NASCAR XFINITY Series Texas Race Information Page

O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge

Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #31 of 33 for the 2016 season

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Race: Saturday, November 5, 2016 in Ft. Worth, TX

Title Sponsor: O'Reilly Auto Parts

Race Time: 3:30pm/et

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

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ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, November 3
3:30 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, November 4
10:00 AM-7:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:30 AM-9:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
12:30 PM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
1:30 PM-2:25 PM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
4:00 PM-5:25 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, November 5
7:30 AM-2:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:30 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
10:45 AM (11:45 AM/ET) NXS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
12:15 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VICTORY THEATER)
1:35 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM (3:00 PM/ET) NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES))(NBC / PRN / SiriusXM NASCAR)

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Texas race results and standings (pdf)

  • Kyle Larson wins XFINITY race at Texas: #42-Kyle Larson won the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 5th XFINITY Series win and 2nd of the year. Pole sitter #2-Brad Keselowski finished second, followed by #88-Kevin Harvick, #20-Erik Jones, #19-Daniel Suarez, #1-Elliott Sadler, #2-Austin Dillon, #48-Brennan Poole, #18-Matt Tifft, and #7-Justin Allgaier.
    There were 5 cautions for 22 laps and 5 lead changes among 4 leaders.
    The average speed was 140.992mph.
    Complete results are on the Texas race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Texas Race & Points Report (pdf).(11-5-2016)

  • Texas XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Larson won the 12th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, his fifth victory in 90 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his second victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in seven races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Brad Keselowski (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 18 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2016.
    Kevin Harvick (third) posted his 16th top-10 finish in 19 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Erik Jones (fourth) was the highest finishing Chase driver and rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(11-5-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Texas:
    1) #19-Daniel Suarez [2 wins], 3075, +17 ahead of 4th
    2) #1-Elliott Sadler [3 wins], 3074, +16
    3) #20-Erik Jones [4 wins], 3065, +7
    4) #11-Blake Koch, 3059, +1
    Bottom 4 drivers will be eliminated next week after Phoenix:
    5) #7-Justin Allgaier, 3058, -1 behind 4th
    6) #16-Ryan Reed, 3054, -5
    7) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 3039, -20
    8) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 3036, -23
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(11-5-2016)

  • Free Pass - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: None. No one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #11-Koch, 14th
    Caution 3: #39-Sieg, 13th
    Caution 4: #62-Gaughan, 15th
    Caution 5: #44-Yeley,17th
    (11-5-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Keselowski on XFINITY pole at Texas: #22-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light pole for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 186.909mph. #20-Erik Jones ran an identical lap as Keselowski, but lost the tie-breaker based on owner's points. He will start second. The rest of the top 10: #18-Matt Tifft, #19-Daniel Suarez, #42-Kyle Larson, #7-Justin Allgaier, #2-Austin Dillon, #1-Elliott Sadler, #88-Kevin Harvick, and #48-Brennan Poole.
    Did Not Qualify: none.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Texas starting lineup page (pdf).(11-5-2016)

  • Texas XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 12th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge with a lap of 28.891 seconds, 186.909 mph.
    This is his 20th pole in 239 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first pole and 11th top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in 18 races at Texas Motor Speedway. Erik Jones (second) posted his 30th top-10 start of 2016 and his fourth in four races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Matt Tifft (third) posted his first top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his fifth in nine races this season.
    Brennan Poole (10th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(11-5-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Dakoda Armstrong paces final XFINITY practice: #28-Dakoda Armstrong was quickest in final practice at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 184.244mph. #42-Kyle Larson was second, followed by: #33-Brandon Jones, #18-Matt Tifft, #19-Daniel Suarez, #48-Brennan Poole, #22-Brad Keselowski, #2-Austin Dillon, #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #3-Ty Dillon. 36 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Texas practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(11-4-2016)

  • Kyle Larson fastest in first XFINITY practice: #42-Kyle Larson was fastest during opening practice at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 185.599mph. The rest of the top 10: #19-Daniel Suarez, #18-Matt Tifft, #20-Erik Jones, #88-Kevin Harvick, #48-Brennan Poole, #39-Ryan Sieg, #2-Austin Dillon, #3-Ty Dillon, and #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr. 37 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Texas practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(11-4-2016)

  • 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:
    Austin Dillon will drive the RCR #2;
    Brandon Hightower returns to the #13;
    Clint King will drive the #15;
    Matt Tifft is in the JGR #18;
    Corey LaJoie will drive the JGL#24;
    Austin Teriault is in the RWR #25;
    The Obaika #77 & #97 are TBA.(10-31-2015)
    UPDATE: Dexter Stacey will drive the #70.(11-2-2016)
    UPDATE: Matt Waltz will drive the #77 & Ryan Ellis the #97.(11-4-2016)
    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-4686

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.24 in. (2,216 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.35 in. (2,244 mm)

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

  • Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire set-up at Texas this week . . . teams in all of these series have also run this same tire set-up at Chicagoland earlier this season, and will run it again at Homestead in two weeks . . . Xfinity Series teams ran this left-side tire code (D-4684) at Texas in April, but with a different right-side code . . . like in April, this right-side tire code (D-4686) employs Goodyear's multi-zone tread technology, which combines two distinct tread compounds on the same tire -- the outboard 10 inches of the tread (Traction Zone) features a compound that is designed for grip, while the inboard 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 . . . different for Xfinity from April, this right-side tire features a construction change, and a compound change on the outboard 10 inches 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

    Back At It: The NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase Recommences At Texas

    Following a two-week hiatus, the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase returns to action this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

    Just two races remain (Texas and Phoenix) in the Round of 8 to clinch a spot in the Championship 4 and a shot at the 2016 title in Miami.  Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suarez, Blake Koch and Justin Allgaier currently have accumulated enough points to be in the top four in the Chase standings and are in position to move on.

    Erik Jones, Ryan Reed, Brendan Gaughan and Darrell Wallace Jr. are currently in Chase positions five through eight and, unless they win at Texas or Phoenix in the next two weeks or move into the top four in the Chase standings, they will be eliminated from the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase.

    A win is the only thing that will guarantee one of the eight remaining Chase contenders a spot in Championship 4. Of those drivers, Erik Jones (2015) is the only one that has won at Texas Motor Speedway.  Of the eight contenders, Jones also had the highest finish at Texas earlier this season when he crossed the line second.

    Here are the Round of 8 drivers career average finish at Texas: Erik Jones (2.3), Elliott Sadler (12.1), Justin Allgaier (12.5), Daniel Suarez (13.3), Darrell Wallace Jr. (13.3), Ryan Reed (16.2), Brendan Gaughan (19.4) and Blake Koch (31.5).

    Round Of 8: Nobody Is Safe From Elimination

    None of the eight drivers are safe from elimination as the NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.
    Why, you ask?

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Kyle Busch, played spoiler at Kansas and edged out NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase contenders for the win. With none of the Chase drivers locked into the Championship 4, tensions will be running high over these next two weeks.

    Elliott Sadler (3,039) is currently tied with second-place Daniel Suarez in the Round of 8 Chase standings following Kansas, but Sadler holds the tiebreaker of a higher-finish during the current round with his second-place finish to Suarez’s third. Sadler looks poised to make his way into the Championship 4, in his first four races of the seven-race NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, he has posted an average finish of 3.0 - second-best among Chase drivers.
    Sadler has made 17 series starts at Texas Motor Speedway posting 10 top 10s; including five top-10 finishes in his last six races at TMS.  

    Daniel Suarez (3,039) can not only see the Championship 4 out his windshield but also the title as he sits tied with Elliott Sadler for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase standings lead with three races remaining in the season. Suarez has been ascending in talent from the moment he stepped into one of Joe Gibbs Racing’s Toyotas. He leads the all Chase contenders in average finish (2.25) over the first four races of the Chase - his lowest finish thus far in the Chase has been third. Plus, he is on an eight race top 10 streak dating back to Road America in August. Suarez rolls into Texas having made only three starts at the 1.5-mile facility.  Though he has struggled in the spring races, last season’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year posted his best-finish (sixth) at TMS in this event.  

    “(Crew Chief) Scott (Graves) and I have had some really productive meetings this week and I think we have a great game plan for the weekend (at Texas),” said Chase contender Daniel Suarez. “We are as focused as ever as a team to get a good finish and do everything we can the next two weeks to make it to the Championship 4 at Homestead.”

    Blake Koch (3,032) is one of the biggest surprises in 2016.  Kaulig Racing’s No. 11 Chevrolet Camaro team, led by crew chief Chris Rice, proudly stand third in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase Round of 8 following driver Blake Koch’s fourth top-10 of the season. With two races to go in the Round of 8 and a current spot in the Championship 4, Kaulig Racing is now looking to become the first single-car team to win a NASCAR XFINITY Series title in almost 18 years. The last single-car team to win a NASCAR XFINITY Series title was Dale Earnhardt Inc.’s No. 3 Chevrolet team in 1998. DEI scaled their two-car team back to a single-car team in 1998 to focus on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first series title. DEI resumed a multi-car team operation the following season. Note: The next single-car team to win a NASCAR XFINITY Series championship before 1998 was BACE Motorsports No. 74 Chevrolet team owned by William Baumgardner with driver Johnny Benson in 1995 (over 20 years ago).

    Koch will be looking to echo his Kansas performance at Texas this week.  Earlier this season a mid-race accident relegated the No. 11 Chevrolet team to a 34th-place finish at Texas. But the team will be looking for another solid result because Koch has posted the fourth-best average finish (11.5) among Chase contenders over the first four races of the 2016 Chase.

    Justin Allgaier (3,027) is currently tied with fifth-place Erik Jones in the Round of 8 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase standings, but Allgaier holds the tiebreaker of higher-finish in the current round after he edged Jones out at Kansas with a 14th-place to Jones’s 15th-place finish.  Allgaier and crew chief Jason Burdett have been riding the wave of consistency all season (24 top 10s), and their average finish of 8.0 over the first four races of the Chase have them Championship 4 bound. Expect Allgaier to post a solid finish at Texas this weekend, in five of his last seven starts at the famed 1.5-mile speedway he has posted a top-10 finish; including earlier this season where he started 23rd and finished sixth. 

    The Outsiders: Chase Contenders On The Verge Of Elimination

    Two races remain in the Round of 8 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase making this weekend’s performance at Texas pivotal if the following four drivers want to move on to the Championship 4. 

    Erik Jones (3,027) has lacked consistency this season and therefore finds himself on the verge of elimination with two races to go in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. Though the Joe Gibbs Racing Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate leads the Chase contenders in wins this season with four, he also leads them in DNFs with four, which now has his back against the wall for the second time in the elimination-style Chase format. Jones can’t afford a mistake over the next few weeks, but luckily for him Texas (2.3 career average finish) and Phoenix (4.0 career average finish) are some of his best tracks. Plus, Jones is the only Chase contender that has won at Texas.
    “After a few weeks off, I’m really looking forward to getting to Texas this weekend and putting ourselves in position to compete for the Championship in Miami,” said Erik Jones. “Texas is a track I really enjoy and have had success in both the Truck Series and XFINITY Series. 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.”

    Ryan Reed (3,025) will need to find some speed in the next few races to make it into the Championship 4; his average finish of 12.0 (fifth-best among Chase contenders) won’t cut it if he wants to advance. Reed is just two points behind Allgaier and Jones along the Chase cutoff line, so moving on to the Championship 4 is definitely doable. Reed has made five series starts at Texas posting an average finish of 16.2. He posted his best-career finish at Texas (14th) earlier this season.

    Brendan Gaughan (3,010) is currently seventh in the Chase standings, 17 points back from Justin Allgaier in fourth place. Following Gaughan’s dismal performance at Kansas that saw him spinning through the infield on the way to a 31st-place finish, he and the No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro team will look to Texas to rebound. Gaughan has posted an average finish of 14.8 over the first four races the seven race NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase (sixth-best among Chase contenders). Gaughan has made nine starts at Texas posting an average finish 19.4. He finished 12th at Texas in his last two starts at the 1.5-mile track.
    Darrell Wallace Jr. (3,009) sits at the bottom of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase Round of 8 point standings barrel. With two races remaining in the Round of 8, Wallace is nearing a must-win situation following a DNF at Kansas. A total of 18 points separate Wallace and fourth-place Justin Allgaier just above the Chase cutoff line. Wallace has struggled the first four races of the 2016 Chase posting just one top-10 finish (Kentucky). Heading to Texas this weekend, a track Wallace has made three starts at posting one top 10 and an average finish of 13.3. 

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.

    Texas Natives In the Field - Chip Ganassi Racing’s Brennan Poole from The Woodlands, Texas will be driving the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Poole will be joined by fellow Texan, David Starr, who will be driving the No. 93 Chevrolet Camaro for RSS Racing. Starr is from Houston, Texas. ...

    Double Dippers - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Austin Dillon, Matt DiBenedetto, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick are all entered to compete in this weekend’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. ... Several NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers will also be attempting to participate in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge - Matt Tifft, Austin Theriault, and Timmy Hill. ...

    Defending Race Winner Returns - Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski has been tapped this weekend to drive the No. 22 Ford Mustang at Texas. Keselowski won this event the last two times he competed in it (2013 and 2015). In 17 series starts at Texas, Keselowski has posted an average finish of 9.8. In the car owner Chase, the No. 22 team is currently fourth in the standings, two points ahead of fifth-place JR Motorsports No. 88 team. ...

    Milestones - Kevin Harvick will attempt to post his 250th NASCAR XFINITY Series top-10 finish this weekend at Texas. Harvick leads the series in top 10s all-time. ... Elliott Sadler (175) can tie Tommy Houston (176) for the series’ fourth-most top-10 finishes all-time with a top 10 this weekend at Texas. 

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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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