While there may not be a big three in NASCAR as of yet this season, two long-time rivals are fighting for position in the standings.
Brad Keselowski got his second win of the season at Martinsville on Sunday, ending Kyle Busch’s two-race winning streak, and as NASCAR’s schedule shifts to Texas Motor Speedway and the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, there’s a little battle brewing at the top of the Cup standings.
Busch and Keselowski sit first and fifth, respectively, in the standings and are tied for the most wins this season with two.
But Busch has had the hot hand as of late as he won his 201st race at the NASCAR national series on Saturday and has finished in the top three of seemingly every race, but Keselowski has quietly been very good, as well, coming into the race in Fort Worth.
Busch won last year’s spring race so he will likely be favored to win, but Keselowski has five top-6 finishes in his last nine races at the track.
These two drivers have an interesting past and, if either gets the leg up on the other, a war of words may be in the cards very soon, which is always fun to watch.
What time does the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 start?
The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 will take place Sunday, March 31. Live coverage begins on FOX at 3 p.m. EST.
What TV channel is the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 on?
The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 will be broadcast nationally on FOX. The race can also be live-streamed on the Fox Sports Go app or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 schedule, how to watch
All of the events leading up to the week, including practices and races for the Truck Series can be seen on NASCAR.com, PRN, MRN and FS1.
Here’s a daily schedule of events leading up to the STP 500.
(All times Eastern)
Thursday, March 28
|4:05 p.m.||Truck Series first practice||No TV|
|6:05 p.m.||Truck Series second practice||No TV|
Friday, March 29
|3:05 p.m.||Cup Series first practice||FS1/fuboTV|
|4:05 p.m.||Xfinity first practice||FS1/fuboTV|
|5:10 p.m.||Truck series qualifying||FS1/fuboTV|
|6:35 p.m.||Xfinity final practice||FS1/fuboTV|
|7:40 p.m.||Cup Series qualifying||FS1/fuboTV|
|9 p.m.||Truck Series Vankor 350||FS1/fuboTV|
Saturday, March 30
|9:05 a.m.||Cup Series second practice||FS1/fuboTV|
|10:10 a.m.||Xfinity Series qualifying||FS1/fuboTV|
|11:30 p.m.||Cup Series final practice||FS1/fuboTV|
|1 p.m.||Xfinity Series My Bariatric Solutions 300||FS1/fuboTV|
Sunday, March 31
|3 p.m.||O’Reilly Auto Parts 500||Fox/fuboTV|
O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 entry list
Below is the full entry list for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500. The starting lineup will be updated following qualifying.
|TBD||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||17|
|TBD||Martin Truex Jr.||19|
|TBD||Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.||43|