Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. The NASCAR Nationwide Series raced in Texas on Saturday at the Texas Motor Speedway for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. This race is set to make history for NASCAR racing. If Brad Keselowski finishes third or better in this race, he will earn his first NASCAR Championship. And it will be owner Penske’s first NASCAR Championship. Kyle Busch has a chance to win six races at this track and be the best at one track.
There is also money on the line. If a full time Nationwide driver (including Cup drivers racing full time in Nationwide) wins here Nationwide is kicking in $75,000. If someone other than a Nationwide driver (like Kyle or Kevin Harvick) wins, it goes to is the highest Nationwide only driver. Justin Allgaier and Trevor Bayne will be racing for that position.
30 James Buescher is on the pole and 33 Kevin Harvick starts beside him on the front row. 30 leads the first couple of laps and 18 Busch takes over. 18 will go on to lead the most laps. 05 David Starr blows a tire and gets into the wall. 16 Erik Darnell goes down into 7 Danica Patrick to avoid 05. There is no caution but they all have to pit. 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. led the way until a caution came out for debris when 05 blew a tire. From there it was 18 leading until 60 Carl Edwards took the lead. The fifth caution came out for oil on the track when 21 Clint Bowyer blew up.
That brought it down to a Green, White, Checker Finish. 60 chose the inside with 18 beside him and 22 Brad Keselowski behind. On the restart 60 Edwards pulls ahead to win the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Brad wins the Nationwide championship. Carl does his trademark flip and Brad takes the flags for a spin around the track in the wrong direction. Kyle led most of the laps, but there was a lot of racing going on behind him.