Kyle Larson Wins O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas

FORT WORTH, TX – Saturday’s NASCAR X-Finity Series race was dominated by pole sitter Brad Keselowski. Unfortunately for the Team Penske driver, he couldn’t capitalize on a dominanting car. Kyle Larson passed Keselowski on the final restart with 30 laps-to-go and never looked back en route to his fifth career series victory and third of the season.

Those 30 laps were the only ones Larson led at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday as they were the 30 most important ones.

Keselowski, had to settle for second despite leading a race-high 145 of the 200 laps in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge in his No. 22 Ford.

Kevin Harvick made it a clean sweep of Sprint Cup regulars up front as he brought his No. 88 Chevrolet home third for his second top five of the year.

Erik Jones was the top finishing Chaser in fourth as he led 23 laps of his own on Saturday while his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez rounded out the top five.

There were only five cautions this afternoon at the 1.5-mille track as they were for two spins, a crash, debris and oil on the track.

The series heads to Phoenix next weekend for the last race of the second round as the top four drivers in the standings will race for the championship at Homestead the following week. Currently, Elliott Sadler, Daniel Suarez, Jones and Blake Koch are the top four drivers in the standings with one race to go.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge Results:

  1. 42 Larson
  2. 22 Keselowski
  3. 88 Harvick
  4. 20 E. Jones
  5. 19 Suarez
  6.  1 Sadler
  7.  2 A. Dillon
  8. 48 Poole
  9. 18 Tifft
  10.  7 Allgaier
  11.  6 Wallace Jr.
  12. 16 Reed
  13. 39 Sieg
  14. 11 Koch
  15. 62 Gaughan
  16.  3 T. Dillon
  17. 44 Yeley
  18. 51 Clements -1
  19. 33 B. Jones R -1
  20. 28 Armstrong -1
  21.  4 Chastain -2
  22. 01 Preece R -3
  23. 24 LaJoie -4
  24. 93 Starr -4
  25.  0 Smithley R -4
  26. 15 King -4
  27. 07 Black Jr. R -6
  28. 78 McLeod -7
  29. 25 Theriault -8
  30. 90 Roy -10
  31. 52 Gase -10
  32. 74 Harmon -15
  33. 97 Ellis -15
  34. 77 Waltz -16
  35. 13 Hightower OUT
  36. 14 DiBenedetto OUT
  37. 70 Stacey OUT
  38. 40 Hill OUT
  39. 89 Shepherd OUT
  40. 10 Green OUT

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