Kyle Busch roars back to win Truck race at Texas; Matt Crafton gets closer to clinching championship

B1U2H3DCcAAnaGYAfter a green-white-checkered (flags) dash to the finish in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) WinStar World Casino & Resort 350, it was Kyle Busch winning at Texas Motor Speedway in dominant fashion.

Busch, who led the most laps – 80 out 150, received his seventh series pole in the 2014 season, his forty-second series career win and his third series win at Texas Motor Speedway. His victory also clinched the Manufacturer’s Championship for Toyota.

Following Busch to the drop of the checkered flag was Jeb Burton finishing in second, while pole-sitter and rookie contender, Tyler Reddick claimed third, points leader Matt Crafton fourth and Timothy Peters finished fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten finishing positions were Joey Coulter claiming sixth, Max Gresham seventh, Joe Nemechek eighth, Ryan Blaney ninth and Cameron Hayley brought home tenth-place.

With his fourth-place, Crafton leaves Texas with a 23-point lead over Ryan Blaney.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 118.870 MPH
Time of Race: 01 Hrs, 55 Mins, 05 Secs.
Margin of Victory: Caution
Lead Changes: 11 among 5 drivers
Cautions: 7 for 32 laps

Next Up: The Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, Nov. 7th, with an approximate starting time of 8:50 pm (ET), and television coverage provided by FOX Sports 1 at 8:00 pm (ET),

WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 51 Kyle Busch (i) 152 Running 80 0 0
2 13 Jeb Burton 152 Running 0 42 0
3 17 Timothy Peters 152 Running 0 41 0
4 19 Tyler Reddick # 152 Running 3 41 1
5 88 Matt Crafton 152 Running 6 40 1
6 21 Joey Coulter 152 Running 0 38 0
7 23 Max Gresham 152 Running 0 37 0
8 8 Joe Nemechek 152 Running 0 36 0
9 29 Ryan Blaney 152 Running 0 35 0
10 30 Cameron Hayley 152 Running 0 34 0
11 20 Brennan Newberry 152 Running 0 33 0
12 9 Ron Hornaday, Jr. 152 Running 0 32 0
13 15 Mason Mingus# 152 Running 0 31 0
14 02 Tyler Young # 152 Running 0 30 0
15 31 Ben Kennedy # 152 Running 0 29 0
16 98 Johnny Sauter 152 Running 0 28 0
17 77 German Quiroga 152 Running 12 28 1
18 08 Ray Black Jr. 151 Running 0 26 0
19 99 Bryan Silas 151 Running 0 25 0
20 05 John Wes Townley 151 Running 0 24 0
21 32 Tayler Malsam 151 Running 0 23 0
22 07 Ryan Lynch 149 Running 0 22 0
23 63 Justin Jennings 130 Running 0 21 0
24 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb 123 Rear Gear 0 20 0
25 50 TJ Bell 110 Electrical 0 19 0
26 54 Darrell Wallace Jr 106 Engine 51 19 1
27 74 Mike Harmon (i) 25 Vibration 0 0 0
28 6 Norm Benning 19 Accident 0 16 0
29 57 Adam Edwards 5 Rear Gear 0 15 0
30 0 Caleb Roark 5 Electrical 0 14 0
31 35 Ryan Ellis(i) 4 Vibration 0 0 0
32 36 Blake Koch (i) 3 Rear Axle 0 0 0

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Standing After Texas (Oct Race) (Top-10)
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 88 Matt Crafton 756 Leader 20 2 12 15 2
2 29 Ryan Blaney 733 -23 20 1 10 15 2
3 54 Darrell Wallace Jr. 713 -43 20 3 8 12 3
4 98 Johnny Sauter 704 -52 20 1 8 14 2
5 17 Timothy Peters 680 -76 20 1 8 12 1
6 21 Joey Coulter 645 -111 20 0 3 10 1
7 77 German Quiroga Jr. 636 -120 20 0 3 10 2
8 13 Jeb Burton 629 -127 20 0 2 7 2
9 31 Ben Kennedy # 619 -137 20 0 1 7 1
10 30 Ron Hornaday Jr. 526 -230 16 0 5 10 2

# – Rookie

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Standing After Texas (Oct Race) (Top 10)
Pos. Owner Car # Points Behind Attempts
1 Kyle Busch 51 768 Leader 20
2 Rhonda Thorson 88 756 -12 20
3 Brad Keselowski 29 733 -35 20
4 Kyle Busch 54 713 -55 20
5 Mike Curb 98 704 -64 20
6 Brad Keselowski 19 683 -85 20
7 Tom Deloach 17 680 -88 20
8 Sidney Mauldin 8 677 -91 20
9 Maurice Gallagher Jr. 21 645 -123 20
10 Tom Deloach 77 636 -132 20

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Manufacturer Standings After Texas (Oct Race)
Pos. Manufacturer Points Behind
1 Toyota 933 Leader
2 Chevrolet 816 -117
3 Ford 805 -128
4 Ram 152 -781

 

 

 

 

Tony Stewart sets fastest qualifying speed ever on 1.5-mile track (200.111 mph), but Matt Kenseth wins pole at Texas

B1UH7bMCQAA4noYFriday evening at Texas Motor Speedway, it was Matt Kenseth – with a qualifying lap speed of 199.299 mph – capturing the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) AAA Texas 500.

But once again, the pole speed wasn’t the fastest speed in qualifying.

It was Tony Stewart, in the second round of qualifying reaching 200.111 mph and breaking the previous record of 198.282 mph, set by Kevin Harvick (in round 1) in April of this year.

This was Kenseth’s second series pole of the 2014 season, his thirteenth series career pole and his first series pole at the track in No Limits, Texas.

Starting second on the outside pole will be Jeff Gordon with a lap speed of kenseth-stewart199.291 mph; followed by Jimmie Johnson (198.983 mph) starting third, Kurt Busch (198.910) fourth and Kevin Harvick (198.836) starts fifth.

After that “rocket” speed in round 2, Tony Stewart (198.508 mph) settled for the sixth starting position in round three, while Ryan Newman (198.508) starts seventh, Martin Truex, Jr. (198.398) eighth, Kyle Busch (198.333) ninth and Joey Logano (198.071) rounds out the top-ten starting positions.

With only 43 drivers attempting to fill the 43-car field, there was no one failing to make the starting lineup.

The teams will return to the track on Saturday for two more practice sessions beginning with a late morning practice from 11:00 am – 11:50 pm (ET – On FOX Sports 1), and then their “Happy Hour” (final) session from 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm (ET – On FOX Sports 2).

The 10th annual AAA Texas 500 is slated to get underway approximately at 2:20 pm (ET) on Sunday, and ESPN will begin their televsion coverage with their 1:00 pm (ET) NASCAR Countdown pre-race show.

AAA Texas 500 Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap
1 20 Matt Kenseth 27.158 27.087 27.095 Leader
2 24 Jeff Gordon 27.078 27.042 27.096 -0.001
3 48 Jimmie Johnson 27.036 27.169 27.138 -0.042
4 41 Kurt Busch 27.174 27.173 27.148 -0.010
5 4 Kevin Harvick 27.043 27.055 27.158 -0.010
6 14 Tony Stewart 27.100 26.985 27.203 -0.045
7 31 Ryan Newman 27.298 27.034 27.204 -0.001
8 78 Martin Truex Jr. 27.262 27.172 27.218 -0.014
9 18 Kyle Busch 27.286 27.051 27.227 -0.009
10 22 Joey Logano 27.069 27.168 27.263 -0.036
11 99 Carl Edwards 27.210 27.157 27.267 -0.004
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 27.286 27.138 27.308 -0.041
Eliminated From Round 2
13 55 Brian Vickers 27.196 27.184 Eliminated 0.124
14 5 Kasey Kahne 27.225 27.186 Eliminated -0.002
15 27 Paul Menard 27.327 27.202 Eliminated -0.016
16 9 Marcos Ambrose 27.231 27.205 Eliminated -0.003
17 42 Kyle Larson # 27.162 27.224 Eliminated -0.019
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 27.205 27.230 Eliminated -0.006
19 16 Greg Biffle 27.197 27.255 Eliminated -0.025
20 11 Denny Hamlin 27.216 27.304 Eliminated -0.049
21 1 Jamie McMurray 27.221 27.307 Eliminated -0.003
22 43 Aric Almirola 27.097 27.345 Eliminated -0.038
23 47 AJ Allmendinger 27.295 27.399 Eliminated -0.054
24 15 Clint Bowyer 27.330 27.452 Eliminated -0.053
Eliminated From Round 1
25 21 Trevor Bayne (i) 27.332 Eliminated 0.120
26 2 Brad Keselowski 27.386 Eliminated -0.054
27 10 Danica Patrick 27.436 Eliminated -0.050
28 95 Michael McDowell 27.455 Eliminated -0.019
29 3 Austin Dillon # 27.462 Eliminated -0.007
30 51 Justin Allgaier # 27.497 Eliminated -0.035
31 38 David Gilliland 27.500 Eliminated -0.003
32 36 Reed Sorenson 27.553 Eliminated -0.053
33 7 Michael Annett # 27.586 Eliminated -0.033
34 40 Landon Cassill (i) 27.587 Eliminated -0.001
35 23 Alex Bowman # 27.599 Eliminated -0.012
36 98 Josh Wise 27.621 Eliminated -0.022
37 34 David Ragan 27.629 Eliminated -0.008
38 13 Casey Mears 27.637 Eliminated -0.008
39 83 J.J. Yeley (i) 27.821 Eliminated -0.184
40 26 Cole Whitt # 27.998 Eliminated -0.177
41 66 Brett Moffitt 28.013 Eliminated -0.015
42 33 Travis Kvapil 28.114 Eliminated -0.101
43 32 Joey Gase (i) 28.476 Eliminated -0.362

# – Rookie
Gold – Chase Drivers
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

 

 

 

 

Austin Dillon hasn’t forgotten how to wheel an NNS car, is fastest in final practice at Texas

austin-dillon-texas-2-2014At the end of the final NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge practice session on Friday, it was Austin Dillon – with a lap speed of 185.516 mph – at the top of the speed chart at Texas Motor Speedway.

Joey Logano was second fastest on the speed chart with a lap speed of 184.212 mph, and he was followed by Trevor Bayne (183.611 mph) who was third, Brendan Gaughan (183.449) fourth and series Rookie of the Year (RPTY) candidate, Dylan Kwasniewski (183.076) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten fastest drivers in the “Happy Hour” (final) practice were Kyle Busch (182.766 mph) who was sixth fastest, ROTY candidate Ty Dillon (182.180 mph) seventh, Matt Kenseth (181.984) eighth, Brian Scott (181.843) ninth and ROTY candidate Chris Buescher (181.757) posting the tenth fasest lap speed.

The teams will return to the track on Saturday at 12:10 pm (ET – On FOX Sports 2) for qualifying to determine the starting lineup for that evening’s race. The current series qualifying track record at TMS is 193.493 mph, set by Jeff Green on April 6, 2006.

The 10th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge is scheduled to get underway around 3:50 pm (ET) Saturday afternoon, and television coverage will be provided by ESPN.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge Final Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 33 Austin Dillon* (i) 185.516 29.108 Leader 49
2 22 Joey Logano (i) 184.212 29.314 -0.206 45
3 6 Trevor Bayne 183.611 29.410 -0.302 50
4 62 Brendan Gaughan 183.449 29.436 -0.328 37
5 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # 183.076 29.496 -0.388 47
6 54 Kyle Busch(i) 182.766 29.546 -0.438 38
7 3 Ty Dillon # 182.180 29.641 -0.533 44
8 20 Matt Kenseth(i) 181.984 29.673 -0.565 49
9 2 Brian Scott 181.843 29.696 -0.588 45
10 60 Chris Buescher # 181.757 29.710 -0.602 46
11 98 Corey Lajoie* (i) 181.751 29.711 -0.603 40
12 39 Ryan Sieg # 181.684 29.722 -0.614 32
13 42 Kyle Larson(i) 181.641 29.729 -0.621 56
14 5 Kevin Harvick* (i) 181.598 29.736 -0.628 42
15 11 Elliot Sadler 181.568 29.741 -0.633 47
16 12 Ryan Blaney* (i) 181.482 29.755 -0.647 47
17 9 Chase Elliott # 181.190 29.803 -0.695 54
18 7 Regan Smith 180.391 29.935 -0.827 44
19 25 John Wes Townley* (i) 179.994 30.001 -0.893 21
20 16 Ryan Reed # 179.946 30.009 -0.901 45
21 19 Mike Bliss 179.850 30.025 -0.917 27
22 99 James Buescher 179.432 30.095 -0.987 31
23 14 Eric McClure 179.307 30.116 -1.008 32
24 44 David Star 179.265 30.123 -1.015 23
25 43 Dakoda Armstrong # 178.784 30.204 -1.096 58
26 84 Chad Boat* 178.489 30.254 -1.146 22
27 01 Landon Cassill 178.336 30.280 -1.172 37
28 28 J.J. Yeley 178.094 30.321 -1.213 43
29 51 Jeremy Clements 177.288 30.459 -1.351 23
30 17 Tanner Berryhill 176.517 30.592 -1.484 24
31 93 Kevin Swindell 176.165 30.653 -1.545 18
32 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt 175.924 30.695 -1.587 29
33 90 Martin Roy* 175.650 30.743 -1.635 37
34 55 Jamie Dick 175.490 30.771 -1.663 33
35 40 Matt DiBenedetto 174.452 30.954 -1.846 4
36 70 Derrike Cope* 174.064 31.023 -1.915 14
37 46 Ryan Ellis* 173.941 31.045 -1.937 7
38 74 Mike Harmon* 172.205 31.358 -2.250 8
39 10 Blake Koch* 170.622 31.649 -2.541 4
40 52 Joey Gase 166.236 32.484 -3.376 7
41 89 Morgan Sheherd* 166.154 32.500 -3.392 6
42 87 Carlos Contreras 165.193 32.689 -3.581 22
43 23 Robert Richardson Jr. 0.000 0.000 29.108 0

# – Rookie
* Required to Qualify on Time
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg. Speed
1 12 Ryan Blaney* (i) 22 31 180.164
2 54 Kyle Busch(i) 17 26 180.001
3 33 Austin Dillon* (i) 19 28 179.864
4 22 Joey Logano (i) 19 28 179.292
5 20 Matt Kenseth(i) 18 27 179.283
6 5 Kevin Harvick* (i) 26 35 178.980
7 62 Brendan Gaughan 1 10 177.978
8 2 Brian Scott 24 33 177.906
9 42 Kyle Larson(i) 37 46 177.552
10 6 Trevor Bayne 36 45 176.477
11 9 Chase Elliott # 40 49 176.319
12 3 Ty Dillon # 27 36 175.694
13 90 Martin Roy* 2 11 167.285
Car must run 10 consecutive laps on track to be included in the above chart.

 

 

Tyler Reddick picks up Texas pole for tonight’s NASCAR Trucks race

B1TYnQUCMAAYuQIFor the second time this year, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate, Tyler Reddick, captures the pole – with a qualifying lap speed of 181.959 mph – and will lead the field at the start of this evening’s WinStar World Casino & Resort 350(k) at Texas Motor Speedway.

Starting second on the outside pole will be Kyle Busch with a qualifying lap speed of 181.800 mph, and he will be followed by the current points leader, Matt Crafton (181.635) starting third, ROTY candidate Ben Kennedy (181.415) fourth and Cameron Hayley (181.305) starts fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten starting positions will be Jeb Burton (180.995 mph) starting sixth, Timothy Peters (180.935) seventh, Darrell Wallace, Jr. (180.862) eighth, Ryan Blaney (180.198) ninth and Bryan Silas (179.545) will start tenth.

With only 32 drivers attempting to fill the 36-truck field, there was no one failing to make the starting lineup.

The 16th annual WinStar World Casino & Resort 350(k) is scheduled to get started tonight at 8:50 pm (ET), and television coverage beginning at 8:00 pm (ET) on FOX Sports 1.

WinStar World Casino & Resort 350k Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap
1 19 Tyler Reddick # 30.380 29.863 29.677 Leader
2 51 Kyle Busch (i) 30.126 29.874 29.703 -0.026
3 88 Matt Crafton 30.227 29.676 29.730 -0.027
4 31 Ben Kennedy # 30.335 29.907 29.766 -0.036
5 30 Cameron Hayley 30.241 29.916 29.784 -0.018
6 13 Jeb Burton 30.369 29.854 29.835 -0.051
7 17 Timothy Peters 30.053 29.859 29.845 -0.010
8 54 Darrell Wallace Jr 30.124 29.668 29.857 -0.012
9 29 Ryan Blaney 30.298 29.978 29.967 -0.110
10 99 Bryan Silas 30.198 30.006 30.076 -0.109
11 20 Brennan Newberry 29.871 29.771 30.225 -0.149
12 98 Johnny Sauter 30.400 29.914 30.439 -0.214
Eliminated From Round 2
13 21 Joey Coulter 30.459 30.058 Eliminated 0.381
14 8 Joe Nemechek 30.353 30.074 Eliminated -0.016
15 77 German Quiroga 30.164 30.086 Eliminated -0.012
16 9 Ron Hornaday, Jr. 30.241 30.108 Eliminated -0.022
17 05 John Wes Townley 30.345 30.132 Eliminated -0.024
18 23 Max Gresham* 30.374 30.163 Eliminated -0.031
19 32 Tayler Malsam 30.580 30.162 Eliminated 0.001
20 15 Mason Mingus* # 30.530 30.237 Eliminated -0.075
21 35 Ryan Ellis(i) 30.381 30.463 Eliminated -0.226
22 02 Tyler Young # 30.525 30.473 Eliminated -0.010
23 08 Ray Black Jr. 30.786 30.604 Eliminated -0.131
24 50 TJ Bell 30.745 0.000 Eliminated 30.604
Eliminated From Round 1
25 63 Justin Jennings 30.832 Eliminated -30.832
26 07 Ryan Lynch 30.944 Eliminated -0.112
27 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb 31.224 Eliminated -0.280
28 74 Mike Harmon* (i) 32.618 Eliminated -1.394
29 36 Blake Koch* (i) 32.835 Eliminated -0.217
30 0 Caleb Roark 33.004 Eliminated -0.169
31 6 Norm Benning 34.110 Eliminated -1.106
32 57 Adam Edwards 35.223 Eliminated -1.113

 

 

 

 

Hamilton inches away from Rosberg to top FP2 at COTA

Lewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton shaded Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg by just 0.003s in FP2 in the United States on Friday afternoon, although the Briton later suffered a hydraulic issue that brought his running in Austin to an early end.

Hamilton, who also complained of gear shift irregularities, lapped in 1m 39.085s to Rosberg’s 1m 39.088s. The German had also warned of gear shift problems, only to later admit they were of his own inadvertent making.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was the Silver Arrows’ closest challenger on 1m 40.189s, just over one second down on Hamilton.

Daniel Ricciardo had a better session relative to FP1 and captured fourth for B1TJTtbCUAA5zeaRed Bull on 1m 40.390s, while Felipe Massa wheeled his Williams round in 1m 40.457s. Kimi Raikkonen was sixth in the second Ferrari on 1m 40.543s, but also complained of clutch slip. Daniil Kvyat remained in striking distance with 1m 40.631s in the lead Toro Rosso, just ahead of the McLarens of Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button on 1m 40.641s and 1m 40.698s respectively.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas were the last two drivers to break the 1m 41s barrier, posting 1m 40.800s and 1m 40.828s apiece.

Romain Grosjean was another to enjoy improved form in FP2, fighting back B1TFnmHCMAAaR1Mfrom an early high-speed half-spin at Turn 4 to put his Lotus 12th on 1m 41.054s. The Frenchman was chased by compatriot Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso on 1m 41.110s, Sergio Perez’s Force India on 1m 41.123s, Pastor Maldonado’s Lotus on 1m 41.158s, and the Saubers of Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez on 1m 41.332s and 1m 41.420s. After losing time in the pits at the start of the session,

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel – who has claimed pole in the last two races in Austin – was 18th and last, with 1m 43.980s. However the German, who will start Sunday’s race from the pit lane after using his sixth power unit of the B1TH9_XCUAADcUFseason, appeared to concentrate on race simulation runs.

Aside from Grosjean, Maldonado provided drama with spins in Turns 1 and 19, while Massa lost the rear of his Williams at Turn 1.

 United States Grand Prix Second Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:39.085 Leader Leader 18
2 6 Nico Roseberg 1:39.088 -0.003 -0.003 34
3 14 Fernando Alonso 1:40.189 -1.104 -1.101 29
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:40.390 -1.305 -0.201 30
5 19 Felipe Massa 1:40.457 -1.372 -0.067 36
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:40.543 -1.458 -0.086 32
7 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:40.631 -1.546 -0.088 34
8 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:40.641 -1.556 -0.010 38
9 22 Jenson Button 1:40.698 -1.613 -0.057 36
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:40.800 -1.715 -0.102 25
11 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:40.828 -1.743 -0.028 37
12 8 Romain Grojean 1:41.054 -1.969 -0.226 31
13 25 Jean-Eric Vergne 1:41.110 -2.025 -0.056 36
14 11 Sergio Perez 1:41.123 -2.038 -0.013 35
15 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:41.158 -2.073 -0.035 37
16 99 Adrian Sutil 1:41.332 -2.247 -0.174 33
17 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:41.420 -2.335 -0.088 34
18 1 Sebastian Vettel 1:43.980 -4.895 -2.560 19

B1TA_9_CUAA0j0Q

 

Late lap puts Brian Vickers atop first Sprint Cup practice at Texas

AAA Texas 500 - PracticeFriday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver, Brian Vickers – with a lap speed of 199.218 mph – was the fastest during the first practice session for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500.

Kevin Harvick was second fastest with a lap speed of 198.990 mph, and he was followed by Tony Stewart (198.866 mph) who was third, Martin Truex, Jr. (198.617) fourth and Jeff Gordon (198.581) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten fastest drivers in the practice were Aric Almirola (198.013 mph) who was sixth, Carl Edwards (197.954) seventh, Jimmie Johnson (197.918) eighth, Trevor Bayne (197.549) ninth and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (197.477) posting the tenth fastest lap speed.

Qualifying is set to get started later this evening at 6:45 pm (ET – On ESPN2) to deterime the starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s race. The current series qualifying track record at TMS is 198.282 mph, set by Kevin Harvick (in round 1 of 3) in April of this year.

After qualifying, the teams will return to the track on Saturday for two more practice session beginning with a late morning practice from 11:00 am – 11:50 pm (ET – On FOX Sports 1), and then their “Happy Hour” (final) session from 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm (ET – On FOX Sports 2).

The 10th annual AAA Texas 500 is slated to get underway approximately at 2:20 pm (ET), ESPN will begin their televsion coverage with their 1:00 pm (ET) NASCAR Countdown pre-race show.

AAA Texas 500 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Best Speed Behind # Laps
1 55 Brian Vickers 199.218 27.106 Leader 25
2 4 Kevin Harvick 198.990 27.137 -0.031 22
3 14 Tony Stewart 198.866 27.154 -0.048 8
4 78 Martin Truex Jr. 198.617 27.188 -0.082 11
5 24 Jeff Gordon 198.581 27.193 -0.087 17
6 43 Aric Almirola 198.013 27.271 -0.165 16
7 99 Carl Edwards 197.954 27.279 -0.173 16
8 48 Jimmie Johnson 197.918 27.284 -0.178 7
9 21 Trevor Bayne (i) 197.549 27.335 -0.229 12
10 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 197.477 27.345 -0.239 13
11 16 Greg Biffle 197.433 27.351 -0.245 7
12 11 Denny Hamlin 197.390 27.357 -0.251 17
13 18 Kyle Busch 197.390 27.357 -0.251 18
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 197.001 27.411 -0.305 23
15 5 Kasey Kahne 196.937 27.420 -0.314 17
16 9 Marcos Ambrose 196.922 27.422 -0.316 20
17 15 Clint Bowyer 196.800 27.439 -0.333 20
18 47 AJ Allmendinger 196.535 27.476 -0.370 16
19 1 Jamie McMurray 196.528 27.477 -0.371 23
20 22 Joey Logano 196.492 27.482 -0.376 25
21 3 Austin Dillon # 196.378 27.498 -0.392 19
22 42 Kyle Larson # 196.307 27.508 -0.402 11
23 31 Ryan Newman 196.285 27.511 -0.405 14
24 2 Brad Keselowski 196.192 27.524 -0.418 23
25 27 Paul Menard 196.014 27.549 -0.443 17
26 20 Matt Kenseth 195.936 27.560 -0.454 23
27 51 Justin Allgaier # 195.908 27.564 -0.458 20
28 38 David Gilliland 195.716 27.591 -0.485 10
29 13 Casey Mears 195.397 27.636 -0.530 20
30 41 Kurt Busch 194.946 27.700 -0.594 19
31 98 Josh Wise 194.946 27.700 -0.594 8
32 23 Alex Bowman # 194.798 27.721 -0.615 15
33 95 Michael McDowell 194.714 27.733 -0.627 11
34 36 Reed Sorenson 194.203 27.806 -0.700 7
35 7 Michael Annett # 193.986 27.837 -0.731 19
36 34 David Ragan 193.840 27.858 -0.752 19
37 10 Danica Patrick 193.431 27.917 -0.811 18
38 26 Cole Whitt # 192.830 28.004 -0.898 14
39 40 Landon Cassill (i) 192.568 28.042 -0.936 27
40 83 J.J. Yeley (i) 191.755 28.161 -1.055 9
41 66 Brett Moffitt 190.255 28.383 -1.277 9
42 32 Joey Gase (i) 187.156 28.853 -1.747 27
43 33 Travis Kvapil 186.709 28.922 -1.816 21

# – Rookie
Gold – Chase Drivers

(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

 

 

Chris Buescher tops first Nationwide practice at Texas

Chris+Buescher+Auto+Club+Speedway+Day+1+EBmMK8yQ82VlNASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender, Chris Buescher, with a lap speed of 186.085 mph, was the quickest early Friday afternoon during the first practice session for Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.

Joey Logano was second quickest with a lap speed of 185.255 mph, and he was followed by Trevor Bayne (184.811 mph) who was third, Austin Dillon (184.370) fourth and Brian Scott (184.200) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten quickest drivers in the session were Ryan Blaney (183.705 mph) who was sixth, Elliott Sadler (183.337) seventh, Kevin Harvick (183.237) eighth, Brendan Gaughan (182.976) ninth and ROTY contender Ryan Reed (182.958) posting tenth.

The teams will return to the track later today for their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm (ET – On ESPN2), and then return on Saturday at 12:10 pm (ET – On FOX Sports 2) for qualifying to determine the starting lineup for that evening’s race. The current series qualifying track record at TMS is 193.493 mph, set by Jeff Green on April 6, 2006.

The 10th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge is scheduled to get underway around 3:50 pm (ET) Saturday afternoon, and television coverage will be provided by ESPN.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 60 Chris Buescher # 186.085 29.019 Leader 9
2 22 Joey Logano (i) 185.255 29.149 -0.130 2
3 6 Trevor Bayne 184.811 29.219 -0.200 10
4 33 Austin Dillon* (i) 184.370 29.289 -0.270 8
5 2 Brian Scott 184.200 29.316 -0.297 9
6 12 Ryan Blaney* (i) 183.705 29.395 -0.376 6
7 11 Elliot Sadler 183.337 29.454 -0.435 7
8 5 Kevin Harvick* (i) 183.237 29.470 -0.451 2
9 62 Brendan Gaughan 182.976 29.512 -0.493 10
10 16 Ryan Reed # 182.958 29.515 -0.496 5
11 42 Kyle Larson(i) 182.927 29.520 -0.501 7
12 20 Matt Kenseth(i) 182.667 29.562 -0.543 11
13 3 Ty Dillon # 182.550 29.581 -0.562 9
14 54 Kyle Busch(i) 182.371 29.610 -0.591 14
15 9 Chase Elliott # 182.248 29.630 -0.611 9
16 39 Ryan Sieg # 182.039 29.664 -0.645 15
17 7 Regan Smith 181.739 29.713 -0.694 10
18 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # 181.129 29.813 -0.794 14
19 25 John Wes Townley* (i) 180.391 29.935 -0.916 11
20 43 Dakoda Armstrong # 180.313 29.948 -0.929 10
21 44 David Star 179.964 30.006 -0.987 8
22 51 Jeremy Clements 179.497 30.084 -1.065 7
23 01 Landon Cassill 179.378 30.104 -1.085 13
24 99 James Buescher 178.974 30.172 -1.153 10
25 98 Corey Lajoie* (i) 178.660 30.225 -1.206 11
26 19 Mike Bliss 178.389 30.271 -1.252 13
27 28 J.J. Yeley 177.608 30.404 -1.385 9
28 14 Eric McClure 177.521 30.419 -1.400 10
29 84 Chad Boat* 177.043 30.501 -1.482 8
30 55 Jamie Dick 176.898 30.526 -1.507 10
31 46 Ryan Ellis* 176.684 30.563 -1.544 5
32 70 Derrike Cope* 176.332 30.624 -1.605 5
33 40 Matt DiBenedetto 175.188 30.824 -1.805 7
34 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt 174.791 30.894 -1.875 5
35 93 Kevin Swindell 173.818 31.067 -2.048 10
36 23 Robert Richardson Jr. 173.433 31.136 -2.117 8
37 17 Tanner Berryhill 172.397 31.323 -2.304 8
38 89 Morgan Sheherd* 170.159 31.735 -2.716 4
39 90 Martin Roy* 168.413 32.064 -3.045 15
40 87 Carlos Contreras 157.950 34.188 -5.169 1
41 10 Blake Koch* 0.000 0.000 29.019 0
42 52 Joey Gase 0.000 0.000 29.019 0
43 74 Mike Harmon* 0.000 0.000 29.019 0

# – Rookie
* Required to Qualify on Time
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

 

 

 

Hamilton quickest in first practice for United States GP

hamiltonfp1cotaLewis Hamilton made a promising start to this weekend’s race in the United States, topping the timesheet in FP1 on Friday, a quarter of a second ahead of Mercedes team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg.

The Englishman, who leads the world championship by 17 points, set the pace initially, had a spell when Jenson Button was quickest in the fast-improving McLaren, then took back the initiative with a lap of 1m 39.941s. Rosberg’s response was 1m 40.223s, as Button stayed a very respectable third on 1m 40.319s.

There was then a bit of a gap back to fourth-placed Daniil Kvyat in the Toro B1STHLfCcAIRJuTRosso on 1m 40.887s, the Russian just ahead of Kevin Magnussen, who confirmed McLaren’s recent upturn in performance with 1m 40.987s.

Fernando Alonso was sixth for Ferrari with 1m 41.065s, ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the lead Red Bull on 1m 41.463s. The world champion will use an entirely new power unit this weekend – his sixth of the season – and is therefore likely to start Sunday’s race from the pit lane, once a penalty is applied.

Behind Vettel, Felipe Nasr did a good job for Williams, going eighth-fastest with 1m 41.545s, as Nico Hulkenberg took his Force India round in 1m 41.722s B1SdimJCUAEahtWto pip Toro Rosso rookie Max Verstappen on 1m 41.785s. Felipe Massa recorded 1m 41.907s in the other Williams, whilst Kimi Raikkonen lapped in 1m 41.965s to take 12th in the second Ferrari.

Pastor Maldonado had a slightly wild half spin at the end in his Lotus but was 13th on 1m 42.329s ahead of another spinner – Adrian Sutil, who took his Sauber round in 1m 42.333s.

Sergio Perez was 15th fastest for Force India on 1m 42.459s, just ahead of fellow Mexican Esteban Gutierrez who lapped in 1m 42.516s in the second B1Sf31OCYAAFxleSauber. The final two spots on the timesheet went to Daniel Ricciardo, who struggled to 1m 42.598s before encountering technical problems with his Red Bull, and Romain Grosjean who lapped in 1m 43.229s, but looked uncomfortable in his Lotus throughout.

Overall, it was a relatively undramatic 90 minutes, as the teams focused on tyre evaluation.

 United States Grand Prix First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:39.941 Leader Leader 28
2 6 Nico Roseberg 1:40.233 -0.292 -0.292 32
3 22 Jenson Button 1:40.319 -0.378 -0.086 27
4 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:40.887 -0.946 -0.568 33
5 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:40.987 -1.046 -0.100 29
6 14 Fernando Alonso 1:41.065 -1.124 -0.078 27
7 1 Sebastian Vettel 1:41.463 -1.522 -0.398 20
8 40 Felipe Nasr 1:41.545 -1.604 -0.082 19
9 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:41.722 -1.781 -0.177 24
10 38 Max Verstappen 1:41.785 -1.844 -0.063 32
11 19 Felipe Massa 1:41.907 -1.966 -0.122 21
12 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:41.965 -2.024 -0.058 23
13 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:41.329 -2.388 -0.364 28
14 99 Adrian Sutil 1:42.333 -2.392 -0.004 23
15 11 Sergio Perez 1:42.359 -2.418 -0.026 23
16 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:42.516 -2.575 -0.157 24
17 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:42.598 -2.657 -0.082 5
18 8 Romain Grojean 1:43.229 -3.288 -0.631 26

 

 

 

 

 

Johnny Sauter is fastest in first practice Truck practices at Texas

 

 

 

 

 

sauter-texas-2-2014All three of NASCAR’s national series are at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) this weekend, and early Thursday afternoon the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) started things off with their first WinStar World Casino & Resort 350(k) practice session. And, at the conclusion of the session it was, Johnny Sauter , with a lap speed of 180.114 mph, at the top of the speed chart with the fastest speed.

Timothy Peters was second fastest on the speed chart with a lap speed of 179.545 mph, and he was followed by Jeb Burton (179.438 mph) who was third, Brennan Newberry (179.354) fourth and last week’s winner, Darrell Wallace, Jr. (179.265) was fifth.

Series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender, Tyler Reddick (179.081 mph) put up the sixth fastest lap speed, while Cameron Hayley (178.660) was seveth, German Quiroga, Jr. (178.619) eighth, John Wes Townley (178.607) ninth and the current series points leader, Matt Crafton (178.424) rounding out the top-ten.

The teams will return to the track shorty after the first session for their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm (ET), before returning Friday afternoon at 3:15 pm (ET) for qualifying to determine the starting lineup for that evening’s race. The current series qualifying track record at TMS is 184.464 mph, set by Clint Bowyer on Nov. 3rd, 2006.

The 16th annual WinStar World Casino & Resort 350(k) is scheduled to get started Friday night at 8:50 pm (ET), and television coverage beginning at 8:00 pm (ET) on FOX Sports 1

WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 98 Johnny Sauter 180.114 29.981 Leader 4
2 17 Timothy Peters 179.545 30.076 -0.095 7
3 13 Jeb Burton 179.438 30.094 -0.113 7
4 20 Brennan Newberry 179.354 30.108 -0.127 4
5 54 Darrell Wallace Jr 179.265 30.123 -0.142 3
6 19 Tyler Reddick # 179.081 30.154 -0.173 7
7 30 Cameron Hayley 178.660 30.225 -0.244 11
8 77 German Quiroga 178.619 30.232 -0.251 13
9 05 John Wes Townley 178.607 30.234 -0.253 12
10 88 Matt Crafton 178.424 30.265 -0.284 2
11 32 Tayler Malsam 178.218 30.300 -0.319 4
12 29 Ryan Blaney 177.971 30.342 -0.361 2
13 8 Joe Nemechek 177.737 30.382 -0.401 4
14 99 Bryan Silas 177.276 30.461 -0.480 13
15 31 Ben Kennedy # 177.090 30.493 -0.512 10
16 02 Tyler Young # 175.587 30.754 -0.773 22
17 15 Mason Mingus # 174.008 31.033 -1.052 11
18 21 Joey Coulter 173.461 31.131 -1.150 6
19 63 Justin Jennings 172.546 31.296 -1.315 16
20 08 Ray Black Jr. 172.183 31.362 -1.381 9
21 07 Ryan Lynch 171.832 31.426 -1.445 17
22 23 Max Gresham 169.486 31.861 -1.880 5
23 36 Blake Koch (i) 162.308 33.270 -3.289 1
24 57 Adam Edwards 152.452 35.421 -5.440 2
25 50 TJ Bell 6.004 899.371 -869.390 1
26 0 Caleb Roark 0.000 0.000 -29.981 0
27 6 Norm Benning 0.000 0.000 -29.981 0
28 9 Ron Hornaday, Jr. 0.000 0.000 -29.981 0
29 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb 0.000 0.000 -29.981 0
30 35 Ryan Ellis(i) 0.000 0.000 -29.981 0
31 51 Kyle Busch (i) 0.000 0.000 -29.981 0
32 74 Mike Harmon (i) 0.000 0.000 -29.981 0

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

 

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. charges on final restart, wins at Martinsville

B06Zy8vIQAEuxhnAfter a red flag and then a 5-lap dash to the finish, it was Dale Earnhardt, Jr., holding off – by 0.344 seconds – his fellow Hendrick Motorsports’ teammate, Jeff Gordon, to win Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Goody’s 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

This was Earnhardt’s fourth series win of the 2014 season, his twenty-third series career win and his first series win at “the paperclip” shaped Martinsville Speedway.

Following Earnhardt and Gordon (who led the most laps – 130 out of 500) to the drop of the checkered flag were Ryan Newman finishing third, Tony Stewart fourth and Joey Logano finished fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten finishing positions were Matt Kenseth taking home sixth-place, Clint Bowyer seventh, Denny Hamlin eighth, AJ Allmendinger ninth and David Ragan claiming tenth-place.

Austin Dillon, with his 12th-place finish, was the highest finishing series Rookie of the Year (ROTY candidate.

With his second-place finish, Jeff Gordon leaves Martinsville with a 3-point lead over Ryan Newman.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 70.725 MPH
Time of Race: 03 Hrs, 43 Mins, 07 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.344 Seconds
Lead Changes: 24 among 11 drivers
Cautions: 15 for 105 laps

Next Up: The AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 2nd, with an approximate starting time of 3:20 pm (ET), and television coverage provided by ESPN beginning with their NASCAR Countdown pre-race show at 2:00 pm (ET).

Goody’s 500 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 500 Running 79 47 4
2 24 Jeff Gordon 500 Running 130 44 2
3 31 Ryan Newman 500 Running 0 41 0
4 14 Tony Stewart 500 Running 18 41 1
5 22 Joey Logano 500 Running 60 40 1
6 20 Matt Kenseth 500 Running 2 39 1
7 15 Clint Bowyer 500 Running 33 38 1
8 11 Denny Hamlin 500 Running 68 37 1
9 47 AJ Allmendinger 500 Running 0 35 0
10 34 David Ragan 500 Running 0 34 0
11 18 Kyle Busch 500 Running 0 33 0
12 3 Austin Dillon # 500 Running 0 32 0
13 16 Greg Biffle 500 Running 0 31 0
14 27 Paul Menard 500 Running 0 30 0
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 500 Running 0 29 0
16 1 Jamie McMurray 500 Running 84 29 1
17 51 Justin Allgaier # 500 Running 4 28 1
18 26 Cole Whitt # 500 Running 0 26 0
19 40 Landon Cassill (i) 500 Running 0 0 0
20 99 Carl Edwards 500 Running 0 24 0
21 43 Aric Almirola 500 Running 0 23 0
22 38 David Gilliland 500 Running 1 23 1
23 9 Marcos Ambrose 499 Running 0 21 0
24 7 Michael Annett # 499 Running 0 20 0
25 98 Josh Wise 499 Running 0 19 0
26 66 Mike Wallace(i) 499 Running 0 0 0
27 55 Brian Vickers 496 Running 0 17 0
28 32 Kyle Fowler (i) 491 Running 0 0 0
29 23 Alex Bowman # 490 Running 0 15 0
30 42 Kyle Larson # 487 Accident 0 14 0
31 2 Brad Keselowski 472 Running 0 13 0
32 48 Jimmie Johnson 459 Running 0 12 0
33 4 Kevin Harvick 457 Running 0 11 0
34 10 Danica Patrick 451 Accident 0 10 0
35 36 Reed Sorenson 442 Running 0 9 0
36 41 Kurt Busch 438 Running 21 9 1
37 13 Casey Mears 436 Accident 0 7 0
38 78 Martin Truex Jr. 436 Accident 0 6 0
39 83 J.J. Yeley (i) 436 Running 0 0 0
40 5 Kasey Kahne 403 Accident 0 4 0
41 33 Travis Kvapil 280 Engine 0 3 0
42 44 Timmy Hill 30 Brakes 0 2 0
43 93 Clay Rogers 25 Overheating 0 1 0

# – Rookie 
Gold – Chase Drivers
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Unofficial Point Standings After Martinsville (Oct. Race) Top 16
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 24 Jeff Gordon 4044 7 33 4 13 21 0
2 31 Ryan Newman 4041 4 33 0 4 15 1
3 22 Joey Logano 4040 3 33 5 16 21 4
4 20 Matt Kenseth 4039 2 33 0 12 20 2
5 11 Denny Hamlin 4037 -2 32 1 6 15 2
6 99 Carl Edwards 4024 -15 33 2 7 13 2
7 2 Brad Keselowski 4013 -26 33 6 14 17 1
8 4 Kevin Harvick 4011 -28 33 3 11 17 2
9 18 Kyle Busch 2230 -1814 33 1 8 14 4
10 47 AJ Allmendinger 2198 -1846 33 1 2 5 3
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 2196 -1848 33 4 12 18 2
12 48 Jimmie Johnson 2186 -1858 33 3 10 18 3
13 16 Greg Biffle 2178 -1866 33 0 3 10 1
14 5 Kasey Kahne 2173 -1871 33 1 3 11 4
15 41 Kurt Busch 2155 -1889 33 1 6 9 6
16 43 Aric Almirola 2124 -1920 33 1 2 7 6

Green – Divers in Position to move on to next Championship 4 Round
Orange – Drivers in Elimination Zone
Red – Drivers Eliminated

Sprint Cup Chase Bracket
Seed Challenger 16 Contender 12 Eliminator 8 Championship 4 Champion
1 Brad Keselowski
2 Jeff Gordon
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr Brad Keselowski
4 Jimmie Johnson Joey Logano
5 Joey Logano Kevin Harvick Joey Logano
6 Kevin Harvick Jimmie Johnson Kevin Harvick
7 Carl Edwards Jeff Gordon Brad Keselowski  
8 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Ryan Newman    
9 Denny Hamlin Dale Earnhardt Jr Denny Hamlin  
10 Kurt Busch Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth  
11 Kasey Kahne Ryan Newman Carl Edwards
12 Aric Almirola Carl Edwards Jeff Gordon
13 AJ Allmendinger Denny Hamlin
14 Matt Kenseth Kasey Kahne
15 Greg Biffle
16 Ryan Newman

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standing After Martinsville (Oct. Race) (Top 16)
Pos. Owner Car # Points Behind Attempts
1 Rick Hendrick 24 4044 Leader 33
2 Richard Childress 31 4041 -3 33
3 Walter Czarnecki 22 4040 -4 33
4 Joe Gibbs 20 4039 -5 33
5 JD Gibbs 11 4037 -7 33
6 Jack Roush 99 4024 -20 33
7 Roger Penske 2 4013 -31 33
8 Tony Stewart 4 4011 -33 33
9 Joe Gibbs 18 2230 -1814 33
10 Tad Geschickter 47 2198 -1846 33
11 Rick Hendrick 88 2196 -1848 33
12 Jeff Gordon 48 2186 -1858 33
13 Jack Roush 16 2178 -1866 33
14 Linda Hendrick 5 2173 -1871 33
15 Gene Haas 41 2155 -1889 33
16 Richard Petty 43 2124 -1920 33

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Standings After Martinsville (Oct. Race)
Pos. Manufacturer Points Behind
1 Chevrolet 1476 Leader
2 Ford 1448 -28
3 Toyota 1325 -151