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THE RACE: O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge

TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #31 of 33 for the 2014 season

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Race: Saturday, November 1, 2014 in Ft. Worth, TX

Title Sponsor: O'Reilly Auto Parts

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:46pm/et


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

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Thursday, October 30
7:30 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, October 31st
7:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM-11:50 AM NNS PRACTICE
3:30 PM-5:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, November 1st
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:15 AM (12:15 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING
12:45 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (VICTORY THEATER)
2:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
2:30 PM (3:30 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
3:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NNS = Nationwide Series
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Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION

  • Busch wins at Texas: #54-Kyle Busch won the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway, marking his 70th series victory. Pole-sitter, #22-Joey Logano finished second followed by #12-Ryan Blaney, #9-Chase Elliott, #20-Matt Kenseth, #2-Brian Scott, #33-Austin Dillon, #5-Kevin Harvick, #11-Elliott Sadler, and #43-Dakoda Armstrong.
    There were 4 cautions for 27 laps and 13 lead changes among 5 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).(11-1-2014)

  • Texas Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch won the 10th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, his 70th victory in 294 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his seventh victory and 23rd top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his track-high seventh victory and 15th top-10 finish in 18 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    With its ninth victory of 2014, Joe Gibbs Racing has now won 100 races in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in ten races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2014.
    Ryan Blaney (third) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Chase Elliott leads the point standings by 48 points over Regan Smith.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(11-1-2014)

  • Driver standings following Texas:
    1) #9-Chase Elliott # 1146
    2) #7-Regan Smith 1098 -48
    3) #2-Brian Scott 1083 -63
    4) #11-Elliott Sadler 1078 -68
    5) #3-Ty Dillon # 1071 -75
    6) #6-Trevor Bayne 1017 -129
    7) #60-Chris Buescher # 943 -203
    8) #62-Brendan Gaughan 903 -243
    9) #16-Ryan Reed # 847 -299
    10) Dylan Kwasniewski # 813 -333
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(11-1-2014)

  • Owner Standings following Texas are posted (pdf).(11-1-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none
    Caution 2: #19-Bliss, 18th
    Caution 3: #19-Bliss, 18th
    Caution 4: #7-Smith, 11th
    (11-1-2014)


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

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Logano on pole at Texas: #22-Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 186.981mph. #6-Trevor Bayne will start second followed by: #33-Austin Dillon, #2-Brian Scott, #12-Ryan Blaney, #54-Kyle Busch, #5-Kevin Harvick, #3-Ty Dillon, #7-Regan Smith, and #16-Ryan Reed.
    Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #22-Logano.
    #22- Logano was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 185.822mph
    Did Not Qualify: #70-Derrike Cope, #-74 Mike Harmon; #89-Morgan Shepherd. The starting lineup is posted on the Texas starting lineup page (pdf).(11-1-2014)

  • Texas Qualifying Notes:
    Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 10th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge with a lap of 28.880 seconds, 186.981 mph.
    This is his 26th pole in 135 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. Logano takes sole possession of fifth on the all-time NASCAR Nationwide Series pole list.
    This is his third pole and eighth top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his second pole in ten races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Trevor Bayne (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2014 and his fifth in nine races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his first in one races this season.
    Ty Dillon (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(11-1-2014)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Austin Dillon fastest in happy hour: #33-Austin Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge with a speed of 185.516mph. He was followed by: #22-Joey Logano, #6-Trevor Bayne, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #54-Kyle Busch, #3-Ty Dillon, #20-Matt Kenseth, #2-Brian Scott, and #60-Chris Buescher. 42 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Texas practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(10-31-2014)

  • Chris Buescher fastest in first practice: #60-Chris Buescher was fastest during opening practice at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 186.085mph. #22-Joey Logano was second, followed by: #6-Trevor Bayne, #33-Austin Dillon, #2-Brian Scott, #12-Ryan Blaney, #11-Elliott Sadler, #5-Kevin Harvick, #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #16-Ryan Reed. 40 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Texas practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(10-31-2014)

  • Entry List: There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Ryan Blaney will drive the Penske #12;
    Austin Dillon will drive the #33 for RCR;
    Chad Boat will be in the #84;
    Carlos Contreras will drive the #87;
    Morgan Shepherd is entered in his #89;
    Corey LaJoie returns to the #98.(10-27-2014)
    UPDATE: Tanner Berryhill has been added in the #17.(10-28-2014)
    See the complete list on the Texas entry list page.

  • Nationwide Series race at Texas on ESPN: Texas Motor Speedway will hold a 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Nov. 1, and the race will air live on ESPN at 3:30pm/et, with the green flag at 3:46pm/et. ESPN Deportes will air the race at 4:00am/et on Nov. 2. ESPN2 will air NASCAR Nationwide Series practice on Friday at 4:30pm/et. All NASCAR programming on ESPN is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider.(ESPN)(10-27-2014)


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;
    Camping World Truck: 6 sets for the event

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

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.40 in. (2,220 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.46 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 -- 53 psi; Right Rear -- 49 psi

  • Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Texas this weekend will run the same tire set-up . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams ran at Texas earlier this season -- Sprint Cup and Nationwide in April and Camping World Truck in June . . . the only change from this spring is that the minimum recommended inflation on both right-side tires has been raised by two psi . . . this left-side tire code (D-4392) has been run by NASCAR teams at Texas since 2011 . . . this right-side tire code (D-4618) was introduced at this track for 2014. . . this right-side 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 . . . 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

    3’s A Magic Number: Dillon, Scott And Sadler Still In Close Battle For Third

    Rolling into Texas with just three races remaining in the season, three drivers in the standings’ top five are battling for third-place, separated by a mere three points. 

    Richard Childress Racing’s Brian Scott, currently third in the standings, is just two points ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing’s Elliott Sadler in fourth. Scott’s RCR teammate, Ty Dillon, resides in fifth just one point back from Sadler as the season shines up its boots for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend (on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. ET).

    The series is coming off a two-week layoff - but that’s after a stretch of 19 consecutive race weekends. During that span, Brian Scott had the second-best average finish (8.6) behind points leader Chase Elliott (7.0). Scott has posted six top fives and 20 top 10s this season - a series career best. His season-to-date driver rating of 101.4 and average running position of 7.4 are both second-best among series championship contenders. Scott has made nine starts at Texas posting two top 10s.

    Elliott Sadler, in fourth, is closing just two points back from third-place Brian Scott. Sadler has posted one win (Talladega), six top fives, 22 top 10s and an average finish of 9.7 this season. He moved to fourth in the standings following his ninth-place finish at Charlotte a few weeks ago.  Sadler has made 13 starts at Texas posting three top fives, seven top 10s and two poles.

    Ty Dillon’s streak of seven consecutive top-10 finishes ended at Charlotte when he was caught in a multi-car accident relegating him to a 30th-place finish and his first DNF of the season. The uncharacteristic finish dropped Dillon from third to fifth in the standings, ultimately extinguishing his championship hopes.  Despite the recent misfortune, Dillon’s rookie season has been quite impressive. In 30 starts, he has posted one win (Indianapolis), six top fives, 22 top 10s and an average finish of 9.6. Dillon has made two starts at Texas, recording one top 10 and an average finish of 10.5.

    With so few points separating the three drivers, their performances at the final three races will be pivotal to their success. Ty Dillon (11.5) has the best combined average finish at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead; followed by Sadler (14.7) and then Scott (16.3).

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Points Leader Chase Elliott Comes Full Circle

    Back in April under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway, Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Chase Elliott strapped into the JR Motorsport’s No. 9 Chevrolet and memorably drove to his first of three victories this season. Elliott’s Texas triumph brought the spoils of the driver standings lead that evening, and as the series returns to Texas, the rookie still sits at the point on the cusp of a possible championship.


    Elliott has the opportunity to become the first Sunoco Rookie to sweep Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Elliott’s first win at Texas was in dominant fashion. He started sixth and raced his way to the lead, amassing a race-high 47 laps led. But it was Elliott’s ability to be fastest on the final restart that brought him his first win. Elliott’s NASCAR Loop Data backs his final restart success; it has him leading the series in Fastest on Restarts (169.917 mph) and Fastest Early in the Run (178.343 mph). He also leads the series in Average Running Position at Texas with a 3.760.

    Elliott has posted three wins (Texas-1, Darlington and Chicago-1), 14 top fives, 24 top 10s and an average finish of 8.0 in 30 starts this season.

    Busch, Harvick Have A Texas-Sized Showdown Saturday

    The adage holds true, ‘everything is bigger in Texas’ and this weekend two of the winningest drivers to ever smash the gas in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch (series-most six Texas wins) and Kevin Harvick (second-most, five Texas wins), are set for a showdown in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at 3:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2. 

    Busch holds several records in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, most notably leading the series in wins at seven different tracks (30.4% of the tracks on the schedule), including Texas Motor Speedway. Busch rallied off a record-tying five consecutive wins at Texas from the spring of 2008 to the spring of 2010. He since has added to his total wins at TMS by winning in the spring of 2013. A majority of the stats point to Busch as the favorite this weekend, his pre-race Loop Data has him leading the series in the following categories among drivers with multiple starts: Driver Rating (124.4), Average Running Position (6.923), Laps Led (1,234 laps, 38.4%) and Laps in the Top 15 (2,753 laps, 85.7%). Busch finished runner-up to Chase Elliott at Texas earlier this season after starting in the rear due to penalty.

    While Busch is formidable at Texas, Harvick has been the man to beat when he straps into JR Motorsport’s No. 5 Chevrolet this season. In 14 starts this season he has posted four wins and an average finish of 3.0. In Harvick’s career at Texas he has posted five wins; clutching his TMS trophy first back in 2001 when the series visited the Lone Star State just once a year. His remaining four wins all came during the fall events (2005, ’06, ’07 and ’12) when Texas became a two-stop destination on the series schedule in 2005. Harvick finished fourth at Texas earlier this spring.  

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.

    Four Texas Natives Come Home: Cousins Chris and James Buescher both hail from the state of Texas and both will be competing this weekend in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Sunoco Rookie candidate and Roush Fenway Racing driver Chris Buescher is from Prosper, Texas about 42 miles from TMS. While 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and RAB Racing driver James Buescher calls Plano, Texas his hometown. Plano is 43 miles from TMS. El Paso, Texas native Jamie Dick will also attempt to qualify this weekend at TMS in the No. 55 Chevrolet. El Paso is 623 miles from Texas Motor Speedway. Last but not least, veteran David Starr from Houston, Texas (275 miles from TMS) will be in the No. 44 Toyota for car owner Mark Smith this weekend.  

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