NASCAR Nationwide Series Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250 Notes and Entry List

NationwideSmith, Elliott On Tap To Capture JR Motorsport’s Elusive First Title
Hard to imagine, especially when you hear it for the first time, but: JR Motorsports has yet to win a NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.
At first thought, “That can’t be right.”

Notables like Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, Danica Patrick, Mark Martin, Cole Whitt and many others have driven for car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., but all have fallen short of the elusive championship title.  Still, all that might change come November. JR Motorsports’ full-time series drivers are in championship form this season, as veteran Regan Smith and Sunoco Rookie standout Chase Elliott have combined to lead the standings the entire 2014 season. So, title guaranteed, right? Not so fast.

Smith, the defending Michigan winner and current series standings leader, is staring at the same conundrum he faced in 2013. He heads to Michigan, the first of a grueling 18-race stretch of the schedule. This time last season, he won, but followed it up with two finishes of 30th or worse at Road America and Kentucky, ultimately unraveling his championship hopes. But in 2014, Smith has set the stage for redemption. He kicked the season off with a big win at Daytona and since has finished in the top 10 in each of his 12 starts. His consistency has garnered an average finish of 7.1 this season, and also a four-point lead over second-place Elliott Sadler in the series driver standings. Smith’s season-to-date Driver Rating is 99.8. In three starts at Michigan, Smith has posted an average finish of 17.3 which includes last season’s victory.

Smith’s JR Motorsports teammate, Chase Elliott, is third in the driver standings and will be making his series debut at MIS this weekend. Elliott has posted two wins, six top fives and nine top 10s this season.

Television Coverage/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN – 1:30pm/et
  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro and Vince Welch
    Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Ricky Craven

Event Schedule

Thursday, June 12th
11:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
4:00 PM NNS & ARCA REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, June 13th
10:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:30 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:30 PM-1:30 PM NNS PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)
2:00 PM-3:25 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)

5:00 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
5:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, June 14th
6:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:40 AM NNS QUALIFYING (ESPN 2)
12:15 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING – (CONFERENCE ROOM)
1:30 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM NNS RACE (125 LAPS, 250 MILES) (ESPN)
2:45 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES

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

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
  • Set limits: Nationwide: 6 sets for the event
  • Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4604; Right-side — D-4560
  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side — 87.52 in. (2,223 mm);
    Right-side — 88.43 in. (2,253 mm)
  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front — 30 psi; Left Rear — 30 psi;
    Right Front — 55 psi; Right Rear — 50 psi
  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front — 26 psi; Left Rear — 26 psi;
    Right Front — 57 psi; Right Rear — 54 psi
  • Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series will run different tire set-ups at Michigan this weekend . . . in Nationwide, teams will run the same right-side tire code (D-4560) they ran at this track last season . . . this is the first time they have run this left-side code (D-4604) . . . Sprint Cup teams did run this left-side tire at Kansas earlier this season, and Nationwide teams are scheduled to do the same in October . . . another change from last year is an increase of two psi (LF), four psi (LR) and six psi (RF & RR) in the minimum recommended air pressure in all four tires . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Michigan . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Entry List
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250
Michigan International Speedway – 6/14/2014
Entry Car # Driver Make Sponsor
1 01 Landon Cassill Chevrolet teamjdmotorsports.com
2 2 Brian Scott Chevrolet Shore Lodge
3 3 Ty Dillon # Chevrolet WESCO
4 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet teamjdmotorsports.com
5 6 Trevor Bayne Ford AdvoCare
6 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com
7 9 Chase Elliott # Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts
8 10 Kevin Lepage* Toyota Supportmilitary.org
9 11 Elliot Sadler Toyota OneMain Financial
10 13 Carl Long* Toyota Headrush
11 14 Jeff Green Toyota Hefty Ultimate/ Reynolds Wrap
12 16 Ryan Reed # Ford ADA Driverto Stop Diabetes presented by Lilly Diabetes
13 17 Tanner Berryhill* Dodge NationalCashLenders.com
14 19 Mike Bliss Toyota TriStar Motoersports
15 20 Sam Hornish Jr Toyota Sun Energy 1
16 22 Joey Logano(i) Ford Discount Tire
17 23 Ryan Ellis Chevrolet Rick Ware Racing
18 28 J.J. Yeley Dodge Texas 28 Spirits Stage
19 31 Dylan Kwasniewski # Chevrolet Rockstar
20 33 Paul Menard* (i) Chevrolet Nibco / Menards
21 39 Ryan Sieg # Chevrolet RSS Racing
22 40 Josh Wise(i) Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing
23 42 Kyle Larson(i) Chevrolet Cartwheel
24 43 Dakoda Armstrong # Ford WinField
25 44 Blake Koch Toyota CompassionRacing.com
26 46 Matt DiBenedetto* Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing
27 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Allsouthelectric.com-RepairableVehicles.com
28 52 Joey Gase Chevrolet Donate Life
29 54 Kyle Busch(i) Toyota Monster Energy
30 55 Jamie Dick Chevrolet Viva Auto Group
31 60 Chris Buescher # Ford Roush Performance Parts
32 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet South Point
33 67 Benny Gordon* Ford Cross Concrete Construction
34 70 Derrike Cope* Chevrolet YOUTHEORY
35 72 Matther Carter* Chevrolet CrashClaimsR.US
36 74 Mike Harmon* Dodge TBA
37 76 Tommy Joe Martins* # Chevrolet TBA
38 80 Ross Chastain* (i) Toyota Aisin
39 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Chevrolet TBD
40 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr* (i) Chevrolet eBay
41 89 Morgan Shepherd* Chevrolet King’s Tire
42 93 Harrison Rhodes Dodge JGL Racing
43 99 James Buescher Toyota Rheem

 

# = Rookie, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, *-must qualifying on time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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