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Elliott Sadler, Johnny Sauter and others comment on a wild night in Thunder Valley.
O'Reilly Auto Parts to sponsor Texas spring Sprint Cup race
FORT WORTH, Texas (May 16, 2016) - O'Reilly Auto Parts and Texas Motor Speedway have signed a multi-year agreement for the national automotive aftermarket retailing leader to serve as the race entitlement sponsor for the annual April NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the world-renowned motorsports facility beginning in 2017. O'Reilly Auto Parts will be linking its brand to the state's best-attended, single-day sporting event and the Sprint Cup Series' third-highest paying race in the newly named O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 that will be held Sunday, April 9, 2017. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 will be the signature race entitlement of the deal, but the company also will continue its title sponsorship of the annual November XFINITY Series race at Texas Motor Speedway to ensure a year-round presence in a top-five metropolitan market. The current O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge XFINITY Series race that is part of a NASCAR tripleheader in November will be rebranded the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 beginning in 2017. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 XFINITY Series race is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2017. In addition to the traditional branding assets in race entitlement agreements, O'Reilly Auto Parts will continue as the "Official Auto Parts Supplier of Texas Motor Speedway " and own exclusive status in the auto parts store category. No financial terms or specific length of the contract were disclosed. "Expanding our partnership with Texas Motor Speedway helps us deepen our connection with loyal NASCAR fans and build the O'Reilly brand on a national stage," O'Reilly Auto Parts Vice President of Marketing Doug Ruble said. "The O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 sponsorship gives us new ways to promote our stores, engage our customers and reinforce our commitment to motorsports." The agreement is O'Reilly Auto Parts' initial race sponsorship venture on the Sprint Cup Series level at Texas Motor Speedway , but the publicly traded Fortune 500 company boasts an expansive NASCAR race entitlement portfolio at this venue. Beginning with the O'Reilly 300 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the fall of 1999, O'Reilly Auto Parts has been the title sponsor of six truck series races (1999-2004) and 27 XFINITY Series races (2002 through '16 season) at Texas Motor Speedway . That total includes sponsoring both the spring and fall XFINITY Series races annually since 2005 when Texas Motor Speedway added an annual fall NASCAR national series weekend. Under the new agreement, O'Reilly Auto Parts will relinquish its entitlement of the spring XFINITY Series race. The multi-year deal includes an expansive, multi-pronged promotional plan for the Sprint Cup Series race in O'Reilly Auto Parts' largest metropolitan market. The Springfield, Missouri-based company has more than 150 stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth Designated Market Area among its 4,600 in 44 states. O'Reilly Auto Parts and Texas Motor Speedway will be working in close cooperation to build this NASCAR race on a local, regional and national basis, engage race fans, increase attendance and attract race fans to its stores for all of their automotive needs. "We had a great meeting with the O'Reilly management team in Missouri a few months ago, and the thing that excites me the most about the partnership is this is going to be the promotion they are going to hang their hat on companywide all year long," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "That's exciting because it helps spread the word about the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, Texas Motor Speedway and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to all of their customers across the country. It helps build this event up and makes it bigger. This is a perfect fit for each other and I don't know how we could have done any better."
Full schedule for Texas tripleheader
Get all the on-track times for the weekend's NASCAR action RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota All times ET COMPLETE TV LISTINGS / BUY TICKETS FOR TEXAS / WEEKEND TRACK EVENTS This week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series head to Texas Motor Speedway SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2: PRE-RACE SCHEDULE -- 1:00:00 p.m.: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting -- 2:30:00 p.m.: NSCS Drivers Introductions -- 3:01:00 p.m.: Intro and Pledge of Allegiance by Boy Scouts -- 3:02:00 p.m.: Intro Presentation of Colors: Sheppard Air Force Base 82nd Training Wing Honor Guard -- 3:02:20 p.m.: Invocation by: Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries; Dr. Roger Marsh -- 3:02:45 p.m.: Intro National Anthem -- 3:03:00 p.m.: National Anthem: Air National Guard - Band of the Southwest -- 3:09:30 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Harlem Globetrotters -- 3:18:00 p.m.: Start of the AAA Texas 500 (334 Laps / 501 Miles on ESPN) ON TRACK -- 3 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 (334 laps, 501 miles), ESPN ( Follow live ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 1:45 p.m.: Harlem Globetrotters (grand marshals) and Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland (honorary pace car driver) -- 6:45 p.m.: NSCS Post Race Press Conference THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30: ON TRACK -- 2-3 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice ( Get results ) -- 3:30-5 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice ( Get results ) FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31: ON TRACK -- noon-12:50 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 1-2:30 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 3:15 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 4:30-6 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice, ESPN2 ( Get results ) -- 6:45 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, ESPN2 ( Get results ) -- 8:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 (147 laps, 220.5 miles), FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) GARAGECAM PRESENTED BY MOBIL 1 ( Watch live ) -- 11:30 a.m.: Nationwide Series -- 12:30 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 11 a.m.: Joey Logano -- 11:30 a.m.: Elliott Sadler -- noon: Ryan Newman -- 12:15 p.m.: Jimmie Johnson -- 2:45 p.m.: Chase Elliott -- 3 p.m.: Denny Hamlin -- 7:45 p.m.: NSCS Post Qualifying Press Conference -- 10:45 p.m.: NCWTS Post Race Press Conference SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1: ON TRACK -- 11-11:50 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 12:15 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 2 ( Get results ) -- 2-2:50 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice FOX Sports 2 ( Get results ) -- 3:30 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge ( 200 laps, 300 miles), ESPN ( Get results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 10:30 a.m.: James Buescher -- 5:45 p.m.: NNS Post Race Press Conference MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Monsters? Dragons? Next-level track prep hits Texas
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Texas RELATED: Sunday Snapshot " Starting lineup FORT WORTH, Texas – To help prepare its fresh new pavement, Texas Motor Speedway will continue employing the highly specialized "Tire Monster" and "Tire Dragon" again Saturday night and Sunday morning to get the racing surface ready for Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500. Two months ago, the track unveiled its newly paved 1.5-mile racing surface -- altering Turns 1 and 2 by decreasing the banking from 24 to 20 degrees and adding 20 feet of width. Goodyear did not feel a tire test was necessary coming into the race weekend and the track offered an extra hour of opening practice to help the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series prepare for the race. Four drivers -- Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Trevor Bayne and Kasey Kahne -- have gone to backup cars following incidents on Friday (Jones, Elliott) and Saturday (Bayne, Kahne). But the XFINITY Series race Saturday afternoon was uneventful in terms of track issues and Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage was optimistic about Sunday's race -- especially considering the extra efforts of the "Monster" and the "Dragon" devices to work the track surface in. Both will make laps around the track Saturday from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. and then begin again Sunday morning at 6 a.m. until pre-race activities begin in an effort to apply more rubber to widen the racing grooves. The vehicles drag tires and move at a constant rate to work the new asphalt in. The Dragon from Kentucky Speedway goes slowly, the Monster from Texas goes fast. And Gossage reminded that the track has been running the devices for two months in preparation. Gossage said he was encouraged by the surface heading into Sunday's race, but careful and cautious to give a two thumbs-up verdict yet. "The first half of the race was full of cautions but the second half of the race was race-y," Gossage said of the XFINITY Series' 200 -lapper Saturday. "All the drivers I've talked to say [Turns] 1 and 2 are coming in and getting wider, [Turns] 3 and 4 are treacherous. They say it's unbelievably narrow. I explained that's because Turns 1 and 2 are wider now. Perspective is different for them now. It's behaving like new asphalt. We've done all sorts of things to prep it but at the end of day you can't simulate it. Nothing will totally simulate race cars at speed. "Ask me tomorrow about this time. There's some anxiety to it all, but I was encouraged by the way it got better as the race went on today."
Blaney tops eventful first practice at Texas
RELATED: Practice 1 results " See the races at Texas Ryan Blaney soared to the top of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series leaderboard Friday in the opening practice on Texas Motor Speedway's newly redesigned and repaved layout. Blaney hustled the Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford to a best lap of 194.182 mph on the 1.5-mile Fort Worth track. The speed was well under the series' track record of 200 .111 mph set by Tony Stewart during qualifying in October 2014. Michael McDowell was second-fastest in the Texas-based Leavine Family Racing No. 95 Chevrolet, clocking in at 194.056 mph. Texas native Chris Buescher, rookie Erik Jones and AJ Allmendinger (Buescher's JTG Daugherty Racing teammate) completed the top five in the opening of on-track activity before Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) The extended two-hour, 25-minute session was designed to provide teams and drivers with extra practice time on Texas' new configuration. Besides new pavement and drainage systems, the layout features re-profiled banking in Turns 1 and 2, lowered from a 24-degree grade to 20 degrees. Speeds built incrementally through the session, which was marked by a handful of incidents. The hardest hit among those was by Jones, who flattened the side of his Furniture Row Racing No. 77 Toyota on the exit of Turn 4 at the practice's two-hour mark. Two teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing, which shares a technical affiliation with Furniture Row, also encountered problems. Denny Hamlin was the first, spinning his No. 11 Toyota and avoiding contact through Turns 1 and 2, early in the session. JGR teammate Kyle Busch spun his No. 18 Toyota out of the Turn 2 exit, brushing the wall with the right-rear fender with approximately 43 minutes left in opening practice. The No. 18 team initially opted to unload a backup car, but reversed course to fix the primary vehicle. MORE: No. 18 damaged " Elliott to backup car With just under 13 minutes left in practice, Chase Elliott joined the unfortunate list, tapping the outside wall in Turn 2 before veering down to the inside retaining wall on the backstretch. His No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet sustained heavy damage, requiring a backup car for the balance of the weekend. Six drivers were held out of the initial 15 minutes of practice because of penalties incurred last weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Matt DiBenedetto, Elliott, Jones and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were docked practice time because their teams failed pre-race inspection twice. Ty Dillon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were held for 15 minutes because they were late to pre-race inspection. The practice was extended by two minutes after Elliott's crash. Two more practices for the Monster Energy Series are scheduled for Saturday. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Kyle Busch earns seventh win at Charlotte
Kyle Busch wins all three stages of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 and captures his seventh win at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Bell: 'Bummed we ran third'
Christopher Bell talks about his restart struggles at Charlotte Motor Speedway after his third-place finish in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 .
Grala makes hard contact with wall
Kaz Grala gets loose and makes hard contact with the wall in Stage 2 of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Bell cuts tire early at Charlotte
Christopher Bell has a left-rear tire go down early in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch wins Stage 2 with gutsy move
Kyle Busch makes an awesome move between Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter to get the lead and win Stage 2 of the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte.
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