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2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 Practice 1


DAY HERE IN CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY AS WE ARE GETTING READY FOR FIRST PRACTICE FOR THE NATIONWIDE SERIES, FIVE RACES LEFT. OUR COVERAGE STARTS TOMORROW NIGHT AT 7:00 EASTERN WITH NASCAR COUNTDOWN OVER ON ESPN. AND OF COURSE THE THREE-MAN BATTLE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP BACK IN THE GARAGE AREA. CARS STILL GETTING THOSE FINAL PREPARATIONS. AUSTIN DILLON’S CAR. THERE IS [email protected]@ POINTS LEADER, E 2 OF ELLIOTT SADLER. [email protected]@STIN DILLON IN THE 23 3/AND THE 6 OF RICKY STENHOUSE JR. THE BIGGEST DAY OF THE NEWS IN @ NASCAR, INVOLVES DALE EARNHARDT JR. IS OUT OF THE SEAT FOR AT LEAST TWO RACES. HE’LL MISS [email protected]@ AND KANS BECAUSE OF MULTIPLE CON SUGGESTIONS. THE FIRST ONE OCCURRED BACK IN THE KANSAS. THEN THE SECOND ONE THIS PAST SUNDAY. DALE IS RIGHT THERE IN THE MIDDLE IN THE 88 AS HE HAS A SECOND CONCUSSION HERE. SYMPTOMS. IT DOESN’T LOOK THAT VIOLENT FROM THERE. WHEN YOU GET INSIDE THE CAR, IT REALLY IS. >>THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. DALE GOT HIT NUMEROUS TIMES. HE GETS HIT THERE. RIGHT THERE. AND REALLY RUNG HIS BELL. HEY, I’VE REINJURED MYSELF. I’VE GOT TO GET OUT OF MY CAR. SOMETHING JUST DOESN’T FEEL RIGHT.>>IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH ONCE YOU’VE HAD A CONCUSSION TO GET SHAKEN AROUND IN THAT RACE CAR. THERE’S A BIG IMPACT RIGHT THERE.>>WELL, EARLIER TODAY THERE WAS A NEWS CONFERENCE HERE AT THE MEDIA CENTER. DALE EARNHARDT JR. SPOKE AND RICK HENDRICK.>>THE SHOT AT KANSAS WAS — WE GOT THE DATA BUT IT WAS AROUND 40 Gs. AND THE SHOT AT TALLADEGA WAS ONLY 20 Gs. THE FACT THAT I FELT THE WAY I DID WAS WHAT CONCERNED ME AFTER THE ACCIDENT AT TALLADEGA BECAUSE IT WASN’T THAT HARD OF A HIT. SO I WANTED TO, YOU KNOW, PROCESS HOW I FELT OVER A COUPLE OF DAYS. I WENT TO THE DOCTOR TUESDAY ACTUALLY. SO ANY WAYS, WE — YOU KNOW, I JUST WANTED TO PROCESS WHAT WAS HAPPENING AND I KNEW HAVING THEM TWO CONCUSSIONS BACK TO BACK WAS NOT A GOOD THINGS. SO I NEEDED TO GO SEE SOMEBODY REGARDLESS OF WHETHER I WANTED TO GET OUT OF THE CAR OR NOT. SO JUST FOR MY OWN WELL BEING. I COULDN’T — IF I DIDN’T NEED TO GO, I COULD GO GET IN THE RACE CAR AND GO GET HIT AGAIN, I NEEDED SOMEBODY TELL ME THAT BECAUSE I WAS HAVING A HARD TIME MAKING THAT DECISION MYSELF. I FEEL PERFECTLY FINE. BUT I DON’T WANT TO KEEP GETTING HIT IN THE HEAD. >>ONE THING THAT EVERYBODY ADMIRES ABOUT DALE IS HOW HONEST AND UP FRONT HE IS. HE CARES A LOT ABOUT THE TEAM, HIS FANS, AND THE SPORT IN GENERAL. BUT WHEN HE KNEW THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING NOT RIGHT, HE WENT TO SEE DR. PETTY HERE. AND, YOU KNOW, I ADMIRE HIM. A LOT OF GUYS WOULD TRY TO PLAY HURT. BUT WHEN THE DOCTOR TELLS YOU YOU GET HIT AGAIN LIKE RIGHT AWAY, IT COULD BE CATASTROPHIC. SO, YOU KNOW, I THINK THIS DEAL HAS WORKED OUT EXTREMELY WELL AS IT COULD.>>THERE’S NO ONE BETTER THAN DR. JERRY PUNCH TO EXPLAIN ALL THE DETAILS. ALL THE FOCUS HAS BEEN ON THE NFL AND THEIR SERIES OF CONCUSSIONS. IT’S NOW HIT HOME HERE IN NASCAR. >>THE WORD CONCUSSION COMES FROM THE LATIN COME PEW TEAR, WHICH MEANS TO SHAKE VIOLENTLY. WHETHER IT’S TWO FOOTBALL HELMETS SLIDE COLLIDING OR A NASCAR DRIVER STOPPING QUICKLY. HERE IS WHAT HAPPENS, FOLKS. THE BRAIN IS WRAPPED IN TWO ENVELOPES. SURROUNDED BY FLUID. WHEN YOU GET THAT KIND OF CONTACT, THE BRAIN SLOSHES FORWARD AGAINST THE FRONT OF THE SKULL AND THEN BACK. IN THE FRONTAL LOBES ARE INJURED — THERE’S WHERE MEMORY IS. WHEN THE BACK OF IT HITS THE BACK, THAT’S THE. YOU GET DOUBLE OR BLURRED VISION. I SAW STARS WHEN I FELL AND HIT MY HEAD. AS TO WHY THIS WASN’T DIAGNOSED AT THE SCENE OR RACETRACK, SOME OF THOSE SYMPTOMS CAN BE VERY SUBTLE. WHEN YOU WATCH WHAT HAPPENED LAST SUNDAY, YOU’LL SEE HOW VIOLENT THESE IMPACTS CAN BE ON THE RACETRACK. YOU MAY NOT REALIZE THAT THERE’S A DEACCELERATION NUMBER. AS YOU HEARD DALE EARNHARDT JR. SAW, ONLY 20 Gs. BUT THERE’S A ACCUMULATIVE EFFECT. 40 G HIT AT KANSAS AND 20 G HIT AT TALLADEGA. SUBTLE CONCUSSION AFTER IMPACT LIKE THIS, EARLIER IN THE WEEK A DRIVER CAN HAVE ANYTHING FROM NAUSEA, VOMITING, BLURRED VISION, OR HEADACHE. DALE EARNHARDT JR., HIS SYMPTOMS FROM HIS IMPACT WAS HEADACHES. A RESIDUAL HEADACHE ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY. HOW DO YOU EVALUATE THAT? COMPLETE NEUROLOGIC EXAMINATION. MAKE SURE HIS BALANCE AND HEARING AND VISION IS OKAY. ALL THAT WAS NEGATIVE THANKFULLY. BUT THE SYMPTOMS WERE THERE. JERRY PET TET MADE A DECISION TO KEEP DALE EARNHARDT JR. OUT OF CAR. WHEN WILL HE GET BACK? THE TYPICAL RULE IS THAT 7 TO 10 DAYS AFTER ALL THE SYMPTOMS CLEAR, HE’LL BE CLEAR TO GET BACK IN THE CAR. HOW LONG DOES THAT TAKE, TWO DAYS, TWO WEEKS, TWO MONTHS. EVERYONE HEALS DIFFERENTLY. HE’LL HAVE TO CLEAR AND THEN 7 TO 10 DAYS AFTER THAT BEFORE HE’LL BE RETURNED TO THE RACE CAR. TYPICALLY THE NFL. AS TO WHAT HAPPENS FOR THE 88 CAR, REGAN SMITH HAS BEEN HIRED TO REPLACE DALE EARNHARDT JR. JUST MOMENTS AGO, REGAN SMITH WAS ABLE TO CLIMB IN THE 88 CAR FOR THE FIRST TIME. REGAN WENT TO THE SHOP LAST NIGHT TO SIT IN JIMMIE JOHNSON’S SEAT AND REALIZED HE’S NOT THE SAME SIZE AFTER JIMMIE JOHNSON. THEY GOT THE BACKUP SEAT OF JIMMIE JOHNSON AND PUT IT IN THE 88 CAR AND JUST PUT REGAN SMITH IN THE CAR TO SEE IF THE SEAT FITS. THE RADIO BUTTON, STEERING WHEEL FITS FOR REGAN SMITH. DALE EARNHARDT JR. OUT FOR TWO WEEKS. REGAN SMITH WILL DRIVE THE CAR HERE ON SUNDAY AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY. AGAIN, NEXT WEEK AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY. MARTY?>>GREAT EXPLANATION. THANKS FOR ALL THAT INFORMATION.>>>AS WE COME TOPSIDE, PRACTICE HAS ALREADY STARTED HERE AS YOU CAN HEAR AND SEE. LET’S PUT A BUTTON ON THIS. RUSTY WALLACE, WE’VE HAD MOMENTS WONDERING ABOUT YOU AFTER SOME CRASHES. >>I’VE BEEN IN SOME BAD ONES. IT WILL KNOCK YOUR LIGHTS OUT. IF YOU LOSE YOUR EQUAL EEBEE YUM. YOU HAVE TO GET OUT OF CAR. I HAD A HORRIBLE WRECK IN 1993. DALE EARN HARNT SR. BEHIND ME. THE BODY FLIES OFF THE CAR. THE MOTOR FLIES OUT OF THE CAR. I WOKE UP IN A HELICOPTER. IT KNOCKED ME OUT COLD. THREE CONCUSSIONS ARE NOTHING TO MESS WITH. I COMMEND DALE EARNHARDT JR. FOR GETTING OUT OF THAT CAR. WHEN HE FEELS BAD, HE CAN’T DRIVE THIS CAR. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TWO WEEKS HIM BEING OUT, THIS CAN THAK LONGER. WHEN THIS HAPPENED TO ME, 15 YEARS EVERY SINGLE TIME I GOT IN THE SHOWER OR SHAKE MY HAIR DRY, I WAS GETTING DIZZY. IT FINALLY WENT AWAY.>>LET’S TALK ABOUT THE SAFETY. DALE EARNHARDT JR. SAID DON’T BLAME THE CAR, DON’T BLAME THE TRACK. DON’T BLAME ANYTHING. THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN AND WE’VE SEEN IT BEFORE. >>NASCAR THE NEEDS A TREMENDOUS PAT ON THE BACK BECAUSE OF THE SAFETY IMPLY MENTATIONS THAT THEY HAVE. THIS IS A VERY VIOLENT SPORT. 200 MILES AN HOUR, 3500 RACE CAR. THINGS CAN HAPPEN. WE’VE SEEN SOME ACCIDENTS. BECAUSE OF THE SOFT WALLS, BECAUSE OF THE LARGER GREENHOUSE ON THESE RACE CARS, THESE DRIVERS HAVE A BETTER OPPORTUNITY. HERE WE ARE IN THE TALLADEGA IN THE SPRING. ERIC McCLURE, YOU’LL SEE HIM COME SHOOTING OUT OF PACK. THAT WALL CONCRETE, WHO KNOWS WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPEN. WE SEE DALE EARNHARDT JR. IN THE MIDDLE HERE, IN THE MIDDLE OF STORM. THIS COULD HAVE PUT HIM OUT A LOT LONGER THAN JUST A COUPLE OF RACES IF IT HAD BEEN THE OLD RACE CAR. HE GOT VERY LUCKY HERE. HOPEFULLY DALE EARNHARDT JR. WILL BE BETTER IN A COUP OF WEEKS. >>AS THE DEVELOPMENTS CONTINUE TO BECOME AVAILABLE US TO, WE’LL PASS THEM ON TO YOU. YOU’RE NOW UP TO DATE WITH EVERYTHING THAT’S HAPPEN SOD FAR WITH THE 88.>>>LET’S SHIFT OUR ATTENTION BACK TO THE NATIONWIDE SERIES BECAUSE WE HAVE A GREAT CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE BREWING. THERE YOU SEE THE POINTS LEADER, THE NUMBER 2, ELLIOTT SADLER RIGHT ALONG THE NUMBER 3 OF AUSTIN DILLON AND HERE ARE HOW THESE THREE CONTENDERS RICKY STENHOUSE JR. IN THE MIX. HOW THEY’VE DONE IN THE 1 1/2 TRACKS. STENHOUSE HAS THE MOST WINS. >>THE STRONGEST ON THE 1 1/2 TRACKS. ELLIOTT SADLER FIGURED OUT A WAY TO STAY IN CONTENTION AT THE END OF THE RACES. STENHOUSE IS STRONGER AND DILLEN IS ALWAYS IN THE MIX.>>THIS THING IS GETTING TO THE END HERE. NOT MANY RACES LEFT IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES. THESE GUYS ARE GETTING VERY, VERY SERIOUS ABOUT THIS CHAMPIONSHIP. ALL OF RICHARD CHILDRESS RACES ARE WORKING VERY HARD TO GET AUSTIN DILLON HIS FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP. ALSO ELLIOTT SADLER. BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER.>>YOU MENTIONED AUSTIN DILLON. HE SCORED MORE POINTS THAN THE OTHER TWO CHAMPIONSHIP CONTEND ORDINARY REASON AND PRUDENCE THE 1 1/2 TRACKS. THERE ARE MORE NEWS INVOLVING REGAN SMITH.>>WHEN IT GETS TO THE 88, IT DID BLOW OVER INTO THE NATIONWIDE GARAGE. THIS MORNING HE WAS ASKED WHY REGAN SMITH IN THE 88 CUP CAR. FOR ONE REASON, WE’RE THINKING ABOUT PUTTING HIM OUT IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE JUNIOR MOTORSPORTS NEXT YEAR. AND I CONFIRM WITH BOTH CREW CHIEFS, REGAN IS IN DISCUSSION. NOTHING HAS BEEN DECIDED YET. WE HAVE TWO RACE CARS TO PUT ON THE TRACK AND REGAN WOULD BE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THAT. BY THE WAY T CURRENT DRIVER COLE WHITT TOLD ME THIS MORNING, HE HAS NOTHING SET FOR NEXT YEAR. THE DOOR IS NOT CLOSED HERE, BUT HE’LL BE LOOKING TO FURTHER HIS EFFORTS WHEREVER HE CAN. NOTHING SET SO FAR. REGAN SMITH POSSIBLY TO JUNIOR MOTORSPORTS NEXT YEAR FOR RICK HENDRICK THIS MORNING. MEANWHILE, CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES FOR MORE ON THE GUYS RUNNING FOR THAT LET’S GO TO JAMIE LITTLE. >>WELL A LOT OF NEWS GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN THE NATIONWIDE AND CUP SERIES. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, YOU SEE ELLIOTT SADLER, POINTS LEADER CAR SITTING HERE IN THE GARAGE. HE TOLD ME HIS PLAN OF ATTACK IS JUST TO TURN A HANDFUL OF LAPS. WHY? HE SAID THE TRACK IS HOT FOR ONE. AND TWO, THERE’S NO RUBBER LAID DOWN BECAUSE IT IS THE FIRST PRACTICE SESSION OF THE WEEKEND. SO ONCE HE COMES OUT, DO A SYSTEMS CHECK. MAKE SURE THE RIGHT HEIGHTS ARE GOOD AND MEANWHILE T GUY WHO IS CHASING HIM IN THE POINTS, RICKY STENHOUSE JR. IS OUT ON THE TRACK TOO. HE’LL TURN A HANDFUL OF LAPS. MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS GOOD WITH THE CARS. SO WE’LL CONTINUE FOLLOWING EVERYTHING DOWN HERE IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES GA RANG. BACK UP STAIRS TO MARTY. >>THANK YOU, JAMIE. RICKY STENHOUSE JR. MAKING A FEW LAPS OUT THERE. AND THAT WILL GIVE US A CHANCE TO GIVE YOU THE ENTIRE COUNTDOWN. WE HAVE A LOT OF ACTION FOR YOU. COMING UP NEXT, IT WILL BE SPRINT CUP PRACTICE. THEN AT 5/30 EASTERN WE’LL HAVE NASCAR NOW. WE’LL BE BACK AT 6:00 EASTERN FINAL PRACTICE OF THE NATIONWIDE SERIES. THEN FOLLOWING US WILL BE PRINT CUP QUALIFYING ALL ON ESPN2. NOW, TOMORROW, NATIONWIDE SERIES QUALIFYING AT 4:00 EASTERN. 5:00 EASTERN WE’LL HAVE NASCAR NOW. FINAL CUP PRACTICE AT 5:30. AND 7:30 THE RACE. AND 7:00 EASTERN THE SPRINT CUPPER IS’S AT CHARLOTTE,S THERE LOOKS LIKE THERE’S AN OPENING
FOR SHIPPING COORDININ>>>NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES PRACTICE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY McDONALD’S. I’M LOVING IT.>>AS YOU CAN SEE, NOT A CHANCE OF ANY RAIN IN THE FORECAST TODAY. NOT A CLOUD WITHIN TEN MILES OF THIS PLACE AS YOU CAN SEE A VERY HAPPY ELLIOTT SADLER STILL WAITING TO GO OUT. HIS TWO OTHER CONTENDERS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP HAVE TURNED LAPS. IN FACT, THEY ARE LEADING THE BOARD RIGHT NOW. AUSTIN DILLON IS THE QUICKEST RIGHT NOW. HE TURNED A LAP AT 29.94 SECONDS AT 180 MILES AN HOUR. RICKETY STENHOUSE JR. RIGHT BEHIND HIM JUST .03 SLOWER.>>THIS CAR IS FAST RIGHT OFF THE BAT FOR AUSTIN DILLON AND LOOKS REAL GOOD RIGHT NOW. THIS RACETRACK HAS NOT BEEN RACED ON SINCE THE RACE HERE AT THE COCA-COLA 600. SO IT’S PRETTY GREEN OUT THERE RIGHT NOW. LOT OF RUBBER GETTING LAID DOWN. THIS CAR IS GOING TO CHANGE A LOT AS PRACTICE GOES ON. IN FACT, THE KEY PRACTICE SESSION IN MY OPINION WILL BE OUR SECOND ONE, WHICH STARTS PROBABLY ABOUT 7:00. IT WILL END ABOUT THE SAME TIME THE RACE IS GOING TO START. THE NEXT PRACTICE SESSION, IN MY OPINION, WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE. >>I AGREE WITH YOU. GOING BACK TO AUSTIN DILLON. THINK ABOUT THIS MAN, WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP AND IS ON THE VERGE WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF WINNING A NATIONWIDE CHAMPIONSHIP IN BACK-TO-BACK SESSIONS. >>LOOKING AT COLE WHITT, YOU HEARD EARLIER STILL NOT SURE WHAT HIS FUTURE IS FOR 2013. YOU SEE RIGHT NOW THE BEST LAP PUTS HIM 12th. WE HAVE A TOTAL OF FOUR CARS OUT ON THE TRACK RIGHT NOW. DO YOU @@LIKE THE STRATEGY BY ELLIOTT SADLER, SIT BACK AND LET SOMEBODY ELSE LAY SOME RUBBER @@ DOWN BEFORE YOU GO OUT?>>I DO. THE MAIN REASON IS YOU HAVE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIRES YOU CAN USE IN THESE SERIES. YOU DON’T WANT TO BURN THEM ALL UP IN THIS FIRST @@SESSION. THIS TRACK WILL CHANGE BIG TIME. THE SECOND PRACTICE SESSION TODAY IS GOING [email protected]@O BE THE MOST IMPORTANT. SO YOU [email protected]@ YOUR TIRES FOR TH. ALSO WHEN [email protected]@ RACE STARTS, YO WANT TO HAVE [email protected]@ GOOD INVENTORY SITTING IN THE PIT AREA.>>ABSOLUTELY. THAT’S VERY, [email protected]@ SMART. GOOD MANAGEMENT OF THE SERIES AS YOU’RE GOING THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND. YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE DOTTING YOUR I’S CROSSING YOUR T’S.>>BRAD, ONE IMPORTANT THING, IF YOU’RE THE FIRST GUY ON THE RACETRACK, IT GET ACE BUSIVE ON THE TIRES. IT WEARS THEM OUT. LOT OF GUYS LIKE TO SIT IN THE GARAGE AREA AND DON’T GO OUT FOR A WHILE. LET THESE KIDS PRACTICE FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES. GET RUBBER LAID DOWN ON THE TRACK AND THEN THE CREW CHIEF WILLS SEND THEIR DRIVER OUT. I GOT A FEELING THAT’S WHAT THEY DID TOO WITH ELLIOTT SADLER. >>BRAD KESELOWSKI, HE IS NOW TURNING LAPS. BRAD IS GOING TO DO DOUBLE DUTY THIS WEEKEND. THAT’S ANOTHER HOT TOPIC. HERE YOU ARE, YOU ARE LEADING THE CUP CHAMPIONSHIP AND YOU’RE GOING OUT AND RUNNING A NATIONWIDE RACE, RISK VERSUS REWARD. WHAT DO YOU THINK SO?>>THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. BUT THERE ARE SOME RACETRACKS THAT THERE’S A BENEFIT. I THINK THAT RACING HERE AT CHARLOTTE IN THE NATIONWIDE RICE RAIS AND IN THE CUP RACE, NATIONWIDE RACE WILL BENEFIT THE CUP RACE. IT’S IMPORTANT THING. BRAD WILL GET SOME GOOD EXPERIENCE IN THIS RACE THAT CAN HELP HIM ON HIS CUP EFFORTS ON SATURDAY NIGHT. >>YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER, THERE’S CONTRACTS AND SPONSOR OBLIGATIONS THAT ARE MET, YOU KNOW, DURING THE FIRST DAY OF THE SEASON. YOU HAVE TO GO OUT. THERE’S A CERTAIN NUMBER OF RACES THAT HE HAS TO RUN. THERE’S OBLIGATIONS. >>LET’S TALK ABOUT GUYS WHO HAVE WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN SPRINT CUP AND HOW MANY NATIONWIDE STARTS DID THEY TAKE DURING THEIR WINNING SEASON. >>TONY STEWART HAD THE MOST. FOUR FOR JIMMIE JOHNSON IN ’08. NONE FOR JIMMIE IN 2010 OR 2009. AND TWO FOR TONY STEWART IN 2011. >>IT’S A GOOD POINT. JIMMIE JOHNSON, TALL NUMBERS HE WRACKED UP. I TALKED TO JIMMIE SEVERAL TIMES ABOUT RACING IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES. HE SAID, I CANNOT RUN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES BECAUSE THE ENGINES HAVE SO MUCH LESSER HORSEPOWER. I’M NOT GOOD AT THAT STYLE OF DRIVING. I LIKE A LOT OF HORSEPOWER WHERE I BOMB THAT BABY DOWN IN THE CORNER. GET DOWN ON THE BRAKES. PICK THE THROTTLE BACK UP. THE NATIONWIDE CARS ARE TOTALLY DIFFERENT. FOR ME, THAT DOESN’T HELP ME.>>THE THING I’VE LEARNED ABOUT TALKING TO BRAD AND THOSE GUYS ABOUT IT, THEY LIKE TO GO OUT AND YUTIZE OPPORTUNITY TO GET A GOOD FEEL FOR THE TRACK. I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT JIMMIE AND TONY AND THOSE GUYS. BRAD SAYS HE LIKES GOING OUT. TRYING TO LOOK AT THE CONDITIONS OF THE TRACK AND FILE THAT AWAY AS HE GOES FORWARD. >>THAT WORKED FOR CARL EDWARDS ALSO, BRAD. >>IT DID. >>BUT NO CHAMPIONSHIP FOR CARL.>>THAT’S TRUE. AND THEN THIS YEAR HE’S NOT RUNNING NATIONWIDE. JUST ONE RACE AT WATKINS GLEN AND DIDN’T MAKE THE CHASE THIS HERE. HERE IS DENNY HAMLIN. YES, THAT IS PINK. FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. DOLLAR GENERAL IS SUPPORTING THE EFFORT. >>DENNY HAMLIN SITS THIRD IN THE SPRINT CUP SERIES STANDINGS. IT’S INTERESTING WHAT RUSTY WAS TALKING ABOUT. THE DIFFERENT FEEL BETWEEN THE CARS. I TALKED TO CREW CHIEF FOR DENNY HAMLIN. HE SAID THEY’RE TRYING SOMETHING DIFFERENT. A DIFFERENT SETUP. HE WENT OUT ONE RUN AND SAID I DON’T LIKE IT. WHAT WE’LL DO, WE’LL CHANGE IT MORE TO MY CUP SERIES SETUP SO THE CAR IS MORE SIMILAR IF THAT’S POSSIBLE. >>I AGREE. ANYTHING YOU CAN BENEFIT FROM ONE CAR TO ANOTHER. IF HE MAKES A CHANGE TO HIS NATIONWIDE CAR AND FEELS THAT CHANGE CAN BENEFIT THE CUP CAR, THEN GST A GAINER. IT’S CONTROVERSIAL. SOME DRIVERS FEEL LIKE IF YOU’RE DRIVING IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES HURTS THEM AND SOME IT HELPS. YOU MENTIONED THAT SINGLE WIN THAT CARL EDWARDS HAD AT WATKINS GLEN. I TALKED TO CARL. BRAD, WHEN HE WON THAT RACE, IT JACKED HIM UP SPY HIGH. HE SAID, I WANT TO GO BACK IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES. >>IT LET HIM KNOW HE DIDN’T FORGET. IT BUILDS CONFIDENCE. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE GREAT EQUIPMENT, GREAT PEOPLING WORKING AROUND YOU.>>DENNY HAMLIN IS LOOKING FOR HIS FIRST WIN IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES IN 2012. FINISHED SECOND IN THREE TIMES RICHMOND, DARLINGTON AND CHARLOTTE. YOU CAN SEE IN THE NUMBER OF STARTS THAT HE’S HAD, HE HAD SAT ON THE POLE ONCE. SEVEN TOP-TENS. SIX ♪♪ ♪♪ LET’S TALK ABOUT THE RIVALRY WE HAVE ON THE TRACK BETWEEN 3, 2, AND 6.>>I CAN TELL YOU ONE THING T 3 CAR IS FASTEST IN PRACTICE OF AUSTIN DILLON. HE IS TRYING TO RUN THESE GUYS DOWN AND WIN HIS FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP. AWFULLY YOUNG FELLA. I TELL YOU WHAT RICHARD CHILDRESS OWNS THIS CAR.>>WHAT DO YOU THINK HE’S TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH IN HIS FIRST TIME OUT? HE’S LIE LEIING DOWN A LOT OF LAPS. >>RIGHT NOW HE’S MAKING SURE HIS CAR IS DOING WHAT HE WANTS IT TO DO. THE SECOND PRACTICE SESSION IS A MONEY SESSION. THIS IS THE ONE HE REALLY WANTS TO FOCUS ON. HE’S LEARNING A LOT OF STUFF RIGHT NOW. HE HAD COMMENTS EARLIER. >>THE CORNERS 3 AND 4 I GET A DEAD PUSH. 1 AND 2 IS GOOD.>>THIS IS A POINT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE HANDLING OF THE CAR. RIGHT NOW, THIS IS — YOU HAVE TO GET IT AS CLOSE AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN. BUT THE CAR WILL CHANGE FROM THIS PRACTICE SESSIONS TO THE SECOND PRACTICE SESSION. AS THE RACE STARTS AT NIGHT, IT GOES INTO THE DARKNESS, IT’S GOING TO CHANGE AGAIN. THAT’S WHERE YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE CHANGES THAT YOU NEED TO MAKE AND YOU DON’T NEED TO OVERREACT TOO MUCH TO WHAT THE CAR IS DOING RIGHT NOW. >>RICHARD CHILDRESS ON THE LEFT TALKING TO MAX ABBOTT WHO IS SERVING AS A COACH FOR AUSTIN DILLON.>>YOU SEE THEM TALKING THERE TOGETHER. MEANWHILE, LISTENING TO AUSTIN ON THE RADIO, HE SAID HE’S JUST IN THE TRACK. HE’S RUBBING THE SPLITTER. YOU’RE HEARING THAT A LOT FROM THESE DRIVERS. TRYING TO GET THE RIGHT HEIGHT BUT THEY DON’T WANT TO OUTADJUST THEMSELVES. RIGHT NOW HE’S OKAY WITH THE CAR. 1 AND 2 WERE AWESOME. 3 AND 4, NOT SO MUCH. THEY’LL CONTINUE WORKING ON THIS CAR. REMEMBER, IT’S JUST HIS SECOND START AT THIS RACETRACK. THEY WANT TO GET THE MOST LAPS AS POSSIBLE. >>HE FINISHED 11th BACK HERE IN MAY. IT WAS HIS WORST 1 1/2 FINISH THIS YEAR. LET’S TALK MORE ABOUT TURNS 1 AND 2 VERSUS 3 AND 4. WHY IS THERE SUCH A BIG DIFFERENCE?>>TURN 1 AND 2 IS PRETTY WELL SHADED. LOT OF SHADE ON IT FROM THE CONDOMINIUMS. THE TRACK HAS — IT’S MUCH COOLER. 3 AND 4 ARE RIGHT NOW SITTING IN ALL THE SUNLIGHT. AS YOU COME DOWN THIS RACETRACK, YOU CARRY A LOT OF SPEED INTO TURN 1. MAKES THE ENTRY INTO TURN 1 EASIER THAN TURNS 3 AND 4. 3 AND 4 IS THE CORNER THAT EVERYBODY IS TRYING TO GET HOOKED UP JUST BECAUSE OF THE ENTRY AND THE WAY IT’S DESIGNED.>>GOOD EXPLANATION. SEVENTH ON THE BOARD RIGHT NOW IS BRAD KESELOWSKI.>>HE WAS JUST DISCUSSING WITH TEAMMATES SAM HORNISH THEIR SITUATION. SAM HASN’T BEEN ON THE TRACK EXCEPT ONE LAP. HIS DAR WAS BOTTOMING OUT IN THE REAR. HOW WAS YOUR RACE CAR?>>IT’S OKAY. LOOKS LIKE HE NEED MORE SPEED TO KEEP UP WITH THE 18 CAR LOOKS TO BE THE BEST. WE’RE WORKING ON IT WITH THE DISCOUNT TIRE DODGE. I HAVEN’T DROVE THIS CAR IN A WHILE. TOOK ME A COUPLE LAPS TO GET BACK TO SPEED, SO TO SPEAK. IT RAN REALLY WELL IN THIS CAR THE LAST TWO TIMES. DECIDED TO BACK IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES. >>WITH THAT IN MIND AND GOING FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE CUP SIDE WHAT VALUE IS IT TO YOU TO RUN HERE IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES?>>IT’S FUNNY YOU SAID THAT. I WAS TALKING WITH SOMEBODY IN THE GARAGE. YOU KNOW T VALUE COMES FROM ALL DIFFERENT AREAS. YOU’RE NOT SURE WHICH ONE IT WILL BE. IT COULD COME FROM EXTRA DRIVING IN THE CAR OR I COULD LEARN NOTHING FROM DRIVING THE CAR OR LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT MY COMPETITORS OR EVEN MYSELF. SO THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE LEARNED. >>BRAD KESELOWSKI. MARTY?>>HIS LAST START IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES WAS BACK IN CHICAGO. HE FINISHED FOURTH IN THAT RACE. SAID IT TOOK HIM A FEW LAPS TO GET ACCUSTOM TO IT. MAYBE THIS IS ONE OF THE EXAMPLES WHY. >>YOU GET DOWN TO TURN 3 T BACK OF THE CAR IS KICKING OUT. IT’S SLIPPING AND SLIDING. THIS IS NOT RIGHT. I’M COMING BACK IN. >>YEAH.>>AND I LOVE BRAD ON THE RADIO. THERE HE IS STILL LOOKING THINGS OVER. >>YOU SEE THAT A LOT. HEARD AUSTIN DILLON TALKING ABOUT IT AS WELL TRY TO ADJUST THE AIR PRESSURE TO GET THEIR CAR HANDLING RIGHT. THEY TOUCH THAT SPLITTER. I’VE HEARD A LOT OF GUYS, PEOPLE LIKE JIMMIE JOHNSON, SAY, IF YOU GET ON THAT SPLITTER IT FEELS LIKE YOU’RE LIFTING THE TIRES OFF THE GROUND. IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME TO GET UP TO SPEED. >>DON’T FORGET AS WE LOOK AT RICKY STENHOUSE JR., IT WAS BRAD KESELOWSKI WHO WON BACK HERE IN THE MAY RACE. >>THAT’S RIGHT. LOOK AT RICHARD STENHOUSE. IT’S LAYING RIGHT ON THE GROUND.>>YOU CAN GET UP TO SPEED. >>HE CAN.>>YOU AND I KNOW, EXPLAIN IT TO THE FANS AT HOME. THE LOWER THAT SPLITTER IS TO THE GROUND, THE FASTER YOU GO. IF THAT BABY SUP IN THE AIR, THAT CAR IS GOING TO SLOW DOWN. YOU DON’T WANT THAT. YOU HAVE TO HAVE THAT IF YOU WANT SPEED.>>WELL, OF COURSE, HE HAS WON FOUR TIMES ON THE 1 1/2s, ALTHOUGH, LAST TIME OUT, LAST COUPLE OF RACES HAVEN’T BEEN THE KIND OF FINISHES THAT HE’S REALLY WON IT. AS YOU CAN SEE, ON THE 1 1/2 TRACKS, HIS FIRST FINISH WAS NEAR MAY WHEN HE CAME HOME 26th.>>>FIRST PRACTICE FOR THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES. YOU SEE OUR COVERAGE STARTS WITH NASCAR COUNTDOWN TOMORROW NIGHT ON ESPN AT 7:00 EASTERN. HERE AT THE CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY, YOU SEE THE FINISH LINE PAINTED PINK LIKE MANY OF THE CARS IN HONOR OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. THERE’S DANICA PATRICK PINK’S NUMBER 7. GODADDY.COM GETS ON BOARD WITH THE PINK THEME.>>I WANT YOU TO LOOK LOWER LEFT BEHIND THE EXHAUST PIPE. THERE’S A LITTLE SCRAPE ON THE SIDE. THE REASON I POINTED IT OUT, IT’S AN INTERESTING FOM NOL. WE HEAR THAT SO OFTEN WITH CARS IN THIS TRACK. THE SECOND ONE THAT SAID THAT, REMEMBER I MENTIONED SAM HORNISH, THE BACK END WAS PUNCHING DOWN AND HITTING THE TRACK. HE MENTIONED THE SIDE SKIRTS. I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S A TUNING THING THEY’RE DOING WITH THE NATIONWIDE CARS. HITS THE REAR END OF THE CAR A LOT CLOSER AND THE TOLERANCES A LOT CLOSER TO THE TRACK. >>HERE AT THIS PARTICULAR SPEEDWAY, THE CARS REALLY TRAVEL A LOT RATHER THAN IN A PLACE LIKE KANSAS CITY OR SMOOTH RACETRACK LIKE — FLATTER RACETRACK. THIS TRACK HAS SO MUCH BANKING IT FORCES A LOT OF BODY ROLL, LOT OF TRAVEL. YOU WILL SEE THE SKIRTS HIT HERE AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY. THE LOWER YOU GET IT TO THE GROUND WITHOUT TOUCHING, THE FASTER THE CAR WILL GO AND BETTER IT WILL HANDLE. >>WE HAVE RED FLAG SITUATION NUMBER 10 CAR BROUGHT OUT THE RED FLAG. AND BROUGHT EVERYBODY IN. WE’LL GO BACK AND SHOW YOU. SEE THE RIGHT REAR CORNER OF THE CAR. THIS IS HIS FIRST LAP. >>GOT IN THERE HOT. THOSE TIRES RADIAL TIRES WERE HOT IS WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY. WE’VE SEEN THAT LAP HAP TO A LOT OF THE YOUNG GUYS. JUST LOST IT. BUMPED THE REAR END. BUT I THINK HE’LL BE OKAY.>>I THINK I CLIPPED THE RIGHT REAR, BUT CHECK IT OUT HERE.>>YEAH, HE WAS FREE ALL RIGHT.>>HE’S CORRECT. HE DID CLIP THE RIGHT REAR. >>HE HAS IT DIAGNOSED VERY WELL. HE’LL PUT FOUR FRESH GOODYEARS ON THERE AND WE’LL DO IT AGAIN. >>LET’S TALK ABOUT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY SINCE 2000 IN TURNS 2 AND 4, BY FAR AND AWAY HAVE THE MORE CRASHES. >>AND THEY’RE VERY EASY TO EXPLAIN WHY. AS YOU EXIT TURN FOUR, YOU’RE ON THE BANKING. WHEN YOU COME ON THE STRAIGHT AWAY, THE BANKING FALLS OFF. ALMOST NOTHING. WHEN YOU HAVE NO BANKING, THOSE DASHED LINES IN, THAT’S WHERE THE BANKING FALLS OFF. AT THAT PARTICULAR POINT IS WHERE YOU GET REALLY, REALLY LOOSE AND SPIN. >>RUSTY, YOU DO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT. I DO HAVE A THEORY. YOU KNOW WHY THERE’S ALL THOSE CRASHES IN TURN FOUR, THEY’RE TRYING TO GET BACK TO THAT CHECK RED FLAG. >>THAT’S A GOOD POINT, BRAD. I LIKE THAT. >>I DIDN’T SLEEP IN ALL THOSE CLASSES.>>WELL, MARTY, WHEN DAVE WAS TALKING TO BRAD KESELOWSKI, BRAD MENTIONED THAT THEY NEED TO GET QUICKER TO COMPETE WITH THE [email protected] WELL, DENNY HAMLIN ISN’T TOO HAPPY WITH THIS 18 SO FAR. >>THIS IS NOT DRIVING VERY GOOD. IT HAS BETTER SPEED DOWN THE @@ STRAIGHTAWAY. IT’S [email protected]@ DRIVING HORRIBLE.>>HE WENT ON [email protected]@ USE WORDS LI DRIVING CRAPPY AND FEELS HORRIBLE AND SAID THE FRONT END IS DRIVING LIKE IT DOESN’T KNOW WHERE TO GO. WHAT EXACTLY @@IS HE FEELING?>>HE’S JUST FEELING A BAD FEELING RACE CAR. PROBABLY EXPERIENCING HIS SPLITTER HIT THE GROUND. PROBABLY TRYING TO GET REAL AGGRESSIVE WITH THE SHOCKS TO KEEP THE CAR DOWN. IT COULD BE MANY, MANY THINGS. OBVIOUSLY DOESN’T LIKE IT. THEY’VE GOT A REALLY GOOD NOTEBOOK BACK IN JOE GIBBS RACING ABOUT WHAT THIS TRACK NEEDS AND WHAT THEY’VE USED IN THE PAST. THEY’LL BRING THAT BACK OUT AND MAKE CHANGES.>>WELL, I’M SURPRISED HE’S COMPLAINING AS MUCH AS HE IS. HE’S THIRD FASTEST ON THE BOARD AND HIS LAST LAP WAS QUICKER THAN AUSTIN DILLON’S LAST LAP.>>THOSE ARE SINGLE RUNS. THE NEXT LAP, THE CAR GOES ALL OVER THE PLACE. YOU KNOW YOU CAN’T RACE IT LIKE THAT. >>WELL, HE ALSO HAD THE BEST FIVE-LAP AVERAGE. HE’S ATOP OF THE BOARD THERE.>>MARTY, IT’S STILL WAY TOO EARLY. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE TRACK BEING GREEN. THAT IS ONLY FIVE LAPS THAT WE’RE LOOKING AT.>>THEY’RE STILL TESTING THIS OUT. >>ELLIOTT SADLER.>>LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE IN THE SPLITTER FROM WHAT YOU SAW ON THE 6 CAR. >>THAT’S AN OLD VETERAN RACE CAR DRIVER. ELLIOTT SADLER HAS BEEN AROUND THIS RING SEVERAL TIMES. HE KNOWS WHAT HE WANTS. HAS SOME GREAT QUALIFYING EFFORTS IN THE CUP CAR. HE KNOW WHAT HE NEEDS OUT OF HIS RACE CAR. THEY’LL GO OUT AND GET IT EARLY.>>LET’S GO ALONG FOR A LAP. HE’S 11th.>>POINT OUT A COUPLE THINGS. HE’S COMING OFF THE TURN 2 RIGHT NOW. HEADING DOWN THE BACK STRAIGHTAWAY. YOU SEE THE BANKING COMING AT YOU. WHAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS THE EXIT OF TURN 4. WATCH HOW DRAMATIC THE TRACK FALLS OFF, RIGHT THERE. IT JUST FALLS DOWN. >>THE CAMERA DOESN’T DO IT JUSTICE.>>THAT’S WHERE YOU LEAVE THE DOWN FORCE. THAT’S THE REASON THERE’S SO MANY CRASHES OFF OF TURN FOUR. NOW LET’S DO THE SAME THING OFF OF TURN TWO. FOLLOW ALONG HERE.>>GETS OFF THE THROTTLE SOUNDS LIKE.>>FALLS OFF THERE BUT NOT AS MUCH AS TURN FOUR. >>YOU DON’T THINK IT’S MY THEORY?>>I THINK THIS IS THE PRODUCT OF THIS — >>I LIKE YOURS BETTER. >>YOU JUST HAD THE RUSTY WALLACE RIDE ALONG PROGRAM.>>I’VE BEEN INTO THE WALL THERE TOO.>>SO ELLIOTT IS BRINGING HIS NUMBER 2 BACK INTO THE GARAGE. HE’LL MAKE SOME MORE ADJUSTMENTS. HE DID NOT IMPROVE — YES, HE DID. HE MOVED UP ONE SPOT INTO THE TENTH POSITION. HE HAS BIT OF GROUND TO MAKE UP TOW CATCH UP TO AUSTIN DILLON WHO HAS TURNED A TOTAL OF 14 LAPS NOW. SEE HIS BEST LAP THERE. HIS LAST LAP 30.32 ON THE SAME SET OF TIRES. >>THAT’S THE KEY THING WE NEED TO LOOK AT. HIS TEAMMATE JUST RAN 30.20. EVEN THOUGH AUSTIN IS VERY FAST, ELLIOTT’S TEMPO RIGHT NOW — AUSTIN WAS 30.30. HIS TEAMMATE ELLIOTT SADLER IS TENTH OF A SECOND FASTER THAN HIM. THIS IS WHERE YOU WANT TO BE FAST. PUT ON NEW TIRES — >>EVERYBODY IS FAST.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>WELL, AUSTIN DILLON OF COURSE HAS A COUPLE OF WINS ON THE 1 1/2s. BOTH OF THEM AT KENTUCKY. HE OWNS THE TRACK THIS YEAR. I HAVE A COLD…
I TOOK DayQuil,>>>IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, WE’LL DO THIS AGAIN FOR YOU. WE HAVE A FULL SCHEDULE. IN FACT, JUST REMEMBER, KEEP YOUR DOOIL ON ESPN2 THE REST OF THE DAY. WE HAVE SPRINT CUP PRACTICE NEXT. AND THEN NASCAR NOW AT 5:30. THEN AT 6:00, NATIONWIDE SERIES FINAL PRACTICE AND THEN SPRINT CUP QUALIFYING. THEN TOMORROW, WE’LL HAVE NATIONWIDE QUALIFYING AT 4:00 AND THEN “NASCAR NOW” AT 5 O:00. AND THEN FINAL PRACTICE 5:30. AND THEN 7:00 FOR THE COUNTDOWN, IT’S NATIONWIDE SERIES PRESENTED BY GO DADDY ON SATURDAY NIGHT AND THEN ON FRIDAY NIGHT. THEN SATURDAY NIGHT IT IS AT 7:00 EASTERN THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES BANK OF AMERICA 500 ON ABC. SO AS THE CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS ARE BACK IN THE GARAGE AREA, LET’S CHECK IN ON THE YOUNG ROOKIE, RYAN BLAINNY.>>HE OPENED UP A LOT OF OWNER’S EYEBALLS UP. RODGER PUT HIM IN THAT 22 CAR. HE DID SUCH A GOOD JOB OUT THERE, REALLY IMPRESSED HIM.>>HE’S DONE A GREAT JOB. THE YOUNG MAN HAS A LOT OF TALENT. SON RYAN THIS MORNING. TALKED A LITTLE BIT. HE HAD GREAT RUNS EARLY ON AND OPENED UP A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES. NOW, HE’S GOT TO START GETTING BETTER EVERY WEEK, BECAUSE HE ZRUZ THIS OPPORTUNITY. HE HAS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. >>LET’S GO BACK TO 2006 AND SHOW YOU RYAN’S DAD.>>HERE IS DAVE BLANEY. HE WILL TAKE THE WIN HERE AT CHARLOTTE. MAN, IS THAT MATT KENSETH IN THAT 17 CAR?>>IT WAS.>>HE IS GOING TO DRIVE ON THE OUTSIDE OF THAT TRACK, WON THAT RACE HERE IN CHARLOTTE.>>DENNY HAMLIN IS SPINNING OUT.>>GREAT WIN FOR DAVE RIGHT THERE. REALLY COOL. AND WE MENTIONED IT WAS A LAST-LAP PASS. THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW. THERE BOBBY OVER DARRELL.>>SO D.J. GETS THE HONOR THERE AND THEN DAVE OVER MATT.>>WE’RE EXPECTING BIG THINGS OUT OF HIM. SO LOOKING FORWARD TO WATCHING HIS GROWTH.>>TAKE A LOOK, HE HAS HAD NINE STARTS. FIVE OF THOSE IN THE TOP TEN. HIS BEST FINISH WAS SEVENTH BACK AT RICHMOND AND BRISTOL. HIS LAST START AT DOVER, HE CAME HOME IN 13th POSITION.>>I TELL YOU, THOSE ARE GREAT NUMBERS FOR THIS YOUNG DRIVER. I’LL NEVER FORGET HIM BEING UP IN THE HUNT ALL NIGHT LONG.>>TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THREE AND FOUR, JUST STOP.>>AND DON’T FORGET, HE WON AT YOUR TRACK.>>THAT’S GOOD.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>GUESS WHAT, WE HAVE A NEW FAST LAP. DRIVER OF THE 33 KEVIN HARVICK, KEVIN HAS TURNED TOTAL OF EIGHT LAPS AND JUST LAID IT DOWN ON THAT LAST LAP. 29.75 SECONDS. HE WAS UP OVER 181 MILES AN HOUR.>>KEVIN KNOWS HOW TO GET AROUND THIS RACETRACK. YOU SEE PAUL MENARD IN THIS CAR A LOT THIS YEAR. THEY’RE SWAPPING BACK AND FORTH. THE 33 NUMBER HAS BEEN KEVIN’S NUMBER FAR GOOD WHILE IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES. FOR HIM TO BE DRIVER ONE, THAT DOESN’T SURPRISE ME. >>KEVIN IS THE VETERAN IN THIS SERIES. HE KNOWS WHAT HE NEEDS. JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER VETERAN GUYS WHO COME IN AND RACE IN THIS SERIES, GOT THE THREAT EVERY TIME. >>WE HAVE ANOTHER CAUTION OUT ON THE TRACK. SCOUTING AROUND. DON’T SEE ANYBODY IN THE WALL. LOOKING OUT TO THE RIGHT DOWN IN TURN NUMBER ONE. THEY HAVE A LIGHTS OUT DOWN THERE. OH, WE HAVE A STOPPED CAR THERE.>>CLEANING UP FROM TALLADEGA LAST WEEK.>>STALLED ON PIT ROAD IS THE WORD WE’RE GETTING FROM NASCAR. AND, AGAIN, ANOTHER PINK CAR. WE’VE GOT A MULTITUDE OF PINK CARS. LISTEN TO COLE WHITT’S RADIO. >>10-4.>>I’LL FIND OUT WHICH PINK CAR YOU ARE THIS WEEK. >>THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY PINK CARS.>>WE’RE LIKE THE EASTER EGG. YELLOW AND BLUE. >>LET’S GO DOWN TO DAVE. >>WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE DRIVER OF THE EASTER EGG. THAT WAS BACK IN MARCH OR APRIL. HELPING THE SPOTTERS IS KEY HERE. TELL US ABOUT YOUR RACE CAR. WHAT’S IT BEEN LIKE SO FAR?>>THE PINK CARS ARE ALL OVER. AS FAR AS THE CAR, WE’RE DOING PRETTY GOOD. WISH WE HAD MORE SPEED. WE’RE NOT FOCUSSED ON SPEED RIGHT NOW JUST BECAUSE HOW MUCH — HOW DIFFERENT THE TRACK WILL BE. A LOT HOTTER DAY LIKE NOW, WE’LL BE RACING AT NIGHT. JUST DOING LITTLE THINGS.>>CREW CHIEF BRUCE WAS TELLING ME THIS MORNING, DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR YOU. HOW DOES THE CAR DRIVE DIFFERENTLY OR FEEL DIFFERENT FOR YOU?>>YEAH. WE PROBABLY DIDN’T RIP OFF THE LAP LIKE WE DID. WE’VE DONE MORE LAPS. WE’RE GOING ON LONGER RUNS AND WORKING ON RACE SETUPS. WE’RE HERE TO WIN RACES.>>DOES IT FEEL DIFFERENT IN SOME WAY, ENTRY OR EXIT OF THE CORNERS?>>THEY’RE ALL DIFFERENT. LOT OF IT HAS TO DO WITH HOW THE TRACK IS. IT’S SO DIFFERENT FROM WHERE YOU TEST AND THEN IT’S — AS FAR AS THE DRIVER, IT’S SMALL STUFF. YOU’RE OUT HERE FIGHTING FOR — >>THANK YOU, COLE. >>COLE IN THE 88 PINK CAR.>>YEAH. AND FOR US, WE’RE JUST GOING — WHEN WE’RE IN DOUBT, WE’RE GOING TO SAY IT’S THE PINK CAR.>>ME AND BRAD WILL BE LISTENING TO YOU GUYS CALL THIS RACE. YOU’LL BE CONFUSED. IF YOU DON’T, IT WILL SURPRISE ME. THERE’S SO MANY PINK CARS.>>JUSTIN ALLGAIER HAS PINK. THE 18 IS PINK. HIS TEAMMATE, 11, ALSO PINK. PINK NUMBER 7, DANICA PATRICK. >>BRAD, WE GOING TO WEAR A PINK TIE TOMORROW NIGHT. >>WHY NOT.>>GOOD. I DON’T HAVE ANY PINK TIES.>>TOMORROW NIGHT THE NASCAR COUNTDOWN AT 7:00.>>OUT OF THE THROTTLE. BACK INTO IT. DOES A PRETTY GOOD JOB. GOING INTO TURN THREE HERE.>>YOU DON’T WANT TO GO UT OF THE THROTTLE. YOU LIKE TO COMMIT TO IT ONE TIME AND HOLD IT. SHE’S NOT HANDLING EXACTLY LIKE HE WANTS IT. THIS CAR SOUNDS PRETTY GOOD TO ME. >>30.48 ON THAT LAST LAP.>>12th QUICKEST. NOT BAD FOR DANICA.>>FAST FEST LAP WAS 30.25. THE COMPARISON BETWEEN THE TWO, THROUGH 28 RACES THIS YEAR, YOU CAN SEE THAT DANICA ONLY HAS TWO TOP TENS COMPARED TO 12 FOR COLE. STAY WITH US. THAT THOU HAVE BROUGHT PLAY.>>WE’RE HERE IN FIRST PRACTICE OF THE NATIONWIDE SERIES. LET’S HEAD BACK DOWN TO THE GARAGE. >>KASEY KAHNE HAS HEADED TO HIS CAR. BRAD SWEET IS DRIVING THIS WEEKEND. WHAT HAPPEN ARE THEY TRYING TO MAKE YOUR CAR DO BETTER, BRAD?>>WE’RE TRYING TO DO DIFFERENT THINGS HERE TO THE FRONT END. THE CAR IS GREAT BECAUSE CHEVY HAS BEEN FAST SO FAR. RUN THE SPLITTER TOO HARD WHEN WE FIRST STARTED. WE RAN DECENT LAP TIMES. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE ON THE RIGHT PATH. >>KASEY, YOU KNOW BRAD VERY WELL. WHAT IS MOST HELPFUL TO TELL HIM TO OFFER WHEN YOU COME OVER?>>I DROVE THIS CAR THE FIRST RACE AT CHARLOTTE THIS YEAR. I REMEMBER HOW IT FELT. JUST TRYING TO GO THROUGH SOME OF THAT. JUST LITTLE THINGS THAT SOMETIMES MIGHT CLICK WHEN I’VE HAD PEOPLE HELP ME IN THE PAST. SOMETIMES THINGS CLICK AND SOMETIMES THEY DON’T. I LIKE THE TEAM AND GREAT CLIPS AND EVERYBODY THAT’S A PART OF IT. JUST TRYING TO HELP IF I CAN.>>ADDITIONAL DATA YOU CAN ALWAYS USE MORE OF THAT.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AS SEVERAL CARS BACK OUT ON THE TRACK AS BRAD SWEET CONTINUES TO LOOK AT THE WORK BEING DONE IN THE GARAGE AREA. YOU NOTICE THE NATIONWIDE BAND ACROSS THE TOP OF THE WINDSHIELD, ALL CARS ARE PINK.>>THAT’S TRUE. >>EVERYONE OF THOSE CARS HAS THAT ACROSS THE WINDSHIELD. YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBER 12, SAM HORNISH JR. >>JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT SAM LAST WEEK, JUST WHERE HIS HEAD IS AT. HE’S BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH THIS SEASON. AND, YOU KNOW, THE ONE THING THAT YOU KNOW BETTER THAN WE DO, I’VE BEEN IMPRESSED WITH HOW SAM WHO HAS BEEN IN THE NATIONWIDE CAR, IN THE CUP CAR, BACK AND FORTH, HAS HANDLED HIMSELF. HE’S BEEN VERY [email protected]@D. I JUST WONDER REALLY WHAT’S GOING ON WITH HIS HEAD KNOWING HE’S NOT GOING TO HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY.>>I TELL YOU WHAT ID BE THINKING, WHAT ELSE DO I HAVE TO DO TO IMPRESS SOMEBODY. HE’S GETTING THE JOB DONE. HE SPEAKS WELL. HE REPRESENTS HIS SPONSOR @@WEL. I WOULD BE VERY DISAPPOINTED @@ THAT HE WASN’T BACK IN THE 22 CUP CAR NEXT YEAR. >>IT WOULD BE SURPRISING. OBVIOUSLY WE’RE SEEING JOEY LOGANO IS REPLACING SAM. HE’S BEEN OUTSTANDING. HE’S THE GUY TO BEAT. IT’S INTERESTING ABOUT THE WHOLE SITUATION WITH SAM. >>I TALKED TO THE TEAM. THEY SAID THAT THEY LIKE SAM, THEY LIKE KASEY. THEY WANTED SOMEBODY YOUNGER. THAT WAS IT. >>LOOK AT LOGANO’S NUMBERS. 41.2 WINNING PERCENTAGE. 7 OUT OF 17. THERE ARE MAJOR LEAGUE BATTERS THAT CAN’T HIT THIS.>>I HAVE A FANTASY LEAGUE TEAM, I’M PICKING THIS GUY. HE IS THE MAN. HE HAS HAD AN OUTSTANDING SEASON. LOT OF CONFIDENCE IN THIS NATIONWIDE CAR. THESE CARS HAVE BEEN AT THE TOP OF THE PILE FOR QUITE A WHILE. HE CONTINUES TO DOMINATE.>>YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD RIGHT THERE. THESE CARS, WHETHER IT’S THE OLD STYLE NATIONWIDE CAR OR NEW ONE, THEY HAVE SOMETHING FIGURED OUT. SEEMS LIKE NO MATTER WHO THEY PUT IN THE CARS, THESE RUN GOOD. KYLE BUSCH, HE WON EVERYTHING IN THESE CARS. NOW HE’S IN HIS OWN CAR NOT WINNING NEAR AS MUCH. HE KNOWS HOW GOOD THOSE CARS WORK. >>BACK WHEN WE WERE WATCHING KYLE WIN IN THE JDR CARS, DID WE NOT GIVE THE CREW THE CAR AND EVERYBODY ON THAT SIDE OF THE EQUATION ENOUGH CREDIT?>>I THINK IT’S PRETTY OBVIOUS WE DIDN’T GIVE THEM ENOUGH CREDIT. OBVIOUSLY KYLE BUSCH IS A TREMENDOUSLY TALENTED RACE CAR DRIVER. ALONG WITH THE COMBINATION OF HIS TALENT AND THOSE PIECES THAT THEY HAVE AT JDR, THAT’S A LETHAL COMBINATION.>>KYLE BUSCH IS IN JEOPARDY OF A STREAK BEING SNAPPED. IT’S ONE OF THE FEW RECORDS THAT HE DOES NOT HOLD IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES. HE HAS WON A WIN IN EIGHT CONSECUTIVE SEASONS. HE NEEDS ONE THIS YEAR TO TIE MARK MARTIN WITH NINE STRAIGHT YEARS. HE IS WINLESS IN 17 STARTS WHILE JOEY LOGANO HAS 17 WINS.>>HE COULD TURN THAT AROUND IN CHARLOTTE. FIFTH FASTEST IN PRACTICE RIGHT NOW. HIS CAR LOOKS LIKE IT HAS THE SPEED AND THEY HAVE GOT THIS CAR RUNNING FASTER AND FASTER AS THE YEAR GOES ON. THIS WAS A BRAND NEW TEAM, NEW EQUIPMENT, NEW CHASSIS, NEW ENGINE COMBINATIONS. EVERYTHING. WE REALLY EXPECTED A LOT MORE OUT OF HIM. THEY ARE GETTING MUCH, MUCH BETTER. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE NOTICING THE SAME THING, DAVE. WEEK AFTER WEEK, IT LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE GETTING BETTER TO ME. >>YOU MADE THE RIGHT POINT. THEY WERE LEARNING ABOUT THEMSELVES, THESE RACE CARS, WHAT THEY NEEDED TO DO TO BE COMPETITIVE WITH WINS. I TALKED TO MIKE ABOUT THEIR AGENDA TODAY. HE SAID, YEAH, WE WANT TO GET THAT W FOR KYLE AND WE FEEL LIKE WE COULD MUCH MORE POSSIBLY DO IT THIS WEEKEND THAN WE COULD IN MAY. ALSO, EVERY TIME KYLE GETS IN THE CAR, HE’S EVALUATING. WHAT MORE DOES THIS COMPANY NEED, EVEN AT THIS POINT IN THE SEASON. I THINK IT’S SAFE TO SAY THEY’VE LEARNED A LOT AND EXPECT THAT KYLE MAY BE ABLE TO GO TO VICTORY LANE THIS WEEKEND AT CHARLOTTE. >>THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. THE CREW CHIEF, HE IS REALLY SMART FELLA. HE ORCHESTRATES A LOT OF THE WINS FOR CARL EDWARDS. HE MOVED OVER HERE WITH KYLE BUSCH AND HAS DONE A GOOD JOB.>>I TELL YOU ONE THING, ALL THOSE GUYS STANDING IN FRONT OF CAR, THEY BETTER GET WORKING HARDER.>>YOU DON’T LIKE SEEING ANYBODY STAND AROUND.>>THEY LOOK LAZY TO ME.>>I’M SURE THAT THEY’RE GOING TO COME FIND YOU. >>ALL RIGHT. LET’S CHECK IN WITH JAMIE LITTLE. >>ANOTHER WORKING MAN DOWN HERE IN THE GARAGE. SECOND ON THE BOARD RIGHT NOW. HOW DID THIS TIME AROUND IN CHARLOTTE COMPARE TO THE FIRST TIME THAT WAS YOUR FIRST START HERE?>>3 AND 4, 1 AND 2 IS SHADED. THAT’S THE ONLY THING YOU CAN COMPARE AS FAR AS THE RACE. OUR CAR IS TURNING REALLY GOOD THROUGH 1 AND 27B. THAT’S WHERE I WANT TO BE. AS THE SHADE COMES DOWN AND AS IT GETS DARK AND COOLS DOWN, THE TRACK IS GOING TO GRIP UP. SO I THINK WE’RE GOING TO PARK IT AL AFTER THIS QUALIFYING RUN. HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET BACK ON TOP OF THE CHARTS AND DO SOME PRACTICING TONIGHT. >>SOUNDS GOOD. AUSTIN DILLON. ONE MORE RUN. YOU’RE NOT HEARING THAT FROM MANY DRIVERS DOWN HERE OF DOING A MOCK RUN.>>INTERESTING THAT THEY’RE LOOKING AT THE CLOCK TOMORROW. WE CAN DO A MOCK RUN AT THE SAME TIME WE’LL BE OUT THERE TOMORROW. SO MAYBE THEY LEARN MORE. MAYBE THAT’S THAT LITTLE BIT OF ADVANTAGE THAT THEY NEED TO MAYBE TAKE THE POLE POSITION. WE’LL FIND OUT OF COURSE TOMORROWE’LL BE CARRYING QUALIFYING. KEVIN HARVICK IS YOUR FASTEST AFTER NINE LAPS. AUSTIN DILLON IN THE SECOND SPOT. RICKY STENHOUSE JR. HAS PARKD IT WITH ONLY SEVEN LAPS IN THE BOOKS. ON DOWN THROUGH BRIAN SCOTT ROUNDING OUT THE TOP TEN. STAY WITH US. WE STILL HAVE A LOT MORE. THERE’S RICKY STENHOUSE JR., LIKE WE SAID, HE’S ENJOYING A DRINK AND TAKING LIF>>>TIME IS BEGINNING TO WIND DOWN HERE IN THE FIRST PRACTICE SESSION. FINAL PRACTICE IS LATER THIS AFTERNOON. RACE COVERAGE IS FRIDAY AT 7:00 EASTERN ON ESPN. RIGHT NOW, FASTEST ON THE BOARD IS KEVIN HARVICK. HE IS IN THE GARAGE AREA.>>WELL, AS WE REPORTED DENNY HAMLIN WASN’T HAPPY WITH THE CAR EARLY ON. WENT MORE TO LIKE YOUR CUP SETUP. WHAT WAS GOING ON HERE AT THE FINISH OF THIS PRACTICE FOR YOU?>>YEAH. JUST THEY DRIVE SO DIFFERENTLY THAT YOU TRY TO MAKE THEM DRIVE MORE SIMILAR AND YOU REALLY CAN’T DO IT. WE WENT BACK TO WHAT WE HAD AND WHAT WE STARTED PRACTICE WITH WHICH HAD GOOD SPEED. IT’S BACK UP WHERE IT WAS. WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT THAT. MATT AND THE GUYS ARE WORKED ON THIS TOYOTA. HOPEFULLY WE’LL BE MORE COMPETITIVE IN THESE LAST FEW NATIONWIDE RACES. WE HAVEN’T BEEN LIKE JOEY HAS BEEN IN OUR CARS. TRYING TO WORK TOWARDS THAT. HOPEFULLY WE’LL HAVE A CAR WE CAN WIN WITH. >>YOU HAVE A LOT ON YOUR SIDE IN CUP SIDE. THIRD IN POINTS. WHAT BENEFIT IS IT FOR YOU TO RUN THIS CAR THIS WEEKEND?>>I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE BENEFIT. IT DRIVES SO DIFFERENTLY THAT I DON’T KNOW THAT THERE REALLY IS A BENEFIT FOR MYSELF. SOME DRIVERS IT HELPS WITH GETTING USED TO THE TRACK AND THINGS LIKE THAT. BUT FOR ME, I MEAN, I’M ABLE TO GO IN MY CUP CAR AS HARD AS I CAN GO RIGHT OFF THE BAT. NOTHING TRANSLATES OVER FROM THIS SIDE AT THE MOMENT. YOU GIVE THE TWO RACES AT IND PENT.>>THANKS FOR YOUR TIME, DENNY. WE’LL GO OVER TO DAVE BURNS. >>THE JOE GIBBS RACING TEAMMATES, WE OVERHEARD SOME INTERESTING RADIO FROM JOEY LOGANO. >>MUCHO BETTER.>>SOMEBODY RUN DOWN AND SAY THANKS FOR THE SHOCKS, BRAD. >>LITTLE RIVALRY BETWEEN THE SHOCKS. HE’S BEEN LAUGHING ABOUT THIS YOU’RE NOT GOING TO PLAY THAT RADIO ON TV, ARE YOU?>>BRAD HAD AN IDEA AND JOEL GOT TO SEE ALL THE DATA AND HE KIND OF STOLE THE IDEA. IT WORKED OUT FOR THEM. THE 8 HAS THE UPPER HAND RIGHT NOW. >>THANK YOU, DAVID. CLOCK CONTINUES TO WIND DOWN. YOU’RE ON BOARD WITH JOEY RIGHT THERE. LOGANO WAS QUICKEST ON LAP NUMBER THREE. BACK OUT ON TRACK, THE NUMBER 12, SAM HORNISH JR. >>TALKING ABOUT SPLITTERS EARLIER. CHECK OUT HOW LOW CAN THE 12 GO.>>TRYING TO GET THAT SPLITTER DOWN. YOU WANT TO GET THE NOSE SPUN WHERE IT CAN HOLD THAT POSITION BUT DOESN’T ALLOW IT TO BOUNCE UP AND DOWN TOO MUCH. YOU ARE SHAVING SOME OF THE EDGE OF THAT SPLITTER OFF, GETTING IT OUT OF THE AIR. YOU CAN SEE THE 2 AND THE 6 HERE. THE DIFFERENCES HERE ARE EVERYTHING. GETTING THAT NOSE DOWN T REASON WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT, AS THE AIR FLOWS UNDER THE NOSE OF THE RACE CAR, IT CREATES DRAG ON THE OIL PAN. THE LESS AIR JUST LIKE THE 6 CAR ON THE BOTTOM, THE LESS DRAG ON THE BOTTOM OF THAT RACE CAR. YOU SEE THE 2 CAR, THERE’S A LOT OF WIND BLOWING UNDER THERE. IT HITS THE OIL PAN AND CREATES DRAG AND SLOWS IT DOWN. >>IT ALSO THE LOWER THE NOSE IS, THE MORE DOWN FORCE. YOU WANT TO GET THAT DOWN FORCE YOU WANT. YOU CAN SEE, LOOKS LIKE STENHOUSE’S TEAM WAS DOING BETTER JOB MANAGING THAT THAN ELLIOTT SADLER’S TEAM. >>ELLIOTT SADLER IN THE SIXTH POSITION. >>YOU WANT THE DOWN FORCE, YOU DON’T WANT THE DRAG. >>YOU WANT THE DOWN FORCE. IF YOU’RE GOING TO HOLD THAT CAR WIDE OPEN, THEN YOU HAVE THE PROPER AMOUNT OF DOWN FORCE. BUT WHEN YOU HEAR THEM CRACKING THAT THROTTLE — THAT’S WHAT I WANT, THE DOWN FORCE.>>THE TENTH LAP TURNED BY SAM HORNISH JR. IN THIS PRACTICE SESSION.>>LOOK AT THAT FRONT END. IT’S STILL HOT. >>THAT ALWAYS DOES THAT. LOOK AT THE 2 CAR, WHEN HE LOADS THAT CAR UP, IT PICKS THAT NOSE UP AND ALWAYS DRIVEN THE CAR HIGHER THAN EVERYBODY ELSE. >>THAT IS MUCH HIGHER THAN IT NEEDS TO BE. >>ELLIOTT SADLER WILL BE OUR IN-RACE REPORTER. YOU CAN TWEET YOUR ANSWERS TO NASCAR ESPN. DON’T GO ANYWHERE BECAUSE CUP PRAXIS IS GOING TO FOLLOW.>>>BACK HERE AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY, LUKE LAMBERT, CREW CHIEF FOR ELLIOTT SADLER LEANING IN AND TALKING TO HIS DRIVER AS THIS PRACTICE CONTINUES TO WIND DOWN. SADLER SHOWN IN THE SIXTH SPOT. ALL THREE RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING MACHINES, KEVIN HARVICK, ELLIOTT SADLER, AUSTIN DILLON. ANY ADVANTAGE FOR THOSE THREE GANGING UP ON RICKY STENHOUSE JR.?>>I THINK BEING ABLE TO SHARE THE INFORMATION IS THE BIGGEST THING BECAUSE RICKY STENHOUSE JR. DOESN’T HAVE A PARTNER SO TO SPEAK IN THE CAMP. BEING ABLE TO GO BACK AND FORTH TO SHARE INFORMATION, I THINK IT’S KEY TO HAVING THEM BE MORE SUCCESSFUL THIS WEEKEND. >>I AGREE THAT. THE MORE INFORMATION YOU CAN GET THE BETTER. THIS YEAR IS WINDING DOWN. ALL THESE GUYS THINK ABOUT WHO IS GOING TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. IS IT GOING TO BE RICKY STENHOUSE OR AUSTIN DILLON OR IS IT GOING TO BE ELLIOTT SADLER? WHO IS IT GOING TO BE. THEY WANT TO BEAT EACH OTHER REAL BAD. THEY’RE VERY, VERY FOCUSSED RIGHT NOW. >>THAT CONVERSATION CONTINUES. WE’LL SWING BACK OUT ON THE TRACK. PICK UP SOME OF THE CARS WHO ARE STILL RUNNING HERE LATE IN THIS FIRST PRACTICE SESSION. THE 87 OF JOE NEMECHEK. JOE COMING OFF 17th FINISH. HIS BEST RUN WAS AT RICHMOND WHEN HE CAME HOME EIGHTH. >>HE DOES A GREAT JOB. VETERAN. HE HAS RUN REALLY WELL AT TIMES THROUGHOUT THE SEASON. OBVIOUSLY UNDERFUNDED RACE TEAM, JOE HAS. BOY, HE IS A TRUE RACER AT HEART. LOVES TO TALK ABOUT RACING. GOT A FEW GUYS THAT WORK FOR HIM FULL TIME. THAT’S ALL. BOY, HE LOVES TO RACE.>>HE’S RUNNING THIS NATIONWIDE CAR. RUNNING THE CUP CAR. YOU SEE HIS NUMBERS THERE. 32 STARTS. GOT ONE WIN HERE. >>THAT WAS BACK IN 1997 IN THE MAY RACE. >>DONE A GREAT JOB HERE AT THE RACE. NEW SPONSORS. JOE HAS BEEN GOOD AT GOING OUT THERE AND GETTING DIFFERENT ONES EVERY WEEK, BUT HE’S GETTING THEM. >>AS JOE COMES N WE’LL SWITCH OUR COVERAGE OVER TO 38 OF THE BRAD SWEET. HE IS 12th RIGHT NOW IN THE SPEED CHARTS. BEST LAP 30.20.>>THIS YOUNG MAN HAD A LOT OF EXPECTATIONS FOR RACE FOR KASEY KAHNE IN THE SPRINT CAR. KASEY THINKS A TON OF HIM. LOT OF TALENT. LOST CONFIDENCE EARLY ON, BUT SEEMS BE GAINING THAT BACK. DAVE, YOU GOT SOMETHING FOR SNUS. >>WE’RE DOWN HERE TALKING ABOUT MICHAEL’S EARLY PRACTICE EXPERIENCE DOWN HERE. TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU FIRST WENT OUT TODAY?>>YEAH. THE FIRST COUPLE LAPS YOU GET YOUR SPOT ON THE BOARD AND THAT’S WHERE YOU’LL STAY THE WHOLE PRACTICE. WE START WRD WE ENDED LAST @@TI. DROVE INTO 3, COMING OUT OF 4, FELT LIKE SOMEBODY TOOK [email protected]@ WAT GUN AND SHOT UNDER THE [email protected]@ TIRES. I FELT THAT WE MISSED SOMETHING. OUR BUDDIES SAID IT [email protected]@ WATER. SO NEVER GOT A CHANCE TO GET THE [email protected]@ART COCALM DOWN THAT RUN TO GET A BETTER LAP ON THE BOARD. FROM THERE, [email protected]@ HAD LITTLE PLA TO HELP US NEXT WEEK AT KANSAS. NEVER GOT A CHANCE TO WORK ON IT. KNOWING THAT TONIGHT’S RACE CONDITIONS, THOSE 50 MINUTES OF PRACTICE WE’LL GO AFTER AND GO DO A NORMAL PRACTICE SESSION LIKE WE NORMALLY WOULD. >>25th ON THE BOARD RIGHT NOW. THEY’LL WORK TONIGHT ON GETTING EVERYTHING SQUARED AWAY. HERE ARE HIS NUMBERS FIRST 14 AND THE LAST 14 RACES. YOU CAN SEE A BIG JUMP FOR MICHAEL ANNETT. AVERAGE FINISH OF 8 AND 0.>>HE’S BEEN MUCH, MUCH BETTER THIS YEAR. HE’S LOOKING GOOD OUT THERE. HE’S DRIVING THE CAR WELL.>>WHILE HE GOES INTO THE HAULER, 31 OF JUSTIN ALLGAIER. HE IS TENTH RIGHT NOW. YOU SEE HIS BEST LAPS RIGHT THERE. COMING OFF A 30th PLACE FINISH AT DOVER. KIND OF WEEK HE WANTED TO FORGET.>>YOU’RE EXACTLY RIGHT. THE THING THAT’S BEEN IMPRESSIVE ABOUT JUSTIN, THE Z THAT HE CONTINUES TO WORK EXTREMELY HARD. TRYING TO PUSH IT FORWARD. THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT DOESN’T HAVE A COUPLE AFFILIATIONS. THEY STRUGGLE BECAUSE THEY DON’T COME WITH ALL THE SIMULATIONS THAT THE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS HAVE. THE TURN GROUP HAS WORKED HARD AT GETTING STRONG EACH WEEKEND. HE’S BEEN AGGRESSIVE. WHEN HE SEE HIM ON THE RACETRACK, HE TAKES EVERYTHING THAT HE CAN GET.>>HE IS VERY AGGRESSIVE BEHIND THE WHEEL. SOMETIMES TOO AGGRESSIVE. HE GETS PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT HIS DRIVING STYLE. HE TAKES IT TO THE LIMIT.>>I LIKE IT. THAT’S THE GUY I WANT. I WANT TO PULL HIM BACK INSTEAD OF HAVING TO PUSH HIM. >>YOU MENTIONED ABOUT THE CARS. STEVE LEMON IS ONE OF THE MAIN GUYS OVER THERE. HE’S AN INCREDIBLE CAR BUILDER. HAS HIS OWN SHOP.>>REALLY BEAUTIFUL CARS. >>HE MAY HOLD THE CAR THAT HE DOESN’T WANT TO. MONTREAL WILL NOT BE ON THE NATIONWIDE SCHEDULE. HE’LL BE KNOWN AS THE LAST WINNER. JAMES 17th RIGHT NOW. YOU SEE HIS NUMBERS AS HE TOO HAS A BUNCH OF PINK. WHEN EVER YOU CAN SAY I’VE WON DAY TOE NARKS THAT HAS A SPECIAL RING THAT WILL LAST FOR A LONG TIME. >>ANOTHER YOUNG MAN WHO IS VERY AGGRESSIVE. HARD-NOSE RACER. HE’S HAD A LOT OF SUCCESS IN THE TRUCK SERIES. HE’S GAINED A LOT OF RESPECT FROM THE GUYS HE RACES. >>DAVE BURNS?>>I WANT TO DESCRIBE A SITUATION FOR RUSTY THAT HE WAS FIGHTING THROUGH EARLIER IN PRACTICE. HE RADIOED IN A QUARTER OF THE WAY THROUGH A CORNER, IT SORT OF OVERTURNED AND GETS LOOSE ON ME. WHEN I BACK IT UP AND GUARD FOR THAT THEN THE CAR GETS LIGHT. WHAT KIND OF FINE LINE IS THAT. >>THAT’S A FINE LINE. WHEN THE CAR TUCKS DOWN ON THE RIGHT FRONT CORNER, THE RIGHT FRONT CORNER GETS GRIP. THAT’S WHAT’S CALLED OVERTURNING. THE BACK OF THE CAR IS PLOPPING AROUND, FOLLOWING THE FRONT WHEELS. WHAT HE DOES, HE BACKS THE CORNER UP AND GETS BACK IN THE THROTTLE AND GUARDS IT ALL TO THE CORNER. YOU DON’T WANT TO GUARD ANYTHING IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO IN RACING. THEY TIGHTENED THE CAR UP. HOPEFULLY THE FRONT OF THE CAR ISN’T DO SO AGGRESSIVE. THAT’S THE PROBLEM HE’S FIGHTING. >>DANICA PATRICK BACK OUT ON THE TRACK. LAST LAP 31.40, 171 SPEED. SHE’S SEARCHING FOR SPEED. SHE DOESN’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANY TRAFFIC RIGHT NOW. SHE’S THE ONLY CAR ON TRACK. >>WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CAUSE OF THAT IS?>>SHE’S EITHER LOOSE OR PUSHING THE FRONT END. HER SPEEDS ARE SLOWING UP. SHE WENT FROM 12th TO 14th.>>WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT DANICA, I THINK ABOUT MICHAEL ANNETT. I THINK HOW HE’S GOTTEN BETTER AND BETTER AS THE SEASON HAS GONE ON. HE’S GOT THE EXPERIENCE. THAT’S THE SAME THING I SEE FOR HER. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HER SPEND MORE TIME IN THIS NATIONWIDE SERIES.>>THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO THINK SHE SHOULD SPEND ANOTHER FULL SEASON IN NATIONWIDE. BUT IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE OF THE SPONSOR COMMITMENTS FROM GO DADDY. SHE’LL BE MOVING TO CUP NEXT YEAR. WE’LL FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS. WE’VE GOT WORD THAT THIS SESSION HAS COME TO A CLOSE.>>IT GOES LIKE THIS. THEN WHEN I DROP UP ON HIM, THEN ALL OF SUDDEN IT COMES BACK TO THE LEFT AND THEN IT JUST SHOOTS THROUGH CORNER. >>DRIVERS TALK WITH THEIR HANDS.>>YOU HAVE A DRIVER WHO THINKS — ALL RIGHT. LET’S LOOK AT THE TOP TEN SPEEDS, BECAUSE KEVIN HARVICK LEADS THE WAY AND RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING HAS FIRST, SECOND, AND>>>BACK HERE AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY AS THE FIRST PRACTICE SESSION FOR THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES HAS COME TO A CLOSE. YOU CAN SEE WHERE THEY RAN IN THE SESSION. THERE AR DIFFERENTIALS. 25 OVER AUSTIN DILLON AND JAMIE HAS CAUGHT UP WITH ELLIOTT.>>WE WERE SHOWING A SPLIT SCREEN AND THE FRONT END OF YOUR CAR AND HOW MUCH HIGHER IT WAS THAN THE 6 CAR. IS THAT SOMETHING YOU’LL WORK ON BEFORE TONIGHT’S SESSION?>>I DON’T KNOW. I MIGHT LIKE IT LIKE THAT. IT DEPENDS WHETHER WE’RE ON THE STRAIGHT AWAY OR CORNERS. WE WERE PRETTY DECENT. NEEDS TO MAKE IT BETTER. IS SUN IS OUT TOO. WE DON’T WANT TO ADJUST IT TOO MUCH. THIS IS SUCH A PERSONAL RACE FOR ME WITH MY FAMILY AND ESPECIALLY MY MOM GOING THROUGH HER BREAST CANCER. SO COOL TO SEE ALL THESE PINK CARS. I HAVE TO THANK NASCAR AND CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY FOR TURNING IT PINK THIS WEEKEND. HOPEFULLY WE’LL HAVE A GREAT RACE. NOTHING LIKE WINNING A PINK TROPHY WITH MY MOM TOMORROW NIGHT. WE’LL MAKE IT BETTER AND WE’LL BE GOOD TONIGHT WHEN IT COUNTS. >>BREAST CANCER AWARENESS ON ELLIOTT SADLER’S MIND EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR.>>THANK YOU. AS ELLIOTT GOES BACK TO TALK IT OVER WITH LUKE, WE’RE GOING TO STEP ASIDE ONE MORE TIME. DON’T GO ANYWHERE, WE MAY BE WRAPPING UP, BUT SPRINT CUP PRACTICE IS ABOUT TO COME YOUR WAY.>>NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES PRAXIS IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY CITI PASS. GET MORE ACCESS WITH A CITI CARD. ♪♪ ♪♪>>>WORK GOING ON IN THE GARAGE AREA HERE AS FIRST PRACTICE IS OVER AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY. OUR RACE COVERAGE FRIDAY AT 7:00 EASTERN OVER ON ESPN. THE SPRINT CUP PRACTICE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. RIGHT NOW, LET’S GET CAUGHT UP WITH JUSTIN ALLGAIER.>>IT’S ALL DECKED OUT THIS WEEKEND, THIS RACE CAR, OF COURSE FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS. HOW MUCH LEFT TO DO TONIGHT IN THE FINAL 50 MINUTES?>>WE GOT LUCKY AT THE END OF THE FIRST PRACTICE. A PIECE CAME APART OFF OF SOMEONE’S CAR AND CAME INTO THE SPLITTER OF OUR CAR. HAD OUR SPLITTER NOT BEEN ON THE GROUND, WE WOULD HAVE HAD TO PULL OUT A BACKUP CAR. I’M GLAD WE MISSED IT AND HAD THE SPLITTER ON THE GROUND. BUT OUR CHEVY IS REALLY GOOD. I FEEL LIKE WE’RE — LAP TIMES WE’RE RUNNING IS COMPETITIVE. AND WE STILL HAVE A LITTLE WORK TO DO. GETTING OFF THE SPLITTER IS FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS. GLAD WE DIDN’T GET IT OFF THERE TOO SOON. >>YOU’LL ENTER A DEBRIEF WITH YOUR TEAMMATES DOWN THERE. WHAT HAPPENS THERE IN TERMS OF ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONINGS?>>THEED GOO THING IS WITH ALL THE CARS, WE WORK REALLY CLOSELY TOGETHER. WE KNOW WHERE EACH OTHER IS AT AT ALL TIMES. THE ENGINEERS AND CREW CHIEFS ARE LOOKING AT WHERE THE OTHER TEAMS ARE AT. WE’LL GO DOWN AND SIT DOWN AND DEBRIEF. IT ALLOWS US TO HIT THREE DIFFERENT SEGMENTS OF WHAT WE NEED TO ACCOMPLISH AT ONE TIME. WE’LL SIT DOWN, FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY’VE LEARNED. TELL THEM WHAT WE LEARNED AND WHAT WE DIDN’T LEARN AND WHAT DIDN’T WORK. MAKE SURE WE GET THE BEST PACKAGE FOR TOMORROW NIGHT’S RACE. >>THANKS, JUSTIN. IT’S AMAZING THE W ALL THE CAMERAS, WE HAVE, THERE’S ALSO SOMETHING THAT WE MISS. >>THAT’S TRUE. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT’S COMING UP AT THE MOTORSPORTS CALENDAR. SPRINT CUP PRAXIS IS NEXT AND THEN NASCAR NOW. KEEP IT ON ESPN 2RKS 6:00 WE’RE BACK WITH NATIONWIDE SERIES FINAL PRACTICE AND THEN FOLLOWING, THEN IT WILL BE CUP QUALIFYING. TOMORROW 4:00 WE HAVE NATIONWIDE FINAL PRACTICE AND THEN NASCAR NOW AND THEN ESPN OUR RACE, IT’S PRESENTED BY GO DADDY AND THAT’S AT 7:00. SATURDAY AT 7:00, IT’S THE BANK OF AMERICA 500 AT CHARLOTTE AND THAT IS ON ABC. THAT WILL DO IT FOR US RIGHT NOW. AS YOU CAN SEE, LAST TIME WE SAW THOSE CARS, THEY DIDN’T LOOK THAT CLEAN AND SHINY. SO WE’LL SEND IT OVER TO ALLEN

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