The NASCAR Nationwide Series will face the high banks and high speeds of Talladega Speedway this weekend in the Aarons 312. Points leader Sam Hornish Jr. and second place driver Regan Smith will go wheel to wheel in the next round. Hornish, who drives for Penske Racing, leads Smith by only a single point. The pair is evenly matched on the track. Hornish boasts a current record of six top tens, four top fives and one win. Smith has five top tens and two top fives. He doesn’t have any wins yet this season. ESPN will have qualifying coverage Friday at 12pm EST.
Coverage of the Aarons 312 kicks off Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm EST on ESPN2. Nicole Briscoe will lead pre-race coverage on NASCAR Countdown, and will be joined by analysts Rusty Wallace and Brad Daughtery. The green flag drops at 3:35pm EST. Allen Bestwick will lead the lap-by-lap coverage alongside Andy Petree. They will be joined by NASCAR Sprint Cup veteran Carl Edwards in the booth. Edwards is currently second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, behind five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson. Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, and Vince Welch will have all the action live from the pits throughout the race.
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