NASCAR XFINITY Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Notes and Entry List

xfinitylogoChase Elliott Returns To Defend His Win At Texas

Last season, Chase Elliot joined an illustrious group of drivers (Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch and Trevor Bayne) who posted their first career NASCAR XFINITY Series victories at Texas Motor Speedway. If he defends his win this season, he will be the first of the four drivers who posted their first win at Texas to do so.

While the odds look long for Elliott, there have been 14 different series winners at TMS and five of the 14 have multiple wins. Kyle Busch leads the series in wins at Texas with seven; including five consecutive victories from the spring of 2008 to the spring of 2010. Three drivers have won back-to-back races at Texas – Mark Martin (1999, 2000); Kyle Busch (2008 sweep, 2009 sweep and spring of 2010) and Carl Edwards (fall of 2010 and spring of 2011). Kyle Busch is the only driver since the NASCAR XFINITY Series started competing at TMS twice a year (since 2005) to win consecutive TMS spring events (2008, 2009 and 2010).

The defending series champion, Elliott, has regained his groove and is riding the momentum of his four consecutive top-10 finishes following his season-opening DNF at Daytona. In five starts in 2015, he has an average finish of 9.8, a driver rating of 100.0 (fifth-best in the series) and a percentage of laps run on the lead lap of 97 percent (second-best in the series).

Last season Elliott’s car came alive in the second half of the spring race at Texas. He traded the lead with his teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kevin Harvick in the final stretches of the event, but took the lead for the final time on Lap 185 and went on to win the race. Elliott posted three wins last season; he is still looking for his first in 2015.

TRACK NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length:
    1.5-mile quad oval, 334 laps, 501 miles
    Track Size: 1.5 miles
    Width: 58 feet (minimum)
    Turns: 750-foot radius
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
    Straightaways/dogleg: Banking: 5 degrees;
    Straights: Front Straight – 2250 feet; Back Stretch – 1330 feet
    Front Straightaway Grandstand: 66 rows, 112,522. Includes: PSL seats (36,000 w/armrests); and Handicapped Seating (1,595 – Row 28 at portal entrances)
    Back Straightaway Grandstand: 12 rows, 9,855
    Luxury Suites: 144 with seating for 9,992
    Victory Lane Club Suites: 50 with seating for 3,152
    Condominium Seating: 2,571
    Infield Capacity: Approx. 53,000
    Grandstand Seating: 122,377
    Total Permanent Seating: 138,122
    Total Estimated Capacity: 191,122 Pit Road: 45 pit stalls for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1997

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • Television Race Coverage: FoxSports 1 – 8:00pm/et
  • Announcers: Adam Alexander, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
    Pit Reporters: Vince Welch, Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Matt Yocum
    NASCAR RACEDAY: Larry McReynolds, Kenny Wallace.

EVENT SCHEDULE
Times are local to the Track (Central Time)

Thursday, April 9th
10:30 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM-9:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
2:30 PM NXS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
3:30 PM-4:30 PM NXS PRACTICE
5:30 PM-7:00 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Friday, April 10th
10:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM-8:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
3:45 PM (4:45 PM/ET) NXS QUALIFYING (FoxSports 1)
5:15 PM NXS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (VICTORY THEATER)
7:00 PM NXS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM (8:30 PM) NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES) (FoxSports 1)
NXS = XFINITY Series

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
  • Set limits:
    Xfinity: 8 sets for the event
  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side — D-4392; Right-side — D-4618
  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side — 87.40 in. (2,220 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 both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Texas this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams ran twice at Texas last season . . . this left-side tire code (D-4392) has been run by NASCAR teams at Texas since 2011 . . . this right-side tire code (D-4618) was introduced at this track last April . . . this right-side tire 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.

Weather:
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NASCAR XFINITY Series Entry List
O’Reilly Auto Parts 300
Texas Motor Speedway – 4/10/2015
Entry Car # Driver Make Sponsor
1 0 Harrison Rhodes Chevrolet teamjdmotorsports.com
2 01 Landon Cassill Chevrolet GK Services
3 1 Elliot Sadler Ford OneMain Financial
4 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet Albertsons / Reser’s
5 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet Biulwark / Wayne Workwear
6 4 Ross Chastain # Chevrolet Flex Shot
7 6 Darrell Wallace Jr # Ford AdvoCare
8 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com
9 8 Blake Koch Toyota TBD
10 9 Chase Elliott Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts
11 10 Jeff Green Toyota TriStar Motorsports
12 13 Timmy Hill (i) Dodge Braille Battery Grafoid
13 14 Cale Conley # Toyota IAVA
14 15 Stanton Barrett Ford TBA
15 16 Ryan Reed Ford Lilly – American Diabetes Association
16 18 Daniel Suarez # Toyota ARRIS
17 19 Mike Bliss Toyota Dealer Associates
18 20 Erik Jones(i) Toyota Game Stop
19 22 Brad Keselowski (i) Ford Discount Tire
20 24 Eric McClure Toyota Hefty Reynolds Wrap
21 25 John Wes Townley (i) Chevrolet Zaxby’s
22 28 J.J. Yeley Toyota Texas 28 Spirits Stage
23 33 Austin Dillon(i) Chevrolet Ruud
24 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet FLASR
25 40 Carl Long Toyota Braille Battery / Grafoid
26 42 Brennan Poole Chevrolet DC Solar
27 43 Dakoda Armstrong Ford Purina Animal Nutrition
28 44 David Starr Toyota Zachry
29 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Crescent Consulting
30 52 Joey Gase Chevrolet TBA
31 54 Denny Hamlin (i) Toyota Monster Energy
32 55 Brandon Gdovic Chevrolet Windstax Wind Power Systems / Viva Auto Group
33 60 Chris Buescher Ford Safety-Kleen
34 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet South Point
35 70 Derrike Cope Chevrolet Charlie’s Soap / SWAE Watches
36 74 Mike Harmon Dodge The Weitz Company
37 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr(i) Chevrolet Goody’s
38 90 Mario Gosselin Chevrolet TBA
39 97 Peyton Sellers Chevrolet Obaika Racing
40 98 Sam Hornish, Jr. (i) Ford Carroll Shelby Engine Co.

# – Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate
(i) – driver not running for 2015 XFINITY Series Championship Drivers Points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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