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THE RACE: Sargento 200

TRACK: Road America

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #14 of 33 for the 2012 season


Race: Saturday, June 23, 2012 in Elkhart Lake, WI

Title Sponsor: Sargento

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:51pm/et

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Times are local to the Track

Thursday, June 21


Friday, June 22nd


Saturday, June 23rd

2:30 PM (3:30 PM/ET) NNS RACE (50 LAPS, 202.4 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Official Road America Race Results (pdf)
  • Piquet, Jr. wins at Road America: #30-Nelson Piquet, Jr. won the Sargento 200 at Road America, for his first win in his third Nationwide race. #18-Michael McDowell finished second followed by #5-Ron Fellows, #33-Max Papis, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #22-Jacques Villeneuve, #11-Brian Scott, #54-Kurt Busch, #88-Cole Whitt, and #31-Justin Allgaier. #7-Danica Patrick was running third on the final lap when she was spun by Villeneuve. She finished 12th. Points leader #2-Elliott Sadler spun late but recovered to finish 15th and maintain the points lead by 11 over #3-Austin Dillon. There were 5 cautions for 8 laps and 9 lead changes among 8 leaders. The estimated attendance was 56,000. Complete results are on the Road America race results page (pdf).(6-23-2012)

  • Road America Race Fast Facts:
    Nelson Piquet Jr. won the 3rd Annual Sargento 200, his first victory in three NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in one race at Road America.
    Michael McDowell (second) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Road America. It is his third top-10 finish in 2012.
    Ron Fellows (third) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Road America.
    Cole Whitt (ninth) was the highest-finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 11 points over Austin Dillon.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-23-2012)

  • Driver standings following Road America:
    1) #2-Elliott Sadler, 517
    2) #3-Austin Dillon, 506 -11
    3) #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 494 -23
    4) #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., 483 -34
    5) #88-Cole Whitt, 442 -75
    6) #31-Justin Allgaier, 441 -76
    7) #43-Michael Annett, 414 -103
    8) #44-Mike Bliss, 364 -153
    9) #11-Brian Scott, 339 -178
    10) #7-Danica Patrick, 337 -180
    0 See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(6-23-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Road America are posted (pdf).(6-23-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Road America: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #4-Bell,
    Caution 2: #23-Prietzel, 27th
    Caution 3: #14-McClure, 21st
    Caution 4: #75-Kenny Habul, 16th
    Caution 5: #23-Prietzel (2), 27th
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-23-2012)

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Piquet on pole at Road America: #30-Nelson Piquet, Jr won the Coors Light Pole for the Sargento 200 at Road America with a speed of 109.516 mph. It it his first career pole in three Nationwide races. #18-Michael McDowell will start second. The rest of the top ten: #5-Ron Fellows, #22-Jacques Villeneuve, #33-Max Papis, #11-Biran Scott, #31-Justin Allgaier, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #7-Danica Patrick, and #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Road America starting lineup page (pdf).(6-23-2012)

  • Road America Qualifying Notes:
    Nelson Piquet Jr.(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 3rd Annual Sargento 200 with a lap of 133.660 seconds, 109.516 mph.
    This is his first pole in three NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in one races at Road America.
    Michael McDowell(i) (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2012 and his third in three races at Road America.
    Ron Fellows (third) posted his second top-10 start at Road America. It is his first in one races this season.
    Cole Whitt (14th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-23-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Papis fastest in happy hour: #33-Max Papis was quickest during the final practice session for the Sargento 200 with a top speed of 109.282 mph. He was followed by: #18-Michael McDowell, #30-Nelson Piquet, Jr., #22-Jacques Villeneuve, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #5-Ron Fellows, #7-Danica Patrick, #2-Elliott Sadler, #88-Cole Whitt, and #3-Austin Dillon. See complete results on the Road America practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(6-22-2012)

  • Villeneuve fastest in first practice: #22-Jacques Villeneuve was fastest during opening practice at Road America with a speed of 109.107mph. #30-Nelson Piquet, Jr. was second, followed by: #33-Max Papis, #18-Michael McDowell, #5-Ron Fellows, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #31-Justin Allgaier, #11-Brain Scott, #81-Jason Bowles, and #38-Brad Sweet. See complete results on the Road America practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(6-22-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 45 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Sargento 200 at Road America. See the complete list on the Road America entry list page.(6-18-2012)
    Some notes: #5-Ron Fellows, third entry for JR Motorsports, AER Manufacturing Chevrolet
    #08-driver TBA, Black Cat Fireworks Ford
    #10-Jeff Green replaces Kevin Lepage as driver, TBD Toyota
    #14-Eric McClure, listed as driver, Hefty/Reynolds Wrap Toyota
    #22-Jacques Villeneuve, driver, Discount Tire Dodge
    #23-Bill Prietzel, driver, TBA Chevrolet, R3 Motorsports
    #26-John Young, first 2012 start, Eklekt Technologies Dodge
    #30-Nelson Piquet, first 2012 start, TBA Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports
    #32-Miquel Paludo, first series start, Duroline Brakes, Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports
    #33-Max Papis, driver, first 2012 start, Menards Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing(6-18-2012)
    #3-Matt Bell named as driver ofthe Extreme Bidder Chevrolet for JD Motorsports
    #99-Victor Gonzalez named as driver of the Delta Commercial/IMCA Toyota for RAB Racing(6-19-2012)
    UPDATE 2:
    #87-Alex Kennedy will drive the #87 Global Barter Corp and Database Dynamic Toyota.(6-20-2012)
    UPDATE 3: Matt Frahm will be in the Randy Hill Racing #08; Tony Raines will drive the ML Motorsports #70; The #74 Mike Harmon, and #15 Rick Ware teams have withdrawn. There are 43 cars at the track.(6-22-2012)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

  • Number of Tires: 1,100

  • Set limits: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Code:
    D-4468 (same on all four tire positions)

  • Tire Circumference:
    88.6 in. (2,251 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Right Front -- 23 psi;
    Left Rear -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 20 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi;
    Left Rear -- 17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi

  • Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire code on all four tire positions at Road America . . . this is the same code (D-4468) that Nationwide teams ran at Road America last season . . . these teams also ran this tire at Watkins Glen in 2011 . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Road America.

  • Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear will also bring 725 wet weather radials (D-4215) for use at Road America, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant.

NASCAR News & Notes

    Road America Sure To Turn This Series Right, Left And Wild
    Wild card-type atmosphere, intense competition and one fantastic facility is what lies ahead for the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., for the Sargento 200, the first of three road course races on the 2012 schedule. 
    At 4.048 miles, Road America is the longest track in NASCAR’s national series. It boasts 14 turns on a track with 171 feet of elevation changes. The track alone could be enough to produce a wild card type atmosphere but last season’s race was the diamond in the rough. It had 12 lead changes, third-most all-time in 30 NNS road course events.  
    In its short, two-race series history, Road America has been long on drama. In the inaugural event in 2010, Carl Edwards won after Jacques Villeneuve’s heartbreak due to a failed alternator just one lap from the finish. 
    Last year, Reed Sorenson ended up in Victory Lane after leader Justin Allgaier ran out of gas on the final lap of a second green-white-checkered attempt  while running under caution. Ron Fellows was penalized for passing under yellow on that last lap, which he felt was undeserved. Add to that a late-race dispute between Villeneuve and Max Papis, created by an aggressive pass by Villeneuve that spun Papis out of contention, and it was the perfect recipe for an exciting race.

    Dillon Bids For Overall Series Title As Rookie
    Austin Dillon, the grandson of Richard Childress, could become the first in series history to win the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors and the series championship in the same season. The previous best overall series finish by a rookie of the year driver contender was second in 2004 by Kyle Busch. 
    Many people have taken notice of Dillon’s talent. Even NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace made a bold prediction during the series pre-race broadcast last weekend at Michigan. “I’m going to go out on a limb right now a say this, I think Austin Dillon is going to win this championship,” Wallace said. 
    Just eight points separate standings leader and Richard Childress Racing teammate Elliott Sadler and second-place Dillon heading into Road America. The teammates have been setting the standard thus far this season; they are tied for the series’ most top-10 finishes with 10 apiece. Both drivers also have season-to-date Driver Ratings of a 100.0+. 
    Sadler regained the points lead from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. three races ago with a combination of stout runs and Stenhouse’s misfortune, an average finish of 27.6 over the past three races.  2011 NCWTS champion Dillon, 22, has capitalized, like Sadler, on Stenhouse’s hardship. He has posted three top fives in his last five races and also registered his first series Coors Light Pole last Saturday at Michigan, where he finished fifth. 
    This weekend will be a true test for Dillon, who has no prior road course experience in NASCAR national series competition. Sadler and Stenhouse finished fourth and eighth, respectively, last season at Road America. Sadler also leads the series with a 107.8 pre-race Driver Rating at Road America. 

    Star-Studded Field Promises Magnificent Competition
    Road course tracks have certain allure for drivers, and when you combine the 4.048-mile Road America with the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the stars seem to align because the fields always are stout with competition. 
    Highlighting the entry list this weekend are famous international road course specialists like Villeneuve and Ron Fellows from Canada, Papis, who hails from Italy, and Victor Gonzalez Jr. via Puerto Rico. The Brazilian duo from Turner Motorsports, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Miguel Paludo (see Page 4 for more), are also entered during this open week for the NCWTS.
    Additionally, Bill Prietzel, a Plymouth, Wis., native whose most extensive experience is in the Mid-American Stock Car Series, will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut for R3 Motorsports at Road America. Prietzel, 59, won in ASA competition at Road America and at Daytona in 2006. 
    But the driver the field should fear most is Kurt Busch. He will travel to and from Sonoma to race his brother Kyle’s No. 54 Monster Toyota this weekend; in his three series road course starts, he has an average finish of 1.6. He has sat on the Coors Light pole in each of his three series road course starts and won from there twice. His series worst road course finish is third. Colin Braun has been tapped to practice the car for Busch while he is in Sonoma as the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup winner there. Busch will only qualify and race the car this weekend.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Series identity is on full display at Road America, where the NNS will feature group qualifying, rain tires and other inclement-weather equipment, if needed. & Milestone Watch: Sam Hornish Jr. will make his 50th career series start at Road America. & This race will mark Danica Patrick’s second start on an NNS road course but her first NASCAR trip to Road America. She made her NASCAR road course debut last year in Montreal, where she finished 24th. She is currently 11th in the series standings. & Papis has been serving as a driving coach for Dillon this season. Student now meets teacher at Road America. 

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