FEED THE CHILDREN 300 - KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY

Nationwide Series Race #18 of 34 for the 2011 season


Last Race - Daytona
Next Race - New Hampshire


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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).
Coincidence? Unlikely.
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.


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