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Nationwide heads to Las Vegas: The Sam’s Town 300 Preview

March 7, 2012 1 comment

Mar. 3, 2012; Avondale, AZ, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Danica Patrick prior to the Bashas Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Not much has been said so far leading into the Las Vegas race, but it will be the first Nascar events held there since the death of Dan Wheldon. As much as some would like to believe that Nascar and IndyCar are separate, you can’t deny that some will head to the track this week with a black cloud over them. Most notably Danica Patrick and Sam Hornish. That doesn’t mean that others didn’t also share a relationship with Wheldon. It should also be noted that IndyCar will not return to Las Vegas this year, and may not return for quite some time.

Watching Patrick and Hornish this week will be important. Both will look to try to win for Wheldon. There will be no shortage of coverage of Danica Patrick this week, and I would expect a Dan Wheldon tie in here and there. The hype machine is in full force for Danica, and she has yet to prove that it is deserved. When a crash ended her day at Daytona, I was very upset by the announcing. I haven’t seen such blatant favoritism since the last time I watched a WWE event. This is a sport. The announcers should act like it is. Please stop alienating those of us not on the Patrick bandwagon and start calling it down the middle. She did not do anything special last week, nor did she do anything wrong. It was a racing accident. Last week Patrick ran a very mediocre race. Las Vegas could be just the place to finally show why she has a full time ride with one of the best teams in Nationwide.

Entry List and More after the JUMP!

Entry Car# Driver Sponsor Manu Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace G&K Services 12 Chevy JD Motorsports
2 2 Elliott Sadler ONE MAIN FINANCIAL 12 Chevy Richard Childress
3 3 Austin Dillon AMERICAN ETHANOL 12 Chevy Richard Childress
4 4 Danny Efland Danny Efland Racing 12 Chevy JD Motorsports
5 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing 12 Ford Roush Fenway
6 7 Danica Patrick 12 Chevy JR Motorsports
7 08 Tim Andrews TBA 12 Ford Randy Hill
8 09 Kenny Wallace TBA 12 Toyota RAB Racing
9 10 Jeff Green (S) TBD 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
10 11 Brian Scott Dollar General 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
11 12 Sam Hornish Jr Alliance Truck Parts 12 Dodge Penske Racing South
12 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb(i) Glen Leiner 11 Dodge Jennifer Jo Cobb
13 14 Eric McClure Hefty Black Out / Reynolds Wrap 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
14 18 Mark Martin(i) Interstate 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
15 19 Tayler Malsam G-Oil 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
16 22 Brad Keselowski(i) [PC1] Discount Tire 12 Dodge Penske Racing South
17 23 Robert Richardson Jr NTX Pipe-Riviera Hotel 12 Chevy R3 Motorsports
18 24 Benny Gordon Revita Anti-Aging , VSI, 12 Toyota SC2 Motorsports
19 27 TBA GCMI 12 Ford Steve Meehan
20 28 J J Yeley(i) TBA 12 Chevy Jay Robinson
21 30 James Buescher(i) TBA 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
22 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
23 33 Brendan Gaughan(i) SOUTH POINT CASINO 12 Chevy Richard Childress
24 38 Kasey Kahne(i) Great Clips 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
25 39 Joey Gase Go Green Racing 12 Ford Go Green Racing
26 40 Erik Darnell TBA 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
27 41 Blake Koch 12 Ford Rick Ware Racing
28 42 Josh Wise(i) (S) TBA 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
29 43 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J 12 Ford Richard Petty
30 44 Mike Bliss TBA 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
31 46 Chase Miller (S) TBA 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
32 47 Scott Speed(i) (S) TBA 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
33 50 T J Bell Turbine Powered Technology 12 Chevy MAKE Motorsports
34 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Automotive 10 Chevy Jeremy Clements
35 52 Tim Schendel All Sports Tailgating 12 Chevy Jimmy Means
36 54 Kyle Busch(i) [PC2] Monster Energy 12 Toyota Kyle Busch
37 60 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing 12 Ford Roush Fenway
38 70 Johanna Long Foretravel 12 Chevy ML Motorsports
39 74 Mike Harmon American Heros 12 Chevy Mike Harmon
40 81 Jason Bowles American Majority 12 Dodge MacDonald Motorsports
41 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy 12 Toyota NEMCO
42 88 Cole Whitt 12 Chevy JR Motorsports
43 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing 11 Chevy Faith Motorsports
(S) Known Start and Park
(i) Not Running For Title
(PC) Past Champion

43 cars are entered, so I will not have to say “So and So must qualify on time” this week:

  • #2- Elliott Sadler, fresh of his first win in the Nationwide Series in over a decade, will not be running in the Sprint Cup series for Michael Waltrip due to RCR’s heavy Chevy ties.
  • #15- The team is not entered this week, meaning that the #41 team is by itself this week.
  • #18- Mark Martin will make his first start for Joe Gibbs Racing this week. Martin, who joined Michael Waltrip Racing this season, Will be a favorite to win this weekend. He is alone but for Brian Scott, as the #20 team is not entered this week.
  • #33- Brendan Gaughan returns to the Nationwide Series this week driving for Richard Childress Racing. He is running double duty and double paint schemes. Both cars will be the South Point black and Gold #33 Chevy.
  • #40- Looks like Erik Darnell will be the full time driver this week. Josh Wise moves to the #42 team to start and park this week.
  • #81- It may be a Dodge front end, but it’s riding on a Toyota frame with a TRD Engine inside. Jason Bowles will make the switch to Toyota very soon, but the team has yet to get the body switched over to a Camry. Dodge is really hurting now. Penske will move on to Ford in 2013, and now they are losing other teams as well. This may be the end of Dodge in Nascar.

Well, are you ready? Tune into ESPN 2, Live this Saturday at 5pm eastern for the Running of the Sam’s Town 300 from Las Vegas, NV. Don’t forget to come back for the Open Race thread. Enjoy!


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Grant Enfinger returns home for inaugural ARCA/Mobile 200

Grant Enfinger, driver of the #82 Ford F-150, prior to the start of February's NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

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Mobile, Ala. – Grant Enfinger is living proof that you can always go back home.

Having started his career at Mobile International Speedway, site of this Saturday’s inaugural ARCA/Mobile 200, Enfinger still calls Mobile home. He’s spent the last two seasons competing in ARCA and NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, but Mobile still holds a special place in Enfinger’s heart.

“I’m really excited about coming back to Mobile,” Enfinger said. “I may have been the most excited driver about hearing the rumors a few years ago. I’m glad I have a ride and the opportunity to make this happen. I can’t wait to show the ARCA world this wonderful facility and hopefully we can go out there and win this thing.”

Enfinger returns to Mobile as the driver of the Bragg Racing Group #82 Ford Fusion and may have the best shot at capturing Mobile’s first ARCA trophy. This is the same team that powered Enfinger to a 12th place in finish in last month’s Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

“This is the best group of guys I’ve ever been with,” Enfinger said. “I feel like we have a really good shot at winning the ARCA/Mobile 200. Josh Bragg is a really good crew chief and I feel like I have enough experience at the Speedway to really make a difference.”

Most of that experience at Mobile International Speedway came in a super late model, a completely different car than those featured in the ARCA Racing Series. ARCA cars feature an extra 1,000 horsepower and 1,000 pounds compared to super late models.

Enfinger successfully made the transition from late models to the ARCA Series, winning the pole and finishing fourth at Berlin Speedway in July. Enfinger ran the full-season in 2011, ranking fourth in the final standings, finishing behind heavy-hitters Ty Dillon, Chris Buescher and Frank Kimmel.

It’s that level of experience that Enfinger hopes will propel him to victory on Saturday. The track is the same and the cars are familiar – but the same could be said for other Mobile Speedway veterans including Cale Gale, Chase Elliott and Bubba Pollard. While Enfinger would like to hoist the trophy, he feels that it’s important for the familiar faces to have a strong showing.

“I think Bubba has the best shot out of all the local guys,” Enfinger said. “But I think you have to consider Cale Gale too. He’s with a team in Eddie Sharp Racing that has support from Richard Childress Racing and has won championships at the highest level. Gale knows his way around Mobile and he’s bringing a strong team to the Speedway – it’s a perfect match for Saturday’s race.”

But don’t let the humility fool you – Grant Enfinger is in a great position to win the ARCA/Mobile 200 – and he knows it.

“I feel like we’re bringing a good piece to Mobile,” Enfinger said. “We have big expectations and I’m hoping we win. It would be a big deal for a local guy to show these ARCA boys what it’s all about here in Mobile.”

Practice will begin at 1:30 p.m. Central on Friday, March 9, and will last for three and a half hours. Qualifying will follow, starting at 7 p.m. The 200-lap, 100-mile Mobile ARCA 200 will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.

NASCAR Ranting and Raving content editor Matt Weaver will be live on-site at Mobile International Speedway and will post live updates to Twitter @MattWeaverSBN.

Chase Elliott set for ARCA Series debut Saturday in Mobile, Ala.

Chase Elliott set for ARCA Series debut Saturday in Mobile, Ala.

Mobile, Ala. – Chase Elliott is set to make his ARCA Series debut for Bill Elliott Racing on Saturday at Mobile International Speedway.

Elliott believes he can contend in the ARCA/Mobile 200, the second race of ARCA’s 60th Anniversary Season.

“I don’t really see why there’d be any reason we can’t run in the top five or 10,” Elliott said. “I really feel like we’re capable of doing that. Obviously, this will be my first race as a driver and things are going to be different, but I think if we adapt well, I don’t see any reason why we can’t run inside the top 10.”

The highly-touted 16-year-old is a veteran of Mobile and is the 2010 Mobile International Speedway late model track champion. Mobile is the first of five ARCA races for Elliott and his team is spearheaded by Hendrick Motorsports crew chief, Lance McGrew.

“I think it’s going to be an interesting race, for sure,” he said. “The cars that I’ve raced there are light cars, but these ARCA cars are heavy. It’s a heavy stock car. We’ll see how it goes. I kind of have a feel of what the race track is like. I’m sure there’s going to be differences between driving a late model car and driving an ARCA car.

“It’s a very unique place, obviously, with no walls except for on the front straightaway. It’s different looking, and has a different feel. It’s the kind of race track you’re not used to seeing. Most places you go, you have the wall to kind of catch you. It’s just different. All that plays into the feel of a race track. It’s really smooth in (Turns) 3 and 4, and there are a few bumps in 1 and 2.”

Practice will begin at 1:30 p.m. Central on Friday, March 9, and will last for three and a half hours. Qualifying will follow, starting at 7 p.m. The 200-lap, 100-mile Mobile ARCA 200 will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.

NASCAR Ranting and Raving content editor Matt Weaver will be live on-site at Mobile International Speedway and will post live updates to Twitter @MattWeaverSBN.