Monday, Jul 04
Brett Winningham

Brett Winningham

Brett has been following the sport of NASCAR since the beginning of the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Since Brett was 13, he has had a passion of chasing a job in sports that not many get the opportunity of doing. He has been in the NASCAR media since the middle of the 2010 season. Since then, he has been a part of many racing podcast shows to improve his talents. You can find him on twitter @NASCAR_Brett.

With two races remaining this season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, two drivers go into Phoenix with a shot to win this year’s title. Those drivers to watch in the next two races are Sam Hornish, Jr. and Austin Dillon.

Both drivers currently separate each other by six total points in the standings. Sam Hornish, Jr. has one win this season to benefit him if they happen to tie next week. Austin Dillon continues to look for his first win this season.

Austin Dillon will make his fifth start on Saturday afternoon at the one mile Phoenix Raceway. In four starts, he has captured three top-10 finishes. In his first ever start there, he started in the 35th position and went on to a 34th place finish in 2009. Austin will run the same chassis he ran at Phoenix, Richmond, and New Hampshire earlier this season that drove him to a sixth-place finish back here in March.

“I like flat tracks. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is an example of a flat track where I feel like I have been successful in the past, and I feel like Phoenix International Raceway has some similar characteristics so I am looking forward to this weekend. I think the repave has changed the dynamics of the racing a little bit, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s a handling race track where it’s very important to work on your car and make sure it’s right for the race. Phoenix International Raceway is a place where getting off of each corner is very big. Entry is important. You need to be stable but you need to be the first one to the gas.”

Sam Hornish, Jr. goes into one of his best tracks this weekend. It is the site where he captured his first career NASCAR and also his first career INDYCAR win at. After making six Nationwide Series starts, he has earned three top-10s and only one top-five finish.

Even though Phoenix could be considered his best track, he still has a hurdle to go over this weekend with his past finishes all over the place. This race last season he finished in the 14th spot and in seventh in March.

Both drivers will make Saturday’s ServiceMaster 200 very interesting this weekend as they battle it out for a championship. With both drivers being successful at Phoenix, it will be hard to predict on what will happen between the two.

Alex Bowman captured his second career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole today at the Texas Motor Speedway with a fast lap of 29.002 seconds, 186.194 mph. Bowman’s last pole in the series came right here at the Texas Motor Speedway in April. Today will mark his 13th time this year where he will roll off in the top-10. He goes into this weekend still looking for his first Nationwide Series win.

Brad Keselowski will roll off in the second spot for today’s race after running a lap time of 29.035 seconds, 185.982 mph. Keselowski will make his 14th start in the 2013 Nationwide Series season to try and take back the owner points lead with two races remaining after today. He was just 0.033 seconds off of pole sitter Bowman.

Sam Hornish, Jr. found himself third on the speed chart with a lap of 29.082 seconds, 185.682 mph. Hornish also needs a solid finish to get around points leader Austin Dillon for the championship. This will be his 25th top-10 start this year.

Points leader Austin Dillon posted the fifth spot in the qualifying session with a fast time of 29.239 seconds, 184.685 mph. He goes into today’s race with a eight point lead over Sam Hornish, Jr.

Morgan Shepherd was the only car to not qualify for the event.

Ty Dillon captured his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win tonight at the Texas Motor Speedway in his 45th start. Dillon led a total of 130 of the 147 laps that made up the 15th annual WinStar World Casino 350 for his eleventh top-10 finish in 2013. Dillon earned Richard Childress Racing’s 100th NASCAR victory across the three racing series.

Johnny Sauter ended up in the second spot when the race ended. Sauter drove his way to the front after starting from the eighth position this evening to score his 13th top-10 finish of this season. He lost tonight’s race by 2.662 seconds.

Ron Hornaday, Jr. grabbed another top-10 finish this season tonight at the Texas Motor Speedway for his ninth of the year after coming home third tonight. Hornaday could be near a win sometime soon after having some great runs going the last several weeks.

Darrell Wallace, Jr. was the highest finishing rookie in the seventh position. Wallace, Jr. started off the evening in the 17th spot. He goes into Phoenix International Raceway next week looking to capture his second win of the year in the series.

Matt Crafton leaves Texas tonight still with the points lead by 46 over James Buescher with two races remaining. If Matt Crafton can leave Phoenix Raceway next weekend with a 49-plus points lead over second place, he can clinch the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title going into the season closure at Homestead.

You can catch the second to the last race of the season for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next Friday at 8:00 p.m. Et. live on Fox Sports 1. The Motor Racing Network will provide live radio coverage of the event. No MRN station near you? No problem. You can follow their coverage on, TuneIn App, or on AudioNow by dialing 1-832-999-1717 on your mobile phone.


Carl Edwards captured the pole for Sunday’s ninth annual AAA 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway. Edwards ran a fast lap of 27.535 seconds, 196.114 mph. Today marked his 18th start this season in the top-10. It also will be his first time ever in his career to start on the pole at the Texas Motor Speedway in the Sprint Cup Series.

Brad Keswelowski qualified second with a 27.537 seconds, 196.100 mph. out on his qualifying run. This will be his 15th top-10 start this season in the Cup Series and fourth in eleven starts at Texas. Keselowski was just 0.002 seconds off of the pole.

Jimmie Johnson found himself third on the speed chart when the session concluded. Johnson ran a fast time and speed of 27.559 seconds, 195.943 mph. He will roll off from the top-10 on Sunday for his 21st time in 34 races this season. It is the 14th time at Texas Motor Speedway where he has qualified in the top-10.

Current points leader Matt Kenseth will start the race from the sixth spot with a lap of 27.619 seconds, 195.518 mph.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was the highest qualifying rookie after posting a lap time of 27.674 seconds, 195.129 mph.

Jeb Burton will start off on the pole tonight at the Texas Motor Speedway after a fast time of 29.813 seconds, 181.129 mph. when qualifying ended. Today’s pole will mark his seventh career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole position this season. He also comes into tonight’s race looking to win his second race at the Texas Motor Speedway after winning here in June. He was the highest qualifying rookie.

Justin Lofton will make his eighth start this season at the Texas Motor Speedway qualifying in the second position. Lofton ran a fast time of 29.886 seconds, 180.687 mph. when he made his run. This is his sixth start this season in the top-10. He showed that no matter his injury to his hand suffered two weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway can stop him.

Ty Dillon will roll off tonight in the third position after posting a time of 29.888 seconds, 180.675 mph. on his run. This will be Dillon’s 16th start in the top-10 in a race this season. He goes into Texas Motor Speedway tonight looking for his second win of the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

Series points leader Matt Crafton will start tonight from the 14th position after posting his fastest time at 30.102 seconds, 179.390 mph. on his run. Crafton goes into tonight’s race with a 51 point lead over James Buescher.

No trucks was disqualified from the event as only 35 showed up to race.

NNS: Texas Race Preview

Thursday, Oct 31

This weekend the NASCAR Nationwide Series will head off to the Texas Motor Speedway for the ninth annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge 300. The entry list currently features a total of 40 drivers to run this weekend. Kevin Harvick is the defending race winner.

Some of the drivers on this weekend’s entry list include, Blake Koch, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Ellis, Ty Dillon, Cole Whitt, David Starr, Carl Long, Bryan Silas, and Kevin Swindell.

Nine drivers will have to race their way into the race if another locked in car enters the event. Those drivers include, Blake Koch, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Matt Kenseth, Josh Wise, Joey Gase, David Starr, Carl Long, Morgan Shepherd, and Kevin Swindell.

Drivers Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish, Jr. currently separate each other by eight points with three NASCAR Nationwide Series races remaining this year. This will be time for both drivers to give it their all if they want to win the championship this year.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. will make an appearance back into the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway. The back-to-back championship winner the last two season’s has one career win in 2012 at the 1.5-mile oval.

Four Nationwide Series drivers of Kyle Larson, Trevor Bayne, Austin Dillon, and Elliott Sadler are running double duty this weekend with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

You can catch this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race live at 3:30 p.m. Et. on ESPN2. You can also follow live radio coverage via the Performance Racing Network. You can listen to PRN via their app or on

This weekend the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will head off to the Texas Motor Speedway for the 15th annual WinStar World Casino 350. The entry list currently features 34 total drivers to attempt this weekend’s race. Johnny Sauter is the defending race winner.

The drivers to expect to see running this weekend include, Tyler Young, Justin Lofton, Chris Cockrum, Brad Keselowski, Spencer Gallagher, Ryan Lynch, Kyle Busch, Justin Jennings, David Starr, Scott Riggs, and Ryan Sieg No. 93.

Nine drivers will have to qualify on speed if three or more teams locked in enter into the event. Those are: Chris Lafferty, Tyler Young, Justin Lofton, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Spencer Gallagher, Jeff Agnew, Justin Jennings, Scott Riggs, and Ryan Sieg.

Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota sits just 15 points behind the No. 88 owned by ThorSport Racing. Kyle will go after his fifth win of the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. The team won the owner title in their first season of competition.
ThorSport Racing is also going after a record of being the only racing team to lead the standings after every race of the season.

At Talladega Superspeedway, Brendan Gaughan announced that he would move on full-time to the NASCAR Naationwide Series with Richard Childress Racing next season. However, Gaughan would like to capture a victory in atleast one of the next three races remaining this year. He came home second last weekend in Martinsville to match his best finish earlier this season at Charlotte in May. Gaughan has captured seven top-five finishes matching his best in 2003.

Ryan Sieg will make his 100th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

Brad Keselowski will take over the No. 19 Draw Tite Ford that he owns. His Sprint Cup teammate Joey Logano was scheduled to drive, but Keselowski decided to take over so Logano can focus on his Chase efforts.

You can catch this weekend’s race Friday evening live at 8:00 p.m. Et. on Fox Sports 1. The Motor Racing Network will provide the live radio coverage of the event. You can listen to MRN on TuneIn App,, or on AudioNow by dialing 1-832-999-1717 on your mobile phone. See full-weekend schedule below.

Date   Time   Event  TV/Radio    
10/31/2013   6:00-7:00 p.m. Et. (1 hr.)   NCWTS Practice   None
10/31/2013 7:30-9:00 p.m. Et. (1 hr. 30 min.)   NCWTS Final Practice   None
11/1/2013 3:10 p.m. Et.  NCWTS Qualifying FS1
11/12013 8:30 p.m. Et. NCWTS Race (147 laps, 220.5 Mi.)   FS1

Martin Truex, Jr. heads into Texas Motor Speedway looking to start back where he left earlier this season. Back at Texas in the spring, he led the second most laps of 142 of the event, but had to settle in the second spot after losing the race by 0.508 seconds.

Truex ran the test session at the 1.5-mile oval last week in hopes to capture the victory this Sunday.

Truex hopes to go out with a bang to help the team in a positive way after what they had to go through this season. With the next three race tracks being good places for him, Martin thinks they can get some great finishes in these last three events.

All this NAPA team wants to do is go out swinging. They have always worked hard and deserve something really good to happen. We’ve had such a great time together and we want to finish out this season strong. The last couple of weeks have been frustrating. Not a lot has gone our way. Three of our best tracks are coming up. Hopefully they will be good to us so that we can do some good things. All we want to do is to go out on a positive note. This NAPA team deserves it.”

Martin also provided an update on his wrist after he suffered an injury just before the Chase started. He said it is about 75 percent healed. Martin said the cast is removable and only needs to wear it when he is inside the race car.

Two weeks ago at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the No. 54 Toyota passed the No. 22 Ford in the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner points battle. Penske Racing went into Charlotte with a five point lead after having some struggles at Kansas late into the running. Going into Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, Joe Gibbs Racing leads by four points with only three races remaining.

Texas this weekend could be a big factor for the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford to get a great finish. Keselowski has yet to capture a victory at Texas, but has finished inside the top-five in seven of his eight starts. The No. 22 has captured eleven victories this season among four different drivers. Penske has yet to win a NASCAR Nationwide Series owners Championship.

“Man, we’ve been so close at Texas over the years but haven’t been able to lead that last lap. We’ve had great speed but it seems like someone else always has just a bit more. This year, though, I think it will be a different story. These Discount Tire Ford Mustangs have a lot of speed everywhere we go. We lost a lot of points a few weeks ago and we need to start making them back up this weekend. Winning the race would go a long way towards doing that.”

The No. 54 Toyota comes into this weekend at Texas fresh off a victory two weeks ago at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The No. 54 has a total of ten victories this season and hopes to tie the No. 22 this weekend. Kyle Busch did capture the victory back here in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in April. That same weekend, he also captured the win a day later in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“It used to not be so much. I had some wild races there early on in my career and it wasn’t one of my favorite places, for whatever reason. Things have gone well, recently. The spring was a dream weekend for me there. Obviously, the Nationwide Series wins I had there all in a row and getting the win in the Truck Series the last couple of years have been real confidence-boosters. I’ve sort of learned how to drive it a little bit better and I know what I need in my racecar to make it easier. The cars JGR has given me since I joined the team have also been a confidence-booster there.


Jeff Gordon captured the win for the 65th annual Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 for his 88th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. Gordon captured his first win this season and his 17th top-10 finish of the year. He led a total of 78 of the 500 laps that made up the distance. Today’s win moves him up two spots in the standings to third.

"Of course we had to really run in Matt's tracks.  He was strong," said Gordon.  "I felt like they made some adjustments, made his car even better.  That's probably the most patient I've had to be here, or in a race in a long time, just because I didn't see his car fading like I thought it would.  It just took a little longer, and it finally did start to give up a little bit, and we took advantage of that."

Matt Kenseth comes home in the second position after an up and down battle in the race all day long. Kenseth finds himself tied with Jimmie Johnson with the series points lead going into the next three remaining races of the year. He also was credited of leading the most laps of 202. Kenseth was just 0.596 seconds behind the race winner at the line.

Clint Bowyer came home in the third position after a solid day. Bowyer started the race from the fifth spot and led 60 laps of the event. Today was the 10th time in 16 starts at Martinsville Speedway where he has finished up into the Top-10.

Danica Patrick was the highest finishing rookie coming home in the 17th position. Patrick started the race from the 41st spot after a not so good qualifying lap. She had to go to a back up car after a crash Friday in the practice session.

The next race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be at the Texas Motor Speedway. Race coverage will begin live Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Et. on ESPN. The Performance Racing Network will provide the radio coverage of the event. Jimmie Johnson is the defending race winner.


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