O'REILLY AUTO PARTS 300 - TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Nationwide Series Race #6 of 34 for the 2011 season


Last Race - California
Next Race - Talladega


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Race Information


Race Rundown
Nationwide Series Track Schedule

Times listed are local to the track (Central Time).
Wednesday, April 6th
5:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER
Thursday, April 7th
8:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
8:30 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
1:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
2:00 PM-4:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
6:00 PM-7:30 PM NNS PRACTICE
7:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
9:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, April 8th
8:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:30 AM-10:45 AM NNS PRACTICE
11:15 AM-12:30 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
4:05 PM (5:05 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS – ALL POSITIONS)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM (8:30 PM) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NASCAR News & Notes
Turner Motorsports Heads Home

Turner Motorsports owner, and Hallettsville, Texas native, Steve Turner has assembled a trio of full-time regulars that currently are all in the top five of the series driver standings: Jason Leffler (second), Justin Allgaier (third) and Reed Sorenson (fifth).  Leffler leads the team with three top 10s and is just six points behind series standings leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Allgaier is 25 points back from Stenhouse and has posted one top five and two top 10s. Sorenson is 30 points behind the standings leader and has posted two top-five finishes this season.
Turner also enlisted a rotation of marquee names to fill his fourth car: Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver James Buescher. Martin (49 wins) brought the team its first series victory at Las Vegas earlier this season.
Heading to Texas, here are some quick facts for the Turner Motorsports’ line-up:
• Jason Leffler has 13 series starts at Texas posting one top five, five top 10s and one pole (his first career pole, in 2000). He has a Texas Driver Rating of 83.2; his average finish at Texas is 13.9.
• Justin Allgaier has five series starts at Texas posting five top-20 finishes, a Driver Rating of 82.5 and an average finish at Texas is 16.0.
• Reed Sorenson has seven series starts at Texas, posting three top fives, four top 10s, a Driver Rating of 84.4 and an average finish of 14.4.
• Kasey Kahne has 13 series starts at Texas, posting one win (April, 2006), one top five, and two top 10s. He has a Driver Rating of 92.1 and an average finish of 23.0.

Time For Stenhouse To Defend Standings Lead
 
This weekend, Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. defends a NASCAR Nationwide Series points lead for the first time.
Stenhouse’s turnaround from last season is almost unfathomable. After the first five races of 2010 he had an average finish of 32.2, two DNFs and his No. 6 team had fallen out of the top 30 in owner points. Stenhouse rebounded, and went on to have a strong 2010 season, posting three top fives, eight top 10s and captured the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award.  Matt Kenseth talked about Stenhouse’s success during the NASCAR national teleconference.
This season’s start could not be more different than 2010. He’s the fourth different driver standings leader this season, joining Landon Cassill, Reed Sorenson and Jason Leffler. He has posted one top five, four top 10s and a pole after the first five races. He has a Driver Rating of 108.0; which is 48.2 points more than he had in 2010 after the first five races (59.8).
At Texas, he has made two starts, posting an 11th-place finish in the spring race and a DNF in the fall event last season. 

Kyle Busch: Texas-Sized Talent

On Fire. In the zone.
Both statements can be used when describing Kyle Busch’s NASCAR Nationwide Series start this season. He has won three out of the first five races. If Busch wins this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway it will be four of six, which would be the best start in NASCAR Nationwide Series history. Only Mark Martin has had a similar start in series history, posting four wins in the first seven races in 2000.
Busch’s stats speak for themselves. He has made 12 starts at Texas, posting a record-tying five consecutive wins (2008-2010), 10 top fives, 11 top 10s and two poles.
At Texas Motor Speedway Busch leads the series in both Driver Rating (127.4) and Fastest Lap Run (518 laps). He is the only active driver who averages a top-five finish at Texas (4.9).
There have been 27 NASCAR Nationwide Series Loop Data perfect Driver Ratings of 150.0 since the inception of the statistic in 2005. Busch has posted 14 of the 27. Four of those came at Texas, the most of any track on the schedule.
Busch could also pass the 20,000th NASCAR national series lap led mark this weekend at Texas. He needs 117 more laps led to reach the historic mark.   

NNS Etc.
 
The NASCAR Nationwide Series new car will be making its Texas debut on Thurs., April 7. Teams will receive extra practice, one of four tracks teams selected for extended practice time this season. … Robert Richardson Jr. will attempt to make his 75th NASCAR Nationwide Series start Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, his home track. A native of McKinney, Texas, some 45 minutes northeast of the track, Richardson will need to qualify on time. … Kenny Wallace is inching closer to becoming the second driver in series history to reach 500 starts. He’ll enter Texas having made 493 starts. Jason Keller is the all-time leader with 519. … David Reutimann will be replacing Ryan Truex this weekend in the Pastrana Waltrip Racing No. 99 car. Truex is out recovering from wrist surgery … Paul Menard will make his season series debut this week in the No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet, and Sam Hornish returns to the series in the No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge.
Goodyear Tire Notes

Tire:
Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
Nationwide: Left-side -- 775, Right-side -- 775

Set limits:
Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying, 11 sets for race;
Nationwide: 2 sets for Thursday practice, 6 sets for Friday

Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4410

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

Estimated Pit Window: Every 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Texas this weekend . . . teams in both of these series ran this left-side tire code (D-4392) at Texas last season, but with a different right-side . . . teams did run this exact combination of left- and right-side tires at Homestead last November . . . compared to what was run at Texas in 2010, this right-side tire code (D-4410) features a slight construction change to bring it into line with what is run at other mile-and-a-half tracks . . . coming up, Nationwide teams will run this same exact tire set-up at Chicgoland in June and this left-side code at Nashville later this month . . . also, teams in both of these series will run this left-side at Darlington in May . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required run inner liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

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