and 13th top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his track-best third pole in 14 races at Texas Motor Speedway. He won from the pole at Texas in April 2009.
    Elliott Sadler (second) posted his 25th top-10 start of 2012 and his sixth in ten races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick (third) posted his 11th top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 11th in 13 races this season.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(11-3-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Busch fastest in happy hour: #54-Kyle Busch was quickest during the final practice session for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge with a top speed of 183.038mph. He was followed by: #3-Austin Dillon, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #7-Danica Patrick, #12-Sam Hornish, jr., #2-Elliott Sadler, #38-Brad Sweet, #33-Kevin Harvick, #22-Ryan Blaney, and #98-Kevin Swindell. See complete results on the Texas Motor Speedway practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(11-2-2012)

  • Whitt fastest in first practice: #88-Cole Whitt was fastest during opening practice at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 179.892mph. #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was second, followed by: #33-Kevin Harvick, #2-Elliott Sadler, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #18-Denny Hamlin, #20-Joey Logano, #3-Austin Dillon, #54-Kyle Busch, and #43-Michael Annett. See complete results on the Texas Motor Speedway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(11-2-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 47 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Blake Koch returns to the #00;
    Scott Riggs will be in the #03 for R3;
    Scott Saunders returns to the #08;
    Mike Bliss moves to the Tri-Star #10;
    The #13 for Jennifer Jo Cobb is TBA;
    Ryan Blaney will drive the #22 for Penske;
    Ryan Newman will drive the #30 for Turner Motorsports;
    The #41 for Rick Ware is TBA;
    John Blankenship will drive the #44 for TriStar;
    The #74 for Mike Harmon is TBA;
    Nur Ali will drive the #75 for Rick Ware;
    Jeff Green is in a #91 TriStar entry.(10-29-2012)
    UPDATE: David Starr will drive the #24 for SR2.(10-30-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Nur Ali was not approved to drive at Texas. A replacement has not been named.(10-31-2012)
    UPDATE 3: Jennifer Jo Cobb is in the #13, Mike Harmon has withdrawn his #74, Juan Carlos Blum is in the #41 for Rick Ware and Carl Long is in the #75.(11-2-2012)
    See the complete list on the Texas Motor Speedway entry list page.


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Number of Tires: Sprint Cup:
    Left-side -- 1,425, Right-side -- 1,425;
    Nationwide: Left-side  500, Right-side -- 500

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

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

  • Tire Circumference:
    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: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Texas this weekend . . . teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will run a similar tire set-up this weekend, using the same left-side tire code (D-4392) but a different right-side code . . . Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires that they ran at Texas earlier this season and during both race weekends at the track last season . . . this is also the same tire set-up that teams in these two series have run at both Chicagoland and Homestead in 2011 and 2012 . . . 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 . . . Goodyear held a tire test with the 2013 Sprint Cup cars at Texas on October 9-10 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were No. 16 Roush Fenway Ford with Greg Biffle, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Kyle Busch, No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Paul Menard and No. 42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Juan Pablo Montoya.


NASCAR News & Notes

    Three-Man Race With Three Races To Go
    Championship implications, high speeds, close quarters and an Asphalt Circus can’t waiver the focus of the top three contenders in the NASCAR Nationwide Series title hunt. Standings leader Elliott Sadler holds court with three races remaining, leading by just six points ahead of second-place Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and 26 up on Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Austin Dillon
    Heading to Texas this weekend, both Sadler and Stenhouse want to get their second Cowboy Hat in Victory Lane and cement this race as a two-horse battle  but don’t count Dillon out just yet. 
    Since retaking the standings lead following the race at Kentucky, Sadler has averaged an eight-point lead over second-place Stenhouse, but two of the final three races remaining are 1.5-mile speedways and the stats are showing that those type of tracks cater to his competitor’s strengths. 
    Of the 10 races held on 1.5-mile tracks so far this season, Dillon has the best average starting position (2.8) and average finishing position (4.8) of the three contenders. On those same tracks, Stenhouse has led by far the most laps. He has led 20 percent (388) followed by Dillon (16 percent) then Sadler (9 percent). Stenhouse also has the most wins (five) on those 1.5-mile tracks, Dillon has two and Sadler one. 
    At Texas, all three drivers have been successful. Stenhouse won at TMS earlier this season in April to earn his fourth of eight career NNS victories. In 2004, Sadler won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and in 2010 Dillon won a Keystone Light pole in the NCWTS. 
    Texas could be a springboard for Dillon to close his point deficit on Sadler and Stenhouse. Dillon has the best pre-race Driver Rating (110.4) of the three contenders at Texas and spent 100 percent of the April race in the top 15 with an Average Running Position of 5.286 (series-best).

    Texas Might Just Be What Busch Needs
    For the first season out of the box in the NNS, Kyle Busch has nothing to be ashamed of as owner of Kyle Busch Motorsports. The No. 54 Monster Energy team is eighth in the owner points standings and the team posted its first series win earlier this season at Richmond International Raceway with his brother Kurt Busch behind the wheel. 
    But there is one glaring hole on the 2012 check list: a win in his own equipment. Busch has won at least one NNS race for eight straight seasons dating back to his first series victory in 2004, and looks to tie Mark Martin for most consecutive seasons with a win at nine. In addition, he holds the overall record for most wins (51) by a driver in the series. So not wining this season has put Busch in unfamiliar territory. 
    In 19 starts this season, Kyle Busch has six top fives and 11 top 10s, including two runner-up finishes at Talladega and Chicago. Accidents, part failures and plain bad luck has plagued the team for much of the season, some of which has led to five finishes outside the top-20 with Busch behind the wheel. 
    But NASCAR returns to Texas, a welcome respite for Busch. As the track wins leader (five), Busch owns Texas Motor Speedway when it comes to the NNS. He rallied off a record-tying five consecutive wins between 2008 and 2010. He also has 10 top fives and two poles with an average finish of 7.1 in just 13 starts. On top of it all, he leads the series in pre-race Driver Rating (124.9) and Laps Led (1,187) at Texas.  

    Fans Should Enjoy Star-Studded Field At Texas
    Not only will fans get the chance to see their favorite NNS championship contenders battle it out, but as an added bonus, several NSCS drivers will be pulling double-duty raising the level of competition. 
    Two former series champions, Kyle Busch (2009) and Kevin Harvick (2001, ‘06) are back behind the wheel this weekend. The two drivers sit one-two on the series all-time wins list at TMS and combine for nine of the 23 possible victories at the 1.5-mile speedway. 
    Joining them are Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and this season’s wins leader (eight) Joey Logano. Hamlin will be in the No. 18 car this weekend, which holds the lead in the owner points standings by 21 points over Richard Childress Racing’s No. 2 team.  Ryan Newman will be making his first series start of the season. Turner Motorsports has tapped Newman to drive the No. 30 car this weekend. Newman hasn’t competed in the series since Phoenix in February 2011. 

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Chasing History: Danica Patrick is on the verge of making NASCAR history. She currently sits 10th in the NNS points standings with three races remaining. If she finishes 12th or better in the standings at season’s end she will become the highest-finishing female in national series history. The record is currently held by Sara Christian, who finished 13th in the NSCS in 1949. & Racing Texans: McKinney, Texas native, Robert Richardson Jr., will be attempting to qualify for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge this weekend. Richardson has made 14 series starts this season posting a best finish of 17th at Daytona in July.

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