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Texas: Nationwide results

Brad Keselowski earned himself a cowboy hat by clinching victory in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Texas, despite strong opposition from JGR's Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin.
Brad Keselowski claimed his first Nationwide Series win at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday after two prior near-misses ending up in second place in 13 previous starts here. It's Keselowski's sixth Nationwide win of the year and his 26th victory in 203 series starts. The win was the 12th for the #22 team in 2013 with four different drivers (the others being Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and AJ Allmendinger), one off the record of 13 set by the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing car in 2010, and extending the team's lead in the owners standings for Roger Penske.

"We have been really close [at Texas] but never finished it off but today we had the car to do it and the guys did a great job executing," said Keselowski. "We had a good battle with Denny Hamlin and finished out front."

Alex Bowman started from pole position at the 1.5-mile speedway for the second time this year, having previously claimed his maiden NASCAR Nationwide Series pole position here in April. However, he had heavyweight competition all around him when the field came to the green flag on Saturday afternoon for the start of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, with Keselowski alongside him on the front row and series regulars Sam Hornish Jr., Trevor Bayne and Austin Dillon massing from behind.

Sure enough, Bowman's led last just three laps before he was shouldered aside by the Penske pair of Keselowski and Hornish with Kyle Busch taking off in pursuit as Bowman, complaining of a tight race car, started to lose further positions. Keselowski went on to build up a four second lead which was unaffected by the first cycle of pit stops that started around lap 50, but Hornish ended up dropping to 16th place a lap off the lead after being served with a drive-thru penalty for hitting the cone marking the 'commitment line' at the entrance to pit road. That left Keselowski leading Busch, Matt Kenseth, Dillon, Regan Smith and Brian Scott as the race completed a third of the 200-lap distance without incident. That run finally came to an end on lap 70 for debris in turn 2 by which time there were just 11 cars left on the lead lap, and most drivers took the opportunity for a quick return to pit lane under yellow, several of the leaders opting for fuel-only stops. Parker Kligerman was the recipient of the free pass, while Hornish was among seven cars to get the wavearound back onto the lead lap.

Keselowski initially held on to the lead despite the old tyres but Busch fell back, allowing Hamlin, Scott, Kenseth, Kyle Larson and Ty Dillon past in rapid succession after the restart. On lap 80, Keselowski also started to wane and also quickly fell backwards out of the top six, allowing Hamlin to take over the lead of the race. Kenseth took over just before the midway point of the race, which saw those cars who had stayed out under the caution to start to cycle through pit lane. Then on lap 109 the dangers of over-extending a stint on the same set of tyres was dramatically demonstrated by Kyle Busch whose right rear delaminated and spun the #54 in turn 4 doing extensive damage to the rear end and bringing out the second caution of the afternoon. An important lesson for Sunday's Sprint Cup race, but a painful one for Busch himself as the crew laboured on repairs while the rest of the field pitted under the caution.

Kenseth returned to the lead after the lap 116 restart, with Hamlin soon having to duel with Keselowski to try and hold onto second spot second ahead of Scott, Larson and and Elliott Sadler. Clearly the fastest car on the track, Keselowski finally returned to the lead on lap 156 just before the last planned cycle of pit stops got underway under green. Keselowski and Kenseth both had sluggish stops allowing Hamlin to take point just before Joe Nemechek spun out on the backstretch on lap 171. There was a rapid return to yellow on lap 177 when Travis Pastrana spun out and hit the inside wall in turn 2 while seeking to avoid the #14 which was getting loose and slowing ahead of him, leaving 18 laps to go at the restart. Keselowski immediately vied to retake the lead from Hamlin and finally sealed the deal on lap 187, while Hornish got the jump on Kenseth for fourth ahead of Dillon and Smith.

While Keselowski celebrated in victory lane, almost as relieved was Hornish after his epic comeback from the early drive-thru penalty. He finished two points ahead of Nationwide Series championship leader Austin Dillon, thereby reducing Dillon's lead in the standings to just six points with two races at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami remaining in 2013.

Race results

1. # Brad Keselowski Penske Racing 200 laps 2hrs 4mins 33secs
2. # Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing + 0.980s
3. # Sam Hornish Jr Penske Racing + 2.856s
4. # Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing + 3.783s
5. # Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing + 4.052s
6. # Regan Smith JR Motorsports + 25.387s
7. # Elliott Sadler Joe Gibbs Racing + 27.031s
8. # Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing + 28.488s
9. # Kyle Larson Turner Scott Motorsports + 8.892s
10. # Brad Sweet JR Motorsports + 9.415s
11. # Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing + 9.691s
12. # Ty Dillon Richard Childress Racing + 10.452s
13. # Parker Kligerman Kyle Busch Motorsports + 38.283s
14. # Michael Annett Richard Petty Motorsports + 47.017s
15. # Nelson Piquet Jr Turner Scott Motorsports + 15.497s
16. # Kevin Swindell Biagi-Denbeste Racing + 16.477s
17. # Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing + 1 lap
18. # Alex Bowman RAB Racing + 1 lap
19. # Justin Allgaier Turner Scott Motorsports + 1 lap
20. # Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports + 2 laps
21. # David Starr VIVA Motorsports + 2 laps
22. # Jeremy Clements Clements Racing + 1 lap
23. # Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports + 2 laps
24. # Landon Cassill JD Motorsports + 2 laps
25. # Mike Wallace JD Motorsports + 2 laps
26. # Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing + 3 laps
27. # Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports + 3 laps
28. # Robert Richardson R3 Motorsports + 4 laps
29. # Bryan Silas Go Green Racing + 5 laps
30. # Joey Gase Means Racing + 9 laps
31. # Travis Pastrana Roush Fenway Racing + 25 laps Accident
32. # T.J. Bell The Motorsports Group + 29 laps
33. # Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports + 34 laps Accident
34. # Carl Long Mike Harmon Racing + 95 laps Electrical
35. # Ryan Ellis SR2 Motorsports + 113 laps Vibration
36. # Blake Koch SR2 Motorsports + 121 laps Handling
37. # Johanna Long ML Motorsports + 151 laps Clutch
38. # Josh Wise The Motorsports Group + 194 laps Electrical
39. # Dexter Stacey KH Motorsports + 195 laps Suspension
40. # Michael McDowell SR2 Motorsports + 196 laps Vibration

Qualifying times

1. #99 Alex Bowman Toyota 29.002s (Pole) 186.194mph
2. #22 Brad Keselowski Ford 29.035s (+ 0.033s) 185.982mph
3. #12 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford 29.082s (+ 0.080s) 185.682mph
4. #6 Trevor Bayne Ford 29.202s (+ 0.200s) 184.919mph
5. #3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 29.239s (+ 0.237s) 184.685mph
6. #54 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.249s (+ 0.247s) 184.622mph
7. #16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 29.290s (+ 0.288s) 184.363mph
8. #7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.322s (+ 0.320s) 184.162mph
9. #2 Brian Scott Chevrolet 29.338s (+ 0.336s) 184.062mph
10. #33 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 29.382s (+ 0.380s) 183.786mph
11. #5 Brad Sweet Chevrolet 29.444s (+ 0.442s) 183.399mph
12. #44 Cole Whitt Toyota 29.479s (+ 0.477s) 183.181mph
13. #18 Matt Kenseth Toyota 29.479s (+ 0.477s) 183.181mph
14. #77 Parker Kligerman Toyota 29.511s (+ 0.509s) 182.983mph
15. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 29.514s (+ 0.512s) 182.964mph
16. #32 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 29.523s (+ 0.521s) 182.908mph
17. #30 Nelson Piquet Jr. Chevrolet 29.562s (+ 0.560s) 182.667mph
18. #20 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.588s (+ 0.586s) 182.506mph
19. #11 Elliott Sadler Toyota 29.605s (+ 0.603s) 182.402mph
20. #19 Mike Bliss Toyota 29.649s (+ 0.647s) 182.131mph
21. #43 Michael Annett Ford 29.665s (+ 0.663s) 182.033mph
22. #70 Johanna Long Chevrolet 29.747s (+ 0.745s) 181.531mph
23. #98 Kevin Swindell Ford 29.839s (+ 0.837s) 180.971mph
24. #10 Michael McDowell Toyota 29.968s (+ 0.966s) 180.192mph
25. #55 David Starr Chevrolet 30.006s (+ 1.004s) 179.964mph
26. #51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 30.065s (+ 1.063s) 179.611mph
27. #4 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 30.098s (+ 1.096s) 179.414mph
28. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 30.126s (+ 1.124s) 179.247mph
29. #24 Ryan Ellis Toyota 30.192s (+ 1.190s) 178.855mph
30. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 30.217s (+ 1.215s) 178.707mph
31. #74 Carl Long Dodge 30.278s (+ 1.276s) 178.347mph
32. #42 Josh Wise Chevrolet 30.278s (+ 1.276s) 178.347mph
33. #00 Blake Koch Toyota 30.366s (+ 1.364s) 177.830mph
34. #14 Jeff Green Toyota 30.402s (+ 1.400s) 177.620mph
35. #79 Bryan Silas Ford 30.445s (+ 1.443s) 177.369mph
36. #40 TJ Bell Chevrolet 30.574s (+ 1.572s) 176.621mph
37. #52 Joey Gase Toyota 30.871s (+ 1.869s) 174.921mph
38. #23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 31.548s (+ 2.546s) 171.168mph
39. #60 Travis Pastrana Ford 34.373s (+ 5.371s) 157.100mph
40. #92 Dexter Stacey Ford 31.043s (+ 2.041s) 173.952mph

Did Not Qualify

#89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 31.339s (+ 2.337s) 172.309mph

Practice 2 times

1. #6 Trevor Bayne Ford 29.510s (Leader) 182.989mph (32 laps)
2. #33 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 29.544s (-0.034s) 182.778mph (45 laps)
3. #22 Brad Keselowski Ford 29.577s (-0.067s) 182.574mph (35 laps)
4. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 29.595s (-0.085s) 182.463mph (57 laps)
5. #3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 29.597s (-0.087s) 182.451mph (30 laps)
6. #54 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.634s (-0.124s) 182.223mph (29 laps)
7. #16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 29.668s (-0.158s) 182.014mph (32 laps)
8. #18 Matt Kenseth Toyota 29.669s (-0.159s) 182.008mph (29 laps)
9. #2 Brian Scott Chevrolet 29.724s (-0.214s) 181.671mph (44 laps)
10. #44 Cole Whitt Toyota 29.739s (-0.229s) 181.580mph (21 laps)
11. #7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.763s (-0.253s) 181.433mph (34 laps)
12. #20 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.782s (-0.272s) 181.318mph (34 laps)
13. #30 Nelson Piquet Jr. Chevrolet 29.787s (-0.277s) 181.287mph (57 laps)
14. #5 Brad Sweet Chevrolet 29.792s (-0.282s) 181.257mph (38 laps)
15. #32 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 29.797s (-0.287s) 181.226mph (29 laps)
16. #19 Mike Bliss Toyota 29.798s (-0.288s) 181.220mph (20 laps)
17. #43 Michael Annett Ford 29.857s (-0.347s) 180.862mph (43 laps)
18. #11 Elliott Sadler Toyota 29.890s (-0.380s) 180.662mph (32 laps)
19. #12 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford 29.894s (-0.384s) 180.638mph (39 laps)
20. #99 Alex Bowman Toyota 29.973s (-0.463s) 180.162mph (23 laps)
21. #98 Kevin Swindell Ford 30.039s (-0.529s) 179.766mph (61 laps)
22. #60 Travis Pastrana Ford 30.072s (-0.562s) 179.569mph (30 laps)
23. #77 Parker Kligerman Toyota 30.107s (-0.597s) 179.360mph (25 laps)
24. #70 Johanna Long Chevrolet 30.128s (-0.618s) 179.235mph (34 laps)
25. #55 David Starr Chev 30.151s (-0.641s) 179.099mph (21 laps)
26. #14 Jeff Green Toyota 30.475s (-0.965s) 177.194mph (33 laps)
27. #10 Michael McDowell Toyota 30.492s (-0.982s) 177.096mph (1 laps)
28. #79 Bryan Silas Ford 30.742s (-1.232s) 175.655mph (40 laps)
29. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 30.821s (-1.311s) 175.205mph (2 laps)
30. #40 TJ Bell Chevrolet 30.904s (-1.394s) 174.735mph (33 laps)
31. #4 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 30.963s (-1.453s) 174.402mph (29 laps)
32. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 31.069s (-1.559s) 173.807mph (35 laps)
33. #74 Carl Long Dodge 31.126s (-1.616s) 173.488mph (4 laps)
34. #00 Blake Koch Toyota 31.412s (-1.902s) 171.909mph (18 laps)
35. #92 Dexter Stacey Ford 31.488s (-1.978s) 171.494mph (2 laps)
36. #23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 31.543s (-2.033s) 171.195mph (33 laps)
37. #52 Joey Gase Toyota 31.873s (-2.363s) 169.422mph (17 laps)
38. #24 Ryan Ellis Toyota 31.953s (-2.443s) 168.998mph (30 laps)
39. #89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 32.845s (-3.335s) 164.409mph (5 laps)

Practice 1 times

1. #99 Alex Bowman Toyota 29.641s (Leader) 182.180mph (21 laps)
2. #33 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 29.657s (-0.016s) 182.082mph (17 laps)
3. #77 Parker Kligerman Toyota 29.659s (-0.018s) 182.070mph (21 laps)
4. #12 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford 29.679s (-0.038s) 181.947mph (19 laps)
5. #22 Brad Keselowski Ford 29.685s (-0.044s) 181.910mph (23 laps)
6. #98 Kevin Swindell Ford 29.714s (-0.073s) 181.733mph (21 laps)
7. #54 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.725s (-0.084s) 181.665mph (25 laps)
8. #3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 29.751s (-0.110s) 181.507mph (28 laps)
9. #32 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 29.762s (-0.121s) 181.439mph (21 laps)
10. #11 Elliott Sadler Toyota 29.786s (-0.145s) 181.293mph (20 laps)
11. #16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 29.870s (-0.229s) 180.783mph (28 laps)
12. #6 Trevor Bayne Ford 29.873s (-0.232s) 180.765mph (18 laps)
13. #18 Matt Kenseth Toyota 29.909s (-0.268s) 180.548mph (25 laps)
14. #20 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.920s (-0.279s) 180.481mph (15 laps)
15. #7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.943s (-0.302s) 180.343mph (20 laps)
16. #2 Brian Scott Chevrolet 29.948s (-0.307s) 180.313mph (16 laps)
17. #5 Brad Sweet Chevrolet 30.159s (-0.518s) 179.051mph (24 laps)
18. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 30.178s (-0.537s) 178.938mph (26 laps)
19. #51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 30.363s (-0.722s) 177.848mph (11 laps)
20. #44 Cole Whitt Toyota 30.416s (-0.775s) 177.538mph (13 laps)
21. #60 Travis Pastrana Ford 30.428s (-0.787s) 177.468mph (24 laps)
22. #43 Michael Annett Ford 30.440s (-0.799s) 177.398mph (27 laps)
23. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 30.445s (-0.804s) 177.369mph (5 laps)
24. #30 Nelson Piquet Jr. Chevrolet 30.446s (-0.805s) 177.363mph (23 laps)
25. #42 Josh Wise Chevrolet 30.449s (-0.808s) 177.346mph (1 laps)
26. #19 Mike Bliss Toyota 30.467s (-0.826s) 177.241mph (18 laps)
27. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 30.584s (-0.943s) 176.563mph (4 laps)
28. #10 Michael McDowell Toyota 30.761s (-1.120s) 175.547mph (2 laps)
29. #4 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 30.833s (-1.192s) 175.137mph (16 laps)
30. #55 David Starr Chev 30.894s (-1.253s) 174.791mph (20 laps)
31. #70 Johanna Long Chevrolet 30.907s (-1.266s) 174.718mph (18 laps)
32. #74 Carl Long Dodge 30.913s (-1.272s) 174.684mph (3 laps)
33. #24 Ryan Ellis Toyota 30.931s (-1.290s) 174.582mph (15 laps)
34. #40 TJ Bell Chevrolet 31.079s (-1.438s) 173.751mph (12 laps)
35. #14 Jeff Green Toyota 31.233s (-1.592s) 172.894mph (6 laps)
36. #92 Dexter Stacey Ford 31.521s (-1.880s) 171.314mph (2 laps)
37. #23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 31.546s (-1.905s) 171.179mph (28 laps)
38. #52 Joey Gase Toyota 31.994s (-2.353s) 168.782mph (5 laps)
39. #89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 32.721s (-3.080s) 165.032mph (5 laps)
40. #79 Bryan Silas Ford 32.721s (-3.080s) 165.032mph (4 laps)

Nationwide Series championship standings

1. (--) Austin Dillon 1107pts
2. (--) Sam Hornish Jr. 1101pts (-6pts)
3. (--) Regan Smith 1053pts (-54pts)
4. (+1) Elliott Sadler 1026pts (-81pts)
5. (-1) Justin Allgaier 1022pts (-85pts)
6. (+1) Brian Scott 1010pts (-97pts)
7. (-1) Trevor Bayne 1009pts (-98pts)
8. (--) Brian Vickers 970pts (-137pts)
9. (--) Kyle Larson # 945pts (-162pts)
10. (--) Parker Kligerman 924pts (-183pts)
11. (--) Alex Bowman # 851pts (-256pts)
12. (--) Nelson Piquet Jr. # 801pts (-306pts)
13. (--) Mike Bliss 780pts (-327pts)
14. (--) Travis Pastrana 702pts (-405pts)
15. (--) Michael Annett 639pts (-468pts)
16. (--) Jeremy Clements 606pts (-501pts)
17. (--) Mike Wallace 574pts (-533pts)
18. (--) Reed Sorenson 524pts (-583pts)
19. (--) Joe Nemechek 481pts (-626pts)
20. (--) Eric McClure 465pts (-642pts)
21. (+2) Brad Sweet 391pts (-716pts)
22. (--) Cole Whitt 391pts (-716pts)
23. (-2) Johanna Long 391pts (-716pts)
24. (--) Landon Cassill 348pts (-759pts)
25. (+2) Kevin Swindell # 323pts (-784pts)
26. (-1) Jeffrey Earnhardt 315pts (-792pts)
27. (-1) Blake Koch 310pts (-797pts)
28. (+2) Jeff Green 246pts (-861pts)
29. (-1) Dexter Stacey 240pts (-867pts)
30. (-1) Jamie Dick 236pts (-871pts)
31. (--) Joey Gase 227pts (-880pts)
32. (--) Robert Richardson Jr. 222pts (-885pts)
33. (--) Josh Wise 207pts (-900pts)
34. (--) Chris Buescher 199pts (-908pts)
35. (--) Hal Martin 186pts (-921pts)
36. (--) Kenny Wallace 155pts (-952pts)
37. (--) Kevin Lepage 148pts (-959pts)
38. (--) Juan Carlos Blum 140pts (-967pts)
39. (--) Jason White 138pts (-969pts)
40. (--) Kyle Fowler 119pts (-988pts)
41. (--) Drew Herring 118pts (-989pts)
42. (+2) Carl Long 115pts (-992pts)
43. (-1) Ryan Reed 111pts (-996pts)
44. (-1) Mike Harmon 106pts (-1001pts)
45. (--) Ken Butler 99pts (-1008pts)
46. (+4) Tj Bell 89pts (-1018pts)
47. (-1) Max Papis 81pts (-1026pts)
48. (-1) Harrison Rhodes 78pts (-1029pts)
49. (-1) Daryl Harr 78pts (-1029pts)
50. (-1) Danny Efland 78pts (-1029pts)
51. (--) Tony Raines 76pts (-1031pts)
52. (--) Morgan Shepherd 64pts (-1043pts)
53. (--) Owen Kelly 62pts (-1045pts)
54. (--) Billy Johnson 59pts (-1048pts)
55. (--) Kenny Habul 54pts (-1053pts)
56. (--) Scott Lagasse Jr. 52pts (-1055pts)
57. (--) Tanner Berryhill 52pts (-1055pts)
58. (--) Stanton Barrett 51pts (-1056pts)
59. (--) Kyle Kelley 50pts (-1057pts)
60. (+1) Ryan Ellis 49pts (-1058pts)
61. (-1) Chase Miller 48pts (-1059pts)
62. (--) Brad Teague 38pts (-1069pts)
63. (--) Ryan Gifford 35pts (-1072pts)
64. (--) Donnie Neuenberger 35pts (-1072pts)
65. (--) Johnny O'connell 32pts (-1075pts)
66. (--) Kevin O'connell 32pts (-1075pts)
67. (--) Matt Dibenedetto 31pts (-1076pts)
68. (--) Brett Butler 29pts (-1078pts)
69. (--) Anthony Gandon 28pts (-1079pts)
70. (--) Bobby Gerhart 28pts (-1079pts)
71. (--) Derek White 27pts (-1080pts)
72. (--) Ryan Preece 20pts (-1087pts)
73. (--) Steve Wallace 19pts (-1088pts)
74. (--) Tj Duke 19pts (-1088pts)
75. (--) Andrew Ranger 18pts (-1089pts)
76. (--) John Young 16pts (-1091pts)
77. (--) Richard Harriman 15pts (-1092pts)
78. (--) Tim Andrews 14pts (-1093pts)
79. (--) Travis Sauter 14pts (-1093pts)
80. (--) Maryeve Dufault 13pts (-1094pts)
81. (--) Tim Schendel 11pts (-1096pts)
82. (--) Paulie Harraka 9pts (-1098pts)
83. (--) Alx Danielsson 7pts (-1100pts)
84. (--) David Green 6pts (-1101pts)
85. (--) Jason Bowles 5pts (-1102pts)
86. (--) Derrike Cope 5pts (-1102pts)

# = Nationwide series rookie
Only drivers registered for points in this series are shown in the standings.



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