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THE RACE: Great Clips 300

TRACK: Atlanta Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #24 of 33 for the 2014 season

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Race: Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Hampton, GA

Title Sponsor: Great Clips

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


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, August 28th
11:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, August 29th
2:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
3:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
4:00 PM-5:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
5:30 PM-6:50 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
6:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
9:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, August 30th
11:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
4:10 PM NNS QUALIFYING
5:45 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:30 PM NNS RACE (195 LAPS, 300.3 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Atlanta race results and standings (pdf)

  • Harvick wins at Atlanta: #5-Kevin Harvick won the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He dominated the race, passing pole sitter #9-Chase Elliott on lap 37 and never gave up the lead again. #22-Joey Logano finished second followed by #42-Kyle Larson, #54-Kyle Busch, #9-Chase Elliott, #7-Regan Smith, #2-Brian Scott, #98-David Ragan, #3-Ty Dillon, and #11-Elliott Sadler.
    There were 2 cautions for 18 laps and only 1 lead change among 2 leaders. Complete results are on the Atlanta race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Atlanta Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-30-2014)

  • Atlanta Race Fast Facts:
    Kevin Harvick(i) won the 23rd Annual Great Clips 300 Benefiting Feed The Children, his 43rd victory in 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his third victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his third victory and 10th top-10 finish in 13 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Joey Logano(i) (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2014.
    Kyle Larson(i) (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Chase Elliott (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott # leads the point standings by 15 points over Regan Smith.
    The win was Harvick's second consecutive Nationwide Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-30-2014)

  • Driver standings following Atlanta [9 races remaining]:
    1) #9-Chase Elliott # 874
    2) #7-Regan Smith 859 -15
    3) #3-Ty Dillon # 839 -35
    4) #11-Elliott Sadler 826 -48
    5) #2-Brian Scott 820 -54
    6) #6-Trevor Bayne 803 -71
    7) #60-Chris Buescher # 713 -161
    8) #62-Brendan Gaughan 694 -180
    9) #16-Ryan Reed # 658 -216
    10) #99-James Buescher 646 -228
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(8-30-2014)

  • Owner Standings following Atlanta are posted (pdf).(8-30-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Atlanta: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #98-Ragan, 8th
    Caution 2: #11-Sadler, 10th
    (8-30-2014)


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

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Elliott on pole at Atlanta: #9-Chase Elliott won the pole for the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 180.240mph. #42-Kyle Larson will start second followed by: #54-Busch Busch, #22-Joey Logano, #11-Elliott Sadler, #20-Matt Kenseth, #6-Trevor Bayne, #5-Kevin Harvick, #2-Brian Scott, #98-David Ragan, #7-Regan Smith, and #16-Ryan Reed.
    Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #6-Bayne at 179.534mph.
    #11-Sadler was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 181.200mph
    Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Atlanta starting lineup page (pdf).(8-30-2014)

  • Atlanta Qualifying Notes:
    Chase Elliott won the Coors Light 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 23rd Annual Great Clips 300 Benefitting Feed The Children with a lap of 30.759 seconds, 180.240 mph.
    This is his first pole in 24 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first pole and 18th top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his first pole in one races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Larson(i) (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2014 and his first in two races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Busch(i) (third) posted his 11th top-10 start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his 16th in 18 races this season.
    Elliott was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    Elliott becomes the youngest pole winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway (18 years, 9 months, 2 days). The previous record holder was Jeff Gordon (03/14/1992 - 20 years, 7 months, 10 days).
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(8-30-2014)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Kenseth fastest in happy hour: #20-Matt Kenseth was quickest during happy hour for the Great Clips 300 with a speed of 177.738mph. He was followed by: #3-Ty Dillon, #22-Joey Logano, #9-Chase Elliott, #60-Chris Buescher, #42-Kyle Larson, #7-Regan Smith, #98-David Ragan, #54-Kyle Busch, and #11-Elliott Sadler. 39 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Atlanta practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(8-29-2014)

  • Chris Buescher fastest in practice: #60-Chris Buescher was fastest during opening practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 177.880mph. #20-Matt Kenseth was second, followed by:#3-Ty Dillon, #54-Kyle Busch, #22-Joey Logano, #16-Ryan Reed, #6-Trevor Bayne, #5-Kevin Harvick, #11-Elliott Sadler, and #42-Kyle Larson. 36 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Atlanta practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-29-2014)

  • Entry List: There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Carlos Contreras is in the #23;
    John Wes Townley returns in the #25;
    Blake Koch will drive the #44 for TriStar;
    John Jackson is again entered in the #72;
    Chris Cockrum returns to the #74;
    Morgan Shepherd makes another attempt in his #89;
    Kevin Swindell will drive the #93 for JGL;
    The #98 team is entered with David Ragan.(8-25-2014)
    UPDATE: Matt Dibenedetto will be in the #40. Carl Long will be in the #46.(8-28-2014)
    UPDATE: Carl Long has withdrawn the #13. There are 40 cars at the track.(8-29-2014)
    See the complete list on the Atlanta entry list page.

  • Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series in Prime Time at Atlanta: The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will compete under the lights in prime time at Atlanta Motor Speedway Aug. 30-31 and both races will be televised live. The Oral-B USA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race airs Sunday night, Aug. 31, on ESPN, with NASCAR Countdown presented by 5-Hour Energy at 7:00pm/et and the green flag at 7:46pm/et The race also airs live in Canada on TSN, TSN4 and TSN5 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on Sept. 1 at 4:00am. The NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday night, Aug. 30, airs on ESPN2 at 7:00pm/et with a 7:46pm/et green flag. The race also airs live in Canada on TSN2 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes at 4:00am on Aug. 31. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 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)(8-25-2014)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 12 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 7 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4384; Right-side -- D-4602

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.28 in. (2,217 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.43 in. (2,246 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire set-up at Atlanta this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams ran at this track last season . . . this left--side tire code (D-4384) has been run at Atlanta since 2012 . . . this right-side tire code (D-4602) incorporates Goodyear Racing's multi-zone tread technology, which debuted at Atlanta last year . . . the tire features two distinct tread compounds -- one for endurance and heat resistance on the inboard three inches of the tread and one for traction on the outboard nine inches . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Atlanta. . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


NASCAR News & Notes

    15 Different Winners And Counting; Record Is 18                                    
    The NASCAR Nationwide Series has reached its highest level of competitive balance in more than a decade. Ryan Blaney, 20, became the 15th different series winner this past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, the most through 23 races since 2001. The overall series record for most different winners in a full season is 18, set in 1988.
    This season has 10 races remaining on the series schedule and the record of 18 could very well be matched. Already, this season has seen five first-timers (Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Brendan Gaughan, Ty Dillon and Chris Buescher). Other than the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series season the record for first-time winners is six.
    The question now becomes, who is next?
    Don’t be surprised if Brian Scott adds his name to the wins list this season. Scott is currently fifth in the standings after posting two poles, four top fives and 13 top 10s. Scott has consistently been upfront, he has led laps at more tracks this season than he has ever before in his series career. Scott has made four starts at AMS posting one top-10 finish, but he has finished in the top-10 at three of the five 1.5-mile tracks the series has competed on this season; including his second-place finish at Chicago.
    Another driver more than likely to add his name to the wins list before the season ends is Joey Logano. This weekend he straps into the owner points leading No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Logano has one or more wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in his last six consecutive seasons, dating back to 2008. This season in his seven starts he has posted five top-five finishes. This weekend will be Logano’s fourth series start at AMS. In his previous three starts he has posted three top 10s with an average finish of 6.0 (leads the series among multiple starts).
     
    Chase Elliott Goes Home The Points Leader
    Fifty-eight miles north of the city of Atlanta sits Dawsonville, Georgia the hometown of the current NASCAR Nationwide Series standings leader Chase Elliott. A lot has happened to Elliott since he left Dawsonville, but this weekend he returns home with winning experience and the series championship lead.
    Elliott’s father, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott put Dawsonville, Georgia on the map. So much so media famously nicknamed Elliott, ‘Awesome Bill from Dawsonville.’ With all of Elliott’s success in NASCAR the name stuck and the legend grew. Elliott gave Georgia fans something to cheer for almost every weekend during his career and even more so when he came to Atlanta having posted five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at the track.
    This weekend, Chase Elliott will be making his series debut at AMS and in doing so is looking to add to the Elliott family winning ways. In Elliott’s five starts on 1.5-mile speedways this season he has won twice (Texas and Chicago) and finished in the top-five three times.  
    Just 10 races remain in the season and with the cushion of points Chase Elliott has accumulated, it is his championship to lose. If Elliott can close the season out holding on to the standings lead he will become the first Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate in series history to win the title. In 23 starts this season he has three wins (tied for series-most), 10 top fives and 17 top 10s.
     
    Smith, Dillon: No Love Lost But Opportunity Knocks In Title Hunt
    Great short-track racing and heated arguments on pit road can flare tempers, but ultimately the competitors share the same sentiment - all that matters is the title. Regan Smith and Ty Dillon know all too well the pressures of chasing a championship sitting second and third in the standings as the season hits its final stretch.
    With 10 races remaining in the season, every finish and every point counts but opportunity knocks. In the last two years the final 10 races have provided ample opportunity for a championship comeback. Last season following Bristol, the eventual champion Austin Dillon was second in the standings, six points back from the series lead. In 2012 coming out of Thunder Valley, the eventual champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was also second 19 points back from the series lead. Both drivers capitalized in the final stretch of the season claiming their respective titles. 
    Heading to Atlanta, Smith sits 13 points back from his JR Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott in the standings lead; while Dillon is 30 points back from the points lead, but just 17 back from Smith. 
    Regan Smith’s consistency has been the key to his success in 2014. In his 23 starts he has posted one win, six top fives and a series-leading 19 top 10s. Smith has made three starts at AMS posting an average finish of 17.6.
    Ty Dillon’s point deficit could be considered large, but conquerable, especially starting this weekend at Atlanta. Dillon won his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Atlanta in 2012. Though this will be his NNS debut at AMS this weekend, he has finished in the top-10 in four of the previous 1.5-mile tracks the series has competed on this season. Dillon has posted one win, four top fives and 16 top 10s this season. Dillon will also be making his series debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Atlanta becoming the 10th driver this season to compete in all three of NASCAR’s national series.  
      
    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    Kyle Busch’s 66 wins are the most in series history and conquering 18 of the 23 active facilities on the schedule is no small feat either. But Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the five active series tracks that have escaped Busch’s winning grasp - Atlanta, Las Vegas, Road America, Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glen. In Busch’s 10 starts at AMS he posted six top fives and seven top 10s. ...  The defending race winner, Kevin Harvick will be driving the JR Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet this weekend. Harvick has two wins and hasn’t finished outside the top-10 in his 10 starts this season. ...   The Atlanta Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities located at Atlanta Motor Speedway works to care for children in "educational, financial, social and medical need in order for them to lead productive lives." This Labor Day Weekend, Speedway Children's Charities will be collecting funds through their Red Bucket Brigade and 50/50 Raffle campaign. For additional information regarding Speedway Children's Charities, please visit https://atlanta.speedwaycharities.org.

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Countdown to the race: 11/1/2014 ~ 3:46 PM ET

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