Race: Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Brooklyn, MI
Title Sponsor: Ollie's Bargain Outlet
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN - 1:30pm/et
Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro and Vince Welch
Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Ricky Craven
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, June 12th
11:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
4:00 PM NNS & ARCA REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, June 13th
10:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:30 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:30 PM-1:30 PM NNS PRACTICE
2:00 PM-3:25 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
5:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, June 14th
6:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:40 AM NNS QUALIFYING
12:15 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING - (CONFERENCE ROOM)
1:30 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM NNS RACE (125 LAPS, 250 MILES)
2:45 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Menard wins at Michigan: #33-Paul Menard won the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway. #20-Sam Hornish, Jr. finished second followed by #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #54-Kyle Busch, #2-Brian Scott, #9-Chase Elliott, #7-Regan Smith, #42-Kyle Larson, #3-Ty Dillon, and #60-Chris Buescher. #22-Logano was leading by nearly 2 seconds with 5 laps to go when he had a tire go down. He had to pit and finished the race 16th.
There were 4 cautions for 22 laps and 14 lead changes among 6 leaders. Complete results are on the Michigan race results page (pdf).
Michigan Race Fast Facts:
Paul Menard won the 23rd Annual Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250, his second victory in 184 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
With the win, Menard ends a 98-start winless streak, dating back to June 24, 2006 (Milwaukee).
This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in nine races at Michigan International Speedway.
Sam Hornish Jr. (second) posted his second top-10 finish in five races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2014.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in five races at Michigan International Speedway.
Chase Elliott (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Regan Smith leads the point standings by 14 points over Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(6-14-2014)
Driver standings following Michigan:
1) #7-Regan Smith 485
2) #11-Elliott Sadler 471, -14
3) #9-Chase Elliott 465, -20
4) #3-Ty Dillon 450, -35
5) #6-Trevor Bayne 435, -50
6) #2-Brian Scott 430, -55
7) #62-Brendan Gaughan1 363, -122
8) #60-Chris Buescher 362, -123
9) #99-James Buescher 361, -124
10) #16-Ryan Reed 333, -152
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(6-14-2014)
Owner Standings following Michigan are posted (pdf).(6-14-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and their finish)
Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
Caution 2: #39-Sieg, 13th
Caution 3: #01-Cassill, 14th
Caution 4: #80-Chastain, 12th
Kyle Busch on pole at Michigan: #54-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 193.242mph, a new track record. #9-Chase Elliott will start second followed by: #3-Ty Dillon, #42-Kyle Larson, #33-Paul Menard, #2-Brian Scott, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #7-Regan Smith, #22-Joey Logano, #60-Chris Buescher, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and #11-Elliott Sadler.
Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #27-Paul Menard at 193.138mph.
Menard was also quickest in the opening session at 191.571mph.
Did Not Qualify: #46-Matt Dibenedetto, #76-Tommy Joe Martins, #89-Morgan Shepherd. The starting lineup is posted on the Michigan starting lineup page (pdf).(6-14-2014)
Michigan Qualifying Notes:
Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 23rd Annual Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 with a track qualifying record lap of 37.259 seconds, 193.242 mph.
This is his 39th pole in 281 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his third pole and ninth top-10 start in 2014.
This is his first pole in seven races at Michigan International Speedway.
Chase Elliott (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2014 and his first in one races at Michigan International Speedway.
Ty Dillon (third) posted his first top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his seventh in 13 races this season.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(6-14-2014)
Menard fastest in happy hour: #33-Paul Menard was quickest during happy hour for the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 with a speed of 191.088mph. He was followed by: #3-Ty Dillon, #60-Chris Buescher, #9-Chase Elliott, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #54-Kyle Busch, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #20-Sam Hornish, #22-Joey Logano, and #2-Brian Scott. 42 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Michigan practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(6-13-2014)
Menard fastest in first practice: #33-Paul Menard was fastest during opening practice at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 189.668mph. #42-Kyle Larson was second, followed by: #22-Joey Logano, #9-Chase Elliott, #2-Brian Scott, #554-Kyle Busch, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #6-Trevor Bayne, and #60-Chris Buescher. 41 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Michigan practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(6-13-2014)
Entry List:There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway. A few notes:
Kevin Lepage will be in the TriStar #10;
Jeff Green remains in the #14 for Eric McClure;
Sam Hornish will be in the #20 for Joe Gibbs Racing;
Blake Koch will drive the #44 for TriStar;
Ross Chastain will drive the #80;
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will be in the #88;
Morgan Shepherd returns in his #89.(6-9-2014)
UPDATE: Ryan Ellis will drive the #23.(6-11-2014)
UPDATE 2: Tim Schendel will drive the #87.(6-13-2014)
See the complete list on the Michigan entry list page.
Nationwide Series at Michigan Live on ESPN: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races on the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., on Saturday, June 14, and ESPN will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 1:30pm/et with the green flag at 2:16pm. Also from MIS, ESPN2 will televise qualifying at 10:30 a.m. on race day. All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider. The race telecast also will air live in Canada on TSN2 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on June 15 at 5 a.m.(ESPN)(6-9-2014)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Set limits: Nationwide: 6 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4604; Right-side -- D-4560
Left-side -- 87.52 in. (2,223 mm);
Right-side -- 88.43 in. (2,253 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 -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
Right Front -- 57 psi; Right Rear -- 54 psi
Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series will run different tire set-ups at Michigan this weekend . . . in Nationwide, teams will run the same right-side tire code (D-4560) they ran at this track last season . . . this is the first time they have run this left-side code (D-4604) . . . Sprint Cup teams did run this left-side tire at Kansas earlier this season, and Nationwide teams are scheduled to do the same in October . . . another change from last year is an increase of two psi (LF), four psi (LR) and six psi (RF & RR) in the minimum recommended air pressure in all four tires . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Michigan . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Smith, Elliott On Tap To Capture JR Motorsport’s Elusive First Title
Hard to imagine, especially when you hear it for the first time, but: JR Motorsports has yet to win a NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.
At first thought, “That can’t be right.”
Notables like Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, Danica Patrick, Mark Martin, Cole Whitt and many others have driven for car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., but all have fallen short of the elusive championship title. Still, all that might change come November. JR Motorsports’ full-time series drivers are in championship form this season, as veteran Regan Smith and Sunoco Rookie standout Chase Elliott have combined to lead the standings the entire 2014 season. So, title guaranteed, right? Not so fast.
Smith, the defending Michigan winner and current series standings leader, is staring at the same conundrum he faced in 2013. He heads to Michigan, the first of a grueling 18-race stretch of the schedule. This time last season, he won, but followed it up with two finishes of 30th or worse at Road America and Kentucky, ultimately unraveling his championship hopes. But in 2014, Smith has set the stage for redemption. He kicked the season off with a big win at Daytona and since has finished in the top 10 in each of his 12 starts. His consistency has garnered an average finish of 7.1 this season, and also a four-point lead over second-place Elliott Sadler in the series driver standings. Smith’s season-to-date Driver Rating is 99.8. In three starts at Michigan, Smith has posted an average finish of 17.3 which includes last season’s victory.
Smith’s JR Motorsports teammate, Chase Elliott, is third in the driver standings and will be making his series debut at MIS this weekend. Elliott has posted two wins, six top fives and nine top 10s this season.
Bayne, Dillon On The ‘Next To Win’ Short List
The top three in the standings, Regan Smith, Elliott Sadler and Chase Elliott have all won this season, begging the question, ‘Who’s next?‘
The first driver that quickly comes to mind is Trevor Bayne. Roush Fenway Racing’s hottest NNS driver is fourth in the standings, just 27-points behind standings leader Regan Smith. Bayne heads to Michigan riding the momentum of his second-place finish (best of 2014) at Dover International Speedway and his 10th top-10 finish of the season two weeks ago.
The 23-year old straps into his Ford Mustang this weekend having made four previous starts at Michigan, posting two top fives and an average finish of 12.8. Don’t be surprised if Bayne is smiling extra big at the track this weekend, he just celebrated his one year anniversary to his wife, Ashton, while the series was on break this past weekend. This time of year has been fruitful for Bayne; he won at Iowa on June 9 last season. Bayne has a pre-race Driver Rating of 97.1 and an Average Running Position of 9.2 at Michigan. His Roush Fenway Racing team leads the series in wins at MIS with five.
Not far behind Bayne is Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate came into the series with a mountain of expectations, driving the famed No. 3 car that brought his brother Austin a championship last season. He is fifth in the standings, 34 points behind leader Regan Smith. Dillon has posted one Coors Light Pole (Las Vegas), nine top-10 finishes and an average finish of 9.7 this season. This will be Dillon’s series debut at Michigan, though he has been successful in the NCWTS at the two-mile track, posting an average finish of 4.5 in two truck starts.
Big Timers:Michigan Entry List Boasts Some Of NASCAR’s Most Famous
To the fans delight, some big names from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series are entered in this weekend’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson and Paul Menard.
It’s always something special when two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion and two-time NNS Michigan race winner Earnhardt joins the party. This weekend will be Earnhardt’s fourth start of the season; in his previous three starts he has posted two top fives and an average finish of 6.7.
Earnhardt has made four series starts at Michigan posting two wins (1999, 2006), three top fives and an average finish of 3.5 (his second-best average finish among active NNS tracks). He also leads all drivers entered this weekend in pre-race Driver Rating (122.2).
The winningest driver in series history (66 wins), Busch is coming off his most recent victory in the series at Dover two weeks ago. Busch, no stranger to Michigan, has made six starts at MIS, posting one win (2004), five top fives and an average finish of 4.7.
Logano, a former winner at Michigan (2012) for Joe Gibbs Racing, returns to the speedway driving for Team Penske this weekend. Logano has made five starts at Michigan posting one win and four top fives.
Larson continues to show why he is one of the hottest prospects in the sport. In his 11 series starts this season he has two wins (Auto Club and Charlotte) and an average finish of 6.4. He has made one series start at Michigan and finished second.
Menard will be making his series season debut this weekend driving for Richard Childress. Menard has made eight series starts at MIS posting three top fives and an average finish of 8.5 (his second-best average finish among active NNS tracks).
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Sam Hornish Jr. returns to the series, driving the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in his third start of the season. Hornish won in his last series appearance at Iowa (May 18, 2014). He has made four series starts at Michigan posting one top-10 finish. ... James Buescher is currently eighth in the standings. He won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan last season. He has one series start (2012) at Michigan where he finished second. ... Joe Nemechek will attempt to make his 425th career NASCAR Nationwide Series start this weekend at MIS. Nemechek is fourth on the all-time NNS series starts list.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)