Saturday, July 30, 2011

NNS: Drivers to Watch at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Austin Dillon claimed the pole for the
NCWTS race, can he claim the magic for NW as well?
Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR

Tonight is the last night you'll see a NASCAR Nationwide race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Next year, Nationwide will race at the Brickyard instead of LOR.

You can watch the qualifying today on ESPN at 4:30. The race is at 7:30 tonight and can be seen on ESPN. If you can't watch it, raceview on NASCAR.com will also play the race as well.

Tonight, there's a battle for the lead in points, with only a 14 point separation between Reed Soronson, Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. things are sure to get interesting.

Austin Dillon is making his fourth appearance in a Nationwide race, driving for his Richard Childress Racing teammate Kevin Harvick, Dillon has the opportunity to drive the No. 33 Rheem car for Kevin Harvick Inc. Last weekend, he finished third in Nashville, after having won the Truck race. Last night he finished ninth in yesterday's Camping World Truck race. Dillon has expereince at LOR, having raced there in the Trucks series and also one previous appearance in the Nationwide Series as well.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has had an amazing season, being the first Nationwide regular to win a race and also having made his Sprint Cup debut subbing for an ailing Trevor Bayne. Stenhouse Jr. has raced at Lucas Oil once and is looking for his first win, top five and top ten. His 2011 season looks more impressive than that, as he is currently second in points.

Other drivers to watch are:

Justin Allgaier a hometown favorite is looking for his first win at LOR and first top five; he's finished in the top 10 once and hasn't led laps in his past two starts. He's currently fourth in points this 2011 season.

Elliott Sadler with a history of three starts, with no wins, two top fives and two top tens and has led a total of 56 laps at LOR. He's third in 2011 season points.

Reed Soronson is the points leader who has four starts with no wins at Lucas Oil Raceway, three top fives, three top tens and one pole win.

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