VIRGINIA 529 COLLEGE SAVINGS 250 - RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Nationwide Series Race #27 of 34 for the 2011 season


Last Race - Atlanta
Next Race - Chicago


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Race Information


Race Rundown
Nationwide Series Track Schedule

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

Thursday, September 8th
11:30 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, September 9th
7:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM-10:15 AM NNS PRACTICE
10:30 AM-11:30 AM NNS FINAL PRACTICE

4:05 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
5:20 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM NNS RACE (250 LAPS, 187.5 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
8:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

NASCAR News & Notes

Stenhouse, Sadler Go Head-To-Head With Eight To Go
 
With eight races to go it is time for the championship contenders to please stand up.
One such candidate, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has done just that. The current standings leader is 13 points ahead of second place Elliott Sadler, and now 40 points up on third place Reed Sorenson.
Stenhouse has outperformed his competition. He has three Coors Light Poles, two wins (Iowa Speedway sweep), 11 top fives and 18 top 10s including a third-place finish at Atlanta this past weekend.
But Stenhouse will have to keep the momentum rolling as the series heads to Richmond. The Emporia, Va. native Elliott Sadler will be looking to rebound in the points at his home track. Sadler was the preseason media choice to win the series title in his first year of full-time competition since 1998. He finished 13th in this race last year, running for JR Motorsports, and improved to fourth in this year’s spring event, his best finish at Richmond since his career-best runner-up result in 2005. His 16 starts are the most he’s made at any series track.
Both Sadler (90.7) and Sorenson (92.7) have better NASCAR pre-race Driver Ratings than Stenhouse (88.0) at Richmond. 
 
She’s Back! Danica Returns For Short-Track Showdown
 
On the heels of her announcement to run full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and part-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season, Danica Patrick returns for some short-track racing at Richmond International Raceway.
For the NASCAR Nationwide Series races, she'll drive with her current stock car team, JR Motorsports, owned by two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion (1998-99) Dale Earnhardt Jr.
In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season, Danica will be with Stewart-Haas Racing, co-owned by two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation. Both series will be financially fueled by Go Daddy.
"I see great things for Danica," said Tony Stewart. "Danica doesn't hold back. She really is a fearless competitor."
Patrick has seven starts this season posting one top five and three top 10s. She has a season-to-date Driver Rating of (82.7) and an Average Running Position of (15.1).
This will be Patrick’s first career series start on the .75-mile Richmond International Raceway. But she is familiar with the track, having made five IndyCar starts posting four top-10 finishes.
 
Show Me The Money! Dash 4 Cash Sweetens The Pot At Richmond
 
Friday night’s race at Richmond has the added spotlight on the four drivers who are eligible for the NASCAR Nationwide Series “Dash 4 Cash” program where the highest-finisher among Elliott Sadler, Reed Sorenson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Josh Wise will collect $100,000 on top of the race prize money.
Four drivers are eligible for the bonus in each of the four “Dash 4 Cash” races during the season’s second half – Daytona, Iowa, Richmond and Charlotte. Sorenson had finished highest among eligible drivers – those who selected the NASCAR Nationwide Series in which to collect their 2011 driver championship points – in the first two “Dash 4 Cash” races at Daytona in July and Iowa in August. His Iowa finish, best among the eligible drivers in that race, automatically qualified him to compete in the Richmond “D4C” event along with the next three highest eligible finishers.
At Iowa, Sorenson was joined by Stenhouse (who won), Sadler (who finished third) and Wise (fourth). Whoever finishes highest among this group at Richmond – regardless of overall finish in the race – will win the $100,000 bonus and automatically qualify for the final “D4C” event at Charlotte in October. Should that be Sorenson, he’d be on the cusp of claiming an extra $600,000 bonus at Charlotte if he were to win that race.
 
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
 
The Sunoco Rookie of the Year race continues to be a tight battle with just two points separating Timmy Hill over Blake Koch. Watch for the tight competition to continue this weekend. Hill finished 26th at Richmond earlier this season and Koch finished 27th. ... Each Roush Fenway car this weekend at Richmond will pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001 and thank three military heroes who were severely wounded in the line of duty. The cars will also feature the logo of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation – a charitable organization which is raising funds to build “smart homes” for these three servicemen: United States Marine Corps Corporal John Peck on the No. 60 car, U.S. Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco on the No. 16 and United States Marine Corps Corporal Todd Nicely will be on the No. 6 car. … Joe Gibbs continues on his quest for his fourth consecutive owners championship as he is 45 points ahead of second place Jack Roush with eight races to go.

Goodyear Tire Notes

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

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

Set limits:
Nationwide: 6 sets for the weekend

Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4416; Right-side -- D-4432

Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.

Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 30 psi

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi

Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Richmond this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in both series ran at Richmond in April . . . Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams also ran this same tire set-up at Phoenix in February and New Hampshire in July . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.


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