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Race Winner: Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-105):

Cole Custer started 20th and finished 23rd.

● The No. 41 Feeding America®/Wow Wow Classic Waffles Ford Mustang raced its way up to 14th in the opening laps. Custer began to fall back as the green-flag run continued after reporting that his racecar was too free into the corners.

● During the lap-25 competition caution, Custer asked to be tightened up as his Ford Mustang continued to build loose. The No. 41 team brought its driver down pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and a minor track bar adjustment to combat the ill-handling racecar.

● Custer was caught up in an accident on the lap-31 restart while running 18th. The No. 41 Feeding America®/Wow Wow Classic Waffles Ford Mustang sustained nose and rear damage in the accident. The team pitted several times under caution to fix the damage and change the tires.

● When the race went back green on lap 40, Custer restarted 27th. He continued to climb up through the field, driving up to 21st by lap 60.

● As the first stage went on without another caution, Custer was unable to hold off the leaders and went a lap down with 25 laps to go in the stage. The No. 41 Feeding America®/Wow Wow Classic Waffles team gambled for a yellow and stayed out until its Ford Mustang ran out of fuel on lap 100. Custer pitted for a splash of fuel before returning to the field.

● Ultimately, Custer finished 23rd in the stage. During the stage break, the team pitted for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 106-210):

Custer started 23rd and finished 23rd.

● When the race restarted on lap 113, the No. 41 Feeding America®/Wow Wow Classic Waffles Ford driver was stuck in 23rd, two laps down with only one other car on the same lap. Custer reported that his Ford Mustang was too tight on the initial restart.

● As the long run continued, the 23-year-old driver told his team that his racecar would start to free up but it took a while to come to him.

● When the caution came out on lap 165, Custer was running 22nd, three laps down. He reported that his car was slow on the frontstretch. The No. 41 Feeding America®/Wow Wow Classic Waffles team brought him down pit road for four tires, fuel and an adjustment. Custer restarted 23rd on the lap 171.

● On lap 179, Custer reported that the backend of his Ford Mustang was better, but it was still too tight in the front. The stage went green the rest of the way, and the No. 41 Ford Mustang finished 23rd.

● During the stage break, Custer reported that his car was extremely tight. The No. 41 Feeding America®/Wow Wow Classic Waffles team pitted for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 211-334):

Custer started 22nd and finished 19th.

● The No. 41 Feeding America®/Wow Wow Classic Waffles Ford driver reported early in the run that he felt like the team’s last adjustment took the front trim out of the racecar. He said he needed to be freed up on the next stop.

● On lap 271, crew chief Mike Shiplett called his driver to pit road for a green-flag stop to put on four fresh tires, fill up on fuel and make a minor wedge adjustment. The yellow flag came out just four laps later. Custer stayed out on track during the caution to take the wave-around and get a lap back. He restarted 22nd.

● He reported during the next run that his Ford Mustang was still too tight. When the caution came out on lap 299, the No. 41 Feeding America®/Wow Wow Classic Waffles team brought its Ford Mustang to pit road for four tires, fuel and a double adjustment.

● Custer restarted 22nd on lap 304, but a caution for an incident in turn one on the restart brought out the red flag. The team stayed out on the track when the field started rolling again. The No. 41 Ford Mustang restarted 21st on lap 309.

● The yellow flag came out again on lap 314 while Custer was running 21st. Shiplett called him down pit road under caution to put on four fresh tires. He restarted 21st when the race went back green on lap 218.

● Another two cautions helped the No. 41 Feeding America®/Wow Wow Classic Waffles Ford driver get back into the top-20. Custer finished 19th to earn his 15th top-20 of the season.

 

Notes:

●  Kyle Larson won the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 to score his 14th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his series-leading eighth of the season and his first at Texas. His margin over second-place William Byron was .459 of a second.

●  There were 11 caution periods for a total of 55 laps.

●  Only 15 of the 39 drivers in the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 finished on the lead lap.

 

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 41 Feeding America®/Wow Wow Classic Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“Not the day we wanted at Texas. That wreck in the first stage really hurt a strong run for the No. 41 Feeding America®/Wow Wow Classic Waffles Ford Mustang. I’m proud of our team for never giving up, though. They fixed up our car, and then we used those cautions at the end to get back into the top-20. We’ll move onto Kansas.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday, Oct. 24, at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. It is the eighth race of the 10-race playoffs and the second race in the Round of 8. It starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

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Race Winner: Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-105):

● Aric Almirola started 22nd and finished 12th.

● Almirola raced to 20th before the competition caution was thrown on lap 25.

● He had damage on his right-rear quarter panel and pitted for four tires, fuel, adjustments and repairs.

● Almirola was involved in a multicar accident on lap 31, sustaining significant damage to his left-rear quarterpanel and nose.

● The No. 10 Smithfield/Walk-On’s team pitted four times to repair damage and restarted at the rear.

● Due to pit strategy, Almirola ran out of fuel on lap 102. He flipped his fuel switch, coasted to pit road after the checkered flag waved and took four fresh tires and fuel.

● Almirola was scored a lap down at the end of the stage and pitted again for additional adjustments.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 106-210):

● Almirola started 22nd and finished 18th.

● The No. 10 Smithfield/Walk-On’s Ford driver raced to 18th before a caution on lap 165.

● Almirola pitted during the caution for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.

● On lap 203, Almirola radioed extremely tight-handling conditions.

● Almirola was forced to the pits at the end of the stage due to a small fire on the floorboard.

● The No. 10 team quickly put out the fire and pitted once more for four fresh tires.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 211-334):

● Almirola started 21st and finished 18th.

● The No. 10 driver continued to radio handling issues due to the damage.

● Almirola pitted for four tires and fuel from 21st during a caution on lap 277.

● He pitted again during a lap-299 caution for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.

● Almirola remained three laps down for the remainder of the race, but he gained three positions due to multiple accidents ahead of him.

 

Notes:

● Kyle Larson won the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 to score his 14th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his eighth of the season and his first at Texas. His margin over second-place William Byron was .459 of a second.

● There were 11 caution periods for a total of 55 laps.

● Only 15 of the 39 drivers in the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 finished on the lead lap.

 

Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield/Walk-On’s Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We just couldn’t recover from the damage we got early in the race. Our No. 10 Smithfield/Walk-On’s Ford was just too tight, and I couldn’t get it to turn with the damage. Man, that was a long day. The guys on pit road worked hard to keep us going. We’ve run so well at Texas in the past, so it’s a bummer we didn’t get to truly see what speed we brought. But it is what it is, and we’ll move on to Kansas.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday, Oct. 24, at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. It is the eighth race of the 10-race playoffs and the second race in the Round of 8. It starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

 

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Race Winner:  Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner:  Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner:  Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-105):

●  Kevin Harvick started 24th and finished 11th.

●  The No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang began the race with no rear grip getting into turns three and four. Harvick pitted from the 27th position during the competition caution (laps 27-30) and received tires, fuel and adjustments.

●  Harvick restarted just outside of the top-20 and was nearly collected in a multi-car accident on the backstretch. He made it by with no contact and lined up 16th for the lap-40 restart.

●  Harvick cracked the top-10 on lap 94.

●  The team made a scheduled, green flag pit stop on lap 98 for fuel only and returned the track in 16th. With other cars saving fuel in the final laps of the stage, Harvick was able to drive up to 11th in the final seven laps.

●  Harvick pitted for fresh tires, fuel and a slight air pressure adjustment at the end of the stage.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 106-210):

●  Harvick started seventh and finished fourth, earning seven bonus points.

●  Harvick wheeled the No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang into the top-five on lap 115.

●  During a caution period on lap 167, Harvick pitted for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to help his racecar turn better in turns one and two. He lined up sixth for the lap-171 restart.

●  Harvick quickly re-entered the top-five and held steady in fourth for the remainder of the stage.

●  Pitted for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment upon the conclusion of the stage.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 211-334):

●  Harvick started fifth and finished fifth.

●  Harvick made a move for the third position on lap 218 and he held that spot until lap 231 when he slipped back to fifth after reporting his Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang was loose in turns one and two.

●  Pitted on lap 277 while the race was under caution for four tires, fuel and more chassis adjustments.

●  Restarted in seventh on lap 281 and held steady inside the top-10.

●  Five caution periods in the final 34 laps allowed Harvick to gain track position and advance into the top-five for the final green-white-checkered restart.

●  After starting fifth on lap 333, Harvick ended the race in the same position.

 

Notes:

●  Harvick earned his ninth top-five and 22nd top-10 of the season. This was his 13th top-five and 24th top-10 in 37 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Texas.

●  Since joining SHR in 2014, Harvick has only two finishes outside the top-10 at Texas. During this time, he has scored 10 top-fives – three of which were wins while three others were second-place finishes.

●  Kyle Larson won the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 to score his 14th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his series-leading eighth of the season and his first at Texas. His margin over second-place William Byron was .459 of a second.

●  There were 11 caution periods for a total of 55 laps.

●  Only 15 of the 39 drivers in the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 finished on the lead lap.

 

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We were really loose to start the race and the team made some good adjustments on the car. When they all crashed on the backstretch we were able to start around 16th and just work our way up from there. Overall, it was a good day. The team worked hard to put everything together and get us there at the end.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday, Oct. 24 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. It is the eighth race of the 10-race playoffs and the second race in the Round of 8. It starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

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Austin Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops / TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Team Show Grit and Determination at Texas Motor Speedway
 
 
 
 
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15th
 
17th
 
“I love Texas Motor Speedway, and our entire Bass Pro Shops / TRACKER Off Road Chevrolet team came here this weekend with the goal of backing up our performance from 2020 and finding Victory Lane. Things just didn’t fall that way. We ran in the top-10 early in Stage 1, but we were too tight to stay up there. Even though we threw the kitchen sink at our No. 3 Chevy during pit stops, our Chevy never got dialed in to my liking. The day became even harder with a couple of cut right-rear tires, and untimely cautions that caused us to fall off the lead lap. Our team never gave up, though, and we were able to fight our way back from two laps down. By the last restart, we were too loose. It definitely made things interesting. We worked hard to finish 14th. I’m proud of everyone on this Richard Childress Racing team for sticking with it today.”
 
 
-Austin Dillon
 
Hard-Fought Battle for Tyler Reddick and the No. 8 Clark Pipeline Services Chevrolet Team at Texas Motor Speedway
 
 
 
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“Man, we came so close today. We definitely gave it all we had and put everything on the line to try and find Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway. This Clark Pipeline Services Chevrolet team came so close. We had speed right from the start of the race, and Randall Burnett and the guys did a good job of keeping up with adjustments throughout the race. We cut a right-rear tire at one point so I’m glad we were able to recover from that. After the midway point of the race,our Chevy would get tight in the resin, and loose out of the resin, so it was interesting managing that today. At the end, we just didn’t get a good enough chance to make a run at the No. 5 car. Another car got into us on the second-to-last restart and that’s what caused us to fall back. I’m just glad we didn’t have to pit for a tire rub and could hang on to finish ninth. It was a little disappointing after running in the top-five and battling for the lead for most of Stage 3, but I know that this team is capable and we will get to Victory Lane soon.”
 
-Tyler Reddick

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Football legends Tony Dorsett and Tim Brown were on hand Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway to serve as co-Grand Marshals for the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500, but the duo actually enjoys a long history with NASCAR.
 
Brown was part of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program in the early 2000s with a goal of starting a racing team to attract minorities to the sport, from employees to fans to sponsors. He was able to secure a technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing and was making progress, but his dream of becoming a NASCAR team owner unfortunately never materialized.
 
“I retired (from the NFL) in 2005 and at my retirement speech, I made the announcement that I was going to be going into NASCAR to try to start a team,” Brown said. “We almost got it done. I was working with Roush Racing and it got close, but the financial crash of 2008 killed me so we stepped away.
 
“I’m very happy to see the guys in NASCAR now. The minorities who are involved with NASCAR is a little bit overdue but I’m glad to see these guys out here having a good time. Had a chance to meet Bubba (Wallace) today and glad to see him out here and making things happen.”
 
Dorsett said he had been to a few NASCAR races over the years but revealed that he had been a fan growing up in Aliquippa, Pa.
 
“I’ve been watching NASCAR racing for a long time,” Dorsett said. “Started back at my home in Pennsylvania when I was a little kid. I’ve been to a few races but it’s always good to be someone like us taking part in such an outstanding sport.”  
 
Dorsett and Brown had the honor of giving the “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines” command to the 39-driver NASCAR Cup Series field and get the opening Round of 8 NASCAR Playoff race underway. Click here to watch Dorsett and Brown give the command.
 
“Don’t get Tony started, I’m trying to get on his rhythm, and he’s changed it three times already today,” said Brown, laughing. “I heard there is going to be a cue card out there to get the words right. I thought I would have gotten the opportunity (to do the command) before, but I haven’t so this is going to be great.”
 
“I’m thrilled to be out at the track to say the words, ‘Gentlemen, start your engines!’” Dorsett said. “I’m looking forward to it. I had a chance to do it once before. It’s always good to have a couple of football players crossing over to NASCAR and be out here to support the drivers.”
 
In addition to sharing the command, Brown and Dorsett also are working together on a special project that is being produced by NFL Films. They are part of a group, known as H2H, of only 10 men in the history of college and pro football who have won a Heisman Trophy and been enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame; an accomplishment so rare that more men have walked on the moon.
 
Dorsett won the Heisman Trophy in 1976 at the University of Pittsburgh, where the running back led the Panthers to a national championship. After a stellar NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys, which included winning Super Bowl XII, the NFL’s 10th all-time leading rusher was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994.
 
Brown earned his Heisman Trophy in 1987 at Notre Dame as a wide receiver and returner before embarking on an outstanding NFL career with the Los Angeles Raiders that included being named to the NFL’s All Decade Team of the 1990s. Brown, who ranks among the top 10 in NFL history in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.
 
“The Perfect 10” tells the life story of Dorsett, Brown and the eight other men and the collective group’s rare accomplishment. “The Perfect 10” is planned to air next fall in conjunction with the start of the 2022 college and NFL seasons.
 
“In 2015 when I was literally on my way to my induction speech, a buddy of mine came up to me and said, ‘Do you know you’re only the ninth guy to be inducted (who won a Heisman)’ and I said there must be 30 guys to be inducted, not only nine,” Brown recalled. “Literally on the bus to the enshrinement I googled it and had to look it up. Google only had eight guys because I was the ninth. I was a little surprised by that so we got together afterwards and thought what an incredible legacy we left on the field, let’s see what we can do off the field.” 
 
Click here for the full video of the Dorsett-Brown press conference to view or download that is available for use for all media outlets.
 
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Ventura’s Randy Moody returned to car racing and returned to victory lane as the newest winner in Western Midget Racing presented by Masters Design and Construction on Saturday night at Ventura Raceway. Moody has several wins of the years in TQ Midget and Sprint Car competition along with a successful motorcycle racing career. His return to competition after several years came aboard Kevin Felkins’ No. 35s.

19-cars started the main event with Moody starting on the pole position. The first caution of the 20-lap feature flew on lap eight for multiple cars spinning in turn three including Arizona’s Kyle Huttenhow and David Raquenio. Kyle Hawse of Las Vegas slowed on the restart attempt to require an additional caution.

Moody paced second in points David Prickett of Fresno in a close fight throughout the contest. Todd Hawse stopped in turn one on the final lap, setting up a two-lap shootout. Moody successfully held off Prickett for the victory followed by Hawaiian Kala Keliinoi, Randi Pankratz of Atascadero, and Delta Speedway Micro Sprint champion Caden Sarale of Stockton. Arizona’s Cory Brown, Prickett, and Pankratz split the three heat races.

Western Midget Racing returns to Ventura Raceway on October 30 for the penultimate race of the 2021 championship season.

For more information on Western Midget Racing, visit them at www.WesternMidgetRacing.com or follow them on Facebook!

Western Midget Racing is presented by: Masters Design and Construction, Rockwell Security, Rams Racing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Extreme Mufflers, FTK, Blud Lubricants, and West Evans Motorsports.

 

October 16, 2021 – Ventura Raceway (Ventura, Calif.) Results

HEAT 1 (8 laps) – 1. 32 Cory Brown; HEAT 2 (8 laps) – 1. 22q David Prickett; HEAT 3 (8 laps) – 11 Randi Pankratz

FEATURE (20 laps) – 1. 35s Randy Moody, 2. 22q David Prickett, 3. 8k Kala Keliinoi, 4. 11 Randi Pankratz, 5. 7 Caden Sarale, 6. 9 Blake Bower, 7. 5 Drake Edwards, 8. 32 Cory Brown, 9. 35x Colton Hulesmann, 10. 74 Greg Jewett, 11. 3az Nathan High, 12. 20w Megan Moorhead, 13. 55 Tyler Rodriguez, 14. 35SR Brody Petrie, 15. 22 Paul Sanders, 16. 57 Kyle Huttenhow, 17. 20 Kyle Hawse, 18. 31 Todd Hawse, 19. 12H David Raquenio DNS: 35 Chris Carmody

NEXT RACE: October 30 Ventura Raceway (Ventura, Calif.)

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Austin Hill closed out his 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) campaign with a 20th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) on Saturday afternoon. The driver of the No. 61 Toyota Tsusho Toyota Supra ran inside the top-10 for a significant portion of the day but was hampered by a flat tire past the halfway mark. The result was Hill’s best in two NXS starts at TMS and will finish his season by chasing the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owners’ title with two races remaining.
 
Hill started the afternoon from 21st position and began to fight a tight condition through the bumps at both ends of the speedway. Hill drove inside the top-15 despite the tightness in the second-half of the corners until a caution on lap 40 presented a strategy opportunity. The Toyota Tsusho team called Hill to pit road for four tires and a left rear spring rubber adjustment and restarted 24th for a one-lap dash to end stage 1 on lap 45.
 
The HRE team kept Hill on track during the stage caution on lap 46 to inherit the eighth position for the lap 52 restart. The Winston, Ga. wheelman made one of his characteristic three-wide moves on the restart to capture a top-five position. Hill maintained a position inside the top-10 until lap 69 as the balance on his Toyota Supra was significantly tighter due to the splitter hitting the racing surface. Hill finished Stage 2 in 16th on lap 90 as the balance was beginning to improve.
 
After pitting on lap 100 for a left front shock adjustment, Hill’s progress up through the field from 28th was mitigated due to a soft tire. Hill went a lap down on lap 139 and pitted under the lap 141 caution, after which the HRE team discovered the deflating tire. The remainder of the afternoon saw Hill valiantly fight for the Lucky Dog position to regain his lap, but a fortuitous caution failed to fly. Over the final 21 laps, Hill delivered consistent lap times well within the top-10 and secured a 20th-place finish at the checkered flag.
 
Austin Hill Quote:
“We ended the day really good with our Toyota Tsusho Supra. We started off too tight and had too much splitter contact the second run, but the guys kept making really good adjustments and got our car to where we could have definitely finished in the top-10. We were really tight on that long run just past halfway, so it’s unfortunate to have that tire slowly going down and caused us to lose a lap. The guys did a good job staying with it all day and we're able to show what kind of speed we had in our Toyota Tsusho Supra.”
 
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Race Winner: John Hunter Nemechek of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner: Austin Cindric of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 2 Winner: John Hunter Nemechek of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

 

Overview:

After a 200-lap battle in the Lone Star State, Riley Herbst and the No. 98 Monster Energy team brought home their 16th top-15 finish of the 2021 season. The Las Vegas native finished 12th in Saturday’s Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. After starting 20th, Herbst wasted no time in his drive forward, moving up to 16th by lap eight. When the competition caution came out on lap 20, the 22-year-old driver reported that his No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang fired off fine but became tight. Crew chief Richard Boswell kept Herbst out on the track to stick to the team’s pit strategy. After the lap-26 restart, Herbst ran as high as 13th for the remainder of the stage. A late-stage caution on lap 40 presented an opportunity for the No. 98 team. Herbst pitted for four tires, fuel, and a double adjustment to combat his tight-handling racecar. A majority of the leaders stayed out at that time, so while Herbst finished the stage in 20th, he was able to restart the second stage in sixth. When the race went back green on lap 52, the Las Vegas native was consistent. He ran as high as fifth and reported that his Ford Mustang was the best it had been all day. Herbst finished sixth to earn five bonus points and restarted the final stage seventh on lap 98 after a scheduled pit stop. He was battling for eighth when an accident brought out the caution flag on lap 100. The team kept its driver on the track to restart eighth. Herbst struggled in the dirty air on the restart and fell back to 14th. When the caution came out on lap 142, Herbst was running 13th. He reported that the car was good, but he continued to struggle with passing, similar to many other competitors. The No. 98 Monster Energy team brought its driver down pit road for four fresh tires and fuel. Herbst continued to run in the top-12 after the restart. He was 11th when another caution flag flew on lap 172. Boswell made the call to bring Herbst down pit road for the final stop of the race to put on four tires and fill up on fuel. In the final 21 laps, Herbst battled in the top-12, where he ultimately finished.

 

Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

“Man, Texas is a tough track. We struggled with a tight Monster Energy Ford Mustang initially. During the second stage, we really showed some speed while running in the top-10. Unfortunately, it was hard to pass all day, so when we got shuffled back to 12th on the final restart, it was hard to get back up to the front. We’ll take what we learned and head to Kansas.”

 

Notes:              

● Herbst finished sixth in Stage 2 to earn five bonus points.

● Herbst’s 12th-place result equaled his previous best finish at Texas – 12th, earned in June.

● John Hunter Nemechek won the Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 to score his second career Xfinity Series victory, his first of the season and his first at Texas. His margin over second-place Daniel Hemric was 1.316 seconds.

● There were ten caution periods for a total of 54 laps.

● Nineteen of the 40 drivers in the Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 finished on the lead lap.

● A.J. Allmendinger remains the championship leader after Texas with an four-point advantage over second-place Cindric.

 

Next Up:          

The next event on the Xfinity Series schedule is the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.  

 

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Myatt Snider and the No. 2 Crosley Furniture Chevrolet Team Battle Hard at Texas Motor Speedway
 
 
 
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"I'm proud of the effort that everyone at Richard Childress Racing puts forth every week. Some days are harder than others and today was one of the hard ones for our No. 2 team, but we stuck together until the checkered flag. I was optimistic heading into the race, but from the get-go, the Crosley Furniture Chevrolet was twitchy on center exit and then built loose throughout. I didn't think our car needed a big swing, but once we tightened up the car significantly, I was able to charge into the corner and not lose as much ground on entry. Our Camaro was fast enough to get back on the lead lap, but the cautions never fell our way at the end. It's unfortunate but part of racing. The pit crew did a fantastic job all day and gained spots every stop which put us in better positions on the restarts. We have three races left in the 2021 season and our goal is to maximize every lap. I'm looking forward to Kansas Speedway next Saturday and putting today in the rearview mirror."
 
-Myatt Snider

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