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THE RACE: Aaron's 312

TRACK: Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #8 of 33 for the 2012 season

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Race:Saturday, May 5, 2012 in Talladega, AL

Title Sponsor: Aaron's

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:34pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage: ABC, 3:00 pm/et

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch

  • 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

Wednesday, May 2

4:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER (TRUCK PARKING ONLY)

Thursday, May 3rd

6:30 AM ARCA & NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
7:00 AM ARCA & NNS GARAGE OPENS
2:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
3:00 PM-3:45 PM NNS PRACTICE
4:00 PM-4:50 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE

5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

Friday, May 4th

6:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:10 AM (12:10 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
3:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

Saturday, May 5th

9:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM NNS ACCESS TO HAULERS ONLY
9:30 AM NNS SPOTTERS MEETING
10:45 AM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (NASCAR Nationwide Series, GARAGE Area)
1:45 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
2:15 PM (3:15 PM/ET) NNS RACE (117 LAPS, 311.22 MILES)
2:45 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES


NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Talladega Race Results (pdf)
  • Logano wins at Talladega: #18-Joey Logano won the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway with a last second pass of #54-Kyle Busch. The margin of victory was .034 seconds. Busch finished second followed by #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #88-Cole Whitt, #5-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #1-Kurt Busch, #30-James Buescher, #31-Justin Allgaier, #99-Kenny Wallace, and #2-Elliott Sadler. The race finished after two green-white-checker attempts and a red flag during the final caution. #14-McClure was involved in the final accident. He was hit in the side and sent nearly head on into the inside retaining wall. Safety personnel cut the roof off his car to remove him and he was flown to the hospital for treatment. He was reportedly talking and alert. There were 7 cautions for 27 laps and 37 lead changes among 18 leaders. The estimated attendance was 66,000. Complete results are on the Talladega race results page (pdf).(5-5-2012)

  • Talladegas Race Fast Facts:
    Joey Logano won the 21st Annual Aaron's 312, his 11th victory in 95 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in four races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    This is Toyota's 200th victory in NASCAR national series competition (42 in NASCAR Sprint Cup; 67 in NASCAR Nationwide; 91 in NASCAR Camping World Truck).
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in nine races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2012.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the point standings by 5 points over Elliott Sadler. (NASCAR Statistics)(5-5-2012)

  • Driver standings following Talladega:
    1) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 325
    2) #2-Elliott Sadler320 -5
    3) #3-Austin Dillon 290 -35
    4) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 265 -60
    5) #88-Cole Whitt # 248 -77
    6) #43-Michael Annett 241 -84
    7) #31-Justin Allgaier 228 -97
    8) #19-Tayler Malsam 202 -123
    9) #44-Mike Bliss 201 -124
    10) #87-Joe Nemechek 189 -136
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(5-5-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Talladega are posted (pdf). There were no changes to the locked in positions for Darlington. #50-T.J. Bell, in 34th, remains the first team needing to qualify on time.(5-5-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, #70-Long caused the caution
    Caution 2: none, no one on track a lap down
    Caution 3: #39-Richards, 30th
    Caution 4: #24-Townley, 15th
    Caution 5: #1-Busch, 6th
    Caution 6: #1-Busch (2), 6th
    Caution 7: #41-Hill (Koch), 21st
    (NASCAR Statistics)(5-5-2012)


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Kyle Busch fastest in practice: #54-Kyle Busch was fastest during the only practice session at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 190.045mph. #1-Krut Busch was second, followed by: #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #43-Michael Annett, #22-Brad Keselowski, #99-Kenny Wallace, #31-Justin Allgaier, #33-Kevin Harvick, and #3-Austin Dillon. See complete results on the Talladega practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-4-2012)

  • Qualifying cancelled; Sadler on pole in Talladega: Rain Thursday forced NASCAR to cancell all on track activity. They decided to cancel qualifying and have a single Friday session Friday when qualifying was scheduled to be held. #2-Elliott Sadler will start from the pole. He will be followed by #6-Ricky Stenhousr, Jr., #33-Kevin Harvick, #18-Joey Logano, #3-Austin Dillon, #38-Brad Sweet, #30-Jame Buescher, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #2-Brad Keselowski and #43-Michael Annett. Did not qualify: #75-Blake Koch. The starting lineup is posted on the Talladega starting lineup page (pdf).(5-3-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 44 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. A few notes:
    Kurt Busch will be in the #1 for Phoenix Racing;
    Danny Elfand returns to the #4 for JD Motorsports;
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will drive the #5;
    Tim Andrews returns to the Randy Hill #08;
    Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive the Rick Ware #15, Timmy Hill moves to the #15, and Blake Kock will be in the #75;
    Ryan Truex returns to the JGR #20;
    The Go Green Racing #39 is TBA;
    Kenny Wallace returns to RABs #99.(4-30-2012)
    See the complete list on the Talladega entry list page.

  • NASCAR Nationwide Series at Talladega on ABC : The NASCAR Nationwide Series races this weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, NASCAR's biggest track, and the race airs live on ABC on Saturday, May 5. NASCAR Countdown airs at 3 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 3:34 p.m. Also from Talladega, ESPN2 airs NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying on Friday, May 4, at noon. (ESPN)(4-30-2012)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Nationwide: 5 sets for the event

  • Number of Tires:
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 475, Right-side -- 475

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4138; Right-side -- D-4412

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.9 in. (2,233 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,247 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Talladega this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in these series ran at Daytona earlier this season . . . they also ran this tire combination at both Daytona and Talladega last season . . . this left-side code (D-4138) has been run by Sprint Cup teams at Talladega since 2009 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


NASCAR News & Notes

    Tight Championship Battle Hits The High Banks At Talladega
    Unpredictable, close-quarters, high-speed, side-by-side racing is the recipe for the wildcard atmosphere Talladega Superspeedway provides as the next stop for the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  Seven races into the schedule, just two points separate standings leader Elliott Sadler from second-place and reigning series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    Stenhouse has been on a charge since Bristol, closing a 25-point deficit to Sadler; including his series leading fifth top-five finish last weekend at Richmond International Raceway.
    Both Sadler and Stenhouse have been on point this season with two wins and six top-10 finishes apiece.  
    But this weekend could be Sadler’s chance to slow Stenhouse’s roll. Stenhouse finished 38th at Talladega last year as a result of a Lap 67 accident; one of only two DNFs on the season for Stenhouse, while Sadler finished in the top five. 
    Sadler has the upper hand over Stenhouse in three key pre-race Loop Data categories heading to Talladega, including his series-leading Driver Rating (112.6), Average Running Position (6.5) and Average Quality Passes (158); as compared to Stenhouse with a Driver Rating of 72.2, Average Running Position of 19.7 and Average Quality Passes of 112.

    Female Drivers Long, Patrick To Make Talladega Debuts
    Talladega Superspeedway might be one of the most daunting for a series track debut. But to be considered elite in the series, drivers must be able to conquer any track surface the NNS throws at them. And for Johanna Long and Danica Patrick, those debuts come this weekend in the Aaron’s 312.  
    Long, at age 19 the youngest female to compete in the NNS and a current Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, is from Pensacola, Fla., and cut her racing teeth racing in Legends, Pro Late Models and Super Late Models in Alabama at tracks in Mobile and Opp. 
    Having made five of the seven series starts this season, Long is currently 19th in the driver standings with an average finish of 21st.   
    She more than held her own in her national series debut at Talladega last October, starting eighth and finishing 16th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Long drives for ML Motorsports in the Nationwide Series and the team collected its only top-five result to date at ’Dega in 2008.
    Unlike Long, who has logged laps at Talladega, Patrick will be making her NASCAR debut at the speedway. Much of Patrick’s NASCAR success has come at Daytona International Speedway, Talladega’s sister track. In four starts at Daytona, Patrick has one pole, three top-10 starts, and one top-10 finish. 

    KBM Puts The Big Multi-Car Teams On Notice 
    Could the tide be receding of large, multi-car teams enjoying the greatest success in the NASCAR Nationwide Series? Possibly. Case in point, the turnaround of the single-car Kyle Busch Motorsports team and the most successful NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Kyle Busch. 
    After an inauspicious  and somewhat unlucky  start to the organization’s inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series season, the team won its first race in exhilarating fashion last Friday night in Richmond. Kurt Busch delivered the historic victory for his little bro, banging side-by-side with hometown favorite Denny Hamlin to the tune of a .062-second margin of victory  the closest margin of victory in series history at Richmond.
    Kyle Busch, the 2009 series champion, is the defending winner of the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega and coming off this past weekend at Richmond has a huge wave of momentum to carry his team to even greater success. Busch has made eight series starts at Talladega, posting one win, three top fives and four top 10s. He’ll be competing against Kurt, who also will run in the Aaron’s 312 this weekend for Phoenix Racing.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
     Tayler Malsam will travel to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 7-8 for an official press event promoting “Global Youth Traffic Safety Month” and the “Million Messages in May” program as a part of RAAD (Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving) and the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS). & Sam Hornish Jr. isn’t flying under the radar anymore. A three-time IndyCar Series champion and 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner, he’s found his second NASCAR wind. In his first full-time season in the NNS, Hornish is fourth in the points and comes off a season-best, fifth-place result last week at Richmond. & With the NCWTS in an open week, James Buescher, the NNS winner at Daytona, is entered at Talladega. & 1992 series champion Joe Nemechek  the all-time series pole winner (five) and two-time race winner at Talladega  nearly made it three wins with help from Mike Wallace last year. With Wallace as the pusher, Nemechek finished third. He may return the favor this year as Wallace’s hauler, primary car and majority of equipment was lost in a hauler fire at the JD Motorsports’ Gaffney, S.C., shop on Sunday. Wallace’s back-up car was spared and will be ready for ’Dega. RAB Racing has offered its NCWTS hauler for use by the JDM team at Talladega. & The No. 3 Chevrolet will make its first series run at Talladega since 2000 this weekend with driver Austin Dillon.

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