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THE RACE: VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300

TRACK: Kentucky Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #27 of 33 for the 2014 season


Race: Saturday, September 20, 2014 in Sparta, KY

Title Sponsor: VisitMyrtleBeach.com

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:45pm/et

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Times are local to the Track

Friday, September 19th

Saturday, September 20th
7:30 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Official Kentucky race results and standings (pdf)

  • Gaughan wins at Kentucky: #62-Brendan Gaughan won the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway, for his second Nationwide career win. #2-Brian Scott finished second followed by pole sitter #3-Ty Dillon, #9Chase Elliott, #7-Regan Smith, #33-Cale Conley, #60-Chris Buescher, #22-Michael McDowell, #20-Justin Boston, and #80-Ross Chastain.
    There were 8 cautions for 35 laps and 9 lead changes among 6 leaders. Complete results are on the Kentucky race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kentucky Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-20-2014)

  • Kentucky Race Fast Facts:
    Brendan Gaughan won the 3rd Annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300, his second victory in 111 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in five races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Brian Scott (second) posted his second top-10 finish in eight races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 17th top-10 finish in 2014.
    Ty Dillon (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Dillon (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Chase Elliott # leads the point standings by 20 points over Regan Smith.
    The top-3 finishers were all from Richard Childress Racing.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-20-2014)

  • Driver standings following Kentucky [6 races remaining]:
    1) #9-Chase Elliott 992
    2) #7-Regan Smith, 972 -20
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 954 -38
    4) #2-Brian Scott, 937 -55
    5) #11-Elliott Sadler, 931 -61
    6) #6-Trevor Bayne, 900 -92
    7) #60-Chris Buescher, 817 -175
    8) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 798 -194
    9) #16-Ryan Reed, 739 -253
    10) #99-James Buescher, 727 -265
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(9-20-2014)

  • Owner Standings following Kentucky are posted (pdf).(9-20-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kentucky: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #10-Green, 40th
    Caution 2: #72-Rhodes, 35th
    Caution 3: #43-Armstrong, 19th
    Caution 4: #80-Chastain, 10th
    Caution 5: #20-Boston, 9th
    Caution 6: #16-Reed, 11th
    Caution 7: #80-Chastain (2), 10th
    Caution 8: #99-Buescher, 14th

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Dillon on pole at Kentucky: #3-Ty Dillon won the Coors Light Pole for the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 175.690mph. #54-Sam Hornish, Jr. will start second followed by : #62-Brendan Gaughan, #33-Cale Conley, #2-Brian Scott, #60-Chris Buescher, #11-Elliott Sadler, #22-Michael McDowell, #9-Chase Elliott, and #7-Regan Smith.
    Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #54-Sam Hornish, Jr.
    #6-Trevor Bayne was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 173.879mph
    Did Not Qualify: #13-Carl Long. The starting lineup is posted on the Kentucky starting lineup page (pdf).(9-20-2014)

  • Kentucky Qualifying Notes:
    Ty Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 3rd Annual VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 with a lap of 30.736 seconds, 175.690 mph.
    This is his second pole in 39 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his second pole and 17th top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his first pole in two races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2014 and his fifth in five races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Brendan Gaughan (third) posted his third top-10 start at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 10th in 27 races this season.
    Dillon was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-20-2014)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Conley fastest in Nationwide happy hour: #33-Cale Conley was quickest during happy hour for the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 with a speed of 175.404mph. He was followed by: #6-Trevor Bayne, #2-Brian Scott, #54-Sam Hornish, Jr. #60-Chris Buescher, #3-Ty Dillon, #22-Michael McDowell, #9-Chase Elliott, #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #11-Elliott Sadler. All 41 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Kentucky practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(9-19-2014)

  • Chris Buescher fastest in first Nationwide practice: #60-Chris Buescher was fastest during opening practice at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 174.701mph. #2-Brian Scott was second, followed by: #62-Brendan Gaughan, #3-Ty Dillon, #54-Sam Hornish, Jr., #33-Cale Conley, #16-Ryan Reed, #9-Chase Elliott, #11-Elliott Sadler, and #6-Trevor Bayne. 38 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Kentucky practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-19-2014)

  • Entry List: There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway. A few notes:
    Austin Theriault will drive the #5 for JR Motorsports;
    Justin Boston will drove the #20 for JGR;
    Michael McDowell is in the #22 for Team Penseke;
    Chase Pistone returns to the #31;
    Sam Hornish will drive the #54 for Gibbs;
    The #74 is TBA.(9-15-2014)
    UPDATE: Ryan Ellis will be in the #46, Mike Harmon in the #74 & Josh Reaume in the #87.(9-16-2014)
    See the complete list on the Kentucky entry list page.

  • Nationwide Series in Prime Time from Kentucky: The NASCAR Nationwide Series will race under the lights in prime time at Kentucky Speedway near Cincinnati on Saturday night, Sept. 20, and the race will air live on ESPNEWS at 7:30 p.m. ET. The green flag will fly at 7:45pm. The race airs live in Canada on TSN2 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on Sept. 21 at 4 a.m. The ESPNEWS telecast also 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)(9-15-2014)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits: 7 sets for the rest of the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4614; Right-side -- D-4440

  • 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 -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 46 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi

  • Notes: NASCAR Nationwide Series teams will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires they ran at Kentucky this past June . . . they also ran this same tire set-up at Dover in May . . . this right-side tire code (D-4440) has been run by these teams at Kentucky since 2011, though this is the first season for this left-side code (D-4614) . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Kentucky on May 20-21 . . . Nationwide drivers at that test were Trevor Bayne and Regan Smith . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Kentucky . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

NASCAR News & Notes

    Kentucky Primed To Produce Another First-Time Winner In 2014
    Kentucky Speedway is the last standalone event on the schedule and possibly the perfect stage for the series’ sixth first-time winner to pop up in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 Victory Lane (Sept 20 at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN).
    In a competitive season that has seen 15 different winners in 26 races it should be no surprise that of the 15, five were first time series winners.  Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Brendan Gaughan, Ty Dillon and Chris Buescher all have captured the checkered flag this season. So who’s next?
    Six of the top-eight drivers in the series standings have a win this season; the two odd men out are Brian Scott and Trevor Bayne.
    Richard Childress Racing’s Brian Scott sits fifth in the driver standings having posted three Coors Light poles, five top fives, 16 top 10s and a career-best average finish of 9.9. Scott is on the cusp of breaking through and getting his first win. His season-to-date Driver Rating is 100.2, also a career-best through 26 races. Scott has made seven starts at Kentucky with a best finish of eighth earlier this season.
    Roush Fenway Racing’s Trevor Bayne might be going full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season but by no means does he want to close this season out winless. Bayne is sixth in the standings after posting one Coors Light pole, five top fives, 17 top 10s and an average finish of 10.7. His season-to-date Driver Rating of 92.1 is the second-best in his career through 26 races.  Bayne has made six starts at Kentucky posting a best finish of 11th in 2011. 
    Of Kentucky Speedway’s 16 previous NASCAR Nationwide Series races, five were won by first-time winners, David Gilliland (2006), Stephen Leicht (2007), Joey Logano (2008), Austin Dillon (2012) and last year’s event winner Ryan Blaney (2013).

    Musical Chairs: Hornish Returns, McDowell Debuts
    With the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in full swing, many of the competitors that normally pull double duty are taking the weekend off and have opened up some valuable seat time.
    The driver probably chomping at the bit the most to get back behind the wheel is Sam Hornish Jr. Hornish has made seven starts posting one win (Iowa Speedway), four top fives, two poles and an average finish of 12.9.
    Hornish will be strapped in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota this weekend in Kyle Busch’s stead. Hornish has made four starts at Kentucky posting one Coors Light pole, two top fives and an average finish of 5.2. He finished second in this event in 2012.
    Making his series debut for Team Penske this weekend in the owner points leading No. 22 Ford for car owner Roger Penske is Michael McDowell. McDowell a veteran to the series, but on a limited schedule this season, has made two starts, nearly winning in Iowa (he finished runner-up to Brad Keselowski). Also in McDowell’s favor, the No. 22 swept both races at Kentucky last season bringing Ryan Blaney his first career win.
    “We know that Michael (McDowell) is a talented guy that’s shown much speed, and we feel like together we can come out of Kentucky with a strong result”, said No. 22 crew chief Jeremy Bullins.
    Through 26 races the owner standings title has primarily been a race between two owners: Roger Penske and Joe Gibbs. Penske currently leads Gibbs by 15 points heading into Kentucky and is looking to win his second consecutive owner title come Homestead.

    Dillon’s Opportunity Knocks To Gain Points On Elliott, Smith
    Seven races remain in a season that has seen lots of great action, but time is running out for those on the quest for a championship. Chase Elliott holds the standings lead over second-place Regan Smith (-18) and third-place Ty Dillon (-40), but both Elliott and Smith struggled the last time the NASCAR Nationwide Series was at Kentucky Speedway which opens the door for Ty Dillon to possibly catch the JR Motorsport teammates.
    The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team has seen its share of success at Kentucky. Ty Dillon finished seventh at the 1.5-mile speedway earlier this season and his brother Austin Dillon swept both series races in 2012.
    Ty Dillon is still within striking distance of current standings leader Chase Elliott and, even more so, second-place Regan Smith.
    Since first visiting Chicago in June, Dillon’s season has come alive. In his last nine races Dillon has posted a win (Indianapolis Motor Speedway), four top fives and eight top 10s. His season-to-date Driver Rating is 97.3 and his average finish is 9.3.
    Earlier this season at Kentucky, Chase Elliott finished 12th and Smith finished 28th, but their teammate Kevin Harvick won the event in the No. 5 Chevrolet. Harvick won his fourth race of the season at Chicago last weekend. 

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    Turner Scott Motorsports will have some fresh faces this weekend. Chase Pistone will make his third and final start for TSM this weekend and with Kyle Larson fulfilling his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series duties in New Hampshire, this will be the fourth and final time that Dylan Kwasniewski pilots the No. 42 Chevrolet. Kwasniewski will return to the No. 31 Chevrolet for the remainder of the NNS season next weekend in Dover. ... Austin Theriault will be in the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet that won the race Kentucky earlier this season. This will be Theriault’s third start this season for JRM.

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