ROYAL PURPLE 300 - AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY

Nationwide Series Race #5 of 34 for the 2011 season


Last Race - Bristol
Next Race - Texas


Race Details
Race Information


Race Rundown
Nationwide Series Track Schedule

Times listed are local to the track (Pacific Time).
Thursday, March 24th
5:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, March 25th
7:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
7:30 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
12:40 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:40 PM 4:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
4:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, March 26th
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPEN
10:10 AM (1:10 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING – (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
12:30 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM )
2:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM (5:30 PM/ET) NNS RACE (150 LAPS, 300 MILES)
3:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NASCAR News & Notes
Points Leader Leffler Finally On Top

The Long Beach, Calif. native and series standings leader, Jason Leffler, goes home for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, Mar. 26.
“I always look forward to the chance to get back to the West Coast,” Leffler said. “To win at this track would be a huge deal for me. Of course, you want to win every race, but you especially want that win in front of the home crowd with your family and friends cheering you on.” 
Leffler assumed the standings lead by two points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. after posting his third top 10 of the season last weekend at Bristol. This is the first time in his 11-year series career that he has led the driver standings.
Click here to listen to Leffler talk about taking the points lead.
Leffler joined Turner Motorsports at the beginning of this season when team owner Steve Turner acquired select assets from Braun Racing during the offseason. Now all three series-only Turner Motorsports members are in the top five in the standings – Justin Allgaier (third) and Reed Sorenson (fourth).
Leffler’s career-high final standings finish was third in 2007. Leffler has made 14 starts at Auto Club Speedway, posting two top 10s and a pole. He has an average finish of 22.6 at Auto Club Speedway and ranks 22nd in the series with a Driver Rating of 74.1.

Martin And Busch Race To Be The First To 50 … Wins That Is

The playful trash talk has started, with wins volleying between the two NASCAR Nationwide Series behemoths.
Mark Martin is the leader; Kyle Busch the follower. But for how much longer?
Martin and Busch have set themselves apart from the rest, and it will be interesting to see who can get to 50 series wins first.
Martin leads the series in all-time wins with 49, increasing his lead with a victory at Las Vegas two races ago. But Busch caught up quickly, and is just four wins back after posting his 45th series victory this last weekend at Bristol. With 232 series starts, Martin’s winning percentage is 21.1%. Busch has made 206 – a 21.8% win clip. Listen to Kyle Busch talk about catching Mark Martin.
Martin has made two series starts at Auto Club Speedway posting a win and a third-place finish. Busch has made 12 starts at Auto Club Speedway posting four wins, seven top fives, nine top 10s and two poles. They are the only drivers to have won across all three NASCAR national series at ACS.
Martin and Busch are also ranked 1-2 in the pre-race Driver Rating, with 146.3 and 122.4 respectively. They both also scored perfect Driver Ratings of 150.0 at ASC – Martin in 2005 and Busch in 2008-09.

Auto Club Speedway The Final Opportunity For 2010 Top 30 

This weekend’s race will be the last event where 2010 owner points are used to set the top 30 automatic qualifiers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Only three points separate 27th to 31st position in the owner standings, with the 28th-30th positions all tied at 70 points. The 30th-position is held by Pat MacDonald and the No. 81 car with Blake Koch.
There are six teams within eight points of the cutoff position. Owner/driver Morgan Shepherd is two points back from 30th in 31st with his No. 89 car, and the No. 01 car, owned by Lori Davis with Mike Wallace behind the wheel, is nine points back in 32nd. Nine points out of the top 30 is the No. 23 car owned by Robert Richardson Sr. with son/driver Robert Richardson Jr. Of the three just outside the top 30, Mike Wallace has had the most success at Auto Club Speedway, posting a career best finish (12th) at the 2-mile track last season.

NNS Etc.

Riverside, Calif. native, Josh Wise, will be taking over the reins from Danica Patrick this weekend in the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Patrick will return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series June 4 at Chicagoland Speedway. Wise has made two starts at Auto Club Speedway, posting a best finish of 22nd in 2008. … Kenny Wallace’s countdown to 500 starts continues. Only seven starts shy of joining Jason Keller as the only two series drivers with 500 starts. Wallace is currently seventh in the points and has 15 career series starts at Auto Club Speedway with a best finish of eighth in 2005. … Alex Kennedy, a 19-year-old Aztec, N.M. native, will make his first race since last fall at Phoenix. His first six starts came last year with a best finish of 15th in his series debut at Road America. Kennedy is a product of the NASCAR ladder system, working his way up the ranks of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East & West.


Goodyear Tire Notes

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,350, Right-side -- 1,350;
Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525

Set limits:
Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying, 11 sets for race;
Nationwide: 6 sets for weekend

Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4382; Right-side -- D-4408

Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.2 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 45 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi

Estimated Pit Window: Every 42-44 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at California this weekend . . . teams in the Sprint Cup Series ran this left-side tire code at California last season, but with a slightly different right-side code . . . compared to what was run at this track last season, this right-side features just a minor construction change . . . Sprint Cup teams will also run this same combination of left- and right-side tires at Kansas in June . . . for Nationwide teams, these are two different tire codes than they ran at California in 2010 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at California . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

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