- Race: 7:30pm/et, Saturday, July 30, 2011 in Clermont, Indiana
- Length: 200 Laps, 137.2 miles
- TV: ESPN2 - 7:00pm/et
- Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Purse: $886,789
- Announcers: Marty Reid, Rusty Wallace, Ricky Craven
- Pit Reporters: Rick DeBruhl, Jim Noble and Shannon Spake
Keselowski wins at Lucas Oil Raceway: #22-Brad Keselowski won the Kroger 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway, passing Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. with three laps to go an surviving and green-white-checker finish. #30-James Buescher finished 2nd. Stenhouse, Jr., who led 188 laps on the night, finished third followed by #88-Aric Almirola, #60-Carl Edards, #38-Jason Leffler, #7-Joe Nemechek, #20-Drew Herring, #32-Reed Sorenson, and #18-Michael McDowell. There were 5 cautions for 28 laps and 5 lead changes among 4 leaders. The estimated attendance was 36,000.
Complete results are posted on the Lucas Oil Raceway race results page.(7-30-2011)
Lucas Oil Raceway Race Fast Facts:
Brad Keselowski(i) won the 30th Annual Kroger 200 benefitting Riley Hospital for Children, his 14th victory in 159 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his second victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2011.
This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in five races at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
James Buescher(i) (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. It is his third top-10 finish in 2011.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
Blake Koch (20th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the point standings by 3 points over Reed Sorenson.
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Lucas Oil Raceway and their finish
Caution 1: #32-Sorenson, 9th
Caution 2: #19-Bliss, 11th
Caution 3: #19-Bliss (2), 11th
Caution 4: #09-Wallace, 12th
Caution 5: #70-Stremme, 13th
Driver standings following Lucas Oil Raceway:
1) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 741
2) #32-Reed Sorenson 737 -4
3) #2-Elliott Sadler 716 -25
4) #31-Justin Allgaier 689 -52
5) #88-Aric Almirola 671 -70
6) #38-Jason Leffler 646 -95
7) #09-Kenny Wallace 637 -104
8) #66-Steve Wallace 572 -169
9) #11-Brian Scott 566 -175
10) #63-Michael Annett 565 -176
Complete standings are posted on the driver standings page.(7-30-2011)
Owner Standings following Lucas Oil Raceway are posted. The top 30 in owners points who have attempted all races are locked in at Iowa. There were no changes to the locked in positions.(7-30-2011)
Stenhouse, Jr. on pole at Lucas Oil Raceway: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won the Coors Light Pole for the Kroger 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway with a speed of 108.278mph. #22-Brad Keselowski will start second. The rest of the top 10: #60-Carl Edwards, #31-Justin Allgaier, #16-Trevor Bayne, #11-Brian Scott, #38-Jason Leffler, #62-Michael Annett, #18-Michael McDowell, and #66-Steve Wallace. Did Not Qualify: none. #2-Elliott Sadler hit the wall in turn 1 and was not able to make a qualifying attempt, but the team will repair the primary car. The starting lineup is posted on the Lucas Oil Raceway starting lineup page.(7-30-2011)
Almirola fastest in happy hour: #88-Aric Almirola was quickest during happy hour at Lucas Oil Raceway with a speed of 106.979mph. He was followed by: #16-Trevor Bayne, #2- Elliott Sadler, #33-Austin Dillon, #38-Jason Leffler, #30-James Buescher, #18-Michael McDowell, #11-Brian Scott, #7-Josh Wise and #66-Steve Wallace. 37 drivers practiced. Slowest were #40-Tim Andrews & #13-Jennifer Jo Cobb.
Complete results are posted on the Lucas Oil Raceway practice results page.(7-30-2011)
Stenhouse fastest in first practice: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was fastest during opening practice at Lucas Oil Raceway with a speed of 107.351mph. #22-Parker Kligerman, subbing for Brad Keselowski was second, followed by: #2-Elliott Sadler, #33-Austin Dillon, #16-Chris Buescher (subbing for Trevor Bayne), #11-Brian Scott, #88-Aric Almirola, #38-Jason Leffler, #7-Josh Wise, and #20-Drew Herring. The only reported accident was by #13-Jennifer Jo Cobb. She did not have a backup car so she made an agreement with Rick Ware Racing to use the #71 car and convert it to her #13 to race. Complete results are posted on the Lucas Oil Raceway practice results page.(7-30-2011)
Entry List:There are 44 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Kroger 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway. Some notes:
Danny O'Quinn returns to the #04;
Michael McDowell will be in the JGR #18;
Drew Herring remains in the JGR #20;
Dennis Setzer will drive the #23;
James Buescher is in the Turner #30;
Austin Dillon makes his final start of the year in the #33;
Matt Frahm returns to the Go Green #39;
David Stremme will drive the ML Motorsports #70;
Travis Pastrana will make his Nationwide debut in the #99.(7-25-2011)
UPDATE: The #71 Rick Ware team has withdrawn.(7-27-2011)
UPDATE 2: With Patrana's injury, the #99 team has withdrawn.(7-29-2011)
UPDATE 3: There are 42 cars at the track. Key Motorsports swapped some drivers around: Tim Andrews is in the #40, Scott Wimmer in the #42, and Charles Lewandoski in the #47.(7-30-2011)
See the complete list on the Lucas Oil Raceway entry list page.
Nationwide Series Live in Prime Time from Indianapolis on ESPN: ESPN continues its season-long coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series with a live, prime time telecast of the event on the short track at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis on Saturday night, July 30. NASCAR Countdown presented by OneMain Financial airs at 7 p.m. ET and the race's green flag flies at 7:45 p.m. Also from the 0.686-mile track, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., with practice airing earlier in the day at 11:30 a.m. The race will mark the NASCAR Nationwide Series debut of Travis Pastrana, the action sports star who also will be competing in the Summer X Games in Los Angeles and will be commuting between the two events. ESPN's coverage of both events will document Pastrana's adventure, including not only what he does in competition in both locations but also his commute and what it took for him to do both events. Fans also will be able to get more insider information in the "Pastranathon" blog on EXPN.com. Marty Reid will call the action for the race with analysis by Rusty Wallaceand Ricky Craven. Pit reporters will be Rick DeBruhl, Jim Noble and Shannon Spake.(ESPN)(7-25-2011)
Nationwide Series Track Schedule
Times listed are local to the track (Eastern Time).
Friday, July 29th
8:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
9:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS (INSPECTION ONLY- PADDOCK AREA)
4:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
Saturday, July 30th
6:30 AM NNS MOVE EQUIPMENT FROM PADDOCK TO GARAGE AREA
6:30 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
6:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
10:00 AM-11:15 AM NNS PRACTICE
11:45 AM-12:30 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
4:35 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
6:00 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (INFIELD TENT)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 137.2 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NASCAR News & Notes
Travis Pastrana Makes His NASCAR National Series Debut
After back-flipping his way through the ESPN X Games, Travis Pastrana will catch a red-eye flight to Indianapolis to make his first ever start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway. The long awaited arrival of the action sports star is finally here.
Pastrana has 16 X Games gold medals in addition to multiple titles in supercross, motocross and rally cars. He’ll make his series debut for Pastrana-Waltrip Racing No. 99 Boost Mobile Toyota.
“For me it is always about a new challenge and finding the most competition,” Pastrana said.
Pastrana got a taste of NASCAR racing, having run a combination of five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West races this year including his best finish of sixth in his NASCAR debut in January at the Toyota All-Star Showdown. His other NASCAR K&N Pro Series races were Phoenix (25th), Richmond (33rd), Iowa (22nd) and Loudon (22nd).
“It has been awesome,” Pastrana said. “I have been talking with [driver coach] Matt Crafton (see page 4 for more on his relationship with Crafton) and the team and really working on figuring out how to adjust the car. You might be good at the beginning of practice or the end of practice or good in your qualifying run or be good in the race, but it’s difficult. You have to continue to work with the team to make your car better. It has been a lot of fun and humbling for sure.” (Click here video of Travis Pastrana’s interview.)
Standings Battle Gets Fierce With 14 Races To Go
No one has been able to run away with the points lead this season and the trend continues into Lucas Oil Raceway – the top-three drivers are separated by 14 points. Turner Motorsports’ Reed Sorenson leads the way with 14 races to go just five points ahead of Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and 14 points ahead of Kevin Harvick Inc.’s Elliott Sadler, in third. There have been 11 points lead changes this season and the tight competition does not appear to be loosening up one bit.
Sorenson is a fan of short-track racing and it shows in his stats at Lucas Oil Raceway, site of his series debut in 2004. In four starts, he has notched three top fives, three top 10s, one pole and 49 laps led. Sorenson has completed 100 percent of the laps attempted and has an average starting position of 6.8 and average finish of 5.8. Sorenson’s best career finish at the .686-mile short track is second in 2006.
Stenhouse has made one start at LOR, starting third and finishing 11th last season. Sadler on the other hand has three starts, but hasn’t competed there since 1998. In his last two starts at the .686-mile track, he finished second.
Sorenson leads all championship contenders in pre-race Driver Rating with 116.1.
Drivers Emerge As The Future Of The Series
This time last season Trevor Bayne lit the wick on his rocket to stardom in NASCAR, posting his first of three consecutive poles at Lucas Oil Raceway. The feat tied a series record, and he went on to finish fourth that night.
“I love short-track racing and this race is all about the drivers,” Bayne said. “I have been in position to win the last two times we were at LOR and I am really looking forward to Saturday night.”
Like Bayne, Austin Dillon and Drew Herring are also beginning to climb the ranks of popularity. Dillon primarily races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but last weekend finished third in the NASCAR Nationwide race at Nashville. Dillon has finished in the top 10 in all three of his starts this season and will be piloting the No. 33 car for KHI again this weekend.
Joe Gibbs Racing’s Drew Herring made his second start of the season last weekend at Nashville in the No. 18 car. He posted his first top-10 finish and kept the No. 18 team atop the owners’ standings. This weekend Herring will still be working with the same crew chief, Adam Stevens, but will be in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota instead of the No. 18.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
NASCAR.COM’s TrackPass RaceView, its premier season-long, live NASCAR Sprint Cup Series virtual experience, will cover three marquee NASCAR Nationwide Series races for the first time ever. The free application will debut at Lucas Oil Raceway on July 30 and also will be available for NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Watkins Glen International (Aug. 13) and Richmond International Raceway (Sept. 9). … Joe Balash, the NASCAR Nationwide Series director, is from Hobart, Ind. Balash’s leadership has been instrumental in the introduction of the series’ new car, which makes its track debut at LOR. … The No. 70 ML Motorsports team owned by Mary Louise Miller, is based in Warsaw, Ind. The team’s driver, David Stremme is from South Bend. … Jason Leffler may be a California native, but he considers Indiana his second home and LOR one of his favorite tracks. Leffler built his USAC legacy at LOR and also won his most recent NASCAR Nationwide Series race there in 2007.
Goodyear Tire Notes
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Number of Tires: Nationwide:
Left-side -- 450, Right-side -- 450;
Camping World Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325
Set limits: Nationwide: 5 sets for the weekend
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4416; Right-side -- D-4250
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 25 psi; Left Rear -- 25 psi;
Right Front -- 25 psi; Right Rear -- 25 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi;
Right Front -- 23 psi; Right Rear -- 21 psi
Notes: Teams in both NASCAR series in action at Lucas Oil Raceway this week will run the same tire codes, though the Nationwide Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . teams in both of these series have run this right-side tire code (D-4250) at Indianapolis since 2009 . . . and while this is the first time these teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4416) at this track, they have run it at several other tracks earlier this season . . . Nationwide teams have run this left-side three times already -- at Phoenix, Richmond and New Hampshire . . . Camping World Truck teams have run this left-side at Phoenix . . . compared to what was run at Indianapolis last season, this left-side tire features a slight construction change to bring it into line with what is being run at other tracks . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, Nationwide and Camping World Truck teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Indianapolis.
Additional Lucas Oil Raceway Nationwide Race Info: