Thursday, October 6th
4:00 PM 5:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER (TRUCK PARKING ONLY)
Friday, October 7th
7:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
12:10 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
1:10 PM-2:15 PM NNS PRACTICE
2:45 PM-4:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
6:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
7:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, October 8th
6:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:05 AM (10:05 AM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
12:30 PM . NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
2:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM (3:30 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
3:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Owners Championship: Edwards In It To Win It For Roush
With a NASCAR Nationwide Series career that has spanned seven years, 239 starts, one driver championship (2007), 36 wins (fourth all-time), 124 top fives, 168 top 10s, 24 poles and seven perfect Driver Rating performances, Carl Edwards has achieved almost everything. Except this season he has set his sights on the series championship that has eluded him – the owners championship.
With just five races remaining, the top two spots in the owner’s championship are separated by 13 points. The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 team is still in the top spot, which is not surprising with the cast that has been driving the car this season - Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Drew Herring, Ryan Truex and Michael McDowell.
Joe Gibbs is going for what would be a record-setting fourth consecutive owner’s championship this season, but Jack Roush, Edwards and the No. 60 team have other plans for the title. Edwards is coming off a dominant victory at Dover, where he led 179 of the 200 laps and posted his second career perfect Driver Rating at the one-mile speedway.
Edwards has been the primary driver of the No. 60 this year, missing just one race. Billy Johnson replaced him at Road America – the first series race Edwards has missed since the June Nashville race in 2005 – and finished 33rd.
Unlike Busch, who is only scheduled for three of the remaining five races, Edwards is scheduled to start the remaining six events.
Edwards is a Missouri native, but he considers Kansas Speedway his home track, and though he has won at 19 different tracks in his career, he has yet to win there. He has made six starts at Kansas, posting one top five and three top 10s.
Logano will be in the No. 18 this weekend and in his three series career starts at Kansas he has posted one pole, two wins and three top 10s.
Confidence Is Key In The Quest For A Championship
One thing is certain, if you want to be the best you have to beat the best, and standings leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has done just that this season. Of the championship contenders, Stenhouse is the only one with two wins (Iowa sweep), 13 top fives and 21 top 10s this season. Stenhouse sits 22 points ahead of second-place Elliott Sadler.
Stenhouse returns to Kansas – the track where he made his series debut – just after celebrating his 24th birthday on Oct. 2, to continue his momentum in his championship run after his fifth-place finish at Dover.
As Stenhouse matures with age, his confidence grows.
“I think we are in charge for sure,” Stenhouse said. “But we got to control what we do. We need to not make mistakes and bring good, fast race cars to the racetrack and I got to do a good job of keeping it out of the fence and keeping the fenders on it. So far we have done that, and I think that we have a really good shot at this championship. I think we have a race team that is pretty determined to win this thing,” Stenhouse said.
Stenhouse has one start at Kansas Speedway, where he qualified 18th, led five laps and finished sixth. His pre-race Driver Rating for this weekend is 103.5. Sadler has only one series start at Kansas, and didn’t fare as well as Stenhouse. In that 2005 event, Sadler was caught in an accident and finished 42nd.
Danica Patrick Back In The Hot Seat At Kansas
Danica Patrick returns to the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend for the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. This will be race No. 9 of her 12-race schedule this season. After this weekend she’ll be off until the final three races of the season at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead-Miami.
Patrick will move exclusively to NASCAR next season, running full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports in addition to a partial schedule in NASCAR Sprint Cup for Stewart-Haas Racing.
In eight races this season, Patrick has posted one top five and three top 10s with an average finish of 16.3. Patrick’s season-to-date Driver Rating is 80.3, which is 28.3 points more than what she finished the season with last year (51.7). This will be Patrick’s first series career start at Kansas Speedway this weekend.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Timmy Hill and Blake Koch have been the mainstays in the 2010 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award chase. Hill has had the upper hand most of the season and despite a summer comeback by Koch, continues to hold off his nearest challenger by two points. Now Ryan Truex, who was the odds-on-favorite to win the award at the start of the season, has worked his way back into the conversation thanks to a late-season surge with his new team, Joe Gibbs Racing. Truex, the two-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, picked up a six-race schedule with JGR in early August and has since worked his way back into the rookie conversation. Heading to Kansas, Truex – who will drive the No. 20 Toyota – is third, 20 points behind Hill. … Michael Annett will have a special guest at Kansas. Ryan, a nine-year-old patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, will spend race day with Annett’s No. 62 team. Earlier this week, Annett visited the hospital and toured the facility. He signed autographs, interacted with the patients and distributed T-shirts. … With the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the midst of an open week, James Buescher will compete at Kansas in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Before he races, he’ll trade his driving shoes for cleats and work out with Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City club.
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires: Left-side -- 525; Right-side -- 525
Set limits: 6 sets for the weekend
Left-side -- D-4178; Right-side -- D-4408
Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 47 psi; Right Rear -- 43 psi
Notes: This is the first time NASCAR Nationwide Series teams will run this tire set-up at Kansas, though they have run each of these two tire codes many times in the past . . . Nationwide teams have run this right-side code (D-4408) at Bristol (twice), California and Nashville (twice) in 2011 . . . these teams have also run this left-side code (D-4178) twice in 2010 -- at Bristol-1 and Iowa . . . while Nationwide teams will run the same right-side code as Sprint Cup teams at Kansas this weekend, they will run a different left-side code . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kansas . . . air pressure in the inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.