KROGER 200 - LUCAS OIL RACEWAY

Nationwide Series Race #21 of 34 for the 2011 season


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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.


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