Friday, February 26, 2010

Talking Points: NASCAR Nationwide Series – Sam’s Town 300 (LVMS)

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After and exciting finish in last week’s Stater Bros. 300 the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to action this Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for its third  race of the 2010 season.

Here’s some things you might want to pay attention to:


Dancia Mania to Cease after Sam’s Town 300….until June

Media darling Danica Patrick will complete in her third Nationwide Series race this weekend at Las Vegas before heading back to IndyCar for the start of their season. Patrick who finished 35th at Daytona and 31st at Auto Club Speedway will return to NASCAR on June 26th for the Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire.


Reigning Series Champ Hopes to Improve on 2009 Finish at Vegas

2009 was an awesome year for Kyle Busch in the Nationwide Series, but the Las Vegas native recorded his worst finish of the season at his home track.  Busch has one victory in 2010 NNS competition coming last weekend at Auto Club Speedway.

Another hometown boy, Brendan Gaughan is hoping to end up in victory lane at LVMS. In one Nationwide Series start at the Vegas track Gaughan earned a 7th place finish.  Gaughan earned a victory on him home track in 2003 in the Camping World Truck Series.


New Crew Chief and Baby for Carl Edwards

Just one week after being replaced by Todd Parrott as crew chief for Matt Kenseth’s Sprint Cup Series team Drew Blickensderfer is back on top the pit box. Blickenserfer has been called in to replace Mike Kelly as Nationwide Series crew chief for Carl Edwards. Mike Kelly will be heading up Roush Fenway Racing’s Nationwide Series effort as their new director of competition.

Carl Edwards and his wife Kate welcomed their first child this week. Will new fatherhood give Carl the boost he needs?


Milestone Starts for Steve and Mike Wallace

Steve Wallace will be making his 125th Nationwide Series start this weekend in Las Vegas while his uncle, Mike is poised to make his 350th start in the series.


Race Facts:

  • Race: Sam’s Town 300 (Race 3)
  • Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • Track Length: 1.5 mile oval
  • Banking / Corners: 20 degrees
  • Banking Front and Backstretch: 9 degrees
  • Start Time: 4:30 PM Eastern
  • Distance: 300 miles / 200 laps
  • Television coverage: ESPN2 4:00 PM Eastern
  • 2009 Race Winner: Greg Biffle
  • 2009 Pole Sitter: Scott Speed
Top 10 in Points After 2 Races
1 Carl Edwards 335
2 Joey Logano 311
3 Kyle Busch 304
4 Justin Allgaier 303
5 Brad Keselowski 299
6 Brian Vickers 297
7 Steve Wallace 289
8 James Buescher 271
9 Greg Biffle 265
10 Paul Menard 256

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