NASHVILLE 300 - NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY

Nationwide Series Race #8 of 34 for the 2011 season


Last Race - Talladega
Next Race - Richmond


Race Details
Race Information


Race Rundown
Nationwide Series Track Schedule

Times listed are local to the track (Central Time).
Friday, April 22nd
8:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
9:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
9:30 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
1:30 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
2:30 PM-4:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
5:30 PM-6:30 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
6:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
8:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, April 23rd
11:05 AM (12:05 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING ( TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
11:50 AM NNS GRID CARS ON PIT ROAD
12:15 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:40 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
2:00 PM (3:00 PM/ET) NNS RACE (225 LAPS, 300 MILES)
2:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NASCAR News & Notes
Stand-Alone Season Opens Door For Series Regulars
The next stop on the schedule is Nashville Superspeedway for the Nashville 300. The event marks the first stand-alone race of the season and a solid chance for the series regulars to get their first win of the season.
There are eight races this season where the series is either the main attraction or shares billing with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (as it does this weekend) or one of NASCAR’s touring series.
Fewer double duty drivers could mean better opportunities for series regulars to nab the thus far elusive 2011 win. Not since 2008, when Brad Keselowski (then driving for JR Motorsports) won the fall event at Nashville, has a series regular been able to capture the checkered flag at the 1.333-mile track. Two-time series champion Kevin Harvick is the defending winner, however he isn’t entered this time around. Instead, Richard Childress’ grandson and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular Austin Dillon will run the Kevin Harvick Inc. No. 33 car.
Of the series regulars this season Reed Sorenson is cut above the rest at Nashville. He has the best average finish amongst series regulars with a 9.1. He has made six starts at Nashville posting one win (2005 – his first career series win), three top fives and four top 10s. He is the highest-ranked series regular in the pre-race Driver Rating with 109.5.
There are five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars making double duty appearances at this first stand-alone race. Of the four, Carl Edwards has had the most success at Nashville, posting a series-high three wins (2006-’07). Brad Keselowski is not far behind Edwards with two wins (2008, ’10), followed by Kyle Busch with one (2009). Joey Logano and David Reutimann are also running this weekend at Nashville.

Leffler Back On Top Of Standings With Teammate Allgaier Nipping At His Heels
Turner Motorsports continues to command the driver standings. This week Jason Leffler sits atop the standings just two points ahead of his teammate, Justin Allgaier. This is Leffler’s second time as the points leader in 2011. Thus far, he has an average finish of 10.7, having posted three top-10 finishes.
Leffler has endured an up-and-down career at Nashville. With an average finish is 18.1, Leffler has made 12 starts posting one win (2004 – his first series career win), four top fives and six top 10s – to go along with four DNFs.  
Allgaier has a pole and two top-five finishes in his last two races at Nashville. This is the closest he has been to the lead this year, having fought back from his 18th-place ranking – 24 points behind first place – following the season-opener at Daytona.
Allgaier has posted one top five and four top 10s this season.

Veteran Joe Nemechek Continues To Shine Amongst Young Stars
While a lot of the focus has been put on the new faces of the series this season, veterans like Joe Nemechek continue to shine. The 1992 series champion, who is one of many veterans making a run at the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship this season, is 10th in the points, 64 points behind Jason Leffler. It is the fourth time this year he’s been ranked in the top 10.
Two weeks ago at Texas, Nemechek started his 900th national series race, one of only 10 drivers among that select group. And now, Nemechek, 47, comes off a third-place finish at Talladega. It was Nemechek’s best finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series since 2004 when he won at Kansas.
“It was really fun,” Nemechek said. “It has been a long time since I have had a good run like that. It was good to get back up front and run with the guys who are winning every week. I had a blast, it was a lot of fun, one for the old guys,” said Nemechek. 
This season Nemechek has posted one top five and three top-15 finishes. He has an average finish of 20.0 after the first seven races of the season. His season-to-date Driver Rating is 63.9 which is up 2.7 points from his 2010 season-to-date Driver Rating (61.2) after the first seven races.

NNS Etc. – Nashville Superspeedway
After posting his 47th NASCAR Nationwide Series career win this past weekend at Talladega, Kyle Busch, finds himself just two wins shy of Mark Martin’s all-time series wins record of 49 victories. … Only two drivers have won at Nashville Superspeedway from the pole: Kyle Busch (2009) and Reed Sorenson (2005). … Nashville Superspeedway will play host to a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver autograph session scheduled for Friday, April 22 at 1 p.m. in the Expo area located outside Gate 3 at Nashville Superspeedway. … The Countdown to 500 continues. Kenny Wallace will be making his 496th series start at Nashville Superspeedway this weekend.

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