Johnsonville Sausage 200 Preview

Photo- Getty Images
Photo- Getty Images

They’ll turn left, then right, and then right again on Saturday afternoon when the Nationwide Series rolls into Elkhart Lake, WI for their first of three road course races this season. In years past, races at Road America never seem to be lacking excitement. Wild restarts and hot tempers have highlighted past races which always categorize this race as one of the best of season. Turning right might not be these drivers’ fortes, but they’ll have to this weekend to try and claim victory at Road America.

The Johnsonville Sausage 200 will go green on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 5:17 PM EST. The race will consist of 50 Laps and 202.4 miles around the four-mile circuit. Rain tires will be available for the race on Saturday so rain or shine, the race will go on. They might not be needed anyway since there’s only a 30% chance of rain with isolated thunder-storms. You can catch the race on ESPN or listen to it on MRN.

Last year when the Nationwide cars hit the track, it was Nelson Piquet Jr. celebrating in victory lane after his first career Nationwide Series win. Piquet Jr. wasn’t a regular last season, but this season he is so he hopes the experience so far this season in the car will help him take the victory for the second straight year. Road course ringers ruled this race last year with Ron Fellows, Jacques Villeneuve, and Max Papis all getting out front throughout the event.

A good performance last weekend was key for Michigan race winner and point’s leader Regan Smith. He isn’t known for his road racing so to have a large point’s cushion heading into this weekend was essential. Wild things have happened in this race before so to be prepared is very important. Smith will have to deal with a few different drivers in the race this weekend including Johnny O’Connell who will be driving the No.5 for JR Motorsports. Other notable drivers include Billy Johnson (#16 for Roush-Fenway Racing), Michael McDowell (#18 for JGR), Brendan Gaughan (#21 for RCR), A.J Allmendinger (#22 for Penske Racing), and Max Papis (#33 for RCR).

Road racing is never a favorite of some of the oval drivers in the Nationwide Series and this weekend will surely be a challenge. Kyle Larson, Brian Vickers, Regan Smith, Travis Pastrana, Parker Kligerman, and Alex Bowman are among some of the Nationwide regulars who have never competed at Road America. To maintain their championship runs, they’ll need to learn this track and learn it fast.

If there’s one Nationwide Race all season that is a must-see, it would be this one. The action never falls below par during the race and a wild finish is usually in-store. Novice road course racers may struggle this weekend and that could open the door for some not much talked about drivers to break through and possibly steal the win. It’ll be twisted and the sheet-metal will be bent, but this race is a gem in the Nationwide Series. You won’t want to miss the excitement this weekend and surely, there will be some fireworks erupting at the conclusion of this event.

Event Schedule

11:30 AM-1:00 PM CT (12:30-2:00 PM EST) Nationwide Series Practice, not televised

1:30-2:55 PM CT (2:30-3:55 PM EST) Nationwide Series Final Practice, not televised

11:05 AM CT (12:05 PM EST) Nationwide Series Qualifying, televised on ESPN2

4:00 PM CT (5:00 PM EST) Nationwide Series’ Race, the Johnsonville Sausage 200, televised on ESPN

Next Race– Feed the Children 300 at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky

By Jason Schultz

Entry List via Jayski.com

Entry

Car#

Driver

Sponsor

Manu

Owner

1 00 Blake Koch TBA 13 Toyota Melissa Sciavicco
2 01 Mike Wallace GK Services 13 Chevy Johnny Davis
3 2 Brian Scott Charter 13 Chevy Richard Childress
4 3 Austin Dillon AdvoCare 13 Chevy Richard Childress
5 4 Landon Cassill FlexSeal 13 Chevy Gene Vess
6 5 Johnny O’Connell CorvetteParts.net 13 Chevy Rick Hendrick
7 6 Trevor Bayne Valvoline NextGen 13 Ford Jack Roush
8 7 Regan Smith TaxSlayer.com 13 Chevy Kelley Earnhardt-Miller
9 10 Jeff Green [PC1] TriStar Motorsports 13 Toyota Mark Smith
10 11 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial 13 Toyota J D Gibbs
11 12 Sam Hornish Jr Snap-On 13 Ford Roger Penske
12 14 Eric McClure Hefty / Reynolds 13 Toyota Mark Smith
13 15 Carl Long RWR 13 Ford Rick Ware
14 16 Billy Johnson Ford Ecoboost 13 Ford Jack Roush
15 18 Michael McDowell(i) K-Love 13 Toyota Joe Gibbs
16 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports 13 Toyota Mark Smith
17 20 Brian Vickers Dollar General 13 Toyota Joe Gibbs
18 21 Brendan Gaughan(i) South Point 13 Chevy Richard Childress
19 22 A J Allmendinger(i) Discount Tire 13 Ford Roger Penske
20 23 Stanton Barrett Rick Ware Racing 13 Ford Robert Richardson Sr
21 24 Derek White VIP Poker 13 Toyota Jason Sciavicco
22 26 John Young CMP, Inc. 12 Dodge John Young
23 30 Nelson Piquet Jr Qualcomm 13 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
24 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 13 Chevy Steve Turner
25 32 Kyle Larson Cottonelle 13 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
26 33 Max Papis Menards 13 Chevy Richard Childress
27 34 James Buescher(i) Wolfpack Energy Services 13 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
28 40 Reed Sorenson E-Swisher.com 13 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
29 43 Michael Annett Flying J Travel Plaza 13 Ford Richard Petty
30 44 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports 13 Toyota Mark Smith
31 51 Jeremy Clements TBD 13 Chevy Tony Clements
32 52 TBA TBA 12 Chevy Jimmy Means
33 53 Andrew Ranger WM Bagster 12 Dodge Robert Torriere
34 54 Owen Kelly Monster Energy 13 Toyota J D Gibbs
35 60 Travis Pastrana Roush Fenway Racing 13 Ford Jack Roush
36 70 Tony Raines TBA 13 Chevy Mary Louise Miller
37 74 Kevin O’Connell TBA 12 Chevy Mike Harmon
38 75 Kenny Habul SunEnergy1 13 Toyota Kenny Habul
39 77 Parker Kligerman TOYOTA 13 Toyota Kyle Busch
40 79 Jeffrey Earnhardt Oath Keepers 13 Ford Archie St Hilaire
41 87 Kyle Kelley Jamison Engineering /   1stClassAutoBody.com / UPRacing.com 13 Toyota Andrea Nemechek
42 92 Dexter Stacey Maddie’s Place 13 Ford Kristin Hamelin
43 99 Alex Bowman Safety First 13 Toyota Robby Benton
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