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DATE: Friday, April 12
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway (1997) -- Fort Worth, Texas
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 122,377 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 17th
TELEVISION: ESPN 2
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, April 12/5:05 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Paul Menard
POLE WINNER: Paul Menard (finished 2)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jeff Green, 2002 (193.493 mph)
RACE RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2008 (151.707 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Ricky Stenhouse Jr.36David Ragan30
2Paul Menard17Justin Allgaier16
3Kasey Kahne88Danica Patrick17
4Denny Hamlin29Michael Annett18
5Austin Dillon410Steve Arpin9
2012 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 126.301 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 22 mins., 31 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.434 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 33 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Paul Menard (181.714 mph)
Past O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (3) -- Ford -- 126.301 mph
2011 -- Carl Edwards (1) -- Ford -- 147.884 mph
2010 -- Kyle Busch (3) -- Toyota -- 140.753 mph.
2009 -- Kyle Busch (1) -- Toyota -- 144.096 mph
2008 -- Kyle Busch (31) -- Toyota -- 151.707 mph
2007 -- Matt Kenseth (10) -- Ford -- 126.671 mph
2006 -- Kurt Busch (7) -- Dodge -- 129.984 mph
2005 -- Kasey Kahne (25) Dodge -- 126.746 mph
2004 -- Matt Kenseth (15) -- Ford -- 115.482 mph
2003 -- Joe Nemechek (7) -- Chevrolet -- 117.891 mph
2002 -- Jeff Purvis (13) -- Chevrolet -- 102.136 mph
2001 -- Kevin Harvick (7) -- Chevrolet -- 126.212 mph
2000 -- Mark Martin (2) -- Ford -- 108.130 mph
1999 -- Mark Martin (2) -- Ford -- 127.417 mph
1998 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (16) -- Chevrolet -- 120.174 mph
1997 -- Mark Martin (20) -- Ford -- 122.993 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Coca-Cola 300 (1997-1999), Albertson's 300 (2000),
Jani-King 300 (2001).
 
Past O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Pole Winners (finish)
2012 -- Paul Menard -- 2
2011 -- Carl Edwards -- 1
2010 -- Joey Logano -- 2
2009 -- Kyle Busch -- 1
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- David Ragan -- 5
2006 -- Denny Hamlin -- 10
2005 -- Shane Hmiel -- 10
2004 -- Kyle Busch -- 2
2003 -- Jason Keller -- 18
2002 -- Jeff Green -- 5
2001 -- Matt Kenseth -- 5
2000 -- Jason Leffler -- 22
1999 -- Dave Blaney -- 8
1998 -- Elliott Sadler -- 2
1997 -- Jeff Green -- 15
Last Race Results
RACE: Royal Purple 300 (March 23)
SITE: Auto Club Speedway -- Fontana, Calif.
MILES: 300
LAPS: 150
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Sam Hornish Jr.
THIRD: Regan Smith
FOURTH: Parker Kligerman
FIFTH: Austin Dillon
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 7 mins., 11 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 141.528 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.834 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 17 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: K. Busch - pole; E. Sadler 1-18; K. Busch 19-35; J. Clements 36;
K. Busch 37-40; S. Hornish Jr. 41-42; K. Busch 43-49; S. Hornish
Jr. 50-52; K. Busch 53-54; S. Hornish Jr. 55; K. Busch 56-81; J.
Nemechek 82-84; K. Busch 85-95; B. Scott 96-98; S. Hornish Jr.
99-110; B. Keselowski 111-115; S. Hornish Jr. 116-125; K. Busch
126-150.
O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Jason White (Richmond, VA)Toyota/Headrush
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/GK
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Husky Liners
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
4Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Flexseal
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Cargill
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/taxslayer.com
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/One Main Financial
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Ford/Alliance Truck Parts
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15To Be AnnouncedFord/Rick Ware Racing
16Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Resers
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
20Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Dollar General
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/Compassion International
27Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/Teamboom
30Nelson Piquet Jr. (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Worx Yard Tools
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Cessna/Bell Helicopter
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
42J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
43Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Ford/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
44Hal Martin (Galliano, LA)Toyota/American Custom Yachts
46Chase Miller (Canton, GA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
47Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/ETS Oil Field Services
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
55Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
60Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, MD)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Curved Records
77Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Camp Horsin' Around
79Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Ford/UPONOR
86To Be AnnouncedFord/Qello
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood & Pellet
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Hellmann's
92Dexter Stacey (Kahnawake, Canada)Ford/Maddie's Place
98Kevin Swindell (Germantown, TN)Ford/Carroll Shelby Motors
99Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/St. Jude Children's Hospital
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Kasey Kahne32Won112821------113
Austin Dillon------------------------5
Justin Allgaier---------------101167
Sam Hornish Jr------------19------1611
Elliott Sadler---5---------------512
Dale Earnhardt Jr.------------------------14
Brad Keselowski---------431534235
Brian Scott------------------151037
Kyle Busch2---47WonWonWon34---
Kevin Harvick------81134---5------
Matt KensethWon65Won---6---------
Brian Vickers------------6------------
Regan Smith------3434---------------
Trevor Bayne------------------1413---
 
Mover of the Week
Regan Smith - started 16 and finished 3
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 1
 
NOTES:
The O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway is the sixth race on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 24 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 and Kevin Harvick share the record for most wins at this racetrack with five each. Busch won five races in a row there from 2008-10. Harvick took the checkered flag for the most recent event at Texas five months ago. Both drivers are entered in this weekend's race.

Jack Roush has the most car owner wins in Nationwide races at Texas with eight, followed by Richard Childress and Joe Gibbs with five each.

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 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 26 Toyota Care 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Kurt Busch won last year's event there.

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