Race: Saturday, August 16, 2014 in Lexington, Ohio
Title Sponsor: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:03pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN - 2:30pm/et
Announcers: Dave Burns, Ricky Craven
Pit Reporters: Rick DeBruhl, Jim Noble, Vince Welch
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, August 14th
4:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, August 15th
8:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
8:30 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
12:30 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWNING
1:30 PM-2:30 PM NNS PRACTICE
3:00 PM-4:30 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, August 16th
5:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:40 AM NNS QUALIFYING
11:30 AM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT IN LOWER PADDOCK)
2:15 PM NNS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
2:45 PM NNS RACE (90 LAPS, 203.22 MILES)
3:15 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Chris Buescher wins at Mid-Ohio: #60-Chris Buescher won the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for his first career Nationwide win. #7-Regan Smith finished second followed by #2-Brian Scott, #9-Chase Elliott, #22-Alex Tagliani, #31-Justin Marks, #11-Elliott Sadler, #42-Dylan Kwasniewski, #6-Trevor Bayne, and #43-Dakoda Armstrong.
Pole sitter #54-Sam Hornish, Jr. lost an engine and finished 30th.
There were 5 cautions for 17 laps and 6 lead changes among 5 leaders. Complete results are on the Mid-Ohio race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Mid-Ohio Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-16-2014)
Mid-Ohio Race Fast Facts:
Chris Buescher won the 2nd Annual Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, his first victory in 30 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Regan Smith (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It is his 18th top-10 finish in 2014.
Brian Scott (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Chris Buescher (first) was the highest finishing rookie.
Chase Elliott # leads the point standings by 10 points over Regan Smith.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-16-2014)
Driver standings following Mid-Ohio:
1) #9-Chase Elliott # 792
2) #7-Regan Smith 782 -10
3) #11-Elliott Sadler 776 -16
4) #3-Ty Dillon # 764 -28
5) #2-Brian Scott 750 -42
6) #6-Trevor Bayne 740 -52
7) #60-Chris Buescher # 648 -144
8) #62-Brendan Gaughan 626 -166
9) #16-Ryan Reed # 602 -190
10) #99-James Buescher 586 -206
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(8-16-2014)
Owner Standings following Mid-Ohio are posted (pdf).(8-16-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Mid-Ohio: (and their finish)
Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
Caution 2: #52-Gase, 27th
Caution 3: #86-Cowen, 18th
Caution 4: #3-Dillon, 19th
Caution 5: #01-Cassill, 14th
Hornish on pole at Mid-Ohio: #54-San Hornish, Jr. won the Coors Light Pole for the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a speed of 95.873mph. #22-Alex Tagliani will start second followed by: #2-Brian Scott, #3-Ty Dillon, #60-Chris Buescher, #31-Justin Marks, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #7-Regan Smith, #9-Chase Elliott, #20-Kenny Habul, #99-James Buescher, and #42-Dylan Kwaskiewski.
#2-Brian Scott was quickest in the first qualifying round at 95.145mph
Did Not Qualify: none.
The starting lineup is posted on the Mid-Ohio starting lineup page (pdf).(8-16-2014)
Mid-Ohio Qualifying Notes:
Sam Hornish Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 2nd Annual Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 with a lap of 84.787 seconds, 95.873 mph.
This is his seventh pole in 106 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his second pole and sixth top-10 start in 2014.
This is his first pole in two races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Alex Tagliani (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2014 and his first at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Brian Scott (third) posted his first top-10 start at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It is his 19th in 22 races this season.
Ty Dillon (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-16-2014)
Marks fastest in happy hour: #31-Justin Marks was quickest during happy hour for the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 with a speed of 95.187mph. He was followed by: #60-Chris Buescher, #54-Sam Hornish, Jr., #7-Regan Smith, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #3-Ty Dillon, #22-Alex Tagliani, #2-Brian Scott, #9-Chase Elliott, and #42-Dylan Kwasniewski. All 39 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Mid-Ohio practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-15-2014)
Hornish fastest in practice: #54-Sam Hornish, Jr. was fastest during opening practice at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a speed of 95.245mph. #7-Regan Smith was second, followed by: #60-Chris Buscher, #22-Alex Tagliani, #2-Brian Scott, #3-Ty Dillon, #6-Trevor Bayne, #11-Elliott Sadler, #20-Kenny Habul, and #31-Justin Marks. 33 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Mid-Ohio practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-15-2014)
Entry List: There are 37 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. A few notes:
Blake Koch is in the TriStar #10;
Jeff Green will drive the #14 in place of Eric McClure;
Kevin O'Connell will be in the #23;
Kenny Habul will be in the #20 for JGR;
Alex Tagliani will be in the Penske #22;
Justin Marks will drive the #31 for Turner Scott;
Sam Hornish, Jr. returns to the JGR #54.(8-11-2014)
UPDATE: #77-Roger Reuse and #79-John Jackson have been added. There are 39 cars at the track.(8-15-2014)
See the complete list on the Mid-Ohio entry list page.
Nationwide Series Road Races in Ohio: The NASCAR Nationwide Series goes road course racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Saturday, Aug. 16, with the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 airing live on ESPN. NASCAR Countdown airs at 2:30pm/et with the race's green flag at 3:03pm. Also from Mid-Ohio, ESPN2 will air qualifying on Saturday at 9:30am/et. The race also airs live in Canada on TSN2 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on Aug. 17 at 4:00am. 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.(ESPN)(8-11-2014)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials
7 sets for the the event
Front: D-4622; Rear: D-4624
Front: 87.54 in. (2,249 mm);
Rear: 87.54 in. (2,249 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: Nationwide Series teams will run two brand new Goodyear tire codes at Mid-Ohio . . . teams will run different tire codes on the front and rear of the car . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Mid-Ohio.
Wet Weather Tires: Goodyear will also bring its wet weather radials (D-4215) to Mid-Ohio for use by Nationwide Series teams, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant . . . Nationwide teams ran in the wet at Road America earlier this season.
Sunoco Rookie Elliott Leads Four Horse Championship Title Pursuit
Just a dozen races remain in the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series title race, and the top four drivers are separated by a wiry 13 points as they head to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 on Saturday, Aug. 16 (2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN). Leading the series' top tier quartet is Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate and JR Motorsports driver Chase Elliott who rests 12 points ahead of his teammate Regan Smith in second-place. Smith stands just one point ahead of third-place Elliott Sadler and fourth-place Ty Dillon; who are tied in the series standings.
Chase Elliott's rookie season thus far includes three wins, eight top fives, 15 top 10s and an average finish of 9.0. The outstanding 18-year old revels in the chance to become the first Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate to win the overall series title in NASCAR Nationwide Series history. He and Smith also have the opportunity to bring JR Motorsports its first series title. Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s driver duo has looked quite formidable this season, but with 12 races remaining, a lot can still happen.
Consider this, the eventual 2013 series champion Austin Dillon lost his standings lead following Mid-Ohio last season, dropping to fourth in the standings 15 points back from the point. In the remaining races he subsequently came back to win the title.
Elliott has proven his craft extends even into the realm of road courses, finishing fourth at Road America and sixth at Watkins Glen (not to mention a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last year), but will he be able to fend off his closest contenders?
Smith's road course struggles continued this past weekend, finishing 17th at Watkins Glen. Smith could rebound this weekend at Mid-Ohio though, he finished 15th at the 2.258-mile course last season.
Sadler has posted consecutive road course top-10 finishes this season (ninth at Road America; seventh at WGI) and is looking to build on his success at Mid-Ohio where he finished sixth last season. Just 13 points behind Elliott, he has a season-to-date Driver Rating of 97.5, one win, five top fives, 15 top 10s and an average finish of 9.3.
Dillon has discovered his late season stride; in his last 12 starts he has finished in the top-10 nine times - including his first career series win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Though riding high on his recent successes, Dillon's road course performance is a work in progress. He finished 19th at Road America, but claimed eighth last weekend at Watkins Glen. Dillon has a season-to-date Driver Rating of 96.7 and has posted one win, three top fives and 15 top 10s in 2014.
Owners Title Calls On Road Course Aces Tagliani, Hornish
The idea of a continuous rotation of drivers within a single team on a quest for an owner title may be difficult logistically, but recent years have shown the formula works in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Finding the right formula proves to be the challenge.
This season's top two challengers atop of the owners standings with 12 races remaining are Joe Gibbs and Roger Penske; both successful owners in NASCAR, both hungry for more series titles. Gibbs currently holds the record for the most series owner titles with four and Penske won his first last season.
Currently Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 54 Toyota team holds a three-point lead over the No. 22 Team Penske Ford.
Though the teams have taken a similar approach, that's where their similarities end.
Gibbs' No. 54 team is put together like a slick two-piece suit tailored to win. The team's mainstay is the series' winningest driver Kyle Busch and this weekend's pilot Defiant, Ohio native Sam Hornish Jr. In 21 starts in the No. 54 Toyota, the two drivers have combined to post four wins, 13 top-three finishes and an average finish of 5.3. Hornish started eighth and finished third at Mid-Ohio last season.
Penske's No. 22 Ford team is a collective sum of many. A four driver roster has manned the No. 22 Ford this season, led by 2010 series champion Brad Keselowski, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series contender Joey Logano, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader Ryan Blaney and this weekend's driver, former open-wheel great Alex Tagliani. This will be Tagliani's second start in the No. 22 Ford this season; he ran at Road America back in June sitting on the Coors Light pole and finishing second. The four drivers have combined to post three wins, 13 top fives and an average finish of 5.2.
AJ Allmendinger won at Mid-Ohio in the No. 22 Ford last season.
Nationwide Series Drivers Highlight Patient Champions With Special Paint Schemes
Ten NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers will run special paint schemes this weekend in the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio, recognizing current patients from the Nationwide Children's Hospital. The following teams and drivers have partnered with the hospital to feature patient champions during the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 race weekend:
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
NASCAR in Ohio: There have been 22 NASCAR national series races among nine tracks in the state of Ohio (14 NSCS, 1 NNS and 7 NCWTS). Dayton Speedway has held the most NASCAR national series events in Ohio with six (all NSCS from 1950-52). ...120 drivers with their home state recorded as Ohio have competed in at least one NASCAR national series event. Of the 120 Ohio drivers, six have won in NASCAR national series competition; the most successful being Tim Richmond with 13 NSCS and two NNS wins.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
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