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NC Education Lottery 200

TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #5 of 23 for the 2015 season


Race:Friday, May 15, 2015 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: NC Education Lottery

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:49pm/et

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Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, May 14

Friday, May 15
12:00 PM 7:00 PM NCWTS Minors Admitted in the NASCAR Garage Area*

*With Proper Credentials

NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series


  • Kahne wins at Charlotte UPDATE: #00-Kasey Kahne provided JR Motorsports its first Camping World Truck Series win on Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NC Education Lottery 200. Kahne took the lead following a green-white-checkered flag restart. #4-Erik Jones finished a close second, with just .005 seconds as the margin of victory, making it tied for the second-closest finish in series history. Jones led a race-high 88 laps and was followed by: #88-Matt Crafton, #19-Tyler Reddick, #29-Brad Keselowski, #05-John Wes Townley, #17-Timothy Peters, #51-Matt Tifft, #54-Justin Boston, and #23-Spencer Gallagher.
    There were 5 caution flags for 25 laps and 12 lead changes among 6 leaders.
    Kahne won the pole but started at the rear of the field, along with Jones. The win was the 200th for Chevrolet in the Truck Series.
    Complete results are on the Charlotte race results page (pdf). (5-15-2015)
    UPDATE: While Kasey Kahne captured a thrilling Camping World Truck Series victory over Erik Jones in a nailbiter finish on Friday night at Charotte Motor Speedway, all didn't end well for Kahne and his race-winning JR Motorsports team. NASCAR announced after the race that Kahne's Chevrolet failed post-race inspection for being too low on both sides and for being too high in the right rear. While the #00 JR Motorsports team likely will be penalized for the infractions, it is typically not NASCAR's policy to take away victories for issues in post-race inspection. Kahne, a full-time Sprint Cup driver for Hendrick Motorsports, was making a cameo appearance in the JRM truck -- which is being driven in 10 races this season by young Cole Custer.(FOX Sports)(5-16-2015)

  • Charlotte Race Fast Facts:
    Kasey Kahne won the 13th Annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200, his fifth victory in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    The margin of victory of .005 seconds was tied for the second-closest finish in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history.
    This is Chevrolet's 200th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory.
    Erik Jones (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2015.
    Matt Crafton (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 13 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Matt Crafton leads the point standings by 16 points over Erik Jones #
    (NASCAR Statistics) (5-15-2015)

  • Driver standings following Charlotte:
    1) #88-Matt Crafton, 217
    2) >#4-Erik Jones #, 201, -16
    3) #19-Tyler Reddick, 199, -18
    4) #98-Johnny Sauter, 182, -35
    5) #05-John Wes Townley, 160, -57
    6) #17-Timothy Peters, 158, -59
    7) #13-Cameron Hayley #, 153, -64
    8) #54-Justin Boston, 149, -68
    9) #23-Spencer Gallagher #, 111, -64
    10) #14-Daniel Hemric #, 136, -81
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(5-15-2015)

  • Owner Standings following Charlotte are posted (pdf).(5-15-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #1-Kyle Fowler, 20th
    Caution 2: #11-Ben Kennedy,16th
    Caution 3: #54-Justin Boston, 9th
    Caution 4: #33-Brandon Jones, 13th
    Caution 5: #02-Tyler Young, 18th


  • Pit stall selections(pdf)

  • Kahne on pole at Charlotte: #00-Kasey Kahne will start from the pole for the NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 181.342 mph. #4-Erik Jones will start second. The rest of the top-10: #51-Matt Tifft, #29-Brad Keselowski, #14-Daniel Hemric, #31-Scott Lagasse, #19-Tyler Reddick, #07-Ray Black, Jr., #88-Matt Crafton and #11-Ben Kennedy.
    Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #51-Matt Tifft with a speed of 180.240mph.
    #19-Reddick was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 180.717mph..
    #28-Ryan Ellis, #40-Todd Peck, and #86-Brandon Brown failed to qualify.
    See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(5-15-2015)

  • Charlotte Qualifying Notes:
    Kasey Kahne won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 13th Annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200 with a lap of 29.778 seconds, 181.342 mph.
    This is his first pole in six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in one races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Erik Jones (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2015 and his first in one races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Matt Tifft (third) posted his first top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his first in four races this season.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-15-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)

  • Qualifying Rules

  • Jones fastest in final practice: #4-Erik Jones was fastest in final practice for Friday's NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 180.693 mph. He was followed by #31-Scott Lagasse, #51-Matt Tifft, #00-Kasey Kahne, #19-Tyler Reddick, #88-Matt Crafton, #92-David Gilliland, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #13-Cameron Hayley, #29-Brad Keselowski.34 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Charlotte practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(5-14-2015)

  • Kahne fastest in first practice: #00-Kasey Kahne was fastest during opening practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 180.258mph. #8-Joe Nemechek, was second, followed by #14-Daniel Hemric, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #54-Justin Boston, #4-Erik Jones, #31-Scott Lagasse, #33-Brandon Jones, #19-Tyler Reddick, and #29-Brad Keselowski. 35 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Charlotte practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-14-2015)

  • Entry list: There are 33 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Friday's NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Kasey Kahne is in the #00;
    The #1 is TBA;
    Ryan Ellis in the #28;
    Brad Keselowski in the #29;
    Todd Peck in the #40;
    Caleb Holman in the #75;
    David Gilliland in the #92;
    UPDATE: BJ McLeod has been added in the #45;(5-12-2015)
    UPDATE 2: Kyle Fowler will be in the #1;(5-14-2015)
    UPDATE 3: Scott Lagasse is in the #31 in place of entered James Buescher; Justin Jennings added in the #36;(5-14-2015)
    See the complete list on the Charlotte entry list page.


    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 5 -- N.C. Education Lottery 200 Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) - Concord, N.C. Fast Facts for May 14-16, 2015

    Tire: Goodyear "Support Our Troops" Speedway Radials

    Set limits: Camping World Truck: 7 sets for the event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4428; Right-side -- D-4640

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.32 in. (2,218 mm); Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

    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 the two race weeks at Charlotte, all tires will be branded with "Support Our Troops" as part of the Goodyear Gives Back program . . . while NASCAR teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4426) at Charlotte since 2012, this is the first race weekend on this right-side code (D-4640) . . . this right-side is a Goodyear multi-zone tread tire, which incorporates two distinct compounds on the same tire -- one for endurance and heat resistance on the inboard two inches of the tread and one for traction on the outboard 10 inches . . . this inboard (Endurance Zone) features the same compound that was run on the same zone at Texas, while this outboard (Traction Zone) features the compound run at Charlotte last year . . . this tire set-up was first tested at Charlotte in December, and was confirmed in a March 10 tire test at the track with drivers Aric Almirola, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr. and J.J. Yeley . . . 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.


    Crafty Crafton: No. 88 ThorSport Driver Off To Torrid Start

    Matt Crafton zipped past Erik Jones, Tyler Reddick and Daniel Suarez - who all ran out of fuel on the closing laps of last Friday's Toyota Tundra 250 - to reach Victory Lane for the second time this season.

    Just four races into the 2015 campaign, Crafton has matched his career-best total for wins in a season and seems well on his way to becoming the first driver in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history to win three straight championships. The No. 88 ThorSport driver increased his points standings lead to 17 points over Tyler Reddick and 18 points over Erik Jones.

    A main key to Crafton's supremacy in the Truck Series has been his dominance at 1.5-mile tracks. He has notched a top-10 finish in his last 10 races on intermediate courses. Included in his streak are three wins (Texas-1 in 2014 in addition to Atlanta and Kansas in 2015), three runner-ups and a 3.2 avg. finish.

    Crafton will attempt to continue his reign at 1.5-mile tracks in Friday's NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (8:30 p.m. ET). The Tulare, California native earned his first-career win at Charlotte in 2008.

    Jones Focused On Getting First Wins

    It's been four races since Erik Jones last visited Victory Lane in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - tying his longest winless drought since he began racing on the circuit in 2013.

    Jones looked well on his way to his first win of the season, leading a track record 151 laps in last Friday's Toyota Tundra 250 before running out of fuel with six to go.

    Already the owner of four NCWTS wins and a record five NASCAR national series victories before the age of 19, the NASCAR Next alumnus will compete at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the first time in Friday's NC Education Lottery 200.

    Kahne Insane In Camping World Truck Series, Draws Start For JR Motorsports At Charlotte

    Five starts. Four victories. One runner-up.

    That's Kasey Kahne's insane line in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition.

    Kahne will make his first NCWTS start since he won in 2012 at Rockingham, piloting the No. 00 Haas-Automation Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in Friday's NC Education Lottery 200.

    Kahne's start marks the second for JR Motorsports this season. Cole Custer, NASCAR Next member and youngest winner in NASCAR national series history, piloted the No. 00 truck to a 16th-place finish at Martinsville. The youngster led in the final laps, but a spin ended any hopes for victory No. 2.

    Kahne is one of 26 drivers to win in all three of NASCAR's national series. In addition to Rockingham, he has visited Victory Lane in NCWTS races at Darlington (2004, '11) and Homestead (2004).

    Triple Threat: ThorSport Places Three Trucks In Top Five For First Time In Team History

    In the spirit of the ongoing National Hockey League playoffs, ThorSport Racing had a hat trick of sorts in last Friday's Toyota Tundra 250, placing all three of its drivers in the top five for the first time in team history. Matt Crafton placed first, followed by Johnny Sauter (third) and Cameron Hayley (fifth).

    Crafton (seven-career wins) and Sauter (10) are established in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series, while NASCAR Next alum Hayley is attempting to earn the respect of the garage. Hayley's fifth-place finish was the highest of his career (seven starts) and his third top-10 finish. The Canadian occupies the fifth spot in the driver standings, 52 points behind Crafton, and ranks second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings.

    Sauter is fourth in the driver standings, 22 points behind Crafton, as he chases his first NCWTS championship. The No. 98 Toyota Tundra driver was series runner-up in 2011 and has placed fourth in the final standings his last two seasons.


    NEMCO Never Stops: Notches First Top-Five Finish Of 2015

    NEMCO Racing earned its first top-five finish of the season at Kansas Speedway last Friday behind the efforts of Ryan Newman, who piloted its No. 8 Chevrolet to a runner-up result.

    The truck will be back in the family the rest of the year though. Joe Nemechek will drive in Friday's NC Education Lottery 200 before giving way to his son - NASCAR Next member John Hunter Nemechek - for the rest of the season. John Hunter turns 18 on June 11 and will be allowed to race on all NASCAR tracks. Before, he could only compete on road courses and tracks 1.25 miles or less. John Hunter placed 29th at Martinsville in his lone race this season and compiled one top-five and six top-10 finishes in 10 starts last year.

    Young And Gettin' It: Sunoco Rookies Fill Standings Top 10

    The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is filled with young drivers, who despite their inexperience get how to rack up strong finishes. Five Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates rank in the top 10 of the NCWTS driver standings: Erik Jones (third), Cameron Hayley (fifth), Justin Boston (eighth), Ray Black Jr. (ninth) and Spencer Gallagher (10th). Hayley and Boston posted career-best finishes at Kansas Speedway last weekend, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Toyota Tundra 250.

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