- Race: 7:30pm/et, Saturday, September 3, 2011 in Hampton, GA
- Length: 195 Laps, 300.0 miles
- TV: ESPN2 - 7:00pm/et
- Radio: PRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Purse: $942,006
- Announcers: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
- Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch
Edwards wins at Atlanta: #60-Carl Edwards won the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his 6th win of the season. #18-Kyle Busch finished second, followed by #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #33-Kevin Harvick, #38-Kasey Kahne, #31-Justin Allgaier, #22-Brad Keselowski, #88-Aric Almirola, #30-Jason Leffler, and #2-Elliott Sadler. There were 6 cautions for 27 laps and 21 lead changes among 8 leaders. The estimated attendance was 62,900.
Atlanta Race Fast Facts:
Carl Edwards(i) won the 20th Annual Great Clips 300, his 35th victory in 236 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his sixth victory and 19th top-10 finish in 2011.
This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in seven races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in eight races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2011.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Ryan Truex (11th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the point standings by 13 points over Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-3-2011)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Atlanta and their finish
Caution 1: #51-Clements, 14th
Caution 2: none, #87-Nemechek caused the caution
Caution 3: #19-Bliss, 15th
Caution 4: #11-Scott, 12th
Caution 5: #66-Wallace, 13th
Caution 6: #20-Truex, 11th
Driver standings following Atlanta:
1) #6- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 909
2) #2-Elliott Sadler 896 -13
3) #32-Reed Sorenson 869 -40
4) #88-Aric Almirola 845 -64
5) #31-Justin Allgaier 840 -69
6) #30-Jason Leffler 811 -98
7) #09-Kenny Wallace 747 -162
8) #66-Steve Wallace 737 -172
9) #11-Brian Scott 724 -185
10) #62-Michael Annett 711 -198
Owner Standings following Atlanta are posted. The top 30 in owners points who have attempted all races are locked in at Richmond.(9-3-2011)
Edwards on pole at Atlanta: #60-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole for the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 179.452mph. #22-Brad Keselowski will start second. The rest of the top 10: #18-Kyle Busch, #20-Ryan Truex, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, #16-Trevor Bayne, #38-Kasey Kahne, #33-Kevin Harvick, #2-Elliott Sadler, and #7-Jamie McMurray. Did Not Qualify: #47-Brian Keselowski & #74-Mike Harmon. The starting lineup is posted on the Atlanta starting lineup page.(9-3-2011)
Truex fastest in happy hour: #20-Ryan Truex was quickest during happy hour for the Great Clips 300 with a speed of 175.749mph. He was followed by: #22-Brad Keselowski, #88-Aric Almirola, #19-Mike Bliss, #18-Kyle Busch, #31-Justin Allgaier, #62-Michael Annett, #66-Steve Wallace, #30-Jason Leffler, and #7-Jamie McMurray. Complete results are posted on the Atlanta practice results page.(9-3-2011)
Atlanta Qualifying Notes:
Carl Edwards(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 20th Annual Great Clips 300 with a lap of 30.894 seconds, 179.452 mph.
This is his 26th pole in 236 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his fifth pole and 23rd top-10 start in 2011.
This is his second pole in seven races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Brad Keselowski(i) (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2011 and his first in five races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch(i) (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his 13th in 18 races this season.
Ryan Truex (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Almirola fastest in first practice: #88-Aric Almirola was fastest during opening practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 179.883mph. #60-Carl Edwards was second, followed by: #33-Kevin Harvick, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #38-Kasey Kahne, #18-Kyle Busch, #19-Mike Bliss, #2-Elliott Sadler, #87-Joe Nemechek, and #30-Jason Leffler. Complete results are posted on the Atlanta practice results page.(9-3-2011)
Entry List:There are 45 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Some notes:
Scott Riggs returns to the #03;
Jamie McMurray will drive the JR Motorsports #7;
Ryan Truex, Jr. gets his first race in the JGR #20;
Kasey Kahne is back in the #38 for Turner;
Josh Wise will drive the #40 for Key Motorsports;
John Jackson is entered again in his #72;
Matt Carter is currently listed in both the #39 & #71.(8-29-2011)
UPDATE: Matt Carter will be in the #39. Clay Greenfield will drive the #71.(9-3-2011)
See the complete list on the Atlanta entry list page.
Nationwide Series Live in Prime Time from Atlanta:
The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series race under the lights in prime time this weekend on the high-speed Atlanta Motor Speedway and ESPN networks will have live telecasts of both events on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4. The 500-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will air on ESPN on Sunday night, Sept. 4, with the NASCAR Countdown pre-race show at 6:30 p.m. ET and the race's green flag at 7:46 p.m. The race telecast is presented by Pennzoil. The NASCAR Nationwide Series race telecast on Saturday night, Sept. 3, on ESPN2 begins at 7 p.m. with NASCAR Countdown presented by OneMain Financial with the race's green flag at 7:46 p.m. Analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree will join lap-by-lap announcer Allen Bestwick in the booth to call the action for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race, while Marty Reid will anchor the Saturday night telecast. Two-time champion crew chief Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch. NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Nicole Briscoe with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.(ESPN)(8-29-2011)
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
Nationwide: 6 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4384; Right-side -- D-4406
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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