Wednesday, October 12th
1:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER
Thursday, October 13th
7:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
1:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
2:00 PM-3:20 PM NNS PRACTICE
6:10 PM-7:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
7:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
9:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, October 14th
12:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
3:05 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND
5:30 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS-SECURITY
7:30 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Roush Fenway Racing Looking To Make Series Championship History
Roush Fenway Racing could become the first team in NASCAR national series history to win a drivers championship and an owners championship in the same series in the same season – but with different drivers.
That impressive feat seems very real, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. closing in on his first drivers title in the No. 6, and Carl Edwards and RFR’s No. 60 closing in on the owners standings lead.
Stenhouse Jr., the current driver standings leader, is 20 points in front of second-place Elliott Sadler with five races to go. Stenhouse has ripped off five consecutive top-10 finishes in the last five weeks, and four of them were top fives. He sat on the pole at Charlotte earlier this season and finished fourth. His pre-race Driver Rating is 67.0 and his average finish at Charlotte is 24.5.
Sadler hasn’t given up. He gained two points on Stenhouse after his third-place finish at Kansas last weekend. In nine starts at Charlotte, he has posted one top five and two top 10s. His pre-race Driver Rating is 82.3 and his average finish at Charlotte is 21.6. Both are better than Stenhouse.
At the other end of the spectrum, Edwards has his sights set on the series owner championship. He’s moved his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing team to within seven points of the owner champion leader, the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Edwards has made up a lot of ground over the last few weeks, especially in races where Kyle Busch has been absent. However, Busch, winner of four of the last seven overall series races at Charlotte (but shut out of the last two), is back in the No. 18 on Friday night. He’ll run twice more this year while Edwards will compete in each of the last five races.
In head-to-head competition this year, Busch has eight wins while Edwards has five. But here’s where Edwards has made up the deficit: He has two wins and six other top-five finishes in 10 of the 11 races in which Busch hasn’t competed (neither ran at Road America).
NASCAR Unites To Bring Awareness To Breast Cancer At Charlotte Motor Speedway
Breast Cancer Awareness has been a big focus for many of the nation’s major sports entities this month, and this weekend NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway will be doing their part to bring awareness and support for a disease that has touched so many of the sport’s friends and family.
NASCAR is uniting to support kids who have been affected by the loss of a loved one to breast cancer. The NASCAR Foundation will raise funds to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure College Scholarship Program through online donations, online auctions and an at-track donation program.
Also, NASCAR participants and officials will have several different ways this weekend to show support for breast cancer: pink NASCAR Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon A-Post decals for the participating cars and pace car, pink NASCAR Unites lanyards to be worn by officials, teams and fans, pink Mechanix Wear gloves to be worn by officials and teams and pink NASCAR Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon firesuit patches for officials.
Charlotte Motor Speedway will also honor 101-year-old Nanny Sue Neal, of Waxhaw, N.C., on Friday night. She is North Carolina’s oldest living breast cancer survivor.
Charlotte Marks The Final “Dash 4 Cash” In 2012
Friday night’s race marks the fourth and final NASCAR Nationwide Series “Dash 4 Cash” event of the 2012 season. This go-round, the highest finisher among Elliott Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Truex and Kenny Wallace will collect $100,000 on top of the race prize money.
Four drivers have been eligible for the bonus in each of the four “Dash 4 Cash” races during the season’s second half – Daytona, Iowa, Richmond and the finale at Charlotte. The first field at Daytona’s July race was set via the top four in driver points entering that event. For the next three “Dash 4 Cash” races, the field was set by the four highest finishers in those races among driver championship contenders. This quartet was decided by their finishes at Richmond last month: Stenhouse was third, Truex a career-best fourth, Wallace was fifth and Sadler, sixth.
Truex, who has blossomed in the five of his late-season six-race deal with Joe Gibbs Racing (one top five, two top 10s, no finish lower than 13th), is racing at Charlotte is a story in itself. The two-time K&N Pro Series East champion, 19, started the season with Pastrana-Waltrip Racing but was free to find another ride when sponsorship ended after 10 races. He wasn’t scheduled to run for JGR at Charlotte, but PWR stepped up to reunite Truex with the No. 99 Toyota for this big chance at a big payday.
Another interesting note on one of the four “Dash 4 Cash” contenders is Kenny Wallace, who is seventh in the points, will make his 519th career start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, tying the mark set by his good friend, Jason Keller. Wallace is expected to set a new standard in two weeks at Texas.
Additionally, Wallace – a three-time NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver and a long-time fan favorite – will have his regular No. 09 RAB Racing Toyota dressed in a “Thank You Fans!” scheme.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Morgan Shepherd celebrates his 70th birthday this week (Oct. 12). Shepherd has made 316 series starts posting 15 wins and six poles. … As part of the ‘ExtenZe Local Hero’ program, driver Kevin Conway is stepping up to assist the Concord Police Department in the unsolved double homicide case of Donna Barnhardt and Darrell Noles. His No. 87 ExtenZe Toyota will carry an image of Barnhardt and Noles along with contact information on the car’s deck lid.
NASCAR Nationwide Series -- Race No. 31 -- Dollar General 300 Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) – Concord, N.C.
Fast Facts for October 13-15, 2011
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525
Nationwide: 6 sets for the weekend
Left-side -- D-4428; Right-side -- D-4430
Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Charlotte this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in both series ran during Charlotte Speedweeks this past May . . . both Cup and Nationwide teams also ran this right-side tire code (D-4430) at Darlington earlier this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.