Race Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
TV: Fox Sports 1
Friday, May 16
Final practice: 11:00 AM ET
Qualifying: 5:30 PM ET
Race: 8:30 PM ET
Thursday, May 15
9:00 AM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
10:30 AM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
11:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
4:00 PM 6:00 PM NCWTS PRACTICE
5:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM 9:00 PM NCWTS PRACTICE
10:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, May 16
6:30 AM NSCS REGISTRATION OPENS
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
8:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 AM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM 12:00 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
4:00 PM 7:00 PM NCWTS Minors Admitted in the NASCAR Garage Area*
5:40 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING
6:50 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
8:00 PM NSCS & NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
8:00 PM APPROX. NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
8:30 PM APPROX. NCWTS RACE (134 LAPS, 201 MILES)
Busch wins at Charlotte: #51-Kyle Busch won the NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. #88-Matt Crafton finished second followed by: #19-Brad Keselowski, #5-John Wes Townley, #17-Timothy Peters, #98-Johnny Sauter, #20-Austin Dillon, #31-Ben Kennedy, #77-German Quiroga, and #9-Justin Lofton. There were 9 cautions for 47 laps and 2 lead changes among 2 leaders. Complete results are on the Charlotte race results page (pdf).(5-16-2014)See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Charlotte Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-16-2014)
Charlotte Race Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch won the 12th Annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200, his 38th victory in 118 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his third victory in three starts in 2014, and fourth victory in his last four NCWTS starts dating back to his Homestead-Miami Speedway win in November 2013.
This is his sixth victory and eighth top-10 finish in nine races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Toyota has now won six consecutive races, dating back to November 2013, which matches its longest NCWTS streak.
Matt Crafton (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 12 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2014.
Brad Keselowski (third) posted his second top-10 finish in five races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Ben Kennedy (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Matt Crafton leads the point standings by 11 points over Timothy Peters.
Driver standings following Charlotte:
1) #88-Matt Crafton,162
2) #17-Timothy Peters, 151, - 11
3) #77-German Quiroga, 144, -18
4) #98-Johnny Sauter, 143, -19
5) #30-Ron Hornaday, 137, -25
6) #31-Ben Kennedy, 132, -30
7) #5-John Wes Townley, 127, -35
8) #13-Jeb Burton, 127, -35
9) #29-Ryan Blaney, 123, -39
10) #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 108, -54
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(5-16-2014)
Owner Standings following Charlotte are posted (pdf).(5-16-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #82-Jake Crum, 21st
Caution 2: #08-Jimmy Weller, 14th
Caution 3: #99-Bryan Silas, 13th
Caution 4: #35-Mason Mingus, 20th
Caution 5: #08-Jimmy Weller, 14th
Caution 6: #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, 16th
Caution 7: #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, 16th
Caution 8: #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, 16th
Caution 9: none
Busch on pole at Charlotte: #51-Kyle Busch won the Keystone Light Pole for the NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 183.773mph. #88-Matt Crafton will start second, followed by: #19-Brad Keselowski, #30-Ron Hornaday, Jr., #7-Brian Ickler, #31-Ben Kennedy, #98-Johnny Sauter, #13-Jeb Burton, ##17-Timothy Peters, and #29-Ryan Blaney.
Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #7-Brian Ickler.
#13-Jeb Burton was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 181.378mph.
See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(5-16-2014)
Charlotte Qualifying Notes:
Kyle Busch won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 12th Annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200 with a track qualifying record lap of 29.384 seconds, 183.773 mph.
This is his 14th pole in 118 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his second pole and third top-10 start in 2014.
This is his third pole in nine races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Matt Crafton (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2014 and his fourth in 12 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Brad Keselowski (third) posted his third top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his first in one races this season.
Ben Kennedy (sixth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-16-2014)
Busch fastest in practice: #51-Kyle Busch was fastest during the one and only practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 180.820 mph. #29-Ryan Blaney was second, followed by #17-Timothy Peters, #19-Brad Keselowski, #88-Matt Crafton, #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #30-Ron Hornaday, Jr., #98-Johnny Sauter, #7-Brian Ickler, and #23-Max Gresham. 33 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Charlotte practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-16-2014)
Rain washes out Thursday practice: The two practice sessions scheduled for Friday's NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday have been cancelled due to rain. Trucks will now practice on Friday, beginning at 10:00 AM.(5-15-2014)
Entry list: There are 30 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Friday's NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A few notes:
The #07 is TBA;
The #9 is TBA;
Brad Keselowski in the #19;
Austin Dillon is in the #20;
Max Gresham is in the #23;
Jake Crum is in the #82;
Ross Chastain is in the #92;
UPDATE: Justin Lofton will drive the #9.
UPDATE 2: Scott Riggs will drive the #92 in place of Chastain.
UPDATE 3: Ryan Ellis has been added in the #28 and Charles Lewandoski has been added in the #42 to bring total entries to 32;
UPDATE 4: Willie Allen has been added to the #0 and JJ Yeley has been entered into the #07;
See the complete list on the Charlotte entry list page.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 4 -- N.C. Education Lottery 200 Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) - Concord, N.C. Fast Facts for May 15-17, 2014
Tire: Goodyear "Support Our Troops" Speedway Radials
Set limits: Camping World Truck: 7 sets for the event (must turn in 2 sets before the race)
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4428; Right-side -- D-4552
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.52 in. (2,223 mm); Right-side -- 88.43 in. (2,246 mm)
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 Camping World Truck Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Charlotte this week . . . throughout Charlotte's Speed Weeks, all tires will be branded with "Support Our Troops" as part of the Goodyear Gives Back program . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in both of these series have run at Charlotte since 2012 . . . while Charlotte is the only track at which NASCAR teams run this left-side tire code (D-4428), Sprint Cup teams also run this right-side tire code (D-4552) at Darlington . . . 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.
Deja' Vu For Crafton After Kansas Race
Just like his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship season of a year ago, Matt Crafton is sitting right where he was after competing at Kansas Speedway in 2013 (Kansas was the fourth race last season). Crafton used his second-place finish at Kansas to take the points lead, moving ahead of Timothy Peters and Johnny Sauter, both of whom had trouble in the race at Kansas.
Last season Crafton assumed the points lead and never looked back, scoring 11 consecutive top-10 finishes in as many races to pull away and win his first championship. Crafton finished last season with 19 top 10s in 22 races.
Crafton returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend with an eight-point lead over Timothy Peters and Ron Hornaday Jr. Crafton also holds the record for most truck starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway; he's the only active driver in the field this weekend who has started every NCWTS race that has been held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The Tulare, Calif. native has collected his first career series win at Charlotte in 2008 and has eight top-10 and three top-five finishes in his 11 starts at CMS.
Strong Start Continues For Quiroga
Despite getting collected in an early-race incident at Kansas last Friday, German Quiroga came back to finish seventh and keep an impressive streak alive in 2014. The Mexico City native is one of two drivers to finish in the top 10 in all three series events so far this season (Ron Hornaday Jr. is the other).
Quiroga rebounded at the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway to finish 10th and he scored his best finish at Martinsville Speedway in March, coming home seventh.
As Quiroga, currently fourth in points, enjoys his best start in the series, he enters this weekend's race at Charlotte just 11 points out of the lead.
Dating back to last year's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Quiroga has collected four consecutive top-10 finishes for the first time in his career.
Busch Enjoys Racing NCWTS At Charlotte
Kyle Busch, who has won each of his last three starts at Charlotte, has five CMS wins overall (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013). Busch's five wins at CMS are the most at any track on the schedule. In addition to his five wins in eight starts, the Las Vegas native has seven top-10 finishes and two poles.
To say Busch likes driving on 1.5-mile tracks might be an understatement. The Las Vegas native has picked up nearly half (18) of his 37 career truck series wins on tracks of that length. In addition to his truck wins, Busch also has captured eight NASCAR Nationwide Series wins at Charlotte.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
Brad Keselowski will make his first truck series start of the season Friday night. ... Jake Crum will make his first start of the season driving a truck for Empire Motorsports and new crew chief Mike 'Grumpy' Cheek. Crum has made 13 career series starts. ... Max Gresham also makes his first start of the year driving a truck for GMS Racing. Gresham, who has 38 career truck starts, will compete in five races for the team in 2014 starting at Charlotte where he finished a career-best third in this race last season.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)