AARONS 312 - TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY

Nationwide Series Race #7 of 34 for the 2011 season


Last Race - Texas
Next Race - Nashville


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Nationwide Series Track Schedule

Times listed are local to the track (Central Time).
Wednesday, April 13th
4:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER (TRUCK PARKING ONLY)
Thursday, April 14th
6:30 AM ARCA & NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
7:00 AM ARCA & NNS GARAGE OPENS
2:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
3:00 PM-3:45 PM NNS PRACTICE
4:00 PM-4:50 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE

5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Friday, April 15th
6:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:10 AM (12:10 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
2:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
Saturday, April 16th
9:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM NNS ACCESS TO HAULERS ONLY
9:30 AM NNS SPOTTERS MEETING
10:00 AM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (NASCAR Nationwide Series, GARAGE Area)
1:30 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
2:00 PM (3:00 PM/ET) NNS RACE (117 LAPS, 311.22 MILES)
2:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NASCAR News & Notes
Biggest Superspeedway On The Schedule Attracts Biggest Names In NASCAR
The who’s who of NASCAR will be gracing the high-banks of Talladega Superspeedway for Saturday’s Aaron’s 312. Some of the biggest names in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will join the familiar faces of the NASCAR Nationwide Series regulars. Below is the star-studded double-duty list and some quick highlights:
• Two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion and series car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. has made seven starts at Talladega posting one win (2003), three top fives and five top 10s. He is ranked seventh in the pre-race Driver Rating with 94.5.
• Past NASCAR Nationwide Series champions Joe Nemechek (1992), Kevin Harvick (2001, ‘06), Carl Edwards (2007), Clint Bowyer (2008), Kyle Busch (2009) and Brad Keselowski (2010). Keselowski is the defending race winner. Nemechek, who made his 900th NASCAR national series start last weekend at Texas, leads all series active drivers at Talladega in wins with two (1998, 2000) and poles with five (1996, ’97,’98, 2001,’02).   
• Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray (2010) and two-time Daytona 500 winner (2001, ‘03) and series car owner Michael Waltrip return to the series.
• Joe Gibbs Racing driver Joey Logano has the highest-ranked (second) NASCAR Pre-Race Loop Data Driver Rating heading into Talladega this weekend with (113.5). He has made two starts at Talladega finishing second last season and third in 2009.

Driver Spotlights: Brian Scott and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 
Joe Gibbs Racing’s newest addition Brian Scott and Roush Fenway Racing’s comeback king Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are both heading to Talladega with momentum from their early success this season.
Finding room in the spotlight with a teammate as dominate in the NASCAR Nationwide Series as Kyle Busch can be difficult, but Brian Scott has done it. He is eighth in the points after the first six races of the season just 45 points behind Stenhouse, the series standings leader. Scott has posted two top-10 finishes this season at Phoenix and last weekend at Texas.
Scott made his Talladega debut last season starting 17th and finishing 10th, just ahead of Busch in 11th.
Roush Fenway Racing swept Texas last weekend in both NASCAR national series, and this weekend the series driver standings leader, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is looking to capitalize on the momentum. Stenhouse is tied with his teammate Carl Edwards for the series lead with five top-10 finishes this season. Stenhouse is the highest ranked series regular in season-to-date Driver Rating (108.4) and only third overall behind Kyle Busch (128.2) and Carl Edwards (117.5).
Stenhouse leads the standings by 14 points over Turner Motorsports’ Jason Leffler. Stenhouse is looking to rebound from last season’s Talladega debut, when he started third but finished 29th.

NNS Competition Corner
After the first six races here are some competition highlights:
• All four manufacturers have now won in the new car. Dodge and Chevrolet each had two wins among the new car’s four races last year. Toyota claimed its first new car win this year at Phoenix courtesy of Kyle Busch, and Ford scored its first new car victory with Carl Edwards’ victory at Texas last weekend.
• Four different winners in the first six races: Kyle Busch (three wins), Tony Stewart, Mark Martin, and Carl Edwards (each has one).
• Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is the fourth different driver standings leader joining Landon Cassill, Reed Sorenson and Jason Leffler.
• Three perfect driver rating performances this season: Kyle Busch (150.0) at Phoenix and Bristol; Carl Edwards (150.0) at Texas.
Below are some bullets highlighting the action scheduled for this weekend at Talladega:
• The NASCAR Nationwide Series new car makes race debut at Talladega, but this won’t be its first time on the track. The new car tested at Talladega in October 2009.
• There have been 19 series races at Talladega Superspeedway with 13 different pole winners led by Joe Nemechek (five), and 16 different race winners led by two-time series champion Martin Truex Jr. (three). Nemechek leads all active drivers this weekend with two victories.

NNS Etc. – Talladega Superspeedway
Travis Pastrana turned his first laps in a NASCAR Nationwide Series car this week at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. for his co-owned team Pastrana Waltrip Racing. Click this here to listen to an interview with Pastrana at the event. … Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 car became the fourth new leader in the owner standings this past weekend, overtaking the No. 18 Toyota, which dropped to seventh in the standings. The No. 20 team holds the standings lead by one point ahead of the Roush Fenway Racing No. 60 car and the Kevin Harvick Inc. No. 33 car. Both have 224 points this season. 

Goodyear Tire Notes

NationwideSeries -- Race No. 7 – Aaron's 312 Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile oval) – Talladega, Ala.
Fast Facts for April 15-17, 2011

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

Number of Tires: Nationwide: Left-side -- 475, Right-side -- 475

Set limits: Nationwide: 5 sets for weekend

Tire Codes:
Left-side -- D-4138; Right-side -- D-4412

Tire Circumference:
Left-side -- 87.9 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi;
Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Talladega this weekend . . . NASCAR teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4138) at Talladega since 2009, but it is paired with a relatively new right-side code . . . teams ran this exact combination of left- and right-side tires at Daytona earlier this season  . . . they also ran this right-side tire code (D-4412) at Las Vegas a couple weeks later . . . this tire set-up was tested extensively in preparation for the 2011 season, beginning at Talladega (August 2010) and twice at Daytona (December 2010 and January 2011) . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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