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THE RACE: KENTUCKY 300

TRACK: Kentucky Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #27 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race: Saturday, September 21, 2013 in Sparta, KY

Title Sponsor: TBA

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


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Friday, September 20th

8:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
9:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
2:30 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
3:30-PM 5:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
6:30-PM 7:30 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
7:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
9:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, September 21st

11:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
4:35 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
6:00 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
7:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NNS = Nationwide Series
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Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Kentucky race results and standings (pdf)

  • Blaney wins at Nationwide race at Kentucky: #22-Ryan Blaney won the Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway for his first career Nationwide win in his 15th race. He is the fourth driver to win in the #22 this year and it is the team's 10th win of the season. #3-Austin Dillon finished second followed by #33-Matt Crafton, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #99-Alex Bowman, #54-Drew Herring, #20-Brian Vickers, #34-Jeb Burton (his first Nationwide race), #44-Cole Whitt, and #43-Michael Annett. There were 9 cautions for 44 laps and 6 lead changes among 6 leaders. Complete results are on the Kentucky race results page (pdf).(9-21-2013)

  • Kentucky Race Fast Facts:
    Ryan Blaney(i) won the 2nd Annual Kentucky 300, his first victory in 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 17th top-10 finish in 2013.
    Matt Crafton(i) (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Alex Bowman (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 15 points over Austin Dillon.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-21-2013)

  • Driver standings following Kentucky:
    1) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 962
    2) #3-Austin Dillon 947, -15
    3) #7-Regan Smith 917, -45
    4) #11-Elliott Sadler 908, -54
    5) #20-Brian Vickers 902, -60
    6) #31-Justin Allgaier 887, -75
    7) #2-Brian Scott 883, -79
    8) #6-Trevor Bayne 868, -94
    9) #32-Kyle Larson# 822, -140
    10) #77-Parker Kligerman 783, -179
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(9-21-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Kentucky are posted (pdf).(9-21-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kentucky: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #01-Wallace, 22nd
    Caution 2: #70-Long, 16th
    Caution 3: #87-Nemechek, 23rd
    Caution 4: #40-Sorenson, 21st
    Caution 5: #70-Long (2), 16th
    Caution 6: #34-Burton, 8th
    Caution 7: #70-Long (3), 16th
    Caution 8: #2-Scott, 11th
    Caution 9: #4-Lepage, 19th
    (9-21-2013)


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

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Hornish on pole at Kentucky: #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. won the Coors Light Pole for the Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 179.235mph. #22-Ryan Blaney will start second. The rest of the top 10: #3-Austin Dillon, #2-Brian Scott, #33-Matt Crafton, #18-Joey Coulter, #54-Drew Herring, #60-Travis Pastrana, #31-Justin Allgaier, and #20-Brian Vickers. Did Not Qualify: #50-Danny Efland. The starting lineup is posted on the Kentucky starting lineup page (pdf).(9-21-2013)

  • Kentucky Qualifying Notes:
    Sam Hornish Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 2nd Annual Kentucky 300 with a lap of 30.128 seconds, 179.235 mph.
    This is his fourth pole in 93 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his third pole and 22nd top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in four races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Ryan Blaney(i) (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2013 and his first in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 22nd in 27 races this season.
    Nelson Piquet Jr. (16th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-21-2013)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Final practice canceled due to rain: The final practice session was canceled at Kentucky Speedway on Friday night due to persistent rain. (9-20-2013)

  • Crafton fastest in first practice:#33-Matt Crafton was fastest during opening practice at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 173.740mph. The session was shortened due to rain. #3-Austin Dillon was second, followed by: #2- Brian Scott, #20-Brian Vickers, #32-Kyle Larson, #31-Justin Allgaier, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #77-Parker Kligerman, #22-Ryan Blaney, and #18-Joey Coulter. 41 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Kentucky practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-20-2013)

  • Nationwide Kentucky Entry List:There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday night's Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway. A few notes:
    Kevin Lepage will be in the #4 for JD Motorsports;
    Joey Coulter returns to the Joe Gibbs #18;
    Dakota Armstrong will drive the RCR #21;
    Ryan Blaney will drive the #22 for Penske;
    Jeb Burton will be in the #34 for Turner Scott;
    Drew Herring will drive the #54 for Joe Gibbs;
    Mike Harmon's #74 is driver TBA;
    Joe Nemechek is listed as the driver of his #87.(9-16-2013)
    UPDATE: The #15 with Carl Long withdrew. TJ Bell will drive the #42, Matt DiBenedetto will be in the #46. There are 41 cars at the track.(9-20-2013)
    See the complete list on the Kentucky entry list page.


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits: 6 sets for the event

  • Number of Tires: Left-side  650; Right-side -- 750

  • Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4556; Right-side -- D-4440

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 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 -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 46 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi

  • Notes: NASCAR Nationwide Series teams will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires they ran at Kentucky this past June . . . these teams also ran this same tire set-up at Dover in June, and will run it again at that track next weekend . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kentucky . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


NASCAR News & Notes

    Center Stage: Kentucky Speedway Grabs Spotlight In Final Standalone
    A third-place performance in Saturday’s race at Chicagoland Speedway helped add another point to Sam Hornish Jr.’s lead over Austin Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings. It could have been more, but Dillon finished one spot further back in fourth.
    This Saturday, the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads back to Kentucky Speedway for the Kentucky 300 with Hornish looking to further extend his lead over Dillon, which currently stands at a margin of 17 markers.
    The race is the series’ sixth and final standalone event of 2013, and without any NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers in the field, Hornish and Dillon have to be considered the favorites to visit Victory Lane. A win for either driver could go a long way in creating momentum for the final seven races of the season and a possible run at the championship.
    The winners of the first five standalones: AJ Allmendinger, who was victorious at Road America and Mid-Ohio; Joey Logano at Chicagoland; Brad Keselowski in the August race at Iowa. Amazingly, all four of these wins came in the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford. The lone outsider was Trevor Bayne, who won the first standalone event of the season at Iowa in June. Bayne was behind the wheel of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford.
    Hornish, who drives the No. 12 Penske Racing Ford, has three top-10 finishes in three starts at Kentucky Speedway. Last season he finished sixth and second in two trips to the 1.5-mile speedway. In June of this year, he placed ninth, for an average finishing position of 5.7.
    Dillon has also started three NASCAR Nationwide races at Kentucky but has a slightly better record than Hornish, helped by a season sweep at the track in 2012. He followed that up with a sixth-place performance in the series’ first trip to the track in 2013. In three Kentucky races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, he’s finished second, 14th and ninth.

    Truck Drivers Spend Weekend Off Racing In NASCAR Nationwide Series
    It is not uncommon for drivers to list “racing” as an activity they like to do during their down time. For many, a weekend off from their regular job has them itching to find a seat in a car for one of the series that is competing that weekend. 
    Such is the case for five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regulars who will be moonlighting this weekend in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kentucky 300 while the trucks head into an open week.
    Jeb Burton will make his series debut in the NNS at the helm of the No. 34 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet this weekend. In one truck series start at Kentucky he placed ninth.
    Dakoda Armstrong will make his fifth start in the series and Kentucky debut this weekend in the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. In four NCWTS starts, his best finish is ninth.
    Joey Coulter will make his NNS Kentucky debut behind the wheel of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Coulter’s best finish at the track in five NCWTS starts is fourth.
    NCWTS points leader Matt Crafton will compete in his third race in the NNS, driving the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. In his series debut at Kentucky earlier this year, Crafton finished third after leading eight laps.
    Ryan Blaney will pilot the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford in his 15th start in the NNS. Blaney finished ninth in this event last year and placed 15th in his only other series start at Kentucky.

    Owners’ Championship Bout Tightens
    Chalk up another victory for Kyle Busch and the No. 54 team as they slowly cut into the No. 22’s lead in the owners’ championship battle.
    On Saturday afternoon, Busch piloted the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to a dominating victory at Chicagoland in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In the race, Busch led 195 of the 200 laps and beat Joey Logano in the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford to the finish line by 1.615 seconds.
    The win reduced the No. 22’s 18-point lead in the owners’ championship race to only 13.
    In 26 races, three different drivers  Brad Keselowski, Logano and AJ Allmendinger  have all taken the No. 22 to Victory Lane for a total of nine trips. Busch has captured the checkered flag 10 times this season while driving the No. 54, which is tied for second on the all-time single-season wins list. Busch holds the record, with 13 wins in 2010.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    Elliott Sadler will make his 675th NASCAR national series start Saturday at Kentucky. The Virginia native has compiled 20 NASCAR Camping World Truck, 223 NASCAR Nationwide and 431 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts in 19 years. & Jeffrey Earnhardt will attempt to make his 25th career start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this Saturday. It will also be his Kentucky debut in the series. & NNS regulars Joe Nemechek and Brian Vickers will be pulling double-duty this weekend, competing Saturday night in the NNS race at Kentucky and then running the Sunday afternoon NSCS race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 

Next Race: Great Clips 300

Countdown to the race: 8/30/2014 ~ 7:46 PM ET

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7:30 pm/et
Sirius Channel 90
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4:10 pm/et, Saturday, August 30
Fox Sports 2 4:00 pm/et

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