And Then There Were Two: The O'Reilly Challenge Review

Trevor Bayne, driver of the #16 RickyVsTrevor.com Ford, catches the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 5, 2011, in Fort Worth, Texas. Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com


Trevor Bayne won.

It was a goo - Wait, What?  Trevor Bayne won?  That's right.  After three years and 77 races, Trevor Bayne finally proved he is no one hit wonder. Bayne won his first Nationwide Race of his career.  It only took 2 races for Bayne to win a Sprint Cup race, but Daytona is the great equalizer.  Bayne won after a late race caution put him in position to beat out teammate Carl Edwards.  While Bayne is eliminated from Championship contention, he needs to get on track for a run at a 2012 Nationwide Series championship.  That is, as long as he has a ride.

Elliott Sadler lost 2 points in the Championship battle, but with two races left, Sadler just needs to gain 18 points on Ricky Stenhouse. Justin Allgaier, Aric Almirola and Reed Sorenson were all eliminated from Championship Contention.

Results and More after the jump!

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Status
1 10 16 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 Running
2 2 18 Denny Hamlin(i) Z-Line Designs Toyota 200 Running
3 8 60 Carl Edwards(i) Fastenal Ford 200 Running
4 5 33 Clint Bowyer(i) Rheem Heating, Cooling Chevy 200 Running
5 6 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Discount Tire Dodge 200 Running
6 4 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Sam's Club/Cargill Ford 200 Running
7 9 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. AVIS Dodge 200 Running
8 3 20 Joey Logano(i) GameStop/call of Duty MW3 Toyota 200 Running
9 1 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevy 200 Running
10 21 32 Brian Vickers(i) Dollar General Chevy 200 Running
11 11 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Chevy 200 Running
12 7 11 Brian Scott Shore Lodge Toyota 200 Running
13 18 9 Kenny Wallace G-Oil Toyota 200 Running
14 14 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevy 200 Running
15 12 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Chevy 200 Running
16 22 82 Reed Sorenson Foametix/Bullet Liner Dodge 199 Running
17 20 30 James Buescher(i) ABF Chevy 199 Running
18 17 66 Steve Wallace 5-hour Energy Toyota 199 Running
19 15 88 Aric Almirola Grand Touring Vodka Chevy 199 Running
20 30 62 Michael Annett Loan Star Title Loans Toyota 198 Running
21 27 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy Toyota 198 Running
22 13 81 Blake Koch # Daystar.com Chevy 198 Running
23 19 19 Mike Bliss Brookshire's Food & Pharmacy Chevy 197 Running
24 39 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut/Reynolds Chevy 196 Running
25 29 23 Robert Richardson, Jr. Takis/Tia Rosa/Barcel Chevy 196 Running
26 37 51 Jeremy Clements Band-Aire Heating Chevy 195 Running
27 25 3 Scott Riggs McKinney Pipe & Steel Chevy 195 Running
28 41 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing Chevy 195 Running
29 34 39 Joey Gase Fenton Motors Ford 195 Running
30 40 28 Derrike Cope MAXelence Chevy 195 Running
31 38 52 Jamie Dick(i) Viva Auto Group Chevy 194 Running
32 26 1 Mike Wallace G&K Services Chevy 192 Running
33 31 15 Timmy Hill # Poynt.com Ford 142 Engine
34 28 70 David Stremme(i) Foretravel Chevy 116 Suspension
35 24 8 David Ragan(i) Texas Tech University Ford 114 Engine
36 42 40 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing Chevy 21 Start and Park
37 36 75 Carl Long Rick Ware Racing Ford 15 Start and Park
38 16 27 JJ Yeley(i) CertainTeed Ford 13 Start and Park
39 33 46 Chase Miller Curtis Key Plumbing Chevy 13 Start and Park
40 23 4 Tim Andrews Fenton Motors Ford 11 Start and Park
41 32 50 TJ Bell(i) Liberty Tire Recycle Chevy 9 Start and Park
42 43 44 Jeff Green Tri-Star Motorsports Chevy 6 Start and Park
43 35 47 Scott Speed Curtis Key Plumbing Chevy 3 Start and Park

 

Danica Patrick and Sam Hornish both had great runs at Texas and both could be legitimate contenders for the 2012 Nationwide Championship.  Here's how the points look heading into the last two races of the year:

 

Pos Driver Points Ldr Wins
1 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 1138 0 2
2 Elliott Sadler 1121 -17 0
3 Justin Allgaier * 1039 -99 1
4 Aric Almirola * 1039 -99 0
5 Reed Sorenson * 1034 -104 1
6 Jason Leffler * 978 -160 0
7 Kenny Wallace * 925 -213 0
8 Brian Scott * 909 -229 0
9 Steve Wallace * 896 -242 0
10 Michael Annett * 884 -254 0
11 Trevor Bayne * 821 -317 1
12 Mike Bliss * 787 -351 0

*- Eliminated

And now for the 2011 Nationwide "Chase":

Reg Pos Chase Pos Numb Driver Chase Points Chase Behind Reg Behind
1 1 6 Ricky Stenhouse 2310 0 0
2 2 2 Elliott Sadler 2295 -15 -17
4 3 31 Justin Allgaier * 2270 -40 -99
3 4 88 Aric Almirola * 2269 -41 -99
11 5 16 Trevor Bayne * 2253 -57 -317
8 6 11 Brian Scott * 2251 -59 -229
6 7 38 Jason Leffler * 2238 -72 -160
10 8 62 Michael Annett * 2235 -75 -254
9 9 66 Steve Wallace * 2220 -90 -242
12 10 19 Mike Bliss * 2218 -92 -351
5 11 32 Reed Sorenson ** 2212 -98 -104
7 12 09 Kenny Wallace ** 2211 -99 -213



*-Eliminated in Regular Points System



**-Eliminated in Both Points System

Join us later in the week for another preview article.  Enjoy!

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