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DATE: Saturday, November 3rd
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: 8th
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 7:41 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Trevor Bayne (Not Defending)
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (Finished 9th)
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: $1,109,408 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $78,043; 2nd Place - $46,600; 3rd Place - $41,750
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Trevor Bayne106Ricky Stenhouse Jr4
2Denny Hamlin27Sam Hornish Jr9
3Carl Edwards88Joey Logano3
4Clint Bowyer59Elliott Sadler1
5Brad Keselowski610Brian Vickers21
2011 O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 143.464 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 5 minutes, 28 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.142 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 19 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (186.348 m.p.h.)
Past O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Trevor Bayne (10th) -- Ford -- 143.464 m.p.h.
2010 -- Carl Edwards (3rd) -- Ford -- 142.270 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kyle Busch (6th) -- Toyota -- 126.790 m.p.h.
2008 -- Kyle Busch (4th) -- Toyota -- 140.900 m.p.h.
2007 -- Kevin Harvick (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 144.212 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 145.710 m.p.h.
2005 -- Kevin Harvick (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 138.019 m.p.h.
Past O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Elliott Sadler -- 9th
2010 -- James Buescher -- 37th
2009 -- Matt Kenseth -- 4th
2008 -- Carl Edwards -- 2nd
2007 -- David Reutimann -- 18th
2006 -- Mark Martin -- 4th
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 16th
Last Race Results
RACE: Kansas Lottery 300 (October 14th)
SITE: Kansas Speedway -- Kansas City, Kansas
MILES: 309
LAPS: 206
WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr
RUNNER-UP: Austin Dillon
THIRD: Joey Logano
FOURTH: Elliott Sadler
FIFTH: Cole Whitt
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (Finished 3rd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 46 minutes, 8 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 111.597 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.288 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 12 for 50 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Logano 1-34; R. Stenhouse Jr. 35-37; P. Menard 38-44; R.
Stenhouse Jr. 45-53; P. Menard 54-58; R. Stenhouse Jr. 59-70; P.
Menard 71-112; A. Dillon 113-117; P. Menard 118-139; J. Allgaier
140-142; P. Menard 143-175; K.Busch 176-183; P. Menard 184; K.
Busch 185-205; R. Stenhouse Jr. 206.
O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/TBA
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/G&K Services
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
03Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/Wollbros
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
4Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/NOS
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
08Scott Saunders (Brisbane, Australia)Ford/Broo Premium Australian Beer
10Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Bandit Chippers/Radisson
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Dollar General
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Alliance Truck Parts
13To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/driven2honor.org
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Chevrolet/TBA
18Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/Z-Line Designs
19Hal Martin (Galliano, LA)Chevrolet/American Custom Yachts
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Game Stop
22Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/Tia Rosa
24Benny Gordon (DuBois, PA)Toyota/TBA
30Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Great Clips
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
38Brad Sweet (Grass Valley. CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Ford/United Supermarkets
40Erik Darnell (Beach Park, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
41To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
42Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Pilot Flying J
44John Blankenship (Williamson, WV)Toyota/Coal Save the Country
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/The Motorsports Group
47J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/stjude.org/Clements Auto
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
74To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
75Nur Ali (Karachi, Pakistan)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
81Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA)Dodge/TBA
86Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT_Ford/Qello
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/SWM
88Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/NASCAR Bashers
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
91Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
98Kevin Swindell (Germantown, TN)Ford/Carol Shelby Motors
99Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/TBA
 
Leading Contenders (Finish last seven years)
Driver2005200620072008200920102011
Denny Hamlin19th8th3rd14th------2nd
Ricky Stenhouse Jr---------------11th6th
Sam Hornish Jr------31st---------7th
Joey Logano---------4th24th4th8th
Elliott Sadler9th---24th---------9th
Danica Patrick---------------22nd11th
Justin Allgaier---------21st25th13th14th
Kevin HarvickWonWonWon29th6th8th---
Kyle Busch5th32nd2ndWonWon2nd---
Ryan Newman16th------------------
Austin Dillon---------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Danny Efland - Started in the 37th position and finished 14th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Darkhorse - Cole Whitt
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sam Hornish Jr) - Finished 9th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Joey Logano) - Finished 3rd
 
NOTES:
Last year with three races remaining, just 15 points separated the top drivers heading into Texas. This time around, only 26 points divide the top three spots on the points list, making the Lone Star state quite pivotal.

In 2011, Ricky Stenhouse Jr was six up on Elliott Sadler with three races left and posted a sixth, fifth and second to capture his first Nationwide Series crown.

This time around, Sadler has the upper hand, leading Stenhouse by six points and Austin Dillon by 26. With five straight top-10s and four wins this season, Sadler has the lead, but Stenhouse has narrowed the gap with his win two weeks ago in Kansas, knocking seven points off the deficit.

In 2011, Trevor Bayne passed his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards for the lead just after the final restart with six laps remaining to win the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. He then held off a hard-charging Denny Hamlin during the last three laps for his first win in his 77th career Nationwide Series start.

Earlier last year, Bayne, who had won the Daytona 500, missed five Nationwide races while recovering from symptoms that include: nausea, fatigue and impaired vision. The then 20-year-old had been hospitalized at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, undergoing tests for what doctors believed to be at that time an "inflammatory condition." Bayne has raced in six Nationwide events this season, posting three top-10's and one pole.

Brad Keselowski captured his first Nationwide Series championship in 2010 with a third-place finish, while Carl Edwards denied Kyle Busch a record sixth straight win at Texas Motor Speedway by taking the 2010 running of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Keselowski gave team owner Roger Penske his first NASCAR national touring series championship. He also became the first Dodge driver in the series to win the title.

After the final restart, Edwards pulled away from second-place Busch and then crossed the finish line 0.07 seconds ahead of Busch for his third victory of the 2010 season and the 28th of his career. Busch felt Edwards jumped the restart for the green-white-checkered finish too early. With his win in Charlotte three weeks ago, Edwards now totals 38 career wins, tying him for third on the all-time list with Kevin Harvick.

In 2009, Busch once again dominated in the Lone Star state, as he accomplished the Texas two-step defeating Casey Mears by 3.154 seconds. Busch led six times for 179 of the 200 laps to win this race for the second straight year. With the win, Busch won for the fourth time and posted his ninth top-10 in ten races at TMS.

Although he did not start on the pole in 2008, Busch dominated the race, leading five times for 174 laps, as he defeated Edwards by less than half a second. Edwards started on the pole, but led only two laps. The win was the 21st of his 51 career Nationwide Series titles.

Back in 2007, Kevin Harvick made it three straight at TMS, as he led the final 35 laps to defeat Busch by 3.486 seconds and win the fall race for the third consecutive season.

In 2005, Harvick captured the inaugural O'Reilly Challenge for his 17th career Nationwide Series title. The win, his fourth of that campaign, was a nail biter, as he crossed the finish line just over two seconds ahead of Greg Biffle. Harvick reclaimed the lead on lap 168 and held on for the win. Pole sitter Ryan Newman finished a disappointing 16th, as he led four times for a total of 122 laps.

The Nationwide Series will run their second-to-last race of the season on Nov. 10 at Phoenix International Raceway. Sam Hornish Jr won last year's race there.

10/31 14:57:31 ET

As of October 31, 2012, at 02:57 PM ET