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Snapshot: Gardner Denver 200

June 20, 2014, Zack Albert,

Catch up quickly before Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Road America

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What: 5th annual Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville.

Where: Road America, a 14-turn, 4.048-mile road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

When: Saturday, June 21; 2:45 p.m. ET.

TV/Radio: ABC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

Distance: 50 laps; 202.4 miles.

Keystone Light Pole Qualifying: 11:40 p.m. ET (ESPN2)

Fastest in first and final practice: Sam Hornish Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota, 108.189 mph.

Last year's winner: AJ Allmendinger, Team Penske No. 22 Ford

Pit road speed: 40 mph
Caution car speed: 45 mph
Fuel window: 20 laps


He said it: "There's two kinds of getting run over, and one of them is on the restarts when people go down there and forget what their braking point is and plow in the back of somebody. I've come up with a little strategy on how to keep myself from getting run over and that's to be behind the guys that run over you." -- Sam Hornish Jr., who finished fifth at Road America last season and will make his fourth start of the year Saturday.

He said it II: "I think the lesson is use my brain a little better." -- Chase Elliott, on what he learned from his final-lap run-in with Ty Dillon last year in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory on another road course, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

He said it III: "I like racing here, I don't like wrecking here." -- Regan Smith, making the distinction when reminded of late-race contact that left him with a 32nd-place finish at Road America last season. 

Unique double duty: Ty Dillon will have more cockpit duties at Road America in addition to his role as a full-time driver for Richard Childress Racing. He is also entered in a Trans-Am Championship event Saturday afternoon after the Nationwide race. 

Double duty, Take 2: Landon Cassill and  J.J. Yeley will also be making it a doubleheader weekend, but one involving much more travel. Cassill will drive the No. 01 Chevrolet at Road America for owner Johnny Davis and then will be behind the wheel of the Mike Hillman-owned No. 40 Chevrolet in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway. Yeley will drive the James Whitener-owned No. 28 Dodge at Road America and will wheel the No. 44 Chevrolet for Xxxtreme Motorsports on Sunday at Sonoma.

Up front seems to fit: In three of the previous four Nationwide races at Road America, the pole winner went on to become the race winner. The lone exception: Reed Sorenson's victory here in 2011, when he started 12th.

History lesson: The only race for NASCAR's premier series came in 1956, when NASCAR Hall of Famer Tim Flock outran Billy Myers in a 1-2 sweep of Bill Stroppe-owned Mercurys.

Many happy returns: Several drivers with road-racing pedigrees will be making their first NASCAR Nationwide Series start of the year. In some cases, it's the first action for some drivers in many years. Alex Tagliani will make his first Nationwide start since 2012, when he won the Coors Light Pole Award in Montreal. The absence from the Nationwide Series is even longer for Justin Marks (2011) and Andy Lally (2009). 

Former Road America winners in the field: None.


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