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Ty Dillon talks about his fifth place finish in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway and how this finish puts him ahead of Regan Smith in points for the NASCAR XFINITY Championship.
Brad Keselowski celebrates in Victory Lane and talks about the battle in the final laps between him and Austin Dillon in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.
Brad Keselowski is able to hold off fellow Sprint Cup drivers Austin Dillon and Kevin Harvick in the final laps of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway to grab his 34th career XFINITY win
Kyle Larson loses the lead after his left rear tire goes down with 24 laps to go in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.
RELATED: Full race results FORT WORTH, Texas — Brad Keselowski 's love affair with the Lone Star State continued in full force on Saturday with a hard-fought NASCAR XFINITY Series victory in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway . Keselowski grabbed the lead from Coors Light Polesitter Austin Dillon on Lap 189 of 200 after a restart with 16 laps left in the race. The No. 22 Team Penske Ford finished 1.137 seconds ahead of the No. 88 JR Motorsports entry driven by Kevin Harvick , who passed Dillon for the runner-up spot with four laps left. The victory was Keselowski's second of the season, his second at the 1.5-mile speedway and the 34th of his career. The eighth win of the season for the No. 22 Ford (accomplished by Keselowski and teammates Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney ) clinched the third straight XFINITY Series owner's championship for Roger Penske. "To get our team owner, Roger Penske, No. 4 as far as XFINITY championships go, I'm really proud of that," said Keselowski, who also won a series title as a driver in 2010. "When I came to ( Team Penske ) in 2010, we didn't have any, and now we have four in five years, so I'm really proud of that accomplishment." In his last four starts at Texas, Keselowski has won twice and finished second twice. In his last 12 XFINITY Series starts at the Cowtown track, Keselowski has posted 11 finishes of seventh or better. Victory Lane, however, hardly seemed a likely destination for Keselowski in the early going. Harvick and Kyle Busch dominated the opening laps and came to pit road running 1-2, respectively, for pit stops under caution on Lap 79. But a broken shifter proved Busch's undoing, as his No. 54 Toyota was limited to fourth gear and fell out of the running for the victory. Under that same caution, the second of the race, Harvick returned to pit road twice because of a loose wheel and spent the bulk of a subsequent 34-lap green-flag run regaining the positions he lost. Kyle Larson also took a turn at the front of the field, leading 50 laps before a tire rub finally popped his left rear on Lap 176 and sent his No. 42 Chevrolet spinning through the tri-oval and out of the lead, handing the top spot to Harvick, who was in close pursuit. Harvick came to pit road with the lead but left in third place under caution on Lap 181, leaving Keselowski and Dillon to battle for the top position after a restart on Lap 185. "First off, Austin Dillon was really good and he was one of the toughest guys to beat," Keselowski said in Victory Lane. "He ran a heck of a race. Harvick looked really good, Kyle Busch looked really good and Kyle Larson I thought was going to run away with the race until he had that flat. "There was a lot of competition out there today, and that makes this win very special for the whole Discount Tire Ford team." Erik Jones ran fourth behind Keselowski, Harvick and Austin Dillon , with Ty Dillon taking the fifth spot. Chris Buescher came home 11th but moved closer to the series title. With two races left, he leads eighth-place finisher and reigning series champ Chase Elliott by 24 points. "It isn't comfortable yet," Buescher warned. "It is a cushion that we have, and I guess you average that out to 12 spots per race, so if we go out and finish top-10 the last two, we should be in good shape. "That would be cutting it too close for comfort, but we need to just have some solid runs the next two weeks." Kevin Harvick snagged the runner-up position, finishing just behind fellow Cup-regular Keselowski. Kevin Harvick snagged the runner-up position, finishing just behind fellow Cup-regular Keselowski.
RELATED: Full lineup NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying was canceled on Saturday as Air Titans continued to dry a damp Texas Motor Speedway . After posting the fastest lap (184.363 mph) during Friday's practice session, Austin Dillon will bring the 40-car field to the green in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM). Joining Dillon's No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet on the front row will be Sprint Cup Series pole winner Brad Keselowski after posting the second-fastest lap during XFINITY Series practice. Erik Jones , Friday's winner in the Camping World Truck Series, will start third in his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The No. 7 Chevrolet of Regan Smith and the No. 18 Toyota of Daniel Suarez will start fourth and fifth, respectively. Series points leader Chris Buescher will line up 12th.
RELATED: Race results FORT WORTH, Texas -- Points racing is an aspect of motorsports that drivers typically don't cop to, even though it's often the safest and most logical way to secure a championship as a season nears its closing races. XFINITY Series standings leader Chris Buescher reluctantly admitted he spent Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge hoping to keep his points lead secure ahead of the season's final two races, avoiding trouble when he could and driving defensively. The Texas native would've loved to pick up his first home state win, but knows there's a bigger task at hand. "We had to points race a little bit today," Buescher said on pit road after coming home 11th. "You get in situations where you come up on lapped traffic, which was extremely difficult today. Came up on situations where we were three-wide and you just have to ease up. Especially if somebody had caught us from any distance; just try and cut them some slack in order to preserve our championship hope. There was some points racing today, as much as I hate to admit it. It's going to be part of our next two weeks." Buescher's points lead now sits at a healthy 24 points over defending series champion Chase Elliott and 30 over Ty Dillon , both of whom are expected to move up to the Sprint Cup Series in 2016 while Buescher continues to sharpen his skills in the XFINITY Series for another season. Considering he was already doing the math just minutes after stepping out of his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang, don't expect the strategy to change for Phoenix or Homestead -- especially as the intensity mounts. "It isn’t comfortable yet. I'm not using that word," Buescher said. "It is a cushion that we have and I guess you average that out to 12 spots per race so if we go out and finish top-10 the last two, we should be in good shape. That would be cutting it too close for comfort but we need to just have some solid runs the next two weeks.” Even though Buescher isn't comfortable enough to shift into cruise control -- figuratively speaking, of course -- you'd think the pressure would be on those below him in the standings, whose best bet is to just capitalize on any mistakes he makes while needing to turn in their strongest performances of the year. But is it? "I know as the weeks go on, (Buescher's) going to feel more pressure to make sure he doesn't mess up and hopefully I'm there to capitalize," said Dillon, who made up some ground as the highest-finishing series regular, in fifth. "I was just trying to win the race. We did the best that we could do today and with him finishing 11th, it was a good day for us. It's going to take that mistake and he's doing the right thing now and we've just got to keep managing our own race and try to get in Victory Lane and gain max points. "… If I'm wasting my time focusing on what (Buescher's) doing," Dillon said. "I'm going to be in trouble."
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.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. reacts to a strong finish in Texas and claiming the lead in the Nationwide points standings.