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THE RACE: SAM'S TOWN 300

TRACK: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #3 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race: Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV

Title Sponsor: Sam's Town

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 4:34pm/et


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Event Schedule (REVISED)

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, March 7th

11:30 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, March 8th

7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RAMDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM-11:50 AM NNS PRACTICE
1:40 PM 3:30 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, March 9th

6:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM-9:30AM NNS PRACTICE
11:20 AM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
12:40 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:15 PM (4:15 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
1:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

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


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Las Vegas race results and standings (pdf)

  • Hornish wins at Las Vegas: #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. won the Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for his second career Nationwide win. Hornish led 114 laps on the day. #54-Kyle Busch finished second followed by #20-Brian Vickers, #6-Trevor Bayne, #11-Elliott Sadler, #3-Austin Dillon, #7-Regan Smith, #99-Alex Bowman, #2-Brian Scott, and #60-Travis Pastrana. There were 8 cautions for 37 laps and 19 lead changes among 9 leaders. Complete results are on the Las Vegas race results page (pdf).(3-9-2013)

  • Las Vegas Race Fast Facts:
    Sam Hornish Jr. won the 17th Annual Sam's Town 300, his second victory in 69 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2013. He breaks a 36-race winless streak. His last win came on Nov. 12, 2011 at Phoenix International Raceway.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . This is Penske Racing's first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Las Vegas.
    Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his second top-10 finish in ten races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . It is his second top-10 finish in 2013.
    Brian Vickers (third) posted his third top-10 finish in six races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway .
    Alex Bowman (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 19 points over Justin Allgaier.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-9-2013)

  • Driver standings following Las Vegas:
    1) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 127
    2) #31-Justin Allgaier 108, -19
    3) #11-Elliott Sadler 108, -19
    4) #2-Brian Scott 108, -19
    5) #7-Regan Smith 103, -24
    6) #3-Austin Dillon 100, -27
    7) #20-Brian Vickers 96, -31
    8) #6-Trevor Bayne 95, -32
    9) #30-Nelson Piquet Jr. 93, -34
    10) #99-Alex Bowman 90, -37
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(3-9-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Las Vegas are posted (pdf).2013 owner points will now be in effect for the remainder of the year.(3-9-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Las Vegas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one no track a lap or more down
    Caution 2: #8-Lagasse, Jr, 20th
    Caution 3: #19-Bliss, 17th
    Caution 4: #51-Sieg, 29th
    Caution 5: #44-Martin, 24th
    Caution 6: #60-Pastrana, 10th
    Caution 7: #5-Sweet, 12th
    Caution 8: #88-Earnhardt, Jr., 14th
    (3-9-2013)


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

  • Austin Dillon fastest in only practice: #3-Austin Dillon was fastest in the only practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a speed of 179.647mph. #20-Brian Vickers was second, followed by: #12-Sam Hornish, #6-Trevor Bayne, #2-Brian Scott, #11-Elliott Sadler, #77-Parker Kligerman, #54-Kyle Busch, #99-Alex Bowman, and #33-Ty Dillon. All 40 drivers practiced during the session. #19-Mike Bliss will have to go to a backup car from his teammate #14-Eric McClure after being involved in an accident. See complete results on the Las Vegas practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-9-2013)

  • Saturday practice started almost 40 minutes late, but is now underway and will run until 12:30pm/et.(3-9-2013)
    UPDATE: There was an accident 5 minutes into the session. #19-Mike Bliss lost control, possibly from an engine problem, and collected #8-Scott Lagasse, Jr. Bliss said his team does not have a backup car so they will use a backup from #14-Eric McClure.
    #5-Brad Sweet spun late in the session but did not hit anything.(3-9-2013)

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Qualifying cancelled in Las Vegas; Vickers on pole: #20-Brian Vickers will start from the pole for the Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after rain washed out all of Friday's on track schedule and NASCAR cancelled Saturday's qualifying so teams could practice Saturday morning instead. #6-Trevor Bayne will start second. The rest of the top 10: #2-Brian Scott, #3-Austin Dillon, #33-Ty Dillon, #22-Brad Keselowski, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #77-Parker Kligerman, #43-Reed Sorenson, and #31-Justin Allgaier. Did Not Qualify: #46-Chase Miller, #21-Brendan Gaughan, and #98-Kevin Swindell. The starting lineup is posted on the Las Vegas starting lineup page (pdf).(3-8-2013)

  • Rain delays practice UPDATE 2: Rain in Las Vegas has delayed practice for the Sam's Town 300. Jet driers were on track attempting to dry the surface, but heavier rain began to fall, forcing NASCAR to halt track-drying attempts. When it does stop raining, estimates put drying efforts around an hour and a half to two hours.
    UPDATE: As of 1:50 PM eastern time, practice is still in a holding pattern. The rain has stopped and jet-driers have taken to the track, but more rain is in the area. If the weather does cooperate, the track should be dry in a little over 90 minutes.
    UPDATE 2:Just before 4 PM eastern time, the track was nearly dry, but rain is falling once again at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, continuing to delay practice.

  • Entry List:There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Brad Sweet will be in the JR Motorsports #5;
    Scott Lagasse, Jr. returns with his #8 team;
    Brendan Gaughan will drive the RCR #21;
    Ty Dillon will drive the RCR #33;
    The #40 is TBA, Reed Sorenson will drive the RPM #43 for Michael Annett;
    Dale Earnhardt will drive the #88;
    Kevin Swindell will make his first attempt of the year in the #98.(3-4-2013)
    UPDATE: Josh Wise will move from the #42 to the #40. JJ Yeley will drive the #42.(3-5-2013)
    See the complete list on the Las Vegas entry list page.

  • Nationwide Series at Las Vegas on ESPN2: The NASCAR Nationwide Series moves to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for a 300-mile race and ESPN2 will have a live telecast on Saturday, March 9. NASCAR Countdown begins at 4 p.m. ET with the green flag at 4:31 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.(ESPN)(3-4-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,600, Right-side -- 1,650;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 650, Right-side -- 650

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: Up to 6 sets for Thursday open practice, 5 sets for remaining practice/qualifying, and 9 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 3 sets for first practice, and 6 sets for final practice/qualifying/race

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4524; Right-side -- D-4528

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.6 in. (2,250 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 34 psi; Left Rear -- 34 psi;
    Right Front -- 62 psi; Right Rear -- 58 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 58 psi; Right Rear -- 54 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Las Vegas this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams ran at Las Vegas last season . . . this is the only track at which these two tire codes are scheduled to be run in 2013 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Las Vegas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


NASCAR News & Notes

    Top Four Drivers Finding Success With New Crew Chiefs
    Through all the shuffling that took place in the offseason, NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Sam Hornish Jr., Justin Allgaier, Brian Scott and Elliott Sadler all found themselves with new crew chiefs  changes that have paid off so far. After two races, all four drivers sit atop or near the crest of the standings. 
    As the series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Saturday’s Sam’s Town 300, three of the drivers finished in the top 10 in last year’s visit to the track: Sadler (third), Allgaier (eighth) and Hornish (ninth).
    Hornish, tied atop the points lead with Allgaier, welcomes veteran crew chief Greg Erwin to the No. 12 Penske Racing team. Most recently, Erwin sat atop Aric Almirola’s No. 43 NSCS war wagon for nine races in 2012. In 252 races between the NSCS and NNS, Erwin’s drivers have accumulated five wins and 41 top fives, the most recent a second-place finish in the 2013 season opener at Daytona with Hornish. Hornish placed seventh last weekend in Phoenix.
    Heading into the season, Allgaier and his No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports team were paired with veteran crew chief, Scott Zipadelli. In 2012, Zipadelli worked with eight drivers in the NNS. In seven seasons, his drivers have racked up 48 top-10 finishes in 187 races. After only two races, the pairing already has two top-seven finishes.
    During the offseason, Scott moved to the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, where he teamed up with Phil Gould, a rookie crew chief in NASCAR’s national series. Through two races, the Scott-Gould combination, currently third in the standings (-8), has two top-10 finishes.
    While Sadler, fourth in points (-10), certainly has the experience that comes with success, the runner-up the past two seasons enters the season working with first-time crew chief Chris Gayle. Already the collaboration is paying off with a top-five finish in last weekend’s race. 

    Dillon, Bayne Need Rebound To Return To Title Conversation
    Heading into the new season, many pundits pointed to Austin Dillon and Trevor Bayne as possible heirs to the NASCAR Nationwide throne, vacated by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who left for the NSCS. However, after the first two races, Dillon and Bayne need a lucky roll of the dice in Saturday’s Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to get back into contention. 
    Although both drivers had solid finishes in last week’s Phoenix race, where Dillon and Bayne finished sixth and fourth, respectively, poor performances at Daytona left both drivers scrambling for much-needed points. Dillon finished the race 21st, while Bayne came in 31st.
    Dillon, who finished third in last year’s standings and seventh in his most recent visit to the 1.5-mile track, is hoping for another strong performance to boost him from ninth place in the current standings back into championship contention.   
    Bayne looks to improve upon his 11th-place position in the standings by wheeling the No. 6 Ford to Victory Lane at Las Vegas  a place the race car is familiar with after Stenhouse piloted it to a victory in last year’s NNS race.

    With Winless Skid Gone, Can Busch Start New Streak?
    Kyle Busch has returned to his winning ways and could begin a new streak in Saturday’s Sam’s Town 300  a streak that is more befitting of the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion and career race wins leader.
    By winning last Saturday’s Dollar General 200 Fueled by AmeriGas at Phoenix, Busch put an end to his 24-race winless streak in the NNS. The win, his first in the series since the 2011 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond, increased his wins total to 52, three more than Mark Martin (49). 
    As the series heads to Las Vegas, his hometown, Busch wants to win again and start a new streak of consecutive race wins. In 11 seasons of competing in NASCAR’s secondary series, Busch’s longest winning streak is three and came in April 2008, when he won at Texas, Phoenix and Mexico City in back-to-back-to-back weekends. He also had three consecutive wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2011 (Nashville, Dover, Charlotte).
    Although Busch considers Las Vegas his home track, it hasn’t always been the most kind to him. In nine NNS visits to the “Diamond in the Desert,” he’s never won and has only finished on the lead lap four times. His average finishing position at Vegas is 21.8, second lowest among NNS tracks.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    Hometown favorite Brendan Gaughan returns to the series in Las Vegas, where he has one top-five finish in three starts. & Other non-NNS regulars slated to take qualifying runs include Kyle Busch, Ty Dillon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski. & On Saturday morning, Scott Lagasse Jr. will host 50 Las Vegas-area Boy Scouts on garage tours. Lagasse will drive the No. 8 HybridLight/Boy Scouts of America Chevrolet in the race later that afternoon. & Reed Sorenson will fill in for the injured Michael Annett behind the wheel of the No. 43 Pilot Flying J Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports at Las Vegas. & Milestone Watch: Elliott Sadler will make his 200th career NNS start in Saturday’s Sam’s Town 300. & Earnhardt will make his 125th start in the NNS this weekend.

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