GREAT CLIPS 300 - ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Nationwide Series Race #26 of 34 for the 2011 season


Last Race - Bristol
Next Race - Richmond


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Race Information


Race Rundown
Nationwide Series Track Schedule

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

Friday, September 2nd
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
Saturday, September 3rd
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
7:30 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
8:30 AM-9:30 AM NNS PRACTICE
9:45 AM-10:45 AM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
3:35 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)

5:00 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM NNS RACE (195 LAPS, 300.3 MILES)

NASCAR News & Notes

Standings Leaderboard Continues To Stay Tight With Nine Races To Go
 
A three-way, 10-point battle for the lead in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver standings makes Atlanta Motor Speedway another key chapter in the quest for this season’s championship.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has led for the last four weeks, but his advantage has slowly trickled away during that span. He was 12 points in front of Peachtree City’s favorite son Reed Sorenson four races ago; Stenhouse now has a precarious, five-point lead over second-place Elliott Sadler. Sorenson is 10 points back in third.
Stenhouse has been racking up bonus points like no other competitor. His 21 bonus points – for leading a lap and leading the most laps in a race – top the series and are the main reason he’s held onto his standings lead. Sadler has nine bonus points while Sorenson checks in with eight.
Stenhouse Jr. is the best out of the three in both pre-race Driver Rating (88.1) and Average Running Position (15.5) at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Sorenson is hoping for a home-track turnaround. In six NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Atlanta he’s been plagued by four did not finishes (DNF), including an accident that ended his chances last year. A 10th-place result in 2009 is his best finish to date.
A huge Atlanta Falcons fan, Sorenson is ready for some football. He’ll be at practice Tuesday afternoon and will attend their game against the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night with his No. 32 crew chief Trent Owens and car chief Shannon Rursch. The group will be guests of Falcons’ GM Thomas Dimitroff and have the opportunity to join the team on the field for pre-game warm-ups. The No. 32 team will return the favor on Saturday, hosting three Falcon Pro Bowlers – fullback Ovie Mughelli, running back Michael Turner and wide receiver Roddy White – for the race. Prior to the game on Thursday, Sorenson will host his annual golf tournament which benefits Speedway Children’s Charities.
 
Joe Gibbs Racing Setting New Standards Of Success In The Series
 
When it comes to winning and having success in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, one would be hard pressed to name another team in the past decade that has done more than Joe Gibbs Racing. Off the top, 2009 series champion – and the series new all-time wins leader Kyle Busch – leads the way in the team’s flagship No. 18 Toyota. Busch beat JGR teammate Joey Logano by .019 seconds last Friday night at Bristol, the closest margin of victory (MOV) in series history at Bristol and the seventh-closest MOV in series history. It broke the tie he’d held with Mark Martin and also became the first series driver to 50 wins. Interestingly, Busch has yet to win in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition at Atlanta.
The No. 18 Toyota also leads the owner standings by 50 points over the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Joe Gibbs Racing is going for its fourth consecutive owner championship, which would be a new series record.
Brian Scott, who’s ninth in the driver standings, is coming off his first top-10 finish since May at Charlotte with a 10th-place result at Bristol. Scott, an Idaho native, will run a special paint scheme this weekend on the No. 11 Toyota highlighting Boise State University. The Broncos open their season against Georgia, also on Saturday.
And another young driver will make his team debut with Joe Gibbs Racing as Ryan Truex, the two-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, will be in the No. 20 Toyota that finished second to Busch at Bristol. Truex, 19, who began the season with Pastrana-Waltrip Racing, recently signed with JGR for six, late-season races starting with Atlanta. This will be his series track debut there. He’s also slated to run at Richmond, Chicago, Dover, Kansas, and Phoenix.
 
Almirola Leading The Way For JR Motorsports This Season
 
A slow start for Aric Almirola season hasn’t derailed his plans of achieving a successful year and making the most of his opportunity with owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and JR Motorsports.
Though Almirola has been ranked in the top 10 in points since the second race of the season he didn’t register his first top-five finish until Chicagoland, where he was fourth after capturing his first series pole since 2007.
Lack of consistency has kept the No. 88 team from challenging the leaders in the standings – until now. Almirola and crew chief Tony Eury Sr. have seemingly found what was missing, which has equaled five top-five finishes in the last seven races and a more manageable 58-point deficit to the standings leader. Also included in that span was an eighth-place at Watkins Glen; his best-ever finish on a road course.
He’s had one previous series start at Atlanta finishing 27th in 2007. He’ll team with Jamie McMurray, the defending Atlanta winner. McMurray will drive the No. 7 Chevrolet. He has two wins at Atlanta, including his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in 2002.
 
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
 
Upcoming milestones: two-time series champion Kevin Harvick will be making his 275th series start and also goes for his 200th series top-10 finish. Kevin Lepage will attempt to make his 300th series start. Justin Allgaier will make his 100th series start. Aric Almirola will be making his 175th NASCAR national series start. Joe Nemechek will be going for his 75th series top-five finish. … 2010 series champion Brad Keselowski will return to the No. 22 team this week after being out of the car for four weeks due to an injury suffered in a testing accident.
 

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-4384; Right-side -- D-4406

Tire Circumference:
Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.

Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Atlanta 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 Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran in their last races at Atlanta last September . . . at Atlanta's spring doubleheader last year, Cup and Truck teams ran this left-side tire code (D-4384) with a different right-side code . . . since this is the Truck Series' first race at Atlanta since that March 2010 weekend, this is the first time they have raced on this right-side tire (D-4406) . . . compared to what the trucks ran at Atlanta that weekend, this right-side features just a slight construction change . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Atlanta. . . .air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

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