ZIPPO 200 - WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

Nationwide Series Race #23 of 34 for the 2011 season


Last Race - Iowa
Next Race - Montreal


Race Details
Race Information


Race Rundown
Nationwide Series Track Schedule

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

Friday, August 12th
7:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
1:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
2:00 PM-4:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, August 13th
6:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:45 AM NNS QUALIFYING (NASCAR ROAD RACE QUALIFYING)
11:25 AM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER )
1:30 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION-SECURITY
2:00 PM NNS RACE (82 LAPS, 200.9 MILES)
2:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES



NASCAR News & Notes
Stenhouse’s Comeback Season Stuff Of Legend
 
Heading to Watkins Glen on Saturday, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. can reflect on how his career has come full circle from this time last season. 
In 2010, Stenhouse was taken out of the No. 6 Ford for this race, forced to watch Roush Fenway Racing teammate Bill Johnson work the seven turns at Watkins Glen after having a rough start to his season, posting five DNFs and a DNQ. Things have changed drastically.
Now, Stenhouse has slid himself ‘sideways and backwards’ into the spotlight of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, skidding over the start/finish line last Saturday at Iowa Speedway for the win after teammate Carl Edwards slammed into the back of his No. 6 Ford. The 23-year-old, Olive Branch, Miss. native retained the lead in the series standings with the Iowa sweep.
Stenhouse is having a championship caliber season. The list: He holds a 12-point lead over second-place Reed Sorenson; he leads the series in top-10 finishes (17) and is tied for the series lead in top-five finishes (10) with Elliott Sadler; he’s the first series-only regular to have multiple wins in a season since Brad Keselowski did it in 2009.
Road-course racing dominates the upcoming schedule, with Watkins Glen and Montreal on deck. After the Zippo 200 at the Glen on Saturday, Stenhouse plans to get some more seat time by running in the GRAND-AM race with RFR teammate David Ragan.
“We are going to go to these road courses and try and get solid top 10s out of them,” Stenhouse said. “We were looking at the schedules and after we clear these road courses, we have 10 really good race tracks that we have run really well at,” Stenhouse said. 
 
Double-Duty Drivers Flock To Road Course
 
Seat time is vital, especially when there are few opportunities, like on road courses. Hence, the double-duty spike this weekend.
Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join JR Motorsports teammate Ron Fellows this Saturday. It will be Johnson’s first race in the series since 2008. 
Johnson spent two full seasons in the NASCAR Nationwide Series from 2000-01 before moving to NASCAR Sprint Cup. He’s competed in 19 series races since, but hasn’t fared as well as he has in the premier series. His average finish in those races is 19th, with five DNFs.
Additionally, Paul Menard, fresh off his Brickyard 400 win, will drive the No. 33 Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick Inc., Brad Keselowski will return to the series after his one-week absence due to his left ankle injury and Carl Edwards will be in the No. 60 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing.
Also, Joe Gibbs Racing tandem Joey Logano and Kyle Bush are entered. Busch will be attempting to capture his 50th series win, which would put him as the sole leader on the all-time series wins list. He currently is tied with Mark Martin with 49 wins.
 
’Road’ Rage For Near-Victors
 
The last time Justin Allgaier and Ron Fellows were on a NASCAR Nationwide Series road course, both thought they had wins in the bag.
In June at Road America, Allgaier was leading on the last lap – a caution lap no less – but ran out of gas before being able to cross the finish line. During that same caution, Fellows was penalized for passing the leader – Sorenson – under yellow. Believing he was on the way to a win, he instead was crushed to learn he had been placed back into his original position – second – after the checkered flag.
Needless to say, both drivers might be experiencing a bit of “road rage” upon their arrival at Watkins Glen.
Fellows has three series wins at The Glen, which ties Marcos Ambrose for second all-time behind Terry Labonte’s four. But he hasn’t won there since 2001. Fellows also is tied for the most series poles there, with two. He has one win for JR Motorsports, a victory two years ago at Montreal.
Allgaier has a three-pronged reason for road-course revenge: In order to stay in the championship race, he needs a solid finish. He’s currently fifth, 83 points behind leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Also, he’d like to improve upon his Watkins Glen finishes – 34th last season due to engine failure, and 17th in his 2009 series track debut.
 
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
 
Joe Gibbs Racing announced that it has signed Ryan Truex to drive in six races this season in the organization’s NASCAR Nationwide Series program. Truex will drive the No. 20 Toyota at Atlanta, Richmond, Chicago, Dover, Kansas and Phoenix. … Possible upcoming milestones: Chase Miller will attempt to make his 50th series start. … Joe Nemechek, the 1992 series champion, goes for his 75th top-five series finish. … Casey Roderick, 18, who recently served as a development driver with Bill Elliott Racing, will attempt his series debut at Watkins Glen.


Goodyear Tire Notes

Tire:
Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

Number of Tires:
Nationwide: 1,000

Set limits:
Nationwide: 6 sets for the weekend

Tire Codes:
D-4468 (same tire code on all four tire positions)

Tire Circumference:
88.6 in.

Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 23 psi; Right Front -- 23 psi;
Left Rear -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 20 psi

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi;
Left Rear – 17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi

Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire code (D-4468) at Watkins Glen this weekend . . . NASCAR teams run the same tire code on all four tire positons on road courses . . . Nationwide teams ran this tire at Elkhart Lake earlier this season . . . this is the first time teams in either of these two series have run this code at Watkins Glen . . . compared to what was run at The Glen last season, this tire features the same compound, but returns to the stiffer sidewall construction that was run in 2009 . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Watkins Glen.

Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear will also bring 800 wet weather radials (D-4215) to Watkins Glen for use by Nationwide Series teams only, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant.


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