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DATE: Friday, April 4
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 112,552 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 18th
TELEVISION: ESPN2
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, April 4/4:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
POLE WINNER: Alex Bowman (finished 14)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jeff Green, 2002 (193.493 mph)
RACE RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2008 (151.707 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch26Matt Kenseth9
2Brad Keselowski57Regan Smith6
3Austin Dillon38Kasey Kahne16
4Dale Earnhardt Jr119Brian Vickers13
5Kevin Harvick710Justin Allgaier14
2013 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Facts and Figures
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
POLE WINNER: Alex Bowman (183.418 mph)
Past O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Kyle Busch (2) -- Toyota -- 123.853 mph
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)
2013 -- Alex Bowman -- 14
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: TreatMyClot.com 300 (March 22)
SITE: Auto Club Speedway -- Fontana, Calif.
MILES: 300
LAPS: 150
WINNER: Kyle Larson
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
THIRD: Kyle Busch
FOURTH: Joey Logano
FIFTH: Elliott Sadler
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (finished 5)
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
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.
O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/G&K Services
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Shore Lodge
3Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Wesco
4Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/Flex Seal
5Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers Pizza
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/TaxSlayer.com
9Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts
10Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/supportmilitary.org
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/Game Stop/Lego Hobbit
13Matt Carter (Denver, NC)Toyota/TBA
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
16Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.
17Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK)Dodge/BWP Bats
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Game Stop
22Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)Ford/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/Willbros
24Jason White (Richmond, VA)Toyota/Friday Night Tykes
28Derek White (Kahnawake, QB, Canada)Dodge/TBA
31Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Rockstar
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Cartwheel
43Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Ford/WinField
44David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Whataburger
46Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/BBB
54 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
55Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
60Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX)Ford/Roush Performance Parts
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/South Point
70Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/CharliesSoap.com
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Dodge/TBA
76Tommy Joe Martins (Como, MS)Ford/TBA
84Chad Boat (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/RedFest Music Festival
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Ragu
93J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Dodge/TBA
99James Buescher (Plano, TX)Toyota/Rheem
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Kyle Busch---47WonWonWon34---Won
Dale Earnhardt Jr.---------------------144
Kevin Harvick---81134---5------5
Matt Kenseth65Won---6---------6
Regan Smith---3434---------------7
Brian Scott---------------15103711
Elliott Sadler5---------------51213
Trevor Bayne---------------1413---26
Kyle Larson------------------------32
Ty Dillon---------------------------
Chase Elliott---------------------------
Ryan Blaney---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Kyle Busch - started 39 and finished 3
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 3
 
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.

04/01 13:47:36 ET

As of April 1, 2014, at 01:48 PM ET

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