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THE RACE: STP 300

TRACK: Chicagoland Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #18 of 33 for the 2012 season

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Race: Sunday, July 22, 2012 in Joliet, IL

Title Sponsor: STP

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:16pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

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

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

Friday, July 20th

11:30 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, July 21st

9:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:10 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:10 AM-12:30 PM ET NNS PRACTICE
1:00 PM-2:20 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Sunday, July 22nd

7:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:35 AM (11:35 AM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS  ALL POSITIONS)
12:00 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
1:30 PM NNS DRIVERS INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM (3:00 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
2:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

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


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Chicagoland Speedway Race Results (pdf)
  • Sadler wins at Chicagoland Speedway: #2-Elliott Sadler won the STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway for his 8th career series win and to win the $1000,000 Nationwide Dash 4 Cash. #2-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. finished second followed by #31-Justin Allgaier, #09-Kenny Wallace, #43-Michael Annett, #3-Austin Dillon, #22-Parker Kligerman, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #88-Cole Whitt, and #18-Ryan Truex. There were 5 cautions for 25 laps and 13 lead changes among 8 leaders. The estimated attendance was 25,000. Complete results are on the Chicagoland Speedway race results page (pdf).(7-22-2012)

  • Chicagoland Speedway Race Fast Facts:
    Elliott Sadler won the 2nd Annual STP 300, his eighth victory in 182 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his third victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in six races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (second) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2012.
    Justin Allgaier (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in five races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 11 points over Austin Dillon.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(7-22-2012)

  • Driver standings following Chicagoland Speedway:
    1) #2-Elliott Sadler 675
    2) #3-Austin Dillon # 664 -11
    3) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 656 -19
    4) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 633 -42
    5) #31-Justin Allgaier 597 -78
    6) #43-Michael Annett 569 -106
    7) #88-Cole Whitt # 550 -125
    8) #44-Mike Bliss 491 -184
    9) #7-Danica Patrick 443 -232
    10) #11-Brian Scott 430 -245
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(7-22-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Chicagoland Speedway are posted (pdf).(7-22-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicagoland Speedway: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #7-Patrick, 14th
    Caution 2: #87-Nemechek, 13th
    Caution 3: #44-Bliss, 12th
    Caution 4: #6-Stenhouse, Jr.. 2nd
    Caution 5: #7-Patrick (2), 14th
    (7-22-2012)


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

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Stenhouse, Jr. on pole at Chicagoland Speedway: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won the Coors Light Pole for the STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 176.916 mph. #3-Austin Dillon will start second. The rest of the top ten:#12-Sam Hornish, Jr, #54-Kyle Busch, #22-Parker Kligerman, #11-Brian Scott, #44-Mike Bliss, #88-Cole Whitt, #18-Ryan Truex, and Brendan Gaughan. Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Chicagoland Speedway starting lineup page (pdf).(7-22-2012)

  • Chicagoland Speedway Qualifying Notes:
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 2nd Annual STP 300 with a lap of 30.523 seconds, 176.916 mph.
    This is his seventh pole in 91 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his third pole and 16th top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in four races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2012 and his first in one races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (third) posted his second top-10 start at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 11th in 18 races this season.
    Austin Dillon (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(7-22-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Kligerman fastest in happy hour: #22-Parker Kligerman was quickest during the final practice session for the STP 300 300 with a top speed of 172.695 mph. He was followed by: #7-Danica Patrick, #3-Austin Dillon, #88-Cole Whitt, #54-Kyle Busch, #33-Brendan Gaughan, #31-Justin Allgaier, #43-Michael Annett, #18-Ryan Truex, and #44-Mike Bliss. See complete results on the Chicagoland Speedway practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(7-21-2012)

  • Busch fastest in first practice: #54-Kyle Busch was fastest during opening practice at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 171.450mph. #2-Elliott Sadler was second, followed by: #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #22-Parker Kligerman, #88-Cole Whitt, #18-Ryan Truex, #3-Austin Dillon, #11-Brian Scott, and #30-James Buescher. See complete results on the Chicagoland Speedway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-21-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Sunday's STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. A few notes:
    Tim Andrews will be in the Randy Hill Racing #08;
    Carl Long will drive the #15 for Rick Ware Racing;
    Tanner Berryhill and the #17 team will attempt another race;
    Brendan Gaughan returns to the RCR #33;
    Tim Schendel returns to the Jimmy Means #52;
    Charles Lewandoski will be in the Rick Ware #75;
    Kenny Wallace will return to the RAB #99.(7-16-2012)
    UPDATE: Travis Pastrana will be in the #99 for RAB and Kenny Wallace will be in the #09. Pastrana will be locked in. Wallace will have to qualify on time.(7-16-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Benny Gordon will drive the #24 for SR2 Motorsports.(7-20-2012)
    UPDATE 3: The #75 team of Rick Ware withdrew. There are 43 cars at the track.(7-21-2012)
    See the complete list on the Chicagoland Speedway entry list page.

  • Nationwide Series at Chicago on ESPN: With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series off for the weekend, the NASCAR Nationwide Series takes center stage with the STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Sunday, July 22, and the race will air live on ESPN and WatchESPN. NASCAR Countdown is at 2 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 3:16 p.m. Also from Chicagoland, ESPN2 airs NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and practice sessions on Saturday, July 21, at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com. The race will be the second of four consecutive events that comprise the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash, a bonus program that will award an extra $100,000 to the highest-finishing of four eligible drivers in each of the four designated races and could award an additional $600,000 at the fourth race at Iowa Speedway next month.(ESPN)(7-16-2012)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Nationwide)

  • Number of Tires: Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525

  • Set limit: Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4410

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.2 in. (2,215 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 -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi; Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 44 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both NASCAR series in action at Chicagoland this weekend will be running the same tire codes, though the Nationwide Series 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 tire codes that teams in these two series ran at Chicagoland last season . . . Nationwide teams also ran this exact tire set-up at Texas and Homestead in 2011, and at Texas again earlier in 2012 . . . Camping World Truck teams also ran this exact set-up at Homestead in 2011, and only this left-side tire (D-4392) with a different right-side at Texas earlier in 2012 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Chicagoland . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


NASCAR News & Notes

    Illinois Natives Allgaier, Patrick Light Up Their Home State
    Expect the cheers at driver introductions to be extra loud for Illinois natives Justin Allgaier and Danica Patrick this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway for the STP 300. Both Allgaier and Patrick are securely in the top 10 in NASCAR Nationwide Series points 17 races into the season.   
    Allgaier, from Riverview, Ill., had a popular win at Chicagoland in this race last year when he coasted across the finish line ahead of Carl Edwards after both drivers ran out of fuel. It was Turner Motorsports’ first win in the NNS. 
    Currently fifth in the standings 73 points out of first, Allgaier is still in the mix but is close to being in a now-or-never scenario as far as his championship hopes. He’s on a streak of four consecutive top-10 finishes  and seven in his last eight races  including his first top fives of the year, fifths at Dover and Kentucky. In four career races at Chicago, Allgaier has three top-10 finishes. He has a pre-race Driver Rating of 97.8 and an Average Running Position of 9.9. 
    Patrick hails from Roscoe, Ill., and finished 10th in this event last season. She is currently ninth in the standings, 215 points back from leader Elliott Sadler coming off a solid run at New Hampshire, where she finished 14th. 

    Halfway Point: Championship Races Continue To Get Better With ‘Pick-A-Series’ Rule
    Since the advent last year of the “pick-a-series” rule where drivers in NASCAR’s national series declare the series in which they’ll accumulate championship points, the NNS has had consecutive seasons during which the championship has been its closest at the midway point since 2005. Then, 79 points separated first through fourth in the rankings. At this stage last year, the top four were within 37 points of the leader. From 2006-10 (under a different point system), an average of 474 points were between first and fourth place at the halfway mark.
    As the series heads to the first of two races at Chicagoland Speedway, the contenders list is growing with three drivers within 32 points of the lead. Elliott Sadler has a three-point advantage over Austin Dillon, his Richard Childress Racing teammate. Reigning series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is 16 points back while resurgent Sam Hornish Jr., 32 points behind, is very much still in the hunt. 
     Among those, Dillon, 22, may be poised for the biggest second half. With a series-leading 10 top fives and tied with Sadler atop the leaderboard with 13 top 10s, the Sunoco rookie keeps fighting despite point penalties that may have destroyed the confidence of other young drivers. He’ll make his series track debut at Chicago but has great notes after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race there last fall. That win was key in his championship run.
    But don’t count out Sadler or Stenhouse just yet. Sadler’s consistency is unmatched; he has a series-leading season-to-date Average Running Position of 7.437 and Driver Rating of 106.4. He has made five starts at Chicago, posting a best finish of sixth last fall. Stenhouse, on the other hand, has finally righted his ship rallying off three consecutive top-10 finishes. He has made three starts at Chicago with an average finish of 13.6.

    Dash 4 Cash Heavyweights Ready To Fight For The Prize In Round Two
    Chicagoland hosts the second of four consecutive NNS “Dash 4 Cash” races where the highest finisher (not necessarily the winner) among the four eligible drivers for this race  Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse, Sam Hornish and Elliott Sadler  will take home a $100,000 bonus in addition to his race purse. Indianapolis and Iowa round out the 2012 D4C races.
    Dillon won the first $100,000 D4C bonus last week at New Hampshire with his third-place finish, best among the eligible drivers. 
    When asked what he would do with the money, Dillon said with a chuckle, “I think I am going to get a pool. Maybe I’ll be smart like my grandpa (Richard Childress) and invest it somehow.”  
    Dillon is the remaining driver with a chance at $1 million should he capture the bonus at Chicago and the Brickyard on July 28 and then win outright at Iowa. The bonus winner from Chicago automatically advances to Indianapolis. The next three highest finishers among series regulars from Chicago also are eligible for the bonus at Indianapolis.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Penske Racing announced this week that Ryan Blaney has joined the organization and will compete in the No. 22 Dodge in selected NNS events. First up is Iowa Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 4, then Richmond International Raceway and Kentucky Speedway. &  NNS all-time wins leader Kyle Busch is the only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver competing in the NNS this weekend at Chicago. He leads the series in wins at Chicago with two.  & “It’s going to be a little different racing on Sunday but it will put us in front of a large audience, which will be pretty exciting,” Jason Bowles said. His MacDonald Motorsports has never been inside the top 20 in the owner standings this far into the season. & Former NNS crew chief for Trevor Bayne and Roush Fenway Racing, Chad Norris, has been called up to take the place of Bob Osborne in the NSCS for Carl Edwards and the No. 99 team. 

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Saturday, February 25
TV: FS1
3:30 pm/et
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Qualifying:
10:30am/et, Saturday, February 25
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Practices:
12:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1
2:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1

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