Race Recap for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300
Monday, November 4th, Race Recap
Date: November 2, 2019
Event: O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 (Round 31 of 33)
Location: Texas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)
Format: 200 laps in three stages (45 laps/45 laps/110 laps)
Start/Finish: No. 86 Vector Security/Open Eye Chevrolet 13th/25th (completed 194/200 laps)
Point Standing: 19th – No. 86 (508 points)
15th – Brandon Brown (533 points)
Race Winner: Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing
Stage 1 Winner: Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing
Stage 2 Winner: Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45):
● Brandon Brown started 13th and finished 14th
● Brown and his No. 86 team was all bundled up in the 42-degree temperatures, joined by guests of Vector Security and Open Eye and primed for a top 15 run, Brown had the best qualifying effort of his career (13th place) and looked to improve as the green flag flew.
● Brown struggled early on in the run, which crew chief Doug Randolph diagnosed as low air pressures, but as the run progressed Brown began working his way back towards the top-10 and stage points. Ultimately coming in the 14th position.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46-90):
● Brandon Brown started 24th and finished 26th.
● A fuel head issue gave the team problems for the second straight week, not allowing for the second fuel can to engage, requiring the No. 86 to make a second trip back down pit road under the stage break.
● Brandon did not waste any time charging through the field, with help from veteran spotter Tom Legeman, Brown cracked the top-15 by lap 55 and after making a pass for 14th, contact from a competitor spun the No. 86 into the outside wall. The crew would repair the rear end of the car the best that they could and Brown, on a mission would drive up through the field and receive the ‘free pass’ at the end of Stage 2 to put him back on the lead lap.
Stage 3 Recap (Lap 91-200):
● Brandon Brown started 26th and finished 25th.
● The third and final stage started with more of the same problem, the rear end damage caused the fuel head to partially separate from the hose and did not allow any fuel to enter the car so the No. 86 was forced to make a green flag pit stop to repair the fuel head and then fuel the race car.
● Brown would eventually get back on track, six laps behind the leader but was able to pick up two positions on his competitors but unfortunately be relegated to a 25th place finish.
Next Up: The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino 200 @ ISM Raceway in Avondale, AZ. The race starts at 3:30 PM EST on November 9th on NBC.