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."
O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge entry list
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
Post-Race Reactions: O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. reacts to a strong finish in Texas and claiming the lead in the Nationwide points standings.
Erik Jones to drive No. 20 Cup car at Texas
MORE: Kenseth's suspension upheld " Kenseth, Gibbs discuss final penalty Erik Jones will drive for the suspended Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Toyota in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM) at Texas Motor Speedway , according to a Joe Gibbs Racing official. A series of appeals of Kenseth's two-race suspension were heard on Thursday in Concord, North Carolina. Ultimately, the two-race suspension was upheld. Jones is also on the entry list for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway next weekend (Nov. 15, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM). RELATED: Entry list for Phoenix Jones, 19, filled in for Denny Hamlin (in the No. 11 Toyota) in the Bristol spring race in April when neck spasms flared up for Hamlin during a lengthy weather delay at the 0.533-mile track. Jones made his first Sprint Cup start in May at Kansas for the injured Kyle Busch (in the No. 18 Toyota) and was enjoying a nice run until an accident on Lap 196 sent him to a 40th-place finish. RELATED: Jones discusses busy weekend With this addition to the schedule, Texas will be a tripleheader weekend for Jones. The points leader in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race Friday night in the WinStar World Casino 350 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM) and will also run in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race, the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM) on Saturday afternoon as well. This latest opportunity comes as Kenseth has been parked by NASCAR for his actions at Martinsville Speedway last weekend. NASCAR suspended Kenseth for two races on Tuesday for his role in a crash with Joey Logano at Martinsville Sunday. The 2003 champion was also placed on probation for six months by the sanctioning body, but that was lowered to through December 31, 2015 in the appeals process. Kenseth and Logano wrecked on Lap 454 and the incident occurred as Logano was leading the race and Kenseth was several laps down. "Based upon our extensive review, we have concluded that the No. 20 car driver, who is no longer in the Chase, intentionally wrecked the No. 22 car driver, a Chase-eligible competitor who was leading the race at the time," Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, said in a statement announcing the suspension. "The No. 20 car was nine laps down, and eliminated the No. 22 car's opportunity to continue to compete in the race. "Additionally, we factored aspects of safety into our decision, and also the fact that the new Chase elimination format puts a premium on each and every race. These actions have no place in NASCAR." Logano pressured and eventually spun Kenseth in a late-race battle for the lead two weeks earlier at Kansas Speedway . Logano, having already advanced to the next round in the Chase with a win the previous week at Charlotte, continued on to victory and was unapologetic for his aggressive racing in his post-race remarks.
Post-Race Reactions: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300
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.
NASCAR reveals race start times for 2016 season
RELATED: Schedule times highlights DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2016) -- NASCAR ® , in collaboration with broadcast partners FOX Sports, NBC Sports Group, race teams and the 29 tracks committed to hosting races for the coming season, today announced race start times and network coverage for all three of its national series based on previously released schedule dates for 2016. Entering the second season of 10-year comprehensive media rights agreements, races will be televised by FOX, FS1, NBC and NBCSN, with the exception of select events in August that will air on CNBC and USA due to NBC Sports' coverage of the Summer Olympics. National series races will also be broadcast live by Motor Racing Network (MRN), Performance Racing Network (PRN), IMS Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90. Fans can visit www.nascar.com/tv-schedule for weekly tune-in information throughout the season. Tickets to all NASCAR national series events are available at www.nascar.com/tickets . MORE: Retirement not on Dale Jr.'s radar "NASCAR concluded 2015 with its most-watched championship finale in a decade, a benchmark that serves as a testament to deeper collaboration with our television and radio partners and increased engagement with fans," said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. "We look forward to carrying this momentum into 2016, starting with the DAYTONA 500 ® and Speedweeks, as the number of homes reached by our broadcast content continues to grow both domestically and internationally." 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule Date Location Network Race Start Radio 2/13 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway FOX 8 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/14 DAYTONA 500 Qualifying at Daytona International Speedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/18 Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway FS1 7 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/21 DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/28 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway FOX 1 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 3/6 Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 3/13 Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway FOX 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 3/20 Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway FOX 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/3 STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/9 Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway FOX 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 4/17 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway FOX 1 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 4/24 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/1 GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/7 GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway FS1 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/15 Dover International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/20 Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 7 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/21 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 7 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/29 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX 6 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 6/5 Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 at Pocono Raceway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/12 Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/26 Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway FS1 3 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/2 Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway NBC 7:45 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/9 Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/17 New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 1:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/24 Crown Royal Presents the 'Your Hero's Name Here' 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. IMS / SiriusXM 7/31 Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway NBCSN 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/7 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Watkins Glen International USA 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/20 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 8/28 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/4 Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway NBC 6 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/10 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/18 Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/25 New England 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 10/2 AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/8 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway NBC 7 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 10/16 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway NBC 2:15 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/23 Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway NBCSN 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/30 Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway NBCSN 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/6 AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway NBC 2 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 11/13 Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway NBC 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/20 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway NBC 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Schedule Date Location Network Race Start Radio 2/20 Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway FS1 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/27 Head's Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 3/5 Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1 4 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 3/12 Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter 200 at Phoenix International Raceway FOX 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 3/19 Auto Club Speedway FS1 4 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/8 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 4/16 Bristol Motor Speedway FS1 12:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 4/23 ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway FS1 12:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/30 Talladega 300 at Talladega Superspeedway FOX 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/14 Dover International Speedway FOX 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/28 Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 2:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 6/4 Pocono Raceway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/11 Michigan International Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/19 Iowa Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/1 Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/8 Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 8:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/16 Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN 4 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 7/23 Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. IMS / SiriusXM 7/30 U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/6 Zippo 200 at The Glen at Watkins Glen International CNBC 2 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/13 Mid-Ohio 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/19 Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway USA 7:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 8/27 Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville at Road America NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/3 VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/9 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/17 Chicagoland Speedway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/24 VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 10/1 Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway NBCSN 3 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/7 Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina at Charlotte Motor Speedway NBCSN 8 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 10/15 Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway NBCSN 4 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/5 O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway NBC 3:30 p.m. PRN / SiriusXM 11/12 Phoenix International Raceway NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/19 Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule Date Location Network Race Start Radio 2/19 NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway FS1 7:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 2/27 Georgia 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1 4:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 4/2 Martinsville Speedway FS1 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/6 Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/13 Dover International Speedway FS1 5:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 5/20 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/10 Rattlesnake 400 at Texas Motor Speedway FS1 9 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/18 Iowa Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 6/25 Drivin' for Linemen 200 brought to you by Ameren at Gateway Motorsports Park FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/7 Kentucky 225 at Kentucky Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/20 #Eldora at Eldora Speedway FS1 9 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 7/30 Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/17 UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 8/27 Careers for Veterans 200 , presented by Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski 's Checkered Flag Foundation at Michigan International Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/4 Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park FS1 2:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/16 Chicagoland Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 9/24 UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway FS1 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/1 Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/22 fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Talladega Superspeedway FOX 1 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 10/29 Martinsville Speedway FS1 1:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/4 Longhorn 350 at Texas Motor Speedway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/11 Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway FS1 8:30 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM 11/18 Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway FS1 8 p.m. MRN / SiriusXM All times Eastern. 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NASCAR sees investment growth from FORTUNE 100 brands
The list of blue-chip brands involved in NASCAR continues to grow. According to a recent internal analysis, the number of FORTUNE 100 companies investing in NASCAR has increased 5 percent year-over-year. Also, the number of FORTUNE 500 companies investing in the sport has either grown or sustained year-over-year since 2012. Overall, more than one in four FORTUNE 500 companies integrate NASCAR into their marketing strategies. A charter agreement with race teams, five-year track sanctioning deals and a bevy of new or renewed long-term partnerships have contributed to NASCAR's business growth over the last several years. FORTUNE 500 companies Auto -Owners Insurance, Stanley DeWalt, Fastenal, O'Reilly Auto Parts and Axalta have all renewed with or entered the sport this season, highlighting the momentum across the industry. Repucom's SponsorLink survey shows NASCAR surpasses all other sports properties in fan sponsor consideration. Seven out of 10 NASCAR fans are loyal to a sponsor's brand when it supports the sport, and three out of four NASCAR fans would consider a sponsor's brand. While being a FORTUNE 500 company is the gold standard of success for publicly traded companies in the United States, there are several global corporations involved in NASCAR that weren't included in the analysis because they do not meet FORTUNE's criteria. A number of blue-chip brands significantly involved in the sport did not qualify, including Mars, MillerCoors, Shell and Toyota.
Logano wins Nationwide pole at Texas
Team Penske driver will lead O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge field to green (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) MORE: Full race lineup Joey Logano picked up his third pole of the season, turning the fastest lap during Nationwide Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway . With his best speed of 186.981 mph, Logano will lead the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (3:30 pm. ET, ESPN) field to the green flag in search of his first Nationwide victory of the season. He led all three rounds of qualifying. Joining the Team Penske driver on front row will be Ford stable mate Trevor Bayne , who ran his lap around the 1.5-mile circuit at a clip of 186.419. Austin Dillon, who will be making his first Nationwide start this year after being crowned the series champion in 2013, will start third alongside Richard Childress Racing teammate Brian Scott . Matt Kenseth just missed the cut for the final round and will start 13th after achieving a best speed of 184.319 mph. Clint Bowyer , who is filling in for Elliott Sadler (illness) in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11, will start 17th. James Buescher, who announced the launch of his Buescher Foundation to assist families in domestic adoptions earlier on Saturday, did not advance past the first round. He will start 28th. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Texas Motor Speedway Year in Review
• 2014 Season In Review Also Features Year In Photos, Video Highlights Package FORT WORTH, Texas (December 16, 2014) - The year at Texas Motor Speedway opened with pyrotechnics celebrating the unveiling of the world's largest, high-definition LED video board in March and culminated in November with additional fireworks courtesy of the post-race melee involving combatants Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 Eliminator 8 Chase race. There also was plenty of action and excitement in between as Texas Motor Speedway played host to its annual Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader in April, Firestone 600 INDYCAR/NASCAR twin bill in June and played host to its inaugural Red Bull Air Race World Championship event in September. The Texas Motor Speedway 2014 Season In Review recaps those major event weekends, in addition to the momentous "Big Hoss TV" unveiling, while the accompanying Texas Motor Speedway Year in Photos captures all those key moments in addition to other noteworthy speedway-related events throughout the year. The Texas Motor Speedway Year in Photos features 90 images - primarily from the speedway's official photo agency Getty Images - that were chosen for their significance and/or artistic value and are presented in chronological order. A three-minute video recap of the top on-track moments, including the AAA Texas 500 post-race skirmish, also is available in HD by clicking here. All photos and video are free for media outlets to utilize, especially for their year-end, wrap-ups and can be previewed by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com or downloaded by visiting www.image.net/tmsinreview2014 . Let's take a look back: "Big Hoss TV" Unveiling / Wednesday, March 19 The Skinny: The world's largest, high-definition LED video board is unveiled amid fanfare and will be one of the most impactful fan enhancements in the history of Texas Motor Speedway and the world of motorsports. The Recap: Texas Motor Speedway unveiled the world's largest, high-definition LED video board in grand fashion as the evening featured fireworks, motorsports stars, reality television celebrities, dignitaries and the showing of an episode from A&E's hit reality show "Duck Dynasty" for more than 8,000 fans situated in the infield of the world-class sports facility. The official debut of the Panasonic-built "Big Hoss TV" was part of a star-studded evening that included appearances by Duck Commander CEO and "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson and his wife, Korie, along with the heralded racing duo of NASCAR's Kyle Busch and INDYCAR's Helio Castroneves. Also in attendance were dignitaries such as NASCAR President Mike Helton, Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America Vice President Richard Ballard, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith, SMI President and COO Marcus Smith and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. Positioned in the middle of the backstretch and stretching 218 feet wide by 94.6 feet tall, "Big Hoss TV" features 20,633.64 square feet of HD LED imagery that contains 281 trillion colors. The video board, constructed in just four months, surpassed fellow Speedway Motorsports, Inc. facility Charlotte Motor Speedway (16,000 square feet) as the Guinness World Record holder for the world's largest HD LED video board. The size of "Big Hoss TV" is staggering as it is 79 percent larger than the video board at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, which is 11,520 square feet. "It is the ultimate fan amenity," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "To have the biggest one in the world, that's just one of those 'Everything is Bigger in Texas' stories that we are really proud to be a part of." NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 / Monday, April 7 The Skinny: Rain forces a Monday matinee for only the third time in speedway history and Joey Logano wins the Duck Commander 500 for an automatic berth in the reformatted Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . The Recap: With Duck Commander on board as the title sponsor and the "Duck Dynasty" stars on hand en masse, the weather was more conducive for duck hunting that NASCAR racing. The Duck Commander 500 , moved from its Saturday night slot to Sunday afternoon to avoid a conflict with the NCAA Final Four men's college basketball tourney being in Arlington, was washed out due to continual rain showers and rescheduled for a Monday matinee. It was just the third time in Texas Motor Speedway 's 18-year history that a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was run on Monday due to inclement weather, the most recent coming in 2010 when both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races were run on the same day. Penske Racing's Joey Logano punched his ticket for a berth in the restructured Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format after surviving a green/white-checkered finish to win the Duck Commander 500 . Logano was cruising to victory with a two-second lead over teammate Brad Keselowski with just over one lap remaining in the scheduled 334-lap event, but a caution for debris forced a two-lap overtime shootout. Logano restarted third after pitting for four tires while Jeff Gordon and Brian Vickers opted for two tires and restarted first and second, respectively. Gordon held off Logano on the first lap, but Logano got a strong run inside on the frontstretch and was able to overtake him in Turn 1 and pull away to a 0.476 of a second margin of victory in the race that was extended to 340 laps. The victory was Logano's first since August of 2013 at Michigan and the fourth of his career. It also was his first Sprint Cup win at Texas Motor Speedway , which was highlighted by him becoming the youngest Cup winner in TMS history at 23 years, 10 months and 14 days. NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 / Friday, April 4 The Skinny: Rookie Chase Elliott , the 18-year-old son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott , lands his first career Nationwide Series victory in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 to become the second-youngest winner in series history. The Recap: Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 provided a historic milestone for a second-generation NASCAR driver and a glimpse into the talent that would flourish and lead to a series championship. Rookie Chase Elliott , the 18-year-old high school senior and son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott , needed just six starts in the Nationwide Series for his first career win that came in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 . Elliott made a bold move on the high side of Kevin Harvick in the elbow of the frontstretch to take the lead on Lap 185 and then held on for a 2.251-second victory over Kyle Busch in the 200-lap event. Elliott became the second-youngest winner in series history at 18 years, 4 months and 8 days. Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 / Saturday, June 7 The Skinny: Will Power's late pit lane penalty opens the door for Ed Carpenter to capture the Firestone 600 and become the first American winner at TMS since Sam Hornish Jr . in 2007. The Recap: The annual INDYCAR/NASCAR summer doubleheader yielded two first-time Texas Motor Speedway winners as Matt Crafton won the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350 and Ed Carpenter was victorious in the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600. Carpenter took advantage of a strong second-half race performance and a critical late pit lane penalty by Will Power to record his first series victory since 2012 in the Firestone 600. The victory was the third of Carpenter's career and his first since winning the 2012 season finale at Fontana. In his previous 12 starts at Texas Motor Speedway , he had just one top-five finish and led one lap (2009) before breaking through to become the first American to win at Texas since Sam Hornish Jr . in 2007. Carpenter led 66 of the final 67 laps of the 248-lap event and avoided a potential shootout for the win with Power, who was running second when he was caught speeding in pit lane on his final green-flag pit stop. With 36 to go, Carpenter and Power pitted together and came out 1-2, but Power received a drive-thru penalty for speeding and fell a lap down. Carpenter suddenly had a nine-plus second cushion over second-place Tony Kanaan and was coasting to victory with an 18.5-second lead before a final caution came out with seven laps remaining. The race became a two-lap shootout and Carpenter was able to stave off Juan Pablo Montoya and the hard-charging Power, who moved from sixth to second and finished 0.52 of a second behind Carpenter. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 / Friday, June 6 The Skinny: Defending Camping World Truck Series champ Matt Crafton snaps a 26-race winless streak at TMS with a dominant victory in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400. The Recap: Defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton had it easy compared to Verizon IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter in earning his first career win at Texas Motor Speedway . He led a career-best 118 laps en route to the victory in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 that snapped a 26-race winless streak at the speedway. Crafton led 118 of the 167 laps - the most he led in a single race in his 14-year career - and cruised to a 13.302-second victory over runner-up Justin Lofton . It was the fifth win of Crafton's career and second of the season, marking the first time in his career that he had recorded multiple wins in a season. His dominant performance established a track record for largest margin of victory in that series, eclipsing the previous mark of 11.817 seconds set by Dennis Setzer in this event in 2004. Red Bull Air Race World Championship / Saturday, Sept. 6, & Sunday, Sept. 7 The Skinny: Texas Motor Speedway plays host to the first race in the United States since 2010 for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which returned to competition after a three-year hiatus. The Recap: The Red Bull Air Race World Championship made its return to the United States for the first time since 2010 as Texas Motor Speedway played host to the sixth stage of the eight-event international plane racing series. Before a crowd of more than 20,000 for the first of two U.S. stops, Frenchman Nicolas Ivanoff captured his first victory of the season in the elite Master Class on the challenging, seven air gate, 3.7-mile course that was built in the infield of the motorsports venue. Ivanoff posted an individual two-lap run of 54.118 seconds to defeat Great Britain's Nigel Lamb, Canada's Pete McLeod and Germany's Matthias Dolderer in the Final 4 showdown on Sunday. Ivanoff gave his country a sweep of the weekend competition as fellow Frenchman Mikael Brageot won the Challenger Cup race the day prior. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 / Sunday, Nov. 2 The Skinny: A post-race confrontation between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski and ensuing melee steals national headlines from six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson winning the AAA Texas 500 for a third year in a row. The Recap : With the remaining eight Chase for NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers looking to win the AAA Texas 500 and automatically advance to the championship round, six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson played the role of spoiler as he won the Eliminator 8 race in a dramatic second green/white-checkered overtime finish. Johnson, eliminated from championship contention in the previous round, won the AAA Texas 500 for a record third consecutive year, but it was the post-race scuffle that made national headlines the following day. While Johnson was celebrating his track-record fourth Cup win with burnouts on the frontstretch, chaos ensued on pit lane after an angry Jeff Gordon confronted Brad Keselowski and a fray quickly developed between the Chase contenders. Fellow Chase competitor Kevin Harvick pushed Keselowski while Gordon was jawing with him and the situation quickly escalated as the crews got involved and transformed into a melee. The disagreement stemmed from the first GWC finish, where Gordon took the restart with the lead and Johnson beside him on the front row. Johnson grabbed the lead when a bold move by Keselowski resulted in contact with Gordon, which ultimately led to a flat tire, contact with the wall and a 29th-place finish that would derail his title aspirations. The caution flew for Gordon that set up the second GWC finish, where Keselowski found himself lining up front against the leader Johnson on the restart. Johnson, on the inside, maintained the lead on the restart while Keselowski found himself also trying to fend off a charging Harvick. Harvick got past Keselowski on that lap but didn't have enough time to chase down Johnson, who won by 0.513 of a second for his fourth victory of the season and 70th of his career. Johnson led nine times for 191 laps, but a record 13 cautions continually bunched the field as well as changed race strategies to give a number of drivers a shot at the victory.Johnson, Harvick and Keselowski took the top three positions, respectively, while Kyle Busch , who was looking to sweep all three NASCAR races after truck and Nationwide wins earlier, finished fourth. NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge / Saturday, Nov. 1 The Skinny: Kyle Busch gives Joe Gibbs Racing its 100th career Nationwide Series win and sets his sights on rare NASCAR tripleheader weekend sweep after winning the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge . The Recap: Kyle Busch added to the weekend drama and intrigue when he secured the second leg of a rare NASCAR tripleheader weekend sweep with a win in the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge . Busch completed the Nationwide Series/ Camping World Truck Series sweep for the second time in his career at Texas Motor Speedway , with the first coming in the fall of 2009. That only left Sunday's AAA Texas 500 as the missing prize for the triple, which had only been accomplished by Busch (Bristol 2010) in the history of NASCAR. Busch extended his record for career Nationwide Series victories at Texas Motor Speedway by adding his seventh with a 1.562-second win over Joey Logano . Busch, who led six times for a race-high 116 laps, and Logano, who led five times for 59 laps, exchanged the lead six times over the final 85 laps in the 200-lap event before Busch took control late. It also was his seventh NNS victory of the season, 70th in his career and a milestone 100th for Joe Gibbs Racing . NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 / Friday, Oct. 31 The Skinny: Kyle Busch wins the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 as Kyle Busch Motorsports ties the Camping World Truck Series record for most victories in a season. The Recap: Kyle Busch , competing in all three NASCAR races during the weekend and chasing a rare sweep, endured a green/white-checkered overtime finish to secure the first leg with a victory in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350. Busch, who led a race-high 80 of 152 laps, was cruising to victory when two late cautions put a scare into his bid to secure his seventh win in just nine NCWTS starts this season. Following the final caution that led to the two-lap shootout, Busch got a strong restart on the outside of leader German Quiroga and took command of the lead coming out of Turn 2. He was pulling away with one lap to go when Quiroga hit the wall in Turn 2 to force the conclusion of the final lap to finish under caution. Busch's series-leading seventh win was his third truck victory at Texas Motor Speedway that pushed his career total in the series to 42. It also was the 12th victory overall for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 20 starts this season, tying the series record for season victories set by Ultra Motorsports in 2001. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Complete schedule for Texas
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series are all at Texas Motor Speedway this week. Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series practice, qualifying and races can be watched on NBCSN and CNBC as well as NBC Sports Live Extra . Camping World Truck Series events will be televised on FS1. All ti m es are ET SUNDAY, NOV. 8: ON TRACK -- 2 p.m.: Intro Presentation of Colors by: Sheppard Air Force Base 82nd Training Wing Honor Guard -- 2:00:10 p.m.: Pledge of Allegiance by: the Boy Scouts -- 2:00:35 p.m.: Intro and Invocation by: Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries; Dr. Roger Marsh -- 2:01:20 p.m.: National Anthem by: Runner up on Season 4 of America’s Got Talent; Bárbara Padilla -- 2:02:50 p.m.: Flyby TOT: (2) F-16's, US Air Force Reserve, Carswell AFB, Texas -- 2:08 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Star of upcoming film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi , John Krasinski -- 2:16:30 p.m.: Start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 (334 laps, 501 miles), NBC/ Live Extra ( Leaderboard ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) --5:45 p.m.: Post-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race THURSDAY, NOV. 5: ON TRACK -- 3-4:25 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice ( Results ) -- 5:30-6:25 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice ( Results ) FRIDAY, NOV. 6: ON TRACK -- 12:30-1:55 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Results ) -- 2-4:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Results ) -- 4:40 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying, FS1 ( Results ) -- 6:45 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying, NBCSN/ Live Extra ( Results ) -- 8:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350 (147 laps, 220.5 miles), FS1 ( Results ) GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- Noon: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series -- 1:30 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 11:15 a.m.: Joey Logano -- 11:30 a.m.: Chris Buescher -- 11:45 a.m.: Martin Truex Jr . -- 2 p.m.: Carl Edwards -- 2:30 p.m.: Chip Ganassi Racing announcement -- 3 p.m.: Jeff Gordon -- 7:45 p.m.: Post-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying -- 10:45 p.m.: Post-NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race SATURDAY, NOV. 7: ON TRACK -- 11-11:55 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, CNBC/ Live Extra CANCELED -- 12:15 p.m. NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Qualifying, NBCSN/ Live Extra CANCELED -- 2-2:50 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, CNBC/ Live Extra CANCELED -- 3:30 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (200 laps, 300 miles), NBC/ Live Extra ( Results ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 5:45 p.m.: Post-NASCAR XFINITY Series race