Post-Race Reactions: WinStar 350
Several drivers, including Matt Crafton, German Quiroga, and Timothy Peters offer up their thoughts following the WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 .
WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 entry list
The series' 20th race of the season is at Texas Motor Speedway Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 0 Caleb Roark Kenneth Grimes Michael Stewart 14 Chevrolet Grimes Irrigation & Construction 2 02 Tyler Young Randy Young Bryan Berry 14 Chevrolet Randco/Young's Building Systems 3 05 John Wes Townley Tony Townley Michael Shelton 14 Toyota Zaxby's 4 6 Norm Benning Norm Benning Kevin Dargie 14 Chevrolet TBA 5 07 B J McLeod Ken Smith Doug Weddle 14 Chevrolet BlankHood.com 6 08 Jimmy Weller Bobby Dotter Jason Miller 14 Chevrolet ScubaLife / NASE WorldWide 7 8 Joe Nemechek Sidney Mauldin Jerry Babb 14 Toyota swmtx.com/Slovacek's Sausage 8 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Jennifer Jo Cobb Steve Kuykendall 14 Chevrolet Grimes Irrigation & Construction 9 13 Jeb Burton Duke Thorson Jeriod Prince 14 Toyota TBA 10 115 Mason Mingus Billy Boat Ben Leslie 14 Chevrolet 811 Call Before You Dig 11 17 Timothy Peters Tom Deloach Marcus Richmond II 14 Toyota Red Horse Racing 12 19 Tyler Reddick Brad Keselowski Doug Randolph 14 Ford DrawTite 13 21 Joey Coulter Maurice Gallagher Jr Jeff Stankiewicz 14 Chevrolet Allegiant Travel 14 23 Max Gresham Maurice Gallagher Jr Ryan London 14 Chevrolet AmWins Group, Inc. 15 29 Ryan Blaney Brad Keselowski Chad Kendrick 14 Ford Cooper Standard 16 30 Cameron Hayley Steve Turner Shannon Rursch 14 Chevrolet Cabinets by Hayley 17 31 Ben Kennedy Steve Turner Doug George 14 Chevrolet Heater.com 18 32 Tayler Malsam Harry Scott Jr Mike Hillman Jr 14 Chevrolet Outerwall 19 35 TBA Kevin Cywinski Mark Rette 14 Toyota TBA 20 136 Blake Koch(i) Beverly Mittler Michael Mittler 14 Chevrolet Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda 21 50 T J Bell Mark Beaver Tim Sliva 14 Chevrolet TBA 22 51 Kyle Busch(i) Kyle Busch Eric Phillips 14 Toyota ToyotaCare 23 54 Darrell Wallace Jr Kyle Busch Jerry Baxter 14 Toyota 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Wendell Scott 24 63 Justin Jennings Michael Mittler Michael Mittler 14 Chevrolet Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/LG Seeds/Ski Soda 25 74 Mike Harmon(i) Mike Harmon Gary Ritter 14 Chevrolet John II Concrete Const. 26 77 German Quiroga Tom Deloach Butch Hylton 14 Toyota OtterBox 27 88 Matt Crafton Rhonda Thorson Carl Joiner 14 Toyota Goof Off/Menards 28 98 Johnny Sauter Mike Curb Jeff Hensley 14 Toyota Smokey Mountain/Curb Records 29 99 Bryan Silas Chris Baluch Cal Boprey 14 Chevrolet TBD (i) equals ineligible for driver championship points Text goes here MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
NASCAR TV schedule: Nov. 9-15
RELATED: See the full weekend schedule " NBC Sports Live Extra All times ET Monday, Nov. 9 6 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 8 a.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN 1 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: WinStar World Casino 350 (re-air), FS2 2 p.m., NASCAR 120, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FS2 Tuesday, Nov. 10 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FS2 Wednesday, Nov. 11 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 3 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FS2 Thursday, Nov. 12 6 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 7 a.m., NASCAR America (re-air), NBCSN 6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1 7 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 2 a.m., NASCAR Race Hub (re-air), FS2 Friday, Nov. 13 12:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 2 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN 3:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, NBCSN 4:30 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 5 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, NBCSN 6:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 8 p.m., NCWTS Setup, FS1 8:30 p.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 150 , FS1 Saturday, Nov. 14 3:30 a.m., NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 150 (re-air), FS1 11:30 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, NBCSN 12:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, NBCSN 2 p.m., NASCAR America Live, NBCSN 2:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN 3:30 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green, NBCSN 4 p.m., NASCAR XFINITY Series DAV 200 Honoring America's Veterans, NBCSN 1:30 a.m., The 10: Greatest Truck Moments (re-air), FS2 Sunday, Nov. 15 11:30 a.m., NASCAR RaceDay, FS1 1:30 p.m., NASCAR America Sunday, NBCSN 2 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Countdown to Green, NBC 2:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 , NBC 6 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post-Race, NBCSN 6:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap, NBCSN 11:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lap (re-air), NBCSN &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;
Crafton tops Texas trucks with Keystone Light Pole
RELATED: Texas starting lineup Matt Crafton landed the Keystone Light Pole Award in Friday afternoon qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Crafton, the two-time defending series champion and last weekend's winner at Martinsville Speedway , drove the ThorSport Racing No. 88 Toyota to a pole-winning lap of 181.397 mph on the 1.5-mile track. His third pole of the season was his third at Texas and the 10th of his truck series career. Spencer Gallagher , who posted a 180.953 mph lap in the GMS Racing No. 23 Chevrolet, will start second in Friday night's WinStar World Casino 350 (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, PRN, SiriusXM). Rookies Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones will make up the second row, qualifying third and fourth respectively. Series leader Erik Jones qualified fifth in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Toyota, carrying a 10-point lead over Crafton entering the 21st of 23 races this season. Tyler Reddick will start 17th and ranks third, just 13 points off the top. Jeb Burton , making his first truck start of the season, qualified eighth in the JR Motorsports No. 00 Chevrolet. Crafton was fastest in the first of two rounds of single-truck qualifying with a best lap of 181.056 mph. Johnny Sauter , his ThorSport teammate, just missed the 12-driver cutoff for the final round, turning the 13th-best lap in the No. 98 Toyota. Tyler Young 's first-round qualifying attempt ended early when his No. 02 Chevrolet erupted with smoke under the hood. No drivers failed to qualify for the 32-truck field.
Jones dominates at Texas, extends championship lead
RELATED: Complete race results " Updated standings FORT WORTH, Texas – On turf that typically belongs to two-time defending NASCAR Camping World Series champion Matt Crafton , Erik Jones dominated on Friday night. Jones led 117 of 147 laps on the way to victory in the WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway , his first win at the venue, his third of the season and the seventh of his career. In an event that featured only one caution, a track-record low, Jones finished 2.855 seconds ahead of runner-up and NASCAR Driver for Diversity alum Daniel Suarez , who matched his career-best finish. Jones extended his series from 10 to 17 points over Crafton, who ran fourth after winning the Keystone Light Pole Award. There are two more races left in the Truck Series season. The top two finishers drove Toyotas fielded by Kyle Busch Motorsports. Jones, who is doing triple duty this weekend at Texas, will race the No. 4 Tundra next at Phoenix, where he has won the last two races. "Getting the win here, that's a nice boost for everybody, not just myself but everybody at KBM," Jones said. "We needed this to get back on track. We've struggled a little bit the last month, month and a half and worked hard to get back to this point. "And now, to go out there and win one the way we did, and lead as many laps as we did, that's a really nice statement for us. Hopefully, we can go to Phoenix and do the same kind of thing we've done the last two years. It's nice to have that points lead back up closer to the 20 range than the 10 range, but we still have two more weeks, and we have to hold onto it, be strong and close this deal out." In recent years, Crafton's been the dominant force in the series at 1.5-mile intermediate speedways, but Jones grabbed the lead on Lap 13 and pulled away to a lead of nearly three seconds. Jones squandered that advantage with a slow pit stop under green on Lap 47, but the lone caution on Lap 54 bunched the field and erased a lead of 5.9 seconds built by Crafton. Jones overtook Crafton for the top spot on lap 65 and controlled the race the rest of the way, losing the lead only briefly during a cycle of green-flag pit stops around Lap 100. The race was the shortest ever in the Truck Series at Texas, lasting just one hour, 23 minutes and 48 seconds.
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.
Hayley, Crafton top Truck practices at Texas
RELATED: Practice 2 results FORT WORTH, Texas -- Cameron Hayley greatly improved on his finishing position from the first session (13th) to top the final session of Camping World Truck Series practice Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway . The No. 13 ThorSport Racing driver topped the practice with a best speed of 179.164 mph. His opening session speed was 177.421 mph. Hayley edged Jeb Burton , driving for JR Motorsports this weekend, who was second on the charts at 178.430 mph. The top five was rounded out by Ben Kennedy (178.235 mph), Spencer Gallagher (177.895 mph) and Jesse Little (177.889 mph). Matt Crafton , fastest in the first session, placed 12 th with a best speed of 176.171 mph. Points leader Erik Jones was right behind him at 175.844 mph to place 13 th . Ten minutes into the session, the caution came out after the No. 08 of Korbin Forrister began smoking heavily. The Camping World Truck Series is back on track at 4:40 p.m. ET on Friday for qualifying ahead of the WinStar World Casino 350 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1). Practice 1 recap " RELATED: Practice 1 results Coming off a win at Martinsville Speedway last weekend, Matt Crafton propelled his No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota at 179.862 mph around Texas Motor Speedway to secure the top spot on the leaderboard during Friday's opening practice. The reigning Camping World Truck Series champion and recorded his best lap early, wheeling his fastest speed at Lap 2. Crafton also won the Truck Series race in The Lone Star State back in June. Joe Gibbs Racing 's Daniel Suarez was second-fastest, posting a top speed of 179.313 mph in his No. 51 ride. GMS Racing's Spencer Gallagher and Brandon Jones made up positions three and four (179.235 mph and 179.063 mph, respectively), while Red Horse Racing's Timothy Peters rounded out the top five with a fast lap of 178.962 mph.
Kyle Busch returns to truck racing
August's Pocono race will mark his 2015 NCWTS debut, joined by Harvick RELATED: Harvick set to race at Pocono Mountains 150 Kyle Busch will make his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Aug. 1 for the Pocono Mountains 150 . RELATED: Truck Series entry list for Pocono Busch missed the first three months of NASCAR racing due to severe leg and foot injuries he suffered in the NASCAR XFINITY Series opener. In his comeback, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver has had an impressive few months of racing on both the Sprint Cup and XFINITY sides and is looking to, once again, top the Camping World Truck Series leaderboard. With a total of 42 wins, 79 top fives, 99 top-10 results and 16 poles, Busch is hoping to add to his impressive Camping World Truck Series statistics this August. Busch's last Camping World Truck Series win was in October during the 2014 WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 at Texas, where he led for 80 laps. The Aug. 1 race will only be Busch's second time racing at the Tricky Triangle in the Truck Series. The first time was in 2011 when he started and finished second behind Kevin Harvick . Coincidentally, Harvick will also make his 2015 Camping World Truck Series debut at the 2.5-mile Pennsylvania track next month, driving the No. 00 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Texas installs more SAFER barriers ahead of November races
Texas Motor Speedway is nearing the finish line on installing 2,866 feet of additional SAFER barrier ahead of the NASCAR tripleheader scheduled to be at the 1.5-mile track Nov. 5-8, the track announced on Wednesday. In adding the energy-absorbing barrier system, the focus is primarily on the interior walls as well as three exterior sections of the dogleg on the frontstretch of the track. The track is also adding SAFER barrier segments on the entire inside wall of the backstretch, inside entry wall in Turn 3 and the interior wall at both the entry and exit of pit road. The project, which also includes re-painting various logos on the walls, is scheduled to be completed by Thursday. Factoring in the track's existing SAFER barriers, the entire inside wall of the backstretch from Turn 2 to Turn 3 will have SAFER, according to a release from the track. This is just the first of three prioritized phases to have SAFER barriers on all interior and exterior walls of the track. The second phase, which will see 2,103 feet of SAFER barrier installed, will be completed ahead of the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend in April 2016. No details were given about the third phase at this time. Next month, Texas Motor Speedway hosts the second race of the Eliminator Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , the AAA Texas 500 (Nov. 8, 2 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM) as well as the NASCAR XFINITY Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (Nov. 7, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, PRN, SiriusXM) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 (Nov. 6, 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM).
Bubba's title hopes take huge hit
Blown engine while running second ends Wallace's night in Texas FORT WORTH, Texas -- The points race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series took a dramatic turn during the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 on a wild Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway . After climbing to within 16 points of leader Matt Crafton , Darrell Wallace Jr . lost his engine on Lap 106 of 147 while driving in second place, ending his night. It was a devastating blow to the championship hopes of the 21-year-old driver, who refused media interviews afterward but sent out the following message on social media: Sorry didn't wanna talk, heart broken. I have no words, devastated. Thank you all. Too good to be true. — Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) November 1, 2014 Meanwhile, Crafton, who is attempting to become the first back-to-back champion in the series' history, fought off his own issues to finish fifth and increase his lead from 18 to 23 points over Ryan Blaney . Wallace dropped from 22 points behind to 43 points down with two races to go in the 2014 season. Like Crafton, Blaney had to work extra hard to end up with a ninth-place finish. He battled electrical problems and lost some track position shortly after the halfway point of the race when he pitted with 79 laps to go -- eight laps earlier than expected -- to get new tires and better grip. Crafton complained of possible engine issues on Lap 57 but did not end up having them as his truck kept its top speed. That's why it was a cruel bit of irony for Wallace to be running so well, seemingly flawlessly, before his engine blew. The disappointment was evident as Wallace walked back from the infield care center toward his hauler and took a quick right turn to avoid media. Wallace's crew chief Jerry Baxter spoke in the garage area while the truck was being worked on in the background. "We don't know what happened to the motor, but these motors run great every week," Baxter said. "He showed a lot of maturity driving, our truck was really right tonight. At least we were able to race Kyle for once instead of him running off." Busch did end up with the victory, however, his 42nd in the series, but the driver of the No. 51 was mindful of his teammate's misfortune afterward. "Bubba was really good," Busch said. "I was actually really impressed with how well he was running, and when he was running the top he was making some really good moves and some smart decisions. I enjoyed racing with him. It's a shame to see his engine fail as it did, but those guys at JGR give us some good motors." Now Wallace is forced into almost a must-win situation for the final two races in order to have any chance at a title, and even if he does that he'll need help in the form of misfortune for the Nos. 88 and 29. "When we talk points, he doesn't want to hear it because he thinks that's when things are going to go bad," Baxter said. "He has better days ahead." 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