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Austin Dillon Shows Promise in the No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway
"We had a decent start to the night in the Rheem Chevrolet. We pitted before Stage 2 to get some track position. There was a caution with 70 laps to go, and we took two tires, which allowed us to restart second. If we would have restarted on the bottom it would have been a different story, but we got hung on the outside on that restart and fell to eighth. We short pitted and after everything cycled out we ended up 10th. I think if things would have gotten jumbled back up and we had a couple of late-race restarts it would have ended differently. Still, I'm proud of this team, and we showed promise tonight. A win just wasn't in the cards."

- Austin Dillon

Ty Dillon Battles Loose-Handling Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet at Texas Motor Speedway
"Our night didn't start out very well. I was way too loose going into the corner and spun out on Lap 10. We were able to recover without any damage and get new tires on our Bass Pro Shops Chevy. My team hit on a good air pressure adjustment about halfway though the race that really helped with my grip on the track. Once we got through all of our scuffed tires and put on our sticker tires, it made a world of a difference. The stickers, combined with the air pressure adjustments, had me running the best I had been in the entire race. It's unfortunate that we didn't make the switch earlier, but it's a lesson we learned that we've now got in our notes for next year."
 
- Ty Dillon

Playoff Contender Daniel Hemric Finishes 14th at Texas Motor Speedway in Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet
"I am proud of all of the guys on the Blue Gate Bank team for getting the backup car ready and overcoming all of the trials we had this weekend. So, thanks to them for all of that. The balance was decent, and the team worked hard to get it close, but we weren't able to get the Blue Gate Bank up front where it belongs. We've battled all night and all year, really. Our plan is to go to Phoenix as prepared as we can be. Everyone needs to do their job, try to sit on the pole and try to win the race. I believe in these guys and all of their heart. Everybody on this Blue Gate Bank team and everybody at RCR is doing their job. We just need to make sure we bring our best bullet possible next week." 

- Daniel Hemric

Brandon Jones Relegated to 35th-Place Finish in the No. 33 Rain-X / Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet After Lap-60 Incident
"I'll have to go back and look at the replays to see what happened to cut our night short tonight, but no matter what, it was a disappointing finish to our race. The No. 33 Rain-X / Advance Auto Parts Chevy was fast, and we had just gotten it to loosen up enough to be able to drive around traffic like I wanted it too. I'm not sure if the No. 5 car got shoved up or just drifted up into us, but it happened so fast that there was nowhere for me to go. We were climbing up into the top 10 at that point, so this really is a terrible way to end what could have been a great night for us."
 
- Brandon Jones

Handling and Close Calls Prevent Brandan Gaughan and South Point Hotel and Casino Team From Earning Top 10 at Texas Motor Speedway
"I am disappointed with tonight on so many levels. I want to thank my boys for their hard work and solid pit stops. They really did a good job for me all weekend. I really thought going into this race that I had one of the best South Point Hotel and Casino Chevrolets I've had in quite a while here. I love this place, and I wanted a better result than this. We ended Stage 2 in the top 10, and our lap times during the first half of the final stage reflected the speed we had. We had a couple of close calls tonight out on the track, but we were fortunate not to have been collected in a wreck or two. We lost some real estate dodging a car and it was tough to regain the momentum we lost. I'm just bummed. I love this place." 
 
- Brendan Gaughan
 

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Erik Jones will end the night celebrating in victory lane at Texas Motor Speedway after starting the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 on the pole. Jones, driving the No. 20 GameStop Call of Duty WII Toyota, led the field for 142 circuits to score his third win of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing.

“Yeah, we did. I thought starting the race off, man we’re really fast, we’re really good, this is going to be a mostly dominant race for us and didn’t turn out that way,” said Jones after the race. “We led a lot of laps, but it seemed like we were really working for it, but you know that’s kind of the way it is. The XFINITY Series has really gotten tighter and tighter year by year and it’s been really close all year long, so just happy to get the GameStop Camry back in victory lane again. It’s been a few months since I’ve gotten a win, since they’ve gotten a win, so happy to come back to Texas again and grab another one.”

Jones made his 17th start of the season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and holds eight top five and nine top 10 finishes. The Michigan native has an average start of 5.2 and an average finish of 13.4.

Ryan Blaney nearly passed eventual race-winner Jones in the closing laps. However, with about four laps remaining, Blaney had to deal with some lap cars that stalled his run for the lead. The driver from North Carolina will leave Texas with a runner-up finish.

“I thought the track took another swing free with maybe 60 to go and got our car looser again but we were still able to run down the 20 and get to him but we just couldn’t pass him. Couldn’t pass anybody,” said Blaney. “Lap cars were all over the place. I thought it was a good night for us. It just stinks we couldn’t get around him. I thought we had a shot after the green-flag stop. I thought we were way better but we got held up a couple times by traffic. I thought we had the car to win, just a matter of trying to get in front of him and I couldn’t pass anybody. I tried to get him loose a couple times and couldn’t do it. I about wrecked myself trying to get him loose. It is really hard to get around anybody. Hopefully that gets a little better for tomorrow.”

The driver of the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford for Team Penske Racing will leave with his 11th top five and 11th top 10 finish through 12 races.

Kyle Larson rounded out the top three finishers on Saturday evening. Larson led the field for four laps and had numerous issues throughout the event. At the end of stage two, Larson hit pit road while pit road was still closed. They realized what had happened and did not make a pit stop in their box. Since they didn’t stop in their pit box, and instead of having a tail of the field penalty, NASCAR allowed Larson to blend into the field where he came off of pit road.

The driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet from California has nine top five and 10 top 10 finishes this season. Through those 11 starts, Larson has a total of three victories.

Elliott Sadler and Cole Custer rounded out the top five.

Christopher Bell made his sixth NASCAR XFINITY Series start of the season on Saturday. Bell, from Oklahoma, entered Texas with momentum after going to victory lane the last time out at Kansas Speedway two weekends ago.

The young star in the Camping World Truck Series scored a sixth-place finish at Texas. In addition to his victory at Kansas, Bell now has two top five and four top 10 finishes.

Bell rebounded after spinning in turn two on lap 81.

Daniel Hemric started the day with a backup car after crashing hard late in final practice on Friday. Hemric, driving the No. 21 Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, started sixth and finished one-lap down in 14th.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will head to Phoenix International Raceway for the Ticket Galaxy 200. Coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET. on NBC. The Motor Racing Network will handle the live radio broadcast of the race.

Erik Jones will start on the pole on Saturday evening at Texas Motor Speedway. Jones, driving the No. 20 GameStop Call of Duty WII Toyota, posted a 28.232, 191.272 mph in the final round of qualifying. The Michigan native earned his 14th career XFINITY Series pole as a result.

The rising star finished fourth in round one and sat atop the leaderboard in round two of qualifying. Jones goes into the 1.5-mile oval with two victories, seven top five and eight top 10 finishes through 16 races in 2017.

Cole Custer was the highest XFINITY Series regular in qualifying and will start second. Custer, driving the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford, posted a 28.406, 190.101 mph in the last five-minute round of qualifying. The young driver comes into Texas Motor Speedway looking to score his first career XFINITY Series win.

Matt Tifft will round out the top-three starters on Saturday at Texas. Tifft, a teammate to pole-sitter Erik Jones, posted a 28.428, 189.954 mph to earn the third starting spot in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. Tifft, like Custer, enters the night looking to score his first career win in the series.

Ryan Blaney and Elliott Sadler will round out the top-five starters.

40 cars appeared on the weekend entry list at Texas. That means there were no DNQ’s after round one of qualifying.

Hurricane Harvey was one of the most devastating storms in recent history, leaving thousands displaced and with limited access to basic necessities such as food and water. In an effort to help the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey, Superior Essex will be promoting United Way’s Harvey Recovery Fund on its No. 14 Toyota during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 race at Texas Motor Speedway. The race is set to take place on November 4th, 2017 at 8:30 PM EDT. Throughout the weekend, race fans nationwide will see the Superior Essex No. 14 Toyota at Texas Motor Speedway with the words “Text Harvey to 50503” boldly printed on its hood. By following this prompt, race fans will have the chance to participate in United Way’s hurricane relief efforts by donating directly to the Harvey Recovery Fund.

The Harvey Recovery Fund was created to support local communities in Texas, Louisiana and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. 100% of individual donations given to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund will be distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas to support storm-related needs and long-term recovery throughout the affected regions.

“Many of our customers, their families, our employees and friends have strong ties to the devastated areas. We feel that we have a responsibility to contribute to the relief and restoration efforts,” says Brad Johnson, President of Superior Essex International LP — Communications. “The Superior Essex No. 14 car is a great platform to draw attention to the ongoing relief efforts while promoting a great organization in United Way, with their incredible efforts in the recovery of the region, to thousands of viewers across the country.”

“United Way Worldwide is grateful for the support of Superior Essex and the fans that will be a part of this weekend’s race,” said United Way Worldwide Chief Marketing Officer, Lisa Bowman. “We will continue to stand beside the victims of Hurricane Harvey through the long-term recovery process. It is the generous support of companies like Superior Essex that will make that possible.”

Make a donation to the United Way Harvey Recovery fund by visiting www.unitedway.org/hurricane-harvey.

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Harrison Rhodes hopes to continue his recent streak of strong runs this Saturday in the NASCAR Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.

Rhodes, driving the No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro, has finished in the top 25 in four out of the past five races.

“The No. 01 team has really been on a roll lately,” said Rhodes. “As a team, we’ve improved so much this season. We have had great handling cars the past several races, so I can’t wait to see what we can do at Texas.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series practice at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (CST) Friday. Qualifying will start at 5:05 p.m. Saturday. The O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge will get the green flag at 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. ET) on NBCSN.

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With only three races remaining in the 2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, Ross Chastain is hoping for another good finish this Saturday night in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.

Flex Seal will once again be on board as the primary sponsor of the No. 4 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller Chevrolet Camaro at Texas Motor Speedway.

 “I can’t say enough about how great this No. 4 team has been this year,” said Chastain. “We’ve ran really good in the last several races. We’ve been contenders, ran around good cars, and been pretty consistent. There’s no reason why this weekend’s race at Texas would be any different.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series practice at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (CST) Friday. Qualifying will start at 5:05 p.m. Saturday. The O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge will get the green flag at 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. ET) on NBCSN.

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After a challenging weekend in Kansas and a week off to regroup, Garrett Smithley and the No. 0 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team have high hopes for the NASCAR Xfinity Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.

Smithley has raced three times at Texas Motor Speedway, collecting two top 25 finishes.

“We’ve had some time to work on the car and figure some things out from the Kansas race,” said Smithley. “My Number Nuthin’ team has worked really hard to make this car better for Texas, and I’m feeling really confident going into this race.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series practice at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (CST) Friday. Qualifying will start at 5:05 p.m. Saturday. The O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge will get the green flag at 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. ET) on NBCSN.

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In honor of National Diabetes Awareness month, Ryan Reed is inviting fans to share how they #DriveYourHealth on social media for a chance to “ride along” with him at Phoenix.  A winner will be chosen randomly and their social handle will be put over the passenger side of the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang at Phoenix International Raceway.  Fans can share the ways in which they keep active and healthy using #DriveYourHealth for a chance to ride along with Reed at Phoenix.        

“Being active and healthy is very important to me,” said Reed.  “I’m excited for everyone to share with us how you #DriveYourHealth.  There are so many different things you can do and every little step makes a difference.  It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness for November being Diabetes Awareness Month and let someone ride along with me at Phoenix.”

Little steps can be taken each day towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle and Reed is asking fans to share those moments with him using the hashtag #DriveYourHealth.  Taking the stairs over the elevator, walking the dog, working out, are all examples of little things you can do to #DriveYourHealth.  Share those moments using #DriveYourHealth and your social handle could be featured above the passenger side of Reed’s No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang in Phoenix.

Submissions will be taken from Thursday, November 2nd up until 12 PM ET on Tuesday, November 7th.   

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To celebrate its official partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), Comcast announced today that Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ driver Matt Kenseth will drive the No. 20 Xfinity Team USA Toyota Camry during the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

“Being able to feature Xfinity and Team USA aboard our No. 20 Camry this weekend is really exciting,” said Matt Kenseth.  “The Games give our country and the world a way to unite in competitions through sport and I always enjoy getting to watch these athletes do what they do best.”

The No. 20 will feature Comcast’s Xfinity brand and USOC logo lock-up on the hood of Kenseth’s Toyota Camry to commemorate the 100-day milestone from the start of the Olympic Winter Games 2018.

“With only 100 days until the Olympic Winter Games commence, all of us at Comcast are excited to partner with Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing to celebrate our partnership with Team USA,” said Matt Lederer, Executive Director of Sports Marketing at Comcast. “Xfinity X1 brings NASCAR fans the best TV experience every race weekend, and we are looking forward to bringing that same elevated experience for our customers watching the Olympic Winter Games this February.”

Comcast is an official partner of the United States Olympic Committee through 2020, which includes the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, and the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games Tokyo 2020.

Fans can tune in to the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m. E.T. on NBCSN.

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