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DATE: Friday, November 2nd
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: 14th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kevin Harvick (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Austin Dillon
POLE WINNER: James Buescher (Finished 19th)
LAPS: 147
MILES: 220.5 (350 kilometers)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Clint Bowyer, 2006 (184.464 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2009 (146.296 m.p.h., 147 laps)
TOTAL PURSE: $548,306 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $48,100; 2nd Place - $38,375; 3rd Place - $25,775
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kevin Harvick106Joey Coulter14
2Austin Dillon27Johnny Sauter12
3Ty Dillon88Ricky Carmichael5
4Nelson Piquet Jr79Miguel Paludo17
5Matt Crafton1110Justin Lofton6
2011 WinStar World Casino 350k Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 121.275 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 49 minutes, 50 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.294 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 32 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: James Buescher (181.062 m.p.h.)
Past WinStar World Casino 350k Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Kevin Harvick (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 121.275 m.p.h.
2010 -- Kyle Busch (3rd) -- Toyota -- 132.366 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kyle Busch (12th) -- Toyota -- 146.296 m.p.h. (race record)
2008 -- Ron Hornaday Jr (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 126.220 m.p.h.
2007 -- Ted Musgrave (3rd) -- Toyota -- 131.363 m.p.h.
2006 -- Clint Bowyer (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 124.895 m.p.h.
2005 -- Todd Bodine (8th) -- Toyota -- 128.239 m.p.h.
2004 -- Todd Bodine (22nd) -- Toyota -- 115.169 m.p.h.
2003 -- Brendan Gaughan (7th) -- Dodge -- 122.727 m.p.h.
2002 -- Brendan Gaughan (5th) -- Dodge -- 137.736 m.p.h.
2001 -- Travis Kvapil (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 112.020 m.p.h.
2000 -- Bryan Reffner (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 112.933 m.p.h.
1999 -- Jay Sauter (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 123.430 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called O'Reilly 400 (1999-2000), Silverado 350 (2001-08).
 
Past WinStar World Casino 350k Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- James Buescher -- 19th
2010 -- Matt Crafton -- 3rd
2009 -- Matt Crafton -- 2nd
2008 -- Rick Crawford -- 11th
2007 -- Mike Skinner -- 3rd
2006 -- Clint Bowyer -- 1st
2005 -- Mike Skinner -- 2nd
2004 -- Mike Skinner -- 11th
2003 -- Andy Houston -- 5th
2002 -- Mike Bliss -- 9th
2001 -- Scott Riggs -- 13th
2000 -- Bryan Reffner -- 1st
1999 -- Jay Sauter -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: Kroger 200 (October 27th)
SITE: Martinsville Speedway -- Martinsville, Virginia
MILES: 105.2
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Nelson Piquet Jr
THIRD: Joey Coulter
FOURTH: Matt Crafton
FIFTH: Scott Riggs
POLE WINNER: Timothy Peters (Finished 7th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 30 minutes, 42 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 69.579 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.932 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 40 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 5 drivers
LAP LEADERS: T. Peters 1-58; K. Harvick 59-94; J. Sauter 95; K. Harvick
96-151; T. Peters 152; K. Harvick 153-161; M. Crafton 162-194; D.
Hamlin 195-200.
WinStar World Casino 350k Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
0Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Ford/driven2honor.org
2Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/South Point
3Ty Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Brandon McReynolds (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/Wolf Pack Rentals
5Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/TBA
6Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Chevrolet/Lofton Cattle
07Jeff Agnew (Copper Hill, VA)Chevrolet/Mark 4 Suzuki
7Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
08Ross Chastain (Alva, FL)Toyota/Wear Your Gear/bobber.info
8Max Gresham ((Stockbridge, GA)Chevrolet/Made in USA Brand
09John Wes Townley (Waitville, GA)Toyota/Zaxby's
9Ron Hornaday Jr. (Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/Smokey Mountain Herbal
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)RAM/driven2honor.org
11Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/Toyota Care
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Toyota/Seal Master/Curb Records
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Dollar General
19David Mayhew (Atascadero, CA)RAM/MMI/Steak & Grape
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Ford/gunbroker.com
27B.J. McLeod (Wauchula, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
29Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)RAM/Cooper Standard
30Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/TAG Heuer Avant
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Great Clips
32Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Chevrolet/Duroline Brakes
33Cale Gale (Mobile, AL)Chevrolet/Rheem Chase the Cure
38Chris Jones (Forest, VA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/Pull-A-Part LLC
51German Quiroga (Mexico City, Mexico)Toyota/NET-10 Wireless
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/Norm Benning Racing
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Koma Unwind
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Zachry
83Chris Fontaine (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/Glenden Enterprises
84Russ Dugger (Owasso, OK)Toyota/Glenden Enterprises
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Toyota/Menard's
93Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
99Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Ford/Rockingham Speedway
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Ty Dillon------------------------3rd
Nelson Piquet Jr------------------------4th
Matt Crafton12th21st17th15th7th19th2nd3rd5th
Joey Coulter------------------------6th
Johnny Sauter------------------6th2nd7th
Timothy Peters------------------19th12th11th
Todd Bodine---WonWon14th16th4th4th4th13th
James Buescher------------------17th6th19th
Parker Kligerman---------------------9th28th
Brendan GaughanWon---32nd17th2nd16th------31st
Kyle Busch------3rd2nd29th2ndWonWon33rd
Ron Hornaday Jr------7th5th18thWon3rd32nd34th
 
Mover of the Week
Scott Riggs - Started in the 23rd position and finished 5th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Ty Dillon
Darkhorse - Ron Hornaday Jr
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Ron Hornaday Jr) - Finished 33rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Joey Coulter) - Finished 3rd
 
NOTES:
With only three races remaining, the Camping World points race has come down to three drivers with a realistic shot at capturing the title, leader James Buescher, Ty Dillon and Timothy Peters.

Buescher holds a 21-point advantage over Dillon, while Peters is just 25 points back. Entering last week's race, Dillon held a one-point lead over Buescher, however Dillon placed 28th and Buescher sixth to take over the top spot on the points list.

Chevrolet, which currently leads the manufacturers' standings by 18 points, can clinch the Manufacturer's Championship outright this weekend by leaving Texas with a 13-point lead over Toyota. Chevy can clinch by earning third-place points or better.

Last season, Kevin Harvick held off then points leader Austin Dillon in a green-white checkered finish to win the WinStar World Casino 350k and clinch the owner's championship, in what was Kevin Harvick Inc's last year of competition in the series.

In a race that saw 12 lead changes among five drivers, Harvick reclaimed the lead for the fourth time on lap 104 and held on the rest of the way to defeat Austin Dillon by less than a second. Pole sitter Buescher, who led five times for 56 laps, placed 19th.

Back in 2010, Kyle Busch passed Todd Bodine for the lead on a late-race restart and then held off Johnny Sauter at the finish to win this race for the second year in a row. Busch, in his first year as driver and owner in the Truck Series, claimed his seventh of eight victories that season. He now has 30 victories on the Truck circuit, after adding an additional six wins in 2011.

In 2009, Busch won for the seventh time that year, as he defeated pole sitter Matt Crafton by 0.995 seconds. Crafton had started on the pole in 2009 and '10.

Ron Hornaday Jr overcame a one-lap deficit in 2008 and led the final 40 laps to clip Busch by less than a second. With the win, Hornaday recorded a season- sweep at Texas as he won here in June of 2008. It was his sixth victory of that season and the 39th of his career. Currently 12th on the points list, Hornaday is winless this season, but has captured 12 additional races the past three seasons.

Ted Musgrave reclaimed the lead with just two laps remaining in 2007 and then cruised to victory under caution thanks to an accident on the final lap, as he recorded his 17th career Truck Series title. Brendan Gaughan finished second, while pole sitter Mike Skinner placed third after leading for a race- high 40 laps.

In 2006, Clint Bowyer registered his first career Camping World Series title, as he crossed the finish line three lengths ahead of Busch. Bowyer, who sat on the pole, led on two separate occasions for a race-high 103 laps. Bowyer led for the first 49 laps, however Skinner took the lead through lap 94, but Bowyer reclaimed the advantage and never looked back, as he posted a 0.279 of a second victory. Skinner, who started alongside Bowyer, placed third.

Todd Bodine crossed the finish line about half a second ahead of Mike Skinner in 2005 for the win. The victory was Bodine's third of that season and the fifth of his Truck career. Skinner was the pole sitter and led for the first 25 laps and 80 overall. Bodine took the lead with just 23 laps remaining and held on for the checkered flag. With the win, Bodine joined Brendan Gaughan as the only back-to-back champions of this race. Gaughan accomplished the feat in 2002-03. Since then, Kyle Busch has added his name to the list of back-to-back winners of the fall race in Texas. Overall, Bodine is a six-time winner in Texas.

Texas Motor Speedway was the first high-speed track added to the NASCAR Camping World Truck schedule in June 1997. The track has hosted two races per season since 1999 when the Chevy Silverado 350K made its debut. Brendan Gaughan set a NASCAR Truck Series record in 2002-03 winning four consecutive races.

The Camping World Truck Series runs its penultimate race of the season on Nov. 9 with the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. Kyle Busch won last year's race there.

10/31 14:16:19 ET

As of October 31, 2012, at 02:16 PM ET

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