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THE RACE: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300

TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #6 of 33 for the 2014 season

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Race: Friday, April 4, 2014 in Ft. Worth, TX

Title Sponsor: O'Reilly Auto Parts

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


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Event Schedule

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


RACE INFORMATION

  • 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
    (4-4-2014)


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

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • 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)

  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • 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)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

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

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4618

  • Tire Circumference:
    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.


NASCAR News & Notes

    Bayne Locks In On Points Lead At Texas

    Three 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.

    He rebounded to finish the season with seven consecutive top-11 finishes, including the win. Bayne ultimately finished 11th in the standings.

    Bayne heads to Texas Motor Speedway with the rest of the NNS contingent for Friday night's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on a mission - to unseat Regan Smith from atop the points standings. Although the two drivers are tied in points, Smith holds the tiebreaker by virtue of his win in the Daytona season opener. It is the first time in Bayne's six-year career that he has held or shared the points lead.

    Bayne's quest to usurp Smith from his top spot, which he has held after each of the first five races, is definitely possible based upon the Tennessee native's past success at the 1.5-mile track. Six of his seven Texas starts have resulted in top-15 finishes. In the spring race last year, he posted a 26th-place finish, but followed that up with an 11th in his most recent trip to Texas last November.

    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the spring event at Texas two years ago piloting the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, which Bayne inherited after Stenhouse moved up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the end of the season. Although Stenhouse's NNS crew chief Mike Kelley joined him in the premier series during the most recent offseason, most of the crew from back-to-back championships remains intact.

    Teams will be working hard to ensure their race cars are at peak performance by the time qualifying rolls around on Friday afternoon as starting position at Texas is of the utmost importance. Eight of the last 10 races have been won by drivers starting in the top three, and 16 of the last 17 race winners have come from the top 10.

    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.

    With Texas Motor Speedway's tradition of awarding cowboy hats to its race winners, it is certain that Dillon, who is often spotted wearing the Western-style headpiece, would gladly exchange his current cowboy hat in favor of the one handed out Friday night.

    An O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 victory wouldn't be his first Texas win. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event last November. His other starts haven't ended too poorly either. In six national series starts, the North Carolina native has four top-five and five top-10 finishes, all coming in the NCWTS. His only NNS start at the track, coming last year, resulted in a respectable 12th-place finish.

    He is currently third in the championship standings, six points behind Regan Smith and Trevor Bayne. Through the first five races of 2014, Bayne has posted four top 10s, with his lowest finish to date being 11th.

    From Hoops To Tires

    Before 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.

    In the mid-1990s, Gaughan was a member of Georgetown University's football and basketball teams. During his basketball career, he played alongside former NBA All Star Allen Iverson and made two trips to the NCAA Tournament's "Sweet 16" and one to the "Elite Eight."

    With the Final Four in Dallas this weekend - the same weekend NASCAR is in town, one can't help but wonder if Gaughan might get a bit nostalgic for his basketball-playing days. Although he has never finished higher than 16th in four Nationwide starts at Texas, he won four consecutive races (2002-03) and has nine top-five finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Texas. His last NNS start in Texas came in 2010.

    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.

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