Brad Keselowski became the first driver in the Cup Series to win multiple races this season when he passed Kyle Busch with 42 laps remaining and never looked back Sunday at Martinsville.
Now back on a 1.5-mile track at Texas Motor Speedway, Keselowski will go for win No. 3 in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 (1:30 p.m. ET on Fox). The No. 2 Penske driver leads the series with 10 playoff points and sits fourth in the points standings, 34 points behind No. 1 ranked Kyle Larson.
Think the Grandfather Clock is a cool prize awarded to the winner at Martinsville? This week, first place at Texas Motor Speedway gets to celebrate by donning a cowboy hat and firing two six-shooter pistols into the air. The trophy itself features a pair of hard-carved cowboy boots with the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. globe logo that sits on the double-tiered wooden base with two longhorn steer heads. The hand-painted trophy also includes a pair of genuine spurs.
With a crowd capacity in excess of 190,000, Texas Motor Speedway is among the largest sports venues in the United States.
This week, the NASCAR Xfinity Series joins the Cup Series in the Lone State state.
Here’s the full schedule:
NASCAR at Texas schedule, TV channel info
(All times ET)
Friday, April 7
Noon-2:25 p.m.: Cup Series practice, FS1
2:30-3:55 p.m.: Xfinity Series practice, FS1
5-5:55 p.m.: Xfinity Series final practice, FS1
6:15 p.m.: Cup qualifying, FS1
Saturday, April 8
9:30-10:25 a.m.: Cup Series practice, FS1
10:35 a.m.: Xfinity Series qualifying, FS1
Noon-12:50 p.m.: Cup Series final practice, FS2
1:30 p.m.: Xfinity Series My Bariatric Solutions 300 (200 laps, 300 miles), Fox
What time does the NASCAR race at Texas start?
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 begins April 8 at 1:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on Fox and the Fox Sports Go app.
What are the stage lengths for NASCAR at Texas?
The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, which is 501 miles (334 laps) will be broken into three stages. Stage 1 ends on lap 85, Stage 2 ends on lap 170 and the final stage ends on lap 334.
The Xfinity Series race at Texas will be broken into three stages: Lap 45, Lap 90 and Lap 200.
Which NASCAR drivers are racing at Texas?
Only 40 Cup drivers will be racing in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, meaning all drivers will make the race and qualifying will decide their starting position.
Here is the list of participating Cup drivers:
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.