NASCAR XFINITY Series Texas Race Information Page

O'Reilly Auto Parts 300

Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #6 of 33 for the 2016 season

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Race: Friday, April 8, 2016 in Ft. Worth, TX

Title Sponsor: O'Reilly Auto Parts

Race Time: 8:30pm/et

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

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, April 7
9:30 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM-6:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:00 PM-10:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPENS
2:00 PM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
3:00 PM-4:25 PM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
6:00 PM-6:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Friday, April 8
10:00 AM 7:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
3:45 PM (4:45 PM/ET) NXS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
5:15 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VICTORY THEATER)
7:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM (8:30 PM/ET) NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES) (150 LAPS, 300 MILES) FOX Sports 1 / PRN / SiriusXM NASCAR

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Texas race results and standings (pdf)

  • Kyle Busch wins XFINITY race at Texas: #18-Kyle Busch won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 80th XFINITY Series win and 4th of the year. #20-Erik Jones finished second, followed by #22-Brad Keselowski, #5-Chase Elliott, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #7-Justin Allgaier, #1-Elliott Sadler, #2-Austin Dillon, #33-Brandon Jones, and #39-Ryan Sieg.
    Busche started from the pole and led 150 of the 200 laps.
    There were 5 cautions for 22 laps and 6 lead changes among 3 leaders.
    The average speed was 141.121mph.
    Complete results are on the Texas race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Texas Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-8-2016)

  • Texas XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the 20th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, his 80th victory in 316 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his eighth victory and 16th top-10 finish in 20 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Erik Jones (second) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2016.
    Brad Keselowski(i) (third) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 17 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Erik Jones (second) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Daniel Suarez leads the point standings by 1 point over Elliott Sadler.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-8-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Texas:
    1) #19-Daniel Suarez, 207
    2) #1-Elliott Sadler, 206, -1
    3) #7-Justin Allgaier, 198, -9
    4) #33-Brandon Jones, 193, -14
    5) #20-Erik Jones, 192, -15
    6) #3-Ty Dillon, 187, -20
    7) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 183, -24
    8) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 160, -47
    9) #16-Ryan Reed, 160, -47
    10) #48-Brennan Poole, 152, -55
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(4-8-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: None, no one a lap or more down.J
    Caution 2: #43-Burton, 35th
    Caution 3: #7-Allgaier, 6th
    Caution 4: #48-Poole, 19th
    Caution 5: None, Burton was involved in the caution.
    (4-8-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Kyle Busch on XFINITY pole at Texas: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 188.475mph. #20-Erik Jones will start second. The rest of the top 10: #19-Daniel Suarez, #42-Kyle Larson, #48-Brennan Poole, #3-Ty Dillon, #2-Austin Dillon, #22-Brad Keselowski, #33-Brandon Jones, and #16-Ryan Reed.
    Busch was also fastest in the second round at 188.673mph.
    #20-Erik Jones was fastest in the first round with a speed of 188.897mph.
    Did Not Qualify: #10-Jeff Green.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Texas starting lineup page (pdf).(4-8-2016)

  • Texas Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 20th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 with a lap of 28.651 seconds, 188.475 mph.
    This is his 51st pole in 316 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his third pole and fifth top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his fourth pole in 20 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Erik Jones (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2016 and his third in three races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (third) posted his third top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his sixth in six races this season.
    Erik Jones (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-8-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Erik Jones fastest in XFINITY happy hour: #20-Erik Jones was quickest during happy hour for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 with a speed of 183.830mph. He was followed by: #18-Kyle Busch, #42-Ky;e Larson, #3-Ty Dillon, #19-Daniel Suarez, #33-Brandon Jones, #22-Brad Keselowski, #48-Brennan Poole, #01-Ryan Preece, and #2-Austin Dillon. 39 drivers participated in the session.
    See complete results on the Texas practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(4-7-2016)

  • Erik Jones fastest in first XFINITY practice: #20-Erik Jones was fastest during opening practice at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 186.968mph.#3-Ty Dillon was second, followed by: #33-Brandon Jones, #19-Daniel Suarez, #48-Brennan Poole, #43-Jeb Burton, #2-Austin Dillon, #39-Ryan Sieg, #18-Kyle Busch, and #98-Aric Almirola. 36 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Texas practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(4-7-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Garrett Smithley will be in the #0;
    Chase Elliott is in the #5 for JR Motorsports;
    The #14 of TriStar Motorsports is TBA but could be JJ Yeley;
    Kyle Busch is back in the #18;
    Matt Tifft will drive the #24 for JGL;
    The Rick Ware #25 is TBA;
    Josh Wise will drive the #40;
    Dale Earnhardt Jr will be in the #88;
    The #97 is TBA. Harrison Rhodes has driven he car so far this year.(4-4-2015)
    UPDATE: Matt DiBenedetto will drive the #13, Carl Long will be in the #40.(4-5-2016)
    UPDATE: Yeley will return to the #14.(4-5-2016)
    UPDATE: Josh Wise will drive the #93.(4-6-2016)
    UPDATE: Morgan Shepherd has withdrawn from the race and Ryan Ellis will drive the #97.(4-6-2016)
    UPDATE: John Jackson will drive the #25.(4-7-2016)
    See the complete list on the Texas entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits: Xfinity: 8 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4684;
    Right-side -- D-4618

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.24 in. (2,216 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.58 in. (2,250 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 21 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
    Right Front -- 53 psi; Right Rear -- 49 psi

  • Notes: While teams in both the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series will run the same left-side tire code at Texas this week, they will run their own right-side codes . . . in Xfinity, teams will run the same right-side tire code (D-4618) they have run at Texas since 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 (Traction Zone) features a compound that is designed for grip, while the inside two inches of the tread (Endurance Zone) is toughened to enhance durability on the part of the tire sees the most heat and takes the most abuse . . . like in Sprint Cup, this is a new left-side tire code (D-4684) for Xfinity teams . . . compared to what was run at Texas last year, this left-side features an updated construction and mold shape, as well as a compound change to give the cars more grip . . . 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

    Suárez Rides To Texas Anticipating To Build On His Early Momentum

    After a two week hiatus, the NASCAR XFINITY Series is back in action Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 (8:30 p.m. ET. on FS1). One driver especially excited to get back to racing is series standings leader Daniel Suárez. Suárez holds a 10-point lead over second-place Elliott Sadler and a 19-point lead over third-place Justin Allgaier.

    “I’m excited about going to Texas and getting back in my Toyota this week,” Suárez said. “We were so close to the win in Fontana and all I could think about over the break was getting back on the track with my guys.”

    Over the past three races, Suárez has extended his points lead from three points to eight to 10 over Sadler in second and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
    Suárez, 24, is a graduate of the NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity (operated by Rev Racing) programs. Now piloting the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Suárez has posted one pole, three top fives, five top 10s and a series-leading 4.8 average finish in the first five races of the season.

    Comparing Suárez’s start to the starts of the last five champions in their respective championship-winning seasons - Daniel Suárez, 4.8 average finish (2016); Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 6.2 (2012); Chris Buescher, 7.8 (2015); Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 8.2 (2011); Chase Elliott, 8.8 (2014) and Austin Dillon, 9.8 (2013) - Suárez’s start (the first five races) is better, and in most cases, far better, than those of the last five series title winners.

    Suárez has made two series starts at Texas, posting one top 10 and an average finish of 12.0. In his last race at Texas, he started fifth and finished sixth.
    “I enjoy racing at Texas (Motor Speedway) and I think our mile-and-a-half program at JGR is really strong,” Suárez said. “I’m excited to hit the track and continue to build on the momentum from the start of the year.”

    Sadler Can Rely On Experience To Catch Suárez

    JR Motorsports driver Elliott Sadler (second, -10 points) is in the best position to catch the series standings leader Daniel Suárez, and this weekend’s stage, Texas Motor Speedway, is as good as any to do it.

    Sadler’s tenure within NASCAR has been lengthy, and with it has come some undeniable experience. To put in perspective the age gap between Sadler and Suárez, Sadler started racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 1995 at the ripe age of 20, three years after Suárez was born (1992).

    But Sadler isn’t letting the youthfulness of his competitors get the best of him, in five starts this season he has posted two top fives, five top 10s and an average finish of 6.8.

    Sadler has made 16 starts at Texas, posting two poles, three top fives, nine top 10s and an average finish of 12.4. In four of his last five starts at Texas he has finished inside the top 10.

    Chase Bubble Could Bounce This Weekend At Texas

    The NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase will kick off at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 24. Twelve drivers will compete in an elimination-style, seven-race, three-round Chase. Below is a look at the six drivers sitting on the bubble of the Chase cutoff line heading into Texas this weekend. 

    In:
    10. Brennan Poole (+22) - Poole, a Woodlands, Texas native, drives the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 48 Chevrolet this season with crew chief Chad Norris. Poole, 24, is 22 points ahead of the Chase cutoff line after posting one top 10 and an average finish of 15.0 through the first five races of 2016. He made his series debut at Texas last season, starting 22nd and driving up to a 13th-place finish.
    11. Blake Koch (+14) - Koch hails from West Palm Beach, Florida and drives the No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet with crew chief Chris Rice. Koch currently is inside the Chase cutoff by one point over 12th-place Jeb Burton. Koch has posted one top-10 and four top-20 finishes this season. Koch has made 10 series starts at Texas, recording four top-25 finishes. Last fall he logged a 21st-place finish - his career-best at Texas. 
    12. Jeb Burton (+13) - Burton sits teetering on the Chase cutoff line, one point behind 11th-place Blake Koch and 13 points ahead of 13th-place Dakoda Armstrong. Burton, from Halifax, Virginia, drives the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with crew chief Drew Blickensderfer this season. In five starts in 2016, he has posted one top-10 and four top-20 finishes. This weekend will be his series track debut at Texas, but don’t count him out just yet. On the first two 1.5-mile tracks this season, he did well, finishing 10th at Atlanta and 17th at Las Vegas. 
    Out:
    13. Dakoda Armstrong (-13) - Armstrong is the first driver outside of the Chase cutoff line looking in. Just 13 points separate him from 12th-place Jeb Burton. He is piloting the No. 28 JGL Racing Toyota with crew chief Steven Lane. Armstrong, 24, from New Castle, Indiana, has posted two top 20s and an average finish of 19.4 this season. He has four series starts at Texas where he’s recorded one top 10 and average finish of 16.5.
    14. Jeremy Clements (-17) - Clements has to face an uphill climb being 17 points behind the cutoff line to the 2016 NXS Chase. Clements, 31, from Spartanburg, South Carolina, drives the No. 51 Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet with his father Tony Clements serving as crew chief. He has an average finish of 20.2 this season with a best finish of 15th (Daytona). He has made 14 starts at Texas, posting an average finish of 25.3.
    15. Ryan Sieg (-22) - Tucker, Georgia’s Ryan Sieg sits 15th in the standings, 22 points back from the Chase cutoff line. Sieg, 28, drives the No. 39 RSS Racing Chevrolet with crew chief Kevin Starland. He has posted three top-20 finishes and an average finish of 21.2 in five races this season. Sieg has made four series starts at Texas where he owns an average finish of 20.8.

    Joe Gibbs Atop The Owners Points Through Five Races

    On the fenders of the supremely hot Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs rode to the top of the NASCAR XFINITY Series car owner points standings just five races into the season. A mere six points separates Gibbs’ first-place No. 18 Toyota team from second-place Richard Childress’ No. 2 Chevrolet team.
    Gibbs is on the hunt for a NASCAR XFINITY Series-record fifth owner championship.

    JGR’s No. 18 team opened the season with Texas wheelman and former series champ Bobby Labonte at Daytona. Since then, Kyle Busch has been behind the wheel. In five starts, the No. 18 JGR team has posted three wins and four top fives. This weekend, Busch will be back in the seat to try to add to his series record seven wins at Texas Motor Speedway.

    Austin Dillon will pilot the No. 2 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing this weekend at Texas. Dillon has made seven starts at the 1.5-mile oval where he claims five top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 4.9. 

     
    NASCAR Texas Ties: Poole, Starr Back Home In Lone Star State

    NASCAR national series racing has roots in Texas that date back to the 1960s. The very first NASCAR national series race in Texas was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event held at Texas World Speedway in 1969 won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Isaac. A total of 105 NASCAR national series races among three tracks have been held in the state of Texas: Texas Motor Speedway (96), Meyers Speedway (one) and Texas World Speedway (eight). The NASCAR XFINITY Series has held 30 races in the state of Texas, all at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). Mark Martin won the first NASCAR XFINITY Series race held at TMS in 1997.

    A total of 82 drivers who have competed in at least one NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as Texas. Of the 82 Texas drivers, 19 have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Of the 19, only five Texas natives have won in the NASCAR XFINITY Series: Terry Labonte (11 wins), Bobby Labonte (10), Chris Buescher (three), Bobby Hillin Jr. (two) and James Buescher (one). Two drivers from Texas have won the NXS championship - Bobby Labonte (1991) from Corpus Christi and Chris Buescher (2015) from Prosper.

    This weekend, two drivers from the great state of Texas are entered to compete in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday night - Brennan Poole (The Woodlands) and David Starr (Houston).

    Poole will handle the No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and Starr will pilot No. 44 TriStar Motorsports Toyota.

    Sunoco Rookie Of The Year Contender Erik Jones Calls Texas A Favorite Track

    While his teammates have been the talk of the series - Kyle Busch winning three straight races and Daniel Suárez extending his points lead - Joe Gibbs Racing’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Erik Jones has been quietly making the uphill pilgrimage through the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver standings. This weekend, Jones returns to Texas Motor Speedway, a track that he says, has quickly grown dear to him.

    “Texas Motor Speedway has quickly become one of my favorite tracks with a lot of great memories, from receiving my diploma at driver intros to winning my first XFINITY race,” Jones said. “It’s a place I’ve really enjoyed racing from the start and definitely one I’ve had circled on my calendar as one where we could get a win. It’s a fun place, a place where we can put on a show for the fans and that makes it a lot of fun for the drivers.”

    Jones captured his first series career win at Texas last season. He returns this weekend to defend his win and get his first victory in 2016.

    The 19-year-old Michigan native is currently seventh in the series standings on the strength of three top fives in the first five races of 2016.

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    Brandon Jones To Rock Texas Rangers Paint Scheme

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender Brandon Jones’s No. 33 Chevrolet will be sponsored by the Texas Rangers for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday. Jones will sport a Texas Rangers firesuit, while his car will be wrapped in the team’s logo with baseballs on the door. The 19-year-old threw the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Rangers game with the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Wednesday.

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Countdown to the race: 02/25/2017 ~ 3:49 PM ET

Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL

Saturday, February 25
TV: FS1
3:30 pm/et
SiriusXM NASCAR
Motor Racing Network

Qualifying:
10:30am/et, Saturday, February 25
Fox Sports 1

Practices:
12:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1
2:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1

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