Race: Friday, April 4, 2014 in Ft. Worth, TX
Title Sponsor: O'Reilly Auto Parts
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:46pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN2 - 8:00pm/et
Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch
Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Ricky Craven, Brad Daugherty
Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, April 3rd
10:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
4:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
5:00 PM-6:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
6:30 PM-8:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
7:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
9:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, April 4th
11:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
1:30 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (VICTORY THEATER)
3:10 PM (4:10 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING
4:45 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (VICTORY THEATER)
7:00 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM (8:30 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track
Elliott wins at Texas: #9-Chase Elliott won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway for his 1st career win in just his 6th career start. He becomes the youngest race winner at Texas Motor Speedway and the second youngest in series history (to Joey Logano) at 18 years, 4 months, 8 days. #54-Kyle Busch finished second followed by#42-Kyle Larson, #5-Kevin Harvick, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #20-Matt Kenseth, #7-Regan Smith, #22-Ryan Blaney, #3-Ty Dillon, and #11-Elliott Sadler
There were 5 cautions for 26 laps and 14 lead changes among 9 leaders. Complete results are on the Texas race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Texas Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-4-2014)
Texas Race Fast Facts:
Chase Elliott won the 18th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, his first victory in six NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
Chase Elliott is the second-youngest winner in series history, at 18 years, 4 months and 8 days.
Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 17 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2014.
Kyle Larson(i) (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Chase Elliott (first) was the highest finishing rookie.
Chase Elliott leads the point standings by 2 points over Regan Smith.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-4-2014)
Driver standings following Texas:
1) #9-Chase Elliott#, 224
2) #7-Regan Smith, 222 -2
3) #3-Ty Dillon#, 214 -10
4) #11-Elliott Sadler, 208 -16
5) #6-Trevor Bayne, 206 -18 -2
6) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 193 -31
7) #11-Brian Scott, 192 -32
8) #31-Dylan Kwasniewski#, 179 -45
9) #99-James Buescher, 176 -48
10) #16-Ryan Reed#, 141 -83
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(4-4-2014)
Owner Standings following Texas are posted (pdf).(4-4-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #93-Yeley, 16th
Caution 2: #44-Starr, 15th
Caution 3: #39-Sieg, 17th
Caution 4: #62-Gaughan, 11th
Caution 5: #44-Starr (2), 15th
Kevin Harvick on pole at Texas: #5-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light Pole for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 184.963mph. #2-Matt Kenseth will start second followed by: #7-Regan Smith, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #11-Elliott Sadler, #9-Chase Elliott, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #6-Trevor Bayne, #22-Ryan Blaney, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #99-James Buescher, and #44-David Starr.
Harvick was also fastest in the first qualifying session at 184.900mph and the second at 185.605mph.
Did Not Qualify: none
The starting lineup is posted on the Texas starting lineup page (pdf).(4-4-2014)
Texas Qualifying Notes:
Kevin Harvick(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 18th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 with a lap of 29.195 seconds, 184.963 mph.
This is his 25th pole in 305 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2014.
This is his first pole in 16 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Matt Kenseth(i) (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2014 and his 10th in 18 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Regan Smith (third) posted his third top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his fourth in six races this season.
Chase Elliott (sixth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-4-2014)
Dillon fastest in happy hour: #3-Ty Dillon was quickest during the rain-shortened happy hour for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 with a speed of 180.361 mph. He was followed by: #7-Regan Smith, #60-Chris Buescher, #9-Chase Elliott, #54-Kyle Busch, #22-Ryan Blaney, #20-Matt Kenseth, #5-Kevin Harvick, #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #16-Ryan Reed. 39 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Texas practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(4-3-2014)
Dillon fastest in first practice: #3-Ty Dillon was fastest during opening practice at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 180.505 mph. #54-Kyle Busch was second, followed by: #6-Trevor Bayne, #22-Ryan Blaney, #60-Chris Buescher, #7-Regan Smith, #9-Chase Elliott, #5-Kevn Harvick, and #19-Mike Bliss, and #11-Elliott Sadler. 40 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Texas practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(4-3-2014)
Entry List:There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. A few notes:
Kevin Harvick in the #5;
Matt Kenseth in the #20;
Ryan Blaney in the #22;
Kyle Busch in the #51;
Chad Boat in the #84;
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the #88.(3-31-2014)
UPDATE: The #93 with J.J. Yeley withdrew.(4-4-2014)
See the complete list on the Texas entry list page.
Nationwide Series in Prime Time on ESPN2: The NASCAR Nationwide Series will race under the lights in prime time at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night, April 4, and ESPN2 will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 8:00pm/et and the green flag will fly at 8:47pm/et. All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV and Roku via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliate provider. The race telecast will air delayed on ESPN Deportes at 4:30am/et on Saturday, April 5, and live in Canada on TSN2 at 8:00pm/et Friday.(ESPN)(3-31-2014)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
Nationwide: 7 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4618
Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm);
Right-side -- 88.5 in. (2,247 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 first time teams will run this right-side tire code (D-4618) . . . this right-side tire employs Goodyear's multi-zone tread technology, which combines two distinct tread compounds on the same tire . . . the outside 10 inches of the tread features a compound that is designed for grip, while the inside two inches of the tread is toughened to enhance durability on the part of the tire sees the most heat and takes the most abuse . . . these teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4392) at Texas since 2011 . . . this left-side code was also run by these teams at Chicagoland, Darlington and Homestead 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.
Bayne Locks In On Points Lead At TexasThree years ago, in November 2011, Trevor Bayne capped off a roller-coaster of a year with his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series win in the fall Texas race. His season began with a storybook opening that saw him celebrating in Victory Lane at the Daytona 500. In between, he was sidelined by illness.
Another Cowboy Hat For Ty Dillon?Ty Dillon is making huge strides during his first full-time season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Although, he hasn't won a race in the series, a win might be looming - possibly this weekend at Texas.
From Hoops To TiresBefore Brendan Gaughan made a name for himself in NASCAR's national series, there were two other sports that took up much of his time - football and basketball.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc. James Buescher (Plano), Chris Buescher (Prosper) and Dakoda Armstrong's crew chief, Philippe Lopez (San Antonio), will all have an opportunity to perform this weekend in front of friends and family when NASCAR heads to Texas. ... Jamie Dick, driver of the No. 55 Chevrolet, will make his 40th Nationwide start Friday night in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300. ... On Thursday evening, James Buescher will be awarded the Sportsmanship Award at Texas Motor Speedway at the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Gala.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)