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NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #31 of 33 for the 2015 season

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Race: Saturday, November 7, 2015 in Ft. Worth, TX

Title Sponsor: O'Reilly Auto Parts

Race Time: 3:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:48pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

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Thursday, November 5th
3:30 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, November 6th
9:30 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:00 AM-7:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM NXS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 PM-3:25 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, November 7th
7:00 AM-3:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
11:15 AM (12:15 PM/ET) NXS QUALIFYING
12:45 PM NXS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (VICTORY THEATER)
2:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
2:30 PM (3:30 PM) NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)

NXS = XFINITY Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Texas race results and standings (pdf)

  • Keselowski wins XFINITY race at Texas Motor Speedway: #2-Brad Keselowski won the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. #88-Kevin Harvick finished second, followed by #33-Austin Dillon, #20-Erik Jones, #3-Ty Dillon, #18-Daniel Suarez, #2-Brian Scott, #9-Chase Elliott, #7-Regan Smith, and #1-Elliott Sadler.
    There were 4 cautions for 23 laps and 17 lead changes among 7 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). (11-7-2015)

  • Texas XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Brad Keselowski(i) won the 11th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, his 34th victory in 224 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his second victory and 12th top-10 finish in 16 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick(i) (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 18 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2015.
    Austin Dillon(i) (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in seven races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 24 points over Chase Elliott.
    Roger Penske has clinched the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series owners championship with the No. 22 Ford team. The No. 22 is 98 points ahead of the No. 54 in owner points.
    This is Roger Penske's third consecutive NASCAR XFINITY Series owner title.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(11-7-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Texas:
    [2 races remaining]
    1) #60-Chris Buescher, 1126
    2) #9-Chase Elliott, 1102, -24
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 1096, -30
    4) #7-Regan Smith, 1095, -31
    5) #1-Elliott Sadler, 1008, -118
    6) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 1001, -125
    7) #18-Daniel Suarez, 1000, -126
    8) #2-Brian Scott, 959, -167
    9) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 959, -167
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 854, -272
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(11-7-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #8-Koch, 21st
    Caution 2: #4-Chastain, 16th
    Caution 3: #43-Armstrong, 18th
    Caution 4: #4-Chastain (2), 16th
    (11-7-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • XFINITY qualifying canceled at Texas: Overnight rains forced the cancellation of qualifying for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. The field was set by the rule book, based on yesterday's practice results. #33-Austin Dillon will start from the pole, followed by #22-Brad Keselowski, #20-Erik Jones, #7-Regan Smith, #18-Daniel Suarez, #54-Kyle Busch, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #88-Kevin Harvick, #3-Ty Dillon, and #9-Chase Elliott. Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Texas starting lineup page (pdf).(11-7-2015)

  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Austin Dillon fastest in first practice: #33-Austin Dillon was fastest during opening practice at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 184.363mph. #22-Brad Keselowski was second, followed by: #20-Erik Jones, #7-Regan Smith, #18-Daniel Suarez, #54-Kyle Busch, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #88-Kevin Harvick, #3-Ty Dillon, and #9-Chase Elliott. All 40 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Texas practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(11-6-2015)

  • XFINITY 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:
    Derek White is in the #13;
    The #14 for TriStar is TBA. Cale Conley will not return to the team;
    BJ McLeod is in the RWR #15;
    Erik Jones will drive the Joe Gibbs #20;
    Brad Keselowski will be in the Penske #22;
    Kevin Harvick will drive the JR Motorsports #88;
    Mason Mingus returns to the #97;
    Ryan Truex returns to the #98.(11-2-2015)
    UPDATE: Ray Black Jr. will drive the #15.(11-3-2015)
    UPDATE: Mike Bliss will be in the #14 for TriStar.(11-3-2015)
    See the complete list on the Texas entry list page.

  • XFINITY Qualifying procedure for 2015: In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, cars starting in positions 1-33 will be determined by their fastest single lap during qualifying in descending order with the fastest qualifier starting first. The next six positions will first be assigned to the highest ranking cars in owner points that have attempted all of the races, have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and have entered the event by the posted entry deadline. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a seventh car will make the field based upon owner points.
    Prior to this enhancement, the top 30 cars in owner points were guaranteed a starting spot in each event. Now, a maximum of seven cars will be locked into a given NASCAR XFINITY Series race. If a qualifying session is cancelled because of inclement weather, the field will be set per the rule book with starting lineups determined by practice speeds.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 12 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 8 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 -- 87.32 in. (2,218 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.58 in. (2,250 mm)

  • 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 week will run the same tire set-up . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams have run at Texas since the beginning of 2014 . . . Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck teams have also run this tire combination at Chicagoland earlier this season, and will do so again at Homestead in two weeks . . . this right-side tire code (D-4618) 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

    Series Points Leader And Texas Native Chris Buescher Comes Home

    The state of Texas has known some pretty great drivers over the years, like NASCAR Hall of Famer Terry Labonte, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte and renowned open-wheel driver AJ Foyt just to name a few. But this weekend the locals will have their chance to cheer for the next generation of Texan driver as Prosper, Texas’s own Chris Buescher returns to the Lone Star State to compete in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET on NBC). 

    Buescher currently leads the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings by 27 points over second-place Chase Elliott and 33 points ahead of third-place Regan Smith.

    Buescher has posted two wins, 11 top fives and 20 top 10s in 30 starts this season.

    The No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing driver has made four starts at Texas, posting one top 10 and an average finish of 16.5. He finished ninth at Texas earlier this season.

    Buescher needs to finish fourth or better in the next three races and he will win the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship no matter what any other driver does.

    He can actually clinch the title early in Phoenix - to accomplish the feat his points lead would have to be 49 points or more ahead of second-place in the standings following the race at the Arizona track. 

    If Buescher can win the title, he will join Bobby Labonte (1991) as just the second Texan to capture a NASCAR XFINITY Series championship.

    JR Motorsports Teammates Elliott and Smith Not Giving Up On Title Hopes Yet

    Two drivers that will have to dig deep these next three races are JR Motorsports teammates Chase Elliott and Regan Smith as the duo sits second (-27) and third (-33) in the points, respectively, behind leader Chris Buescher.

    Despite Elliott’s best case scenario, winning all three remaining races and leading the most laps in each race, if Chris Buescher finishes fourth or better in the final three races the title is his. 

    No matter what, Elliott is going to need Buescher to slip in the final three races if he wants to catch him. Though, Elliott has outperformed Buescher on the final three tracks in the past. This season at Texas and Phoenix, he has a combined average finish of 7.5 compared to Buescher’s 11.5. Last year, Elliott posted an average finish of 8.7 in the final three races compared to Buescher’s 10.0.

    Elliott’s teammate Regan Smith will also need Buescher to struggle to catch him. Smith will not be returning to the No. 7 team next year and is looking to make the most of his opportunity this season.

    If Smith were to win all three remaining races and lead the most laps scoring the max points possible he would total out at 1,204 points. With that scenario in mind, Buescher would still have to finish eighth or worse without leading a lap or ninth or worse leading at least one lap in each of the final three races for Smith to pass him.

    Smith has finished in the top 10 in four of his last five starts at Texas, including a fourth-place finish earlier this season.

    Sunoco Rookie Update: Mexico Native Daniel Suarez Leads Rookie Points With Three To Go

    Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate and Monterrey, Mexico native Daniel Suarez heads to Texas Motor Speedway with a 31 point lead over second-place Darrell Wallace Jr. in the NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie standings with just three races to go.

    Suarez’s hometown of Monterrey is a short 1 hour and 40 minute flight from Texas Motor Speedway, making the 1.5-mile track the closest facility the series competes at to where he is from.

    Suarez’s rookie standings lead is well deserved. In 30 starts this season, he has posted three Coors Light poles, seven top fives and 15 top 10s.

    Suarez, 23, qualified fourth in his track debut at Texas back in April but finished 18th after making contact with the wall during the race. In 10 career starts at 1.5-mile tracks, Suarez has one pole, two top fives and seven top 10s. He has an average starting position of 9.3 and an average finish position of 10.1.

    “After two weekends away from XFINITY Series competition, it will be good to get back in the No. 18 ARRIS Toyota Camry,” Suarez said. “We didn’t have the result we had hoped for the last time out, but we’re still coming off of three good finishes and heading to another 1.5-mile track this weekend. We’ve had some success at those tracks this year and I think our expectations for this weekend are high.”

    Team Penske’s No. 22 Not Far From Capturing Owner Title

    Roger Penske has orchestrated another solid year of competition in the NASCAR XFINITY Series with his multi-driver No. 22 Ford team. Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford is currently 81 points ahead of Joe Gibb Racing’s No. 54 Toyota with three races left on the schedule.

    Penske’s No. 22 team could lock up the title no matter what any other team does if it finishes 22nd or better in the next three races.

    Crew Chief Greg Erwin has led a contingent of skilled drivers this season in the No. 22 Ford - Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Alex Tagliani and Ryan Blaney, posting an average finish of 6.2 - a 2015 full schedule series best.

    Also the No. 22 team can clinch the title early if they leave Texas with a 97 point lead over second-place in the car owner standings with two races to go (or 96, if it owns the tiebreaker). If the No. 22 has a point lead or 49 points or higher after the Phoenix event they will have clinched the title there.

    Brad Keselowski will be strapping into the No. 22 this weekend at Texas. Keselowski has made 15 series starts at Texas, posting one win, nine top fives, 11 top 10s and an average finish of 10.8.

    JGR’s Erik Jones Looking For the Texas Season Sweep

    This season, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones has been one of the most skilled young drivers not running full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. He returns to Texas Motor Speedway looking to defend his win earlier this season and accomplish the season sweep.

    Jones started on the Coors Light pole and led 79 laps on his way to Victory Lane at Texas earlier this season. The 19-year-old Michigan native has made 20 starts in 2015, posting four poles, two wins, 10 top fives, 14 top 10s and an average finish of 10.1.

    This season, Jones has posted an average finish of 8.9 on 1.5-mile speedways in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. His two wins (Texas and Chicago) this season were also on 1.5-mile tracks.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Eliminator 8 Drivers Competing In NXS At Texas: Second in Chase points, Kyle Busch (No. 54 Toyota), fourth in Chase points, Kevin Harvick (No. 88 Chevrolet) and sixth in Chase points, Brad Keselowski (No. 22 Ford) are all entered in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at TMS this weekend. There are two more full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series non-Chase drivers entered this weekend - Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chevrolet) and Austin Dillon (No. 33 Chevrolet). ...

    Texas Native And American Diabetes Association Youth Ambassador Grace Kendzierski to ‘Ride with Ryan’ Reed at Texas:  American Diabetes Association® Youth Ambassador Grace Kendzierski will ‘ride’ along with Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed during Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The Carrollton, Texas native will have her name featured on a decal above the passenger-side window on the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes American Diabetes Ford. Kendzierski was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2009 at just 16 months old. Now seven years old, Kendzierski knows the importance of staying active to manage her diabetes.

    “I’m excited that Grace can help kick off our special American Diabetes Month paint scheme at Texas by riding along on the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes American Diabetes Association Ford Mustang,” Reed said. ...

    Ray Black Jr. to Make NASCAR XFINITY Series Debut at Texas Motor Speedway: It will be a busy weekend for NASCAR driver Ray Black Jr., as the 24-year-old is set to compete in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series races this weekend at TMS. Black will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut during Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge in the No. 15 Chevrolet.

    “I’m thrilled to be making my XFINITY Series debut at Texas Motor Speedway!” Black said. “I’ve been to Texas a couple of times now and know the track’s racing style and characteristics, so I think it’s a great place for me to take this next step. I can't wait to get out on the track!.” ...

    NASCAR In Texas: NASCAR’s three national series have held a total of 102 races among three tracks in Texas. Texas Motor Speedway (Fort Worth) has hosted 93 races (29 NSCS, 29 NXS and 35 NCWTS), Meyer Speedway (Houston) held one race (NSCS) and Texas World Speedway (College Station) held eight events (all NSCS). The very first NASCAR national series race held in Texas was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Texas World Speedway in 1969 - won by 2016 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Bobby Isaac (Dodge, 144.277 mph, 12/07/1969). The NASCAR XFINITY Series has only run at Texas Motor Speedway. The first NXS race held in Texas was at TMS in 1997 and was won by Mark Martin (Ford, 122.993 mph, 04/05/1997). ... 

    Texans In NASCAR: 81 different drivers who have made at least one start in NASCAR’s three national series have their home state recorded as Texas.  Of the 81 drivers with their home state recorded as Texas, 19 of them have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Of the 19 that have competed in the NXS only five have visited Victory Lane: Terry Labonte (11 NXS wins), Bobby Labonte (10), Chris Buescher (three), Bobby Hillin Jr. (two) and James Buescher (one). Bobby Labonte is currently the only Texas native to win a NASCAR XFINITY Series championship (1991).  

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TV: FS1
3:30 pm/et
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12:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1
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