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Wrap-up

Wrapup: Texas Motor Speedway

by Anthony Ballantoni
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Texas Motor Speedway hosted all three NASCAR premier series events this past weekend. Erik Jones increased his lead in the 2015 Camping World Truck Series Championship standings by winning the series race on Friday night. On Saturday morning, rain cancelled the morning activities which included the Cup practices and XFINITY Series qualifying. After track drying, a full 200-lap XFINITY Series race was held. Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski took the win at the Fort Worth 1.5 mile track. The Sprint Cup Series’ second race of the three-race Eliminator Round closed out the weekend with Jimmie Johnson becoming the Chase spoiler by beating Brad Keselowski to the checkers with just six laps to go.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)
Time Trials:
Brad Keselowski (#2 Wurth Ford Fusion) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the AAA Texas 500 with a lap of 27.421 seconds, 196.929 mph. This is the Team Penske driver's 11th pole in 231 NSCS races. It is his third pole and 21st top-10 start in 2015 and his first pole in 15 races at Texas Motor Speedway. Keselowski led a race-high 312 laps and finished the 334-lap event in second place.
Did Not Qualify: #32 Joey Gase; #62 Reed Sorenson.
Winner: Jimmie Johnson (#48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS) won the AAA Texas 500, his 75th victory in 505 NSCS races. He started eighth in the lineup and led six laps of the 334-lap event. It is his fifth victory and 20th top-10 finish in 2015. This is Johnson's sixth victory and 19th top-10 finish in 25 races at Texas Motor Speedway. He is the third driver in series history to sweep both races at Texas in a single season joining Carl Edwards (2008) and Denny Hamlin (2010).

Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
Coors Light Pole Award: Brad Keselowski #2, 196.929 mph (POLE, 2nd, 6th)
American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Brad Keselowski #2
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder: Roush-Yates Engines #2
3M Lap Leader: Kevin Harvick #4, 11 Laps (2nd, 3rd, 3rd)
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kevin Harvick #4
Ingersoll Rand Power Move: Kurt Busch #41, 5 positions (7th, 7th, 7th)
Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver: Jamie McMurray #1, 0.164 seconds (27th, 10th, 13th)
Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: Kyle Busch #18 (3rd, 4th, 2nd)
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Brett Moffitt #34 (35th, 30th, 34th)

Standings: Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 2 points over Kyle Busch.

Top 16 – Eliminator Round (G/L):
1. Jeff Gordon (clinched spot as finalist in season finale at Homestead-Miami)
2. Kyle Busch
3. Kevin Harvick +1
4. Martin Truex Jr. -1

(5-8 will be eliminated after next week’s race at Phoenix Int’l Raceway)
5. Carl Edwards
6. Brad Keselowski
7. Kurt Busch
8. Joey Logano

(9-16 were eliminated in previous rounds)
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. +2
10. Denny Hamlin -1
11. Ryan Newman -1
12. Jimmie Johnson +2
13. Jamie McMurray -1
14. Paul Menard +1
15. Matt Kenseth -2
16. Clint Bowyer

Next: Sunday, November 15 – Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500
Where: Phoenix International Raceway (1-mile tri-oval in Avondale, AZ)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Time Trials:
No time trials-rain. Starting lineup set by NASCAR rule book. Since Sprint Cup drivers Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski were fastest in the lone practice session, they led the field to the green flag. Dillon started P1 in the #33 Rheem Chevrolet Camaro. He led 54 laps and finished the 200-lap race in third place.
Did Not Qualify: None, only 40 teams entered for 40 spots.
Winner: Sprint Cup driver (#2 Ford Fusion) Brad Keselowski won the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, his 34th victory in 224 NXS races. This is his second victory and eighth top-10 NXS finish in 2015. It is his second victory and 12th top-10 finish in 16 NXS races at Texas Motor Speedway. He started the #22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang second in the lineup and led a race-high 62 laps in the 200-lap event. Keselowski is ineligible for driver points in this series but he did earn owner points. Roger Penske has clinched the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series Owners’ Championship with the #22 Ford.

Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
3M Lap Leader: Austin Dillon #33 55 Laps (1st, 3rd, NE)
Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race": Austin Dillon #33
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder: Roush-Yates Engines #22 Brad Keselowski (2nd, WINNER, NE)
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Elliott Sadler #1 (14th, 10th, 5th)
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Daniel Suarez #18 (5th, 6th, 7th)
  NE=Not eligible for driver points in this series.

Standings: Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 24 points over Chase Elliott.

Top 10 (G/L):
1. Chris Buescher
2. Chase Elliott
3. Ty Dillon +1
4. Regan Smith -1
5. Elliott Sadler +1
6. Darrell Wallace Jr. -1
7. Daniel Suarez
8. Brian Scott +1
9. Brendan Gaughan -1
10. Ryan Reed

Next: Saturday, November 14 – DAV 200
Where: Phoenix International Raceway (1-mile tri-oval in Avondale, AZ)
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
Time Trials:
Matt Crafton won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 with a lap of 29.769 seconds, 181.397 mph. This is the #88 Damp Rid/Menards Toyota Tundra driver's 10th pole in 359 NCWTS races. It is his third pole and 16th top-10 start in 2015 and his third pole in 30 races at Texas Motor Speedway. Crafton led 27 laps and finished the 147-lap race in fourth place.
Did Not Qualify: NONE, only 32 entries for the 32 truck field.
Winner: Erik Jones (#4 Toyota Tundra) won the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350, his seventh victory in 38 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. This is the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver's third victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2015. It is his first victory and first top-10 finish in three races at Texas Motor Speedway. Jones started fifth in the lineup and led 117 laps of the 147-lap event.

Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
Keystone Light Pole Award: Matt Crafton #88, 181.397 mph (POLE, 4th, 2nd)
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Erik Jones #4 (5th, WINNER, LEADER)
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Erik Jones #4
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder: Joe Gibbs Engines, #4

Standings: Erik Jones leads the point standings by 17 points over Matt Crafton.

Top 10 (G/L): (no change in rank order this week)
1. Erik Jones
2. Matt Crafton
3. Tyler Reddick
4. Johnny Sauter
5. Timothy Peters
6. Cameron Hayley
7. Daniel Hemric
8. John Wes Townley
9. Ben Kennedy
10. Spencer Gallagher

Next: Friday, November 13 - Lucas Oil 150
Where: Phoenix International Raceway (1-mile tri-oval in Avondale, AZ)
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ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
2015 K&N Pro Series-East Champion:
Grant Enfinger
2015 SCOTT Rookie Challenge Winner: Kyle Weatherman
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NASCAR Home Tracks
K&N Pro Series-East
2015 K&N Pro Series-East Champion:
William Byron
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: William Byron

K&N Pro Series-West
October 17 – NAPA 150
All American Speedway (0.333-mile oval in Roseville, CA)
Winner: Gracin Raz --- Pole: Gracin Raz --- Points Leader: Chris Eggleston
Season Finale: November 12 - Casino Arizona 100
Where: Phoenix International Raceway (1-mile tri-oval in Avondale, AZ)

Canadian Tire Series
2015 Canadian Tire Series Champion: 
Scott Steckly
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Gary Klutt

Whelen Modified Tour
2015 Whelen Modified Tour Champion:
Doug Coby
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Chase Dowling

Whelen Southern Modified Tour
2015 Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion:
Andy Seuss
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Trey Hutchens

Anthony Ballantoni
Anthony Ballantoni is a Senior Sports Writer at Rotoworld.com.