FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 5, 2013) - Dominating performances en route to their first career victories at Texas Motor Speedway was the storyline for the first two races of this past weekend’s NASCAR tripleheader at Texas Motor Speedway. Ty Dillon (No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Track Boats Chevrolet) won Friday evening’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350 in his fifth career start at TMS and Brad Keselowski (No. 22 Discount Tire Ford) followed up Saturday afternoon by winning the Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.
After finishing second at Texas Motor Speedway in June’s NCWTS WinStar World Casino 400 and notching his fourth top-10 performance in four starts, Dillon said he was sick to his stomach because he wanted that Charlie 1 Horse cowboy hat given to the race winner so badly.
“When we got here to Texas, I just felt so good and felt in a good place with myself,” Dillon said. “I had a good feeling about this whole weekend. I’ve always got belief in my guys, Marcus (Richmond, crew chief) and truck guys. I know we can win every weekend and I wasn’t going to let this one get away.”
Dillon’s dominating performance in which he led 130 of 147 laps was the 100th victory for the Richard Childress Racing-owned No. 3 in NASCAR national series history.
“I know Dale Earnhardt is smiling down tonight to know that Austin and Ty and Dale Jr., he won some races in Nationwide with us, for all of them to be able to win and to be able to win our 100th race for the No. 3 and for my grandson to win it, it’s very special, it’s a very special evening,” Childress said after the race. “I looked up at the board one time tonight when he was leading, 100 laps or so and thought, that’s pretty cool to see that No. 3 up there leading the race and I know Dale is smiling down right now.”
The next day, defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski made his 14th Nationwide Series start of the season in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Despite a successful career that includes the 2010 Nationwide Series championship, 2012 Sprint Cup title and 36 NASCAR national series wins, Keselowski had yet to reach Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway.
Following a runner-up performance in April’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, Keselowski (No. 22 Discount Tire Ford) broke his 27-race Texas winless streak across all three national series with a win in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge in which he led a race-high 106 of the 200 laps.
“I really wanted a cowboy hat,” Keselowski said. “We have been really close (at Texas) but never finished it off, but today we had the car to do it and the guys did a great job executing. We had a good battle with Denny Hamlin and finished out front.”
The win was Keselowski’s sixth in the Nationwide Series this season and has given Roger Penske’s No. 22 a 26-point lead over J.D. Gibbs’ No. 54 in the Owner Points championship race with two races remaining.