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THE RACE: Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200

TRACK: Atlanta Motor Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #14 of 22 for the 2012 season

Last Race: Bristol Motor Speedway

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Race / Track Info

  • Race Date: Friday, August 31, 2012

  • Title Sponsor: Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200
  • Start Time: 8:00pm/et
  • 2011 Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr.
  • 2011 Pole: Ricky Carmichael
  • Track Layout: 1.54 Miles
  • Length: 130 Laps, 200.2 Miles
  • Degree of Banking in Corners: 24 degrees
  • Degree of Banking in Straights: 5 degrees
  • Length of Frontstretch: 2,332 feet
  • Length of Backstretch: 1,800 feet


Television Coverage/TV Team

  • TV: SPEEDtv
    Final Practice: 1:00pm/et [tape-delayed]
    Qualifying: 4:30pm/et
    Pre-race: 7:30pm/et
    Race: 8:00pm/et
    In the Booth: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
    Pit Reporters: Ray Dunlap, Hermie Sadler
    Pre-race Host: Krista Voda


Radio Coverage


Event Schedule

    Thursday, August 30th
    12:30 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
    1:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
    2:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
    6:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

    Friday, August 31st
    8:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    9:00 AM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM NCWTS PRACTICE
    11:30 AM 1:00 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
    4:35 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
    5:50 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
    7:35 PM NCWTS DRIVERS INTRODUCTIONS
    8:00 PM NCWTS RACE (130 LAPS, 200.2 MILES)
    8:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES

    Note: All times listed in Eastern Time Zone, and are tentative, subject to change.


Race Rundown....news and links

  • Atlanta Official Race Report (pdf) .(9-3-2012)

  • Dillon wins at Atlanta: With just five laps remaining, Ty Dillon, driving the #3-Bass Pro Shops / NRA Chevrolet for RCR, took the lead from then race leader, #18-Kyle Busch to win the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is Dillon's first series win. Busch, who led the most laps on the night, finished second. Rounding out the top ten were; #31-James Buescher, #7-Parker Kligerman, #5-Aric Almirola, #4-Kyle Larson, #22-Joey Coulter, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #88-Matt Crafton, #51-Kurt Busch. There were 20 lead changes among 8 drivers with 3 caution flags for 16 laps. Complete race results are posted on the Atlanta Race Results page (pdf).(Unofficial)(8-31-2012)

  • Post-Race Fast Facts
    Atlanta Motor Speedway
    6th Annual Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200

    Race Winner: Ty Dillon
    Age: 20
    Team: No. 3 - Bass Pro Shops / NRA Chevrolet
    Owner: Richard Childress
    *Crew Chief: Marcus Richmond, II
    *Ty Dillon won the 6th Annual Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200, his first victory in 17 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    *This is his first victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2012.
    *This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in first start at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    *Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in eight races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2012.
    *James Buescher (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    *Ty Dillon (first) was the highest finishing rookie.
    *Timothy Peters leads the point standings by 6 points over James Buescher.
    (Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, August 31, 2012 @ 09:57 PM Eastern)

  • Race Awards:
    Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Ty Dillon, #3 20 Places
    Keystone Light Pole Award: Ty Dillon, #3 177.357 mph
    Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines, #3
    Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race: Ty Dillon, #3
    Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Ty Dillon, #3(NASCAR Statistics)(8-31-2012)

  • Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Atlanta: (and finish)
    Caution 1: #98-Dakoda Armstrong, 23rd
    Caution 2: #99-Bryan Silas, 24th
    Caution 3: #6-Justin Lofton, 14th
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-31--2012)

  • Driver Point Standings following Race #14 at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
    1) #17-Timothy Peters, 528
    2) #31-James Buescher, 522 -6
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 519 -9
    4) #7-Parker Kligerman, 507 -21
    5) #6-Justin Lofton, 497 -31
    6) #22-Joey Coulter, 484 -44
    7) #88-Matt Crafton, 483-45
    8) #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., 454 -74
    9) #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., 436 -92
    10) #23-Jason White, 416 -112
    Complete driver point standings are posted on the Atlanta Driver Standings page (pdf).(Unofficial)(8-31-2012)

  • Owner point standings: following the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway are posted on the Atlanta Owner Standings page (pdf).(Unofficial)(8-31-2012)


Qualifying Results, Practice Speeds, Entry List....news and links

  • Atlanta Pit Stall Selections

  • Dillon wins Atlanta pole: Ty Dillon, driving the #3-Bass Pro Shops / NRA Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, was the fastest qualifer with a top speed of 177.357 mph to win the Keystone Light Pole for the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is his second pole in 2012. #2-Tim George Jr. was second. Rounding out the top ten were; #31-James Buescher, #18-Kyle Busch, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #13-Johnny Sauter, #32-Miguel Paludo, #17-Timothy Peters, #7-Parker Kligerman, #88-Matt Crafton. Did Not Qualify: # 37 Jeff Green(i); # 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb; # 57 Norm Benning. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Atlanta Lineup page (pdf).(8-31-2012)

  • Post-Qualifying Fast Facts
    Atlanta Motor Speedway
    6th Annual Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200

    Keystone Light Pole Winner: Ty Dillon
    Age: 20
    Team: No. 3 - Bass Pro Shops / NRA Chevrolet
    Owner:Richard Childress
    *Crew Chief: Marcus Richmond, II
    *Ty Dillon won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 6th Annual Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 with a lap of 31.259 seconds, 177.357 mph.
    *This is his second pole in 17 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    *This is his second pole and 11th top-10 start in 2012.
    *This is his first pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    *Tim George Jr. (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2012 and his first in one races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    *James Buescher (third) posted his second top-10 start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his 10th in 14 races this season.
    *Ty Dillon (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, August 31, 2012 @ 05:34 PM Eastern)(8-31-2012)

  • Atlanta Qualifying Order (pdf)

  • Piquet leads final practice at Atlanta: Nelson Piquet Jr., driving the #30-Drink B Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports, led the final practice session at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a top speed of 177.869 mph. Rounding out the top ten were; #31-James Buescher, #4-Kyle Larson, #2-Tim George Jr., #22-Joey Coulter, #23-Jason White, #5-Aric Almirola, #52-Kurt Busch, #29-Ryan Blaney, #11-Todd Bodine. There were 30 trucks on track for the final session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Atlanta Final Practice Speeds page (pdf).(8-31-2012)

  • Kyle Busch leads opening practice at Atlanta: Kyle Busch, driving the #18-Dollar General Toyota for KBM, had the fastest lap with a top speed of 178.482 mph to lead the opening practice session for the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #31-James Buescher, #13-Johnny Sauter, #88-Matt Crafton, #3-Ty Dillon, #2-Tim George Jr., #7-Parker Kligerman, #17-Timothy Peters, #6-Justin Lofton, #5-Aric Almirola. There were 36 trucks on track for the opening session. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Atlanta Practice Speeds page (pdf).(8-31-2012)

  • Preliminary Entry List: There are 38 trucks listed on the Prelimiinary Entry List for the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Atlanta Entry List page.
    Some Notes:
    #2-Tim George Jr., driver of the Applebees Chevrolet for RCR
    #4-Kyle Larson, making second series start, driver of the TBA Hillman Racing Chevrolet
    #5-Paulie Harraka returns to the seat of the Wauters Motorsports Ford
    #8-Max Gresham, returns, making first start in the Made in USA-BugBand Chevrolet for ESR
    #18-Kyle Busch makes first 2012 start driving the Dollar General Toyota for KBM
    #27-TBA Hillman Racing Chevrolet
    #29-Ryan Blaney, moves from #19; making second series start driving the Cooper Standard RAM for BKR
    #51-Kurt Busch, moves from #18; driving the Bill Holt Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing/Billy Ballew(8-27-2012)
    UPDATE:
    #5-Aric Almirola is now listed as driver, Wauters Motorsports Ford
    #27-Stephen Leicht, named as driver for the Hillman Racing Chevrolet(8-30-2012)


Goodyear Tire Notes

  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 14 -- Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200
    Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54-mile oval)  Hampton, Ga.
    Fast Facts for August 31-September 2, 2012

    Tire:
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Left-side -- 350
    Right-side -- 350

    Set limits:
    4 sets for the event

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4384
    Right-side -- D-4406

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.3 in. (2,217 mm)
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,247 mm)

    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 weekend 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 teams in all three of these series ran at Atlanta last season . . . Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams also ran this exact tire set-up at Atlanta in September 2010 . . . this left-side tire code (D-4384) dates back to the spring 2010 races at Atlanta in the Cup and Truck series, though it was run with a different right-side code . . . 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.(Goodyear PR)(8-28-2012)


NASCAR News & Notes

  • Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Atlanta Motor Speedway

    Busch Brothers Bring Sibling Rivalry To Trucks
    Hard to believe but Kurt and Kyle Busch, sibling rivals in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, never have faced each other on the race track in the truck series.They'll finally do so in Friday night's Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

    Kyle Busch will be behind the wheel of his familiar #18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, in which his elder sibling finished ninth earlier this month in Michigan. A four-time series winner in Atlanta (and third place a year ago), Busch will make his initial 2012 NCWTS appearance.

    Interestingly, Kurt Busch will team with his brother's previous owner, Atlanta-area resident Billy Ballew, who sold his team at the conclusion of the 2010 season. Ballew and Kyle Busch won 16 times as a team -- including the 2005 and 2007-09 Atlanta races. Ballew returns to the series with the #51 Chevrolet in association with James Finch's Phoenix Racing and crew chief Nick Harrison.   "We've been able to race against each other a few times this year in the Nationwide Series, but it's been mostly working together in the tandem draft on the superspeedways," said Kyle of racing with his older brother. "How exciting would it be to see things come down to a battle of me versus Kurt for the win on Friday night?"

    Kurt, the series' 2000 rookie of the year and a four-time winner, is excited to get back in a truck -- especially after having led the most laps at Michigan.
    "The fun factor was definitely through the roof," he said. "It's just another element of going out there and having fun."

    'Intermediate' Wins Crucial Beginning With Atlanta
    Any fears that Timothy Peters had lost his momentum were erased last week at Bristol Motor Speedway, where the NCWTS points leader became the first driver since 1997 to lead every lap of a race. Peters heads to Atlanta with a 17-point lead over chief rival James Buescher.
    Momentum is one thing. Success on an intermediate track is another.   Peters has yet to win either at the 1.54-mile Atlanta track or a similar layout. Buescher's three 2012 victories all have come on the intermediates -- Kansas, Kentucky and Chicagoland. Rival Justin Lofton won at 1.5-mile Charlotte earlier in the year.

    Beginning with Atlanta, five of the remaining nine races are on intermediate tracks. Being able to win there means picking up bonus points, which virtually all of the contenders believe will be crucial to winning this year's championship.   "We had to start from the rear of the field at Chicago and I was able to drive all the way up to the lead and eventually finish third with the same Toyota Tundra we'll have at Atlanta," said Peters. "I feel like we're ready to take it to the next level and get that [intermediate] win."

    Kligerman, Gale Eye First-Time Winner List
    Red Horse Racing claimed its second one-two finish of the season at Bristol with Parker Kligerman following his teammate Peters across the stripe. Is a one-two-three result in the near future? It could happen -- especially with the team's third driver, Todd Bodine, in the mix. Bodine has won 12 times on intermediate tracks. He was the Atlanta winner in 2006.   Kligerman has finished second and fourth since taking over the seat in the #7 Toyota. He ranks fifth in the standings, 31 points behind Peters. Cale Gale, who picked up his first Keystone Light Pole at Bristol, is another driver to consider as a first-time winner. Sponsored by Atlanta-based Rheem, the Eddie Sharp Racing driver finished sixth at Chicagoland Speedway July 21 for his career-best finish on a 1.5-mile track.

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
    Atlanta winners in the field are Bodine, Busch and 2011 winner Ron Hornaday Jr. The trio has been the series' most dominant on intermediate tracks. Busch has won 14 times with Bodine and Hornaday counting 12 victories apiece. ... NASCAR Drive For Diversity product Kyle Larson, who finished 10th in his NCWTS debut at Kentucky Speedway earlier this summer, returns at Atlanta in Turner Motorsports' #4 Chevrolet. ... Ross Chastain's third-place finish at Bristol was his best in his 18th career NCWTS start. The Alva, Fla., driver ranks third in Sunoco Rookie of the Year points behind Ty Dillon and Gale. ... Max Gresham, whose hometown of Griffin, Ga., is a stone's throw from Atlanta Motor Speedway, will make his first of five starts Friday in Eddie Sharp Racing's #8 Chevrolet. ... Aric Almirola has been tapped to drive Richie Wauters' #5 Ford this week.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(8-28-2012)


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