Race: Saturday, September 1, 2012 in Hampton, GA
Title Sponsor: National Rifle Associatioin
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:16pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 6:30 pm/et
Times are local to the Track
Friday, August 31st8:30 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
Saturday, September 1st7:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track
Stenhouse, Jr. wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr won the NRA American Warrior 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, talking the lead on the final lap, for his 4th win of the season. #22-Brad Keselowski finished second followed by #33-Kevin Harvick (who dominated most of the race, leading 157 of the 195 laps), #2-Elliott Sadler, #31-Justin Allgaier, #3-Austin Dillon, #54-Kyle Busch, #88-Cole Whitt, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., and #43-Michael Annett. There were 8 cautions for 43 laps and 9 lead changes among 6 leaders. The estimated attendance was 47,700. Complete results are on the Atlanta Motor Speedway race results page (pdf).(9-1-2012)
Atlanta Motor Speedway Race Fast Facts:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the 21st Annual NRA American Warrior 300, his sixth victory in 97 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his fourth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2012.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in three races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Brad Keselowski(i) (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in six races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2012.
Kevin Harvick(i) (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 11 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Austin Dillon (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 12 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
(NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(9-1-2012)
Driver standings following Atlanta Motor Speedway:
1) #2-Elliott Sadler 904
2) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 892 -12
3) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 872 -32
4) #3-Austin Dillon # 867 -37
5) #31-Justin Allgaier 810 -94
6) #43-Michael Annett 760 -144
7) #88-Cole Whitt # 707 -197
8#44-Mike Bliss 662 -242
9) #11-Brian Scott 583 -321
10) #7-Danica Patrick 570 -334
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(9-1-2012)
Owner Standings following Atlanta Motor Speedway are posted (pdf).(9-1-2012)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Atlanta Motor Speedway: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #00-Koch, 36th
Caution 2: none, no one on track a lap or more down
Caution 3: #88-Whitt, 8th
Caution 4: #3-Dillon, 6th
Caution 5: #7-Patrick, 13th
Caution 6: #22-Keselowski, 2nd
Caution 7: #43-Annett, 10th
Caution 8: #12-Hornish, Jr., 9th
Kyle Busch on pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway: #54-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the NRA American Warrior 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 176.280 mph. #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. will start second. The rest of the top ten: #33-Kevin Harvick, #38-Kasey Kahne, #18-Denny Hamlin, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #2-Elliott Sadler, #22-Brad Keselowski, #3-Austin Dillon, and #44-Mike Blilss. Did Not Qualify:#72-John Jackson. The starting lineup is posted on the Atlanta Motor Speedway starting lineup page (pdf).(9-1-2012)
Atlanta Motor Speedway Qualifying Notes:
Kyle Busch(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 21st Annual NRA American Warrior 300 with a lap of 31.450 seconds, 176.280 mph.
This is his 24th pole in 237 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and eighth top-10 start in 2012.
This is his third pole in nine races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (second) posted his 20th top-10 start of 2012 and his second in three races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick(i) (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his eighth in ten races this season.
Austin Dillon (ninth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(9-1-2012)
Keselowski fastest in practice: #22-Brad Keselowski was fastest during the only practice session at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 179.481mph. #12-Sam Hornihs, Jr. was second, followed by: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #33-Kevin Harvick, #2-Elliott Sadler, #88-Cole Whitt, #18-Denny Hamlin, #54-Kyle Busch, #38-Kasey Kahne, and #99-Travis Pastrana. See complete results on the Atlanta Motor Speedway practice speeds page (pdf).(9-1-2012)
Entry List: There are 44 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's NRA American Warrior 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A few notes:
Blake Koch returns to the #00;
Kyle Fowler will be in the #08 for Randy Hill Racing;
Timmy Hill remains in the Rick Ware #15 while Fain Skinner remains in the #4;
The #39 for Go Green Racing is TBA;
The #52 for Jimmy Means is TBA;
Tony Raines returns to the #70 for ML Motorsports;
Reed Sorenson and the Biagi #98 team will make another attempt.(8-27-2012)
UPDATE: Joey Gase will drive the #52 for Jimmy Means.(8-27-2012)
UPDATE 2: Matt Carter will be in the #39 for Go Green, Josh Wise will be in the #42, Stephen Leicht in the #47.(8-29-2012)
UPDATE 3: David Starr will return to the #50 for MAKE Motorsports.(8-30-2012)
UPDATE 4: Carl Long will be in the #71 for Rick Ware and JJ Yeley will drive the #47.(9-1-2012)
See the complete list on the Atlanta Motor Speedway entry list page.
NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series at Atlanta in Prime Time: The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will race under the lights at the 1.5-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend with events on Saturday and Sunday nights, Sept. 1-2. ESPN will have a live telecast of Sunday night's 500-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race, with NASCAR Countdown at 6:30 p.m. ET and the race's green flag at 7:46 p.m. Saturday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series race airs on ESPN2, with NASCAR Countdown at 6:30 p.m. and the green flag at 7:16 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)(8-27-2012)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup & Nationwide)
Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,450, Right-side -- 1,450;
Nationwide: Left-side -- 500, Right-side -- 500;
Camping World Truck: Left-side -- 350, Right-side -- 350
Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying, 12 sets for the race;
Nationwide: 6 sets for the event;
Camping World Truck: 4 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4384; Right-side -- D-4406
Left-side -- 87.3 in. (2,217 mm);
Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,247 mm)
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Atlanta this weekend will run the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide 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 tires that teams in all three of these series ran at Atlanta last season . . . Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams also ran this exact tire set-up at Atlanta in September 2010 . . . this left-side tire code (D-4384) dates back to the spring 2010 races at Atlanta in the Cup and Truck series, though it was run with a different right-side code . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Atlanta. . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Door Kicked Wide Open In Sadler, Stenhouse Championship Chase
Sports fans thrive on great rivalries and the NASCAR Nationwide Series has one brewing between standings leader Elliott Sadler and 2011 series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. With just 10 races left on the schedule, tensions are mounting as only 19 points separate the competitors in the top two spots of the standings.
The two drivers have battled most of the season, but this past weekend at Bristol the gauntlet was thrown. Stenhouse got into Sadler late in Friday night’s race, costing Sadler several positions. Following the event the two talked, but Sadler had this to say: “I told him, we’ve always raced each other with a lot of respect. I‘m glad he didn’t wreck us, but it’s not the finish we deserved. He opened it up. Now we can race differently the last 10 races.”
In the same 10-race stretch last season, Stenhouse outperformed Sadler posting an average finish of 5.1 to Sadler’s 9.4, building the tension even more.
This will be quite the season for both of them. Each has three poles and 17 top-10 finishes. Sadler holds a slight edge with four series wins to Stenhouse’s three. Stenhouse has the better season-to-date Driver Rating of 108.5 to Sadler’s 107.3.
Heading to Atlanta this weekend, Stenhouse holds the upper hand. Sadler has more experience having made six starts and posting three top 10s, including a 10th-place finish last season; but Stenhouse has made two starts posting one top five and two top 10s, including a third-place finish last season.
Patrick, Pastrana Make Inaugural Visits To Atlanta
Danica Patrick and Travis Pastrana, two of the biggest names in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will compete on unfamiliar territory this weekend in the NRA American Warrior 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Patrick, who has raced at the other 22 tracks, arrives in Atlanta for the first time fresh off a ninth-place finish at Bristol in the Food City 250. The Atlanta race will be Patrick’s 49th start in the NNS. Patrick is currently 10th in the points standings, 325 points off the lead and 11 points behind ninth-place driver Brian Scott.
She will be pulling double-duty in the NSCS AdvoCare 500. It will be her fifth premier series start.
Pastrana also makes his inaugural trip to Atlanta for the eighth NNS start of his career (all this season). In his most recent start, at Indianapolis in July, Pastrana posted a career-best finish of 13th. He has two 17th-place finishes at Darlington Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway.
The action sports superstar was scheduled to make his NNS debut last July in Indianapolis, but an injury in the X Games delayed his arrival.
Hornish, Dillon Have Little Time To Waste
Time is running out for Sam Hornish Jr. and Austin Dillon to make a run at the NASCAR Nationwide Series title. With 10 races remaining before a champion is crowned, Hornish and Dillon both have their work cut out for them.
Hornish sits 28 points behind leader Elliott Sadler and nine points outside second-place Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hornish can carve away at the lead if he continues his streak of 11 consecutive top-10 finishes.
Prior to this weekend’s NRA American Warrior 300 at Atlanta, Hornish has made only one series start at the track. In 2007, he finished 15th after starting fifth. In six NSCS starts, his best finish is 24th.
This weekend marks Dillon’s (35 points behind Sadler) first NNS start at Atlanta. In two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at the track, he has sixth- and 10th-place finishes. Dillon has also been hot lately with 12 top-10 finishes in the last 16 races.
In order for either driver to make a serious run at the championship, they will need to have strong performances this weekend.
NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
In the 20 NNS races at Atlanta, only four drivers have won from the pole, most recently 2007 series champion Carl Edwards last season. & Idaho native Brian Scott will make his 100th career start in the NNS this weekend. Scott made his series debut at Nashville Superspeedway in April of 2009 and since then has earned five top fives, 18 top 10s and one pole. Scott currently sits ninth in the series championship point standings. NCWTS driver and Texas native James Buescher will attempt to make his 50th NNS start this weekend. & The National Rifle Association will honor military heroes Jason Amerine and Greg Stube this weekend. Amerine is a lieutenant colonel from Honolulu, Hawaii. Stube, a retired member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, hails from Long Beach, Calif. & Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are participating in the NRA American Warrior 300 this weekend: Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Scott Riggs, Joe Nemechek, Reed Sorenson and Sam Hornish Jr.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)