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By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical
The Paul Menard Empire must be high-fiving this evening. They are the loyal fans of Paul Menard. They have faithfully stood beside their driver through his humble beginnings, and are now reaping the benefits since he went to Richard Childress Racing.
Menard turned the fastest lap in NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying with a speed of 181.714 mph. Menard was the only driver fast enough to crack the 181 mile-per-hour barrier. This pole marks Menard’s fifth career Nationwide Series pole.
Denny Hamlin will make it an all Sprint Cup regular front row, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was third followed by Austin Dillon and Nationwide point leader Elliott Sadler.
Other notable starters included: Kurt Busch (6th), Cole Whitt (7th), Kasey Kahne (8th), Danica Patrick (17th) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (20th).
The two drivers who have to take their equipment home early are Morgan Shepherd and Joe Jackson.
BEST OF MAXIM
Patience paid off for Danica Patrick who earned her first top 10 of the season with an eighth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night.
While Patrick qualified 17th she fell off the lead lap following a green flag pit stop with 50 laps remaining. Yet as the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 became a race of attrition, the GoDaddy.com driver took advantage as the competition...
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. doesn't mind complaining on his radio during races. The veteran NASCAR driver admits that he possesses a bad temper in the car and needs to cuss at someone when things aren't going his way.
Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway presented a few of those moments. Earnhardt's No. 88 Chevrolet team decided to run a different setup...
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Danica Patrick turned 30 on March 25 and earned her first NASCAR Nationwide Series top 10 finish of the 2012 season in her next race.
Not a bad little belated birthday present, coming courtesy of Texas Motor Speedway Friday night.
Patrick started her sixth Nationwide Series race of the year from the 17th position, stayed around that spot most of the night and...
LONG BEACH, CA Is Simona de Silvestro the next Danica Patrick?
Not if Simona has anything to say about it.
"I'm not here to replace anybody," said de Silvestro, who will drive the HVM Racing car in Sunday's 2012 Long Beach Grand Prix. "I am here to be myself, and I think everybody's looking at me that way, too. I've been able to show that I can win...
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. regained the lead with 23 laps to go when he charged past Austin Dillon, then held on after Friday night's final restart to give Roush Fenway its fourth consecutive NASCAR Nationwide victory at Texas.
After the restart with six laps left, Stenhouse pushed out in front before Denny Hamlin came from behind to get side-by-side at the start-finish line. Stenhouse...
While Ricky Stenhouse Jr used a win at Friday nights Nationwide race to move within four points of Elliott Sadler for the series point lead he was not the only driver who made big gains in the Lone Star state.
Propelled by her first top-10 of the season, Patrick moved up six positions to 11th in the Nationwide driver standings. It was a needed finish for the driver who was coming...
Danica Patrick notched her best finish of the year in Friday night's Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway...
Danica Patrick started 17th at Texas Motor Speedway and finished a season-best eighth in the Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Friday night.
She went from 13th to eighth after the final restart with six laps to go. It’s been a very long season for Patrick, who finished 38th at Daytona, despite having the pole. A wreck contributed to that disappointment.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. strong early and late to win O'Reilly Auto Parts 300...
Martin Truex Jr. claimed the pole starting spot for Saturday’s Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway during pole qualifying on Friday evening. His fast lap was clocked at 28.366 seconds.
“It just means a lot for me to get a pole for these guys,” Truex said. “We’ve come a long way. We’re going to go now and celebrate this for a little...
Martin Truex Jr. feels a win coming.
"We're going to get one soon," said Truex, who won his second Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup pole on Friday with a lap of 190.369 mph.
"I can't even explain it. I've been blessed to have the team I have, to be in the position that I'm in.
"It makes you think back to those days that weren't going...
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. led the way with a lap of 29.580 seconds in the final practice for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 from Texas. Rounding out the top five was Paul Menard, Austin Dillon, Danica Patrick, and Kurt Busch. Couple … Continue reading →
April 13, 2012
By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service
FORT WORTH, Texas — Streaking away from Denny Hamlin and pole-sitter Paul Menard after a restart with six laps left, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won Friday night’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
The victory was the defending series champion’s second in six starts this season and the fourth...