ROYAL PURPLE 200 - DARLINGTON RACEWAY

Nationwide Series Race #10 of 34 for the 2011 season


Last Race - Richmond
Next Race - Dover


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Race Information


Race Rundown
Nationwide Series Track Schedule

Times listed are local to the track (Eastern Time).
Thursday, May 5th
11:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
8:30 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, May 6th
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
7:30 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
8:30 AM 11:00 AM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
3:35 PM NNS QUALIFYING ( TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
4:45 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT )
7:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM NNS RACE (147 LAPS, 200.8 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NASCAR News & Notes
Wise Making Strides For JR Motorsports
Sharing a ride with Danica Patrick doesn’t leave much room in the spotlight, but since her departure, Josh Wise has made the most of his opportunity driving for car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. For the first time in his series career, he is in the top 10 in the driver standings; 89 points behind standings leader Justin Allgaier. Wise’s sixth-place finish last Friday night at Richmond was his second consecutive top-10 result, another career first.
Wise, a 28-year-old from Riverside, Calif., has been a journeyman of sorts, driving for nine different teams since his series debut in 2007 – four in 2010 alone. Consistency fits Wise well. Wise has five top-10 finishes in his 55-race career – the last four of those have come in JRM equipment, three in the No. 7.
Wise is coming off his two best Driver Ratings of the season, posting an 89.1 at Nashville and an 86.1 at Richmond. In his lone start at Darlington, last season, he finished 34th driving for Charles Shoffner in the No. 61 Ford.

Sadler Climbs Back Into Championship Contention
The preseason NASCAR Media Poll predicted Elliott Sadler to win the championship in 2011, but a slow start to the season deflated much of the momentum behind the forecast. After a 38th-place finish at Daytona, Sadler was mired in 27th in the standings, 35 points back from the standings leader.
Now nine races into the season, the thought of “Sadler as champion” doesn’t look so farfetched. Sadler is currently second in the standings, six points behind Justin Allgaier. He has a season-to-date Driver Rating of (93.3) and an Average Running Position of (11.8). Since the season opener, Sadler has methodically worked his way back into contention, posting five top fives, including a fourth-place finish last weekend at Richmond.
Sadler has not competed at Darlington in the NASCAR Nationwide Series since 1999, when he started fourth and finished 24th. He has made seven series starts at the historic 1.366-mile speedway posting one top five, two top 10s and a pole (1997).

Joe Gibbs Racing Reestablishing Series Dominance
Last weekend at Richmond, Joe Gibbs Racing swept both NASCAR national series races and built a wave of momentum to ride into Darlington this weekend. Joe Gibbs Racing has set themselves apart from the field this season winning five of the first nine races of the season – Kyle Busch (four), Denny Hamlin (one). In doing so, Joe Gibbs and the No. 20 Toyota have opened a hefty 30-point lead over Kevin Harvick Inc.’s No. 33 Chevrolet team, putting themselves on course to win their fourth consecutive owner title.
This weekend Hamlin returns to where it all began. Hamlin made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Darlington in 2004, driving the No. 18 car starting 27th and finishing eighth.
When it comes to Darlington, Hamlin excels. He is the defending winner and has won three of the last five series races there, all from the pole.
Hamlin leads the series in four key statistical categories: Driver Rating (129.0), Average Running Position (4.6), Average Finish (3.6) and Percentage of Laps Led (38.8%).
He comes off a dominating performance at Richmond where he won in his only series start this season. A shocking did not qualify (DNQ) in 2008 is the only hole in Hamlin’s Darlington career.

Competition Corner: Darlington
• 50 NASCAR Nationwide Series races held at the 1.366-mile raceway producing 26 different pole winners and 25 different winners.
• Mark Martin leads the series in wins (eight) and poles (eight) at Darlington Raceway. Denny Hamlin leads the series in wins (three) and poles (three) at Darlington among drivers entered this weekend.
• Five of the last six races ending under green at Darlington had a margin of victory less than one second.
• Ford leads all manufacturers in series wins (16) at Darlington.

NNS Etc. – Darlington Raceway
Scott Riggs will be in the No. 23 R3 Motorsports Chevrolet this week. The team is six points out of the 30th spot in the owner points and could use a veteran boost to climb back among the automatic qualifiers. Another veteran, David Stremme, finished eighth at Richmond in his second race with ML Motorsports, the second-best finish for the Indiana-based team since its debut in 2006. … Darlington will celebrate its 25th anniversary of the “Bring-A-Kid” program on Friday. Over 150,000 youths have watched NASCAR racing at the track thanks to the initiative started by Tommy and Linda DeWitt in 1987. They’ll be honored during pre-race ceremonies. … When the NASCAR Nationwide Series practice begins Friday, May 6 at 8:30 a.m., it marks the first time the NASCAR Nationwide Series new car has hit the pavement at Darlington Raceway. … Kenny Wallace (497 series starts) is just three races shy of joining Jason Keller as the only two drivers to reach 500 series starts.

Goodyear Tire Notes

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

 

Number of Tires:
Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525

 

Set limits:
Nationwide: 6 sets for the weekend

 

Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4430

 

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 -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

 

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 52 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi

 

Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Darlington this weekend . . . this is also the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams ran at Darlington earlier this year . . . while Cup and Nationwide teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4392) in the past, this is the first time they have run this right-side code (D-4430) . . . these teams ran this left-side tire at Texas (twice), Chicagoland and Homestead in 2010; and at Texas again and Nashville (Nationwide only) in 2011 . . . in addition, Cup and Nationwide teams will run this right-side tire later this month at Charlotte . . . this tire combination was first tested at Charlotte last October . . . Goodyear then held a confirmation test at Darlington this March 15 . . . drivers participating in that confirmation test were Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman . . . compared to what was run at Darlington last season, this tire set-up features softer compounds on both sides, while this left-side tire features a slight construction change to bring it into line with what is run at other speedways . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Darlington . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

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