NASCAR Nationwide Series

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DATE: Friday, April 8th
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway (1997) -- Fort Worth, Texas
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 2,250 feet (Frontstretch); 1,330 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 191,122 (122,377 - Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 15th
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8:30 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Joey Logano
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (Finished 2nd)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jeff Green, 2002 (193.493 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2008 (151.707 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,457,996 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $74,245; 2nd Place - $54,675; 3rd Place - $51,518
2010 Finish
1Kyle Busch36Jamie McMurray7
2Joey Logano17Greg Biffle42
3Reed Sorenson228David Reutimann26
4Brad Keselowski129Steve Wallace8
5Kevin Harvick1610Paul Menard9
2010 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 140.753 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 7 minutes, 53 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.688 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (185.663 m.p.h.)
Past O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Kyle Busch (3rd) -- Toyota -- 140.753 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kyle Busch (1st) -- Toyota -- 144.096 m.p.h.
2008 -- Kyle Busch (31st) -- Toyota -- 151.707 m.p.h. (race record)
2007 -- Matt Kenseth (10th) -- Ford -- 126.671 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kurt Busch (7th) -- Dodge -- 129.984 m.p.h.
2005 -- Kasey Kahne (25th) Dodge -- 126.746 m.p.h.
2004 -- Matt Kenseth (15th) -- Ford -- 115.482 m.p.h.
2003 -- Joe Nemechek (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 117.891 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jeff Purvis (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 102.136 m.p.h.
2001 -- Kevin Harvick (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 126.212 m.p.h.
2000 -- Mark Martin (2nd) -- Ford -- 108.130 m.p.h.
1999 -- Mark Martin (2nd) -- Ford -- 127.417 m.p.h.
1998 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 120.174 m.p.h.
1997 -- Mark Martin (20th) -- Ford -- 122.993 m.p.h.
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)
2010 -- Joey Logano -- 2nd
2009 -- Kyle Busch -- Won
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- David Ragan -- 5th
2006 -- Denny Hamlin -- 10th
2005 -- Shane Hmiel -- 10th
2004 -- Kyle Busch -- 2nd
2003 -- Jason Keller -- 18th
2002 -- Jeff Green -- 5th
2001 -- Matt Kenseth -- 5th
2000 -- Jason Leffler -- 22nd
1999 -- Dave Blaney -- 8th
1998 -- Elliott Sadler -- 2nd
1997 -- Jeff Green -- 15th
Last Race Results
RACE: Royal Purple 300 (March 26th)
SITE: Auto Club Speedway -- Fontana, California
MILES: 300
LAPS: 150
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Carl Edwards
THIRD: Kevin Harvick
FOURTH: Ricky Stenhouse Jr
FIFTH: Elliott Sadler
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (Finished 2nd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 7 minutes, 52 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 140.772 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.713 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 19 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 21 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: C. Edwards - pole; K. Harvick 1-2; C. Edwards 3-4; K. Harvick
5-6; C. Edwards 7; K. Harvick 8-10; A. Almirola 11-12; K. Harvick
13-20; K. Lepage 21; C. Lewandoski 22-23; M. Martin 24-28; C.
Edwards 29-38; K. Harvick 39-65; C. Edwards 66-68; K. Busch 69;
C. Edwards 70-94; K. Harvick 95-97; C. Edwards 98; R. Stenhouse
Jr. 99-108; C. Edwards 109-114; K. Harvick 115-133; K. Busch
O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/G&K Services
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
05David Starr (Houston, TX)Chevrolet/31w Insulation
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch, MS)Ford/Easy Feet
7Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Alliance
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out/Reynolds
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
16Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Z-Line Designs
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/TriStar Motorsports
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Game Stop
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr (McKinney, TX)Dodge/Wildlife Conservation Society
24Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Ford/TBA
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Pouch Tech
30Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Wolf Pack Rentals
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/TBA
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards
38Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Danny O'Quinn (Coeburn, VA)Ford/Heil Company
40Scott Wimmer (Wausau, WI)Chevrolet/TBA
41Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
49Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/
52Tim Schendel (Sparta, WI)Chevrolet/My Three Sons Vending
55Brett Rowe (Barboursville, WV)Chevrolet/Imperial Bedding
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
62Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Toyota/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
66Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
68Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
70Shelby Howard (Greenwood, IN)Chevrolet/Race Fuel Energy Drink
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Riverwalk Cafe
75Matthew Carter (Denver, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
79Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Ford/TBA
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO Motorsports
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/Hellmann's
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Imperial Bedding
99David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Pastrana Waltrip Racing
* - Defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Kyle Busch------2nd---4th7thWonWonWon
Joey Logano---------------------12th2nd
Reed Sorenson---------3rd13th35th------3rd
Brad Keselowski---------------43rd15th3rd4th
David Reutimann---24th---------6th14th9th8th
Steve Wallace---------------32nd16th14th9th
Paul Menard------14th18th7th9th---5th10th
Justin Allgaier---------------------10th11th
Jason Leffler------6th---17th13th9th13th12th
Trevor Bayne------------------------14th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr------------------------29th
Carl Edwards---------4th43rd3rd13th18th30th
Kasey Kahne36th9th32ndWon11th28th21st------
Elliott Sadler---------5th---------------
Mover of the Week
Elliott Sadler - Started in the 34th position and finished 5th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Steve Wallace
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Michael Annett) - Finished 18th
To say that Kyle Busch has set up a new residence at Texas Motor Speedway would be an understatement. Since the fall of 2007, Busch has five wins and two runner-up finishes at the track, including three consecutive spring wins. To top it off, Busch has won the last two Nationwide races and has three titles in five starts.

Last season, Busch once again dominated the race, leading for 153 of the 200 laps, including the final 24 as he defeated Joey Logano by 0.688 of a second for his 33rd Nationwide Series title. Delayed by rain for two days, Busch gave a five-star performance for his fifth consecutive Nationwide Series victory at Texas. Busch, who swept both Nationwide events here during the 2008 and '09 seasons, joined Dale Earnhardt and Jack Ingram as the only drivers in the series to win five in a row at the same track. Busch's win total now stands at 46, just three shy of all-time leader Mark Martin.

Back in 2009, Busch put on another dominating performance, as he set a new track record after leading 178 of 200 laps. He also became the first driver to win from the pole in 17 Nationwide races at Texas.

Busch started an explosion of victories in 2008, as he recorded the first of 10 2008 wins. Starting from the 31st position on the grid, Busch took the lead for the first time on lap 57 and then again on the 71st. After Clint Bowyer took over on the 93rd, Busch regained the advantage through the 153rd lap, as Jeff Burton and then Jamie McMurray traded the lead. On lap 158, Busch was back on top to stay and held on the rest of the way to edge Burton by 1.041 seconds.

Matt Kenseth led only nine laps, but it was the final nine, as he posted his 23rd career Nationwide Series title, clipping Denny Hamlin by less than a second in 2007. Busch dominated the race, leading three times for 113 laps, but faded and finished 7th.

Kurt Busch, starting for the first time in the Nationwide Series in 2006, clipped Greg Biffle by less than a second to become just the fifth driver to accomplish that feat. The other four were: Dale Earnhardt (1982), Joe Ruttman (1982), Ricky Rudd (1983) and Terry Labonte (1985). Pole sitter Denny Hamlin led the first 20 laps and traded positions with Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth through lap 93 when Jeff Burton took over. Burton led for the next 43 laps, however Busch claimed the lead on lap 137 and held on for a 0.266 of a second victory.

In 2005, Kasey Kahne posted his second career Nationwide Series win, as he edged Greg Biffle by less than half a second. Kahne started from the 25th position, the worst starting spot by a winner of this race. Pole sitter Shane Hmiel finished 10th after leading just 20 laps. Kahne, who led the final seven laps, led for a total of 47 laps, while Biffle led for 32. Kahne first made his way to the front of the pack on Lap 53 and remained there for 40 laps. He led again on Lap 194 for the remaining six laps. The lead changed hands a record 17 times among 10 drivers with Kahne picking up the 10-point bonus for most laps led.

With his win last year, Busch joined Mark Martin as the only three-time winner of this race. Martin won the race back in 1997, 1999 and 2000.

The next Nationwide Series race is the April 16th staging of the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. Brad Keselowski is the defending race winner.

04/05 14:45:22 ET

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