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Keselowski fifth; Hornish seventh at Texas Motor Speedway

by Bill Cawthon on

Brad Keselowski posted another top-five finish in this afternoon’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. The No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T was fifth across the finish line.

“A solid day for this Discount Tire Dodge team,” Keselowski commented. “We gave it our best today. We were good, but not great. Those Roush cars have been really fast and once they got out into the lead, they were really hard to catch. The package that they have with their motor is tough to beat. We just need a little bit more work. A good effort by the whole team.”

Sam Hornish Jr. finished seventh on the No. 12 Avis Challenger: it was his fourth career top-ten Nationwide finish. All four have come in Hornish’s last eight starts. Afte the race, Hornish said, “We had some ups and downs today. We had a pretty good start to the race and worked our way forward. We had a set of tires, after the second caution,that set us back a bit. We’re not exactly sure what happened. It just made the car super free over the bumps. We went from running 30.50s to 32.50s. We lost a whole bunch of track position and had to work our way back from that. We just got behind and couldn’t get the car where we needed it to be. We definitely have some work to do. To come back and get seventh is a good result. We’re happy to have Avis on our Dodge this weekend. We just need to work through a few things. Having three races at the end of the year will help the chemistry of the team.”

Reed Sorenson finished 16th in the No. 182 Foametix/Bullet Liner Dodge.

With Trevor Bayne’s first-place finish, Ford clinched the Nationwide Series manufacturer’s championship.

RESULTS: O’REILLY AUTO PARTS CHALLENGE
Finish Driver Car No. Sponsor Brand
1 Trevor Bayne 16 Ford. Drive One./Ford Mustang Ford
2 Denny Hamlin* 20 Raybestos/Wix Filters Toyota
3 Carl Edwards 60 Fastenal Ford
4 Clint Bowyer 33 Rheem Heating, Cooling & Water Heating Chevrolet
5 Brad Keselowski 22 Discount Tire Dodge
6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 6 Sam’s Club/Maker’s Mark Angus Beef Ford
7 Sam Hornish Jr. 12 Avis Dodge
8 Joey Logano 20 GameStop Toyota
9 Elliott Sadler 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet
10 Brian Vickers 32 Dollar General Chevrolet
11 Danica Patrick 7 GoDaddy.com/DanWheldonMemorial.com Chevrolet
12 Brian Scott 11 Shore Lodge Toyota
13 Kenny Wallace 9 G-Oil Toyota
14 Justin Allgaier 31 Brandt Chevrolet
15 Jason Leffler 38 Great Clips Chevrolet
16 Reed Sorenson 182 Foametix/Bullet Liner Dodge
17 James Buescher 30 ABF Freight Chevrolet
18 Steve Wallace 66 5-Hour Energy Toyota
19 Aric Almirola 88 Grand Touring Vodka Chevrolet
20 Michael Annett 62 LoanStar Title Loans Toyota
21 Joe Nemechek 87 AMFMEnergy.com/Pellet & Wood Stoves Toyota
22 Blake Koch 81 Daystar.com Chevrolet
23 Mike Bliss 19 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
24 Eric McClure 14 Hefty BlackOut/Reynolds Chevrolet
25 Robert Richardson Jr. 23 Takis/TiaRosa/Barcel Chevrolet
26 Jeremy Clements 51 Clements Racing Engines Chevrolet
27 Scott Riggs 103 McKinney Pipe & Steel Chevrolet
28 Morgan Shepherd 89 Victory In Jesus Chevrolet
29 Joey Gase 39 Fenton Motorsports Ford
30 Derrike Cope 28 Maxelence Chevrolet
31 Jamie Dick 52 Viva Auto Group Chevrolet
32 Mike Wallace 1 G&K Services Chevrolet
DID NOT FINISH
33 Timmy Hill 15 Poynt.com Ford
34 David Stremme 70 Foretravel Motorcoach Chevrolet
35 David Ragan 108 Texas Tech University Ford
36 Josh Wise 40 Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet
37 Carl Long 175 Rick Ware Racing Ford
38 J.J. Yeley 127 CertainTeed Ford
39 Chase Miller 146 Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet
40 Tim Andrews 104 Fenton Motorsports Ford
41 T.J. Bell 150 Liberty Tire Recycling/Pinnacle Rubber Mulch Chevrolet
42 Jeff Green 44 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
43 Scott Speed 147 Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet

*Hamlin substituted for Kyle Busch who was barred from racing in this weekend’s Nationwide and Sprint Cup races.

There are two more races in the 2011 Nationwide Series season. Next up is the Wypall 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, November 12. ESPN2 will carry the race with coverage starting at 3:30 PM, Eastern Time.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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