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NASCAR - Nationwide - O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Preview

Date: Friday, April 4

Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

Site: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas

Track: 1.5-mile oval

Laps: 200

Miles: 300

Capacity: 112,552 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 18th

On TV: ESPN2

Announcers:

On Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Kyle Busch, 2008 (151.707 mph)

Qualifying record: Jeff Green, 2002 (193.493 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Kyle Busch

Runner up: Brad Keselowski

Pole winner: Alex Bowman (183.418 mph)

Top 10:

1. Kyle Busch (Start: 2)

2. Brad Keselowski (5)

3. Austin Dillon (3)

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr (11)

5. Kevin Harvick (7)

6. Matt Kenseth (9)

7. Regan Smith (6)

8. Kasey Kahne (16)

9. Brian Vickers (13)

10. Justin Allgaier (14)

Average speed: 123.853 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 25 mins., 20 secs.

Margin of victory: 2.272 secs.

Caution flags: 8 for 42 laps

Lead changes: 22 among 11 drivers

Past winners

2013 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 123.853 mph

2012 Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 126.301 mph

2011 Carl Edwards, Ford, 147.884 mph

2010 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 140.753 mph.

2009 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 144.096 mph

2008 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 151.707 mph

2007 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 126.671 mph

2006 Kurt Busch, Dodge, 129.984 mph

2005 Kasey Kahne, , 126.746 mph

2004 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 115.482 mph

2003 Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 117.891 mph

2002 Jeff Purvis, Chevrolet, 102.136 mph

2001 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 126.212 mph

2000 Mark Martin, Ford, 108.130 mph

1999 Mark Martin, Ford, 127.417 mph

1998 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 120.174 mph

1997 Mark Martin, Ford, 122.993 mph

Last race

Race: TreatMyClot.com 300 (March 22)

Site: Auto Club Speedway -- Fontana, Calif.

Miles: 300

Laps: 150

Finish line order: Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Elliott Sadler

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 5 mins., 3 secs.

Average speed: 143.942 mph

Margin of victory: 0.342 secs.

Caution flags: 4 for 15 laps

Lead changes: 18 among 6 drivers

Lap leaders: Sadler-pole, Harvick 1-5, Logano 6-41, K. Busch 42-60, Logano Sadler-pole, Harvick 1-5, Logano 6-41, K. Busch 42-60, Logano 61-72, K. Busch 73-76, Logano 77, K. Busch 78, Scott 79-80, Logano 81-112, Larson 113, Elliott 114-115, Logano 116-127, Larson 128, Logano 129-131, Harvick 132-134, Larson 135-144, K. Busch 145, Larson 146-150.

Entry list

#01 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/G&K Services

#2 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Chevrolet/Shore Lodge

#3 Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Wesco

#4 Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC) Chevrolet/Flex Seal

#5 Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers Pizza

#6 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/AdvoCare

#7 Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/TaxSlayer.com

#9 Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA) Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts

#10 Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL) Toyota/supportmilitary.org

#11 Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA) Toyota/Game Stop/Lego Hobbit

#13 Matt Carter (Denver, NC) Toyota/TBA

#14 Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA) Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap

#16 Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.

#17 Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK) Dodge/BWP Bats

#19 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Toyota/TriStar Motorsports

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Game Stop

#22 Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC) Ford/Discount Tire

#23 Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX) Chevrolet/Willbros

#24 Jason White (Richmond, VA) Toyota/Friday Night Tykes

#28 Derek White (Kahnawake, QB, Canada) Dodge/TBA

#31 Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Rockstar

#39 Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA) Chevrolet/RSS Racing

#40 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Cartwheel

#43 Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN) Ford/WinField

#44 David Starr (Houston, TX) Toyota/Whataburger

#46 Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing

#51 Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC) Chevrolet/TBA

#52 Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA) Chevrolet/BBB

#54 * Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Monster Energy

#55 Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM) Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group

#60 Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX) Ford/Roush Performance Parts

#62 Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/South Point

#70 Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA) Chevrolet/CharliesSoap.com

#74 Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL) Dodge/TBA

#76 Tommy Joe Martins (Como, MS) Ford/TBA

#84 Chad Boat (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/RedFest Music Festival

#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Chevrolet/TBA

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/Ragu

#93 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Dodge/TBA

#99 James Buescher (Plano, TX) Toyota/Rheem

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kyle Busch --- 4 7 Won Won Won 34 --- Won
Dale Earnhardt Jr. --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 14 4
Kevin Harvick --- 8 11 34 --- 5 --- --- 5
Matt Kenseth 6 5 Won --- 6 --- --- --- 6
Regan Smith --- 34 34 --- --- --- --- --- 7
Brian Scott --- --- --- --- --- 15 10 37 11
Elliott Sadler 5 --- --- --- --- --- 5 12 13
Trevor Bayne --- --- --- --- --- 14 13 --- 26
Kyle Larson --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 32
Ty Dillon --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
Chase Elliott --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
Ryan Blaney --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

Notes

The O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway is the sixth race on the 2014 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 26 Nationwide races held at Texas, including one event per season from 1997-2004 and two each year since then. The series will return there the first weekend in November.

Mark Martin won the inaugural Nationwide race at Texas on April 5, 1997.

Kyle Busch holds the record for most Nationwide wins at this track with six. Busch is the defending race winner. Kevin Harvick has the second most victories there with five. Harvick is entered in this race.

Busch won five consecutive Nationwide races at Texas from April 2008 to April 2010.

Jack Roush has the most car owner wins in Nationwide races at Texas with eight, followed by Joe Gibbs with six.

Just two races at Texas have been won from the pole position: Busch (April 2009) and Carl Edwards (April 2011).

The closest margin of victory in a Nationwide event at this track happened in April 2007 when Matt Kenseth beat Denny Hamlin to the finish line by just 0.128 seconds.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Trevor Bayne are those drivers entered in this race that scored their first career Nationwide victories at Texas. Earnhardt's maiden win came on April 4, 1998, and Bayne became a first-time winner in the series on Nov. 5, 2011.

The next race is the April 11 VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. Kyle Busch won last year's event there.



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