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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins O'Reilly 300

April, 13, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas -- After bizarre lighting problems and a wild late restart, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took home his second win in the first six races of the Nationwide season at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday.

While most of the pack went in to get their last set of tires during a late caution, Stenhouse Jr. stayed in the pack.

"[Crew chief Mike Kelley] decided to go with no changes on that last pit stop, which I wasn't fond of, but he knows what he's doing," Stenhouse Jr. said. "That last restart was crazy. I think I spent the whole caution praying for a good restart."

Owner Jack Roush has had some good luck in the Lone Star State. The win was the fourth in a row for Roush Fenway Racing at Texas Motor Speedway.

"First thing I want to say is God bless Texas," Jack Roush said laughing after the race. "Texas has been really good to us."

In the race's second year under the lights, a few of them weren't quite cooperating. Some of the track lights were malfunctioning around the third turn, causing two cautions and a red flag in the 163-172th laps.

Race officials said it was a problem with one of the breakers, but Stenhouse Jr. didn't seem to mind.

"We went a few laps through there and I thought it was fine. Some people had different opinions," Stenhouse Jr. said. "It was probably safer to stop it and get it back going."

Paul Menard led for 100 laps, but couldn't hold on for a win. In the final laps, Menard went for one last push on the outside of Stenhouse Jr., but got caught in the middle when Denny Hamlin made the track three-wide.

The win moves Stenhouse Jr. into second in the Nationwide Series standings, four points behind Elliott Sadler.

"As soon as you get in the middle of a restart, you lose all of your momentum," Menard said. "I just feel like we let them get away with it."

Rookie driver Austin Dillon's crew also took the gamble not to change tires to try for a bigger lead. He ended up falling back to sixth after the red flag in the 176th lap. After another caution, he opted out of getting new tires again to try and keep his position. He ended up moving into fifth, the highest-finishing rookie.

"We're very proud of that finish, especially with less tires than the other guys out there," Dillon said.

Danica Patrick made a great late move with some new tires to move from 16th into eighth, her best finish of the year.

The action at TMS continues with the Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins O'Reilly 300, top 10

April, 13, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Here are the final top 10 standings from the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300.

Position - (#) Driver

1 - (6) Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

2 - (33) Paul Menard

3 - (38) Kasey Kahne

4 - (18) Denny Hamlin

5 - (3) Austin Dillon

6 - (27) David Ragan

7 -(31) Justin Allgaier

8 - (7) Danica Patrick

9 - (43) Michael Annett

10 - (30) Steve Arpin

O'Reilly 300 Top 10 update - 150 laps

April, 13, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Here's the top 10 through 150 laps at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300:

Position - (#) Driver

1 - (33) Paul Menard

2 -(6) Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

3 - (2) Elliott Sadler

4 - (38) Kasey Kahne

5 - (3) Austin Dillon

6 - (18) Denny Hamlin

7 - (31) Justin Allgaier

8 - (12) Sam Hornish Jr.

9 - (5) Dale Earnhardt Jr.

10 - (27) David Ragan

Out: (42) Josh Wise, (47) Scott Speed, (74) Kevin Lepage, (10) Jeff Green (75) Scott Riggs, (46) Chase Miller, (11) Brian Scott, (23) Robert Richardson, Jr., (15) Blake Koch.

O'Reilly 300 Top 10 update - 100 laps

April, 13, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Here's the top 10 through 100 laps at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300:

Position - (#) Driver

1 - (18) Denny Hamlin

2 - (6) Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

3 - (2) Elliott Sadler

4 - (31) Justin Allgaier

5 - (33) Paul Menard

6 - (38) Kasey Kahne

7 - (12) Sam Hornish Jr.

8 - (3) Austin Dillon

9 - (09) Ryan Truex

10 - (5) Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Out: (42) Josh Wise, (47) Scott Speed, (74) Kevin Lepage, (10) Jeff Green (75) Scott Riggs, (46) Chase Miller, (22) Brad Keselowski, (11) Brian Scott.

O'Reilly 300 Top 10 update - 50 laps

April, 13, 2012
Here's the top 10 through 50 laps at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300:

Position - (#) Driver

1 - (33) Paul Menard

2 - (38) Kasey Kahne

3 - (3) Austin Dillon

4 - (18) Denny Hamlin

5 - (6) Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

6 - (2) Elliott Sadler

7 - (20) Joey Logano

8 - (11) Brian Scott

9 - (31) Justin Allgaier

10 -(5) Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Out: (42) Josh Wise, (47) Scott Speed, (74) Kevin Lepage, (10) Jeff Green (75) Scott Riggs, (46) Chase Miller.

Have at it, boys? Not this time for Kyle Busch

November, 5, 2011

After deliberately wrecking Camping World Truck Series points leader Ron Hornday during a caution just 15 laps into Friday night's race at Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR has come down hard on Kyle Busch.

Busch, a participant in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup, has been suspended from the Nationwide Series race on Saturday AND for the Sprint Cup race on Sunday.

"After a good deal conversation and discussion, NASCAR decided to maintain the parked position for the balance of the weekend," Helton said during a news conference Saturday morning. "Kyle will not be participating today and tomorrow in Texas."

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Busch has long been a polarizing figure in NASCAR, with fans either loving or hating the brash driver of the M&M's No. 18. So, after NASCAR's famed declaration of "Have at it, boys," do you agree with the sport's decision to park Busch for the weekend?

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Danica Patrick talks crashes, NASCAR

March, 2, 2011

FORT WORTH -- TMS president Eddie Gossage interviewed Danica Patrick on stage at Media Day on Wednesday and she shared a few notes:

NASCAR driver Danica Patrick weighs in on the trending Charlie Sheen and gives us the inside scoop on her career arc.

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* Patrick thinks fans may see a crash at the beginning of the second Twin 275 with a blind draw. "I think they’ll probably be a crash," Patrick said. "You are going to have some overanxious, someone out of place, someone who normally doesn’t race next to each other. I know it’s going to give Brian Barnhart a headache."

That doesn't mean Patrick doesn't like the idea of the twin races. She does. "I think it’s going to be good for the fans and at the end of the day, they are the most important people," Patrick said. "I like it. I like change. I like something different."

* Patrick, who raced in 13 Nationwide races last year, will run a bunch this year too. She's headed to Bristol this season and said she didn't know what to expect. "It's a half-mile and I've been told you don't brake apparently, so that's tough for me to fathom," Patrick said. Denny Hamlin, also in town for TMS Media Day, yelled that they weren't telling her the truth. "You need to brake," Hamlin said.

* Patrick said one of the toughest things about NASCAR is trying to find the garages after qualifying. "I'm used to sitting in pit lane and driving out," Patrick said. "I've been lost after qualifying before and I feel kind of dumb on those moments." Patrick said drivers have been good in NASCAR about coming up an offering advice, especially open-wheel veteran Juan Pablo Montoya.

* Patrick felt she made progress on 1.5-mile ovals in the IndyCar Series last year, but that she wants to improve on road courses.

* Patrick talked about swapping engineering staff with Marco Andretti and that everyone is getting used to the new personnel.

* Patrick said she gets asked if racing on tracks in an Indy Car gives her an advantage. "It gives a false expectation that I’m going to know my way around," Patrick said. "The way around in an Indy Car and a stock car are different. The speeds, we can go flat out on a mile-and-a-half in Indy car, the perspectives are totally different. It's like going to a new track, other than I know where the pits are."

Postrace audio: Nationwide at TMS

November, 6, 2010
Brad Keselowski explains his excitement after winning his first NASCAR championship and handing Roger Penske the Nationwide title.

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Team owner Roger Penske, who won his first title on the NASCAR level at TMS, discusses how special the moment is to him.

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O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge winner Carl Edwards goes over the confidence he had in his car's speed at TMS.

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Danica Patrick details the challenges she endured at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at TMS.

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Keselowski clinches Nationwide at TMS

November, 6, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Brad Keselowski has clinched the Nationwide season title by finishing third in Texas, giving owner Roger Penske his first championship in one of NASCAR's national series.

Keselowski, who had to finish only 21st or better to wrap up the driver's championship with two races left, crossed the line behind winner Carl Edwards and runner-up Kyle Busch on Saturday.

While Keselowski did celebratory doughnuts in his No. 22 Dodge, Edwards got the checkered flag and went into the stands to mark his 28th career Nationwide victory with fans.

Edwards charged ahead on the final restart, a green-white-checker finish that added five laps to the scheduled 200-lap race. Busch was denied a NASCAR-record sixth consecutive win at Texas.

Danica Patrick takes on the "Terrifying 10"

November, 4, 2010

NASCAR Nationwide driver Danica Patrick tackles the "Terrifying 10" on The Ben and Skin Show. Can the guys get her to sing on the air? Listen and find out.

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WinStar to remain sponsor of trucks race

July, 13, 2010
WinStar World Casino signed a one-year agreement to remain the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. No terms were announced. The WinStar World Casino 350k will take place on Fri., Nov. 5. It is the 23rd race of the 25-event schedule, and is part of the NASCAR triple-header weekend at TMS that also features the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup and O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge Nationwide Series events.