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THE RACE: Kentucky 300

TRACK: Kentucky Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #27 of 33 for the 2012 season


Race: Saturday, September 22, 2012 in Sparta, KY

Title Sponsor: none

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 4:15pm/et

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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Friday, Spetember 21st


Saturday, September 22nd

4:00 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Official Kentucky Speedway Race Results (pdf)
  • Dillon wins at Kentucky Speedway: #3-Austin Dillon won the Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway, for his second win of the season (both at Kentucky). #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. finished second followed by #33-Brendan Gaughan, #18-Drew Herring, #2-Elliott Sadler, #88-Cole Whitt, #43-Michael Annett, #31-Justin Allgaier, #22-Ryan Blaney, and #38-Brad Sweet. #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., the points leader coming into the race had contact on pit road and made contact with the wall during the race and finished 17th. There were 6 cautions for 26 laps and 11 lead changes among 7 leaders. The estimated attendance was 23,000. Complete results are on the Kentucky Speedway race results page (pdf).(9-22-2012)

  • Kentucky Speedway Race Fast Facts:
    Austin Dillon won the Inaugural Kentucky 300, his second victory in 38 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his second victory and 21st top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his second victory and second top-10 finish in two races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 19th top-10 finish in 2012.
    Brendan Gaughan(i) (third) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (first) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 4 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(9-22-2012)

  • Driver standings following Kentucky Speedway:
    1) #2-Elliott Sadler 1014
    2) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1010 -4
    3) #3-Austin Dillon # 995 -19
    4) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 968 -46
    5) #31-Justin Allgaier 911 -103
    6) #43-Michael Annett 875 -139
    7) #88-Cole Whitt # 805 -209
    8) #44-Mike Bliss 748 -266
    9) #11-Brian Scott 666 -348
    10) #87-Joe Nemechek 651 -363
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(9-22-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Kentucky Speedway are posted (pdf).(9-22-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kentucky Speedway: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 2: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 3: #50-Starr, 33rd
    Caution 4: #40-Darnell, 24th
    Caution 5: none, #01-Wallace was involved in the caution
    Caution 6: #31-Allgaier, 8th

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Dillon on pole at Kentucky Speedway: #3-Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole for the Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 177.264 mph. #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. will start second. The rest of the top ten:#12-Sam Hornish Jr., #18-Drew Herring, #43-Michael Annett, #33-Brendan Gaughan, #11-Brian Scott, #2-Elliott Sadler, #99-Alex Bowman, and #31-Justin Allgaier.s Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Kentucky Speedway starting lineup page (pdf).(9-22-2012)

  • Kentucky Speedway Qualifying Notes:
    Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Inaugural Kentucky 300 with a lap of 30.463 seconds, 177.264 mph.
    This is his third pole in 38 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his third pole and 21st top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his second pole in two races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (second) posted his 23rd top-10 start of 2012 and his fourth in four races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (third) posted his second top-10 start at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 19th in 27 races this season.
    Austin Dillon (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(9-22-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Gaughan fastest in happy hour: #33-Brendan Gaughan was quickest during the final practice session for the Kentucky 300 with a top speed of 176.419 mph. He was followed by:#99-Alex Bowman, #43-Michael Annett, #31-Justin Allgaier, #7-Danica Patrick, #18-Drew Herring, #22-Ryan Blaney, #3-Austin Dillon, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., and #38-Brad Sweet. See complete results on the Kentucky Speedway practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(9-21-2012)

  • Dillon fastest in first practice: #3-Austin Dillon was fastest during opening practice at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 175.741 mph. #2-Elliott Sadler was second, followed by: #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #33-Brendan Gaughan, #99-Alex Bowman, #22-Ryan Blaney, #18-Drew Herring, #54-Matt Crafton (filling in for Kurt Busch), and #11-Brian Scott. See complete results on the Kentucky Speedway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-21-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for the Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway. A few notes:
    Blake Koch remains in the #00;
    Scott Lagasse, Jr. is entered in the #8 Chevy;
    The Go Green #08 is TBA;
    Charles Lewandoski will drive the TriStar #10;
    Drew Herring is in the Joe Gibbs #18;
    Ryan Blaney returns to the Penske Racing #22;
    David Starr returns to the MAKE Motorsports #50;
    Kevin Lepage and the #86 team return;
    Kenny Wallace is listed as the driver of the RAB Racing #99;
    The Joe Gibbs #20 and #89-Morgan Shepherd are not entered.(9-17-2012)
    UPDATE: Morgan Shepherd will be at Kentucky.(9-20-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Alex Bowman will drive the #99 for RAB Racing.(9-20-212)
    UPDATE 3: Mike Harmon has withdrawn the #74 team. He will drive the #08. Tanner Berryhill will be in the #00. There are 43 cars at the track.(9-21-2012)
    See the complete list on the Kentucky Speedway entry list page.

  • Nationwide Series at Kentucky on ESPN: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races this weekend at Kentucky Speedway near Cincinnati and the race airs live on ESPN on Saturday, Sept. 22. NASCAR Countdown airs at 3:30 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 4:15 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.(ESPN)(9-17-2012)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Number of Tires: Left-side  600, Right-side -- 600

  • Set limits: 6 sets for the event

  • 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 the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series will run the same right-side tire code (D-4440), they will run distinct left-side codes at Kentucky this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Nationwide teams have run at Kentucky over the past two seasons . . . this is the only track at which Nationwide teams will run this left-side code (D-4396) in 2012 . . . in addition to Kentucky, these teams will run this right-side code twice at Dover this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners on 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

    Series Comeback Kid Stenhouse Does It Again
    In championship fashion, last weekend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. not only won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway, he also took the standings lead. In the last five races, Stenhouse has accumulated 31 more points than Elliott Sadler and as a result, Stenhouse not only has closed the 22-point deficit he had leaving Montreal, he has also shot out front by nine points ahead with just seven races to go.  
    Following Chicago, Sadler sits second in the points as the series heads to Kentucky, where he has a slightly better average finish (7.0) than standings leader Stenhouse (8.6). But Stenhouse betters him in all the major pre-race Loop Data categories: Driver Rating - Stenhouse (103.9), Sadler (99.8); Average Running Position  Stenhouse (8.5), Sadler (9.1); and Percentage of Laps in Top 15  Stenhouse (93.2%), Sadler (93.0%). Stenhouse has made three starts, posting three top 10s, and Sadler has made two starts at Kentucky, posting one top five and two top 10s.  
    Stenhouse and the No. 6 team, with crew chief Mike Kelley, seem focused on becoming the sixth team in series history to repeat as series champions.  But this time around, Stenhouse has been adamant about getting the unified owner and driver championships for Roush Fenway Racing.
    Last season, Stenhouse won the driver title but split the spoils with teammate Carl Edwards and the No. 60 team after they locked up the owners’ title. This season, unification is the idea, and right now Jack Roush’s No. 6 team is just four points behind Joe Gibbs’ No. 18 team in the owner standings.
    JGR has the most series wins (three) by an organization at Kentucky but all were in the No. 20 car, not the No. 18. Roush has one series win at Kentucky with the No. 60 team.

    JR Motorsports Taking A New Approach
    When Danica Patrick hits the track this Saturday for the Kentucky 300, she’ll have a new crew chief atop the war wagon.
    “Unfortunately, Tony Jr. is no longer with the company. I had hoped he would be here for a long time, but as we’ve discussed the direction of JR Motorsports moving forward, it was clear our differences in ideas were too vast to overcome,” said team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a statement on Monday.
    Ryan Pemberton, recently hired as the company’s Director of Competition, will take over as Patrick’s crew chief. In 16 NSCS seasons as a crew chief, Pemberton has two victories in 555 starts.
    Patrick is currently in 11th place (16 points outside the top 10). Her JR Motorsports’ teammate Cole Whitt sits in seventh (-215).  

    Dillon Measures Up Against Past Rookies
    Only four times before has a Sunoco rookie finished second or third in the NNS final standings. Austin Dillon is in position to become the fifth driver to accomplish this, or perhaps, finish first  something a rookie has never done.
    With just seven races left, Dillon sits only 34 and 25 points behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler, respectively.
    In 26 races, Dillon has one win (Kentucky) and 13 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes. If Dillon overtook Stenhouse and Sadler in points to win the championship, he would become the first driver to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NNS championships in consecutive seasons.
    Kyle Busch finished in second place in 2004, his rookie season, with five wins and 16 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes. 
    Steve Park, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards all finished their rookie seasons in third. In 1997, Park had three wins, 12 top fives and 20 top 10s. Harvick finished the 2000 season with three wins and eight top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. In 2005, Edwards won five races and grabbed 15 top fives and 21 top 10s.     

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Four drivers will pull double duty this weekend in the NSCS and NNS races: Sam Hornish Jr., Kurt Busch, Scott Riggs, and Joe Nemechek. Former series champion (’92) Nemechek is turning heads this year with his family owned race team NEMCO Motorsports. He currently sits ninth in the championship standings despite missing Road America. The Florida native goes to the Kentucky 300 fresh off four straight finishes of 16th or better. ... Three drivers will pull double duty in the NNS and NCWTS races at Kentucky: Brian Scott, James Buescher and Ryan Blaney. Blaney became the youngest winner in NCWTS history last weekend at Iowa. & Milestone Watch:  Stenhouse will attempt to make his 100th series start and Scott Lagasse Jr., who returns to the series in his family owned No. 8 car, will attempt his 50th series start. & Retired military working dog Sgt. Beyco, United States Marine Corps (USMC) MP H100, will accompany her handler, Vietnam War veteran Joe Sturm, to deliver the command to fire engines for the Kentucky 300. Sgt. Beyco earned eight medals, including the Combat Action Ribbon, during eight years of service that included a three-year tour in Iraq.

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