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THE RACE: DOLLAR GENERAL 300

TRACK: Chicagoland Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #26 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race: Saturday, September 14, 2013 in Joliet, IL

Title Sponsor: Dollar General

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


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track (Central Time)

Thursday, September 12th

4:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, September 13th

7:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
7:30 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
12:40 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:40 PM-2:55 PM NNS PRACTICE
5:30 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
5:35 PM-6:50 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
9:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, September 14th

7:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:05 AM (12:05 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
12:40 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
2:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
2:30 PM (3:30 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
3:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NNS = Nationwide Series
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Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Chicago race results and standings (pdf)

  • Busch wins at Chicago: #54-Kyle Busch won the Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway for his 10th win of the season. He put on another dominating performance, leading 195 of the 200 laps. #22-Joey Logano finished second followed by points leader #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #3-Austin Dillon, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #20-Brian Vickers, #18-Matt Kenseth, #77-Parker Kligerman, #33-Kevin Harvick, and #30-Nelson Piquet, Jr. #29-Kenny Wallace, making his 900th NASCAR start, finished 17th.
    There were 6 cautions for 27 laps and 4 lead changes among 4 leaders. Complete results are on the Chicago race results page (pdf).(9-14-2013)

  • Chicago Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch won the 13th Annual Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola , his 61st victory in 264 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his 10th victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2013. With the win, his 2013 is tied for second on the NASCAR Nationwide Series single season wins list. Busch holds the record with 13 wins in 2013.
    This is his third victory and sixth top-10 finish in ten races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in six races at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2013.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in five races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 17 points over Austin Dillon.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-14-2013)

  • NationwideDriver standings following Chicago:
    1) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 921
    2) #3-Austin Dillon 904, -17
    3) #7-Regan Smith 885, -36
    4) #11-Elliott Sadler 877, -44
    5) #20-Brian Vickers 865, -56
    6) #31-Justin Allgaier 860, -61
    7) #2-Brian Scott 849, -72
    8) #6-Trevor Bayne 839, -82
    9) #32-Kyle Larson # 811, -110
    10) #77-Parker Kligerman 768, -153
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(9-14-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Chicago are posted (pdf).(9-14-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicago: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #40-Sorenson, 33rd
    Caution 2: #30-Piquet, Jr., 10th
    Caution 3: #77-Kligerman, 8th
    Caution 4: #43-Annett, 18th
    Caution 5: #98-Swindell, 16th
    Caution 6: #29-Wallace, 17th
    (9-14-2013)


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

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Busch on pole at Chicago: #54-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 178.968mph. #3-Austin Dillon will start second. The rest of the top 10: #22-Joey Logano, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #77-Parker Kligerman, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #11-Elliott Sadler, #99-Alex Bowman, #30-Nelson Piquet, Jr., and #20-Brian Vickers. #29-Kenny Wallace, making his 900th NASCAR start, will roll off 11th. Did Not Qualify: #42-Josh Wise, #15-Carl Long, #89-Morgan Shepherd. The starting lineup is posted on the Chicago starting lineup page (pdf).(9-14-2013)

  • Chicago Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 13th Annual Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola with a lap of 30.173 seconds, 178.968 mph.
    This is his 34th pole in 264 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his eighth pole and 16th top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in ten races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (second) posted his 21st top-10 start of 2013 and his fourth in four races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Joey Logano (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his seventh in 12 races this season.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-14-2013)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Dillon fastest in happy hour: #3-Austin Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the Dollar General 300 with a speed of 179.748mph. He was followed by: #33-Kevin Harvick, #30-Nelson Piquet, Jr., #98-Kevin Swindell, #5-Brad Sweet, #99-Alex Bowman, #77-Parker Kligerman, #6-Trevor Bayne, #2-Brain Scott, and #60-Travis Pastrana. 39 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Chicago practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(9-13-2013)

  • Larson fastest in first practice: #32-Kyle Larson was fastest during opening practice at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 177.055mph. #99-Alex Bowman was second, followed by: #31-Justin Allgaier, #54-Kyle Busch, #3-Austin Dillon, #5-Brad Sweet, #22-Joey Logano, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr, #7-Regan Smith, and #20-Brian Vickers. 42 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Chicago practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-13-2013)

  • Entry List:There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. A few notes:
    Blake Koch returns to the SR2 #00;
    Brad Sweet will be in the #5 for JR Motorsports;
    Jeff Green is listed back in the #10 as Eric McClure is on the entry list for the #14;
    Scott Riggs is entered in the RWR #15;
    Juan Carlos Blue will be in the #23;
    Kenny Wallace returns to the RAB #29;
    Chad Hackenbracht is back in the TriStar #44;
    Derrike Cope will make another attempt in his #73;
    Maryeve Dufault will drive the GoGreen #79;
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. returns to the #88.(9-9-2013)
    UPDATE: Kevin Lepage will drive the #74 for Mike Harmon.(9-9-2013)
    UPDATE 2: #73-Derrike Cope has withdrawn.(9-10-2013)
    UPDATE 3: J.J. Yeley has been added in the #46.(9-10-2013)
    See the complete list on the Chicago entry list page.


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup & Nationwide);
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Camping World Truck)

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 6 sets for the event

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,300, Right-side -- 1,300;
    Nationwide: Left-side  500. Right-side  500;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side  400. Right-side  400

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4410

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.1 in. (2,215 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 -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 44 psi

    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Chicagoland this weekend will run the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded Goodyear Eagle, while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded Goodyear Wrangler . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in all three series have run at Chicagoland since 2011 . . . this is also the same exact tire set-up that these teams have run at Homestead over that same span . . . NASCAR teams have also run this left-side tire code (D-4392) with a different right-side code at both Texas (all three series) and Darlington (Cup and Nationwide) earlier this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Chicagoland . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


NASCAR News & Notes

    Hornish And Dillon: Chicagoland And Championship Favorites
    In the NASCAR Nationwide Series last visit to Chicagoland Speedway in July, Sam Hornish Jr. finished runner-up to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Joey Logano. Austin Dillon crossed the finish line third.
    As they return to the 1.5-mile track located west of Chicago for Saturdays Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola, Hornish and Dillon are embroiled in a tight points battle. After a sixth-place performance at Richmond last Friday night, Hornish extended his points lead over Dillon by six to 16. Regan Smith finished third in the race and sits third in the standings 10 points further back.
    In the July race, Hornish led 56 laps, including the first 48 laps. He was leading on lap 180 when the sixth and final caution flag appeared. As the race returned to green-flag racing on lap 185, Logano jumped ahead of him and led the final 15 circuits around the oval. Dillon paced the field twice for a total of 24 laps. Elliott Sadler, who is currently fourth in the standings (-28), led a race-high 81 laps before finishing fourth.
    A second victory of the year for Hornish would put more separation in the standings between him and his closest rivals  mainly Dillon, Smith and Sadler  and could provide the breathing room the former IndyCar Series champion and Indianapolis 500 winner needs to reel in his first NASCAR title come November. His first win of 2013 came in March at Las Vegas. Hornishs record at Chicagoland in four races is enough to convince even the most novice fans that a victory this weekend is a definite possibility. In addition to his runner-up finish, hes notched finishes of fifth, sixth and eighth for an average finish of 5.25. 
    If there is one driver whose record at Chicagoland most resembles Hornishs, it would have to be Dillon. Although Dillon is without a victory at the track, his average finish position in three starts is 4.0. He has two third-place performances to go along with a sixth. Dillon is winless in 2013, but has six poles, including a record four straight. A win this weekend for Dillon would close the gap on Hornish and make the championship bout hotter with seven races left.

    Helping Hand: Earnhardts Experience Can Aid Smith In Title Hunt, Chicagoland
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. will make his fourth and final NASCAR Nationwide Series start of the season this Saturday in the Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola. His participation could be just what the doctor ordered - for his teammate Regan Smith, who pilots the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet for Earnhardt and is third in the standings, 26 points behind leader Sam Hornish Jr.
    With both drivers in the race, one can only suspect that both Earnhardt and Smith along with their teams will be more than willing to share notes on car set-ups and racing conditions in an effort to help the latter move up the standings. 
    Earnhardts first three NNS races of the season came in the season opener at Daytona where he finished fourth, Las Vegas in March (14th) and Aprils Texas race (fourth). Smith finished 14th, seventh and seventh in the same three races. In addition, hes captured victories at Talladega and Michigan.
    Earnhardt, who won back-to-back NNS titles in 1998-1999, has made one previous start at the 1.5-mile oval. He finished 15th in 2006. In 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the track, he has one victory (2005), three top fives and five top 10s.
    In four NNS starts at Chicagoland, Smiths best finish is 13th this past July. He placed 26th, 40th and 28th in his three other starts.

    Allgaier Debuts For Scott In NASCARs Premier Series
    NASCAR Nationwide Series regular Justin Allgaier, who is fifth in the standings 52 markers behind leader Sam Hornish Jr., will make his first foray into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend in the GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway with Phoenix Racing.
    The 27-year-old Illinois native will pull double-duty this weekend, also driving the No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet in the NNS Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola. In seven NNS starts at Chicagoland, Allgaier has one win (June 2011) and five top 10s.
    Harry Scott, the co-owner of Allgaiers NNS car with Steve Turner, recently purchased Phoenix Racing and is giving the driver some seat time in the No. 51 Chevrolet in the NSCS. Allgaier is expected to compete in two more races in the No. 51 before the end of the season: Charlotte and Talladega. 

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    Kenny Wallace will attempt his 900th national series start this weekend when he lines up for the Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola. His milestone start will come one night after starting in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series EnjoyIllinois.com 225 for his 899th overall start. & Nelson Piquet Jr.s No. 30 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet will be sporting a throwback Hooters paint scheme that Alan Kulwicki made popular. & Brett Butler, Maryeve Dufault and Kevin Swindell will all be making their Chicagoland track debuts in the series.

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Countdown to the race: 8/2/2014 ~ 8:14 PM ET

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