- Race: 7:30pm/et, Friday, July 8, 2011 in Sparta, KY
- Length: 200 Laps, 300 miles
- TV: ESPN - 7:00pm/et
- Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Purse: $1,089,927
- Announcers: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
- Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch
Keselowski wins at Kentucky: #22-Brad Keselowski won the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 1st win of 2011 and the 13th of his career. The race came down to fuel mileage, but he was able to save enough to make it to the end. #33-Kevin Harvick finished second, followed by #18-Kyle Busch, #7-Kasey Kahne, #2-Elliott Sadler, #09-Kenny Wallace, #62-Michael Annett, #60-Carl Edwards, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and #20-Joey Logano. JUst 10 cars finished on the lead lap. There were 5 cautions for 24 laps and 8 lead changes among 6 leaders. The estimated attendance was 52,000. Complete results are posted on the Kentucky race results page.(7-8-2011)
Kentucky Race Fast Facts:
Brad Keselowski(i) won the 11th Annual Feed The Children 300, his 13th victory in 156 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2011.
This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in four races at Kentucky Speedway.
Kevin Harvick(i) (second) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2011. Harvick tied Tommy Houston for the most all-time NASCAR Nationwide Series top-10 finishes with 198.
Kyle Busch(i) (third) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Kentucky Speedway.
Blake Koch (22nd) was the highest finishing rookie.
Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 4 points over Reed Sorenson.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-8-2011)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kentucky and their finish
Caution 1: #01-Wallace, 16th
Caution 2: #6-Stenhouse, Jr, 9th
Caution 3: #81-Koch, 22nd
Caution 4: #64-Reutimann, 18th
Caution 5: #28-Cope, 25th
Driver standings following Kentucky:
1) #2-Elliott Sadler 641
2) #30-Reed Sorenson 637 -4
3) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 614 -27
4) #31-Justin Allgaier 598 -43
5) #38-Jason Leffler 568 -73
6) #88-Aric Almirola 553 -88
7) #09-Kenny Wallace 532 -109
8) #66-Steve Wallace 490 -151
9) #62-Michael Annett 483 -158
10) #11-Brian Scott 483 -158
Complete standings are posted on the driver standings page.(7-8-2011)
Owner Standings following Kentucky are posted. The top 30 in owners points who have attempted all races are locked in at New Hampshire. There were no changes after Kentucky.(7-8-2011)
Sadler on pole at Kentucky Speedway: #2-Elliott Sadler won the Coors Light Pole for the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 173.734mph. #60-Carl Edwards will start second. The rest of the top 10: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #20-Joey Logano, #22-Brad Keselowski, #33-Kevin Harvick, #11-Brian Scott, #31-Justin Allgaier, #66-Steve Wallace, and #16-Trevor Bayne. #51-Jeremy Clements slid up into the wall on his attempt and will go to a backup. The team will repair the car. #18-Kyle Busch also wrecked and will have to go to a backup. Did Not Qualify: #47-Danny Efland, #41-Carl Long (who backed into the outside wall on his first qualifying lap). The starting lineup is posted on the Kentucky Speedway starting lineup page.(7-8-2011)
Kentucky Qualifying Notes:
Elliott Sadler won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 11th Annual Feed The Children 300 with a lap of 31.082 seconds, 173.734 mph.
This is his eighth pole in 148 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his second pole and 14th top-10 start in 2011.
This is his first pole at Kentucky Speedway.
Carl Edwards(i) (second) posted his 17th top-10 start of 2011 and his sixth in seven races at Kentucky Speedway.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third) posted his second top-10 start at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 14th in 18 races this season.
Blake Koch (27th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(7-8-2011)
Edwards fastest in happy hour: #60-Carl Edwards was quickest during the final, rain shortened practice at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 173.038mph. He was followed by: #2-Elliott Sadler, #66-Steve Wallace, #11-Brian Scott, #30-Reed Sorenson, #33-Kevin Harvick, #38-Jason Leffler, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #19-Mike Bliss, and #16-Trevor Bayne. Complete results are posted on the Kentucky practice results page.(7-8-2011)
Busch fastest in first practice: #18-Kyle Busch was fastest during opening practice at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 172.419mph. #60-Carl Edwards was second, followed by: #22-Brad Keselowski, #2-Elliott Sadler, #20-Joey Logano, #33-Kevin Harvick, #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #38-Jason Leffler, #30-Reed Sorenson & #11-Brian Scott. Complete results are posted on the Kentucky practice results page.(7-7-2011)
Entry List: UPDATES:There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Some notes:
Jamie Dick will drive the #02;
Kasey Kahne makes his first appearance in the JRM #7;
Will Kimmel will make his series debut in the #39;
Kevin Lepage remains in the #52;
David Stremme will drive the #70 for ML Motorsports;
John Jackson is entered in the #72;
Morgan Shepherd and the #89 team are currently not entered.(7-5-2011)
UPDATE: Danny Efland has been added to the list in the #47 Chevy, a fourth car for Key Motorsports.(7-6-2011)
UPDATE 2: Morgan Shepherd is now listed. There are 44 cars on the entry list.(7-7-2011)
UPDATE 3: Scott Riggs and the #03 team were a late addition. There are 45 cars at the track.(7-7-2010)
See the complete list on the Kentucky Speedway entry list page.
Nationwide Series Live from Kentucky in Prime Time:
Under the lights and in prime time, the NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky., (near Cincinnati) on Friday night, July 8. ESPN will have a live telecast of the race with NASCAR Countdown at 7 p.m. ET and the race's green flag at 7:45 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, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.
Allen Bestwick will host NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN Pit Studio with analysis from Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the race telecast.(ESPN)(7-5-2011)
Nationwide Series Track Schedule
Times listed are local to the track (Eastern Time).
Wednesday, July 6th
8:30 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER
Thursday, July 7th
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPEN
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPEN
5:10 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
6:10 PM-7:25 PM NNS PRACTICE
7:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
8:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, July 8th
7:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM-11:00 AM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
3:35 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
4:45 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (BLUEGRASS HALL)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NASCAR News & Notes
Competition Update: Halfway Sounds So Good
This week in the schedule marks the official halfway point for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and the numbers tell a tale of excitement and intrigue. The second half promises to bring more drama as a close championship battle continues to unfold between a solid group of rising series stars.
Reed Sorenson holds the coveted standings lead in the driver championship standings, just nine points over Elliott Sadler - the biggest deficit between first and second since roles were reversed after Dover and Sadler’s advantage was 10 points over Sorenson. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is third in the standings, 31 points behind Sorenson, and Justin Allgaier is fourth, 37 points back from the standings leader.
Sorenson has made three starts at Kentucky posting two top-five finishes. Sadler will make his first laps on the 1.5 mile speedway this weekend. Allgaier has made two starts at Kentucky, posting one top five and two top 10s, and has the highest ranked pre-race Driver Rating of the top three drivers in the standings with 112.8.
The first half of the season has delivered some great competition. Below are some highlights:
• Ten different winners in first 17 races and driver championship contenders have won three of the last six races.
• Nine driver championship standings lead changes among six different driver championship contenders through the first 17 races.
• Nine different Coors Light Pole winners.
• An average of 7.5 different leaders per race so far this season.
• Average number of lead changes through the first 17 races this season is 17.47.
• Through the first 17 races the Average Margin of Victory has been under a second (0.945).
Milestone Mania As The NASCAR Nationwide Series Heads To Kentucky
Storylines come in bunches this weekend, many in the form of must-watch milestones. Below are some of the upcoming milestones for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Kentucky Speedway.
• Three drivers have reached the 400-start plateau – Jason Keller (519), Kenny Wallace (505) and Tommy Houston (417). This weekend, Mike Wallace will have the chance to join his brother (Kenny) and the aforementioned drivers in the 400 starts club.
• David Green, the 1994 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion and Owensboro native also is one start shy of 400 for his career. However Green has not raced full-time in the series since 2006. He has made two starts this year. Green’s brother Jeff, the 2001 series champion (they’re the only brothers to have won the series title) is entered at Kentucky, driving for TriStar Motorsports.
• Also Mike Wallace’s nephew Steve Wallace will be making his 175th series start at Kentucky Speedway.
• Carl Edwards needs to lead just one more lap to reach the 5,000 lap led mark.
• Mark Martin (49) and Kyle Busch (48) are entered in this weekend’s event. Martin leads the series in all-time wins, and Kentucky is the last event he is scheduled to drive for Turner Motorsports this season.
• Kevin Harvick can tie Tommy Houston’s record for the all-time series lead in top-10 finishes (198) at Kentucky this weekend. Harvick won the inaugural race at Kentucky in 2001.
Kentucky Brings Great Moments For Rising Stars
Coming off one of the biggest wins of his career at Daytona, Joey Logano heads back to Kentucky Speedway, a track he has dominated the last few seasons. Logano has won three consecutive races at Kentucky all from the pole. In doing so, he became the youngest driver in series history to win at 18 years, 21 days with his 2008 victory.
Two key NASCAR pre-race Loop Data statistics point to Logano being a favorite this weekend. He is ranked first in the series Driver Rating with 141.1 and leads the series in the Average Running Position with a 2.4.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series has raced at Kentucky since 2001 and three drivers - David Gilliland, Stephen Leicht and Logano - each won their first NASCAR national series race there while competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Gilliland’s victory in 2006 is one of the series’ greatest moments. He was a part-time driver and his team was an independent organization also on a part-time schedule. Together, they stunned a field comprised of eight double-duty drivers. That win catapulted him into a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career.
NASCAR Nationwide Series – Etc.
Friday night’s race at Kentucky will be a star studded event. Not only will the field be stacked with the great NASCAR Nationwide Series regulars but also eight double duty full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will be in attendance including Kasey Kahne who will be making his first start of the season for JR Motorsports in the No. 7 Chevrolet. Of the eight double duty drivers, four of them are previous winners at Kentucky – Logano (three), Edwards, Harvick and Kyle Busch (each have one).
Kentucky Victory Equals NCWTS Title More Often Than Not
Kentucky Speedway has done more than separate the contenders from the pretenders.
Kentucky’s race winner has gone on to claim the championship in six of the 11 seasons the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has competed at the 1.5-mile track.
Greg Biffle started the trend in 2000, winning the inaugural race. He was followed by Mike Bliss (2002), Bobby Hamilton (2004), Johnny Benson (2008), Ron Hornaday Jr. (2009) and Todd Bodine (2010).
Kentucky Speedway isn’t like other intermediate tracks on the schedule.
"I really like Kentucky and a lot of guys don't,” said Johnny Sauter, the current series points leader and the second-place finisher in last year’s UNOH 225. “It has less banking, more bumps you have to lift through, and it's fast and flatter.
“It takes a lot of skill and driving, especially through the corners.”
Hornaday is the series’ only two-time winner at Kentucky Speedway. His crew chief, Jeff Hensley, won with Skinner in 2007 thus giving the Kevin Harvick Inc. team additional advantage.
“I've always wanted to race there more than once a year and finally this year we'll get to do it,” said Hensley, noting the series returns to Kentucky in October. “It'll be nice to have two shots at the win.”
Bodine and Hornaday are the only previous winners expected to compete in Thursday’s race. “It’s definitely a better state of mind heading to Kentucky Speedway after our win there last year,” said Bodine, 13th in points after a 31st-place finish last month in Texas. “We know we can get it done. We already knew that because we’d always run well there in the past. But, getting the win last year proves it.”
Goodyear Tire Notes
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,800, Right-side -- 1,800;
Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575
Set limits: Sprint Cup: Nationwide: 7 sets for weekend
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4396; Right-side -- D-4440
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.2 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 -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 46 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Kentucky this weekend . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear tire test held at Kentucky on June 1 . . . Sprint Cup drivers participating in that test were Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Travis Kvapil, Joey Logano, Mark Martin and David Reutimann . . . this is a different combination of left- and right-side tires that Nationwide teams ran at Kentucky last year . . .
compared to last year's Kentucky set-up for Nationwide teams, this left-side tire (D-4396) features a mold shape change, while this right-side tire (D-4440) features slight construction and compound changes . . .teams in both of these series ran this left-side tire code at Michigan three weeks ago . . . this is the first time they have run this right-side code . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kentucky . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Additional Kentucky Nationwide Race Info: