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THE RACE:Feed the Children 300

TRACK: Kentucky Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #15 of 33 for the 2012 season

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Race: Friday, June 29, 2012 in Sparta, KY

Title Sponsor: Feed the Children

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:45pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN2, 7:00 pm/et

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick; analysts Carl Edwards, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    Studio: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty (analysts)

  • 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, June 28

7:30 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:30 PM NNS GARAGE OPEN
5:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
6:30 PM-7:25 PM NNS PRACTICE
7:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
8:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, June 29th

7:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM-10:30 AM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
3:35 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
4:50 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (BLUEGRASS HALL)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

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


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Kentucky Speedway Race Results (pdf)
  • Dillon wins at Kentucky Speedway: #3-Austin Dillon won the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway for his first career Nationwide win in his 26th start. He dominated the race, leading 192 of the 200 laps and winning by nearly 10 seconds. He also took over the points lead from #2-Elliott Sadler. #54-Kurt Busch finished second followed by #33-Kevin Harvick, #43-Michael Annett (his career best finish), #31-Justin Allgaier, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #22-Brad Keselowski, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #2-Elliott Sadler, and #30-James Buescher. There were just 2 cautions for 12 laps and 7 lead changes among 4 leaders. The estimated attendance was 30,000. Complete results are on the Kentucky Speedway race results page (pdf).(6-29-2012)

  • Kentucky Speedway Race Fast Facts:
    Austin Dillon won the 12th Annual Feed The Children 300, his first victory in 26 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in his first race at Kentucky Speedway.
    Kurt Busch(i) (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2012.
    Kevin Harvick(i) (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (first) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Austin Dillon # leads the point standings by 2 points over Elliott Sadler.
    Austin Dillon set the record for the most laps led in NNS at Kentucky Speedway (192 laps led) surpassing the previous record set by Carl Edwards in 2005 (150 laps led).
    Not since Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Daytona on 7/2/2010 has No. 3 car won in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. (NASCAR Statistics)(6-29-2012)

  • Driver standings following Kentucky Speedway:
    1) #3-Austin Dillon 554
    2) #2-Elliott Sadler 552 -2
    3) #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 531 -23
    4) #12-Sam Hornish 521 -33
    5) #31-Justin Allgaier 481 -73
    6) #88-Cole Whitt 472 -82
    7) #43-Michael Annett 455 -99
    8) #44-Mike Bliss 391 -163
    9) #7-Danica Patrick 369 -185
    #11-Brian Scott 353 -201
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(6-29-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Kentucky Speedway are posted (pdf). The #50 team of TJ Bell remains the first team not locked in a Daytona.(6-29-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kentucky Speedway: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #40-Darnell, 25th
    Caution 2: #33-Harvick, 3rd
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-29-2012)


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

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Dillon on pole at Kentucky Speedway: #3-Austin Dillon won the pole for the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 172.199 mph. #33-Kevin Harvick will start second. The rest of the top ten: #22-Brad Keselowski, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #18-Denny Hamlin, #31-Justin Allgaier, #54-Kurt Busch, #43-Michael Annett, and #88-Cole Whitt. Did Not Qualify: #72-John Jackson, who spun on his qualifying lap. The starting lineup is posted on the Kentucky Speedway starting lineup page (pdf).(6-29-2012)

  • Kentucky Speedway Qualifying Notes:
    Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 12th Annual Feed The Children 300 with a lap of 31.359 seconds, 172.199 mph.
    This is his second pole in 26 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his second pole and 13th top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in one races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick(i) (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2012 and his second in four races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Brad Keselowski(i) (third) posted his third top-10 start at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 10th in 12 races this season.
    Austin Dillon (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(6-29-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Keselowski fastest in happy hour: #22-Brad Keselowski was quickest during the final practice session for the Feed the Children 300 300 with a top speed of 174.295mph. He was followed by: #3-Austin Dillon, #33-Kevin Harvick, #88-Cole Whitt, #54-Kurt Busch, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #31-Justin Allgaier, #43-Michael Annett, #18-Denny Hamlin, and #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. See complete results on the Kentucky Speedway practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(6-29-2012)

  • Whitt fastest in first practice: #88-Cole Whitt was fastest during opening practice at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 170.320mph. #54-Kurt Busch was second, followed by: #22-Brad Keselowski, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #2-Elliott Sadler, #33-Kevin Harvick, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #3-Austin Dillon, #18-Denny Hamlin, and #30-James Buescher. See complete results on the Kentucky Speedway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(6-28-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 46 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway. A few notes:
    Tanner Berryhill and the #17 team will make another attempt;
    Ryan Blaney and the #36 team return;
    The Jimmy Means #52 driver is TBA;
    John Jackson returns in his #72 Toyota;
    Reed Sorenson and the #98 Biagi team will make their second attempt of the year.
    Kenny Wallace returns to the RAB Racing #99.(6-25-2012)
    UPDATE: Jamie Mosley will drive the #24 for SR2 Motorsports.(6-26-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Because they do not have sponsorship for the weekend, the Joe Gibbs #20 team has withdrawn.(6-27-2012)
    UPDATE 3: The Rick Ware #75 team withdrew. Scott Riggs will drive the #74 for Mike Harmon. Kevin Lepage will drive the Jimmy Means #52.(6-29-2012)
    See the complete list on the Kentucky Speedway entry list page.

  • NASCAR Nationwide Series at Kentucky on ESPN2; Edwards Returns to Booth: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races this weekend at Kentucky Speedway near Cincinnati and the race airs live in prime time on ESPN2 on Friday night, June 29. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 7:45 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards will help call the race as an analyst, his second of two scheduled races in the booth this year for ESPN.(ESPN)(6-25-2012)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Left-side -- 500, Right-side -- 500

  • Set limits: 6 sets for weekend

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4396; Right-side -- D-4440

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 46 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi

  • Notes: While teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Kentucky this week will run the same right-side tire code (D-4440), teams in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run a slightly different left-side code (D-4396) than those in the Camping World Truck Series . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Kentucky last season . . . teams in these two series also ran this right-side tire at Dover earlier this month . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kentucky . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


NASCAR News & Notes

    Blue Grass State Beckons Logano The Unstoppable
    After taking last weekend off from the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Joey Logano returns for a showdown in the Blue Grass state for the Feed The Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Logano has been on a hot streak this season. He leads the series with five wins in 11 starts, including the last two in succession, and has won four of the last five races he's entered.  
    Logano's stellar season will most likely continue. He won his first NASCAR national series race from the pole at Kentucky in 2008 and proceeded to win the following two events at the 1.5-mile track before 2010 series champion Brad Keselowski snapped that streak last year. Logano finished  for him  a distant 10th. His series average finish at Kentucky is 3.3. In his four starts at Kentucky he has three Coors Light poles, three wins, three top fives, and four top 10s. The NASCAR pre-race Loop Data also points to Logano as having more success this weekend. Logano leads the series at Kentucky in Driver Rating (131.4) and Average Running Position (3.358). Logano's start on Friday night will mark his 100th in the NNS.  

    Sadler Still The Man To Beat In Championship Standings
    Close, intense championship battles are familiar territory for NNS standings leader Elliott Sadler. Following the 14th race last season at Chicago, Sadler was in the midst of a three-way battle for the standings lead with Reed Sorenson and 2011 series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. This season is shaping up to be even more of a contested battle with four hot drivers vying for the top spot. 
    Sadler was 15th at Road America, gaining three points on second-place Austin Dillon, his Richard Childress Racing teammate. Sadler surrendered four points to third-place Stenhouse, whose 11th-place result was his best finish since winning at Iowa Speedway on May 20. Stenhouse had been mired in an average-finish slump of 27.2 over his previous three races.
    Meanwhile, Sam Hornish Jr. has worked his way into the points conversation. His fifth place at Road America moved him to within 34 points of the lead, the closest he's been since Phoenix, when he was 26 points off the lead. Hornish hasn't finished lower than 13th since a season-worst 20th place at Daytona. He's making his series track debut at Kentucky, where he posted two wins during his IndyCar career.
    While Dillon, Stenhouse and Hornish try to catch Sadler, they will have to hope his consistency wanes, because he continues to lead the series contenders in season-to-date Driver Rating (108.2) and Average Running Position (8.439). 

    Patrick, Scott Riding Mid-Season Momentum
     Joe Gibbs Racing driver Brian Scott and JR Motorsport's Danica Patrick are on different teams but have caught the same mid-season wave of momentum and are riding it into Kentucky. 
    Scott moved up three spots in the standings to ninth following his seventh-place finish at Road America, his third consecutive top 10.  In 14 starts this season, Scott has posted two top fives and five top 10s. His season-to-date Average Finishing Position is 19.9, but he has an Average Running Position of 16.4 and a season-to-date Driver Rating of 88.7. He has made two starts at Kentucky, posting his best finish last season (15th). 
    Patrick has also found her stride mid-season. She moved up one spot to 10th in the series standings following her 12th-place finish at Road America. In 14 starts, she has posted one Coors Light pole, one top 10 and an average finish of 20.1. Her season-to-date Driver Rating is 76.2. Patrick will make her series track debut at Kentucky but has familiarity with the venue having run seven IndyCar races there from 2005-11 with four top-10 finishes and a pole.  

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Ladder System Update: Roush Fenway Racing announced that 2011 NNS champion Stenhouse will compete for the team full-time in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition beginning in 2013. &  K&N Pro Series East driver Ryan Blaney makes his third Nationwide Series start Saturday. He'll advance in distance from Richmond (0.75-miles) and Darlington (1.366-miles) to his first intermediate run at Kentucky. & Race sponsor Feed the Children, which partners with Speedway Children's Charities to help provide food for families in need, will distribute food on Thursday afternoon at Gallatin County High School. Needy families come to the high school, where volunteers help stock their cars with food and personal items. For the second consecutive year, several NNS drivers will take part, including Justin Allgaier, T.J. Bell, Ryan Blaney, Jeremy Clements, Jamie Dick, Johanna Long and Brian Scott. & After starting the season by winning four of the first six races, series regulars have just one victory. Double-duty NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have won seven times while NCWTS driver championship contenders have won twice. & Manufacturers' Standings: Toyota continues to lead with six wins this season and 91 points, followed by Chevrolet with four wins, 85 points, then Ford with three wins, 69 points and Dodge with one, 63 points. 

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