Thursday, November 3rd
12:30 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER
1:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPEN
2:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPEN
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSE
Friday, November 4th
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM-10:15 AM NNS PRACTICE
10:40 AM-11:55 AM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:35 PM (6:35 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
6:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, November 5th
8:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:45 AM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VICTORY THEATER )
11:15 AM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
11:55 AM (12:55 PM) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Danica Patrick Goes All In
She’s back, and this time for good. Danica Patrick is now a full-time NASCAR driver, competing in the final three 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series races as she prepares to run the entire series schedule for JR Motorsports in 2012. In addition, she’ll run a limited schedule in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Stewart-Haas Racing.
Texas will be her 10th start this year and her first since Kanas where she finished 15th.
Patrick has posted one top five and three top 10s in her previous nine races, including a fourth-place finish at Las Vegas that put her in the record books as the highest-finishing female in any NASCAR national series race.
Patrick finished 22nd last year at Texas in her series track debut. Heading to the 1.5-mile speedway this weekend her pre-race Driver Rating is 51.6 and her Average Running Position is 29th.
When she gets to Phoenix in two weeks – her city of residence – she’ll be running her third series race at the 1-mile track, her most starts at any NASCAR track other than Daytona. Patrick finished 32nd at Phoenix and 19th at Homestead to close out the 2010 season.
Patrick continues to improve each time out, her season-to-date Driver Rating is 79.9 and average finish is 16.1 – both better than last season’s average finish of 28.0 and a Driver Rating of 51.7.
Championships Abound: Three-Race Showdown To Decide It All
Only three races are left for the top contenders in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver and owner championships to showcase their talents and seal the deal on the 2011 titles. The spectacle couldn’t get any bigger as the series heads to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Four heavyweights and two significant bouts – driver standings leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. vs. second-place Elliott Sadler and owner standings leader Joe Gibbs Racing vs. second-place Roush Fenway Racing – headline the bill this weekend.
The scene has been set for an epic final three races.
Not since 2005 and the standoff between Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer has the driver championship been this close this late. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. holds a 15-point lead over second-place Elliott Sadler in the driver standings. Which Sadler has closed from a 22 point margin after Dover.
Stenhouse has made three starts at Texas posting an average finish of 16.0. His pre-race Driver Rating is 98.0. While Sadler has made seven starts at Texas posting an average finish of 15.3 and a pre-race Driver Rating of 87.0.
On the owner side, all-time series wins leader Kyle Busch returns to pilot the No. 18 and Joe Gibbs Racing is going for its record-breaking fourth consecutive series owner title and has a scant three-point lead over the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing team, led by 2007 series driver champion Carl Edwards. The No. 60 has gained 47 points on the No. 18 since being 50 points behind the leader following the August race at Bristol.
Busch had won five consecutive races at Texas before Edwards won this event last year. Edwards also won the spring event at Texas this season.
Kenny Wallace To Become All-Time Starts Leader In The NASCAR Nationwide Series
Kenny Wallace will break the NASCAR Nationwide Series all-time starts mark this week at Texas Motor Speedway with No. 520. Wallace will surpass his longtime friend Jason Keller (519 starts) for the all-time starts record.
Wallace is 13th on the all-time NASCAR national series combined starts list with 874 starts among NASCAR’s three national series – 519 NASCAR Nationwide; 344 NASCAR Sprint Cup and 11 NASCAR Camping World Truck. Wallace has made 15 series starts at Texas posting one top-10 finish.
“When I was growing up in St. Louis as a 12-year-old and you would have said, ‘Hey, Kenny, you’ll be racing in NASCAR until you’re 48 or 50,‘, that’s a dream,” Wallace said. “There have been a lot of bumps, but it’s been a dream life.”
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Currently Timmy Hill has a one-point edge over second-place Blake Koch in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year race. Ryan Truex is third, two points behind Hill, but has just one more race on his 2011 Joe Gibbs Racing schedule, next week at Phoenix. … The two Rusty Wallace Racing entries driven by Steve Wallace and Michael Annett as well as Kenny and Mike Wallace will honor the late Russ Wallace by displaying his name above their driver and passenger side doors. Russ, who passed away last weekend, was Rusty Wallace’s father and Steve Wallace’s grandfather. … Reed Sorenson will finish out the season with MacDonald Motorsports in the No. 82 Dodge. Sorenson currently is fifth in the driver standings and has run with MacDonald Motorsports since Kansas. … Brian Vickers, the 2003 series champion, will drive Sorenson’s former ride, the No. 32 Dollar General Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports at Texas, which is the home base for team owner Steve Turner. James Buescher, a native of Plano who is in the running for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship, will be in the No. 30 Chevrolet for Turner at Texas this weekend. … The No. 23 Chevrolet driven by Robert Richardson, Jr., a resident of nearby McKinney, will be sponsored by Tia Rosa's Tortillas, a division of the Bimbo Bakeries USA, with headquarters in Mexico. Takis, a product of Barcel, also a Hispanic-owned company, will adorn the car and show a different scheme than normal – black, blue, purple and red. … Texas serves as home base for sponsors for series drivers Blake Koch and Joey Logano. Koch’s DayStar Television Network sponsor is based in Bedford, while Logano’s GameStop sponsor is located in Grapevine. … David Ragan will drive the No. 08 Texas Tech University Ford this weekend for Randy Hill Racing.
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,325, Right-side -- 1,325;
Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525
Nationwide: 5 sets for the weekend
Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4410
Left-side -- 87.1 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 -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi;
Right Front -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Texas this weekend . . . while teams in the Camping World Truck Series will run the same left-side tire code (D-4392) this week, they will run a different right-side code . . . Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams are on the same combination of left- and right-side tire codes they ran at Texas in April . . . teams in these two series ran this exact tire set-up at Chicagoland this season and Homestead last season . . . they will also race on this same tire combination at Homestead again in two weeks . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required run inner liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.