Wallace’s Well-Traveled Road Hits #800
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 9, 2009) - Twenty years ago, Kenny Wallace (#28 U.S. Border Patrol Chevy) had no idea his racing career would carry him this far.
More than 210,400 miles through NASCAR’s three national series that culminate in 800 starts Friday night at Richmond International Raceway. Three of his nine NASCAR Nationwide Series wins have come at the track.
Wallace will become the 17th driver in NASCAR history to start at least 800 races. The distinguished list includes names such as Richard Petty, Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt and fellow NASCAR Nationwide driver Morgan Shepherd (#89 Lagina Plumbing/Eldora Speedway Dodge).
“What really caught me off guard is that I’m 17th all-time in the history of NASCAR of starts,” Wallace said. “That humbles me. It almost makes me shy and everyone knows I’m not shy.”
Last year at The Milwaukee Mile, Wallace became only the third driver in NASCAR Nationwide history to start 400 races. The normally outgoing, boisterous driver nicknamed ‘Herman’ was far overwhelmed that day. That same demeanor may return Friday at Richmond.
“I’m at a point in my career where I understand there’s a generation gap,” Wallace, 46, said. “Now there are so many people who don’t know that I’m the three-time Most Popular Driver in the Nationwide Series. They don’t know my stats. If I finished outside top 10 in the final points, I was devastated.
Wallace finished in the top 10 in the standings in 10 of the 11 years he’s run full-time in the series. He has nine wins, 10 poles, 159 top 10s and 64 top fives in 444 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
“(In Milwaukee) it was hard for me thinking back. Some people think I’m just a TV guy. But my heart and soul goes into the race car. Seven days a week I work to come to the race track to do business Thursday through Saturday. To be known for TV, it definitely shocks me to not be known for what I wanted to be known for. Guys like Kyle (Busch) might not remember the Kenny Wallace who was a winner.”
But Wallace and his Jay Robinson Racing team are having the type of season where people are taking notice. He captured consecutive top 10s for the independent team earlier this summer and “If not for three motor failures, we’d be in the top 10 in points,” he said. Currently, he’s 12th, 179 points out of 10th.
“Any athlete who does something for 20 years, it’s amazing,” he said. “I’m really proud of it and I can’t thank NASCAR enough for giving me the platform to do this and the fans who also support me.”
Gordon’s Team Commemorates 9/11 Anniversary
Friday marks the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and one NASCAR Nationwide Series team has worked in conjunction with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to provide a tribute to those whose lives were lost – and changed – that day.
Benny Gordon (#72 VSI and Samuel & Sons Ford) will carry a 9/11 Memorial paint scheme. He approached the 9/11 Memorial committee earlier this year and the result was an Aug. 31 trip by Gordon and his team to Manhattan, near Ground Zero, to unveil the car to a group of World Trade Center first responders. They signed the car, which will be displayed this weekend on the RIR midway.
Gordon returned with a flag that flew over Ground Zero. He and the retired Lt. Mickey Kross, a New York fireman who was trapped in the North Tower for 48 hours after its collapse, and RIR President Doug Fritz, will raise the flag on the infield flagpole at 2 p.m. Thursday. It will fly until Saturday after the NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Joe Daniels, the president of the 9/11 Memorial, also will be a guest of Gordon’s team at Friday night’s race along with Kross.
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum has launched a ‘Text-to-Donate’ program based around the Richmond race. Cellular users can text ‘WTC’ to 25383 to arrange a $5 donation to support the project.
Edwards’ Injury Makes It A Real ‘Foot-Race’ To The Finish With Busch
Last year’s NASCAR Nationwide Series championship battle between Clint Bowyer (#29 Holiday Inn Chevy) and Carl Edwards (#60 Scotts Wild Bird Food Ford) came down to 21 points.
This year, the title chase between Kyle Busch (#18 Z-Line Designs Toyota) and Edwards may come down to a foot.
Edwards suffered two fractures in his right foot in a non-racing incident early last week. Although he was able to compete in last Saturday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway – he finished seventh – his recent charge toward Busch may be in jeopardy depending on his ability to race with the injury down the stretch.
Busch led Edwards by season-high 339 points following last month’s race at Michigan International Speedway. But Edwards’ runner-up result at Bristol Motor Speedway and a win at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, coupled with Busch’s 28th- and 10th-place finishes, respectively, in those races closed the gap to 192 points prior to Atlanta.
Busch finished second at Atlanta – his ninth second-place finish of the season, one off the series record set by two-time champion Jack Ingram in 1983 – and upped his lead to 221 points coming to Richmond. Now things are getting interesting. Edwards is the defending winner of this race while Busch won at RIR earlier this year. He also won this event in 2007 and his first career series win was at Richmond in 2004.
Edwards not only has to keep running down Busch, but also fend off Brad Keselowski (#88 Lipton Chevy), who is 71 points back in third place. ‘BK’ was fourth at RIR this spring.
Then there’s another foot – the hot one of Kevin Harvick (#33 Jimmy John’s Chevy), who comes off a win at Atlanta.
Harvick has four wins at Richmond, including two in this race. His KHI team is fourth in the owner standings, 250 points behind Keselowski’s JR Motorsports outfit.
September Brings Special Awareness To NASCAR And Its Fans
This week marks the NASCAR Foundation’s Fourth Annual Blood Drive presented by Nationwide Insurance at 28 NASCAR-sanctioned tracks across the nation, 22 of which host NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
Those tracks include eight of the final nine venues on the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide schedule and Richmond International Raceway is among them, holding its ‘Drive for Life’ Thursday, Sept. 10 from noon-5 p.m. in the historic Old Dominion Building. Donors can enter at Gate 4 off Laburnum Avenue.
Kyle Petty will be on hand for autographs at noon while Rusty Wallace Racing teammates Brendan Gaughan (#62 USFidelis Chevy) and Steve Wallace (#66 5-Hour Energy Chevy) take over at 2:30. Greg Biffle (#16 CitiFinancial Ford), the 2003 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, follows at 4:30.
Continuing the awareness theme, series ‘Ironman’ Jason Keller (#27 Depends/Family Dollar Ford) is helping to promote September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
The series’ all-time starts leader (483), his car sponsors and ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer – are teaming together to urge NASCAR fans across the nation to be aware of and proactive about their prostate health.
Keller’s car will have a special paint scheme featuring a blue ribbon, which signifies prostate cancer awareness. Additionally the slogan, “Help End Prostate Cancer” will be displayed across the hood.
Keller and the car will be at the Family Dollar store at 6508 Hull Street Road from 3–6 p.m. Thursday. During his appearance, Keller will participate in a special check presentation of $20,000 on behalf of Depend and Family Dollar to ZERO for the battle against prostate cancer.
Go Big At Home Is Hamlin’s Mantra
Denny Hamlin’s (#20 JGR Toyota) success is all across the board at Richmond International Raceway and makes little sense.
The Chesterfield, Va., native consistently shrugs off any pressure – self-imposed or otherwise – that comes with racing at a home track. He wants to succeed there more than any other track, every time out. And he does. He nabbed his first NASCAR national series win there last season, winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in May.
He has yet to win at Richmond in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, but he has come extremely close.
In fact, his NASCAR Sprint Cup statistics at Richmond are stronger than his NASCAR Nationwide stats – despite the win.
In NASCAR Sprint Cup competition, Hamlin has a Driver Rating of 116.9, an Average Running Position of 5.1, 244 Fastest Laps Run, a Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 98.0 and 600 Laps Led in his seven Richmond races.
In NASCAR Nationwide competition, Hamlin has a Driver Rating of 93.8, an Average Running Position of 13.7, 64 Fastest Laps Run, a Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 73.2 and 32 Laps Led in his eight Richmond races.
The difference lies in a couple of poor finishes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In May of 2007, Hamlin finished 41st at Richmond, posting a Driver Rating of 58.9. In September of 2005, he had a 34th-place run, which looks worse than it actually was – he had a solid Driver Rating of 76.1 that race.
By contrast, Hamlin’s worst finish at Richmond in NASCAR Sprint Cup action is 24th in May of 2008, a race in which he led an unbelievable 381 laps and posted a race-best 129.1 Driver Rating. Hamlin’s lowest Driver Rating at Richmond was an impressive 97.1 in September 2006, a 15th-place finish.
NNS Etc: Richmond Edition
Nationwide Series -- Race No. 28 -- Dover 200
Dover International Speedway (1.0-mile oval) – Dover, Del.
Fast Facts for September 25-27, 2009
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side – 1,500, Right-side – 1,500;
Nationwide: Left-side – 575; Right-side – 575
Left-side -- D-4270; Right-side -- D-4272
Left-side -- 87.0 in.; Right-side -- 88.3 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi;
Right Front -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Notes: Teams in NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Dover this weekend . . . this is the first time teams will be running either of these two tire codes. . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Dover on August 4-5 . . . participating in that test were Chevrolet drivers Jimmie Johnson and Juan Pablo Montoya, Dodge drivers A.J. Allmendinger and David Stremme, Ford drivers Bobby Labonte and David Ragan, and Toyota drivers Marcos Ambrose and Kyle Busch . . . compared to what NASCAR teams ran at Dover in May, Goodyear has incorporated construction changes to both the left- and right-side tires . . . those changes are similar to those previously rolled into the Las Vegas and Charlotte tires and are designed to give the cars more grip . . . Goodyear has also brought a change to the right-side compound, based mostly on the work that was done in preparation for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and is designed to help "rubber in" the race track . . . unlike on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Dover . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Bowyer wins at Dover: #29-Clint Bowyer won the Dover 200 at Dover Insternational Speedway for his second win of the season. #11-Mike Bliss finished second. They were followed by #88-Brad Keselowski, #18-Kyle Busch, #60-Carl Edwards, #38-Jason Leffler, #10-Reed Sorenson, #99-Scott Speed, #32-David Reutimann, and #27-Jason Leffler. Busch dominated the first half of the race and bacame the second driver to ever to lead 2,000 laps in one NNS season (Sam Ard in 1984 is other). There were 4 cautions for 17 laps and 4 lead changes among 4 leaders.(9-26-2009)
Dover Race Fast Facts:
Clint Bowyer won the Dover 200, his eighth victory in 153 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2009.
This is his second victory and seventh top-10 finish in eight races at Dover International Speedway.
Bowyer and Kyle Busch (fourth) each scored their 100th career top-10 finish. This is the second time two drivers earned their 100th top 10 in the same race. Greg Biffle and Kevin Harvick also did it at Darlington in 2006.
Mike Bliss (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in ten races at Dover International Speedway. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2009.
Brad Keselowski (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in six races at Dover International Speedway.
Michael Annett (13th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 211 points over Carl Edwards.
|1||16||29||Clint Bowyer||Holiday Inn Chevy||200||190||5||139.8||$42,070||Running||1||83|
|2||3||11||Mike Bliss||Ridemakerz Toyota||200||170||117.9||$43,518||Running|
|3||12||88||Brad Keselowski||GoDaddy Chevy||200||170||5||109.7||$30,093||Running||1||7|
|4||1||18||Kyle Busch||NOS Toyota||200||170||10||137.2||$27,400||Running||2||109|
|5||2||60||Carl Edwards||Scotts Wild Bird Food Ford||200||160||5||116.5||$19,875||Running||1||1|
|6||15||38||Jason Leffler||Great Clips Toyota||200||150||99.3||$27,243||Running|
|7||10||10||Reed Sorenson||AccuDoc Solutions Toyota||200||146||93.3||$17,885||Running|
|8||5||99||Scott Speed||Red Bull Toyota||200||142||108.4||$17,645||Running|
|9||13||32||David Reutimann||Dollar General Stores Toyota||200||138||96.2||$17,300||Running|
|10||18||27||Jason Keller||Depend/Rite Aid Ford||200||134||87.5||$24,168||Running|
|11||11||16||Matt Kenseth||CitiFinancial Ford||200||130||92.3||$16,675||Running|
|12||7||66||Steve Wallace||USfidelis Chevy||200||127||88.0||$23,018||Running|
|13||42||15||Michael Annett #||Pilot Travel Centers/Lumber Liquidators Toyota||200||124||77.5||$24,318||Running|
|14||32||40||Scott Wimmer||StopRepairBills.com Chevy||199||121||70.6||$22,793||Running|
|15||29||34||Tony Raines||Long John Silver's Chevy||199||118||77.1||$23,768||Running|
|16||24||1||Martin Truex Jr.||Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort Chevy||199||115||74.2||$16,175||Running|
|17||17||6||Erik Darnell #||Nothern Tool & Equipment Ford||198||112||78.9||$22,568||Running|
|18||8||09||John Wes Townley #||Zaxby's Ford||198||109||76.1||$22,518||Running|
|19||36||62||Brendan Gaughan #||5-hour Energy Chevy||198||106||67.4||$22,468||Running|
|20||30||28||Kenny Wallace||US Border Patrol Chevy||197||103||55.0||$23,268||Running|
|21||20||89||Morgan Shepherd||Lagina Plumbing/Eldora Speedway Chevy||196||100||65.1||$22,368||Running|
|22||35||01||Mike Wallace||WSFS Bank Chevy||195||97||51.2||$22,268||Running|
|23||33||23||Ken Butler #||Aaron's Dream Machine Chevy||195||94||54.8||$22,593||Running|
|24||40||24||Eric McClure||Hefty Ford||195||91||41.4||$22,143||Running|
|25||26||12||Justin Allgaier #||Verizon Wireless Dodge||192||88||70.0||$22,093||Running|
|26||38||61||Matthew Carter||Specialty Racing Ford||191||85||44.9||$22,193||Running|
|27||4||20||Denny Hamlin||Doosan Infracore Toyota||189||82||90.5||$15,525||Accident|
|28||37||81||Bobby Hamilton Jr.||AA Auto Warranty Dodge||185||79||46.5||$21,943||Running|
|29||23||96||Michael McDowell #||Fischer Honda Dodge||150||76||62.2||$15,400||Running|
|30||6||33||Ryan Newman||Copart Chevy||144||73||89.2||$15,650||Accident|
|31||14||31||Tim Andrews||Circle K/Thirst Buster Chevy||100||70||61.7||$15,295||Engine|
|32||28||52||Brad Teague||Harrington Raceway & Casino Ford||51||67||40.2||$15,235||Ignition|
|33||22||07||Jarit Johnson||Dynamic Technology Chevy||35||64||50.1||$21,643||Ignition|
|34||41||26||Danny O'Quinn Jr||K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge||34||61||40.2||$21,608||Transmission|
|35||27||87||Joe Nemechek||NEMCO Motorsports Chevy||25||58||48.1||$21,578||Ignition|
|36||25||05||Casey Atwood||31-W Insulation Chevy||10||55||40.4||$21,553||Vibration|
|37||43||02||Andy Ponstein||CorrieStottRacing.com Chevy||6||52||34.5||$15,065||Electrical|
|38||9||92||Dennis Setzer||Dusty's Collision Dodge||4||49||35.6||$15,000||Handling|
|39||31||91||Chase Miller||MSRP Motorsports Chevy||3||46||36.1||$14,975||Brakes|
|40||19||90||Johnny Chapman||MSRP Motorsports Chevy||3||43||35.8||$14,920||Handling|
|41||39||47||Coleman Pressley||ConstructionJobs.com Toyota||2||40||34.4||$21,363||Suspension|
|42||34||49||Mark Green||GetMoreVacations.com Chevy||2||37||33.0||$21,328||Electrical|
|43||21||41||Kevin Hamlin||FastWax Chevy||1||34||31.4||$14,804||Engine|
|6.||Justin Allgaier #||25||3240||-1309||28|
|9.||Brendan Gaughan #||25||3063||-1486||28|
|10.||Michael McDowell #||10||2978||-1571||28|
|11.||Michael Annett #||20||2831||-1718||28|
|19.||Scott Lagasse Jr.||5||2194||-2355||21|
|20.||Danny O'quinn Jr||0||2046||-2503||25|
|25.||Erik Darnell #||10||1527||-3022||12|
|30.||John Wes Townley #||5||1391||-3158||19|
|38.||Ken Butler #||0||1154||-3395||14|
|42.||Robert Richardson Jr.||0||999||-3550||12|
|44.||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||10||901||-3648||7|
|49.||Bobby Hamilton Jr.||0||846||-3703||9|
|56.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||10||634||-3915||6|
|57.||D J Kennington||0||625||-3924||7|
|73.||John Borneman III||0||361||-4188||4|
|81.||Ron Hornaday Jr.||5||293||-4256||2|
|83.||Martin Truex Jr.||0||265||-4284||2|
|85.||J C Stout||0||239||-4310||5|
|92.||J R Fitzpatrick||0||191||-4358||2|
|104.||Jean Francois Dumoulin||0||146||-4403||1|
|111.||Victor Gonzalez Jr.||0||121||-4428||1|
|117.||J J Yeley||0||100||-4449||1|
|3||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||88||4,252|
|23||Curtis Key Sr.||40||2,571|
|37||Mary Louise Miller||70||1,478|
|52||John Borneman Jr.||183||361|
Busch on pole at Dover: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 154.110mph. #60-Carl Edwards will start second. The rest of the top 10: #11-Mike Bliss, #20-Denny Hamlin, #99-Scott Speed, #33-Ryan Newman, #66-Steve Wallace, #09-John Wes Townley, #92-Dennis Setzer, and #10-Reed Sorenson. Did Not Qualify: #0-J.C. Stout. #15-Michael Annett wrecked coming to the green flag and will have to go to a backup car. #47-Coleman Pressley tagged the wall coming off turn 4.(9-26-2009)
|1||18||Kyle Busch||NOS Toyota||23.360||154.110|
|2||60||Carl Edwards||Scotts Wild Bird Food Ford||23.707||151.854|
|3||11||Mike Bliss||Ridemakerz Toyota||23.721||151.764|
|4||20||Denny Hamlin||Doosan Infracore Toyota||23.723||151.751|
|5||99||Scott Speed||Red Bull Toyota||23.727||151.726|
|6||33||Ryan Newman||Copart Chevy||23.739||151.649|
|7||66||Steve Wallace||USfidelis Chevy||23.849||150.950|
|8||09||John Wes Townley #||Zaxby's Ford||23.931||150.432|
|9||92||Dennis Setzer||Dusty's Collision Dodge||23.948||150.326|
|10||10||Reed Sorenson||AccuDoc Solutions Toyota||23.974||150.163|
|11||16||Matt Kenseth||CitiFinancial Ford||23.979||150.131|
|12||88||Brad Keselowski||GoDaddy Chevy||23.997||150.019|
|13||32||David Reutimann||Dollar General Stores Toyota||23.997||150.019|
|14||31||Tim Andrews||Circle K/Thirst Buster Chevy||24.017||149.894|
|15||38||Jason Leffler||Great Clips Toyota||24.061||149.620|
|16||29||Clint Bowyer||Holiday Inn Chevy||24.071||149.558|
|17||6||Erik Darnell #||Nothern Tool & Equipment Ford||24.099||149.384|
|18||27||Jason Keller||Depend/Rite Aid Ford||24.102||149.365|
|19||90||Johnny Chapman||MSRP Motorsports Chevy||24.160||149.007|
|20||89||Morgan Shepherd||Lagina Plumbing/Eldora Speedway Chevy||24.179||148.890|
|21||41||Kevin Hamlin||FastWax Chevy||24.215||148.668|
|22||07||Jarit Johnson||SK Motorsports Chevy||24.231||148.570|
|23||96||Michael McDowell #||Fischer Honda Dodge||24.238||148.527|
|24||1||Martin Truex Jr.||Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort||24.258||148.405|
|25||05||Casey Atwood||31-W Insulation Chevy||24.259||148.399|
|26||12||Justin Allgaier #||Verizon Wireless Dodge||24.266||148.356|
|27||87||Joe Nemechek||NEMCO Motorsports Chevy||24.266||148.356|
|28||52||Brad Teague||Harrington Raceway & Casino Ford||24.307||148.105|
|29||34||Tony Raines||Long John Silver's Chevy||24.366||147.747|
|30||28||Kenny Wallace||US Border Patrol Chevy||24.390||147.601|
|31||91||Chase Miller||MSRP Motorsports Chevy||24.425||147.390|
|32||40||Scott Wimmer||StopRepairBills.com Chevy||24.453||147.221|
|33||23||Ken Butler #||Aaron's Dream Machine Chevy||24.454||147.215|
|34||49||Mark Green||GetMoreVacations.com Chevy||24.494||146.975|
|35||01||Mike Wallace||WSFS Bank Chevy||24.547||146.657|
|36||62||Brendan Gaughan #||5-hour Energy Chevy||24.661||145.979|
|37||81||Bobby Hamilton Jr.||AA Auto Warranty Dodge||24.661||145.979|
|38||61||Matthew Carter||Specialty Racing Ford||24.691||145.802|
|39||47||Coleman Pressley||ConstructionJobs.com Toyota||24.749||145.460|
|40||24||Eric McClure||Hefty Ford||24.765||145.366|
|41||26||Danny O'Quinn Jr||K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge||Owner Points|
|42||15||Michael Annett #||Pilot Travel Centers/Lumber Liquidators||Owner Points|
|43||02||Andy Ponstein||CorrieStottRacing.com Chevy||24.781||145.273|
Kenseth fastest in Happy Hour: #16-Matt Kenseth was quickest during the final practice session at Dover with a speed of 152.374mph. He was followed by: #11-Mike Bliss, #29-Clint Bowyer, #33-Ryan Newman, #60-Carl Edwards, #99-Scott Speed, #88-Brad Keselowski, #18-Kyle Busch, #32-David Reutimann, and #38-Jason Leffler. Slowest were #47-Coleman Pressley and #26-Brain Keselowski. No speed: #07-Jarit Johnson & #87-Joe Nemchek. #20 Matt DiBenedetto wrecked the #20 while practicing the car for Denny Hamlin. The team will have to go to a backup.(9-25-2009)
|1||16||Matt Kenseth||CitiFinancial Ford||23.626||152.375||45|
|2||11||Mike Bliss||Ridemakerz Toyota||23.671||152.085||45|
|3||29||Clint Bowyer||Holiday Inn Chevy||23.699||151.905||31|
|4||33||Ryan Newman||Copart Chevy||23.704||151.873||43|
|5||60||Carl Edwards||Scotts Wild Bird Food Ford||23.723||151.751||26|
|6||99||Scott Speed||Red Bull Toyota||23.742||151.630||29|
|7||88||Brad Keselowski||GoDaddy Chevy||23.749||151.585||38|
|8||18||Kyle Busch||NOS Toyota||23.766||151.477||61|
|9||32||David Reutimann||Dollar General Stores Toyota||23.780||151.388||24|
|10||38||Jason Leffler||Great Clips Toyota||23.782||151.375||46|
|11||1||Martin Truex Jr.||Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort Chevy||23.828||151.083||19|
|12||66||Steve Wallace||USfidelis Chevy||23.901||150.621||36|
|13||15||Michael Annett #||Pilot Travel Centers/Lumber Liquidators Toyota||23.908||150.577||30|
|14||10||Reed Sorenson||AccuDoc Solutions Toyota||23.925||150.470||25|
|15||12||Justin Allgaier #||Verizon Wireless Dodge||24.018||149.888||29|
|16||27||Jason Keller||Depend/Rite Aid Ford||24.066||149.589||25|
|17||62||Brendan Gaughan #||5-hour Energy Chevy||24.067||149.582||37|
|18||96||Michael McDowell #||Fischer Honda Dodge||24.072||149.551||17|
|19||89||Morgan Shepherd||Lagina Plumbing/Eldora Speedway Chevy||24.088||149.452||2|
|20||90||Johnny Chapman||MSRP Motorsports Chevy||24.158||149.019||4|
|21||40||Scott Wimmer||StopRepairBills.com Chevy||24.182||148.871||26|
|22||41||Kevin Hamlin||FastWax Chevy||24.191||148.816||3|
|23||6||Erik Darnell #||Nothern Tool & Equipment Ford||24.205||148.730||35|
|24||92||Dennis Setzer||Dusty's Collision Dodge||24.215||148.668||4|
|25||01||Mike Wallace||WSFS Bank Chevy||24.226||148.601||31|
|26||31||Tim Andrews||Circle K/Thirst Buster Chevy||24.255||148.423||13|
|27||34||Tony Raines||Long John Silver's Chevy||24.276||148.295||43|
|28||09||John Wes Townley #||Zaxby's Ford||24.288||148.221||37|
|29||28||Kenny Wallace||US Border Patrol Chevy||24.319||148.032||22|
|30||05||Casey Atwood||31-W Insulation Chevy||24.333||147.947||18|
|31||20||Matt DiBenedetto||Doosan Infracore Toyota||24.337||147.923||4|
|32||91||Chase Miller||MSRP Motorsports Chevy||24.345||147.874||6|
|33||49||Mark Green||GetMoreVacations.com Chevy||24.363||147.765||11|
|34||52||Brad Teague||Harrington Raceway & Casino Ford||24.495||146.969||10|
|35||81||Bobby Hamilton Jr.||AA Auto Warranty Dodge||24.517||146.837||37|
|36||02||Andy Ponstein||CorrieStottRacing.com Chevy||24.532||146.747||23|
|37||23||Ken Butler #||Aaron's Dream Machine Chevy||24.591||146.395||26|
|38||24||Eric McClure||Hefty Ford||24.611||146.276||21|
|39||0||J C Stout||sponsordavis.com Chevy||24.684||145.843||6|
|40||61||Matthew Carter||Specialty Racing Ford||24.690||145.808||27|
|41||47||Coleman Pressley||ConstructionJobs.com Toyota||24.728||145.584||7|
|42||26||Danny O'Quinn Jr||K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge||24.857||144.828||9|
Bowyer fastest in opening practice: #29-Clint Bowyer was the fastest in the opening practice session for the Dover 200 with a speed of 153.270mph. The rest of the top 10: #20-Denny Hamlin, #16-Matt Kenseth, #32-David Reutimann, #18-Kyle Busch, #33-Ryan Newman, #60-Carl Edwards, #11-Mike Bliss, #09-John Wes Townley, and #99-Scott Speed. Slowest were #49-Mark Green and #52-Brad Teague. #10-Reed Sorenson wrecked during the session.(9-25-2009)
|1||29||Clint Bowyer||Holiday Inn Chevy||23.488||153.270||23|
|2||20||Denny Hamlin||Doosan Infracore Toyota||23.492||153.244||29|
|3||16||Matt Kenseth||CitiFinancial Ford||23.534||152.970||27|
|4||32||David Reutimann||Dollar General Stores Toyota||23.557||152.821||22|
|5||18||Kyle Busch||NOS Toyota||23.588||152.620||24|
|6||33||Ryan Newman||Copart Chevy||23.592||152.594||26|
|7||60||Carl Edwards||Scotts Wild Bird Food Ford||23.606||152.504||19|
|8||11||Mike Bliss||Ridemakerz Toyota||23.609||152.484||36|
|9||09||John Wes Townley #||Zaxby's Ford||23.692||151.950||30|
|10||99||Scott Speed||Red Bull Toyota||23.718||151.783||24|
|11||38||Jason Leffler||Great Clips Toyota||23.724||151.745||33|
|12||88||Brad Keselowski||GoDaddy Chevy||23.773||151.432||20|
|13||1||Martin Truex Jr.||Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort Chevy||23.803||151.241||26|
|14||10||Reed Sorenson||AccuDoc Solutions Toyota||23.821||151.127||12|
|15||15||Michael Annett #||Pilot Travel Centers/Lumber Liquidators Toyota||23.867||150.836||33|
|16||12||Justin Allgaier #||Verizon Wireless Dodge||23.885||150.722||28|
|17||92||Dennis Setzer||Dusty's Collision Dodge||23.927||150.458||8|
|18||6||Erik Darnell #||Nothern Tool & Equipment Ford||23.933||150.420||23|
|19||89||Morgan Shepherd||Lagina Plumbing/Eldora Speedway Chevy||23.990||150.063||16|
|20||96||Michael McDowell #||Fischer Honda Dodge||24.020||149.875||20|
|21||27||Jason Keller||Depend/Rite Aid Ford||24.027||149.831||18|
|22||90||Johnny Chapman||MSRP Motorsports Chevy||24.034||149.788||6|
|23||34||Tony Raines||Long John Silver's Chevy||24.044||149.726||24|
|24||62||Brendan Gaughan #||5-hour Energy Chevy||24.113||149.297||28|
|25||66||Steve Wallace||USfidelis Chevy||24.125||149.223||13|
|26||81||Bobby Hamilton Jr.||AA Auto Warranty Dodge||24.141||149.124||13|
|27||05||Casey Atwood||31-W Insulation Chevy||24.158||149.019||12|
|28||41||Kevin Hamlin||FastWax Chevy||24.178||148.896||1|
|29||40||Scott Wimmer||StopRepairBills.com Chevy||24.235||148.545||20|
|30||01||Mike Wallace||WSFS Bank Chevy||24.256||148.417||22|
|31||07||Jarit Johnson||SK Motorsports Chevy||24.287||148.227||21|
|32||28||Kenny Wallace||US Border Patrol Chevy||24.376||147.686||5|
|33||91||Chase Miller||MSRP Motorsports Chevy||24.407||147.499||6|
|34||31||Tim Andrews||Circle K/Thirst Buster Chevy||24.416||147.444||1|
|35||87||Joe Nemechek||NEMCO Motorsports Chevy||24.514||146.855||6|
|36||24||Eric McClure||Hefty Ford||24.558||146.592||25|
|37||23||Ken Butler #||Aaron's Dream Machine Chevy||24.559||146.586||31|
|38||61||Matthew Carter||Specialty Racing Ford||24.597||146.359||23|
|39||0||J C Stout||sponsordavis.com Chevy||24.935||144.375||12|
|40||47||Coleman Pressley||ConstructionJobs.com Toyota||24.973||144.156||8|
|41||49||Mark Green||GetMoreVacations.com Chevy||25.203||142.840||2|
|42||52||Brad Teague||Harrington Raceway & Casino Ford||37.977||94.794||2|
|1||0||J C Stout||sponsordavis.com||09 Chevy||Johnny Davis|
|2||1||Martin Truex Jr||Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort||09 Chevy||James Finch|
|3||01||Mike Wallace||sponsordavis.com||09 Chevy||Lori Morgan|
|4||02||Andy Ponstein||CorrieStottRacing.com||08 Chevy||Corrie Stott|
|5||05||Casey Atwood||31W Insulation||07 Chevy||Wayne Day|
|6||6||Erik Darnell||Nothern Tool & Equipment||09 Ford||Jack Roush|
|7||07||Josh Wise||TBA||09 Chevy||Armando Fitz|
|8||09||John Wes Townley||Zaxby's||09 Ford||Jay Robinson|
|9||10||Reed Sorenson||AccuDoc Solutions||09 Toyota||Todd Braun|
|10||11||Mike Bliss||Ridemakerz||09 Toyota||Bryan Mullet|
|11||12||Justin Allgaier||Verizon Wireless||09 Dodge||Tad Geschickter|
|12||15||Michael Annett||TBA||09 Toyota||Bob Germain|
|13||16||Matt Kenseth||CitiFinancial||09 Ford||Jack Roush|
|14||18||Kyle Busch||NOS||09 Toyota||Joe Gibbs|
|15||20||Denny Hamlin||Pilot Travel Centers/Lumber Liquidators||09 Toyota||Joe Gibbs|
|16||23||Ken Butler||Aaron's Rental||08 Chevy||Johnny Davis|
|17||24||Eric McClure||Hefty||09 Ford||Ed Rensi|
|18||26||Danny O'Quinn||Fischer Honda||09 Dodge||Dusty Whitney|
|19||27||Jason Keller||Depend-Rite Aid||09 Ford||Mike Curb|
|20||28||Kenny Wallace||US Border Patrol||09 Chevy||Jay Robinson|
|21||29||Clint Bowyer||HOLIDAY INN||09 Chevy||Richard Childress|
|22||31||Kevin Hamlin||TBA||09 Chevy||Stanton Barrett|
|23||32||David Reutimann||Dollar General Stores||09 Toyota||Todd Braun|
|24||33||Ryan Newman||Copart||09 Chevy||Delana Harvick|
|25||34||Tony Raines||Continental Fire & Safety||09 Chevy||Bob Jenkins|
|26||38||Jason Leffler||Great Clips||09 Toyota||Ralph Braun|
|27||40||Scott Wimmer||StopRepairBills.com||09 Chevy||Curtis Key Sr|
|28||41||Tim Andrews||TBA||09 Chevy||Rick Ware|
|29||47||Coleman Pressley||TBA||09 Toyota||Jodi Geschickter|
|30||49||Mark Green||Get More Vacations.Com||09 Chevy||Jay Robinson|
|31||52||Brad Teague||Marriott||08 Ford||Jimmy Means|
|32||60||Carl Edwards||Scott's Wild Bird Food||09 Ford||Jack Roush|
|33||61||Matthew Carter||TBA||09 Ford||Charlie Shoffner|
|34||62||Brendan Gaughan||5 Hour Energy||09 Chevy||Rusty Wallace|
|35||66||Steve Wallace||US Fidelis||09 Chevy||Rusty Wallace|
|36||81||Bobby Hamilton Jr||AA Auto Warranty||09 Dodge||Pat MacDonald|
|37||87||Joe Nemechek||NEMCO Motorsports||08 Chevy||Andrea Nemechek|
|38||88||Brad Keselowski||GoDaddy||09 Chevy||Dale Earnhardt Jr|
|39||89||Morgan Shepherd||Lagina Plumbing-Eldora Speedway-aloft||09 Chevy||Cindy Shepherd|
|40||90||Johnny Chapman||MSRP Motorsports||08 Chevy||Marcia Parsons|
|41||91||Chase Miller||MSRP Motorsports||09 Chevy||Randy Humphrey|
|42||92||Dennis Setzer||Dusty's Collision||09 Dodge||Brian Keselowski|
|43||96||Michael McDowell||Fischer Honda||09 Dodge||Kay Keselowski|
|44||99||Scott Speed||Red Bull||09 Toyota||Michael Waltrip|
Fall Drama In Full Swing At Dover
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2009) - Jeff Gordon spent two full seasons in the NASCAR Nationwide Series before moving on to stardom in NASCAR Sprint Cup. Now, he’s immersed in the ‘Drive for Five,’ his goal to capture the fifth premier series title of his career as one of the 12 drivers in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Almost 20 years later, Justin Allgaier (#12 Verizon Wireless Dodge) and Steve Wallace (#66 USFidelis Chevy) are waging their own version of the ‘Drive for Five’ as full-time regulars in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
With eight races remaining in the season, the drivers are locked in a battle for the all-important fifth position in the final standings.
This year at the season-ending Awards Banquet at its new destination in Miami, Fla., drivers who finish in the top 10 in the standings will be honored, as always. However, it’s the top five who will be recognized on stage. The event will be held in conjunction with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series banquet.
Coming to Dover International Speedway following an off-week, it’s Allgaier who has the advantage. Barely.
He’s in fifth and leads sixth-place Wallace by 20 points. Allgaier had a solid run in his first series race at the ‘Monster Mile’ in May, finishing 10th in a field that included 11 double-duty drivers. He also posted his first top-10 finish in his last four races two weeks ago at Richmond International Raceway. Wallace, however, was caught up in an accident and finished 29th in May. In fact, in seven career races at Dover, Wallace has an average finish of 23rd.
Speaking of striking distance, Brad Keselowski (#88 GoDaddy.com Chevy), who won at Dover in May, is in full coil. He’s in third place in the standings, 96 points behind second-place Carl Edwards (#60 Scott’s Wild Bird Food Ford). Despite Keselowski’s challenge, Edwards still has his sights set on Kyle Busch (#18 NOS Toyota), who leads the 2007 series champion by 201 points.
It’s a daunting deficit, but nothing that Edwards hasn’t faced before. With eight races left last year, he was 207 points behind Clint Bowyer (#29 Holiday Inn Chevy) before falling just 21 points shy of catching Bowyer for the title. Edwards is good on concrete – five of his 23 career wins are on that surface, including a 2006 win at Dover.
Saturday’s Race Has Added Incentive For JGR
When Brad Keselowski crossed the finish line at Dover in May, he knew he’d stolen a victory.
Four months later, the ‘victim’ hasn’t forgotten.
In May, the finish was shaping up as a duel between Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Joey Loga# However, at the restart following a caution with just two laps left, second-place Logano inadvertently got into the back of Busch, who was leading, and put them both out of contention for the victory. Keselowski, in third, cruised on by for the win.
A win at Dover had basically been a given for JGR in the previous three races, going on four before the Busch-Logano stumble. Denny Hamlin (#20 Doosan Infracore Toyota) won this race in 2007, then repeated the following May.
The organization’s wins over the last two September races have come with two different drivers (Hamlin and Busch) and with two different manufacturers (Chevy and Toyota). Busch has led a staggering total of 333 laps over his last three races at Dover. Hamlin comes in off a win at Richmond.
Saturday’s race will be the first time Busch and Hamlin have competed together as teammates at Dover in a NASCAR Nationwide Series event.
Into The Great Wide Open At Dover
Talk about one of the most wide-open races of the year — looks like the ‘Miles the Monster’ may have it.
Dover International Speedway has hosted 51 NASCAR Nationwide Series races since the first event there in 1982. Joe Ruttman was the inaugural winner; it was his first win in his first series race. Overall, there have been 40 different winners and only four have won from the pole.
For the 2009 Dover fall edition, 12 of the 44 entries are former winners there (27%).
A little more intrigue for this one: Jason Leffler (#38 Great Clips Toyota) and Scott Speed (#99 Red Bull Toyota) are also Dover winners. Both captured their first NASCAR national series victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2003 and 2008, respectively. Busch (2005) also has a truck win there.
Hometown favorite and two-time series champion Martin Truex Jr. (#1 Miccosukee Resort Chevy) — competing in only his second series race of the season and just his 12th over the last four years — is entered at Dover for the first time since 2007. The native of Mayetta, N.J., won there twice and also made his series debut at the track in this race in 2001.
Other two-time winners include Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth (#16 CitiFinancial Ford). A win by either of those three would tie for the most at Dover; Todd Bodine leads with three.
Scott Wimmer (#40 StopRepairBills.com Chevy) in 2002 and Mike Wallace (#01 sponsordavis.com Chevy) in June 1994, won their first career races in the series at Dover.
Ironman Jason Keller (#27 Depend-Rite Aid Ford) will make his series-leading 485th career start Saturday; 29 of those have come at Dover, the most of any driver. He won there in 2000 and also has the most top-10 finishes among all drivers (12).
Final Top 10 Looking Like A Final-Race Decision
While Justin Allgaier and Steve Wallace play out their duel for the fifth position in the series standings, there are many storylines surrounding places 6-10 and beyond.
Jason Keller, in seventh place, has a slim 34-point lead over eighth-place Brendan Gaughan (#62 5-Hour Energy Chevy). But Gaughan also has to be concerned about Mike Bliss, who’s just seven points back. Bliss continues to hold on to his top-10 position despite not being in a full-time ride since Watkins Glen. However at Dover, he’s in arguably one of the strongest cars he’s driven since then, the #11 Ridemakerz Toyota.
Like Bliss, Michael McDowell (#96 Fischer Honda Dodge) has fought his way into the top 10 without having a consistent ride since the July race at Daytona. He’s in 10th, within 48 points of Bliss.
Michael Annett (#15 Germain Racing Toyota) is still in the hunt. He’s in 11th, 195 points behind McDowell. Annett, a rookie, has made good progress throughout the summer. He was 16th in the standings after the June race at Nashville and has steadily moved his way up to his current career-best ranking.
IN THE LOOP
Truex, Dover A Natural Fit
Martin Truex Jr. has run just 12 NASCAR Nationwide Series races since winning back-to-back championships in 2004-05.
So, it’s rare – to say the least – to see him around the NASCAR Nationwide garage these days. But there will be a Truex sighting this weekend at Dover, and there’s little wonder why.
He excels at the high-banked concrete track.
In his four Dover races since the inception of Loop Data in 2005, Truex has posted a Driver Rating of 122.1, an Average Running Position of 3.1, 90 Fastest Laps Run and a Laps in the Top 15 percentage of 99.
The statistics paint an interesting picture of Truex’s finishes and that his results were not always indicative of how he ran.
Even with a victory and a runner-up finish in those four races, his average finish is only 11.3, thanks to 12th-place and 30th-place finishes in 2005 and 2006, respectively.
Despite those two non-top 10s, Truex had one of the best cars. In the 12th-place run, he scored a Driver Rating of 114.5, an Average Running Position of 2.3 and had 18 Fastest Laps Run. In the 30th-place finish, he had a Driver Rating of 113.6, an Average Running Position of 4.3 and 25 Fastest Laps Run. He also led a race-high 77 laps.
The New Jersey native considers Dover his home track, and he’s run 11 series races there. That’s the most of any track for Truex by a wide margin. Daytona International Speedway is next on his list with seven starts.
As prolific as Truex has been at Dover, he has yet to score a perfect Driver Rating of 150.0 there. The feat is a rare one – since 2005, there have only been 14 of them – but for whatever reason, the stat occurs somewhat regularly at Dover.
Of the 14 perfect ratings in the series, four have come at Dover. That’s tied with Auto Club Speedway for the most at any track. The four perfect races: Ryan Newman (#33 Copart Chevy) in 2005; Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin in 2007; and Kyle Busch last season.
NNS Etc: Dover Edition
Driver Team Points
1. Justin Allgaier Penske 215
Following his worst three-race stretch of the season (26.7 average finish), Allgaier rebounded with an eighth-place finish at Richmond, his first top 10 in four races.
2. Brendan Gaughan RWR 199
3. Michael McDowell K-A 186
4. Michael Annett Germain 168
5. Scott Lagasse Jr. N/A 154
6. Erik Darnell RFR 123
7. John Wes Townley RAB 110
8. Ken Butler III R3 75
2009 Manufacturers' Championship Standings
Following Race 27 of 35 at Richmond International Raceway
Chevy leads with 26 wins at Dover
Up Next: Kansas Speedway
The month of October begins at Kansas Speedway for the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
The 1.5-mile track plays host to the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday, Oct. 3. ESPN2 will have the race broadcast live beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
Denny Hamlin was the eighth different driver to win at Kansas in eight races. Only New Hampshire (23) and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (three) are active tracks on the series schedule that boast different winners in each race.
Eight different car owners have also gone to Victory Lane at Kansas. Matt Kenseth won consecutive poles in 2006-07. Two-time series champion Kevin Harvick won the pole last year.
Each manufacturer has won at least once at Kansas; Chevy is the leader with three victories.
The Race: Dover 200
The Place: Dover International Speedway (1-mile concrete oval)
The Date: Saturday, Sept. 26
The Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
The Distance: 200 laps / 200 miles
TV: ESPN2, 3 p.m. ET
Radio: SIRIUS NASCAR Radio / MRN (Local WDOV-AM 1410)
2008 Winner: Kyle Busch
2008 Polesitter: Kyle Busch
Event Schedule (all times ET): Friday – Practice, 9:30-10:50 a.m.; Final Practice, 1:50-3 p.m.; Saturday – Qualifying, 10:35 a.m.
1 Kyle Busch 4,379
2 Carl Edwards 4,178
3 Brad Keselowski 4,082
4 Jason Leffler 3,599
5 Justin Allgaier 3,152
6 Steve Wallace 3,132
7 Jason Keller 2,991
8 Brendan Gaughan 2,957
9 Mike Bliss 2,950
10 Michael McDowell 2,902