Race: Saturday, June 21, 2014 in Elkhart Lake, WI
Title Sponsor: Gardner Denver
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:00pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN - 2:30pm/et
Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree.
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch.
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, June 19th
6:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, June 20th
6:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
10:30 AM NNS SPOTTERS & ROOKIES MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
11:30 AM-1:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
1:30 PM 2:55 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, June 21st
6:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:40 AM (11:40 AM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING
11:50 AM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (GARAGE AREA)
1:15 PM NNS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
1:45 PM (2:45 PM/ET) NNS RACE (50 LAPS, 202.4 MILES)
2:15 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Gaughan wins at Road America: #62-Brendan Gaughan won the Gardner Denver 200 at Road America. #22-Alex Tagliani finished second followed by #23-Kevin O'Connell, #9-Chase Elliott, #28-J.J. Yeley, #51-Jeremy Clements, #55-Andy Lally, #01-Landon Cassill, #11-Elliott Sadler, and #19-Mike Bliss.
There were 4 cautions for 10 laps and 7 lead changes among 4 leaders. Complete results are on the Road America race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Road America Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-21-2014)
Road America Race Fast Facts:
Brendan Gaughan won the 5th Annual Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville, his first victory in 98 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in three races at Road America.
Alex Tagliani (second) posted a top-10 finish in his first NNS race at Road America.
Kevin O'Connell (third) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Road America.
Chase Elliott (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Regan Smith leads the point standings by 10 points over Elliott Sadler.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(6-21-2014)
Driver standings following Road America:
1) #7-Regan Smith 516
2) #11-Elliott Sadler 506, -10
3) #9-Chase Elliott 505, -11
4) #3-Ty Dillon 475, -41
5) #2-Brian Scott 458, -58
6) #6-Trevor Bayne 453, -63
7) #62-Brendan Gaughan1 410, -106
8) #60-Chris Buescher 388, -128
9) #99-James Buescher 388, -128
10) #01-Landon Cassill, -368, -148
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(6-21-2014)
Owner Standings following Road America are posted (pdf).(6-21-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Road America: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #52-Joey Gase, 30th
Caution 2: #74-Bobby Reuse, 29th
Caution 3: #01-Landon Cassill, 8th
Caution 4: #43-Dakoda Armstrong, 25th
Nationwide Series Goes Road Racing on ABC: The NASCAR Nationwide Series goes road racing at picturesque Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on Saturday, June 21, and ABC will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 2:30pm/et with the green flag at 3:06pm. Also from the 4-mile racing circuit, ESPN2 will televise qualifying at 11:30am on race day. The race telecast also will air live in Canada on TSN and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on June 22 at 4am.(ESPN)(6-16-2014)
Tagliani on pole at Road America: #22-Alex Tagliani won the Coors Light Pole for the Gardner Denver 200 at Road America with a speed of 108.420mph. #42-Dylan Kwasniewski will start second followed by : #7-Regan Smith, #54-Sam Hornish, Jr., #62-Brendan Gaughan, #2-Brian Scott, #3-Ty Dillon, #31-Justin Marks, #60-Chris Buescher, and #55-Andy Lally.
#2-Brian Scott was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 108.905mph
Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Road America starting lineup page (pdf).(6-21-2014)
Road America Qualifying Notes:
Alex Tagliani won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 5th Annual Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville with a lap of 134.411 seconds, 108.420 mph.
This is his second pole in five NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2014.
This is his first pole in one races at Road America.
Dylan Kwasniewski (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2014 and his first in one races at Road America.
Regan Smith (third) posted his first top-10 start at Road America. It is his 10th in 14 races this season.
Dylan Kwasniewski (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(6-21-2014)
Hornish fastest in happy hour: After a rain delay, #54-Sam Hornish, Jr. was fastest during the one and only practice at Road America with a speed of 134.698mph. #2-Brian Scott was second, followed by: #22-Alex Tagliani, #7-Regan Smith, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #3-Ty Dillon, #31-Justin Marks, #60-Chris Buescher, #42- Dylan Kwasniewski, and #11-Elliott Sadler. 38 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Road America practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(6-20-2014)
Entry List:There are 37 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Gardner Denver 200 at Road America. A few notes:
Kenny Habul is in the #20;
Alex Tagliani is in the #22;
Justin Marks is in the #31;
Carlos Contreras is in the #44;
Sam Hornish, Jr. is in the #54;
UPDATE: Bobby Reuse is in the #74;
UPDATE 2: Tim Schendel has entered in the #79;
Stanton Barrett is now listed in the #87;
See the complete list on the Road America entry list page.
NASCAR Nationwide Series -- Race No. 14 - Gardner Denver 200 Road America (4.048-mile road course) - Elkhart Lake, Wis. Fast Facts for June 20-21, 2014
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials
Set limits: 7 sets for the event
Tire Code: D-4590 (same on all four tire positions)
Tire Circumference: 88.58 in. (2,250 mm)
Technical Inspection Inflation: Left Front -- 23 psi; Right Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi; Right Rear -- 20 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 22 psi; Right Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 17 psi; Right Rear -- 17 psi
Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire code (D-4590) on all four tire positions at Road America . . . this is the same tire these teams ran at this course last season . . . Nationwide teams also ran this tire at its other two road course races last year - Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Road America.
Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear will also bring its wet weather radials (D-4215) for use at Road America, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant.
Road America: Where The Series Meets The Road
Road America is the state of Wisconsin's road-racing jewel; a four-mile road course in Elkhart Lake that boasts 14 turns and elevation changes that exceed 170 feet in one lap. The famed course has hosted many different series over the years, but this weekend, the NASCAR Nationwide Series makes its return for the Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville (June 21 on ABC at 2:45 p.m. ET).
Road America is the first of three road courses (Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio) on the series schedule in 2014. The track's four-mile course is the largest of the three on the schedule and it has the most turns (14).
Unpredictability has been the latest theme when it comes to road-course racing in the NNS. Road America has hosted the series four times and has produced four different winners, none of whom are entered this weekend, making a fifth first-time winner at Road America the only guarantee.
Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards captured the inaugural NNS event (2010) at Road America from the pole. Then Turner Scott Motorsports rallied off two wins with Reed Sorenson (2011) and Nelson Piquet Jr. (2012). Team Penske's formidable No. 22 team with AJ Allmendinger won last season. Three of the four winners of this event have started from the pole position making Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Saturday morning, June 21 (ESPN2 11:30 a.m. ET) very important.
One driver with Road America on his mind is series standings leader Regan Smith, who holds a 14-point lead over second-place Elliott Sadler. Smith is looking to rebound from last season's finish at Road America of 32nd; one of only two races he finished outside the top 20 in 2013. Smith's series average finish on road courses is 20.6.
Sam Hornish Ignites Status Quo With Notable Part-Time Performance
Almost like a throwback to the early days when teams would race select events, Sam Hornish Jr. has taken a part-time schedule and maximized his opportunities.
Driving the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in Kyle Busch's stead this weekend is no small task, but Hornish has been in lock-step with Busch this season. Hornish has made three starts in 2014, finishing fifth at Talladega, winning at Iowa and pulling-in a second-place finish last weekend at Michigan. His average finish this season is 2.7 and his season-to-date (three-race) Driver Rating is 119.2 - second only to Kyle Busch's 128.6.
Busch and Hornish have combined to give the No. 54 team four wins and four Coors Light poles in 13 races this season. Their impressive finishes have put Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 54 team atop the owner standings by 59 points over second-place, Team Penske's No. 22 team.
Hornish has a NASCAR Nationwide Series career average finish of 8.6 on road courses. He has made two starts at Road America posting two top-five finishes.
Road America Lures IMSA Hopefuls
Competing on a road course like Road America is nothing new for current IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship drivers Andy Lally and Alex Tagliani, but this time the two are trading sports cars for stock cars when battling the 4-mile, 14-turn track this weekend.
Lally has competed in all three of NASCAR's national series, and this weekend will drive for car owner Jimmy Dick in the No. 55 Viva Auto Group Chevrolet. Lally has made three road-course starts in the NNS, two at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Montreal) and once at Watkins Glen where he finished in the top 10. This will be Lally's series debut at Road America. Lally drives the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT America in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class. He and co-driver John Potter are currently third in points and won earlier this season in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh >From Florida. He also won three championships in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.
Tagliani has competed in the NNS four times, all at road courses. His best finish was in 2011, when he finished second at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
This weekend when Tagliani drives for Roger Penske in the No. 22 Ford, it will be his series debut at Road America. The No. 22 team won this race last season from the pole with Allmendinger behind the wheel.
While Tagliani will moonlight this weekend his day job entails driving the No. 08 RSR Racing ORECA FLM09 prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge (PC) class. Tagliani is relatively new to sports car racing after a successful career in open-wheel racing. His best IMSA finish thus far this season is fifth in four starts.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Wisconsin native Paul Menard posted Chevrolet's seventh win of the season last weekend at Michigan, bolstering the organization's lead (582) in the NNS manufacturer standings to four points over Toyota (578); Ford is third, 50 points back from the standings leader. ... The state of Wisconsin has held 23 NASCAR Nationwide Series races, four at Road America and 19 at The Milwaukee Mile; 13 drivers in the NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Wisconsin, five of which have won in the NNS. ... JR Motorsports announced Josh Berry will make his NNS debut at Iowa this season.