Dale Jr. endorses NASCAR plan to reduce horsepower in 2015

Dale Jr. endorses NASCAR plan to reduce horsepower in 2015

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FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 04: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane with Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Ragu Chevrolet, after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 4, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on April 4, 2014 at 11:16 PM

FORT WORTH -- Dale Earnhardt, Jr. opened the season with a win at the Daytona 500 and comes to Texas as the points leader in this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

He won in Texas back in 2000 and finished second in the race here last November.

"The energy that Eddie [Gossage] and his group show year-in and year-out is a good standard for other tracks to follow," Earnhardt said about his return to Texas Motor Speedway. "They do some unique things to get people excited about races here. It's a lot fun. It's a great market and people in this area have really latched on to this track and supported it over the years. It's a good success story for the sport."

NASCAR is in the process of reducing horsepower for the engines that the racing teams are using right now. If it happens, it won't happen until next year, but it's an idea that Earnhardt has endorsed.

"I don't think they're trying to make it more competitive," Earnhardt said. "I like the idea of going to a smaller motor and allowing us to engineer with that package, instead of choking down what we currently have with a plate. I think choking a motor down with a plate is the easiest way to go and the laziest way to go."

NASCAR VP of Competition Racing Development Robin Pemberton said changing the horsepower may not change the quality of competition.

"There's no guarantee horsepower may or may not do anything for the quality of racing, but it will allow us to do other things," Pemberton said.

Earnhardt said the change is an eventuality, and it is in the best interest of the sport to do it right.

"I hope that they go the way I want to go. There is not a wrong decision, there is a just OK one and a better one," he said. "I think a reduction in power is coming, whether you like it or not. Instead of saying, 'We don't need to do it,' and try to fight it, let's try to make sure that when it does happen, we do it the right way."

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NASCAR Nationwide-O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Results

Friday

At Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth, Texas

Lap length: 1.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)



1. (6) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 200 laps, 127.5 rating, 47 points.

2. (36) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 200, 126.3, 0.

3. (37) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 200, 113.1, 0.

4. (1) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 200, 134.3, 0.

5. (4) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 200, 120.2, 0.

6. (2) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 200, 104.2, 0.

7. (3) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 200, 104.7, 37.

8. (9) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 200, 99.1, 0.

9. (38) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 200, 91.4, 35.

10. (5) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 200, 91.2, 34.

11. (7) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 200, 89.3, 33.

12. (13) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 200, 93.2, 32.

13. (11) James Buescher, Toyota, 200, 84.8, 31.

14. (10) Dylan Kwasniewski, Chevrolet, 200, 82.3, 30.

15. (12) David Starr, Toyota, 199, 75.5, 30.

16. (17) J.J. Yeley, Dodge, 199, 76.5, 29.

17. (21) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 199, 70.2, 28.

18. (18) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 198, 65.3, 26.

19. (23) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 198, 66.3, 25.

20. (16) Ryan Reed, Ford, 196, 65, 24.

21. (20) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 195, 57.2, 0.

22. (25) Dakoda Armstrong, Ford, 195, 53.3, 22.

23. (8) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 195, 71.7, 21.

24. (29) Eric McClure, Toyota, 194, 43.5, 20.

25. (24) Kevin Lepage, Chevrolet, 194, 54.4, 19.

26. (27) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 191, 45.5, 18.

27. (39) Chris Buescher, Ford, accident, 167, 70.4, 17.

28. (26) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, accident, 164, 44, 16.

29. (33) Mike Harmon, Dodge, suspension, 131, 34.6, 15.

30. (30) Tanner Berryhill, Dodge, wheel bearing, 120, 40.4, 14.

31. (14) Chad Boat, Chevrolet, accident, 119, 56.9, 13.

32. (15) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 119, 45.4, 12.

33. (19) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, vibration, 66, 45, 11.

34. (31) Robert Richardson Jr., Chevrolet, accident, 52, 37.9, 10.

35. (22) Tommy Joe Martins, Dodge, brakes, 34, 42.5, 9.

36. (35) Derek White, Dodge, transmission, 29, 30, 8.

37. (32) Mike Wallace, Toyota, electrical, 23, 33.1, 7.

38. (34) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, engine, 6, 34.5, 6.

39. (28) Matt DiBenedetto, Chevrolet, vibration, 5, 32.1, 5.

40. (40) Blake Koch, Toyota, vibration, 2, 31.3, 4.

___Race Statistics



Average Speed of Race Winner: 137.545 mph.

Time of Race: 2 hours, 10 minutes, 52 seconds.

Margin of Victory: 2.666 seconds.

Caution Flags: 5 for 26 laps.

Lead Changes: 14 among 9 drivers.

Lap Leaders: K.Harvick 1-87; K.Busch 88-100; K.Larson 101; M.Kenseth 102; J.Yeley 103-104; D.Starr 105-106; R.Sieg 107-108; K.Busch 109-121; C.Elliott 122; K.Busch 123-134; C.Elliott 135-154; D.Earnhardt Jr. 155-169; C.Elliott 170; K.Harvick 171-184; C.Elliott 185-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): K.Harvick, 2 times for 101 laps; C.Elliott, 4 times for 38 laps; K.Busch, 3 times for 38 laps; D.Earnhardt Jr., 1 time for 15 laps; D.Starr, 1 time for 2 laps; J.Yeley, 1 time for 2 laps; R.Sieg, 1 time for 2 laps; K.Larson, 1 time for 1 lap; M.Kenseth, 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: 1. C.Elliott, 224; 2. R.Smith, 222; 3. T.Dillon, 214; 4. E.Sadler, 208; 5. T.Bayne, 206; 6. B.Gaughan, 193; 7. B.Scott, 192; 8. D.Kwasniewski, 179; 9. J.Buescher, 176; 10. R.Reed, 141.

___NASCAR Driver Rating Formula



A maximum of 150 points can be attained in a race.

The formula combines the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish.

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