SCOTT'S EZ SEED 300 - BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Nationwide Series Race #4 of 34 for the 2011 season


Last Race - Las Vegas
Next Race - California


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Nationwide Series Track Schedule

Times listed are local to the track (Eastern Time).
Thursday, March 17th
10:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
Friday, March 18th
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
7:30 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING ORDER
8:30 AM 10:00 AM NNS PRACTICE
10:30 AM 11:50 PM NNS PRACTICE

1:40 PM 3:30 PM NNS PRACTICE
5:00 PM 6:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE

6:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
8:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, March 19th
6:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:40 AM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
11:45 AM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (CONFERENCE ROOM)
1:30 PM NNS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
2:00 PM NNS RACE (300 LAPS, 159.9 MILES)
2:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NASCAR News & Notes
Turner Motorsports Loads Up For Bristol
For the past three seasons Joe Gibbs Racing has had a firm grip on the owner standings, but this season Turner Motorsports sits 1-2 in the owner standings, with Gibbs just 16 points back in third. Turner continues to ride momentum from its first series win, by series wins leader Mark Martin at Las Vegas.
Coming back from the off-week with an all-star cast of talent, picking a clear favorite at Bristol is difficult with the Turner Motorsports line-up. Three of Turner Motorsports full-time drivers are in the top five in the driver standings, including standings leader Reed Sorenson, Jason Leffler (third) and the defending Bristol race winner Justin Allgaier (fifth). The team also loaded its roster this weekend by adding Kasey Kahne, fresh off his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Darlington, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver James Buescher.
• Reed Sorenson is the driver standings leader, two points ahead of second-place Ricky Stenhouse Jr. In three starts this season Sorenson has posted two top fives. He has made nine career series starts at Bristol, posting one top five and three top 10s. His pre-race Driver Rating is 81.1. He is back in the No. 32 car this week, which is also leading the owner standings.
• Jason Leffler is third in the driver standings, five points behind Sorenson. He has posted two top 10s in three starts this season. He has made 15 starts at Bristol posting three top fives, seven top 10s and a pole. His Driver Rating at Bristol is 94.9.
• Justin Allgaier is fifth in the driver standings, 16 points behind Sorenson, in three starts this season he has posted one top five and two top 10s. Allgaier became the only series-regular to post a victory last season when he grabbed his first career series win at Bristol. He has made four starts at Bristol, posting the win and two top fives. His Driver Rating is 98.3.
• Kasey Kahne is not competing for the series driver standings championship but is contributing to the No. 38 team’s prospects at an owner championship, as they sit seventh. Kahne has made 13 series starts at Bristol posting one win (2007) and three top fives, with a Driver Rating of 92.7.
• James Buescher will be attempting to make his second career NASCAR Nationwide Series start for Turner Motorsports this weekend. Buescher has elected to compete for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver standings championship this season. He has made one series start at Bristol, last season for James Finch, where he started 36th and drove to a 12th-place finish.
 
Marquee Names Hit High Banks of Bristol
Previous champions and fresh faces pack the field this weekend at Bristol.
Danica Patrick leads the JR Motorsports contingent, making her fourth start in her limited schedule in the NASCAR Nationwide Series before heading full-time to the IndyCar Series. Patrick will return to NASCAR competition June 4 at Chicagoland Speedway. This will be her first time competing at Bristol.
• Patrick is fourth in the driver standings, coming off her series career best finish (fourth) at Las Vegas. Her season-to-date Driver Rating of 83.7 nearly doubles her rating of 43.1 after the first three races last season.
• Aric Almirola is seventh in the driver standings, 26 points behind Sorenson. In the first three races of the season, he has posted two top-15 finishes. He has made three series starts at Bristol, posting one top-10 finish.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be making his second series start of the season at Bristol this weekend. He has nine starts at Bristol, posting one win (2004), five top fives, seven top 10s and two poles.
Two-time series champion Kevin Harvick returns to the series, with Kevin Harvick Inc. teammate Elliott Sadler.
• Harvick is the all-time series wins leader at Bristol (five). In 20 Bristol starts, he has the five wins (2000, ’01, ’03, ’05, ’09), 13 top fives and 16 top 10s.
• Elliott Sadler is currently 12th in the driver standings, 41 points behind Sorenson. Sadler has had a slow start, but could rebound this weekend with a good finish. Sadler has made eight starts at Bristol, posting a win (1998), two top fives and a pole.
 
NNS Etc. – Bristol Motor Speedway
Four different manufacturers have won the last four races at Bristol. All but Ford have a win in the series’ new car through its first seven races (Chevrolet-4, Dodge-2, Toyota-1). Ford’s last win at Bristol was by David Ragan in the 2009 fall race. Its best new car finish was second by Carl Edwards – last August at Michigan and at Phoenix this season. … The last three series races to end under green at Bristol had a margin of victory less than one second. … Sunoco Rookie of the Year Update: Ryan Truex leads with 22 points after the first three races. He has a four-point lead over second-place Timmy Hill. Truex will be celebrating his 19th birthday this Friday, Mar. 18. .. Kenny Wallace countdown to 500 continues – a start at Bristol will be his 492nd, leaving him eight starts shy of becoming the second driver to reach 500 career starts. … Eric McClure will race at Bristol with a cast on his right hand after suffering a fracture last week in his home. McClure, from Chilhowie, Va., has been medically cleared to race. He posted on his Facebook page that he incurred the injury while trying to catch himself after stumbling over some party supplies that were being readied for daughter Mabreigh’s birthday. Jeff Green, the 2000 series champion, will be on stand-by as a substitute driver for McClure if needed.
Goodyear Tire Notes

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Number of Tires: Nationwide: Left-side -- 700, Right-side -- 700

Set limits: 2 sets for early-Friday practice, maximum of 6 sets for final practice/qualifying/race

Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4404; Right-side -- D-4442

Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.1 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
Right Front -- 42 psi; Right Rear -- 40 psi

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi;
Right Front -- 41 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi

Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Bristol this weekend . . . this is the first time NASCAR teams will run this right-side tire code (D-4442), though teams in both of these series did run this left-side code (D-4404) at Bristol last August . . . compared to what was run at Bristol last season, this right-side tire features slight compund and construction changes and gives the cars more grip . . . unlike most other NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, on which teams generally run no inner liners, teams are required to run inner liners in their right-side tires only at Bristol . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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