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THE RACE: Kansas Lottery 300

TRACK: Kansas Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #30 of 33 for the 2012 season

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Race: Saturday, October 20, 2012 in Kansas City, KS

Title Sponsor: Kansas Lottery

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:46pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

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

  • Announcers: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch

  • 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

Wednesday, October 17th

7:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER

Thursday, October 18th

10:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
11:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS
1:00 PM-5:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
3:00 PM NSCS & NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, October 19th

7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00 PM NNS RANDOM DRAWING
1:10 PM-2:15 PM NNS PRACTICE
2:40 PM-4:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, October 20th

7:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:05 AM (12:05 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING ( TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
12:30 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
2:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM (3:30 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
3:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
4:30 PM NSCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

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


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Kansas Speedway Race Results (pdf)
  • Stenhouse, Jr. wins at Kansas Speedway: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway for his 6th win of the year and the 8th of his career. #54-Kyle Busch was leading on the last lap when he ran out of gas and Stenhouse passed him in turn 4. Stenhouse, Jr. recovered from being 2 laps down at one point, following contact with #18-Joey Logano. #3-Austin Dillon finished second followed by #18-Joey Logano, #2-Elliott Sadler, #88-Cole Whitt, #54-Kyle Busch, #31-Justin Allgaier, #43-Michael Annett, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., and #7-Danica Patrick. There were 12 cautions for 50 laps and 14 lead changes among 6 leaders. The estimated attendance was 63,000. Complete results are on the Kansas Speedway race results page (pdf).(10-20-2012)

  • Kansas Speedway Race Fast Facts:
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the 12th Annual Kansas Lottery 300, his eighth victory in 103 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his sixth victory and 23rd top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in three races at Kansas Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Kansas Speedway. It is his 24th top-10 finish in 2012.
    Joey Logano (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in five races at Kansas Speedway.
    Chevrolet has clinched the NASCAR Nationwide Series Bill France Performance Cup (manufacturers' championship).
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 6 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(10-20-2012)

  • Driver standings following Kansas Speedway:
    1) #2-Elliott Sadler 1136
    2) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1130 -6
    3) #3-Austin Dillon # 1110 -26
    4) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 1038 -98
    5) $43-Michael Annett 986 -150
    6) #31-Justin Allgaier 974 -162
    7) #88-Cole Whitt # 913 -223
    8) #19-Mike Bliss 820 -316
    9) #11-Brian Scott 758 -378
    10) #7-Danica Patrick 742 -394
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(10-20-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Kansas Speedway are posted (pdf).(10-20-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kansas Speedway: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #24-White, 29th
    Caution 2: #41-Ali, 33rd
    Caution 3: #41-Ali (2), 33rd
    Caution 4: #44-Martin, 25th
    Caution 5: #44-Martin (2), 25th
    Caution 6: #44-Martin (3), 25th
    Caution 7: none, #70-Long caused the caution
    Caution 8: #12-Hornish, Jr., 9th
    Caution 9: #7-Patrick, 10th
    Caution 10: #6-Stenhouse, Jr., 1st
    Caution 11: #4-Efland, 14th
    Caution 12: #4-Efland (2), 14th
    (10-20-2012)


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

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Logano on pole at Kansas Speedway: #18-Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole for the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway with a speed of 182.914 mph, a new track record. #3-Austin Dillon will start second. The rest of the top ten: #11-Brian Scott, #99-Kenny Wallace, #33-Paul Menard, #54-Kyle Busch, #2-Elliott Sadler, #88-Cole Whitt, #70-Johnana Long, and #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Did Not Qualify: #42-Josh Wise. The starting lineup is posted on the Kansas Speedway starting lineup page (pdf).(10-20-2012)

  • Kansas Speedway Qualifying Notes:
    Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 12th Annual Kansas Lottery 300 with a track qualifying record lap of 29.522 seconds, 182.914 mph.
    This is his 21st pole in 107 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his fifth pole and 16th top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his second pole in five races at Kansas Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (second) posted his 24th top-10 start of 2012 and his first in one races at Kansas Speedway.
    Brian Scott (third) posted his third top-10 start at Kansas Speedway. It is his 19th in 30 races this season.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(10-20-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Logano fastest in happy hour: #18-Joey Logano was quickest during the final practice session for the Kansas Lottery 300 with a top speed of 182.692mph. He was followed by: #33-Paul Menard, #99-Kenny Wallace, #2-Elliott Sadler, #88-Cole Whitt, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #3-Austin Dillon, #11-Brian Scott, #54-Kyle Busch, and #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. See complete results on the Kansas Speedway practice 3 speeds page (pdf).(10-19-2012)

  • Dillon fastest in first Friday practice: #3-Austin Dillon topped the charts during the second practice session for the Kansas Lottery 300 with a top speed of 179.826mph. He was followed by: #18-Joey Logano, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #22-Ryan Blaney, #31-Justin Allgaier, #11-Brain Scott, #54-Kyle Busch, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #2-Elliott Sadler, and #51-Jeremy Clements. See complete results on the Kansas Speedway practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(10-19-2012)

  • Harvick fastest in Thursday practice: #33-Kevin Harvick was fastest during opening practice at Kansas Speedway with a speed of 179.223mph. #88-Cole Whitt was second, followed by: #3-Austin Dillon, #54-Kyle Busch, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #2-Elliott Sadler, #7-Danica Patrick, #18-Joey Logano, and #43-Michael Annett. Busch wrecked during the session and will have to go to a backup car. See complete results on the Kansas Speedway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(10-18-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 44 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. A few notes:
    Blake Koch returns to the #00;
    The #4 for JD Motorsports is TBA;
    Scott Lagassee, Jr. returns in his #8;
    Scott Saunders will drive the #08;
    Jennifer Jo Cobb returns with her #13 team;
    Timmy Hill will be in the #15 for Rick Ware; Nur Ali in the #41;
    Ryan Blaney will drive the Penske #22;
    Dexter Stacey will drive the Go Green #39;
    Hal Martin makes his debut in the TriStar #44;
    Joey Gase will drive the Jimmy Means #52;
    Mike Harmon's #74 is TBA;
    Kenny Wallace is back in the RAB #99.(10-15-2012)
    UPDATE: Tony Raines has been added with the #28 team of Jay Robinson.(10-18-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Mike Harmon is in his #74 Chevy.(10-18-2012)
    UPDATE 3: Carl Long has moved to the #74. The Rick Ware #15 team has withdrawn. There are 44 cars at the track.(10-20-2012)
    See the complete list on the Kansas Speedway entry list page.

  • Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series at Kansas: The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., this weekend with races on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21. ESPN will have a live telecast of Sunday's 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race, the sixth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, with NASCAR Countdown at 1 p.m. ET and the race's green flag at 2:16 p.m. Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race also airs on ESPN, with NASCAR Countdown at 3 p.m. and the green flag at 3:46 p.m. ESPN2 will have telecasts of practice and qualifying sessions for both series on Friday and Saturday. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.(ESPN)(10-15-2012)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 2,000, Right-side -- 2,000;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 700, Right-side -- 700

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 6 sets for Wednesday/Thursday testing, 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 3 sets for Thursday practice and 6 sets for Friday/Saturday

  • Tire Code: Left-side -- D-4558; Right-side -- D-4560

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,222 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

  • Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire set-up at Kansas this weekend . . . this is the first race for NASCAR teams on the re-surfaced Kansas track . . . Goodyear held a tire test at the speedway on August 28-29 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge with Brad Keselowski, No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Marcos Ambrose, No. 17 Roush Fenway Ford with Matt Kenseth, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Joey Logano, No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Paul Menard, No. 42 Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Mark Martin, No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet with Regan Smith and No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Dale Earnhardt Jr. . . . the tire set-up that Goodyear came out of that test with was the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup teams ran at recently re-paved Michigan in August . . . compared to what was run on Kansas' old surface this spring, this tire set-up features compound and construction changes on both sides of the car . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tires at Kansas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


NASCAR News & Notes

    Uncertainty Looms At “New-Look” Kansas Speedway
    When the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Kansas this week for Thursday’s extended practice and the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday afternoon it’s anyone’s guess as to who will capture the checkered flag. The 1.5-mile track underwent a repaving project shortly after the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visited in April that has made it difficult to predict possible frontrunners.
    The “new-look” Kansas Speedway will have a reconfigured track featuring corners with variable banking ranging for 17 to 20 degrees in lieu of 15-degree banked corners. Based on early computer modeling, it appears that the highest line should be the fastest line
    Of the drivers in the top 10 in the standings, only Mike Bliss (eighth place, 307 points behind current leader Elliott Sadler) has ever won at the track in a national series event. He won the NCWTS race in 2002.
    In addition to the new surface, the lack of NNS regulars visiting Victory Lane in series events at the track adds to the uncertainty of what the standings will look like after the race.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has the best average finishing position (5.5) among the top 10. In two NNS races at the Midwest track his best finish is fifth place. Stenhouse is currently second in the standings, only 13 points behind Sadler, who in two races has an average finishing position of 22.5. Sadler finished third in last year’s race. His best finish in 10 NSCS races is fourth place (2004).
    Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Austin Dillon, third in the points (-29), has never competed in an NNS event at Kansas, but has a sixth-place finish in the 2010 NCWTS race. Sam Hornish Jr. and Cole Whitt, fourth and seventh place in the standings, respectively, have also never competed in a series race at the track. Hornish is 93 points outside of first, while Whitt is 222 back.
    One might have to look outside the NNS regulars to find a favorite for Saturday’s race. In four series races at Kansas, NSCS regular Joey Logano has two wins and four top 10s. He has won eight of the 18 races he’s entered this season, including the last two.

    Dillon Impresses On 1.5-Mile Tracks
    Even though Austin Dillon is only a rookie in the NASCAR Nationwide Series he is quickly proving that he belongs, especially at 1.5-mile tracks. In nine starts on tracks measuring 1.5 miles he has an average finishing position of 5.1, better than the other drivers in the top five.
    Two of those starts are victories, sweeping both events at Kentucky this season. Even though Dillon’s never competed in a NNS event at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway, the site of Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300, he has a streak of six top-10 finishes at 1.5-mile tracks. He has competed twice at Kansas in the NCWTS finishing sixth and 12th.  
    Comparatively, Elliott Sadler, the current points leader, has an average finishing position of 16.4 in 52 NNS starts at 1.5-mile tracks. At tracks 1.5 miles in length reigning champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has an 11.4 average finishing position in 31 starts. He is currently in second place, 13 points behind Sadler.
    Fourth- and fifth-place contenders Sam Hornish Jr. and Michael Annett have average finishing positions of 16.4 and 17.7, respectively, at 1.5-mile tracks. 

    Long Returns To The Track At Kansas
    Twenty-year-old Johanna Long has come a long way during her rookie season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In 18 races in 2012, she has an average finishing position of 21.9, which may not seem like big news, but it’s an improvement on her last two seasons running partial schedules in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (26.4 in 2010 and 23.6 in 2011).
    Long took the last two NNS races off, but returns to action for the Kansas Lottery 300 Saturday afternoon at Kansas Speedway.
    In her last outing, she had a strong showing in the Kentucky 300, finishing 12th. Her finish at Kentucky tied her career-high; she also placed 12th in the SUBWAY Jalapeno 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona in July.
    She currently sits in 19th place, well outside of championship contention at 699 points behind leader Sadler. However, with a strong showing at Kansas and in the remaining three races she could catapult herself over her nearest competitors in the standings. Timmy Hill is 17 points in front of her. 

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.

          On Friday, NNS driver Justin Allgaier will be onsite at the Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City when they, along with The NASCAR Foundation, reveal a new mosaic sign for the facility’s playground. & Chevrolet can mathematically clinch the Bill France Performance Cup Friday. If Chevrolet leads the standings by 19 points leaving the race, it will clinch. It currently holds a 22-point lead over Toyota. Chevrolet guarantees a clinch by earning second-place manufacturer points or better. &The first driver in NASCAR’s three national series to hail from Pakistan, Nur Ali, will attempt to qualify for the Kansas Lottery 300.
          NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship contender James Buescher has stayed sharp by racing literally every weekend. This week’s Kansas Lottery 300 marks his 20th NASCAR Nationwide Series start beginning with a victory in the season opener at Daytona.
    Buescher finished ninth at Charlotte Motor Speedway last week  his eighth top 10 of the season. He hopes to improve significantly on his prior two NNS starts at the Kansas track where his best is an 18th-place finish.
    Kansas Speedway will always be special for Buescher, who posted his first NCWTS victory at the 1.5-mile track in May. All of Buescher’s four victories have come on intermediate tracks: Kansas, Texas and a season sweep at Kentucky.
    Two of the season’s final races  Texas on Nov. 2 and Homestead on Nov. 16  are on intermediate tracks. Buescher likely will be in a Turner Motorsports NNS car at both venues.
    “I feel like racing in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series has been beneficial to me for technical aspects,” said Buescher, who figures to do double duty at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead. “There are certain style tracks you can learn more from than others, like lines and lifting points. Some of those aspects I feel I can apply to both series.”
    Buescher trails leader Ty Dillon by a single point entering the Oct. 27 Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway, the first of four consecutive races that will determine the 2012 champion.

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