NEW ENGLAND 200 - NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Nationwide Series Race #19 of 34 for the 2011 season


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Nationwide Series Track Schedule

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

Thursday, July 14th
11:30 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
1:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
2:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NNS, NWMT& NKNPS-E REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, July 15th
8:00 AM NNS GARAGES & REGISTRATIONS OPEN
9:30 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
10:30 AM-11:20 AM NNS PRACTICE
1:40 PM-3:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NKNPS-E,NNS& NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
5:30 PM NNS, NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, July 16th
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:35 AM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
12:50 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (GARAGE)
3:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:30 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 211.6 MILES)
4:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NASCAR News & Notes

Sadler and Sorenson Continue Impressive Points Championship Battle

Consistency has been king for Elliott Sadler. Though he hasn’t visited Victory Lane yet this season, he does lead the series championship contenders in top-five finishes with nine and is tied for the series lead in top-10 finishes (13) with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The 36-year-old veteran is on top of the standings by four points over Reed Sorenson and 27 points over third-place Stenhouse Jr. It’s his fourth time atop the standings and first since the May race at Charlotte. Sorenson also has led four times this year, most recently after Daytona before ceding the top spot to Sadler following last Saturday’s race at Kentucky. So far in 2011, the points lead has changed hands 11 times.
As the series heads to New Hampshire this weekend, the battle for the points lead could heat up. While Sadler has made seven starts compared to Sorenson’s four at New Hampshire, Sorenson has the better average finish of the two with a 12.0. But Sadler is on a roll in the past four starts rallying off four consecutive top-10 finishes and he outranks Sorenson in the NASCAR Nationwide Series pre-race Driver Rating with a 96.2 compared Sorenson’s 94.6.

Home Race, Kind Of: Roush Fenway Racing Head To Red Sox Country

Two of the NASCAR Nationwide Series brightest stars, Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne will be participating in the 2nd annual Fan Appreciation Day hosted by Roush Fenway Racing. The event will be held on Thursday, July 14 at City Hall Plaza, adjacent to Quincy Market after facing off in activities at Fenway Park — the home of the Boston Red Sox — as part of their season-long “Ricky vs. Trevor” competition (http://www.roushfenway.com/rfr-dirextion/ricky-vs-trevor/).
The RFR tandem will also be sporting special paint schemes on their Ford Mustangs this weekend that will hit home with local New England sports fans. Stenhouse will run a Fenway Park 100 Years paint scheme this weekend. He has only made one start at New Hampshire posting a 16th-place finish last season. Stenhouse’s teammate, 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, also will carry a Sox-related scheme this weekend. He’ll have the New England Sports Network (NESN) on his Ford Mustang, calling attention to the Sox’s long-time television network. Bayne is 13th in the standings, 74 points behind 10th-place, Brian Scott. Though only starting 13 of the 18 scheduled races this season, he has posted three top fives and seven top 10s. He finished fifth at New Hampshire last season and leads all the championship contenders in pre-race Driver Rating with a 102.9.
“Loudon is always a special place for us to visit because of our relationship with Fenway Sports Group,” Bayne said. “There are a ton of Red Sox fans that come out to the races when we are there and cheer us on; it’s great to have that kind of support. I only have one start at Loudon under my belt, but it was one of my best races of the year in 2010 because we started in 18th and drove our way to the front for a top-five finish.”

Busch’s Record Chasing Could Solidify Himself For Future Hall Of Fame Discussions

At the age of 26, Kyle Busch has accomplished feats that some of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history were never able to do in their entire careers. Below are some of his impressive accomplishments as he sits on the cusp of his 100th NASCAR national series win:
• 99 NASCAR national series wins – third on the all-time NASCAR national series wins list behind Richard Petty’s 200 wins and David Pearson’s 106 wins. Busch has posted 13 combined national series wins this season alone – three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; five NASCAR Nationwide Series and five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories.
• 48 NASCAR Nationwide Series career wins – one win behind Mark Martin’s series leading 49 wins. Martin has collected his 49 wins in 235 series starts; Busch will be making his 216th start at New Hampshire.
• 18 NASCAR national series Perfect Driver Rating (150.0) performances, the most of any driver in the three NASCAR national series (14 in NASCAR Nationwide Series; four in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series).

NASCAR Nationwide Series – Etc.

Voting is now underway for 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver. Fans can go to http://www.nascar.com/nnsmpd and vote for their favorite driver once per day until the Nov. 17 deadline. NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship contenders who attempt at least half of the season’s 34 races are eligible to receive votes. … Andrew Ranger, coming off a NASCAR Canadian Tire Series win at Toronto on Saturday, will run double-duty at New Hampshire. Ranger is in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East on Friday afternoon and NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday. … Matt Frahm (North Salem, N.H.), who made two of his three career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts at New Hampshire, will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with Roush Fenway Racing in the No. 39. … Other drivers in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race with NASCAR K&N Pro Series East ties include New Englanders Joey Logano (Middletown, Conn.), who won at New Hampshire twice in 2007, and Charles Lewandoski (Stafford, Conn.).


Goodyear Tire Notes

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

Number of Tires:
Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525

Set limits:
Nationwide: 5 sets for the weekend

Tire Codes:
Left-side -- D-4416; Right-side -- D-4432

Tire Circumference:
Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.

Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 30 psi

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi

Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at New Hampshire this weekend . . . teams are very familiar with this tire set-up, with both series having run this same combination of left- and right-side tires at Phoenix and Richmond earlier this season. . . compared to what was run at New Hampshire last season, this left-side tire features a slight construction change, while this right-side tire features a construction change and a softer compound . . . the changes are designed to give the cars more grip . .
. as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at New Hampshire.

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