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Lap-by-Lap: Texas

November 05, 2011, ,

Lap 200 -- CHECKERED FLAG: Trevor Bayne holds off a hard-charging Denny Hamlin for the victory. It's the first win of Bayne's Nationwide Series career.

Lap 196 -- Denny Hamlin clears Carl Edwards for second.

Lap 195 -- Denny Hamlin is working Carl Edwards over for second place.

Lap 194 -- Trevor Bayne clears Carl Edwards coming off Turn 2.

Lap 193 -- Trevor Bayne gets a great restart and is challenging Carl Edwards for the lead.

Lap 193 -- GREEN FLAG: Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Trevor Bayne and Elliott Sadler are the leaders.

Lap 189 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 5: Jason Leffler scuffs the outside retaining wall in Turn 4.

Lap 184 -- Carl Edwards rockets away from the rest of the field on the restart.

Lap 184 -- GREEN FLAG: Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Elliott Sadler and Brad Keselowski are the leaders on the restart.

Lap 179 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: There's debris on the race track.

Lap 175 -- Elliott Sadler gets out of shape, and is immediately passed for second and third by Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 174 -- After their stops, Carl Edwards, Elliott Sadler, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski are running first through fifth.

Lap 172 -- Joey Logano hits pit road.

Lap 168 -- Leader Carl Edwards is pitting.

Lap 167 -- Denny Hamlin, Trevor Bayne and Sam Hornish Jr. pit.

Lap 166 -- Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are on pit road.

Lap 158 -- Word is that the leaders should be pitting in another 12 laps or so.

Lap 152 -- The front two -- Carl Edwards and Elliott Sadler -- are separated by about a second. It's another two and a half seconds back to third-place Clint Bowyer.

Lap 151 -- Steve Wallace and Danica Patrick are on pit road.

Lap 148 -- Elliott Sadler has chopped about three tenths of a second off Carl Edwards' advantage. He's now only about seven tenths back.

Lap 137 -- Carl Edwards' cushion over Elliott Sadler is now just a little more than a second.

Lap 131 -- Nationwide Series points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has lost a couple of spots in the last few laps after nearly losing control off Turn 4. He's fighting a terrible handling condition, and is now running in eighth place.

Lap 125 -- Carl Edwards charges under Clint Bowyer for the lead coming off Turn 4.

Lap 122 -- Clint Bowyer's move was evidently not a fluke. His lead over Carl Edwards is nearly four tenths of a second on the clock and several car lengths on the track.

Lap 119 -- Clint Bowyer dives three wide under Carl Edwards and Elliott Sadler for the lead going into Turn 3. Sadler gives way and Bowyer goes into the top spot.

Lap 119 -- GREEN FLAG: Carl Edwards, Elliott Sadler, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski roar under the starter's stand on the restart.

Lap 116 -- Carl Edwards leads a line of traffic onto pit road.

Lap 114 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: David Ragan's car erupts in a plume of smoke going into Turn 1.

Lap 109 -- The top five is currently Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Elliott Sadler. The margin between first and second is about nine tenths of a second.

Lap 100 -- Crossed flags. The race has reached the halfway point.

Lap 99 -- Move Denny Hamilin into third place.

Lap 97 -- Carl Edwards is free and clear for the lead, with Clint Bowyer collecting second place.

Lap 96 -- GREEN FLAG: Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keelowski, Sam Hornish Jr. and Denny Hamlin lead the field to the green.

Lap 93 -- The leaders are on pit road.

Lap 91 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: There's debris reported on the race track. Carl Edwards' lead at the time of the caution was more than 5.7 seconds.

Lap 90 -- Ten laps from the halfway mark.

Lap 83 -- The margin between first and second is virtually unchanged.

Lap 77 -- Carl Edwards is cruising. His lead over Clint Bowyer is now more than four seconds.

Lap 67 -- Clint Bowyer is looking to get around Sam Hornish Jr. for second place.

Lap 58 -- After the cycle of stops, the top five are Carl Edwards, Sam Hornish Jr., Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski and Jason Leffler. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is sixth, while Denny Hamlin, who started last in the car qualified by Kyle Busch, has moved up to seventh.

Lap 56 -- Aric Almirola is on pit road.

Lap 54 -- Michael Annett gives up the lead he inherited to drop into his pit stall.

Lap 52 -- Leader Clint Bowyer, Elliott Sadler, Brad Keselowski and others are stopping. It's a long stop for Sadler after problems on the left rear tire.

Lap 51 -- Carl Edwards and Trevor Bayne make their stops.

Lap 50 -- Brian Vickers and Kenny Wallace are on pit road.

Lap 47 -- Green-flag pit stops are beginning. Steve Wallace, Sam Hornish Jr. and several others are on pit road.

Lap 40 -- Brad Keslowski gets a run on Ricky Stenhouse Jr. going into Turn 1, and completes the pass for fourth place coming off the next corner.

Lap 39 -- Brad Keselowski is working Ricky Stenhouse Jr. very hard for fourth place.

Lap 35 -- Trevor Bayne has moved up to third place, while pole sitter and early leader Elliott Sadler has slipped to seventh.

Lap 29 -- Carl Edwards has opened up a lead of about a second over Clint Bowyer.

Lap 22 -- Carl Edwards goes to the high side of Turn 4 to take the lead from Clint Bowyer.

Lap 19 -- Elliott Sadler continues to drop, giving way to Trevor Bayne for third place.

Lap 18 -- Clint Bowyer grabs the lead from Elliott Sadler, and Carl Edwards follows him into second place.

Lap 13 -- Elliott Sadler is still the leader, but he's not been able to shake runnerup Clint Bowyer. The difference between them is only a couple of car lengths.

Lap 9 -- GREEN FLAG: Elliott Sadler, Clint Bowyer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Carl Edwards and Joey Logano are the top five on the restart.

Lap 7 -- Justin Allgaier gives up 11th place to hit pit road. His crew goes under the hood to work on the car's camber.

Lap 3 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: Jamie Dick spins on the frontstretch.

Lap 1 -- Elliott Sadler gets a jump on the rest of the field and is clear by Turn 1. Aric Almirola bobbles big on the backstretch, but is able to gather his car back up without bringing out the caution. At the same time, Brad Keselowski gets loose off Turn 2 and loses several spots.

Lap 1 -- GREEN FLAG: The race gets under way at 1:12 p.m.

1:06 p.m. ET -- The field is beginning to roll off pit road for the start of today's pace laps.

1:03 p.m. ET -- Todd McDonald, store manager at Discount Wheel & Tire, gives the command to fire engines.

12:58 p.m. ET -- A single "Spirit of the Alliance" T-38 does the flyoever from Turn 4 to Turn 1.

12:56 p.m. ET -- Brandon Rhyder is singing the National Anthem.

12:55 p.m. ET -- Today's colors are being presented by the Third Mission Command Training Group Color Guard. The invocation is being given by Dr. Roger Marsh.

12:41 p.m. ET -- Kenny Wallace is making the 520th start of his career in what is now the Nationwide Series, passing Jason Keller for most in the division's history. Wallace made his first start on Sept. 24, 1988 at Martinsville. The milestone comes just six days after the passing of his father, Russ.

11:51 a.m. ET -- Elliott Sadler is on the pole for today's race after turning in a lap of 186.348 mph during qualifying.

Kyle Busch was scheduled to start second, but after wrecking Ron Hornaday under caution in last night's Camping World Truck Series event at Texas, Busch was parked for the rest of the weekend by NASCAR. Denny Hamlin will start from the rear of the field in Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Clint Bowyer will roll off third through fifth, while Brad Keselowski, Brian Scott, Carl Edwards, Sam Hornish Jr. and Trevor Bayne round out the top 10.