- Race: 5:00pm/et, Saturday, June 25, 2011 in Elkhart Lake, WI
- Length: 50 Laps, 200.4 miles
- TV: ESPN - 5:00pm/et
- Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Purse: $976,201
- Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Tim Brewer
- Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake and Vince Welch
Sorenson wins at Road America: #32-Reed Sorenson won the Bucyrus 200 at Road America for his 4th Nationwide career win, in a wild ending. The race ended under caution after 3 green-white-checker attempts. #18-Michael McDowell led after the first attempt, but was passed by #31-Justin Allgaier during the second GWC attempt. Several cars then wrecked, forcing NASCAR to throw the caution. Allgaier then ran out of gas and could not maintain speed before getting back to the finsih line. #7-Ron Fellows passed Sorenson under caution before Allgaier slowed and NASCAR determined that Fellows did not slow down sufficiently and gave Sorenson the win. Fellows was credited with 2nd place, followed by #22-Jacques Villeneuve, #2-Elliott Sadler, #01-Mike Wallace, #53-Andrew Ranger, #62-Michael Annett, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #6-Ricky Stenhouse, and #67-J.R. Fitzpatrick. McDowell finished 12th and Allgaier 19th. There were 7 cautions for 14 laps and 12 lead changes among 8 leaders. The estimated attendance was 50000. Complete results are posted on the Road America race results page.(6-25-2011)
Road America Race Fast Facts:
Reed Sorenson won the 2nd Annual BUCYRUS 200 Presented by Menards, his fourth victory in 147 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2011.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in one races at Road America.
Ron Fellows (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Road America. It is his first top-10 finish in 2011.
Jacques Villeneuve (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Road America.
Timmy Hill (10th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Reed Sorenson leads the point standings by 5 points over Elliott Sadler.
Driver standings following Road America:
1) #32-Reed Sorenson 568
2) #2-Elliott Sadler 563 -5
3) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 561
4) #31-Justin Allgaier 534 -34
5) #38-Jason Leffler 495 -73
6) #88-Aric Almirola 493 -75
7) #09-Kenny Wallace 457 -111
8) #66-Steve Wallace 434 -134
9) #11-Brian Scott 422 -146
10) #62-Michael Annett 408 -160
Complete standings are posted on the driver standings page. (6-18-2011)
Owner Standings following Road America are posted. The top 30 in owners points who have attempted all races are locked in at Daytona and there were no changes after Road America.(6-25-2011)
McDowell on pole at Road America: #18-Michael McDowell won the Coors Light Pole for the Bucyrus 200 at Road America with a speed of 109.381mph. It is his first career poll. #33-Max Papis will start second. The rest of the top 10: #22-Jacques Villeneuve, #60-Billy Johnson, #7-Ron Fellows, #66-Steve Wallace, #2-Elliott Sadler, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #38-Jason Leffler, and #64-Jason Bowles. Did Not Qualify: none.
The starting lineup is posted on the Road America starting lineup page.(6-25-2011)
Road America Qualifying Notes:
Michael McDowell(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 2nd Annual BUCYRUS 200 Presented by
Menards with a lap of 133.230 seconds, 109.381 mph.
This is his first pole in 74 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2011.
This is his first pole in two races at Road America.
Max Papis (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2011 and his first in one races at Road America.
Jacques Villeneuve (third) posted his second top-10 start at Road America.
Timmy Hill (23rd) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Papis fastest in happy hour: #33-Max Papis was quickest during happy hour at Road America with a speed of 108.991mph. He was followed by: #18-Michael McDowell, #22-Jacques Villeneuve, #7-Ron Fellows, #66-Steve Wallace, #53-Andrew Ranger, #30-Ricky Carmichael, #2-Elliott Sadler, #11-Brian Scott, and #32-Reed Sorenson. Complete results are posted on the Road America practice results page.(6-24-2011)
Johnson fastest in first practice: #60-Billy Johnson, filling in for Carl Edwards, was fastest during opening practice at Road America with a speed of 108.050mph. #22-Jacques Villeneuve was second, followed by: #18-Michael McDowell, #33-Max Papis, #2-Elliott Sadler, #7-Ron Fellows, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #38-Jason Leffler, #16-Trevor Bayne, and #31-Justin Allgaier. Complete results are posted on the Road America practice results page.(6-24-2011)
Entry List: UPDATE: There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Bucyrus 200 at Road America. Some notes:
Ron Fellows is in the JR Motorsports #7;
Michael McDowell returns to the Gibbs' 18. The #20 team will not race;
Jacque Villeneuve will drive the Penske #22;
Alex Kenney is entered in the R3 Motorsports #23;
Andrew Ranger will drive a #53 Dodge;
Jason Bowles will drive the #64 for Rusty Wallace;
JR Fitzpatrick and the #67 Go Canada Racing team return;
Kevin Conway will drive the NEMCO #87.
UPDATE: R3 Motorsports will enter the #03 Dodge. There are 42 cars at the track.(6-24-2011)
See the complete list on the Road America entry list page.
Nationwide Series Goes Road Racing on ESPN: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., this weekend and ESPN will have a live telecast of the Bucyrus 300 on Saturday, June 25. NASCAR Countdown airs at 5 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 5:51 p.m. Allen Bestwick will call the action with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Andy Petree. Reports from Tim Brewer will air from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake and Vince Welch.(ESPN)(6-20-2011)
Nationwide Series Track Schedule
Times listed are local to the track (Central Time).
Thursday, June 23rd
6:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, June 24th
6:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NNS SPOTTER'S MEETING & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
12:00 PM-2:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
3:30 PM-5:30 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
6:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, June 25th
9:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (GARAGE AREA)
2:05 PM (3:05 PM) NNS QUALIFYING (NASCAR, ROAD RACE QUALIFYING) IMPOUND
4:00 PM NNS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
4:30 PM (5:30 PM/ET) NNS RACE (50 LAPS, 202.4 MILES)
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NASCAR News & Notes
Road Course Brings Unpredictability During Summer Stretch
The hot summer months ahead pack a big punch of unpredictability, and the BUCYRUS 200 presented by Menards at Road America, the longest series road course (4.048-miles), presents itself as one of the biggest wild cards of the season.
Not only will the drivers be faced with navigating 14 different turns at high speeds, but this also will be the first of three road course events on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule and the road course debut for the new car.
The door is wide open. The series could see another first-time winner this weekend. Already through the first 15 races there have been eight different winners and seven different Coors Light Pole award winners.
One driver that could be a standout this weekend is Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne, who posted top-10 finishes at both Road America and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Montreal) last season. Bayne is 12th in the standings, having posted three top fives and seven top 10s this season. He is ranked fifth in the pre-race Driver Rating with an 85.9 heading into this weekend.
Bayne’s Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Carl Edwards, is the only full-time double duty driver that will be making the trek from Northern California’s Infineon Raceway to Wisconsin’s Road America. Edwards won the series’ inaugural race at Road America last season, leading 35 of the scheduled 50 laps and posting a perfect Driver Rating (150.0). Edwards won last weekend at Michigan; his fourth victory of the season.
Stenhouse Jr. Leads Tight Championship Race After First 15 Races
It’s back to the stand-alone portion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule which draws even more attention to the already closely-contested championship. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the standings by two points over Elliott Sadler. Reed Sorenson is third, four points out of the lead while Justin Allgaier is 17 points back in fourth. Driver championship contenders have won the last two standalones – Stenhouse at Iowa and Allgaier at Chicagoland.
This weekend at Road America could prove to be a challenge for the series’ top four championship contenders. Stenhouse finished 26th at Road America and 24th at Montreal last season. Allgaier also struggled at Road America, finishing 35th, but managed to find his stride at Montreal, where he finished ninth. Sadler and Sorenson did not enter last year’s event at Road America and will both be making their first laps at the track during practice on Friday, June 24.
"Going up to Road America this weekend is going to be a new challenge for me,” Sorenson said. “It's one I'm looking forward to, though. I think the first thing I need to do is make sure I have a handle on mapping out the track and which way the turns come at me. Finding out where the passing zones are will be huge as well.”
An unfamiliar dark horse who could steal the checkered flag this weekend: Steve Wallace of Rusty Wallace Racing. He currently is eighth in the standings and has the highest ranked pre-race Driver Rating of the championship contenders with 89.7. He also finished ninth at Road America and ninth at Watkins Glen last season.
Road Course Aces Stack Already Stout Field
One man who will be on a mission this weekend is Jacques Villeneuve. The former F1 champion was leading in the closing laps of last year’s event at Road America, but subsequently lost the lead on a restart to a charging Carl Edwards. A failing alternator wire landed him a 25th-place finish.
Villeneuve is entered in the Penske Racing No. 22 Dodge in place of 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Brad Keselowski.
Villeneuve is joined by several skilled road course talents this weekend, including Max Papis driving the Kevin Harvick Inc. No. 33 Chevrolet. In Papis’ most recent series race, last August in Montreal, he was edged by Boris Said by 0.012 seconds, the fifth-closest finish in series history and the closest in series history on a road course.
Another standout is Ron Fellows, who will be driving the JR Motorsports No. 7 Chevrolet. Fellows finished second to Edwards in this event last season. Fellows also won at Montreal in 2008 driving for JR Motorsports.
NASCAR Canadian Tires Series star Andrew Ranger will be piloting the No. 53 Dodge for owner Robert Torriere, and also J.R. Fitzpatrick will be in the No. 67 owned by Steve Meehan. Fitzpatrick finished in the top 10 in last season’s event at Road America.
NASCAR Nationwide Series – Etc.
Saturday’s Bucyrus 200 will be the last event before the first of four “Dash 4 Cash” races, July 1 at Daytona. Introduced in 2009 by Nationwide Insurance and NASCAR, “Dash 4 Cash” is a one-of-a-kind bonus program that rewards the highest-finishing eligible driver in designated races with a $100,000 bonus above and beyond the race purse. Only the top four driver championship contenders in the standings heading into Daytona will be eligible for the bonus. … Ricky Carmichael, the 15-time motocross champion and full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series season debut at Road America, which also will be his NASCAR national series debut on a road course. In 2008, he finished ninth and 12th, respectively, at road courses while driving in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. … NASCAR Nationwide Series road course qualifying procedures: Cars are assigned a qualifying group based on the official practice times. Each qualifying group will be approximately seven minutes. A drivers’ best lap time during his/her group will be the lap time of record.
Goodyear Tire Notes
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials
Number of Tires: 1,100
Set limits: 6 sets for weekend
Tire Code: D-4468 (same tire on all four tire positions)
Tire Circumference: 88.6 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 23 psi; Right Front -- 23 psi;
Left Rear -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 20 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi;
Left Rear -- 17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi
Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire code on all four tire positions at Road America . . . this is the first time Nationwide teams have run this code (D-4468) . . . compared to what was run at Road America last season, this tire features a softer compound to give the cars more grip . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Road America.
Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear will also bring 650 wet weather radialsm
(D-4215) for use at Road America, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant.
Additional Road America Nationwide Race Info: