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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
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.
Crafton: 'We should be able to' win 2014 title
Driver on the verge of becoming first back-to-back Truck champion FORT WORTH, Tex. -- It's been 10 years since the points leader with three races remaining in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series failed to win the title. Matt Crafton is hoping to stretch the streak to 11. The ThorSport Racing driver holds an 18-point lead on Ryan Blaney ( Brad Keselowski Racing) and leads third-place Darrell Wallace ( Kyle Busch Motorsports) by 22. Friday’s WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 at Texas Motor Speedway kicks off the final three-race leg for the series, followed by stops at Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway . The defending series champion, and winner of the most recent NCWTS race at the 1.5-mile track, Crafton said the experience of last year's title run has him better prepared for, and more comfortable with, what lies ahead. "Absolutely," he said Thursday after wrapping up two practice sessions. "I know from last year to this year I'm a completely different person. At this point last year ... we had a 40- or 50-point lead (51 points), I have no idea what it was but it was huge, and I still had a lot of sleepless nights. "Now, it is what it is. I'm just going out and trying to win races. You're going to look at points -- 'OK, he's this much back' but I'm not going to worry about it. I haven't woken up one time in the last three months and even thought about points. I can promise you that.” A two-time winner this season, Crafton has finished third in three of the last four races. Blaney rolled into town on the heels of back-to-back top-five finishes. And Wallace has a win and two runner-up results in three of his last four outings. The expectation is that Blaney and Wallace will continue to be fast, "but if you look at Darrell's team, they've been on a roll here lately," Crafton said. "I think right now that's going to be one of the tougher teams." Wallace, also in a Toyota, won't argue the assessment of his No. 54 group, but isn't ready to talk points. Partly racer superstition perhaps, partly because of past experiences. But he said he feels good about the three remaining tracks on the schedule, especially Texas. "I feel like this is where our mile-and-a-half program came to life," he said of a 10th-place Texas finish earlier this year. "We were way different (with our set-up) than we'd ever been so the confidence level went up. Kentucky was the next (1.5-mile track), we were really strong, finished second, Las Vegas finished second, and at Chicago ran top five all night, finished sixth. But this is the track where I think it came to life." It's been a complete turnaround for the KBM team, which finished no better than 15th in four of its first five starts this year. The change, Wallace said, was due in part to "knocking all the bad luck out of the way" as well as communication with crew chief Jerry Baxter and his own comfort level inside the truck. "I forget where it was, after Texas maybe, Jerry was like ... 'dude, believe in this truck, please.' Stuff started turning around. All these mile-and-a-halves are so different, you're feeling the air and any inch I'd get loose, and I'd be like 'uh-oh.' Now I don't even care. Kyle (Busch, team owner and teammate) will mention 'I’m feeling this.' Well I'm feeling the same thing. He's winning races so it's got to be a good feeling." Toyota can clinch the manufacturer's championship this weekend with a finish of seventh or better by one of its drivers, eighth with one lap led or ninth with the most laps led. Another victory would be No. 16 for the automaker, breaking the mark of 15 first reached in 2010 and equaled this year. The title is far from a done deal, and as Johnny Sauter , Crafton's teammate said, "anything is possible." "I think his points lead is around 20, so yeah, three races is a long time," Sauter said. "That's really not insurmountable by any means. "Obviously I want to see Crafton win the championship because we're in the same camp ... those guys are solid week in and week out, they're consistent. If they continue to do what they've done all year, they're probably not going to be (caught). "But three races is a long time. A lot of things can go right and a lot can go wrong." For now, Crafton said he and his No. 88 team aren't looking too far down the road. "We know we have fast trucks," he said. "If I don't make any mistakes, and we don't make any mistakes as a team, we should be able to do it." 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
WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 lineup
Justin Lofton will lineup first in Friday's WinStar World Casino and Resort 400
Texas Camping World Truck pit stall assignments
Pole-sitter Jeb Burton gets first pit pick as he goes for the season sweep
Teammates tangle in Texas
Teammates Johnny Sauter and Jeb Burton had a slight altercation on pit road following the WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Busch: 'We've had some fun this year'
Kyle Busch addresses the gathered media following his win in the WinStar World Casino and Resort 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Heads up: Dover and Las Vegas weekend
Here are the hot topics, trending news and key story lines to get you ready for this weekend's races at Dover International Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway . WEATHER The weekend forecast for Dover, Delaware, looks like there's a chance for rain. Friday for Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole qualifying there is a 60 percent chance for precipitation. For the XFINITY Series race on Saturday, there is an 50 percent chance for precipitation with a high of 76 degrees. And for the Sprint Cup race on Sunday, there's a 30 percent chance for precipitation and a high of 76 degrees. For Las Vegas, site of this weekend's Camping World Truck Series events, it will be clear and 70 degrees for the start of Saturday's practices. And on Saturday it will be clear and 90 degrees for the start of the race. KEY TIMES Sprint Cup Series: The Sprint Cup Series holds its first practice Friday at 10 a.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App) followed by Coors Light Pole qualifying at 3:40 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App). The Citizen Soldier 400 is at 2 p.m. ET Sunday (NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). XFINITY Series: The XFINITY Series opens practice on Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App) and qualifies Saturday at 11:45 a.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App). The Drive Sober 300 is on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Camping World Truck Series: The Camping World Truck Series is scheduled for a Keystone Light Pole qualifying session Saturday at 6:10 p.m. ET on FS2, followed by the DC Solar 350 race at 8:30 p.m. ET (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). CATCH DRIVERS LIVE We'll stream every driver press conference in the Dover media center at NASCAR.com/presspass. Click here for a full schedule. Click here to tune into the live stream . LAST TIME In September of 2015, Kevin Harvick punched his ticket to advance to the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by leading 355 of 400 laps at Dover International Speedway , a career-best at any track. Harvick beat out eventual 2015 Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch by 2.639 seconds for the victory. YOU SHOULD KNOW • Chris Buescher (-30 from 12th place), Tony Stewart (-11), Austin Dillon (-5) and Jamie McMurray (-5) are all on the outside looking in as far as the Chase Grid standings are concerned. Of those drivers, Stewart is the only one who has won at the "Monster Mile" -- three times to be exact. Stewart's most recent win came in 2013. • With 10 wins, six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has been to Dover's Victory Lane more times than any NASCAR driver. Johnson is looking to punch his ticket to the next Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup round and a win at his best track could be in the cards. • Winning the opening XFINITY Series Chase race at Kentucky, Elliott Sadler continues his momentum to Dover where he has earned three top five and 10 top-10 finishes, two of which came in the last two XFINITY Series races at the 1-mile track. Sadler's experience in 17 starts at Dover could shine through on Saturday compared to the young guns he's competing against for the championship. • Of the Camping World Truck Series Chase drivers, only Johnny Sauter and Timothy Peters have wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . Canadian Tire Motorsport Park winner John Hunter Nemechek has the best average finish of 4.0 out of the Truck Series Chase drivers. Behind Nemechek is Ben Kennedy with 5.0. Nemechek has run just one Truck Series race at Dover, while Kennedy has experienced two. In 15 starts, two-time Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton has an average finish of 11.9, but is still seeking a win.
Hemric looks to overcome early Chase setback
RELATED: Truck Chase Grid Daniel Hemric clinched his spot in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase playoffs with remarkable consistency and a sizable nest egg of points. Now facing a significant deficit after a perilous postseason opener, stockpiling points may not be enough to keep his championship hopes intact. Hemric enters Saturday night's DC Solar 350 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a much firmer focus on scoring his first victory of the season. "At the end of the day, this deal rewards winning," Hemric said last weekend after finishing a season-worst 28th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . "Yeah, we did it the other way to get here, but I don't know if with the day we had here, we'll be able to salvage it on just points. We've got to go win." The 25-year-old driver for Brad Keselowski Racing spun early in last Saturday's Chase opener, saying he believed he ran over a piece of debris that punctured his left-rear tire. The spent rubber became entangled in the brake assembly, triggering a small flash fire on pit road and eventually forcing his No. 19 Ford behind the wall for extended repairs. The deficit Hemric faces is even more daunting based on the fact that his fellow Chase competitors enjoyed relatively trouble-free days at New Hampshire. Aside from Hemric, the remaining seven Chasers all finished in the top 11. Two races -- this weekend at Vegas and Oct. 22 at Talladega Superspeedway -- remain before two of the eight drivers are eliminated from the playoff picture. Just 27 points separate New Hampshire winner and points leader William Byron and seventh-place Ben Kennedy , but Hemric sits another 20 points behind Kennedy and 21 points behind sixth-place Johnny Sauter . Hemric's regular-season run of reliability -- with top-fives in half of the 16 races -- had earned him a share of the top spot with Byron in the series standings before the points were reset for the postseason. The task of escaping the Chase's bottom two on the basis of points isn't mathematically impossible, but Hemric would rather convert an automatic transfer with a win. "I believe we can," said Hemric, who has come close with seven finishes in the top three this season. "Especially our mile and a half program's been really solid and we've shown that time and time again. That's it. We know what we have to do." While Hemric knows he has two opportunities to regain lost ground, there may extra urgency to find momentum at Las Vegas this weekend rather than roll the dice in the opening round's elimination race at Talladega, where large crashes and wild-card winners are much more probable. "That's the thought," Hemric said. "Nobody wants to go to Talladega knowing they've got to win when everybody has that mentality. The past has shown what happens. Now with the new format, we feel a lot more confident we can just go do our jobs at Vegas and not have to worry about it."
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Standings
After Race 17 of the 2016 season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway