THE RACE: O'Reilly Auto Parts 500
TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #7 of 36
Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017 in Fort Worth, TX
Title Sponsor: O'Reilly Auto Parts 500
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:46pm/et
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:30am/et on FoxSports1
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: at 1:00pm/et on FOX
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 1:30pm/et
In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, April 10 at 6:30am/et on FS1;
Monday, April 10 at 7:00pm/et on FS1
TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
Fox Sports TV Listings
FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
NBC Sports - TV Times
TSN NASCAR Cup TV Schedule - Canada
TSN Auto Racing TV Schedule - Canada
Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR
Thursday, April 6
5:00pm MENCS Haulers Enter
Friday, April 7
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 1:25 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
5:15 PM MENCS QUALIFYING
Saturday, April 8
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
8:30 - 9:25 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
11:00 - 11:50 AM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, April 9
7:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
11:50 AM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:30 PM MENCS RACE
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time
Friday, April 24, 12:00 - 2:25 pm/et, TV-FS1;
Saturday, April 8, 9:30 - 10:25 am/et, TV-FS1;
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, April 8, 12:00 - 12:50 pm/et, TV-FS2
Qualifying: qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, April 7 at 6:15 pm/et, TV-FS1;
re-air scheduled: Saturday, April 8 at 8:00am/et on FS1
TRACK NEWS & LINKS
Track Length: 1.5 Mile (334 laps = 501 miles)
Race Length: 500 Miles (1) 500 Miles (2)
Width: 80 feet in turns 1 & 2
Width: 60 feet in turns 3 & 4
Banking in Corners 1 and 2: 20 degrees
Banking Corners 3 and 4: 24 degrees
Banking on Dogleg: 5 degrees
Banking on Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch: 2,250 feet
Backstretch: 1,330 feet
Pit Road: 45 pit stalls for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Pace Car Speed: 55mph
Grandstand Seating Capacity: 112,522 [138,122, 146,000 & 159,000]
First Race: April 6, 1997 - Interstate Batteries 500
Grand Marshal: Jim Rome
Honorary Race Directors: Ozzy Osbourne & Jack Osbourne
Command to start engines: Jim Rome
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Bridgestone Corporation Regional Manager Derek
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: Fort Worth Fire Department
Invocation: Bret Shisler, Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries
National Anthem: Danielle Peck
Flyover: (4) USAF F-15's
April 2016: see the Texas Race Info page
November 2016: see the Texas Race Info page
April 2016 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 138.355mph, started 15th
November 2016 Race Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 134.541mph, started 9th
Track Race Record: Greg Biffle, April 2012, 160.577mph
Slowest Race Record: Jeff Burton, 1997, 125.102mph
Oldest Race Winner: Dale Jarrett, 44 years, 4 months, 6 days, 4/1/2001
Youngest Race Winner: Joey Logano, 23 years, 10 months, and 13 days, 4/7/2014
April 2016 Pole Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 194.609mph, finished 7th
November 2016 Pole Winner: #3-Austin Dillon, 192.301mph, finished 37th
Track Qualifying Record: #14-Tony Stewart, 200.111, 10/31/2014 (2nd round qualifying)
Oldest Pole Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 6 months, 0 days, 4/08/2002
Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Vickers, 23 years, 0 months, 12 days, 11/05/2006
Worst Starting Spot to Win: #17-Matt Kenseth, 2002, started 31st
a look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX going into the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 on April 9, 2017,
see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 page
a look at many new, notes and story lines for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Texas Motor Speedway
Race recap: New pavement at Texas can't stop Jimmie Johnson juggernaut: Jimmie Johnson proved on Sunday that you can't keep a good driver, a good car and a good team down for long-even if you change the playing field at one of his favorite race tracks. The seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion passed Joey Logano for the lead on Lap 318 of 334 and pulled away for his first victory of the season in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at newly repaved and reconfigured Texas Motor Speedway.[More](4-9-2017)
Johnson wins at Texas: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 7th at Texas, and 81st career win.
He led 16 of the 334 laps, the final 16 laps of the race.
#42-Larson finished second (his 4th second place finish of the year), followed by #22-Logano, pole sitter #4-Harvick, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #2-Keselowski, #1-McMurray, #78-Truex, Jr., #24-Elliott, and #41-Busch.
#21-Blaney led at the end of the both Stage 1 and Stage 2 and led 148 laps on the day, but got out of pit sequence at the end of stage 2 and never could move back up through the field.
There were 16 lead changes among 6 drivers and 8 cautions for 35 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 147.137mph.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, April 10 at 6:30am/et on FS1; Monday, April 10 at 7:00pm/et on FS1
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-9-2017)
Race Fast Facts - Texas:
Jimmie Johnson won the 21st Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, his 81st victory in 550 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
Joey Logano (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 18 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Kyle Larson (second) posted his third top-10 finish in eight races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2017.
Kyle Larson leads the point standings by 17 points over Chase Elliott.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his seventh victory and 21st top-10 finish in 28 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Ty Dillon (17th) was the highest finishing rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-9-2017)
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 170) of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway (lap 170/334):
#88-Earnhardt, Jr., 2pts
#78-Truex, Jr., 1pt
Top-Ten Stage 1 Reults (lap 85) of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway (lap 85/334):
#17-Stenhouse, Jr., 3pts
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings:
[after Texas, race 7 of 36]
1) #42-Kyle Larson [1 win], 315
2) #24-Chase Elliott, 298, -17
3) #78-Martin Truex Jr [1 win], 275, -40
4) #2-Brad Keselowski [2 wins], 274, -41
5) #22-Joey Logano, 243, -72
6) #21-Ryan Blaney, 224, -91
7) #18-Kyle Busch, 211, -104
8) #1-Jamie McMurray, 209, -106
9) #14-Clint Bowyer, 204, -111
10) #4-Kevin Harvick, 198, -117
11) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 190, -125
12) #6-Trevor Bayne, 164, -151
13) #31-Ryan Newman [1 win], 163, -152
14) #77-Erik Jones, 159, -156
15) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 151, -164
16) #11-Denny Hamlin, 151, -164
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
MENCS at Texas
- Jimmie Johnson: 81st career NASCAR Cup Series win; 2 shy of Cale Yarborough for 6th all-time (3 shy of Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison for 4th all-time)
- Johnson: 7th NASCAR Cup Series win at Texas (3 more than any other driver); also extends record with 15th top 5 and 21st top 10 at track
- Johnson: 16th straight season with Cup Series win (t-3rd longest streak all-time)
- Kyle Larson: finished 2nd; 5th top-2 finish in last 6 races (7 in career entering this season)
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.: finished 5th; first top-10 finish this season (first top 5 since finishing 2nd at Pocono in June 2016)
- Brad Keselowski: finished 6th; snapped career-best streak of 5 straight top-5 finishes
- Ryan Blaney: finished 12th; won 1st and 2nd segments and led race-high 148 laps; had led 33 laps in 60 career races entering day
- Blaney: first Wood Brothers driver to lead 100 laps in a race since October 1982 (Neil Bonnett: 108 at Rockingham)
Most Consecutive Seasons With a Win - NASCAR Cup Series History
1960-77 Richard Petty 18
1964-80 David Pearson 17
2002-17 Jimmie Johnson >>16
1986-2001 Rusty Wallace 16
1983-98 Ricky Rudd 16
-- ESPN Stats --
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
Caution 2: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
Caution 3: #51-Hill, 39th
Caution 4: #27-Menard, 36th
Caution 5: #7-Yeley, 27th
Caution 6: #95-McDowell, 23rd
Caution 7: #7-Yeley (2), 27th
Caution 8: #19-Suarez, 19th
Texas Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
1:29pm: Pledge of Allegiance by Cub Scouts
1:30pm: Presentation of Colors by: Fort Worth Fire Department
1:30pm: Invocation by: Bret Shisler, Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries
1:31pm: National Anthem: Danielle Peck
1:32pm: Fly-By: (4) USAF F-15's
1:38pm: "Driver's Start Your Engines" by: Sports Radio & TV Host; Jim Rome
1:46pm: Start of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 (334 Laps/501 Miles)
eastern time (NASCAR.com)
Race Coverage of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 9, 2017.
Television (TV): FOX at 1:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 11:30am/et on FS1 and 1:00pm/et on FOX; green flag approx. 1:46pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
Monday, April 10 at 6:30am/et on FS1;
Monday, April 10 at 7:00pm/et on FS1
See the starting lineup for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on the Texas Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the back: #6-Bayne (backup car), #5-Kahne (backup car), #48-Johnson (changed tires after qualifying).
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (23,26,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #4-Harvick chose pit stall 4, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #21-Blaney took pit stall 2.
#14-Bowyer, who starts 3rd, took the 14th stall, with an opening in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #1-McMurray, who starts 6th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-8-2017)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Lap Summary Report
Cumlative Race Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
See Jayski.com's - 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page for race track and race information links, pole winner, race and stage winners, links to race results, drivers/owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds.
Happy Hour (final) practice for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
slowest: #51-Hill 183.138 & #55-Cope 179.826
best 10 consecutive lap ave: 190.862
notes: #6-Bayne wrecked early in practice and will go to a backup car. #5-Kahne got into the outside wall with less than 5 minutes remaining.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (4-8-2017)
First Saturday practice for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#88-Earnhardt, Jr. 195.943
slowest: #51-Hill 183.842 & #55-Cope 180.511
best 10 consecutive lap ave: #20-Kenseth 193.952
notes: no accidents or incidents
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf) (4-8-2017)
Harvick wins Texas pole: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light pole for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with speed of 198.405mph for his 2nd pole of 2017, 1st at Texas and 19th of his career. Harvick has won 5 times from the 18 previous poles.
#21-Blaney will start 2nd followed by #14-Bowyer, #22-Logano, #2-Keselowski, #1-McMurray, #78-Truex, Jr., #20-Kenseth, #31-Newman, #41-Busch, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., and #6-Bayne.
#4-Harvick was also fastest in the first round at 195.901mph and in the second round with a speed of 197.751mph.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Texas qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Texas Starting Lineup page (pdf).(4-7-2017)
Kevin Harvick leads Ford sweep of top five spots in Texas qualifying: Kevin Harvick needed a do-over in the second round of Friday's knockout qualifying session at Texas Motor Speedway, but putting the extra lap on his tires proved well worth the effort. Harvick led not only the second round but also the first and third in winning the pole for Sunday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.[More](4-7-2017)
Texas Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 21st Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 with a lap of 27.217 seconds, 198.405 mph.
This is his 19th pole in 581 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and fifth top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in 29 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Ryan Blaney (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2017 and his third in five races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Clint Bowyer (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his third in seven races this season.
Ty Dillon (14th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Second Round of Qualifying for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 12: 78 20 41 31 17 1 6;
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 95 13 34 47 11 43 10 19 38 27 83 48
First Round of Qualifying for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 24: 21 78 20 48 19 13 27 47 10 17 11 31 22 41 34 95 43 38 83;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 3 32 7 72 23 15 33 42 24 18 88 5 77 37 51 55
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 40 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 7, 2017 at 6:15pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 6:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, April 8 at 8:00am/et on FS1
Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.
Qualifying Order for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #11-Hamlin.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #7-Yeley.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(4-7-2017)
Friday practice for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is over, after 145 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
slowest: #51-Hill 181.806 & #55-Cope 178.489
most laps run: #42-Larson, 50 & #18-Busch, 49
Top 10 consecutive lap average (of 4 drivers): #42-Larson 187.312
#77-Jones & #24-Elliott wrecked in separate incidents late in the session and both will go to backup cars.
#18-Busch made contact with the wall earlier, but the team will repair it.
#11-Hamlin spun a couple minutes into practice but did not hit anything.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(4-7-2017)
Entry List for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #7-Yeley*, #15-Sorenson, #23-Gaulding, #33-JEarnhardt, #51-Hill*, #55-Cope*, #83-LaJoie*
Drivers who currently to not drive for a team with a Charter and need to race into the field: #7-Yeley, #51-Hill*, #55-Cope*, #83-LaJoie*.
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): none
Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying/start of race and 11 sets for race;
Xfinity: 9 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4688; Right-side -- D-4718
Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm); Right-side -- 88.62 in. (2,251 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 25 psi; Left Rear -- 25 psi;
Right Front -- 56 psi; Right Rear -- 52 psi
Storyline - Goodyear brings a little bit of Kentucky to Texas: The big story of the week is the repave and reconfiguration of this week's stop on the NASCAR circuit - Texas Motor Speedway. The asphalt mix the track used is said to be the same as the one on Kentucky Speedway's repave last year. Along with the new surface, Texas reduced the banking in turns one and two. With the timing of the Texas project being so tight and work being completed in early-March, there was not sufficient time for Goodyear to conduct a tire test at the facility and then build the quantities needed for the race weekend in early-April. Given the commonality of the asphalt mix, along with the results of the Kentucky race last July, the decision was made to bring a tire set-up with the same tread compounds as raced at Kentucky.
Notes: Teams in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Texas this weekend . . . this is the same left-side tire code (D-4688) teams in all three national NASCAR series ran at Kentucky in 2016 . . . this is a brand new right-side tire code (D-4718), which features the same tread compound as the right-side Cup teams ran at Kentucky last July, with a minor construction change . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Race and the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship