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THE RACE: Ford Ecoboost 300

TRACK: Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #4 of 33 for the 2012 season


Race: Saturday, March 17, 2012 in Bristol, TN

Title Sponsor: Ford

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:13pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 1:00 pm/et

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters:Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch
    Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team

Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, March 15th


Friday, March 16th

10:30 AM 11:50 AM NNS PRACTICE

Saturday, March 17th

2:00 PM NNS RACE (300 LAPS, 159.9 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Official Bristol Race Results (pdf)(3-19-2012)
  • Sadler wins at Bristol: Elliott Sadler, driving the #2-OneMain Financial Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, won the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. #38-Kasey Kahne finished second followed by #22-Brad Keselowski, #18-Joey Logano, #5-Dale Earnhardt Jr, #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr, #31-Justin Allgaier, #60-Trevor Bayne, #33-Kevin Harvick, #20-Ryan Truex. There were 4 cautions for 30 laps and 5 lead changes among 5 leaders. The estimated attendance was 55,000. Complete results are on the Bristol race results page (pdf).(3-17-2012)

  • Bristol Race Fast Facts:
    Elliott Sadler won the 30th Annual Ford EcoBoost 300, his seventh victory in 168 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2012. Last time he won multiple races in a season was 1998.
    This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 11 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Previous victory was March 28, 1998
    . Kasey Kahne (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 16 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2012
    . Brad Keselowski (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in ten races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(3-17-2012)

  • Driver standings following Race #4 at Bristol:
    1) #2-Elliott Sadler, 178
    2) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr, 153 -25
    3) #60-Trevor Bayne, 149 -29
    4) #3-Austin Dillon, 148 -30
    5) #88-Cole Whitt, 137 -41
    6)#12-Sam Hornish Jr, 129 -49
    7) #19-Tayler Malsam, 116 -62
    8) #43-Michael Annett, 115 -63
    9) #31-Justin Allgaier, 113 -65
    10) #44-Mike Bliss, 92 -86
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(3-17-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Bristol are posted (pdf). Last year's top 30 in points will remain locked in for the first 5 races of 2012.(3-17-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap more more down on the track
    Caution 2: #30-James Buescher, 14th
    Caution 3: #30-James Buescher, 14th
    Caution 4: #12-Sam Hornish Jr, 13th
    Caution 5: #12-Sam Hornish Jr, 13th
    (NASCAR Statistics)(3-17-2012)

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Logano on pole at Bristol: #18-Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole for the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 124.210mph. #60-Trevor Bayne will start second. The rest of the top 10: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #2-Elliott Sadler, #11-Brian Scott, #33-Kevin Harvick, #22-Brad Keselowski, #54-Kyle Busch, #3-Austin Dillon, and #31-Justin Allgaier. Did Not Qualify: #73-Derrike Cope, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #74-David Reutimann. The starting lineup is posted on the Bristol starting lineup page (pdf).(3-17-2012)

  • Bristol Qualifying Notes:
    Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 30th Annual FORD EcoBoost 300 with a lap of 15.448 seconds, 124.210 mph.
    This is his 17th pole in 91 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. With the pole, Logano is now alone in 11th place on the all-time series poles list.
    This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in seven races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Logano had started second in three of the last four Bristol races.
    Trevor Bayne (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2012 and his fourth in seven races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third) posted his third top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his fourth in four races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(3-17-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Stenhouse, Jr. fastest in happy hour: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was quickest during happy hour for the Ford EcoBoost 300 with a speed of 121.782mph. He was followed by: #33-Kevin Harvick, #60-Trevor Bayene, #22-Brad Keselowski, #54-Kyle Busch, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #18-Joey Logano, #38-Kasey Kahne, #3-Austin Dillon, and #20-Ryan Truex. See complete results on the Bristol practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(3-16-2012)

  • Earnhardt, Jr. fastest in first practice: #5-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was fastest during opening practice at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 120.900mph. #2-Elliott Sadler was second, followed by: #11-Brian Scott, #18-Joey Logano, #60-Trevor Bayne, #22-Brad Keselowski, #33-Kevin Harvick, #54-Kyle Busch, #38-Kasey Kahne, and #09-Kenny Wallace. See complete results on the Bristol practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-16-2012)

  • Entry List:There are 44 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will return to the #5;
    Tim Andrews is in the Randy Hill Racing #08;
    Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive the Rick Ware #15;
    Ryan Truex is in the Joe Gibbs #20;
    Jamie Dick will be in the #23;
    The driver of the #28 is TBA.
    The #60 team and Trevor Bayne are not entered. If they don't find a last minute deal to race, that will open up a locked in position. That will likely be #44-Mike Bliss. The #44 was 36th in points last year and is the next team that attempted all the races last year and have attempted all the races this season.(3-12-2012)
    UPDATE: #60-Trevor Bayne and #74-Mike Harmon have been added. Kevin Lepage will be in the #28.(3-13-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Kyle Folwer will be back in the #08 for Randy Hill Racing. Brad Teague is in the #4 for JD Motorsports(3-16-2012)
    See the complete list on the Bristol entry list page.

  • NASCAR Nationwide Series at Bristol: After two races in the western US, the NASCAR Nationwide Series moves to the half-mile Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway this weekend for a 300-lap race and ESPN will have a live telecast on Saturday, March 17. The NASCAR Countdown pre-race show airs at 1 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 2:13 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.(ESPN)(3-12-2012)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Nationwide: Left-side -- 550, Right-side -- 550

    Set limits: Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4404
    Right-side -- D-4526

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.2 in. (2,215 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.5 (2,248 mm)

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
    Right Front -- 42 psi; Right Rear -- 40 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 18 psi;
    Right Front -- 41 psi; Right Rear -- 38 psi

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Bristol this weekend . . . while these teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4404) at Bristol since August 2010, this is a brand new right-side code (D-4526) . . . compared to what was run at Bristol last August, this right-side features the same compound with a construction change . . . this tire combination came out of a Goodyear test at Bristol on September 27-28, 2011 . . . participating in that test were Marcos Ambrose in the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, Jamie McMurray in the Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Casey Mears in the No. 13 Germain Racing Toyota and Regan Smith in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet . . . unlike on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, on which teams generally do not run inner liners in their tires, teams are required to run liners in their right-side tires only at Bristol . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

NASCAR News & Notes

    Outstanding Competition Giving Series Fans Plenty To Love
    In the new era of the ‘select-a-series,’ the 2012 season has kicked off with three winners who haven’t “checked the box” for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points, a first since 1996. The competition levels keep rising and the first three weeks of 2012 have given everyone plenty to talk about. 
    James Buescher, a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, won the season opener at Daytona in dramatic fashion, taking the lead on the last lap as a caution came out. 
    Week two in Phoenix was not to be outdone. Elliott Sadler posted his sixth victory in 166 NASCAR Nationwide Series races, ending a 91-race winless streak that dated to Oct. 31, 1998, at North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham. Sadler has commanded the series standings since week one. His lead is 15 points over Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate and fellow Richard Childress Racing teammate Austin Dillon.
    In week three, in the shadow of the famed Las Vegas Strip, 2011 series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. captured the checkered flag at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, complementing his third career win by moving up two spots in the standings to third, 17 points behind Sadler.  
    Meanwhile, Danica Patrick (Daytona) and Sadler (Las Vegas) have captured two of the first three Coors Light poles. 
    Only three drivers who were in the top 10 in the standings after three events last year are among the current top 10   Stenhouse, Justin Allgaier and Trevor Bayne, of Knoxville, Tenn.

    Stenhouse Proving 2011 Championship Was No Fluke
    Some say timing is everything, and this past weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took the time to show his competitors that last season was not a fluke and that he is a serious series contender in 2012.
    Las Vegas runner-up Mark Martin gave all the credit to Stenhouse. “That was a serious beat-down he put on me that last run,” Martin said, describing how Stenhouse grabbed the lead with just over 50 laps to go en route to winning his first race of the season and first on an intermediate track. “I’m not ashamed to say it wasn’t even close.”
    Stenhouse finished a disappointing 19th in the season-opener at Daytona then rallied to a third-place result at Phoenix. His Las Vegas win escalated him from fifth to third in the standings heading into Bristol. Stenhouse has made four starts at Bristol, where he sat on the pole in last year’s spring race and finished 14th. His pre-race Driver Rating (88.7) is ranked 12th in the series and his average finish at Bristol is 18.0. 

    St. Patrick’s Day Race Boasts Big Names
    Watch for a larger-than-usual number of photo flashes during the driver intros at this year’s NNS race at Bristol, because some of the biggest names in NASCAR are competing on the ‘World’s fastest half-mile’ on St. Patrick’s Day.  
    JR Motorsports drivers Danica Patrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are both entered and will garner much attention. Patrick has made one series start at Bristol, finishing 33rd last spring. This will be Junior’s 11th start at Bristol, making it second only to Daytona (21) as the track on which he’s raced the most in his NNS career. Earnhardt has one win (2004), six top fives and eight top 10s, including a third-place finish in this race last year.  He also leads the series among active drivers in average finish at Bristol with a 6.5.
    Richard Childress Racing will have no shortage of prominent names, fielding standings leader Sadler, 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Dillon and Bristol’s all-time NNS winner Kevin Harvick. Harvick has five wins in 21 series starts at Bristol.
    Turner Motorsports will have Kasey Kahne behind the wheel of its No. 38 this weekend. Kahne has made 14 series starts at Bristol, posting one win (2007) and four top fives. 
    Owner/driver Kyle Busch also is entered this weekend. Busch’s four NNS wins rank second to Harvick. Busch leads the series in pre-race Driver Rating with a 113.3. 
    Joe Gibbs Racing driver Joey Logano and Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski round out the remaining NSCS drivers pulling double-duty (six total) this weekend. Of the two, Keselowski has had the most success, posting two series Coors Light poles and one win (2008) at Bristol.  

    NASCAR Nationwide, Etc.
    Milestone Watch: Morgan Shepherd, 70, will attempt to make his 325th NNS start this weekend at Bristol. Mike Bliss will attempt to make his 250th NNS start and Eric McClure will attempt to make his 175th NNS start. Eric and his wife Miranda welcomed their fourth daughter, Merritt Hetteigh Mae McClure, on March 12. Merritt’s name honors the driver’s paternal grandmother, Hetteigh Mae McClure, who passed away a few days before Daytona. Kyle Busch will attempt his 150th NNS top-10 finish. Busch is currently tied with Greg Biffle for 12th on the NNS all-time top-10 finishes list. & Eleven-time X-Game gold medalist and future NNS driver Travis Pastrana will be making his Bristol Motor Speedway debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series  East following Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide race at 6:15 p.m. He’s targeted for his NASCAR Nationwide debut at Richmond in April. & Two-time NASCAR K&N East champion Ryan Truex will run at Bristol in the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

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