FOOD CITY 250 - BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Nationwide Series Race #25 of 34 for the 2011 season


Last Race - Montreal
Next Race - Atlanta


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

Thursday, August 25th
11:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, August 26th
6:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM 11:00 AM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
3:40 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS - ALL POSITIONS)

5:00 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (CONFERENCE ROOM)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM NNS RACE (250 LAPS, 133.24 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NASCAR News & Notes

Standings Race Is Lightning Hot Heading To Thunder Valley
 
With only 10 races to go in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the driver standings are so tight, competition has become lightning hot and at perfect time too. Bristol Motor Speedway is the next stop for the series and the ‘World’s Fastest Half Mile’ should be nothing less than a spectacle this weekend for the Aug. 26 Food City 250, Friday night under the lights.
At this time last year, the top three in the standings were separated by 599 points and Brad Keselowski was pulling away with what later became his championship season. This season with 10 to go, the top three are only separated by nine points, and a lot of this great competition is due to the ‘select a series’ format that was put into place for this year.
After the March race at Bristol, the top three in the standings were separated by 18 points. Twenty races later, one of those drivers – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – has moved into the lead. Elliott Sadler, who was in third place, 21 points behind the leader four races ago, has moved back into second, now eight points out. Reed Sorenson, the leader after the July race at Nashville, has slumped a bit, but is within striking distance, nine points behind, in third.
In March, Sadler bested the top three drivers at Bristol with a fourth-place finish. Stenhouse, who won the pole for that race, was 14th. He looks to become the first driver to sweep the pole at Bristol. Sorenson left with a 34th-place result after a blown engine. That’s been his worst finish of the season.
Sadler also leads the top three drivers in the standings in pre-race Driver Rating at Bristol with a 97.6.
 
Kyle Busch Could Soon Be Crowned ‘King’ Of The NASCAR Nationwide Series
 
Basketball players like LeBron James have huge marketing campaigns driving a message to his fans to ‘Witness’ the greatness of his skills on the court. Well, it is time for everyone to ‘Witness‘ the greatness that Kyle Busch has displayed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series over the course of his career.
Busch’s success is unmatched. His career has set a new standard in the series as he heads to Bristol on the cusp of becoming the first driver in series history to win three-in-a-row at Bristol. He also has the chance to reach the milestone of 50 series wins – solely becoming the all-time series wins leader – and almost certain to deserve the name ‘King,’ like the aforementioned basketball player.
Quick highlights of Kyle Busch’s NASCAR Nationwide Series career:
•           49 NASCAR Nationwide Series wins in 217 starts; he is currently tied with Mark Martin on the all-time wins list; Martin reached 49 wins in 232 starts.
•           116 Top-five finishes in 218 starts – 6th on the all-time series list
•           145 Top-10 finishes in 218 starts – 13th on the all-time series list 
•           14 Perfect Driver Rating performances (150.0) out of a total of 29 ever accomplished in the NASCAR Nationwide Series since the advent of Loop Data in 2005 – the most of any driver in all three NASCAR national series.
 
Sunoco Rookie Of The Year Battle Close With 10 To Go
 
Timmy Hill and Blake Koch continue their close Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings battle. Hill leads by three points with 10 races to go. And if recent results are any indication, that competition should remain tight this weekend. Hill was 29th and Koch was 30th following their series track debuts at Bristol in March.
Hill, a Port Tobacco, Md., native cut his teeth in the NASCAR ladder system. In 2010 he competed in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West and in 2009, he posted 10 victories in the Allison Legacy Series on his way to his national championship that year.
This season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Hill has made 22 starts and posted three top-15 finishes including his career best 11th-place finish at Road America.  
Koch, a West Palm Beach, Fla., native also honed his skills in the NASCAR ladder system. Koch participated part-time for three different seasons in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, posting four top fives and 13 top 10s in 23 starts.
This season, Koch has made 22 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts, posting four top-20 finishes including his best finish of 14th at Road America.
 
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
 
Upcoming milestones this week at Bristol: Clint Bowyer will make his 175th series start, Chase Miller will attempt to make his 50th series start, Joe Nemechek will be going for his 75th top-five finish and Scott Wilmer will be going for his 75th top-10 finish. … Reigning champion Brad Keselowski hasn’t run in a series race since winning at Lucas Oil Raceway in late July. The ankle injury he suffered during a test precluded him from racing at Iowa and Watkins Glen – he was already giving up the seat of the No. 22 Dodge to Jacques Villeneuve at Montreal. Will he get back in his Nationwide car at Bristol or once again turn it over to a substitute driver? In nine career series starts at Bristol, Keselowski has a win, four top fives, six top 10s and two poles. In the three NASCAR Sprint Cup races he’s run without a companion Nationwide event since his injury, Keselowski has a win, two top fives and has moved from 21st to 12th in the points.

Goodyear Tire Notes

Tire:
Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

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

Set limits:
Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4404; Right-side -- D-4408

Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.1 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
Right Front -- 42 psi; Right Rear -- 40 psi

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi;
Right Front -- 41 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi

Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Bristol this week will run the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in all three series ran at Bristol last August . . . Nationwide Series teams also ran this same tire set-up at Bristol earlier this season . . . in addition, NASCAR teams have run this right-side tire code (D-4408) several times this season, including at Auto Club Speedway (Sprint Cup and Nationwide), Kansas Speedway (Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck) and Nashville Superspeedway (Nationwide and Camping World Truck) . . . unlike on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, on which teams generally do not run inner liners, teams are required to run liners in their right-side tires only at Bristol . . . .air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

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