Paul Menard put a Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in the top spot Friday afternoon for Friday night's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Menard led qualifying with a speed of 181.714 miles per hour.

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Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEED.com and has been covering motorsports for 30 years. He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.