NASCAR Nationwide Series Race Preview: Texas Motor Speedway



Dylan Kwasniewski
No. 31 AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet
Texas Motor Speedway
O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge 

Heading to TexasAfter a two-week hiatus, the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) heads to Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Dylan Kwasniewski will make his second-career NNS start at the 1.5-mile track this weekend, having finished 14th in his debut at the Fort Worth, Texas track in April.

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Watch and Listen...The O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge can be seen live on Saturday, November 1 on ESPN2. Race coverage will begin at 3:00 p.m. EDT with NASCAR Countdown, followed by the green flag dropping at 3:30 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on PRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.

Team Chevy…Kwasniewski will make a visit to the Team Chevy stage on Friday, October 31 at 1:30 p.m. local time. The Team Chevy Stage is located in the fan zone at Texas Motor Speedway.

Charlotte Recap…The NNS made its second and final stop of the 2014 season at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, October 10 for the Drive for the Cure 300. Kwasniewski and his No. 31 F.O.E. team looked to continue the momentum gained in Kansas while racing at Turner Scott Motorsports' home track. After getting a feel for the mile-and-a-half track during the first practice session on Thursday afternoon, Kwasniewski and the No. 31 team finished second practice in the third position. Kwasniewski returned to the track on Friday afternoon and qualified 21st in NASCAR's knockout qualifying session. After suffering damage on the first lap of the race, Kwasniewski continued to battle, crossing the finish line in the 14th position.

Dylan Kwasniewski on racing at Texas: "I’m really looking forward to making another start at Texas this weekend. It was nice to have a little bit of a break, but I’m ready to get back behind the wheel and finish our 2014 season on a good note. We had a pretty solid piece back in April at this track, so I think if we can continue to build on that and stay consistent, we can come home with a solid finish.

NNS Results at Texas:
Starts: 1
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top 5: 0
Top 10: 0
Laps Led: 0
Average Start: 10.0
Average Finish: 14.0


Kyle Larson
No. 42 Philips Norelco Chevrolet
Texas Motor Speedway
O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge

The Lone Star State…After a two-week break from the racetrack, the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) heads to Texas Motor Speedway for an afternoon of action-packed racing in the Lone Star State with Kyle Larson behind the wheel of the No. 42 Philips Norelco Chevrolet Camaro. With three-career NNS starts at the Texas-sized track, along with two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, Larson hopes experience pays off during Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. In their last run at the 1.5-mile oval, Larson and his Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team failed to make a qualifying run, forcing them to start at the back of the field along with several other powerhouse contenders. Nothing could hold the 22-year-old back, however, and Larson claimed his career-best track finish, crossing the stripe in third.

Watch and Listen…Tune in as the NNS returns to the track for its final three-race stretch of the season, starting this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge can be seen live on Saturday, November 1 beginning at 3:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN2, and can also be heard on PRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.

Previous Race Recap…Larson was last on track in the No. 42 TSM car at Charlotte Motor Speedway nearly three weeks ago. Hoping to land back in Victory Lane at the mile-and-a-half track, Larson and his Nature Made Chevy took the green flag from the sixth position. Despite having a lightning-fast car throughout the race, multiple cautions proved that the machine wasn’t as strong on short runs, and Larson was forced to settle for a fifth-place finish when the checkered flag waved.

Follow Along…Be sure to follow the No. 42 team (@PR42TSM) on Twitter for the latest news, race updates and behind-the-scenes access to Larson and his TSM team.

Kyle Larson on Racing at Texas Motor Speedway: “It feels like forever since I’ve been in our Nationwide Series car, so I’m looking forward to this weekend. The extra track time really helps me in both series, and at this point, I’d like to get a win for both teams. I really like the high banking at Texas. It’s a track I’ve run pretty good at in the past and it suits my style well. We’ve got a new paint scheme with Philips Norelco on board, so I hope we can get a great finish for everyone involved.”

NNS Results at Texas:
Starts: 3
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top 5: 1
Top 10: 2
Laps Led: 1
Average Start: 21.7
Average Finish: 14.7