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THE RACE: O'REILLY AUTO PARTS 300

TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #6 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race: Friday, April 12, 2013 in Ft. Worth, TX

Title Sponsor: O'Reilly Auto Parts

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:47pm/et


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track (Central Time)

Thursday, April 11th

8:30 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
4:15 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
5:30-7:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
7:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, April 12th

8:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 AM-11:20 AM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
4:05 PM (5:05 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS  ALL POSITIONS)
5:20 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (VICTORY THEATER)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM (8:30 PM) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

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


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Texas Motor Speedway race results and standings (pdf)

  • Kyle Busch wins at Texas: #54-Kyle Busch won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, for his 4th win of the season, his 6th at Texas and the 55th of his career. He put on another dominating performance, leading 91 laps and winning by more than 2 seconds. #22-Brad Keselowski finished second followed by #3-Austin Dillon, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #33-Kevin Harvick, #18-Matt Kenseth, #7-Regan Smith, #5-Kasey Kahne, #20-Brian Vickers, and #31-Justin Allgaier. #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., the points leader, was involved in an accident and finished 34th. He now has just a 2 point lead over #7-Regan Smith. There were 8 cautions for 42 laps and 22 lead changes among 11 leaders. Complete results are on the Texas Motor Speedway race results page (pdf).(4-12-2013)

  • Texas Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch won the 17th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, his all-time series leading 55th victory in 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. He now has 110 NASCAR national series victories.
    This is his fourth victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2013. Busch is the first driver to win four of the first six races in NASCAR Nationwide Series history.
    This is his sixth victory and 13th top-10 finish in 15 races at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch now owns sole possession of first on the all-time Texas series wins list.
    Brad Keselowski (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 13 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2013.
    Austin Dillon (third) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    The 22 lead changes among 11 leaders were both track records at Texas.
    Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 2 points over Regan Smith.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-12-2013)

  • Driver standings following Texas:
    1) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 221
    2) #7-Regan Smith 219 -2
    3) #3-Austin Dillon 213 -8
    4) #31-Justin Allgaier 212 -9
    5) #2-Brian Scott 212 -9
    6) #77-Parker Kligerman 186 -35
    7) #11-Elliott Sadler 185 -36
    8) #99-Alex Bowman # 183 -38
    9) #20-Brian Vickers 182 -39
    10) #6-Trevor Bayne 181 -40
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(4-12-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Texas are posted (pdf).(4-12-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Auto Club: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #55-Dick, 25th
    Caution 2: #40-Wise, 37th
    Caution 3: #92-Stacey, 23rd
    Caution 4: #79-Earnhardt, 22nd
    Caution 5: #30-Piquet, Jr, 18th
    Caution 6: #79-Earnhardt (2), 22nd
    Caution 7: #92-Stacey (2), 23rd
    Caution 8: #92-Stacey (3), 23rd
    (4-12-2013)


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

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Bowman on pole at Texas: #99-Alex Bowman won the Coors Light Pole for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 183.418mph. It is his first career pole. #54-Kyle Busch will start second. The rest of the top 10: #3-Austin Dillon, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #22-Brad Keselowski, #7-Regan Smith, #33-Kevin Harvick, #77-Parker Kligerman, #18-Matt Kenseth, and #11-Elliott Sadler. Did Not Qualify: #47-Scott Riggs, #52-Joey Gase, #46-Chase Miller, #27-Jason White, #00-Michael McDowell. The starting lineup is posted on the Texas Motor starting lineup page (pdf).(4-12-2013)

  • Texas Motor Qualifying Notes:
    Alex Bowman won the Coors 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 17th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 with a lap of 29.441 seconds, 183.418 mph.Alex Bowman won the Coors 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 17th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 with a lap of 29.441 seconds, 183.418 mph.
    This is his first pole in ten NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his third top-10 start in 2013.
    Bowman is the third Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate to win the pole at Texas Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch (2004) and David Ragan (2007) also did it.
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2013 and his 13th in 15 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (third) posted his third top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his fifth in six races this season.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-12-2013)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Smith fastest in happy hour: #7-Regan Smith was quickest during happy hour for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 with a speed of 185.427mph. He was followed by:#99-Alex Bowman, #77-Parker Kligerman, #32-Kyle Larson, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #6-Trevor Bayne, #11-Elliott Sadler, #30-Nelson Piquet, Jr., #31-Justin Allgaier, and #19-Mike Bliss.All 45 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Texas Motor practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(4-12-2013)

  • Smith fastest in first practice: #7-Regan Smith was fastest during opening practice at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 181.056mph. #3-Austin Dillon was second, followed by: #54-Kyle Busch, #33-Kevin Harvick, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #20-Brian Vickers, #18-Matt Kenseth, #99-Alex Bowman, #6-Trevor Bayne, and #5-Kasey Kahne. 43 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Texas Motor practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(4-12-2013)

  • Entry List:There are 46 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Landon Cassill will be in the #4 for JD Motorsports;
    The #15 for Rick Ware is TBA;
    Chris Buescher returns to the Roush #16;
    Michael McDowell and the #27 team make another attempt;
    Scott Riggs will drive the #47 for Curtis Key;
    The #86, driven last year by Kevin Lepage, is entered with driver TBA;
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to the #88;
    Kevin Swindell returns in the #98.(4-8-2013)
    UPDATE: Michael McDowell and Jason White have switched cars. McDowell now listed in the #00 and White in the #27.(4-9-2013)
    UPDATE 2: Kevin Lepage will drive the #74 for Mike Harmon.(4-9-2013)
    UPDATE 3: The #86 team withdrew. There are 45 teams at the track.(4-11-2013)
    See the complete list on the Texas Motor Speedway entry list page.


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for Thursday, 5 sets for remaining practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 7 sets for the event

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,725, Right-side -- 1,725;
    Nationwide: Left-side  575, Right-side -- 575

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4418

  • 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 -- 22 psi;
    Right Front -- 51 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series run the same tire codes at Texas this weekend . . . these teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4392) at Texas in both 2011 and 2012 . . . this right side tire code is new to teams in these two series, though it has been run by teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Texas for the past two seasons . . . compared to what Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams have run at this track recently, this right-side tire has a tougher compound for better wear . . . Goodyear held a test with the Gen-6 car at Texas on October 9-10, 2012 . . . 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 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to 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

    Gaggle Of Cup Drivers Saddles Up For NNS Race
    There’s no lack of star power in Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Ten NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars dot a solid lineup of Nationwide championship contenders slated to try to make the race’s 40-car lineup.
    Headlining the crop of NSCS drivers are five-time NNS Texas race winners Kyle Busch, who has won three of the last four Nationwide races this season, and Kevin Harvick, who won the Texas race last November. With two NNS victories at Texas on his resume, Matt Kenseth has put his name in the mix, too. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne, both of whom have one series win at the 1.5-mile track, will also suit up.   
    Other NSCS drivers include reigning series champion Brad Keselowski, Landon Cassill, Michael McDowell, Scott Riggs and J.J. Yeley
    All the usual suspects running full-time in the NNS this season will also be on hand. However, the race might mean a little more to Brian Vickers than others.
    Vickers, who drives the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in the series full-time this season, will be filling in for the injured Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for the next couple of races, until Hamlin is able to return. Vickers will want to do all he can during the Friday race to familiarize himself with the Texas track in time for Saturday night’s NSCS race.
    A successful weekend at Texas, in both races, could go a long way in impressing others and proving he belongs in the premier series. In five Nationwide races at Texas, Vickers has three top-10 finishes. In the NSCS, his best finish is 12th in 14 starts.

    Bayne Has History On His Side
    Eighteenth-century Irish statesman and author Edmund Burke once wrote, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”
    However, in Trevor Bayne’s case, he knows the history and would like to repeat it, especially when it involves success at Texas Motor Speedway.
    In Bayne’s last visit to the track in November 2011, he led only six laps. But they were the most important six laps  the final six. He finished the race .142 seconds in front of runner-up Denny Hamlin.
    The victory is Bayne’s only one in the NNS, so far. However, most people associate him with the biggest win of his career  the 2011 Daytona 500, which came in only his second career NSCS start.
    In five NNS starts at Texas, his lowest finish is a 14th, which came in the spring 2010 race.
    Additionally, last year’s Texas spring race winner was Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who drove the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. When Stenhouse was promoted to the NSCS for the 2013 season, Bayne was tapped as the replacement in the No. 6.
    Five races into the season, Bayne sits fifth in the standing, 47 points behind leader Sam Hornish Jr. Already with two fourth-place finishes on the season, a victory here would most likely move Bayne into championship contention and prove that history is truly on his side.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    Points leader Sam Hornish Jr., who has a sizeable 28-point advantage over Regan Smith, has won thrice at Texas in the IndyCar Series (2001, ’02, ’07). In six NNS starts there, he has a pair of seventh-place finishes (fall 2011, fall 2012). Through five races this season, Hornish has not finished lower than seventh, with one win and a pair of runner-up performances. & Milestone Watch: Kyle Busch will make his 250th series start Friday, while Austin Dillon will start his 50th race. Dillon will do double-duty driving the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet in Saturday’s NSCS event.

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