Race: Saturday, July 13, 2014 in Joliet, IL
Title Sponsor: EnjoyIllinois.com
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:46pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN2 - 8:00pm/et
Announcers: Dave Burns, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch
Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, September 11th
11:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
1:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
2:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATIONS CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
8:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM-11:50 AM NNS PRACTICE
3:30 PM-5:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, September 13th
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:15 AM (12:15 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING
12:45 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
Elliott wins at Chicagoland: #9-Chase Elliott won the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. #6-Trevor Bayne finished second followed by #42-Kyle Larson, #5-Kasey Kahne, #3-Ty Dillon, #2-Brian Scott, #20-Erik Jones, #60-Chris Buescher, #22-Ryan Blaney, and #11-Elliott Sadler.
There were 3 cautions for 13 laps and 17 lead changes among 11 leaders. Complete results are on the Chicagoland race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Chicagoland Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-19-2014)
Chicagoland Race Fast Facts:
Chase Elliott won the 4th Annual enjoyillinois.com 300, his third victory in 18 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his third victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish at Chicagoland Speedway.
Trevor Bayne (second) posted his third top-10 finish in seven races at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2014.
Kyle Larson(i) (third) posted his first top-10 finish in three races at Chicagoland Speedway.
Chase Elliott (first) was the highest finishing rookie.
Chase Elliott # leads the point standings by 7 points over Regan Smith.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-19-2014)
Driver standings following Chicagoland:
1) #9-Chase Elliott 646
2) #7-Regan Smith 639, -7
3) #11-Elliott Sadler 638, -8
4) #3-Ty Dillon 615, -30
5) #2-Brian Scott 499, -47
6) #6-Trevor Bayne 596, -50
7) #62-Brendan Gaughan 526, -120
8) #60-Chris Buescher 523, -123
9) #99-James Buescher 492, -154
10) #16-Ryan Reed 485, 161
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(7-19-2014)
Owner Standings following Chicagoland are posted (pdf).(7-19-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicagoland: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #46-Ryan Ellis, 37th
Caution 2: #99-James Buescher, 23rd
Caution 3: #28-JJ Yeley, 14th
Scott on pole at Chicagoland: #2-Brian Scott won the Coors Light Pole for the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 177.807mph. #3-Ty Dillon will start second followed by: #9-Chase Elliott, #20-Erik Jones, #5-Kasey Kahne, #54-Sam Hornish, Jr., #11-Elliott Sadler, #22-Ryan Blaney, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #33-Cale Conley, #6-Trevor Bayne, and #42-Kyle Larson.
Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #2-Brian Scott at 177.212mph.
#3-Ty Dillon was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 177.585mph
Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Chicagoland starting lineup page (pdf).(7-19-2014)
Chicagoland Qualifying Notes:
Brian Scott won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 4th Annual enjoyillinois.com 300 with a lap of 30.370 seconds, 177.807 mph.
This is his fourth pole in 160 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his second pole and 15th top-10 start in 2014.
This is his second pole in eight races at Chicagoland Speedway - Scott posted his first series career pole at Chicago on 9/17/2011.
Ty Dillon (second) posted his 10th top-10 start of 2014 and his first at Chicagoland Speedway.
Chase Elliott (third) posted his first top-10 start at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 13th in 18 races this season.
Ty Dillon (second) was the fastest qualifying Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(7-19-2014)
Conley fastest in happy hour: #33-Cale Conley was quickest during happy hour for the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 with a speed of 175.262mph. He was followed by: #62-Brendan Gaughan, #3-Ty Dillon, #6-Trevor Bayne, #16-Ryan Reed, #20-Erik Jones, #9-Chase Elliott, #39-Ryan Sieg, #99-James Buescher, and #22-Ryan Blaney. 39 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Chicagoland practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(7-18-2014)
Scott fastest in practice: #2-Brian Scott was fastest during opening practice at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 172.806mph. Chris Buescher was second, followed by: #9-Chase Elliott, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #42-Kyle Larson, #54-Sam Hornish, Jr., #5-Kasey Kahne, #16-Ryan Reed, #3-Ty Dillon, and #6-Trevor Bayne. 32 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Chicagoland practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(7-18-2014)
Entry List:There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. A few notes:
Kasey Kahne in the #5;
Erik Jones in the #20;
Ryan Blaney in the #22;
Cale Conley in the #33.(7-14-2014)
UPDATE: Kevin Lepage will be in the #74 and Mike Harmon will be in the #93.(7-16-2014)
UPDATE: The #13 team has withdrawn, Carl Long moves to the #72. Ryan Ellis will drive the #46 for Curtis Key.(7-18-2014)
See the complete list on the Chicagoland entry list page.
NASCAR Nationwide Series in Prime Time on ESPN2: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races in prime time on Saturday night, July 19, at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., and ESPN2 will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 8 p.m. ET with the green flag at 8:44 p.m. for the 300-mile race on the 1.5-mile track 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.(ESPN)(7-14-2014)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Set limits: 7 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4410
Left-side -- 87.40 in. (2,220 mm);
Right-side -- 88.43 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 -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi;
Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 44 psi
Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR Nationwide Series teams have run at Chicagoland since 2011 . . . this is also the same tire set-up that these teams ran at Homestead from 2011-2013 . . . Nationwide teams have also run this left-side tire code (D-4392) with a different right-side code at both Texas and Darlington 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.
Smith Chasing Nationwide’s Dash 4 Cash Million Dollars
Jackpot! JR Motorsport’s driver Regan Smith won the first round of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash program at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, banking $100,000 - and qualifying himself for the chance to win $1 million. If Smith can win the first three legs of the Dash 4 Cash and the Iowa race outright, Nationwide Insurance will award him an extra $600,000 - totaling one million dollars.
Smith and the top-three finishing NASCAR Nationwide Series championship contenders in last weekend’s race at NHMS - Chris Buescher, Elliott Sadler and Brian Scott - qualify to compete in the second round of Nationwide’s Dash 4 Cash program at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night with an opportunity to win $100,000.
Smith is the only one of the four drivers who qualified for the first round to make it to the second round. Chicago could be an obstacle for Smith though; in his five starts at the 1.5-mile speedway he has posted an average finish of 24.0 with a pre-race Driver Rating of 64.7 (23rd-best).
Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Chris Buescher will be making his series debut at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend, but don’t count him out; he has finished in the top-10 twice this season on 1.5-mile speedways.
Among this round’s qualifiers, Sadler and Scott have enjoyed the most success at Chicago. Sadler has made nine starts there, posting one win (2012), four top 10s and an average finish of 15.6. While Scott has made seven series starts at Chicago posting three top 10s, his first career Coors Light pole, and an average finish of 9.8 - the second best average finish among active drivers.
The highest finisher of the four eligible drivers at Chicago will win the money and automatically qualify for the Dash 4 Cash at Indianapolis the following weekend. The next three highest finishing NNS regulars at Chicago not already qualified will also get to compete for the $100,000 bonus at Indianapolis. The final event at Iowa will carry the same qualifying requirements.
Four fans will be selected to win an all-expense paid trip to Iowa Speedway where they will be randomly paired with the four eligible drivers. The fan paired with the driver who wins the Dash 4 Cash at Iowa will also walk away with $100,000.
Hot Hands Want The Wheel In Chi-Town
Just outside the city known for making sport superstars sits Chicagoland Speedway, at the ready for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and a stout list of entrants hungry for Chi-Town’s bright lights.
After becoming the youngest NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner in series history last November at Phoenix International Raceway, Erik Jones won his second career NCWTS race last weekend at Iowa Speedway for Kyle Busch Motorsports. This weekend, the 18-year-old NASCAR Next driver will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut for Joe Gibbs Racing in the No. 20 Toyota. Jones will be joined by JGR teammate Sam Hornish Jr. in the No. 54 car. Hornish looks to continue to capitalize on his limited schedule this season; he has made four series starts posting one win (Iowa) and three top fives. He leads the series in average finish at Chicago with a 4.8; in five starts at Chicago Hornish has posted three top fives.
While many from NASCAR’s premier series enjoy a rare open weekend on the schedule, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson will be racing in Saturday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series event. Kahne will return to the series behind the wheel of the No. 5 JRM Chevrolet for the first time since his win at Daytona two weeks ago. Larson will pilot the No. 42 Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports. Kahne has made seven series starts at Chicago, posting one top-five finish. Larson has two starts at the 1.5-mile track posting an average finish 22.0.
Ryan Blaney will also be making an appearance this weekend in the enjoyillinois.com 300 in the car that won last season, Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford. This will be Blaney’s series debut at Chicago.
Standings Lead At This Point, Doesn’t Always Mean Championship
Being out front and having the points lead is right where you want to be when competing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, right?
Not so fast. The series points leader following the summer New Hampshire race hasn’t gone on to win the championship the last three seasons. At this same time in 2011, eventual champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was in third and Elliott Sadler held the points lead. In 2012, Sadler was the standings leader and eventual champion Stenhouse was third. In 2013 following the NHMS July race, Austin Dillon was third and Regan Smith held the point. All three years the driver in third at this point of the season has won the championship.
Three consecutive years could be viewed as a trend; one that current series standings leader Regan Smith, hopes doesn’t continue. Smith is eight points ahead of second-place Elliott Sadler and 13 points ahead of his JRM teammate Chase Elliott in third.
Chicago might be a hurdle for Smith this weekend. He has an average finish of 24.0 at the 1.5-mile speedway, his third worst average finish among active series tracks. His best finish at Chicago has been 13th (twice - most recently last fall).
This will be Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings leader Chase Elliott’s series debut at Chicagoland Speedway. Elliott won on a 1.5-mile speedway (Texas) earlier this season.
Sadler has the best stats at Chicago of the top three championship contenders, in nine starts he has one win (‘12) and a pre-race Driver Rating of 94.3.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Rock bands Collective Soul and Switchfoot will co-headline Friday night’s kickoff concert at Chicagoland Speedway following NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice. The two bands will perform on the main stage in Chicagoland Speedway’s Champions Park beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets or Infield Camping Admissions will be required for access Champions Park to attend the concert performance. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)