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 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 ( Follow live ) -- 6:45 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, ESPN2 ( Follow live ) -- 8:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 (147 laps, 220.5 miles), FOX Sports 1 ( Follow live ) 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 ( Follow live ) -- 12:15 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 2 ( Follow live ) -- 2-2:50 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice FOX Sports 2 ( Follow live ) -- 3:30 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (200 laps, 300 miles), ESPN ( Follow live ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 10:30 a.m.: James Buescher -- 5:45 p.m.: NNS Post Race Press Conference SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2: 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 MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Kevin Harvick talk about the finishing laps of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Post-Race Reactions by Austin Dillon, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Brian Vickers, Sam Hornish Jr and Justin Allgaier after the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
GarageCam takes you behind the scene of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Garage at Texas Motor Speedway as several drivers take over the show for host Matthew Dillner.
The Nationwide Series returns to action at Texas RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 01 Landon Cassill Johnny Davis Dave Fuge 14 Chevrolet TeamJDMotorsports.com 2 2 Brian Scott Richard Childress Phil Gould 14 Chevrolet Country Bob's Sauce 3 3 Ty Dillon Richard Childress Danny Stockman Jr 14 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops 4 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gary Keller Gary Cogswell 14 Chevrolet teamjdmotorsports.com 5 5 Kevin Harvick(i) Rick Hendrick Ernie Cope 14 Chevrolet Hunt Brothers Pizza 6 6 Trevor Bayne Jack Roush Chad Norris 14 Ford AdvoCare 7 7 Regan Smith Kelley Earnhardt-Miller Ryan Pemberton 14 Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 8 9 Chase Elliott Dale Earnhardt Jr Greg Ives 14 Chevrolet NAPA AUTO PARTS 9 10 Blake Koch Mark Smith Todd Myers 14 Toyota SupportMilitary.org 10 11 Elliott Sadler J D Gibbs Chris Gayle 14 Toyota OneMain Financial 11 12 Ryan Blaney(i) Roger Penske Greg Erwin 14 Ford Snap-On 12 14 Eric McClure Mark Smith Wes Ward 14 Toyota Hefty Ultimate / Reynolds Wrap 13 16 Ryan Reed Jack Roush Seth Barbour 14 Ford ADA Drive to Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes 14 19 Mike Bliss Mark Smith Paul Clapprood 14 Toyota Tweaker Energy Shot 15 20 Matt Kenseth(i) Joe Gibbs Kevin Kidd 14 Toyota GameStop 16 22 Joey Logano(i) Roger Penske Jeremy Bullins 14 Ford Discount Tire 17 23 Robert Richardson Jr Robert Richardson Sr George Church 14 Chevrolet Willbros 18 25 John Wes Townley(i) Tony Townley Mike Ford 14 Toyota Zaxby's 19 28 J J Yeley James Whitener Steve Plattenberger 13 Dodge Texas 28 Spirits Stage 20 31 Dylan Kwasniewski Steve Turner Shannon Rursch 14 Chevrolet AccuDoc / Rockstar 21 33 Austin Dillon(i) Richard Childress Nick Harrison 14 Chevrolet TBD 22 39 Ryan Sieg Rod Sieg Kevin Starland 14 Chevrolet RSS Racing 23 40 Matt Dibenedetto Curtis Key Sr Kyle Symington 14 Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 24 42 Kyle Larson(i) Harry Scott Jr Scott Zipadelli 14 Chevrolet Phillips Norelco 25 43 Dakoda Armstrong Richard Petty Philippe Lopez 14 Ford WinField 26 44 David Starr Mark Smith Greg Conner 14 Toyota Whataburger 27 46 Ryan Ellis Curtis Key Sr Gary Showalter 14 Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 28 51 Jeremy Clements Tony Clements Ricky Pearson 14 Chevrolet Crescent Companies 29 52 Joey Gase Jimmy Means Tim Brown 14 Chevrolet TBA 30 54 Kyle Busch(i) J D Gibbs Adam Stevens 14 Toyota Monster Energy 31 55 Jamie Dick Jimmy Dick Mark Setzer 14 Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 32 60 Chris Buescher Jack Roush Scott Graves 14 Ford Bit O Honey Mustang 33 62 Brendan Gaughan Richard Childress Shane Wilson 14 Chevrolet Smokey Mountain Snuff 34 70 Derrike Cope Mary Louise Miller Bobby Burrell 14 Chevrolet YOUTHEORY 35 74 Mike Harmon Mike Harmon Gary Ritter 12 Dodge John II Concrete Const. 36 184 Chad Boat Billy Boat Dan Deeringhoff 14 Chevrolet Corvetteparts.net 37 87 Carlos Contreras Andrea Nemechek Steven Gray 14 Chevrolet RACETRAC Convenience Stores 38 89 Morgan Shepherd Morgan Shepherd Kevyn Rebolledo 14 Chevrolet Courtney Construction 39 190 Martin Roy Michelle Gosselin Mario Gosselin 14 Chevrolet TBA 40 93 Kevin Swindell Gregg Mixon Ken Evans 13 Dodge JGL Racing 41 98 Corey LaJoie(i) Fred Biagi Jon Hanson 14 Ford Medallion Financial/Smithfield 42 99 James Buescher Robby Benton Matthew Lucas 14 Toyota Rheem MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Elliott on teammate Smith: 'When the green flag comes out, he's a competitor' RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today For all those predicting major strides in Chase Elliott 's rookie NASCAR Nationwide Series season, none had to wait too long for validation. Just six races in, the 18-year-old prodigy held off the best of the Sprint Cup double-dippers at Texas Motor Speedway for his first Nationwide win. Now with the season winding down, Elliott returns to the Fort Worth track, the site of his breakthrough victory, with even more validation work behind him. His three wins and a stunning 24 top-10 finishes in 30 races have launched him to the top rung of the standings and within shouting distance of history heading into Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). Elliott has a chance to become the youngest champion in any of NASCAR's three national series and the first rookie title-winner in Nationwide Series history. The youngster -- along with teammate Regan Smith , 42 points back in second place -- also has a shot at the first Nationwide crown for JR Motorsports, owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr . Even with the burden of a championship battle potentially intensifying in its last three races, Elliott has remained on an even keel without looking too far ahead. "I just try to keep it as simple as possible and keep it as stress-free you can and take it a week at a time," Elliott said. "I put a lot of emphasis on that, and that's just the truth. You've got to take it a week at a time and try to just compete for wins. I think that's the best way to go about it. Hopefully we're still in the hunt when it counts and we can battle to the end." While Elliott has lofty goals, so does his veteran teammate. Smith, 31, prevailed in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway and has matched his teammate's tally of 24 top-10s in 2014. While the spirit of teamwork has become part of the collective fabric at JRM, Elliott said that offering help has some natural limits. "It's no different than racing anybody else," Elliott said. "Regan's a great teammate, and he's a good racer, a very smart racer, and he's helped me a lot this year. Each week, we share information, and that's great and all, but when the green flag comes out, he's a competitor. I look at it that way and so does he." Behind the two front-runners in the series standings is a three-way logjam for third through fifth place. Brian Scott sits third, 61 points behind Elliott. The Richard Childress Racing driver is just two points ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing's Elliott Sadler and three ahead of RCR teammate Ty Dillon . For Dillon, who prevailed on the 1.5-mile track last fall in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, he'll have some extra incentive besides trying to jockey for position in the standings. He'll be racing against brother Austin Dillon , the 2013 Nationwide champ who will be making his first start of the season in the series, driving the RCR No. 33 Chevrolet. The 300 -miler also signals the closing stages of the team owner's championship battle. The Team Penske No. 22 Ford operation currently holds a 31-point advantage over Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 54 Toyota team. Joey Logano will drive the Penske No. 22 this weekend, and Kyle Busch , a six-time Texas winner on the Nationwide side, will be behind the wheel of the No. 54. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kevin Harvick will lead the start of Friday's Nationwide Series race
The Nationwide Series returns to action at Texas Motor Speedway
Paul Menard, Danica Patrick and Kasey Kahne comment on their strong finishes at Texas.
Team Penske worker honed his craft with father RELATED: Mobil 1 Technology Center Racing, more than most other sports, is in the blood. It starts with the fathers, is passed along to sons and daughters and then becomes a way of life. Most kids growing up want to be drivers, just like baseball families breed pitchers or catchers or shortstops. Brian Yerger is one such son from one such racing family, out of Pottstown, Pennsylvania "My family has been drag racing since the 1960s," Yerger said. "My grandfather started racing in the 1940s, and he's 86 years old today. A lot of my mechanical ability has come from helping my father and grandfather in his garage since I was a little boy." Yerger is a fabrication foreman for Team Penske -- the same team that has both Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. He learned his craft early and well. Much of that craft centers on welding, which he's been doing since he was 14. "My father was the first person to teach me how to do some welding," Yerger recalled. "He bought a little MIG welder which I still have and we would weld race car parts up in my grandfather's garage." Parts he welded went onto the family's drag racing car, a 1965 Comet Cyclone, which he still races. That was the start for Yerger. At St. Pius X Catholic High School, he was first in his Vo-Tech class for machine shop, and the next stop was a local chassis shop that built drag-racing cars. He wasn't a welder there; he was in shipping and receiving. That didn't last long. "I would practice welding and fabricating at lunch time and after work," he said. "I would ask some old-timers that were doing it for 30 years how to do different things. Eventually, I got good enough that the owner allowed me to make race car components that we sold. I would also help build the race cars." Roger Penske, another native Pennsylvanian, had his racing compound in Reading, Pennsylvania. Penske always had the best stuff, and working there was a dream shared by many in Yerger's position. His dream came true. A fabrication spot opened at Team Penske in Reading, and Yerger learned of it. He was offered the job, and it was a heady time for the 21-year-old. "I remember being very nervous and almost not accepting the job because I didn't think I was qualified enough to work for a company like that. Thankfully, my family gave me the courage to accept the position and 17 years later, I still love it as much as the day I started. I moved down to the Penske Racing Mooresville (North Carolina) location in 2006. Today, we have roughly 60 people working in the Chassis, Finish Fab and Body-Hanging areas at Penske." As a fabrication foreman for one of the most exacting team bosses in any form of motorsports, Yerger gets to use the top-of-the-line equipment every day. "We use a variety of TIG welders, MIG welders and a plasma cutter, all from Lincoln Electric," Yerger said. "Quality welding equipment is essential in building a perfect race car. Lincoln Electric is always working very hard to stay ahead of their competition and we think they have an outstanding product. I think the performance of the machines keeps getting better year after year. We are always trying different machines from Lincoln so they can get our feedback for their customers." Being in his position, Yerger has the opportunity to work with Lincoln Electric to make the ultimate welder for chassis work. "Right now we are working with them on their new TIG welder which is called the Aspect 375," he said. "We have been welding with it for about three months now and we have seen a lot of differences of performance from other machines which are all positive. Another thing we have noticed is the start-up arc on AC (power) is excellent. It is very stable and doesn't move around a lot. On DC, the machine welds like a dream. The arc current throughout your weld is so steady. The machine also has so many adjustments so that all welders can make it like they want it. The Aspect 375 is a fantastic machine and a great addition to any fabrication shop." Not everyone can do what Yerger has done, but if someone wants to try, he has some advice. "I would say if you want to learn the art of welding, go to school such as Lincoln Electric's," he said. "If that is not a possibility, then try to start at a small fabrication shop to gain the experience. It will take a lot of practice like anything to weld at a high level, but over time you will see yourself getting better and better. Try to soak up as much information from welders that have been doing it for a long time; they have the most experience." Yerger cautions, however, that it's not going to be a job where you do your welding and go home; there's a commitment involved. "I think to choose a career in motorsports, you have to really have a passion for the sport," he said. "You have to give 100 percent every day and never stop thinking about what else you can do to help the team out. For me it is very satisfying to help build a race car and then see it win on race day and hopefully at the end of the season with the championship." With two cars in the Chase, that can certainly happen this year. If it does, Yerger will have his own legacy to pass along to his sons and daughters. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView