O'Reilly Auto Parts 500
The O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in Fort Worth, Texas. Even though it is advertised as a "500-mile" race, because TMS is a track that is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) in length, the actual race distance is 501 miles (806.3 km). Denny Hamlin is the defending race winner.
|Venue||Texas Motor Speedway|
|Location||Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
|Corporate sponsor||O'Reilly Auto Parts|
|Distance||501 miles (806 km)|
|Laps||334 (Stage 1: 85|
Stage 2: 85
Stage 3: 164)
|Previous names||Interstate Batteries 500 (1997)|
Texas 500 (1998)
Primestar 500 (1999)
DirecTV 500 (2000)
Harrah's 500 (2001)
Samsung / RadioShack 500 (2002–2006)
Samsung 500 (2007–2009)
Samsung Mobile 500 (2010–2012)
NRA 500 (2013)
Duck Commander 500 (2014–2016)
|Most wins (driver)||Kyle Busch (3)|
|Most wins (team)||Roush Fenway Racing (7)|
|Most wins (manufacturer)||Ford (10)|
|Length||1.5 mi (2.4 km)|
The first two runnings of the race were controversial, crash-strewn affairs, with universal criticism that the track's design was one groove; Kenny Wallace argued, "They're so busy building condos they don't have time to fix the racetrack."
There were ten different winners in the first ten races, the longest such streak for any NASCAR track in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This list includes Texas Native Terry Labonte, who won in 1999, and Dale Earnhardt Jr winning his first race in 2000. Jeff Burton, the winner of the inaugural race, broke that streak by getting his second Texas win in a last lap pass in 2007. In 2011, the race became a Saturday night event, whereas before it was always a Sunday afternoon race. This was done since the night race at Phoenix was moved to February and became a day race. The 2011 race was run on April 9, 2011 and was the first scheduled night race of the season, and in Texas Motor Speedway history for the Cup Series.
In 2013, NASCAR became involved in controversy when the National Rifle Association (NRA) began to sponsor the race; although race sponsorships are negotiated with the track owner, not NASCAR itself, the sanctioning organization has final approval and did not object to the sponsorship. Both NASCAR's acceptance of this sponsorship, and its timing, has been controversial, and offensive to gun control activists. Because of the sponsorship, Senator Chris Murphy asked Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corporation owns Fox Sports, which was scheduled to air the race, to not broadcast it. Fox broadcast the race as scheduled, not least because failure to do so would have been a breach of the network's contract with NASCAR. However, Fox only used the official sponsored name once per hour (the minimum mandated by NASCAR) and otherwise referred to it generically (in this case as the "Texas 500"), the network's usual practice when a race's title sponsor does not buy ads during the race broadcast; the NRA reportedly did not seek to purchase any such ads. The NRA would return as a race sponsor in 2016 for the Bristol Night Race in August at Speedway's owned Bristol Motor Speedway.
In 2014, the race returned to being a Sunday afternoon race because of the NCAA Men's basketball Final Four games being held at AT&T Stadium in nearby Arlington, so that the race occurs on a day in between tournament games. On February 6, 2014, Duck Commander, the business that is the subject of the TV show Duck Dynasty, bought the naming rights for the race. The race returned to its Saturday night date in 2015. In 2017, the race would once again return to Sunday afternoon and the race was renamed under a new sponsorship deal with O'Reilly Auto Parts.
Since 2002, the trophy awarded to the winner has been cowboy boots, a white cowboy hat, and a pair of six-shooters to fire off in victory lane. The winner of the event, and the same goes for the Fall race, bolts their name onto a Wall of Champions that has their name engraved on a plate using a laser engraver.
Samsung sponsored the race from 2002–2012, while RadioShack was previously a co-sponsor. The joint sponsorship was grandfathered in 2003 by NASCAR's grandfather clause when Nextel became a NASCAR sponsor, as they banned rival wireless sponsorships (Nextel used Motorola exclusively); the ban was lifted after the 2005 merger of Sprint and Nextel because Sprint is sold at RadioShack, and Sprint offers Samsung products.
|Year||Date||No.||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|1997||April 6||99||Jeff Burton||Roush Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||4:00:16||125.111||Report|
|1998||April 5||6||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:39:47||136.771||Report|
|1999||March 28||5||Terry Labonte||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:28:21||144.276||Report|
|2000||April 2||8||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:49:12||131.152||Report|
|2001||April 1||88||Dale Jarrett||Robert Yates Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:31:59||141.804||Report|
|2002||April 8*||17||Matt Kenseth||Roush Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:31:01||142.453||Report|
|2003||March 30||12||Ryan Newman||Penske Racing||Dodge||334||501 (806.281)||3:43:28||134.517||Report|
|2004||April 4||38||Elliott Sadler||Robert Yates Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:36:30||138.845||Report|
|2005||April 17||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:51:08||130.055||Report|
|2006||April 9||9||Kasey Kahne||Evernham Motorsports||Dodge||334||501 (806.281)||3:37:55||137.943||Report|
|2007||April 15||31||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:39:41||143.359||Report|
|2008||April 6||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||339*||508.5 (818.351)||3:30:41||144.814||Report|
|2009||April 5||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:25:22||146.372||Report|
|2010||April 19*||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||334||501 (806.281)||3:25:34||146.23||Report|
|2011*||April 9||17||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:21:26||149.231||Report|
|2012||April 14||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:07:12||160.577||Report|
|2013||April 13||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||334||501 (806.281)||3:27:40||144.751||Report|
|2014||April 7*||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||340*||510 (820.765)||3:39:02||134.191||Report|
|2015||April 11||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:33:57||140.5||Report|
|2016||April 9–10*||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||334||501 (806.281)||3:37:16||138.355||Report|
|2017||April 9||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:24:18||147.137||Report|
|2018||April 8||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||334||501 (806.281)||3:32:07||141.714||Report|
|2019||March 31||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||334||501 (806.281)||3:16:11||153.224||Report|
- 2002, 2010, & 2014: Race moved from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon due to rain.
- 2008 and 2014: Race extended due to a NASCAR Overtime finish
- 2011: First scheduled night event in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history at Texas Motor Speedway.
- 2016: Race was delayed by rain for 2 hours. Race was completed early Sunday morning at 2:45 am CT.
Multiple winners (drivers)Edit
|# Wins||Driver||Years Won|
|3||Kyle Busch||2013, 2016, 2018|
|2||Jeff Burton||1997, 2007|
|Matt Kenseth||2002, 2011|
|Greg Biffle||2005, 2012|
|Jimmie Johnson||2015, 2017|
|Denny Hamlin||2010, 2019|
Multiple winners (teams)Edit
|# Wins||Team||Years Won|
|7||Roush Fenway Racing||1997, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012|
|5||Joe Gibbs Racing||2010, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019|
|4||Hendrick Motorsports||1999, 2009, 2015, 2017|
|2||Robert Yates Racing||2001, 2004|
|Team Penske||2003, 2014|
|# Wins||Manufacturer||Years Won|
|10||Ford||1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014|
|6||Chevrolet||1999, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2017|
|5||Toyota||2010, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2019|
- The 2002 race, which was to be shown on Fox, was postponed to Monday on FX due to Fox's weekday programming. Some Fox affiliates aired the race despite this.
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