O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Texas Motor Speedway
November 2, 2013
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished fifth (Austin Dillon), eighth (Brian Scott) and 12th (Ty Dillon).
A. Dillon leads the Nationwide Series driver championship standings by six points over Sam Hornish, Jr., while Scott is six in the standings, 97 points behind the leader.
The No. 3 Chevrolet team ranks third in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 33 team sixth in the standings and the No. 2 team 10th.
According to NASCAR’s Post-Race Loop Data Statistics, A. Dillon was the fifth-Fastest Driver Late in a Run (170.453 mph).
Scott ranked fourth in Average Running Position (5.170) and had the fifth-best Driver Rating (108.9).
T. Dillon made 34 Quality Passes, ranking him seventh in the category.
Brad Keselowski earned his sixth Nationwide Series victory of 2013 and was followed to the finish line by Denny Hamlin, Hornish, Matt Kenseth and A. Dillon.
The next Nationwide Series race is the Servicemaster 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, Nov. 9. The 32nd race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Brian Scott Earns His 13th Top-10 Finish of 2013 at Texas Motor Speedway
Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge team earned an eighth-place finish after fighting a tight-handling condition in the late stages of Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Scott started the 200-lap event from the ninth position and quickly moved forward, settling into the sixth spot by lap 17. Crew chief Phil Gould called the Boise, Idaho-native to pit road under green-flag condition on lap 51 for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Scott consistently clicked off lap times as fast as the leaders throughout the day, climbing as high as second. The Richard Childress Racing competitor spent a majority of the 300-mile race inside the top-five. The caution-flag flew on lap 78, setting up an 18-lap dash to the finish with Scott in the eighth position. Upon the restart, Scott quickly moved into the sixth position, but over the final run he fought a tight-handling condition ultimately earning an eighth-place finish. Scott moved into sixth in the Nationwide Series Championship point standings, 16 markers back from fourth.
Start – 9 Finish – 8 Laps Led – 0 Points – 6th
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
“We had a really good Shore Lodge Camaro today; we just needed a little more in order to contend for the win. This was probably the best mile-and-a-half Chevrolet we’ve had in awhile. I’m proud of the guys, they were strong all weekend and on pit road. With just a few races left, we’re going to get every point we can. I can’t wait to get to Phoenix. We’re bringing the same car from earlier this fall in Richmond; hopefully we’ll finish one-spot better”
Austin Dillon Scores Fifth-Place Finish in No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway
Austin Dillon earned a fifth-place finish in the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon after starting the 200-lap race from the fifth position. The championship contender reported his blue Chevrolet Camaro was loose exiting the corners during his initial run. Dillon led lap 53 to gain a valuable championship bonus point before pitting under green-flag conditions on lap 54, taking four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. During the ensuing run, handling conditions improved and Dillon maintained position in the top five. However, a caution period on lap 72 provided many teams the opportunity to pit for tires while the No. 3 team opted to take fuel only, causing Dillon to fall to 13th when green-flag racing resumed on lap 75. Despite battling handling conditions, Dillon drove into the top-10 before pitting for the final time on lap 169 for four tires and fuel. Exiting the pits in the seventh position, he drove to fifth for the race’s finish. Dillon leads the Nationwide Series driver championship standings by six points with two races remaining.
Start – 5 Finish – 5 Laps Led – 2 Points – 1st
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
“We did what we needed to do today, which is earn a top-five finish and keep ourselves in this championship points race. Overall, it was a solid day. The cautions did not fall in our favor today and we ended up with an extra set of tires in the pit box at the end of the race that we were unable to use. It’s always a shame when that happens. Oh well, that’s just part of it. I’m excited for Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway to see how this Championship race plays out.”
Ty Dillon Finishes 12th at Texas Motor Speedway
Battling a temperamental-handling Chevrolet, Ty Dillon and the No. 33 WESCO team finished 12th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Dillon started the 200-lap affair from the 10th position and reported to the Nick Harrison-led crew he was loose on entry and exit of the corners, but tight in the center of the turns. Long green-flag runs prevented the driver from seeking relief early in the race and fell to the 13th spot before hitting pit road under green-flag conditions on lap 50. The WESCO pit crew serviced their Chevrolet with four tires, fuel and a round of chassis adjustments to combat the ill-handling machine. Dillon ran as high as fifth before handling issued returned on lap 116. The No. 33 team utilized pit stops to adjust the handling of the blue and white Chevrolet over the course of the last portion of the race. A tight-handling condition continued to plague the Richard Childress Racing driver relegating him to a 12th-place result.
Start – 10 Finish – 12 Laps Led – 0 Owner’s Points – 6
TY DILLON QUOTE:
“The No. 33 WESCO Chevrolet was really fast yesterday in practice, but we just couldn’t get the handling the way we wanted it today in the race. I was too loose and the beginning of the run and I would need to be a lot tighter to carry the speed. We over corrected a little bit too much on that last stop and got way too tight at the end. I learned a lot today, which I’ll add it to the notebook for next year.”