Sprint Cup regular (No. 11) Denny Hamlin led the most laps of the Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway earning the 3M Lap Leader award.
AJ Allmendinger hopes to pick up where he left off last year. His last three attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks ended in a sweep of the top 15 and lead lap finishes.
In 10 previous attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks in the Cup series, Michael Annett has finished better than he started eight times.
Justin Allgaier progressively improved last year on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and he looks to continue in 2015. It took nine attempts before he finished on the lead lap, but once he did he went the full distance at both Charlotte and Texas.
BK Racing continues to add to its driver roster, announcing Thursday that Matt DiBenedetto has joined the team and will compete part-time in the Sprint Cup Series this season.
Jeff Gordon posted the fastest single lap in the afternoon test session at Atlanta. His top speed was 188.424 mph, which was posted early in his run. Gordon also posted the quickest 10-lap average in that session with a speed of 185.458 mph during his first 10 laps around the track.
Kevin Harvick posted the quickest 10-lap average in the Thursday morning test session at Atlanta. He recorded a speed of 183.342 mph from his ninth through 18th laps.
Jamie McMurray posted the fastest single lap in Thursday morning’s test at Atlanta. His top speed was 191.549 mph, which was more than 1.3 mphs faster than teammate Kyle Larson who was second in that session.
Casey Mears earned eight results in the 20s during last year’s 10 races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. The only time he failed to finish in that range was during the last two races; he was 31st at Charlotte and 18th at Texas.
When David Ragan takes the green flag at Atlanta in the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500, he will be in the best equipment of his career since leaving Roush-Fenway Racing; in fact, with Joe Gibbs on the rise, it could be the best he has ever run.
The No. 20 and No. 29 teams that competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series have been penalized for rules infraction discovered during post-race inspection Feb. 20 at Daytona International Speedway.