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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.
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
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