2011 Quaker State 400

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
2011 Quaker State 400
Race details[1][2]
Race 18 of 36 in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Quaker State 400 logo 2011.jpg
Date July 9, 2011 (2011-07-09)
Location Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (644.5 km)
Weather Partly cloudy with a high of 88; wind out of the East at 5 mph.
Pole position
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 29.540 (in practice, grid set by practice times)
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 125
Winner
No. 18
Kyle Busch
Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Turner Network Television
Announcers Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Kyle Petty

The 2011 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on July 9, 2011 atQuaker State Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. Contested over 267 laps on the 1.5-mile (2.4 km) asphalt tri-oval, it was 18th race of the 2011 Sprint Cup Series season, and the first Sprint Cup Series event at Kentucky Speedway. The race was won by Kyle Busch for the Joe Gibbs Racing team. David Reutimann finished second, and Jimmie Johnson clinched third.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

The track, Kentucky Speedway, is one of ten intermediate tracks to hold NASCAR races.[3] The standard track at Kentucky Speedway is a four-turn tri-oval track that is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long.[4] The track's turns are banked at 14 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is 8 degrees. The back stretch, opposite of the front, is at only 4 degrees.[4] The racetrack has seats for 107,000 spectators.[5] The track is also the most recent addition to the schedule since the 2001 season, when Chicagoland Speedway and Kansas Speedway were added to the schedule.[6]

Before the race, Kevin Harvick led the Drivers' Championship with 586 points, and Carl Edwards stood in second with 581. Kyle Busch was third in the Drivers' Championship with 576 points, six ahead of Kurt Busch and twelve ahead of Matt Kenseth in fourth and fifth. Jimmie Johnson with 564 was 30 ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., as Jeff Gordon with 519 points, was 14 ahead of Clint Bowyer, and 21 in front of Ryan Newman.[7] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 112 points, 10 ahead of Ford. Toyota, with 90 points, was 20 points ahead of Dodge in the battle for third.[8]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Kyle Busch took fast time during the one official Sprint Cup practice (29.540 seconds). When qualifying is rained out after official practices, the grid is set by practice times.

Four practice sessions were scheduled to be held before the Saturday race—two on both Thursday and Friday. The first session lasted 240 minutes, while the second session was 120 minutes long. The third session was scheduled to be 60 minutes, but was cancelled because of race,[9] while the fourth was 90 minutes.[10] Thursday's sessions was also used to test fuel injection, which the Sprint Cup Series will switch to for the 2012 season.[11] Johnson was quickest with a time of 30.703 seconds in the first session, five-hundredths of a second faster than Paul Menard.[12] Travis Kvapil was about one-tenth of a second slowing than Menard's pace, followed by Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, and David Ragan. Gordon was seventh, still within a second of Johnson's time.[12]

In the second practice session, Kyle Busch was fastest with a time of 30.193 seconds, only 0.155 of a second quicker than second-placed Kurt Busch.[13] Edwards took third place, ahead of Menard, Newman and Johnson. Mark Martin only managed 7th place.[13] During both sessions, four drivers were added to the session for the fuel injection testing, one for each manufacturer. Of the four manufacturer and drivers, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was quickest in both sessions for Roush Fenway Racing and Ford.[14] The third practice session, the first practice only for the race and qualifying, was cancelled because of wet weather.[9] Kyle Busch was quickest during final practice with a time of 29.540 seconds. Juan Pablo Montoya following in second, ahead of Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, and Johnson.[15]

Forty-eight cars were entered for qualifying, but only forty-three raced because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[16] However, after half of the cars qualified, wet weather soaked the track, therefore cancelling the session and making final practice times determine the qualifying grid.[17] Kyle Busch, after finishing the final practice in first, won the pole position for Joe Gibbs Racing[18] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Montoya.[18] Kurt Busch was third, Kahne took fourth, and Johnson started fifth.[18] Brad Keselowski, Edwards, Ragan, Tony Stewart, and Menard rounded out the first ten positions.[18] The five drivers who failed to qualify for the race were David Stremme, Michael Waltrip, T. J. Bell, David Starr and Robby Gordon.[18]

Traffic issues[edit]

To a large extent, the race was overshadowed by major traffic issues in the vicinity of the track. Owner Speedway Motorsports did not make any significant upgrades to the infrastructure in and around the track (beyond the increased capacity) in order to accommodate the sheer number of fans attending the race. According to Sports Illustrated NASCAR writer Brant James,

Backups on Interstate 71 began more than eight hours before the start of the race. By 3:30 pm, I-71 was backed up for more than 15 miles (24 km) to the north of the speedway.[20] At 6:00 pm, the Kentucky State Police (KSP) reported backups of more than 20 miles (32 km) in both directions on I-71, and backups of 10 miles (16 km) on side roads in the area.[21] The KSP added that traffic was still backed up for miles at about 8:55 pm, halfway through the race. At 9:30 pm, traffic patterns were switched to outbound, and many fans who were still trying to get to the track were turned away.[22] Several fans who managed to make it to the race were turned away because there wasn't enough available parking.[23] Those who made it to the race were only reported having to wait half an hour or more to use the restroom due to a shortage of port-a-johns. Others reported shortages at the concession stands.[24][25]

Bruton Smith, CEO of Speedway Motorsports, had joked on the day before the race that "we expect everyone to be home by Tuesday."[22] Smith was in a much less cheerful mood during the race, telling reporters:

One of the thousands who never made it to the track was Kentucky Senate President and gubernatorial candidate David L. Williams, who left the state capital of Frankfort, 45 miles (72 km) away, at 2:00 pm. Also stuck in the jam was Denny Hamlin, who live-tweeted updates on his status while waiting to enter the track. Hamlin would, however, make the prerace drivers' meeting and start the race.[22]

ESPN.com NASCAR writer Terry Blount commented after the race,

On the Monday after the race, the track announced that unscanned tickets for the Quaker State 400 would be valid for any of the remaining six 2011 Sprint Cup races to be held at tracks owned by Speedway Motorsports, or for the 2012 Kentucky Sprint Cup race. In addition to the ticket exchange, fans with unscanned tickets would also receive an equal number of tickets to either of the two remaining major events at the track in 2011—the Kentucky 225 in the Camping World Truck Series on October 1, or the Kentucky Indy 300 in the IndyCar Series on October 2.[27]

Race[edit]

The race, the 18th in the season, began at 7:30 pm EDT and was televised live in the United States on TNT.[1] The conditions on the grid were dry before the race with the air temperature at 81 °F (27 °C).[28] Raceway Ministries pastor John Roberts began pre-race ceremonies, by giving the invocation. Next, Nick Lachey performed the national anthem, and Steve Beshear, Kentucky's Governor, gave the command for drivers to start their engines. Two drivers had to start at the end of the grid because of changes that were not approved during practice; they were Denny Hamlin and Dave Blaney.[28]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

No. Driver Team Manufacturer Grid
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 2
22 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 3
4 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 4
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5
2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 6
99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 7
6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 8
14 Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 9
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 10
9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 11
78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 12
17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 13
24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 14
20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15
56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 16
00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 17
39 Ryan Newman Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 18
29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19
33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 20
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 21
31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 22
43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 23
47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 24
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Toyota 25
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26
83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 27
5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29
51 Landon Cassill Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 30
87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 31
36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 32
60 Mike Skinner Germain Racing Toyota 33
1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 34
34 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 35
46 J. J. Yeley Whitney Motorsports Chevrolet 36
38 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford 37
66 Michael McDowell HP Racing Toyota 38
71 Andy Lally TRG Motorsports Ford 39
81 Scott Riggs Whitney Motorsports Chevrolet 40
37 Tony Raines Front Row Motorsports Ford 41
32 Mike Bliss FAS Lane Racing Ford 42
7 Scott Wimmer Robby Gordon Motorsports Dodge 43
Failed to Qualify
30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Chevrolet
15 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
50 T. J. Bell LTD Powersports Toyota
95 David Starr Leavine Family Racing Ford
77 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Dodge

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid Car Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Run Points
1 1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 48
2 17 00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 43
3 5 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 41
4 18 39 Ryan Newman Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 40
5 7 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 39
6 13 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 38
7 6 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 267 38
8 8 6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 37
9 3 22 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 267 36
10 26 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 35
11 14 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 33
12 9 14 Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 33
13 4 4 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 267 32
14 15 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 30
15 2 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 267 29
16 19 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 28
17 12 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 267 27
18 16 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 27
19 22 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 25
20 11 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Toyota 267 24
21 21 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 23
22 28 5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 22
23 30 51 Landon Cassill Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 267 0
24 10 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 20
25 25 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Toyota 267 19
26 24 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 267 18
27 27 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 265 17
28 23 43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 265 16
29 37 38 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford 265 0
30 29 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 265 14
31 35 34 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 264 13
32 39 71 Andy Lally TRG Motorsports Ford 264 12
33 32 36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 264 11
34 42 32 Mike Bliss FAS Lane Racing Ford 264 0
35 20 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 259 9
36 34 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 198 8
37 43 7 Scott Wimmer Robby Gordon Motorsports Dodge 90 0
38 41 37 Tony Raines Front Row Motorsports Ford 38 6
39 31 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 37 0
40 36 46 J. J. Yeley Whitney Motorsports Chevrolet 35 5
41 38 66 Michael McDowell HP Racing Toyota 32 3
42 40 81 Scott Riggs Whitney Motorsports Chevrolet 28 0
43 33 60 Mike Skinner Germain Racing Toyota 17 0
Source:

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sprint Cup Series Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ Brown, Brian. "The Quaker State 400". July 5, 2011. Rotoworld.com. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "NASCAR Race Tracks". NASCAR. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "NASCAR Tracks—The Kentucky Speedway". NASCAR. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Track Fast Facts". Kentucky Speedway. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ Blount, Terry (July 5, 2011). "Something new, finally, for NASCAR". ESPN. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Driver's Championship Classification". NASCAR. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Manufactures' Championship Classification". Jayski.com. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Hembree, Mike. "CUP: Cars Open Practice After Rains". July 8, 2011. Speedtv.com. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  10. ^ "THE RACE: Quaker State 400". Jayski.com. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ Hembree, Mike. "CUP: Fuel Injection Testing Scheduled At Kentucky". July 6, 2011. Speedtv.com. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Practice One Timing and Scoring". NASCAR. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Practice Two Timing and Scoring". NASCAR. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  14. ^ Menzer, Joe. "All testing talk centers around fuel injection". July 7, 2011. NASCAR. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Practice Four Timing and Scoring". July 8, 2011. NASCAR. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Qualifying Entry List". NASCAR. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Kentucky Qualifying Rained Out". July 8, 2011. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f "Race Official Lineup". NASCAR. July 8, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  19. ^ James, Brant (July 10, 2011). "Five things we learned at Kentucky". SportsIllustrated.com. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  20. ^ a b Blount, Terry (July 10, 2011). "Traffic nightmare spoils NASCAR's party". ESPN. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  21. ^ "There's traffic and then there was Saturday". Cincinnati.com. July 9, 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  22. ^ a b c Kelly, Kevin (July 10, 2011). "Exhausting day for motorists". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  23. ^ Jensen, Tom. What now, Kentucky?. Speed, 2011-07-10.
  24. ^ Kentucky Speedway apologizes to fans. Speedway Motorsports, 2011-07-11.
  25. ^ Blount, Terry. Kentucky Speedway gets a mulligan. ESPN, 2011-07-12.
  26. ^ Groeschen, Tom (July 10, 2011). "Bruton Smith: Race great, traffic not". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  27. ^ Blount, Terry (July 12, 2011). "Kentucky track offers ticket exchange". ESPN. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  28. ^ a b "Race Summary". NASCAR. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  29. ^ "Lineup Statistics". MotorRacingNetwork.com. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Jayski's® NASCAR Silly Season Site — Kentucky Sprint Cup Qualifying Order/Results, Lineup". Jayski.com. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 


Previous race:
2011 Coke Zero 400
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2011 season
Next race:
2011 Lenox Industrial Tools 301