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THE RACE: O'REILLY AUTO PARTS CHALLENGE

TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #31 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race: Saturday, November 2, 2013 in Ft. Worth, TX

Title Sponsor: O'Reilly Auto Parts

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:47pm/et


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track (Central Time)

Thursday, October 31st

2:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, November 1st

6:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:05PM-2:00PM NNS PRACTICE
5:00PM-6:30PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
6:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
8:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, November 2nd

7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:05AM (12:05 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
12:45 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VICTORY THEATER)
2:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM (3:30 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
3:00 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES

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


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Texas race results and standings (pdf)

  • Keselowski wins at Texas: #22-Brad Keselowski won the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. #20-Denny Hamlin finished second followed by #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #18-Matt Kenseth, #3-Austin Dillon, #7-Regan Smith, #11-Elliott Sadler, #2-Brian Scott, #32-Kyle Larson, and #5-Brad Sweet. There were 4 cautions for 19 laps and 15 lead changes among 6 leaders. Complete results are on the Texas race results page (pdf).(11-2-2013)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Texas Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Texas Race Fast Facts:
    Brad Keselowski won the 9th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, his 26th victory in 203 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his sixth victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his first victory and 10th top-10 finish in 14 races at Texas Motor Speedway. His previous best finish at Texas was second, twice.
    This is the 12th win of 2013 by the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford. The record is 13 by the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in 2010.
    Denny Hamlin (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 11 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2013.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (third) posted his third top-10 finish in eight races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Larson (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Austin Dillon leads the point standings by 6 points over Sam Hornish Jr.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(11-2-2013)

  • Driver standings following Texas:
    1) #3-Austin Dillon 1107
    2) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 1101, -6
    3) #7-Regan Smith 1053, -48
    4) #11-Elliott Sadler 1026, -81
    5) #31-Justin Allgaier 1022, -85
    6) #2-Brian Scott 1010, -97
    7) #6-Trevor Bayne 1009, -98
    8) #20-Brian Vickers 970, -137
    9) #32-Kyle Larson # 945, -162
    10) #77-Parker Kligerman 924, -183
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(11-2-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Texas are posted (pdf).(11-2-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #77-Kligerman, 13th
    Caution 2: #30-Piquet, 15th
    Caution 3: #5-Sweet, 10th
    Caution 4: #98-Swindell, 16th
    (11-2-2013)


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 Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 186.194mph. #22-Brad Keselowski will start second. The rest of the top 10: #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #6-Trevor Bayne, #3-Austin Dillon, #54-Kyle Busch, #16-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #7-Regan Smith, #2-Brian Scott, and #33-Ty Dillon. Did Not Qualify: #89-Morgan Shepherd. The starting lineup is posted on the Texas starting lineup page (pdf).(11-2-2013)

  • Texas Qualifying Notes:
    Alex Bowman won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 9th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge with a lap of 29.002 seconds, 186.194 mph.
    This is his second pole in 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his second pole and 13th top-10 start in 2013. He also won the pole for the spring Texas race.
    This is his second pole in two races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Brad Keselowski (second) posted his 10th top-10 start of 2013 and his seventh in 14 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (third) posted his third top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 25th in 31 races this season.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(11-2-2013)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Bayne fastest in happy hour: #6-Trevor Bayne was quickest during happy hour for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge with a speed of 182.989mph. He was followed by:#33-Ty Dillon, #22-Brad Keselowski, #31-Justin Allgaier, #3-Austin Dillon, #54-Kyle Busch, #16-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #18-Matt Kenseth, #2-Brian Scott, and #44-Cole Whitt. 39 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Texas practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(11-1-2013)

  • Bowman fastest in first practice: #99-Alex Bowman was fastest during opening practice at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 182.180mph. #33-Ty Dillon was second, followed by: #77-Parker Kligerman, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #22-Brad Keselowski, #98-Kevin Swindell, #54-Kyle Busch, #3-Austin Dillon, #32-Kyle Larson, and #11-Elliott Sadler. 40 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Texas practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(11-1-2013)

  • Entry List:There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Ricky Stenhouse will be in the Roush #16;
    Matt Kenseth returns to the #18;
    Denny Hamlin will drive the #20 in place of Vickers;
    Ty Dillon will drive the RCR #33;
    TJ Bell will be in the Key #40;
    David Starr will drive the #55 for Viva Motorsports;
    The #74 is TBA;
    Kevin Swindell and the #98 are entered.(10-28-2013)
    UPDATE: Carl Long will be in the #74.(10-28-2013)
    UPDATE 2: #92-Dexter Stacey has been added. There are 41 cars at the track.(11-1-2013)
    See the complete list on the Texas entry list page.


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup and Nationwide);
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Camping World Truck)

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 7 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 6 sets for the event

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,275, Right-side -- 1,375;
    Nationwide: Left-side  575, Right-side -- 575;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side -- 375, Right-side -- 375

  • 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 all three NASCAR series in action at Texas this week will run the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that all of these teams ran at Texas earlier this season -- Sprint Cup and Nationwide in April and Camping Wold Truck in June . . . Truck teams have run this same tire set-up at Texas since 2011 . . . in the Cup and Nationwide Series, they have run this left-side tire code (D-4392) at Texas since 2011, though it was just paired with this right-side tire code (D-4418) this season . . . while this right-side code is unique to Texas, this left-side code is also run by NASCAR teams at Chicagoland (all three series), Darlington (Sprint Cup and Nationwide) and Homestead (all three series) in 2013 . . . 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

    It's Crunch Time For Dillon And Hornish
    With only three races remaining on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule and eight points separating leader Austin Dillon and second-place Sam Hornish Jr., it's time for the two drivers and their teams to buckle down and take full advantage of every opportunity.
    After having the past two weekends off following a 21-week stretch that saw on-track competition every weekend the teams should be re-energized for the final three-week push to the championship, finishing with the season finale on Nov. 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Before the teams head to South Florida they both need strong finishes at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway, the site of Saturday afternoon's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, and the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway.
    Both Dillon and Hornish are running for their first NASCAR Nationwide title and know that they've got to perform well at all three venues in order to top the other. Based on past series history at Texas, Dillon holds a slight edge over Hornish.
    Dillon has top 10 finishes in all three starts at the Lone Star track, including a third-place performance in this past April's event. In two events last season, he posted respectable fifth- and sixth-place finishes. In four starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, he collected two top-five finishes, including a runner-up showing in his final truck race at the track in Nov. 2011. He finished 33rd earlier this season in his only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Texas.
    Hornish's best finish at Texas in seven starts is a pair of seventh-place finishes, his only two top-10 performances. After starting on the outside of the second row in April's event, he led 39 laps and got caught up in a couple of accidents to finish a disappointing 34th. In seven NASCAR Sprint Cup events, his best finish is 17th, twice.
    Although Hornish hasn't visited Victory Lane in any of NASCAR's three national series, he's celebrated three wins there in the IndyCar Series, last winning in 2007.

    Busch Holds Advantage In Owners' Championship Race At Texas
    It's a tale of two different records at Texas Motor Speedway for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars and former NASCAR Nationwide Series champions Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. When NASCAR's No. 2 series hits the high-banked corners at the 1.5-mile track in Fort Worth for Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, the two veterans will be among the favorites fighting for the trip to Victory Lane and jockeying for position in the Owners' Championship race, however, only Busch has won there previously.
    With nine wins at Texas among NASCAR's national series, including six in the NNS, Busch has a decided advantage over Keselowski, who hasn't won in 26 national series starts there. In 13 NNS starts, Keselowski's best finish is a pair of second-place finishes, with the most recent coming in the April event earlier this year.
    Through the first 30 races of the season, Busch has posted a series-high 11 victories in only 23 starts, while Keselowski has won five times in 13 starts. Although the Las Vegas native has six more wins than Keselowski, Busch's No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota holds a slight four-point edge over Keselowski's No. 22 Penske Racing Ford in the Owners' Championship battle. The Michigan driver has split seat time in the No. 22 with three different drivers who all have found Victory Lane: Joey Logano (three times), AJ Allmendinger (twice) and Ryan Blaney (once).

    Reigning Champion Stenhouse Returns To Nationwide
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won back-to-back NASCAR Nationwide Series titles in 2011 and 2012 before moving to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series prior to the 2013 season. After 30 races away, the Mississippi native returns to the series this weekend for the O'Reilly Auto Part Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.
    In both championship seasons, Stenhouse piloted the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, but in 2009 he drove the No. 16 Ford in six of the seven races he started. This weekend, he returns to the No. 16.
    Over the course of three full seasons in the series, he collected eight wins, including a victory in the April 2012 race at Texas in which he led 68 of 200 laps. His average finishing position in four races at the 1.5-mile track during his two championship seasons is 4.75. In this event last year, he finished fourth.
    This will be Stenhouse's first NNS start without longtime crew chief Mike Kelley, who first teamed up with the driver for the spring 2010 Texas race. Kelley is currently the crew chief for Trevor Bayne and the No. 6 RFR Ford team. Seth Barbour will crew chief the No. 16 team.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    This weekend at Texas will be a homecoming for Philippe Lopez, the crew chief of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford driven by Michael Annett, who is originally from San Antonio, Texas, and considers the 1.5-mile speedway his home track. & Parker Kligerman is building a rally-car themed car as a participant in the Toyota Dream Build Challenge, a contest in which participants turn a Toyota into their dream vehicle. Voting begins Thursday, Oct. 31. & Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Trevor Bayne and Kyle Larson are four of eight NNS regulars pulling double-duty this weekend, also driving in the NSCS race.

Next Race: Dover 200

Countdown to the race: 9/27/2014 ~ 3:45 PM ET

Dover International Speedway
Dover, DE


3:30 pm/et
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12:15 pm/et, Saturday, September 27
Fox Sports 2 12:00 pm/et

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