2014 Aaron's 312

Ninth race of the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series
2014 Aaron's 312
Race details
Race 9 of 33 of the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series 22
Date May 3, 2014
Official name 23rd Annual Aaron's 312
Location Lincoln, Alabama, Talladega Superspeedway
Course Permanent racing facility
2.66 mi (4.28 km)
Distance 117 laps, 311.22 mi (500.86 km)
Scheduled Distance 117 laps, 311.22 mi (500.86 km)
Average speed 131.224 miles per hour (211.185 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 51.268
Most laps led
Driver Elliott Sadler Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 40
Winner
No. 11 Elliott Sadler Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
Radio in the United States
Radio Motor Racing Network
Motor car race

The 2014 Aaron's 312 was the ninth car race of the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, and the 23rd iteration of the event. The race was held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, Lincoln, Alabama, at Talladega Superspeedway, a 2.66-mile (4.28 km) permanent triangle-shaped superspeedway. The race took the scheduled 117 laps to complete. On the final restart with three to go, Joe Gibbs Racing driver Elliott Sadler would manage to hold off the field to take home his 10th career NASCAR Nationwide Series series victory and his only victory of the season.[1] To fill out the podium, Roush Fenway Racing driver Chris Buescher and JR Motorsports driver Regan Smith would finish second and third, respectively.

Background

The layout of Talladega Superspeedway, the venue where the race was held.

Talladega Superspeedway, originally known as Alabama International Motor Superspeedway (AIMS), is a motorsports complex located north of Talladega, Alabama. It is located on the former Anniston Air Force Base in the small city of Lincoln. The track is a tri-oval and was constructed in the 1960s by the International Speedway Corporation, a business controlled by the France family. Talladega is most known for its steep banking and the unique location of the start/finish line that's located just past the exit to pit road. The track currently hosts the NASCAR series such as the NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series. Talladega is the longest NASCAR oval with a length of 2.66-mile-long (4.28 km) tri-oval like the Daytona International Speedway, which also is a 2.5-mile-long (4 km) tri-oval.

Entry list

  • (R) denotes rookie driver.
  • (i) denotes driver who is ineligible for series driver points.
# Driver Team Make Sponsor
01 Landon Cassill JD Motorsports Chevrolet Flex Seal
2 Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Shore Lodge
3 Ty Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Boats
4 Jeffrey Earnhardt JD Motorsports Chevrolet FW1 Wash & Wax
5 Kasey Kahne (i) JR Motorsports Chevrolet Great Clips
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford AdvoCare
7 Regan Smith JR Motorsports Chevrolet Ragú
9 Chase Elliott (R) JR Motorsports Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts
10 Blake Koch TriStar Motorsports Toyota SupportMilitary.org
11 Elliott Sadler Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota OneMain Financial
14 Eric McClure TriStar Motorsports Toyota Hefty Ultimate
16 Ryan Reed (R) Roush Fenway Racing Ford Lilly Diabetes
17 Tanner Berryhill (R) Vision Racing Dodge National Cash Lenders
19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Toyota TriStar Motorsports
20 Bubba Wallace (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota ToyotaCare
22 Ryan Blaney (i) Team Penske Ford Discount Tire
23 Robert Richardson Jr. R3 Motorsports Chevrolet Corn Board
25 John Wes Townley (i) Athenian Motorsports Toyota Zaxby's
28 J. J. Yeley JGL Racing Dodge JGL Racing
31 Dylan Kwasniewski (R) Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet Rockstar, AccuDoc Solutions
39 Ryan Sieg (R) RSS Racing Chevrolet RSS Racing
40 Josh Wise (i) The Motorsports Group Chevrolet The Motorsports Group
42 Kyle Larson (i) Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet Cartwheel by Target
43 Dakoda Armstrong (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford WinField United
44 David Starr TriStar Motorsports Toyota Steely Lumber Company
46 Matt DiBenedetto The Motorsports Group Chevrolet The Motorsports Group
51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet BRT Extrusions, All South Electric
52 Joey Gase Jimmy Means Racing Chevrolet Donate Life Mississippi
54 Sam Hornish Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Monster Energy
55 Jamie Dick Viva Motorsports Chevrolet Viva Motorsports
60 Chris Buescher (R) Roush Fenway Racing Ford Roush Performance
62 Brendan Gaughan Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa
70 Derrike Cope Derrike Cope Racing Chevrolet Youtheory
74 Mike Harmon Mike Harmon Racing Dodge WCI Parts
76 Tommy Joe Martins (R) Martins Motorsports Dodge Diamond Gusset Jeans, Land No Tax
84 Chad Boat (R) Billy Boat Motorsports Chevrolet Billy Boat Motorsports
85 Bobby Gerhart Bobby Gerhart Racing Chevrolet Lucas Oil
87 Joe Nemechek (i) NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota Smoke 'n Sear
91 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Toyota TriStar Motorsports
93 Carl Long JGL Racing Dodge JGL Racing
98 David Ragan (i) Biagi-DenBeste Racing Ford Carroll Shelby Engine Company
99 James Buescher RAB Racing Toyota Rheem
Official entry list

Practice

First practice

The first practice session was held on Thursday, May 1, at 2:00 PM CST. The session would last for one hour.[2] Trevor Bayne, driving for Roush Fenway Racing, would set the fastest time in the session, with a lap of 50.300 and an average speed of 190.378 miles per hour (306.384 km/h).[3]

Pos. # Driver Team Make Time Speed
1 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 50.300 190.378
2 60 Chris Buescher (R) Roush Fenway Racing Ford 50.302 190.370
3 16 Ryan Reed (R) Roush Fenway Racing Ford 50.303 190.366
Full first practice results

Final practice

The final practice session, sometimes referred to as Happy Hour, was held on Thursday, May 1, at 3:30 PM CST. The session would last for one hour and 30 minutes.[2] Tommy Joe Martins, driving for Martins Motorsports, would set the fastest time in the session, with a lap of 51.514 and an average speed of 185.891 miles per hour (299.163 km/h).[4]

Pos. # Driver Team Make Time Speed
1 76 Tommy Joe Martins (R) Martins Motorsports Dodge 51.514 185.891
2 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt JD Motorsports Chevrolet 51.518 185.877
3 42 Kyle Larson (i) Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet 51.533 185.823
Full Happy Hour practice results

Qualifying

Qualifying was held on Friday, May 2, at 5:40 PM CST.[2] Since Talladega Superspeedway is at least 1.25 miles (2.01 km) in length, the qualifying system was a multi-car system that included three rounds. The first round was 25 minutes, where every driver would be able to set a lap within the 25 minutes. Then, the second round would consist of the fastest 24 cars in Round 1, and drivers would have 10 minutes to set a lap. Round 3 consisted of the fastest 12 drivers from Round 2, and the drivers would have 5 minutes to set a time. Whoever was fastest in Round 3 would win the pole.[5]

Sam Hornish Jr., driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, would win the pole after setting a time of 51.268 and an average speed of 186.783 mph (300.598 km/h) in the third round.[6]

Two drivers would fail to qualify: Chad Boat and Derrike Cope.

Full qualifying results

Pos. # Driver Team Make Time (R1) Speed (R1) Time (R2) Speed (R2) Time (R3) Speed (R3)
1 54 Sam Hornish Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota -* -* -* -* 51.268 186.783
2 11 Elliott Sadler Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota -* -* -* -* 51.270 186.776
3 20 Bubba Wallace (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota -* -* -* -* 51.283 186.729
4 16 Ryan Reed (R) Roush Fenway Racing Ford -* -* -* -* 52.021 184.080
5 43 Dakoda Armstrong (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford -* -* -* -* 52.044 183.998
6 22 Ryan Blaney (i) Team Penske Ford -* -* -* -* 52.202 183.441
7 3 Ty Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet -* -* -* -* 52.253 183.262
8 60 Chris Buescher (R) Roush Fenway Racing Ford -* -* -* -* 52.326 183.007
9 99 James Buescher RAB Racing Toyota -* -* -* -* 52.369 182.856
10 2 Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet -* -* -* -* 52.400 182.748
11 62 Brendan Gaughan Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet -* -* -* -* 52.524 182.317
12 01 Landon Cassill JD Motorsports Chevrolet -* -* -* -* 52.561 182.188
Eliminated in Round 2
13 98 David Ragan (i) Biagi-DenBeste Racing Ford -* -* 51.306 186.645 - -
14 10 Blake Koch TriStar Motorsports Toyota -* -* 51.531 185.830 - -
15 25 John Wes Townley (i) Athenian Motorsports Toyota -* -* 51.550 185.761 - -
16 44 David Starr TriStar Motorsports Toyota -* -* 51.577 185.664 - -
17 55 Jamie Dick Viva Motorsports Chevrolet -* -* 51.584 185.639 - -
18 14 Eric McClure TriStar Motorsports Toyota -* -* 51.588 185.625 - -
19 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Toyota -* -* 51.617 185.520 - -
20 42 Kyle Larson (i) Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet -* -* 51.914 184.459 - -
21 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford -* -* 51.929 184.406 - -
22 23 Robert Richardson Jr. R3 Motorsports Chevrolet -* -* 55.153 173.626 - -
23 46 Matt DiBenedetto The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 50.435 189.868 - - - -
24 40 Josh Wise (i) The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 51.061 187.540 - - - -
Eliminated in Round 1
25 91 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Toyota 51.147 187.225 - - - -
26 74 Mike Harmon Mike Harmon Racing Dodge 51.259 186.816 - - - -
27 39 Ryan Sieg (R) RSS Racing Chevrolet 51.336 186.536 - - - -
28 31 Dylan Kwasniewski (R) Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet 51.345 186.503 - - - -
29 76 Tommy Joe Martins (R) Martins Motorsports Dodge 51.355 186.467 - - - -
30 85 Bobby Gerhart Bobby Gerhart Racing Chevrolet 51.355 186.467 - - - -
31 5 Kasey Kahne (i) JR Motorsports Chevrolet 51.680 185.294 - - - -
32 7 Regan Smith JR Motorsports Chevrolet 51.695 185.240 - - - -
33 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 52.139 183.663 - - - -
34 28 J. J. Yeley JGL Racing Dodge 52.185 183.501 - - - -
35 93 Carl Long JGL Racing Dodge 52.430 182.644 - - - -
36 52 Joey Gase Jimmy Means Racing Chevrolet 52.625 181.967 - - - -
Qualified by owner's points
37 9 Chase Elliott (R) JR Motorsports Chevrolet 52.666 181.825 - - - -
38 87 Joe Nemechek (i) NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 53.732 178.218 - - - -
39 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt JD Motorsports Chevrolet 57.580 166.308 - - - -
Last car to qualify on time
40 17 Tanner Berryhill (R) Vision Racing Chevrolet 51.624 185.495 - - - -
Failed to qualify
41 84 Chad Boat (R) Billy Boat Motorsports Chevrolet 51.696 185.237 - - - -
42 70 Derrike Cope Derrike Cope Racing Chevrolet 51.941 184.363 - - - -
Official starting lineup

*Time not available.

Race results

Fin[7] St # Driver Team Make Laps Led Status Pts Winnings
1 2 11 Elliott Sadler Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 117 40 running 48 $58,020
2 8 60 Chris Buescher (R) Roush Fenway Racing Ford 117 1 running 43 $48,925
3 32 7 Regan Smith JR Motorsports Chevrolet 117 20 running 42 $35,675
4 13 98 David Ragan (i) Biagi-DenBeste Racing Ford 117 0 running 0 $26,025
5 1 54 Sam Hornish Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 117 0 running 39 $35,900
6 38 87 Joe Nemechek (i) NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 117 0 running 0 $27,825
7 34 28 J. J. Yeley JGL Racing Dodge 117 1 running 38 $26,625
8 12 01 Landon Cassill JD Motorsports Chevrolet 117 0 running 36 $25,975
9 16 44 David Starr TriStar Motorsports Toyota 117 5 running 36 $25,350
10 21 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 117 0 running 34 $26,475
11 36 52 Joey Gase Jimmy Means Racing Chevrolet 117 1 running 34 $25,100
12 19 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Toyota 117 0 running 32 $24,975
13 15 25 John Wes Townley (i) Athenian Motorsports Toyota 117 0 running 0 $18,800
14 29 76 Tommy Joe Martins (R) Martins Motorsports Dodge 117 0 running 30 $18,625
15 7 3 Ty Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 117 3 running 30 $25,150
16 39 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt JD Motorsports Chevrolet 117 0 running 28 $24,575
17 18 14 Eric McClure TriStar Motorsports Toyota 117 0 running 27 $24,250
18 5 43 Dakoda Armstrong (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 117 0 running 26 $24,325
19 37 9 Chase Elliott (R) JR Motorsports Chevrolet 117 3 running 26 $23,975
20 27 39 Ryan Sieg (R) RSS Racing Chevrolet 117 0 running 24 $24,550
21 6 22 Ryan Blaney (i) Team Penske Ford 116 2 running 0 $23,850
22 31 5 Kasey Kahne (i) JR Motorsports Chevrolet 111 0 crash 0 $17,520
23 33 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 111 1 crash 22 $23,370
24 4 16 Ryan Reed (R) Roush Fenway Racing Ford 108 29 running 21 $25,670
25 40 17 Chad Boat (R) Vision Racing Chevrolet 107 0 crash 19 $23,570
26 24 40 Josh Wise (i) The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 91 0 engine 0 $22,920
27 17 55 Jamie Dick Viva Motorsports Chevrolet 87 0 running 17 $22,795
28 26 74 Mike Harmon Mike Harmon Racing Dodge 86 0 crash 16 $16,670
29 9 99 James Buescher RAB Racing Toyota 86 0 running 15 $22,520
30 20 42 Kyle Larson (i) Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet 78 0 running 0 $16,595
31 3 20 Bubba Wallace (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 74 0 running 0 $22,595
32 22 23 Robert Richardson Jr. R3 Motorsports Chevrolet 63 0 engine 12 $22,170
33 10 2 Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 61 10 crash 12 $22,135
34 11 62 Brendan Gaughan Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 61 1 crash 11 $22,100
35 28 31 Dylan Kwasniewski (R) Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet 43 0 crash 9 $22,055
36 30 85 Bobby Gerhart Bobby Gerhart Racing Chevrolet 31 0 engine 8 $14,730
37 35 93 Carl Long JGL Racing Dodge 14 0 electrical 7 $20,695
38 25 91 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Toyota 4 0 vibration 6 $14,661
39 23 46 Matt DiBenedetto The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 3 0 vibration 5 $14,525
40 14 10 Blake Koch TriStar Motorsports Toyota 1 0 vibration 4 $14,425
Failed to qualify
41 84 Chad Boat (R) Billy Boat Motorsports Chevrolet
42 70 Derrike Cope Derrike Cope Racing Chevrolet
Official race results

Standings after the race

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow.png 1 Chase Elliott 339
1uparrow green.svg 1 2 Elliott Sadler 338 (-1)
1downarrow red.svg 1 3 Regan Smith 336 (-3)
1uparrow green.svg 1 4 Trevor Bayne 308 (–31)
1downarrow red.svg 1 5 Ty Dillon 308 (–31)
1rightarrow.png 6 Brian Scott 277 (–62)
1rightarrow.png 7 Brendan Gaughan 250 (–89)
1rightarrow.png 8 James Buescher 244 (–95)
1uparrow green.svg 5 9 Chris Buescher 229 (–110)
1rightarrow.png 10 Ryan Reed 225 (–114)
Official driver's standings
  • Note: Only the first 10 positions are included for the driver standings.

References

  1. ^ "Sadler takes the checkered flag at Talladega". ESPN. May 3, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site - 2014 Talladega Nationwide Race Info Page". Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site. Archived from the original on May 30, 2014. Retrieved August 16, 2022.
  3. ^ Report, Staff (May 1, 2014). "Bayne tops Nationwide practice opener at 'Dega". NASCAR. Retrieved August 16, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (May 1, 2014). "Unheralded rookie Tommy Joe Martins fastest in second Nationwide practice at 'Dega; Jeffrey Earnhardt second-fast". MotorSportsTalk | NBC Sports. Retrieved August 16, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "NASCAR Qualifying Rules". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2022.
  6. ^ Estrada, Chris (May 3, 2014). "Sam Hornish Jr. leads Joe Gibbs 1-2-3 in NNS quals at Talladega". MotorSportsTalk | NBC Sports. Retrieved August 16, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "2014 Aaron's 312 - The Third Turn". The Third Turn. Retrieved August 14, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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