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THE RACE: Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300

TRACK: Chicagoland Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #26 of 33 for the 2014 season


Race: Saturday, September 13, 2014 in Joliet, IL

Title Sponsor: Joimmy John's

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:46pm/et

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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, September 11th

Friday, September 12th
11:00 AM-11:50 AM NNS PRACTICE

Saturday, September 13th
2:30 PM (3:30 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Official Chicago race results and standings (pdf)

  • Harvick wins at Chicago: #5-Kevin Harvick won the Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 4th Nationwide win of the season. #42-Kyle Larson finished second followed by #54-Kyle Busch, #22-Ryan Blaney, #6-Trevor Bayne, #11-Elliott Sadler, #3-Ty Dillon, #7-Regan Smith, polesitter #2-Brian Scott, and points leader #9-Chase Elliott.
    There were 6 cautions for 35 laps and 15 lead changes among 7 leaders.
    Complete results are on the Chicago race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Chicago Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-13-2014)

  • Chicago Race Fast Facts:
    Kevin Harvick(i) won the 14th Annual Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 Powered by Coca-Cola, his 44th victory in 314 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his third victory and seventh top-10 finish in 11 races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Kyle Larson(i) (second) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 18th top-10 finish in 2014.
    Kyle Busch(i) (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 11 races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Ty Dillon (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Chase Elliott # leads the point standings by 18 points over Regan Smith.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-13-2014)

  • Driver standings following Chicago [race 26 of 33]:
    1) #9-Chase Elliott # 951
    2) #7-Regan Smith 933, -18
    3) #3-Ty Dillon # 911, -40
    4) #11-Elliott Sadler 900, -51
    5) #2-Brian Scott 895, -56
    6) #6-Trevor Bayne 871, -80
    7) #60-Chris Buescher # 780, -171
    8) #62-Brendan Gaughan 751, -200
    9) #60-Ryan Reed # 706, -245
    10) #99-James Buescher 697, -254
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(9-13-2014)

  • Owner Standings following Chicago are posted (pdf).(9-13-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicago: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #17-Berryhill, 34th
    Caution 2: #39-Sieg, 21st
    Caution 3: #16-Reed, 12th
    Caution 4: #43-Armstrong, 22nd
    Caution 5: #80-Chastain, 19th
    Caution 6: #55-Newberry, 23rd

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Brian Scott on pole at Chicago: #2-Brian Scott won the Coors Light Pole for the Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 181.409mph. #22-Ryan Blaney will start second followed by: #54-Kyle Busch, #9-Chase Elliott, #42-Kyle Larson, #33-Paul Menard, #60-Chris Buescher, #3-Ty Dillon, #5-Kevin Harvick, #98-Aric Almirola, #7-Regan Smith, and #31-Dylan Kwasniewski.
    Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #54-Kyle Busch at 181.464mph.
    #22-Ryan Blaney was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 179.784mph
    Did Not Qualify: #13-Carl Long, #74-Mike Harmon, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #72-John Jackson.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Chicago starting lineup page (pdf).(9-13-2014)

  • Chicago Qualifying Notes:
    Brian Scott won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 14th Annual Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 Powered by Coca-Cola with a lap of 29.767 seconds, 181.409 mph.
    This is his fifth pole in 168 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his third pole and 23rd top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his third pole in nine races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Ryan Blaney(i) (second) posted his 10th top-10 start of 2014 and his second in two races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Kyle Busch(i) (third) posted his 10th top-10 start at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 18th in 20 races this season.
    Chase Elliott (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-13-2014)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Final Nationwide practice cancelled: Due to rain at the track, final NASCAR Nationwide Series practice has been cancelled.(9-12-2014)

  • Gaughan fastest in practice: #62-Brendan Gaughan was fastest during opening practice at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 178.601mph. #54-Kyle Busch was second, followed by: #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #2-Brian Scott, Chris Buescher, #5-Kevin Harvick, #9-Chase Elliott, #43-Aric Almirola, #20-Denny Hamlin, and #42-Kyle Larson. All 44 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Chicago practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-12-2014)

  • Entry List: There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. A few notes:
    Eric McClure returns to the #14;
    Denny Hamlin will be in the Gibbs #20;
    Ryan Blaney will be in the Team Penske #22;
    Daniel Suarez will drive the #29 for Robby Benton;
    Will Kimmel II remains in the TriStar #44;
    Brennan Newberry will drive the #55 for Viva Motorsports;
    Ross Chastain is in the #80 for Shigeaki Hattori;
    Martin Roy will drove the #90.(9-8-2014)
    UPDATE: Kevin Swindell will be in the JGL #93.(9-9-2014)
    UPDATE 2: Cody Ware will be in the #23 in place of Robert Richardson. Matt Dibenedetto will be in the #40 and Ryan Ellis in the #46.(9-1-2014)
    UPDATE 3: Carl Long and the #13 team were a late entry. There are 44 cars at the track.(9-12-2014)
    See the complete list on the Chicago entry list page.

  • Nationwide Series on ESPN Saturday: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 13, with the race airing on ESPN2 at 3:30pm/et and a 3:46pm green flag. The race airs live in Canada on TSN2 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes at 4 a.m. on Sept. 14. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider.(ESPN)(9-8-2014)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Nationwide: 7 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 5 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4410

  • Tire Circumference:
    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: While teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Chicagoland this week will run the same left-side tire code, Nationwide and Camping World Truck teams will run their own right-side tire code . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Nationwide and Camping World Truck teams have run at Chicagoland since 2011 . . . this is also the same tire set-up that these teams have run at Homestead over that same span . . . NASCAR teams have also run this left-side code (D-4392) with a different right-side code at both Texas (all three national series) and Darlington (Cup and Nationwide) 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.

NASCAR News & Notes

    JR Motorsports Conundrum: Only Room For One In Title Town
    For the first time, car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. might be facing a problem most NASCAR Nationwide Series car owners would love to have - his two cars are battling for the title in the final races of the season. But Earnhardt knows his biggest task will be trying to keep his organization from becoming a house divided, because only one of his drivers can bring home the title.
    But which one?
    Regan Smith, second in the series standings, has eight races left in the season to catch his teammate Chase Elliott who is a comfortable 19 points ahead in the standings lead. Smith’s consistency (he leads the series in top-10 finishes with 21) has brought him to this point in the season, but out placing Elliott will be crucial in these final eight races if Smith wants the title.  Arguably this has been Smith’s career-best season; he has posted an average finish of 8.5 and a season-to-date driver rating of 99.5.
    Unfortunately for Smith, Elliott’s stronghold on the point standings has been unrelenting since the series was previously at Chicago back in July. Elliott led 85 laps on his way to his third win of his Sunoco Rookie season. This weekend, Elliott returns looking to go for the season sweep at Chicagoland Speedway in the Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 Powered by Coca-Cola (Sept. 13 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2) and he might do it.
    Elliott’s rookie season has seen three wins (Texas, Darlington and Chicago), 12 top fives and 19 top 10s in 25 starts. His average finish this season is 8.2 and his season-to-date driver rating is 109.4 - second only to Kyle Busch (127.4) in the series.
    “A lot of pride comes from seeing those two guys doing so well in the points,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr. “It’s just hard to watch them have to go to battle over the points lead. You pull for both of them and you’d like to see both of them win it, but there is some other competition out there. By no means is it a two-car race, but there is a lot of pride to see them two cars doing so well in the points. It’s a big honor for us as a company. It gives us a lot of confidence,” Earnhardt said.
    If either JR Motorsports driver can bring home the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship this season it will be the first title for the organization in the series. JR Motorsport’s best points position finish prior to this season was third - three times (Brad Keselowski 2008, 2009 and Regan Smith 2013).

    Six Former Nationwide Champs In Chase Contention In ‘14
    Preparing drivers to race at the highest level has been the goal behind the NASCAR Nationwide Series. A series that has come to be known as a place “where names are made” has proven true, as six former series champions qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup this season - Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1998, ’99), Kevin Harvick (2001, ’06), Greg Biffle (2002), Carl Edwards (2007), Kyle Busch (2009) and Brad Keselowski (2010).
    Since the inaugural season in 1982, the NASCAR Nationwide Series has had two former series champions go on to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship - Bobby Labonte (NSCS 2000, NNS 1991) and Brad Keselowski (NSCS 2012, NNS 2010).
    This weekend at Chicago expect to see some Chase Challengers in the field logging extra laps on Saturday - Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola are all entered in the Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300. Almirola will be attempting to make his 75th series start this weekend driving the No. 98 Ford for car owner Fred Biagi. 
    Kyle Busch, back in the No. 54 Toyota, is the defending winner of this race. He also is coming off a dominating performance in Richmond in which he led every single lap of the event posting his 23rd series-career perfect (150.0) driver rating and his 67th career win.

    Third To Sixth: Title Hunt Still Not Over
    One thing is for certain in racing, you can count on the uncertainty. All it takes is a bad part, a bad shift on a restart or being collected in a multi-car accident and - poof - that comfortable points lead that was supposed to carry you to a championship is gone. That’s why Ty Dillon (-42), Elliott Sadler (-54) and Brian Scott (-57) need stay at the ready in these final eight races; one DNF by the standings leader can change the points landscape completely.
    Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon probably has the best chance of the four drivers of catching the point leaders sitting third in the series standings, 23 points back from second-place Regan Smith. Dillon’s season has been a late blooming one. All season he has been consistent, posting a total of 18 top 10s, but it wasn’t until the series stopped at Chicago in July that he started clicking off consistent top fives - four in the last eight races including his win at Indianapolis. Dillon finished fifth at Chicago earlier this season.
    Joe Gibbs Racing’s Elliott Sadler is coming off his sixth top-10 finish in the last eight races following his eighth-place finish at Richmond last weekend. Sadler is 12 points behind Dillon in third-place. Sadler has posted an average finish of 10.0 this season.   Sadler has made 10 series starts at Chicago posting one win (2012), two top fives and five top 10s. He finished 10th at Chicago back in July.
    Richard Childress Racing’s Brian Scott is fifth in the standings, three points behind fourth-place Sadler. Scott is the highest ranked driver in the standings without a win. 2014 has been his career-best season; he has posted five top fives and 15 top 10s with an average finish of 9.9.  Among active series tracks, Scott has posted his third-best average finish at Chicago with a 9.4. He sat on the pole and finished sixth at the 12.5-mile track earlier this season.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    Owner Title Update: Roger Penske will have second generation driver Ryan Blaney behind the wheel of his owner points-leading No. 22 Ford this weekend. Joe Gibbs is currently second in the standings, 18 points back from Penske. Gibbs will have Kyle Busch in the No. 54 Toyota this weekend. Busch trimmed eight points off of Penske’s lead last weekend with his win at Richmond. ...   NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity graduate Daniel Suarez will be making his second series start, this time for car owner Robby Benton in RAB Racing’s No. 29 Toyota. Suarez made his national series debut in the NNS at Richmond in April where he started 12th and finished 19th.  ... Milestone Watch: James Buescher will attempt to make his 200th NASCAR national series start this weekend (NNS 83, NCWTS 116). Buescher, the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champ, is currently 10th in NASCAR Nationwide Series points. 

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