US CELLULAR 250 - IOWA SPEEDWAY

Nationwide Series Race #22 of 34 for the 2011 season


Last Race - Lucas Oil Raceway
Next Race - Watkins Glen


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Nationwide Series Track Schedule

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

Friday, August 5th
10:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
12:30 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
3:30 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER'S MEETING, RANDOM DRAWING
4:30 PM-5:30 PM NNS PRACTICE
6:00 PM-7:30 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE

7:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
8:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, August 6th
8:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
3:35 PM (4:35 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
4:30 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING-PIT ROAD(INFIELD CARE CENTER)
4:30 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
6:30 PM (7:30 PM) NNS RACE (250 LAPS, 218.75 MILES)

NASCAR News & Notes

Fired-Up Stenhouse Could Be Trouble For Championship Rivals
 
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is all fired up. And that probably isn’t good news for his NASCAR Nationwide Series rivals – especially heading to Iowa Speedway where the Mississippi competitor scored his first victory in May.
Here’s the deal:
•           Stenhouse retook the championship lead by three points from Reed Sorenson at Lucas Oil Raceway. That’s good, right? Well, sort of. First in points is nice for bragging rights but this season has been the definition of “temporary” – there have been three different points leaders after the last three races.
•           Stenhouse had victory in hand in Indy, where he led 198 of 204 laps before 2010 NNS champion Brad Keselowski nudged his way past on a late restart. Adding insult to injury, post-race video dropped Stenhouse from second to third in the final order.
•           At Nashville he watched Roush Fenway teammate Carl Edwards capture the coveted Sam Bass signature Gibson guitar trophy. And in Michigan in June, Stenhouse led 38 laps among a field of seven full-time double-duty drivers – as late as Lap 116 of 125 – only to lose to Edwards.
Consider then that Stenhouse, actually an upbeat, outgoing fellow, is more than motivated; perhaps as much more so than any of his points chasing fellow competitors. Statistics say he’s going to be tough to dislodge from the top spot – especially being able to run heads up with the likes of Edwards and Keselowski.
He’s on series-best streaks of top fives (three) and top 10s (four). Loop Data shows Stenhouse with an overall Driver Rating of 108.8 – the only series points eligible driver in triple digits. In May, he topped five different Loop Data categories en route to a second best Driver Rating 128.
 
Super Subs: McDowell, Herring, Mayhew Fit Perfectly
 
The recipe for NASCAR success: talent plus equipment plus opportunity. Three drivers in particular meet that criteria this weekend at Iowa Speedway.
•           Michael McDowell isn’t new to NASCAR national series competition, but after several starts and stops he’s clawing his way back toward the top. He’ll be at the wheel of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota that’s visited Victory Lane six times in 2011 with Kyle Busch. In three races with the team, McDowell has a pole at Road America and two top 10s including a seventh at Iowa Speedway in May.
•           Drew Herring will drive JGR’s No. 20 Toyota, the same car in which he finished 12th at Iowa in May. Herring has three starts for the team this season with two top 10s and a best finish of seventh at Nashville Superspeedway.
•           David Mayhew may be new to Kevin Harvick Inc.’s No. 33 Chevrolet but is familiar with both Iowa Speedway and Harvick’s organization. He won the Keystone Light Pole and finished third in a KHI Chevrolet when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visited Iowa last month. The Atascadero, Calif. competitor also has three NASCAR K&N Pro Series victories at the Newton track.
 
Annett “Dashes” For Hometown Win, Big Bonus
 
Michael Annett needs a two-way plan of attack this weekend at Iowa Speedway.
First wave: Annett, from nearby Des Moines, is seeking that holy grail-type win at his home track. Two drivers have picked up home wins this year – Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, Va.) at Richmond and Justin Allgaier (Riverton, Ill.) at Chicagoland.
Second wave: He’s one of four eligible drivers to claim the $100,000 NASCAR Nationwide Series “Dash 4 Cash” bonus. The eligible drivers for the second Dash 4 Cash round: Allgaier, Jason Leffler and Reed Sorenson and Annett. The highest finisher among those four nabs the cash.
Annett’s average finish at Iowa is 10.3, including seventh last year. A slow start to his season gave way to a crew chief change that has helped change his luck. Before Rick Viers came on board, his average finish was 21.0. Since Viers took over, Annett finishes at a 12.4 clip and is in the top 10 in points.
Iowa represents the second of four “Dash 4 Cash” races on the year. Last month at Daytona, Reed Sorenson took the $100,000 bonus that was up for grabs between him, Allgaier, Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The eligibility for those four drivers for that first event was set by series driver championship points coming out of Road America. The Iowa field of four was set by the highest race finish at Daytona among the top four drivers who receive NASCAR Nationwide Series points. The field for Race No. 3 at Richmond in September will be set coming out of Iowa – the four highest-finishing drivers who receive NASCAR Nationwide Series driver points.
(Click here for eligibility and further information on the “Dash 4 Cash” program).
Iowa is hosting its fourth NASCAR-sanctioned event since May, and its second NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season. Sellout crowds have been the norm at Iowa and this race is expected to be no different.
 
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
 
Iowa Speedway will hold its inaugural Iowa Speedway Foundation Track Walk on Saturday, August 6, beginning at 11 a.m. Rusty Wallace, Steve Wallace and Michael Annett are confirmed to participate in the event. … The four eligible drivers for the “Dash 4 Cash” award at Iowa – Reed Sorenson, Jason Leffler, Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett – will take part in some “Iowa-style” pre-race competitions at the Living History Farms (11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50322) on Friday starting at 9 a.m. The winning driver will receive a $4,000 gift to the charity of their choice. Their contests will include: Horse-Drawn Carriage Showdown; Cow Milking; Corn Shelling.

Goodyear Tire Notes


Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

Number of Tires:
Left-side -- 500; Right-side -- 500

Set limits: 6 sets for the weekend

Tire Codes:
Left-side -- D-4470; Right-side -- D-4474

Tire Circumference:
Left-side -- 87.1 in.; Right-side -- 88.3 in.

Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
Right Front -- 40 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 18 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi;
Right Front -- 36 psi; Right Rear -- 34 psi

Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR Nationwide Series teams ran successfully at Iowa in May . . . NASCAR Camping World Truck teams also ran this tire set-up at Iowa in July . . . both of these tire codes (LS: 4470; RS: 4474) are unique to Iowa . . . this tire combination came out of a Goodyear tire test at Iowa in April . . . drivers participating in that test were Reed Sorenson in a Nationwide car and Todd Bodine in a Camping World Truck . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Iowa.

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