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Previewing the NASCAR Xfinity Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas

By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer

The last time the NASCAR Xfinity Series visited Texas Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch took home the victory. Busch held off his teammate, Erik Jones, to win by over three seconds.

The last time a NASCAR Xfinity Series championship contender won at Texas Motor Speedway was 2012 when Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. took a trip to victory lane.

Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones are the only past winners in the field this weekend.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers in the field this weekend include Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, and Matt Dibenedetto. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regulars in the field this weekend include Austin Theriault and Timmy Hill.

Xfinity Series Chase

After the first race of the second round of the Xfinity Series Chase, no drivers are currently locked into the Championship Four at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Chase Grid looks like this:

  • 1 Elliott Sadler [3 wins], 3039
  • 19 Daniel Suarez [2 wins], 3039
  • 11 Blake Koch, 3032, +5
  • 7 Justin Allgaier, 3027, +0
  • 20 Erik Jones [4 wins, In Danger of Elimination], 3027, -0
  • 16 Ryan Reed, 3025, [In Danger of Elimnation], -2
  • 62 Brendan Gaughan, 3010, [In Danger of Elimnation], -17
  • 6 Darrell Wallace, Jr., 3009, [In Danger of Elimnation], -18

What to Watch For

There are several storylines going into this weekend’s race to watch for:

  • Will a Cup Series regular win again, or will an Xfinity Series Chase contender take the win? Or will another play the role of spoiler?
  • Austin Dillon will be in the No. 2 Rheem/Emerson Chevrolet Camaro for Richard Childress Racing. Dillon will compete in all three NASCAR Series races at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.
  • Matt Tifft will be in the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing.
  • Brad Keselowski will be in the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang for Team Penske.
  • Corey LaJoie returns in the Youtheory No. 24 Toyota Camry for JGL Racing.
  • Austin Theriault will be in the No. 25 Mark One Electric Chervolet Camaro for Rick Ware Racing.
  • Kyle Larson returns for another start in the No. 42 ENEOS Chevrolet Camaro for Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • Kevin Harvick will be in the JR Motorsports ‘All-Star No. 88 Car.’

Where and When to Watch (All Times Eastern)

Practice 1: Friday, November 4, at 2:30 p.m. on NBCSN

Practice 2: Friday, November 4, at 5:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Live Extra (Online)

Qualifying: Saturday, November 5, at 11:45 a.m. on CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra (Online)

Race: Saturday, November 5, at 3:00 p.m. on NBC, NBC Sports Live Extra (Online), SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, and the Performance Racing Network.

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Seth Eggert has followed NASCAR his entire life. Seth is currently pursuing a writing career and is majoring in Communications and Journalism. He is an avid iRacer and video gamer. Seth also tutors students at Mitchell Community College in multiple subjects. He has an Associate's Degree in History.

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