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THE RACE: AARON'S 312

TRACK: Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #8 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race: Saturday, May 4, 2013 in Talladega, AL

Title Sponsor: Aaron's

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:18pm/et


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track (Central Time)

Wednesday, May 1st

4:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER (TRUCK PARKING ONLY)

Thursday, May 2nd

2:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
3:00 PM-3:45 PM NNS PRACTICE
4:00 PM-4:50 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

Friday, May 3rd

6:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:10 AM (12:10 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
3:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

Saturday, May 4th

9:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM NNS ACCESS TO HAULERS ONLY
9:45 AM NNS SPOTTERS MEETING
10:45 AM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (NASCAR Nationwide Series, GARAGE Area)
1:30 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
2:00 PM (3:00 PM) NNS RACE (117 LAPS, 311.22 MILES)
3:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

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


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Talladega race results and standings (pdf)

  • Smith wins at Talladega: #7-Regan Smith won the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway for his first win of 2013 and the second of his career. #22-Joey Logano finished second followed by #5-Kasey Kahne, #1-Kurt Busch, #31-Justin Allgaier, #77-Parker Kligerman, #01-Mike Wallace, #24-Jason White, #51-Jeremy Clements, and #3-Austin Dillon.
    A wreck on the last lap forced NASCAR to throw the caution as the lead cars came through the tri-oval heading to the checkered flag. Kahne got to the finish line first, but NASCAR had already put out the caution.
    #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., who was the points leader coming into the race, was caught in an accident and finished 25th. Smtih now leads the points by 27 over Hornish.
    The race started nearly 2 1/2 hours late after it rained at the track most of the morning and was ended 10 laps early due to darkness. There was also a single green-white-checker attempt.
    There were 7 cautions for 28 laps and 47 lead changes among 16 leaders. Complete results are on the Talladega race results page (pdf).(5-3-2013)

  • Talladega Race Fast Facts:
    Regan Smith won the 22nd Annual Aaron's 312, his second victory in 111 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in three races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Joey Logano(i) (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in five races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2013.
    Kasey Kahne(i) (third) posted his first top-10 finish in five races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Alex Bowman (13th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Regan Smith leads the point standings by 27 points over Sam Hornish Jr.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-3-2013)

  • Driver standings following Talladega:
    1) #7-Regan Smith 305
    2) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 278, -27
    3) #31-Justin Allgaier 265, -40
    4) #77-Parker Kligerman 258, -47
    5) #11-Elliott Sadler 258, -47
    6) #3-Austin Dillon 257, -48
    7) #2-Brian Scott 254, -51
    8) #20-Brian Vickers 252, -53
    9) #99-Alex Bowman # 231, -74
    10) #6Trevor Bayne 230, -75
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(5-3-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Talladega are posted (pdf).(5-3-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Talladega: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 2: #01-Wallace, 7th
    Caution 3: #89-Shepherd, 35th
    Caution 4: #3-Dillon, 10th
    Caution 5: none, #92-Andrews was caught in the wreck
    Caution 6: #79-Earnhardt, 16th
    (5-3-2013)


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

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Pastrana on pole at Talladega: #60-Travis Pastrana won the Coors Light Pole for the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 176.500mph. #3-Austin Dillon will start second. The rest of the top 10: #6-Trevor Bayne, #34-Danica Patrick, #31-Justin Allgaier, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #11-Elliott Sadler, #2-Brian Scott, #1-Kurt Busch, and #54-Joey Coulter. Did Not Qualify: #25-John Wes Townley (time disallowed for the car being too low) and #15-Stanton Barrett. The starting lineup is posted on the Talladega starting lineup page (pdf).(5-3-2013)

  • Talladega Qualifying Notes:
    Travis Pastrana won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 22nd Annual Aaron's 312 with a lap of 54.255 seconds, 176.500 mph.
    This is his first pole in 17 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in his first start at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Austin Dillon (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2013 and his second in two races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Trevor Bayne (third) posted his second top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his sixth in eight races this season.
    Alex Bowman (15th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    This is owner Jack Roush's first NASCAR Nationwide Series Coors Light pole at Talladega Superspeedway.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-3-2013)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Ty Dillon fastest in happy hour: #33-Ty Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the Aaron's 312 with a speed of 192.131mph. He was followed by: #6-Trevor Bayne, #60-Travis Pastrana, #43-Reed Sorenson, #7-Regan Smith, #5-Kasey Kahne, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #22-Joey Logano, #3-Austin Dillon, and #54-Joey Coulter. 38 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Talladega practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(5-2-2013)

  • Bayne fastest in first practice: #6-Trevor Bayne was fastest during opening practice at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 190.472mph. #5-Kasey Kahne was second, followed by: #30-Nelson Piquet, Jr., #32-Kyle Larson, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #22-Joey Logano, #32-Reed Sorenson, #60-Travis Pastrana, #77-Parker Kligerman, and #2-Brian Scott. 41 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Talladega practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-2-2013)

  • Entry List:There are 46 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. A few notes:
    Jason White returns to the #00 for SR2;
    Kurt Busch will drive the #1 for Phoenix Racing;
    Stanton Barrett returns to the RWR #15;
    Joey Logano will drive the #22 for Penske Racing;
    David Green will dirive the SR2 #27;
    Ty Dillon returns to the RCR #33;
    Danica Patrick will drive the Turner Scott #34;
    Donnie Neuenberger will be in the #52 for Jimmy Means;
    Jeffrey Earnhardt returns to the Go Green #79;
    Morgan Shepherd will make another attempt in his #98.(4-29-2013)
    UPDATE: Several changes to the entry list: The Motorsports Group has withdrawn the #42, #46 and #47 cars. SR2 has withdrawn the #27, David Green moves from the #27 to the #00, Jason White moves from the #00 to the #24. Blake Koch is out of the #24.(4-29-2013)
    UPDATE 2: Tim Andrews will drive the #92 in place of Dexter Stacey, who is out with a concussion.(5-1-2013)
    See the complete list on the Talladega entry list page.


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 4 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 5 sets for the event

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side  800, Right-side -- 800;
    Nationwide: Left-side  400, Right-side -- 400

  • Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4138; Right-side -- D-4412

  • Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.9 in. (2,233 mm); Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,247 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 -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Talladega this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams have run at Talladega since the beginning of 2011 . . . NASCAR teams have also run this same tire set-up at Daytona over the last three seasons . . . this left-side tire code (D-4138) has been run by Sprint Cup teams at Talladega since 2009 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


NASCAR News & Notes

    Smith, Ives Give JR Motorsports Title Aspirations
    Ever since Dale Earnhardt Jr. and several others, including his sister Kelley Earnhardt Miller, started JR Motorsports back in 2005, they have worked relentlessly to field a championship-caliber race car.
    Sure, the team, which also includes Rick Hendrick as a co-owner, has had its share of bright moments  Brad Keselowksi’s back-to-back third-place finishes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings in 2008 and 2009; Danica Patrick’s fourth-place finish in 2011 at Las Vegas, the highest result for a female in any NASCAR national series event.  
    More recently, Regan Smith’s victory in last year’s series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway was another high-water mark. The win came in Smith’s first and only NASCAR Nationwide race last season, providing the driver and team confidence heading into 2013 and giving the team its 10th series victory.
    This year, Smith returned to JR Motorsports to drive a full schedule in the No. 5 Chevrolet. He is teamed up with chew chief Greg Ives, a five-time NSCS championship-winning engineer with Jimmie Johnson
    Through the first seven races, the Smith-Ives pairing has paid off. Although the No. 5 team hasn’t visited Victory Lane yet, they’ve put themselves right in the thick of the championship battle. Smith trails points leader Sam Hornish Jr. by a mere point, and is 22 points in front of third-place driver Brian Scott.  
    It is possible with a strong finish in Saturday’s Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway that Smith could overtake Hornish for the points lead. If that does happen, it would be the first time a JR Motorsports driver has ever been first in points.
    Smith performed well in the first restrictor-plate race of the season, finishing 14th after leading 23 laps in the season opener at Daytona. In two previous series starts at Talladega, Smith has finishes of 23rd and 37th. In last fall’s NSCS race, his most recent trip to the 2.66-mile Alabama track, however, the New York native finished fifth while driving for Furniture Row Racing.

    Kligerman Hopes For Strong Restrictor-Plate Showing
    Parker Kligerman is quietly fashioning a solid season, hoping to strengthen his bid to claim the NASCAR Nationwide Series crown with a strong showing in Saturday’s Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway.
    Kligerman led only two laps during his most recent visit to the 2.66-mile tri-oval. Don’t let that fool you, though, as those two laps were the final two circuits around the track. Although the victory came in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver hopes to experience déjà vu in this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
    Through the season’s first seven races, Kligerman, who drives the No. 77 Toyota, sits eighth in the standings, 40 points behind leader Sam Hornish Jr. Kligerman has two top-five and three top-10 finishes in 2013. In the season’s first restrictor-plate race at Daytona he finished fifth and led 10 laps.
    In his only other series start at Talladega, which came in 2010, Kligerman’s day came to an end on Lap 113 when he was involved in a seven-car accident on the frontstretch. He finished the race 31st. In five career restrictor-plate starts between the NNS and NCWTS, Kligerman has four top-five finishes.

    Experience Linchpin To Success At Talladega
    It always pays to have experience at tracks where anything can happen.
    There is no place on the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule where this is more apropos than Talladega Superspeedway, where experience trumps those without it. The track’s history supports this.
    In 21 Nationwide Series races at the track, only six have been won by drivers not running full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup schedules (1995-1996, 2001-2002, 2004-2005).
    Only two drivers have won more than once at Talladega. Martin Truex Jr. has won three times (2004-2006), while Joe Nemechek has two victories (1998, 2000). Although Truex’s last NNS win at the track came in his first full season in NASCAR’s premier series, his first two wins helped propel him to back-to-back NASCAR Nationwide championships.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    On Thursday morning, Alex Bowman, who will be driving the No. 99 SchoolTipline.com Toyota in Saturday’s Aarons’ 312, will speak to students at Charles R. Drew Middle School in Talladega to kick off the car sponsor’s “Drive Away Bullying Campaign.” & Among the seven NSCS regulars entered in the NNS race are Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano and Danica Patrick. & Grammy-nominated country artist Chris Young will sing the National Anthem. & NSCS driver Carl Edwards will be a guest analyst in the ESPN booth during the race telecast.

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