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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."
Ty Dillon: ‘I was just trying to win the race’
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.
Kes.: ‘We had a heck of a battle for the win’
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.
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.
Keselowski claims XFINITY Series win at Texas
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.
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
Bowyer subs in for ill Sadler at TMS
Clint Bowyer climbs into the No. 11 car under caution for Elliott Sadler who has been ill most of the day before the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge .
Elliott, Bowyer solid at TMS; Logano runner-up
Joey Logano earns his third consecutive runner-up finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, while Chase Elliott and Clint Bowyer finish the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge with strong runs.
Bowyer subs for Sadler, finishes ninth
Illness sidelines Nationwide regular so Cup driver steps in RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today FORT WORTH, Texas -- Clint Bowyer had plans to go shopping after the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway , but instead he relieved an ill Elliott Sadler and finished ninth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series ' O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge . "Yeah, I was going to buy a pair of cowboy boots at the stockyards," Bowyer said of his previous plans for the day. "I didn't win a cowboy hat -- so I'm just out of luck." But it was a good thing for Joe Gibbs Racing that Bowyer, a fellow Toyota driver, didn't make his trip to the Western stores and was available in a pinch. Sadler had been battling a stomach issue all day and JGR didn't have many other options since Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth were already participating in the race. Sadler managed to start in the car in order to be eligible for points, but after a caution on Lap 7 he drove to pit road and made the switch. After Sadler got out of the car he sat slumped on the pit-road wall before being driven away on a golf cart. But thanks to Bowyer's efforts, Sadler stayed within striking distance (20 points) of Regan Smith for second place in the Nationwide standings. Joe Gibbs stopped by after the race to shake Bowyer's hand and say thanks, and J.D. Gibbs also was there to give Bowyer a hearty pat on the back. Bowyer appeared to have a shot to pick up the win for Sadler when he got as high as fourth place after moving up three spots during a pit stop on Lap 131 of 200. Unfortunately for him, though, the car began to get loose in the later stages of the race and he dropped as low as 11th before rebounding to get the top-10. At one point, Bowyer commented over team communications on how his feet weren't quite hitting the pedals right, an understandable problem considering the car wasn't his and wasn't set up to fit his body. "Nothing fit," Bowyer said. "I was having trouble; I'd killed it on pit road. There's just several things you know that are not your norm, so it kind of throws you out of sync." But overall, Bowyer said he had fun and it was worth forgoing his plans to help out a friend. "Well, you never want to get in, especially since Elliott has done a lot for me in my career and been a good friend over the years," Bowyer said. "I hate to see him sick like that. He was looking pretty rough." There was no immediate word on whether Sadler would be ready for next week's race in Phoenix . He is finishing his tenure with JGR after announcing Friday that he would join Roush Fenway Racing in 2015 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Elliott Sadler to join Roush Fenway in 2015
Veteran to pilot No. 1 Ford in XFINITY Series RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today Elliott Sadler will join Roush Fenway Racing in 2015 to compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, according to the organization and sponsor OneMain Financial. Sadler, currently competing for Joe Gibbs Racing, will pilot the No. 1 RFR Ford. A 10-time winner in the series, he is fourth in points heading into Saturday’s O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (ESPN, 3:30 p.m. ET). "It's an honor to remain with OneMain Financial next year," Sadler said. "I’m thrilled for the opportunity to race under the OneMain Financial banner and team up with Roush Fenway Racing to compete for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship in 2015." The 39-year-old Sadler has 260 career starts in the series with 16 poles and 128 top-10 finishes. He is also a three-time winner in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. He is one of 24 drivers to win at least one race in each of NASCAR’s three national series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series). OneMain, previously CitiFinancial, has a prior sponsor relationship with RFR. "They are a first-class organization from top to bottom," said Steve Newmark, president of RFR. "We enjoyed a great partnership in the past and we look forward to reigniting that relationship moving forward next season. "(Elliott) is a seasoned veteran and a winner on the track. He brings a reputation as a fierce competitor and I know that our entire organization … will benefit from his experience next season." Sadler will join current RFR drivers Ryan Reed and Chris Buescher . MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView