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THE RACE: GREAT CLIPS / GRIT CHIPS 300

TRACK: Atlanta Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #24 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race: Saturday, August 31 in Hampton, GA

Title Sponsor: Great Clips, Grit Chips

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Friday, August 30th

7:30 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
10:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
11:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
4:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
5:00 PM 6:30 PM NNS PRACTICE
6:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
8:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, August 31st

9:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:30 AM 11:30 AM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
4:05 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
5:45 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM NNS RACE (195 LAPS, 300.3 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NNS = Nationwide Series
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Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION

  • Harvick wins at Atlanta: #33-Kevin Harvick won the Great Clips / Grit Chips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. #54-Kyle Busch finished second followed by #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #5-Kasey Kahne, #32-Kyle Larson, #22-Joey Logano, #6-Trevor Bayne, #3-Austin Dillon, #7-Regan Smith, and #2-Brian Scott. There were 4 cautions for 20 laps and 11 lead changes among 7 leaders. Complete results are on the Atlanta race results page (pdf).(8-31-2013)

  • Atlanta Race Fast Facts:
    Kevin Harvick(i) won the 22nd Annual Great Clips/Grit Chips 300, his 40th victory in 297 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 12 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in ten races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his 15th top-10 finish in 2013.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Larson (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 10 points over Austin Dillon.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-31-2013)

  • Driver standings following Atlanta:
    1) #12-Sam Hornish Jr 842
    2) #3-Austin Dillon 832, -10
    3) #11-Elliott Sadler 816, -26
    4) #7-Regan Smith 813, -29
    5) #31-Justin Allgaier 795, -47
    6) #20-Brian Vickers 790, -52
    7) #32-Kyle Larson # 775, -67
    8) #2-Brian Scott 775, -67
    9) #6-Trevor Bayne 771, -71
    10) #77-Parker Kligerman 724, -118
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(8-31-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Atlanta are posted (pdf).(8-31-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Atlanta: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #40-Sorenson, 21st
    Caution 2: #14-Green, 29th
    Caution 3: #43-Annett, 14th
    Caution 4: #2-Scott, 10th
    (8-31-2013)


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

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Busch on Nationwide pole at Atlanta: #54-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the Great Clips / Grit Chips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 180.563mph. It is his 7th pole of the year. #3-Austin Dillon will start second. The rest of the top 10: #6-Trevor Bayne, #5-Kasey Kahne, #7-Regan Smith, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #11-Elliott Sadler, #43-Michael Annett, #20-Brian Vickers, and #30-Nelson Piquet, Jr. Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Atlanta starting lineup page (pdf).(8-31-2013)

  • Atlanta Nationwide Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 22nd Annual Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 with a lap of 30.704 seconds, 180.563 mph.
    This is his 33rd pole in 262 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his seventh pole and 14th top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his fourth pole in ten races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (second) posted his 19th top-10 start of 2013 and his second in two races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Trevor Bayne (third) posted his third top-10 start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his 15th in 24 races this season.
    Nelson Piquet Jr. (10th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-31-2013)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Dillon fastest in happy hour: #3-Austin Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the Great Clips / Grit Chips 300 with a speed of 181.023mph. He was followed by: #20-Brian Vickers, #22-Joey Logano, #6-Trevor Bayne, #7-Regan Smith, #77-Parker Kligerman, #54-Kyle Busch, #30-Nelson Piquet, Jr., #60-Travis Pastrana, and #99-Alex Bowman. 36 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Atlanta practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-31-2013)

  • Bayne fastest in first practice: #6-Trevor Bayne was fastest during opening practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 178.672mph. #22-Joey Logano was second, followed by: #33-Kevin Harvick, #77-Parker Kligerman, #3-Austin Dillon, #99-Alex Bowman, #20-Brian Vickers, #43-Michael Annett, #32-Kyle Larson, and #54-Kyle Busch. All 40 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Atlanta practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-30-2013)

  • Entry List:There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday night's Great Clips / Grit Chips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Jeff Green is listed in the #10, but is expected to fill in again for Eric McClure;
    Chris Buescher returns to the Roush #16;
    Ryan Sieg returns with the #39 team;
    Cole Whitt is back in the TriStar #44;
    Jamie Dick returns with the #55 team;
    The #74 driver is TBA;
    Kyle Fowler is back in the Go Green #79.(8-26-2013)
    UPDATE: Jeff Green will drive the #14 again in place of Eric McClure.(8-27-2013)
    UPDATE: Mike Harmon will be in his #74.(8-29-2013)
    UPDATE: Chase Miller will drive the #10 for TriStar. #17-Tanner Berryhill & #39-Ryan Sieg have withdrawn. There are 40 cars at the track.(8-30-2013)
    See the complete list on the Atlanta entry list page.

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series in Prime Time at Atlanta: The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will race under the lights at the 1.522-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend with both races airing in prime time. ESPN will have a live telecast of the 500-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday night, Sept. 1. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7 p.m. ET with the races green flag at 7:46 p.m. The race telecast is presented by Pennzoil. The NASCAR Nationwide Series races on ESPN2 on Saturday night, Aug. 31, with Countdown at 7 p.m. and the green at 7:47 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.(ESPN)(8-26-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Number of Tires: Sprint Cup:
    Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 500, Right-side -- 500

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 12 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 7 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4384; Right-side -- D-4602

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.3 in. (2,217 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 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 -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Atlanta this weekend . . . this is the same left--side tire code (D-4384) that these teams have run the last two seasons at this track . . . this new right-side tire code (D-4602) is making its debut at Atlanta and incorporates Goodyear Racings new zone tread technology . . . the tire combines the compound that has recently been run at Kansas and Michigan on the inside three inches of the tread, with the compound run at Atlanta for the last seasons across the rest of the tread . . . the concept will give teams endurance and heat resistance on the inside third of the tire and traction on the outside two-thirds . . . while Goodyear has used the multi-zone concept on passenger tires before, this is its first application in NASCAR . . . this tire was confirmed at a Goodyear test with 13 drivers at Atlanta on August 6 . . . drivers participating in that test were Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Paul Menard, David Ragan, David Reutimann, Martin Truex Jr. and J.J. Yeley . . . 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.


NASCAR News & Notes

    Top Spots Tend To Swap In Tight Series Points Battle
    In a battle that is still too close to determine a favorite and one in which the lead continues to change hands, there is also a lot of swapping of positions among the drivers near the top of the standings. Sam Hornish Jr. saw his narrow advantage over the rest of the field heading into last Fridays Bristol race shrink further.
    Austin Dillon finished third at Bristol, behind race-winner Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, to jump from fourth in the standings to second. Hornishs lead 13-point advantage over Elliott Sadler was reduced to six over Dillon with only 10 races remaining. Sadler, who now sits 11 markers behind Hornish, fell to third.
    Indicative of how close the points battle is heading into Atlanta for Friday nights Great Clips/Grit Chips 300, seven of the drivers in the top 10 saw their positions in the standings change after Bristol. Only Hornish, Brian Scott (seventh; 60 points back) and Parker Kligerman (10th; -105) remain in the same spots.
    Regan Smith dropped from third to fourth (-24), while Justin Allgaier and Brian Vickers switched positions. Allgaier is fifth, 39 points behind Hornish, and Vickers is sixth (-40). Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Larson (eighth; -66) and Trevor Bayne (ninth; -67) also swapped positions.
    This phenomenon of constant moving around among the top 10 is nothing new as these drivers have bounced around the top of the standings all year long. Among the top-10 drivers, Hornish has experienced the littlest movement staying safely ensconced between first and fourth place in the standings all year. On the flipside, Dillon has bounced between first and seventh for most of the year. Sadler has been as high as second, but as low as 12th, while Smith has ranged from first to 11th in the standings. Allgaier has fluctuated between second and seventh for the majority of the season.

    Top-Five Drivers Hoping For Continued Success In Atlanta
    With seven weekends remaining in the 21-consecutive-week stretch of NASCAR Nationwide Series races, drivers continue to jockey for position before their well-deserved two-week break. Due to their past success at Atlanta, four of the top-five drivers hope that the Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 will provide them with a good opportunity to buckle down for the late-season stretch and confirm their place among the championship contenders conversation.
    In last Septembers Atlanta race, Sam Hornish Jr., Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier all posted their best finishes at the 1.5-mile track in the series. All four of them finished with top-10 performances: Sadler (fourth), Allgaier (fifth), Dillon (sixth) and Hornish (ninth).
    Hornish, who holds a six-point edge over Dillon, has only one other series start at Atlanta, which resulted in a 15th-place showing back in 2007. Dillons sixth-place finish last year was his only NNS start at Atlanta. In seven starts, Sadler has four top-10 finishes, but those are coupled with finishes of 30th, 37th and 42nd. Allgaiers last two starts at Atlanta have resulted in fifth- and sixth-places finishes. Through four races, his worst showing was 17th in 2009.
    Of the drivers in the top five, Regan Smith is the only driver without a top-10 finish. He only competed in two NNS events (2006, 2007) at Atlanta, coming in 21st and 23rd.    
    Friday nights race should play a big role in helping provide focus to the ever-changing championship picture. After winning at Atlanta last year, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. went on to win his second straight series title.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    Kyle Larson, who finished fifth at Bristol on Friday night, increased his lead in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings to 67 over Alex Bowman. & Eleven drivers will be attempting to make their NNS Atlanta debuts this Friday: Tanner Berryhill, Bowman, Chris Buescher, Ken Butler, Landon Cassill, Matt DiBenedetto, Jamie Dick, Parker Kligerman, Kyle Larson, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Ryan Sieg. 

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