- Race: 8:00pm/et, Saturday, June 4, 2011 in Joliet, IL
- Length: 200 Laps, 300 miles
- TV: ESPN - 7:30pm/et
- Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Purse: $1,188,087
- Announcers: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
- Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro and Dr. Jerry Punch
Allgaier wins at Chicagoland: #31-Justin Allgaier won the STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway for his first win of 2011 and the 2nd win of his career. He is the second Nationwide only series driver to win this season. Allgaier passed #60-Carl Edwards for the lead on the backstretch of the final lap when Edwards ran out of gas. Then Allgaier ran out of gas coming off turn 4, but coasted across the finish line for the win. Edwards held on to finish second. The rest of the top 10: #16-Trevor Bayne, #88-Aric Almirola, #38-Jason Leffler, #32-Reed Sorenson, #09-Kenny Wallace, #18-Kelly Bires, #62-Michael Annett, and #7-Danica Patrick. There were 4 cautions for 18 laps and 21 lead changes among 12 leaders. The estimated attendance was 28,000. Complete results are posted on the Chicago race results page.(6-4-2011)
Chicago Race Fast Facts:
Justin Allgaier won the Inaugural STP 300, his second victory in 88 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2011.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in three races at Chicagoland Speedway.
There were 21 leaders among 12 different drivers. Both totals are Chicagoland records in the series.
Carl Edwards (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in seven races at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 10th top-10 finish in 2011.
Trevor Bayne (third) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Chicagoland Speedway. This matches his career-best finish in the series.
Reed Sorenson leads the point standings by 2 points over Elliott Sadler.
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicago and their finish
Caution 1: #40-Lewandoski, 24th
Caution 2: #40-Lewandoski (2), 24th
Caution 3: #62-Annett, 9th
Caution 4: #7-Patrick, 10th
Driver standings following Chicago:
1) #32- Reed Sorenson 488
2) #2-Elliott Sadler 486 -2
3) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 482 -6
4) #31-Justin Allgaier 477 -11
5) #88-Aric Almirola 442 -46
6) #38-Jason Leffler 437 -51
7) #09-Kenny Wallace 417 -71
8) #66-Steve Wallace 385 -103
9) #11-Brian Scott 366 -122
10) #62-Michael Annett 346 -142
Complete standings are posted on the driver standings page.(6-4-2011)
Owner Standings following Chicago are posted. The top 30 in owners points who have attempted all races are locked in at Michigan. After the #20 team did not attempt Chicago, the #40 team remains locked in, 11 points ahead of the #52 Jimmy Means team.(6-4-2011)
Almirola on pole at Chicago: #88-Aric Almirola will start from the pole for the STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway after qualifying was rained out. The session was able to get started, but had to be stopped after 17 cars made an attempt. #2-Elliott Sadler will start second. The rest of the top 10: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, #99-Carl Edwards, #30-Mikey Kile, #22-Brad Keselowski, #32-Reed Sorenson, #11-Brian Scott, #99-Ryan Truex, & #66-Steve Wallace. Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Chicago starting lineup page.(6-4-2011)
Bayne fastest in happy hour: #16-Trevor Bayne was quickest during happy hour at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 174.081mph. He was followed by: #2-Elliott Sadler, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #60-Brian Ickler, #30-Mikey Kile, #22-Sam Hornish, #88-Aric Almirola, #32-Reed Sorenson, #11-Brian Scott, #99-Ryan Truex. #70-Scott Wimmer hit the wall in turn 3 late in the session. Complete results are posted on the Chicago practice results page.(6-3-2011)
Almirola fastest in first practice: #88-Aric Almirola was fastest during opening practice at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 174.661mph. #6-Stenhouse, Jr. was second, followed by: #22-Sam Hornish (subbing for Brad Keselowski), #2-Elliott Sadler, #30-Mikey Kile, #32-Reed Sorenson, #60-Brian Ickler (filling in for Carl Edwards), #16-Trevor Bayne, #11-Brian Scott, and #38-Jason Leffler. Complete results are posted on the Chicago practice results page.(6-3-2011)
Entry List:There are 44 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Some notes:
Go Green has entered the #04 again, with the driver TBA;
Danica Patrick returns to the #7 for JR Motorsports;
Rick Crawford will drive the #13 for Jennifer Jo Cobb;
Kelly Bires returns to the Joe Gibbs #18;
Mikey Kile will drive the #30 for Turner Motorsports;
Chase Miller is listed as the driver of both the #40 & #46 for Key Motorsports;
Kevin Lepage is in the Jimmy Means #52.(5-31-2011)
UPDATE: Scott Wimmer will be in the #70 for ML Motosports (Stremme was originally listed) and Charles Lewandoski will be in the #40.(5-31-2011)
UPDATE 2: Josh Wise will be in the #39 for Go Green Racing, instead of Danny Efland.(5-31-2011)
UPDATE 3: Joe Gibbs Racing does not have a sponsor for the #20 team and will withdraw it. #04 Go Green team has also withdrawn.(6-1-2011)
See the complete list on the Chicago entry list page.
Nationwide Series Live in Prime Time from Chicago on ESPN: ESPN continues its coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend with a live telecast of the event at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Saturday night, June 4. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7:30 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 8:16 p.m. Also from Joliet, ESPN2 airs coverage of NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Reports from Tim Brewer will air from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro and Dr. Jerry Punch. NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Allen Bestwick with analysis by 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty, a team owner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.(ESPN)(5-30-2011)
Nationwide Series Track Schedule
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.
Additional Chicago Nationwide Race Info: