Nationwide Series -- Race No. 6 -- Pepsi 300
Nashville Superspeedway (1.33-mile oval) – Lebanon, Tenn.
Fast Facts for April 10-11, 2009
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires: Left-side – 575; Right-side – 575
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4092; Right-side -- D-4094
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation: Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi Right Front -- 40 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi Right Front -- 36 psi; Right Rear -- 34 psi
Notes:While this is the first time NASCAR Nationwide Series teams have run these tire codes in 2009, teams do have experience on this tire set-up . . . Nationwide teams ran this same combination of left- and right-side tires twice at Nashville in 2008 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Nashville . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
|1||2||20||Joey Logano||GameStop Toyota||225||195||10||$47,020||Running||9||95|
|2||4||18||Kyle Busch||Z-Line Designs Toyota||225||175||5||$34,150||Running||6||77|
|3||19||88||Brad Keselowski||GoDaddy.com Chevy||225||165||$32,893||Running|
|4||10||33||Kelly Bires||Charter Chevy||225||160||$30,718||Running|
|5||1||60||Carl Edwards||Save-a-Lot Ford||225||160||5||$25,050||Running||3||45|
|6||21||38||Jason Leffler||Great Clips Toyota||225||150||$27,518||Running|
|7||8||6||David Ragan||Discount Tire Ford||225||146||$17,050||Running|
|8||7||1||Mike Bliss||Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort Chevy||225||142||$22,418||Running|
|9||6||66||Steve Wallace||US fidelis Chevy||225||138||$22,143||Running|
|10||38||11||Scott Lagasse Jr. #||America's Incredible Pizza / Jason Aldean Toyota||225||134||$23,668||Running|
|11||16||29||Stephen Leicht||Holiday Inn Chevy||225||130||$21,793||Running|
|12||15||27||Jason Keller||Scott Tissue / Kroger Ford||225||127||$21,718||Running|
|13||17||32||Burney Lamar||Dollar General Toyota||225||124||$24,118||Running|
|14||35||70||Shelby Howard||ForeTravel Motorcoach Chevy||225||121||$15,075||Running|
|15||3||47||Michael McDowell #||Tom's Snacks Toyota||225||123||5||$24,718||Running||1||7|
|16||12||99||Michael Waltrip||BestWestern.com Toyota||225||115||$14,925||Running|
|17||14||62||Brendan Gaughan #||US fidelis Chevy||225||112||$21,318||Running|
|18||18||09||John Wes Townley #||Zaxby's Ford||225||109||$14,750||Running|
|19||13||15||Michael Annett #||Pilot Travel Centers Toyota||225||111||5||$21,143||Running||1||1|
|20||34||26||Dennis Setzer||Schweitzer Title Dodge||224||103||$15,775||Running|
|21||36||81||Jeff Green||D.H. Griffin Companies Dodge||224||100||$14,550||Running|
|22||23||05||Casey Atwood||31W Insulation Chevy||224||97||$14,515||Running|
|23||5||16||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||CitiFinancial Ford||224||94||$21,348||Running|
|24||37||28||Kenny Wallace||US Border Patrol Chevy||223||91||$20,913||Running|
|25||24||10||Brian Scott||Dollar General Toyota||223||88||$21,018||Running|
|26||31||24||Eric McClure||Hefty Ford||223||85||$20,823||Running|
|27||32||34||Tony Raines||Long John Silver's Chevy||223||82||$20,778||Running|
|28||29||40||Scott Wimmer||StopRepairBills.com Chevy||222||79||$14,275||Running|
|29||9||12||Justin Allgaier #||Verizon Wireless Dodge||222||76||$20,708||Running|
|30||41||61||Brandon Whitt||Nationwide Insurance Dash4Cash Ford||222||73||$20,973||Running|
|31||39||89||Morgan Shepherd||Eldora Speedway / Lagina Plumbing Chevy||221||70||$20,638||Running|
|32||22||01||Danny O'Quinn Jr.||Cash-4-Gold.com Racing Chevy||221||67||$20,593||Running|
|33||27||31||Tim Andrews||Zona Health Chevy||220||64||$14,060||Running|
|34||26||87||Joe Nemechek||Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash Chevy||218||61||$20,508||Accident|
|35||40||42||Kenny Hendrick||Dodge||194||58||$20,488||Oil Leak|
|36||43||72||Benny Gordon||VSI / Samuel & Sons Ford||157||55||$14,000||Handling|
|37||30||23||Ken Butler #||Aaron's Dream Machine Chevy||145||52||$20,448||Accident|
|38||42||07||David Green||PMCLife.com / Nationwide Ins. Dash4Cash Toyota||144||49||$20,428||Accident|
|39||28||50||Jeremy Clements||Saxon Group Chevy||132||46||$13,930||Sway Bar|
|40||20||49||Kertus Davis||GetMoreVacations.com Chevy||46||43||$13,850||Brakes|
|41||33||96||Brian Keselowski||Dusty's Collision Dodge||32||40||$13,825||Handling|
|42||11||91||Terry Cook||MSRP Motorsports Chevy||20||37||$13,805||Brakes|
|43||25||90||Johnny Chapman||MSRP Motorsports Chevy||15||34||$13,727||Brakes|
|7.||Justin Allgaier #||5||676||-283|
|8.||Brendan Gaughan #||10||676||-283|
|9.||Scott Lagasse Jr. #||0||672||-287|
|13.||Michael McDowell #||5||631||-328|
|15.||Michael Annett #||10||589||-370|
|26.||Danny O'quinn Jr.||0||437||-522|
|29.||John Wes Townley #||0||425||-534|
|32.||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||0||404||-555|
|39.||Robert Richardson Jr.||0||289||-670|
|41.||Ken Butler #||0||267||-692|
|42.||D J Kennington||0||267||-692|
|61.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||0||94||-865|
|62.||J C Stout||0||92||-867|
|76.||John Borneman III||0||0||-959|
|10||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||88||733||-226|
|33||Curtis Key Sr.||40||435||-524|
|38||Mary Louise Miller||70||328||-631|
|1||60||Carl Edwards||Save-a-Lot Ford||29.155||164.596|
|2||20||Joey Logano||GameStop Toyota||29.274||163.927|
|3||47||Michael McDowell #||Tom's Snacks Toyota||29.311||163.720|
|4||18||Kyle Busch||Z-Line Designs Toyota||29.441||162.997|
|5||16||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||CitiFinancial Ford||29.476||162.804|
|6||66||Steve Wallace||US fidelis Chevy||29.520||162.561|
|7||1||Mike Bliss||Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort||29.520||162.561|
|8||6||David Ragan||Discount Tire Ford||29.560||162.341|
|9||12||Justin Allgaier #||Verizon Wireless Dodge||29.564||162.319|
|10||33||Kelly Bires||Charter Chevy||29.570||162.286|
|11||91||Terry Cook||MSRP Motorsports Chevy||29.584||162.209|
|12||99||Michael Waltrip||BestWestern.com Toyota||29.586||162.198|
|13||15||Michael Annett #||Pilot Travel Centers Toyota||29.627||161.974|
|14||62||Brendan Gaughan #||US fidelis Chevy||29.629||161.963|
|15||27||Jason Keller||Scott Tissue / Kroger Ford||29.652||161.837|
|16||29||Stephen Leicht||Holiday Inn Chevy||29.672||161.728|
|17||32||Burney Lamar||Dollar General Toyota||29.674||161.717|
|18||09||John Wes Townley #||Zaxby's Ford||29.677||161.701|
|19||88||Brad Keselowski||GoDaddy.com Chevy||29.730||161.413|
|20||49||Kertus Davis||GetMoreVacations.com Chevy||29.738||161.369|
|21||38||Jason Leffler||Great Clips Toyota||29.752||161.293|
|22||01||Danny O'Quinn Jr.||Cash-4-Gold.com Racing Chevy||29.814||160.958|
|23||05||Casey Atwood||31W Insulation Chevy||29.850||160.764|
|24||10||Brian Scott||Dollar General Toyota||29.927||160.350|
|25||90||Johnny Chapman||MSRP Motorsports Chevy||29.927||160.350|
|26||87||Joe Nemechek||Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash Chevy||29.953||160.211|
|27||31||Tim Andrews||Zona Health Chevy||29.954||160.206|
|28||50||Jeremy Clements||Saxon Group Chevy||29.964||160.152|
|29||40||Scott Wimmer||StopRepairBills.com Chevy||29.985||160.040|
|30||23||Ken Butler #||Aaron's Dream Machine Chevy||29.996||159.981|
|31||24||Eric McClure||Hefty Ford||30.008||159.917|
|32||34||Tony Raines||Long John Silver's Chevy||30.025||159.827|
|33||96||Brian Keselowski||Dusty's Collision Dodge||30.048||159.704|
|34||26||Dennis Setzer||Schweitzer Title Dodge||30.063||159.625|
|35||70||Shelby Howard||ForeTravel Motorcoach Chevy||30.064||159.619|
|36||81||Jeff Green||D.H. Griffin Companies Dodge||30.077||159.550|
|37||28||Kenny Wallace||US Border Patrol Chevy||30.154||159.143|
|38||11||Scott Lagasse Jr. #||America's Incredible Pizza / Jason Aldean||30.189||158.959|
|39||89||Morgan Shepherd||Eldora Speedway / Lagina Plumbing Chevy||30.209||158.853|
|41||61||Brandon Whitt||Nationwide Insurance Dash4Cash Ford||Owner Points|
|42||07||David Green||PMCLife.com / Nationwide Ins. Dash4Cash||Owner Points|
|43||72||Benny Gordon||VSI / Samuel & Sons Ford||30.416||157.772|
|1||60||Carl Edwards||Save-a-Lot Ford||29.497||162.688||30|
|2||1||Mike Bliss||Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort Chevy||29.556||162.363||36|
|3||16||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||CitiFinancial Ford||29.585||162.204||60|
|4||99||Michael Waltrip||BestWestern.com Toyota||29.610||162.067||39|
|5||20||Joey Logano||GameStop Toyota||29.629||161.963||47|
|6||18||Kyle Busch||Z-Line Designs Toyota||29.648||161.859||40|
|7||38||Jason Leffler||Great Clips Toyota||29.650||161.848||39|
|8||33||Kelly Bires||Charter Chevy||29.696||161.598||44|
|9||32||Burney Lamar||Dollar General Toyota||29.730||161.413||36|
|10||88||Brad Keselowski||GoDaddy.com Chevy||29.740||161.358||34|
|11||66||Steve Wallace||US fidelis Chevy||29.753||161.288||42|
|12||6||David Ragan||Discount Tire Ford||29.762||161.239||42|
|13||91||Terry Cook||MSRP Motorsports Chevy||29.778||161.153||10|
|14||15||Michael Annett #||Pilot Travel Centers Toyota||29.784||161.120||44|
|15||11||Scott Lagasse Jr. #||America's Incredible Pizza / Jason Aldean Toyota||29.789||161.093||47|
|16||62||Brendan Gaughan #||US fidelis Chevy||29.791||161.082||49|
|17||12||Justin Allgaier #||Verizon Wireless Dodge||29.792||161.077||37|
|18||09||John Wes Townley #||Zaxby's Ford||29.849||160.769||43|
|19||27||Jason Keller||Scott Tissue / Kroger Ford||29.869||160.662||35|
|20||47||Michael McDowell #||Tom's Snacks Toyota||29.884||160.581||61|
|21||29||Stephen Leicht||Holiday Inn Chevy||29.893||160.533||41|
|22||10||Brian Scott||Dollar General Toyota||29.914||160.420||52|
|23||05||Casey Atwood||31W Insulation Chevy||29.922||160.377||30|
|24||70||Shelby Howard||ForeTravel Motorcoach Chevy||29.923||160.372||33|
|25||90||Johnny Chapman||MSRP Motorsports Chevy||29.972||160.109||14|
|26||23||Ken Butler #||Aaron's Dream Machine Chevy||29.975||160.093||44|
|27||26||Brian Keselowski / Dennis Setzer||Schweitzer Title Dodge||29.998||159.971||34|
|28||28||Kenny Wallace||US Border Patrol Chevy||30.019||159.859||37|
|30||40||Scott Wimmer||StopRepairBills.com Chevy||30.071||159.582||33|
|31||49||Kertus Davis||GetMoreVacations.com Chevy||30.083||159.519||21|
|32||34||Tony Raines||Long John Silver's Chevy||30.119||159.328||33|
|33||81||Jeff Green||D.H. Griffin Companies Dodge||30.183||158.990||18|
|35||0||Mark Green||1-800-527-1801 Chevy||30.216||158.817||21|
|36||07||David Green||PMCLife.com / Nationwide Ins. Dash4Cash Toyota||30.240||158.690||27|
|37||02||Andy Ponstein||Corriestottracing.com Chevy||30.299||158.381||29|
|38||96||Dennis Setzer||Dusty's Collision Dodge||30.368||158.022||26|
|39||31||Tim Andrews||Zona Health Chevy||30.390||157.907||39|
|40||50||Jeremy Clements||Saxon Group Chevy||30.440||157.648||33|
|41||72||Benny Gordon||VSI / Samuel & Sons Ford||30.487||157.405||24|
|42||61||Brandon Whitt||Nationwide Insurance Dash4Cash Ford||30.503||157.322||27|
|43||89||Morgan Shepherd||Eldora Speedway / Lagina Plumbing Chevy||30.530||157.183||20|
|44||24||Eric McClure||Hefty Ford||30.744||156.089||37|
|45||01||Danny O'Quinn Jr.||Cash-4-Gold.com Racing Chevy||30.942||155.090||20|
|46||52||Brad Teague||Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Chevy||31.077||154.416||11|
|47||84||Mike Harmon||DAB Constructors Inc. Chevy||31.253||153.547||17|
|48||76||Ryan Hackett||JandRsupply.com Ford||32.193||149.063||20|
|1||0||Mark Green||TBA||09 Chevy||Johnny Davis|
|2||1||Mike Bliss||Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort||09 Chevy||James Finch|
|3||01||Danny O'Quinn Jr||Cash-4-Gold||09 Chevy||Lori Morgan|
|4||02||Andy Ponstein||Corriestottracing.com||09 Chevy||Corrie Stott|
|5||05||Casey Atwood||31W Insulation||07 Chevy||Wayne Day|
|6||6||David Ragan||Discount Tire||09 Ford||Jack Roush|
|7||07||David Green||SK Motorsports||09 Toyota||Armando Fitz|
|8||09||John Wes Townley||Zaxby's||09 Ford||Jay Robinson|
|9||10||Brian Scott||TBA||09 Toyota||Todd Braun|
|10||11||Scott Lagasse Jr||America's Incredible Pizza Company||09 Toyota||Bryan Mullet|
|11||12||Justin Allgaier||Verizon Wireless||09 Dodge||Tad Geschickter|
|12||15||Michael Annett||Pilot Travel Centers||09 Toyota||Bob Germain|
|13||16||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||CitiFinancial||09 Ford||Jack Roush|
|14||18||Kyle Busch||Z-Line Designs||09 Toyota||Joe Gibbs|
|15||20||Joey Logano||GameStop||09 Toyota||Joe Gibbs|
|16||23||Ken Butler||Aarons||08 Chevy||Johnny Davis|
|17||24||Eric McClure||Hefty||09 Ford||Ed Rensi|
|18||26||Brian Keselowski||Schweitzer Title||09 Dodge||Dusty Whitney|
|19||27||Jason Keller||Scott Tissue||09 Ford||Mike Curb|
|20||28||Kenny Wallace||US Border Patrol||06 Chevy||Jay Robinson|
|21||29||Stephen Leicht||HOLIDAY INN||09 Chevy||Richard Childress|
|22||31||Tim Andrews||TBA||09 Chevy||Stanton Barrett|
|23||32||Burney Lamar||Dollar General Stores||08 Toyota||Todd Braun|
|24||33||Kelly Bires||TBA||09 Chevy||Delana Harvick|
|25||34||Tony Raines||Long John Silver's||09 Chevy||Bob Jenkins|
|26||38||Jason Leffler||Great Clips||08 Toyota||Ralph Braun|
|27||40||Scott Wimmer||StopRepairBills.com||09 Chevy||Curtis Key Sr|
|28||42||Kenny Hendrick||TBA||08 Dodge||Chip Ganassi|
|29||47||Michael McDowell||Tom's Snacks||09 Toyota||Jodi Geschickter|
|30||49||Kertus Davis||GetMoreVacations.com||06 Chevy||Jay Robinson|
|31||50||Jeremy Clements||Saxon Group||09 Chevy||Tony Clements|
|32||52||Brad Teague||Hilton Garden Inn Nashville||08 Ford||Jimmy Means|
|33||60||Carl Edwards||Save A Lot||09 Ford||Jack Roush|
|34||61||Brandon Whitt||TBA||09 Ford||Charlie Shoffner|
|35||62||Brendan Gaughan||South Point Hotel & Casino||09 Chevy||Rusty Wallace|
|36||66||Steve Wallace||US Fidelis||09 Chevy||Rusty Wallace|
|37||70||Shelby Howard||ForeTravel Motorcoach||09 Chevy||Mary Louise Miller|
|38||72||Benny Gordon||VSI and Samuel & Sons||09 Ford||Frank Varischetti|
|39||76||Ryan Hackett||www.JandRsupply.com||08 Ford||Ray Hackett|
|40||81||Jeff Green [PC1]||TBA||09 Dodge||Pat MacDonald|
|41||84||Mike Harmon||Mike Harmon Racing||09 Chevy||Mike Harmon|
|42||87||Joe Nemechek||TBA||08 Chevy||Andrea Nemechek|
|43||88||Brad Keselowski||Go Daddy||09 Chevy||Dale Earnhardt Jr|
|44||89||Morgan Shepherd||Eldora Speedway-Lagina Plumbing||09 Chevy||Cindy Shepherd|
|45||90||Johnny Chapman||MSRP Motorsports||08 Chevy||Marcia Parsons|
|46||91||Terry Cook||MSRP Motorsports||08 Chevy||Randy Humphrey|
|47||96||Dennis Setzer||Dusty's Collision||09 Dodge||Kay Keselowski|
|48||99||Michael Waltrip||Aaron's Dream Machine||09 Toyota||Michael Waltrip|
Dashing Through The Music City: $25,000 Bonus Up For Grabs
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 7, 2009) - The first of two races at Nashville Superspeedway traditionally marks the start of “stand-alone” season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. That is, nine races on the 2009 schedule where the series has top billing.
This year, the first stand-alone event has a first-ever element attached to it: The “Dash 4 Cash” program, which puts a $25,000 bonus on the line for an eligible driver if he wins the race.
Translation: Tight racing gets tighter, especially during the final laps.
The Nationwide Insurance initiative was designed to build more awareness around the stand-alone events and put a premium on series-only competition.
“We wanted to provide some additional support for drivers on our series,” said John Aman, associate vice president of strategic sponsorships for Nationwide.
There are four “Dash 4 Cash” races this year — Nashville, Kentucky Speedway on June 13; Iowa Speedway on Aug. 1 and Memphis Motorsports Park on Oct. 24.
Here’s how the program works. It’s open to all NASCAR Nationwide Series-only regulars, up-and-comers and those series regulars who run limited schedules. Double-duty drivers must be full-time in both the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to be eligible for the bonus.
That means current standings leader Carl Edwards (#60 Save-a-Lot Ford) and second-place Kyle Busch (#18 Z-Line Designs Toyota) are eligible since they’re the only full-time double-duty drivers in the top two national series. Joey Logano (#20 GameStop Toyota; David Ragan (#6 Discount Tire Ford) and Michael Waltrip (#99 Best Western Toyota) aren’t in the mix since they’re full time on the NASCAR Sprint Cup side, but only compete on a limited basis as double-duty drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Should a “Dash 4 Cash” race winner not be eligible, the $25,000 payout rolls over to the next Dash 4 Cash race at Kentucky.
At the end of the four-race Dash 4 Cash schedule, the eligible driver with the most cumulative points from the four events will be awarded an additional $50,000 at the season-ending awards banquet.
Keselowski Turns The Corner Just In Time For Nashville
That sigh of relief you heard following last Saturday’s race at Texas had been a long time coming for Brad Keselowski (#88 GoDaddy.com Chevy).
A pre-season favorite to challenge for the series championship, Keselowski hardly got out of the gate in sharp fashion. He constantly found himself in the middle of incidents, wiping out what had been solid runs up until those stages in the first four races of the season. His average finish was no beauty either — 22nd. And worse, the preseason hype was fading fast. He was 15th in the standings.
The pattern continued early at Texas. He wrecked during qualifying and had to move to the back of the field after unloading a backup car.
But unlike his previous four races — and very much like last season at this same point — Keselowski’s luck finally turned. He shot through the Texas field, stayed clean and finished third; his best finish since the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway last year where he also was third.
After four races last year, he found himself in a similar situation. He’d started off slowly with an average finish of 19.3 and an 11th-place ranking after those events, but a fourth-place finish at Nashville in Race #5 moved him to sixth in the standings and turned his season around. Nine weeks later when he returned to Nashville, he registered his first career win.
Nashville Hasn’t Been Music To Busch’s Ears
Kyle Busch added a few more lines to the NASCAR Nationwide Series record book following his win last week at Texas.
He became the first driver to win there from the pole, the first driver to win three consecutive races, and now he stands seventh on the all-time series win list with 23 in only 143 career races.
He’s also the first driver to post more than one win in 2009.
With that momentum on his side, one might think he’d be primed to get to Nashville.
But one might be wrong.
As dominant as Busch has been over the last couple of years in the NASCAR Nationwide Series — 16 wins in 54 races since 2007 — Nashville hasn’t been a track where he’s found much success. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite.
Since posting a sixth-place finish in his first race there in the spring of 2004, he’s yet to finish better than 16th.
It’s not that he hasn’t been strong. He led 60 laps in the second race in 2004 and after winning the pole, led a race-high 125 laps in this event last year before a self-inflicted wound — a spin on Lap 62 — relegated him to a 20th-place finish.
But Busch, who leads all series drivers with six perfect Driver Ratings (150.0), the most recent coming last Saturday — is at his best when coming off disappointment.
Two weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway, Busch again had the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to beat, but a late-race penalty cost him a win. He paired that with a 24th-place finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup event. Prior to that race, he’d managed at least one win in one of the national series races being contested up to that point.
He responded with a dominating NASCAR Nationwide win at Texas and will certainly use his record at Nashville as a rallying point this weekend.
Rookie Drivers Still In The Top-10 Mix
For the second consecutive week — with both races in that span averaging 10 double-duty NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers — three Raybestos Rookies remain in the top 10 in the standings.
Justin Allgaier (#12 Verizon Wireless Dodge) leads the way in fourth. He also leads the rookie standings. Brendan Gaughan (#62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevy) is eighth while Scott Lagasse Jr. (#11 America’s Incredible Pizza Co. Toyota) is 10th.
The trio is among six series-only regulars in the top 10 this week. Jason Leffler (#38 Great Clips Toyota) is third. His first career win came at Nashville in 2004. Brad Keselowski is seventh and Jason Keller (#27 Scott Tissue Ford), whose Baker Curb Racing team is based in Nashville, is 10th. Keller will build on his all-time series starts record Saturday with #462.
No one should feel comfortable, though. Only 32 points separate positions nine through 15.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Raybestos Rookie Standings
Rk / Driver Team Points
1 Justin Allgaier Penske 57
2 Brendan Gaughan RWR 49
3 Scott Lagasse Jr. CJM 45
4 Michael McDowell JTG-D 45
5 Michael Annett Germain 40
6 John West Townley RAB 35
7 Ken Butler III R3 14
8 Peyton Sellers CM 7
9 Marc Davis MDM 6
10 Erik Darnell* RFR 0
*First race not until Richmond 5/1
In The Loop: Nashville Time Warp For Keselowski And Wimmer
What a difference a team – and some seat time – makes.
Brad Keselowski’s success curve at Nashville Superspeedway took a Everest-like jump once he landed in the #88 Chevy owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
His Nashville statistics between his two 2007 races with Keith Coleman Racing are indistinguishable from his two 2008 races with JR Motorsports.
In 2007, Keselowski ran 49 of the 450 laps and had an Average Running Position of 38.7 and a Driver Rating of 38.1. His finishes in the two events were 38th and 40th.
In 2008, he completed all 450 laps and had an Average Running Position of 5.7 and a Driver Rating of 117.6. His finishes in last season’s two races were fourth and first – his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory. In the two races, he led 35 laps and had 32 Fastest Laps Run.
Expect more of the same from Keselowski, who finally found his rhythm after a rough start to this season. He started the year off with four consecutive finishes outside the top 10 before a third-place run at Texas. In that race, Keselowski had a Driver Rating of 103.7, an Average Running Position of 10.6 and 22 Fastest Laps Run.
Last season’s other Nashville winner was Scott Wimmer, who swapped teams in the offseason. Last year, Wimmer ran for Richard Childress Racing. This season, he is with Key Motorsports driving the #40 StopRepairBills.com Chevy.
It should be interesting to watch how he fares. In the #29 at Nashville Wimmer excelled, posting a Driver Rating of 117.5, an Average Running Position of 5.6, 134 Fastest Laps Run and a Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 97.7.
His performance in the #40 this season hasn’t compared to those numbers. His best race was at Las Vegas, where he finished 11th and had a Driver Rating of 70.7.
Stephen Leicht will make his season debut in the #29 Chevy at Nashville.
“Volunteers” In The Garage
Tennessee natives will be working throughout the garage and on the track this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway.
Some of them include:
Back To School For Lamar
Burney Lamar (#32 Dollar General Stores Toyota) and crew chief Trent Owens will visit the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering on Thursday from 1-3 p.m. and tour the department’s motorsports facility, offering advice to students as they prepare their formula-style race car for upcoming collegiate competition
The visit is part of a unique program developed by Braun Racing and Dollar General Corporation with the School of Engineering.
The program, announced in January, includes campus visits by Braun team engineers, mechanics, crew chiefs and drivers in an effort to provide personal hands-on training.
Nashville Superspeedway is the home track for Lamar, a Brentwood, Tenn., resident. His sponsor, Dollar General, is headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Local History At Baker Curb
Baker Curb Racing has added a new museum area within the team’s 75,000-square foot facility which will showcase cars for the Kleenex Racing team as well as cars previously owned by Gary Baker and Mike Curb.
Included in the display is the 1980 Chevy Monte Carlo driven by Dale Earnhardt, which ties the racing history of co-owners Baker and Curb. Earnhardt drove the Curb-owned #2 to Victory Lane that season at Bristol and Nashville en route to the first of his seven NASCAR Sprint Cup championships. Both tracks were owned by Baker,
Baker, Jason Keller, driver of the #27 Kleenex Racing Ford and Cliff Hawks, Vice President and General Manager of the Nashville Superspeedway will be in attendance at the event. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. followed by a brief press conference and a tour of the race shop led by Keller.
A three-way battle in the Bill France Performance Cup standings makes its way to Nashville.
Chevy has been the season-long leader ,but Toyota and Ford are closing in.
Chevy is the leader at Nashville with seven wins including a season sweep in 2008 by Scott Wimmer and Brad Keselowski.
Ford has six wins while Dodge has one. Toyota is looking for its first Nashville victory to further close the gap on the leader.
Drivers Seek Debuts At Nashville
Three more up-and-coming NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers will be on display at Nashville Superspeedway.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (#16 CitiFinancial Ford), a 21-year-old native of Olive Branch, Miss., who has his background in USAC and ARCA, will debut for Roush Fenway Racing.
Another ARCA alum, Tim Andrews (#31 Zona Health Chevy), 26, looks to do the same for Rick Ware Racing. Andrews’ father, long-time NASCAR crew chief Paul Andrews, will be atop the pit box for his son.
Brian Scott (#10 Dollar General Toyota), who drives full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Xpress Motorsports, hopes to make his NASCAR Nationwide debut in Braun Racing’s third entry.
Another 21-year-old, Scott got his start racing sprint cars in his hometown of Boise, Idaho.
Up Next: Phoenix International Raceway
Kyle Busch will be the defending winner of the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 next Friday night, April 18, at Phoenix International Raceway.
Busch won the race from the pole a year ago. Carl Edwards, the man Busch is chasing for the series championship, won the 2008 fall race.
ESPN2 will carry the race beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
The Race: Nashville 300
The Place: Nashville Superspeedway
The Date: Saturday, April 11
The Time: 3 p.m. ET
The Distance: 300 miles / 225 laps
TV: ESPN, 3 p.m. ET
Radio: Sirius NASCAR Radio / MRN
2008 Race Winner: Scott Wimmer
2008 Polesitter: Kyle Busch
Event Schedule (all times CT): Friday-Practice 3:30-5:00 p.m.; Final Practice 5:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday-Qualifying 10:05 a.m.
Rk Driver Points
1 Carl Edwards 799
2 Kyle Busch 761
3 David Ragan 653
4 Jason Leffler 612
5 Justin Allgaier 600
6 Kevin Harvick 576
7 Brad Keselowski 568
8 Brendan Gaughan 564
9 Jason Keller 540
10 Scott Lagasse Jr. 538