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Wrap-up: Texas Motor Speedway

Sunday, November 4, 2018


The super fast (over 200 mph in the straightaways) 1.5-mile quad-oval Texas Motor Speedway featured all three NASCAR top level series races. On Friday night, the trucks competed in the 147-lap JAG Metals 350 at the Fort Worth track. Saturday afternoon, the 200-lap XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge turned into a wreck-fest with a record 13 cautions for accidents. The Cup series AAA Texas 500 was extended from 334 laps to 337 due to a late race incident on Sunday. Next weekend, all three premier series will compete at ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix Raceway) in Arizona. Results and upcoming scheduled events for the NASCAR Home Tracks are also shown below. The NASCAR Peak Mexico Series is the only Home Track yet to finish their 2018 season.
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)
Time Trials: Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Ford) won the Pole Award for the AAA Texas 500 with a lap of 200.505 mph. This is his fifth pole in 124 MENCS races. It is his third pole and 23rd top-10 start in 2018 and his first pole in eight races at Texas Motor Speedway. Clint Bowyer (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2018 and his 10th in 26 races at Texas. Kevin Harvick (third) scored his 11th top-10 Fort Worth start and his 25th in 34 races this season. William Byron (ninth) was the fastest Sunoco Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender.
Did not qualify: No. 66 Timmy Hill.
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Results: Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Ford) won the AAA Texas 500, his 45th victory in 644 MENCS races. This is his eighth victory and 27th top-10 finish in 2018. It is his second victory and 20th top-10 finish in 32 races at Texas. With the win, Harvick secures his spot in the MENCS Championship Four in the season finale at Homestead-Miami. Pole-sitter Ryan Blaney led 40 laps and finished the 337-lap race in second place. It is his third top-10 finish in eight races at Texas and his 16th top-10 finish in 2018. Joey Logano (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 21 Texas races. Logano also has a guaranteed playoff starting spot at Homestead due to his win last weekend at Martinsville. William Byron (16th) was the highest finishing ROTY contender.
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Standings: Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 15 points over Kyle Busch.
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MENCS Round of 8 Chase Field:
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Kyle Busch
3. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Joey Logano
-After the next race (ISM Raceway) the bottom four will not advance to the MENCS Championship Four finale at Homestead-Miami.
5. Kurt Busch
6. Chase Elliott
7. Aric Almirola
8. Clint Bowyer
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Next: Sunday, Nov. 11, Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway (1-mile tri-oval in Phoenix, AZ)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Time Trials: Christopher Bell (No. 20 Toyota) won the Pole Award for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge with a lap of 189.321 mph. This is his sixth pole in 39 NXS races. It is his fifth pole and 22nd top-10 start in 2018 and his first in three races at Texas. Shane Lee (second), making his first start at Fort Worth, posted his eighth top-10 start of 2018. Cole Custer (third) earned his fourth top-10 Texas start. It is his 26th in 31 races this season. Chad Finchum (19th) was the fastest qualifying ROTY contender.
Did Not Qualify: No one. 39 cars entered for 40 spots in lineup.
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Results: Cole Custer (No. 00 Ford) won the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, his second victory in 69 NXS races. This is his first victory and 24th top-10 finish in 2018. It his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in four races at Texas. With the win, Custer clinched a playoff spot in the Championship Four series finale at Homestead-Miami. Tyler Reddick (second), the highest finishing ROTY contender, posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Texas and his 18th top-10 finish in 2018. Austin Cindric (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two Texas races. Pole-sitter Christopher Bell led 35 laps and completed 133 laps before exiting the 200-lap race with a 32nd place DNF (Accident).
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Standings: Tyler Reddick leads the point standings by 7 points over Elliott Sadler.
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NXS Round of 8 Chase Field:
1. Tyler Reddick
2. Elliott Sadler
3. Daniel Hemric
4. Justin Allgaier
-After the next race (ISM Raceway) the bottom four will not advance to the NXS Championship Four finale at Homestead-Miami.
5. Matt Tifft
6. Cole Custer
7. Christopher Bell
8. Austin Cindric
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Next: Saturday, Nov. 10, Whelen Trusted To Perform 200 at ISM Raceway in Arizona
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
Time Trials: Johnny Sauter (No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado) won the Pole Award for the JAG Metals 350 with a lap of 188.758 mph. This is his seventh pole in 242 NCWTS races. It is his first pole and 19th top-10 start in 2018 and fourth pole in 21 races at Texas. Noah Gragson (second) posted his 17th top-10 start of 2018 and his fourth in four races at Texas. Stewart Friesen (third) posted his second top-10 Fort Worth start and his 14th in 21 races this season. Todd Gilliland (12th) was the fastest qualifying ROTY contender.
Did not qualify: No. 33 Josh Reaume and No. 7 Reid Wilson.
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Results: Justin Haley (No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado) won the JAG Metals 350, his third victory in 48 NCWTS races. This is his third victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2018. It is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in four races at Texas. Ben Rhodes (second) posted his second top-10 finish in six Texas races and his 12th top-10 finish in 2018. Brett Moffitt (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Texas. Todd Gilliland (fourth), who was in the lead on the last lap when his truck ran out of fuel, was the highest finishing ROTY contender. Pole-sitter Johnny Sauter led one lap and finished the 147-lap event in 11th place.
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Standings: Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by 19 points over Brett Moffitt.
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NCWTS Round of 6 Chase Field:
1. Johnny Sauter
2. Brett Moffitt
3. Justin Haley
4. Noah Gragson
-After the next race (ISM Raceway) the bottom two will not advance to the NCWTS Championship Four finale at Homestead-Miami.
5. Grant Enfinger
6. Matt Crafton
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Next: Friday, Nov. 9, Lucas Oil 150 at ISM Raceway in Arizona
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NASCAR Home Tracks
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Finale: Oct. 19, Kansas ARCA 150 at Kansas Speedway
2018 ARCA Racing Series Champion: Sheldon Creed
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K&N Pro Series-East
Finale: Oct. 5, Crosley 125 at Dover Int'l Speedway
2018 K&N Pro Series-East Champion: Tyler Ankrum
2018 K&N Pro Series-East Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Tyler Ankrum
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K&N Pro Series-West
Finale: Oct. 27, NAPA Auto Parts 175 at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA
2018 K&N Pro Series-West Champion: Derek Thorn
2018 K&N Pro Series-West Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Hailee Deegan
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Pinty’s Series
Finale: Sept. 29, Pinty’s Fall Brawl at Jukasa Motor Speedway in Hamilton, Ontario
2018 Pinty's Series Champion: L.P. Dumoulin
2018 Pinty's Series Jostens Rookie of the Year: Brett Taylor
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Whelen Modified Tour
Finale: Oct. 14, Sunoco World Series 150 at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park
2018 Whelen Modified Tour Champion: Justin Bonsignore
2018 Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Tommy Catalano
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Peak Mexico Series
Oct. 21, Baoli Grand Prix at Aguascalientes International Speedway
Winner: Abraham Calderon - Pole: Salvador De Alba Jr. - Points Lead: Ruben Garcia Jr.
Next: Nov. 11 at the Trióvalo Int'l de Cajititlán in Guadalajara, Mexico



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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