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Wrapup: Texas Motor Speedway

Monday, November 6, 2017


Texas Motor Speedway hosted all three NASCAR premier series this past weekend. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series held the 147-lap JAG Metals 350 on Friday night at the 1.5-mile quad-oval in Fort Worth. The XFINITY Series 200-lap O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 was featured on Saturday night. The weekend closed out on Sunday afternoon with the Monster Energy Cup Series 334-lap AAA Texas 500. The results and upcoming scheduled events for the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Home Tracks and other covered series are also shown below.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)
Time Trials: Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the AAA Texas 500 with a record-setting lap of 26.877 seconds, 200.915 mph. This is his 22nd pole in 610 MENCS races. It is his first pole and 13th top-10 start in 2017 and his second pole in 30 races at Texas Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin (second) posted his 22nd top-10 start of 2017 and his eighth in 24 races at TMS. Kevin Harvick (third) posted his ninth top-10 Texas start and his 23rd in 34 races this season. Erik Jones (fourth) was the fastest qualifying Rookie of the Year contender.   
Did not qualify: No one. 40 cars entered for 40 spots in the lineup.

Results: Kevin Harvick (No. 4  Mobil 1 Ford) won the AAA Texas 500, his 37th victory in 608 MENCS. This is his second victory and 21st top-10 finish in 2017 and his first victory and 18th top-10 finish in 30 races at TMS. Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 25 races at TMS and his 24th top-10 finish in 2017. Denny Hamlin (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 24 races at TMS. Erik Jones (10th) was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender.

Standings: Martin Truex Jr. leads the point standings by 50 points over Kyle Busch.

MENCS Round of 8 Chase Field:
1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Kyle Busch
3. Kevin Harvick
4. Brad Keselowski
(After the next race (Phoenix) the bottom four in the point standings will not advance to the Round of 4 at the Homestead-Miami season finale.)
5. Denny Hamlin
6. Ryan Blaney
7. Chase Elliott
8. Jimmie Johnson

Next: Sunday, Nov 12,  Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Int’l Raceway (1-mile tri-oval in Avondale, AZ)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Trials: MENCS regular Erik Jones, driving the No. 20 GameStop/Call of Duty WWII Toyota, won the Coors Light Pole Award for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 with a lap of 191.272 mph. This is his 14th pole in 76 NXS races. It is his second pole and 14th top-10 start in 2017 and his second pole in six races at TMS. Cole Custer (second) posted his 22nd top-10 start of 2017 and his second in two races at TMS. Matt Tifft (third) posted his second top-10 start at TMS and his 15th in 31 races this season.
Did not qualify: No one. 40 cars entered for 40 spots in the lineup.

Results: Pole-sitter Erik Jones, after leading a race-high 142 laps, won the 200-lap O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, his ninth victory in 76 NXS races. This is his third NXS victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2017 and his third victory and sixth top-10 finish in six NXS races at TMS. Cup regular Ryan Blaney (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in five NXS races at TMS. It is his 11th top-10 NXS finish in 2017. Another Cup regular, Kyle Larson (third), posted his fourth top-10 finish in eight NXS races at TMS. Cole Custer (fifth) was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender.

Standings: Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by five points over William Byron.

NXS Round of 8 Chase Field:
1. Elliott Sadler
2. William Byron
3. Justin Allgaier
4. Brennan Poole
(After the next race (Phoenix) the bottom four in the point standings will not advance to the Round of 4 at the Homestead-Miami season finale.)
5. Matt Tifft
6. Cole Custer
7. Daniel Hemric
8. Ryan Reed

Next: Saturday, Nov. 11, Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix Int'l Raceway
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
Time Trials: Justin Haley (No. 24 Zeality Chevrolet Silverado) won the Keystone Light 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the Jag Metals 350 with a lap of 186.181 mph. This is his first pole in 25 NCWTS races. It is his 10th top-10 start in 2017. Noah Gragson (second) posted his 17th top-10 start of 2017 and his second in two races at TMS. Christopher Bell (third) posted his third top-10 start at TMS and his 18th in 21 races this season.  
Did not qualify: No one. Only 32 entries for the 32 truck field.

Results: Johnny Sauter (No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet Silverado) won the Jag Metals 350, his 16th victory in 219 NCWTS races. This is his third victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2017. It is his fourth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 19 races at TMS. Austin Cindric (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at TMS and his 14th top-10 finish in 2017. Christopher Bell (third) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at TMS. Chase Briscoe (fourth) was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender. Pole-sitter Justin Haley led 25 laps and finished the 147-lap race in fifth place.

Standings: Christopher Bell leads the point standings by four points over Johnny Sauter.

NCWTS Round of 6 Chase Field:
1. Christopher Bell
2. Johnny Sauter
3. Matt Crafton
4. Austin Cindric
(After the next race (Phoenix) the bottom two in the point standings will not advance to the Round of 4 at the Homestead-Miami season finale.)
5. Ben Rhodes
6. John Hunter Nemechek

Next: Friday, Nov. 10, Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Int’l Raceway
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NASCAR Home Tracks
2017 K&N Pro Series-East Champion: Harrison Burton
2017 K&N Pro Series-East Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Chase Purdy

K&N Pro Series-West: Nov 4, West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame Championship 150 at Kern County Raceway Park
Pole: Todd Gilliland ... Winner: Derek Kraus
2017 K&N Pro Series-West Champion: Todd Gilliland
2017 K&N Pro Series-West Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Derek Kraus

2017 NASCAR Pinty's Series Champion: Alex Labbe
2017 Jostens Rookie of the Year: Adam Martin

2017 Whelen Modified Tour Champion: Doug Coby  
2017 Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Calvin Carroll

Peak Mexico Series: Oct. 15, at Autodromo Miguel E. Abed in Puebla, Mexico
Pole: Homero Richards ... Winner: Jose Luis Ramirez
Season Finale: Nov. 12, FedEx Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez (1.0-mile oval in Mexico City)
2017 Peak Mexico Series Champion (clinched at Puebla): Abraham Calderon
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Other Series
2017 ARCA Racing Series Champion: Austin Theriault
2017 SCOTT Rookie of the Year: Riley Herbst

2017 Southern Modified Racing Series Champion: Jeremy Gerstner

2017 EXIT Realty Modified Touring Series Champion: Eric Goodale 



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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