STP 300 - CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

Nationwide Series Race #14 of 34 for the 2011 season


Last Race - Charlotte
Next Race - Michigan


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Times listed are local to the track (Central Time).

Friday, June 3rd
10:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
4:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
5:00 PM-6:30 PM NNS PRACTICE
7:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:30 PM-8:30 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
9:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, June 4th
10:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
3:35 PM (4:35 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS – ALL POSITIONS)
5:00 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
6:30 PM NNS DRIVERS INTRODUCTIONS
7:00 PM (8:00 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
7:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES



NASCAR News & Notes

Patrick, Bayne Return In Time For The Summer Stretch
 
Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne and IndyCar star Danica Patrick will be making their return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.
Patrick is back after a nine-race NASCAR layoff, during which time she returned to her full-time Indy Racing League gig. The native of Roscoe, Ill. has been steadily improving in her young stock car career – the STP 300 will be her 18th NASCAR Nationwide Series race since February, 2010 – Patrick was ninth in the series driver standings and had collected the best finish ever for a female driver in NASCAR’s national series (fourth at Las Vegas) before starting the IRL season.
The other emerging star returning is Trevor Bayne, who has been recovering from an illness with symptoms including nausea, fatigue and impaired vision and has not raced since finishing sixth on April 23 at Nashville. He’s currently 16th in the driver standings, 54 points out of 10th. Bayne returns to a team with white hot momentum. Roush Fenway Racing has won three consecutive races in three different cars – the first time a team has done that in NASCAR Nationwide Series history.
Bayne is also running a part-time double-duty schedule for the Wood Brothers, the legendary team with which he won the “Great American Race” in February. Bayne is expected back in the No. 21 Ford for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in two weeks at Michigan.
Heading into this weekend at Chicago, Patrick has made one start at the 1.5-mile track, finishing 24th in 2010. Bayne has made two starts at Chicago, posting a best finish of 12th in 2009. Bayne has the better pre-race Driver Rating of the two with an 83.1 compared to Patrick’s 59.2.
 
Title Chase At Boiling Point Heading To Chicago
 
Three competitors – two veterans and a rising star representing three different teams and two manufacturers – are separated by just two points at the top of the points standings as the series heads to Chicagoland Speedway for Saturday’s inaugural STP 300.
Elliott Sadler’s lead is tenuous. He’s a single point ahead of Iowa Speedway winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. One point further back is Reed Sorenson.
Each has held the points lead multiple times during the season’s first 13 races; Sadler after the past three races.
Sadler, 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year, Stenhouse and Sorenson currently have a bit of breathing room. Fourth-place Justin Allgaier, from Riverton, Ill. also makes a homecoming this weekend. He is 22 points off the lead while Aric Almirola is looking at a 51-point deficit as he rounds out the top five.
Sadler is the comeback story of the season so far – a surprise in itself as most tapped him as the driver to beat in pre-season polls. He finished outside the top 10 (including a 38th at Phoenix) in three of his first four starts but since has notched seven top fives and nine top 10s for his Kevin Harvick Inc. team.
Stenhouse’s amazing sophomore season with Roush Fenway Racing continues with three top-five finishes in his most recent three races and a series-leading 10 top 10s.
 
Owners Title The Big Prize For Double Duty Drivers
 
This season’s championship owner standings contenders are starting to find themselves in a tight battle for the title. The top-five owners are only separated by 38 points and the top 10 only by 89 points. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Nos. 20 and 18 teams hold the first and second positions in the owner standings respectively, but with Carl Edwards’ second-place finish last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 60 team is just one point behind second and 16 points behind first.
Even more of an opportunity presents itself for the No. 60 team to close on the owner’s standings leaders this weekend with Kelly Bires driving the No. 18 Toyota this weekend instead of Kyle Busch. Edwards has made six starts at Chicagoland posting two top fives, four top 10s and two poles; while Bires has made three starts with a best finish of 12th.
Turner Motorsports No. 32 team is fourth in the standings nine points behind third-place and 25 points behind the owner standings leader. Brad Sweet is scheduled to pilot the No. 32 this weekend at Chicago.
Finishing out the top five is Kevin Harvick Inc.’s No. 33 team; which is 13 points behind fourth-place and 38 points behind the owner standings leader Joe Gibbs. Harvick will drive his No. 33 KHI Chevrolet at Chicago Saturday, a track where he has won twice in both NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup competition. If Harvick notches a top 10 this weekend, he’ll tie Tommy Houston for most on the all-time series top 10 list, at 198. He’s one of four double-duty drivers expected to run at Chicagoland and Kansas this weekend joining 2010 NNS champion Brad Keselowski and 2007 series champion Carl Edwards and Joey Logano.
 
NNS Etc. – Charlotte
 
Beginning this weekend, there will be a revision to the qualifying procedures for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Qualifying order will still be determined based upon practice speeds – from slowest to fastest – but will no longer be separated between those teams that are locked into the race and those teams that must qualifying on speed. … Jason Leffler will attempt to post his 100th series top-10 finish.

Goodyear Tire Notes

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

 

Number of Tires: Left-side -- 525; Right-side -- 525

 

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 -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

 

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 44 psi

 

Notes: This is the first time NASCAR Nationwide teams have run this tire set-up at Chicagoland, though they have run each of these two Goodyear tire codes in the past . . . Nationwide teams ran this exact combination of left- and right-side tires at Texas earlier this season and at Homestead last season . . . in addition, these teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4392) at Nashville and Darlington in 2011 and Texas (twice) and Chicagoland in 2010 . . . this being a new right-side tire code (D-4410) for Chicagoland, it features just a slight construction change over what was run at this track last season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Chicagoland . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

 

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