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THE RACE: History 300

TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #11 of 33 for the 2012 season


Race: Saturday, May 26, 2012 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: History Channel

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:01pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team

  • This Week - Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite Radio

  • goprn.com

  • sirius.com

Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Wednesday, May 23


Thursday, May 24th


Friday, May 25th


Saturday, May 26th

2:45 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Official Charlotte Race Results (pdf)
  • Keselowski wins at Charlotte: #22-Brad Keselowski won the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, for his first win of the year and the 18th of his Nationwide career. #18-Denny Hamlin finished second followed by #54-Kyle Busch, #33-Kevin Harvick, #2-Elliott Sadler, #20-Joey Logano, #30-James Buesher, #31-Justin Allgaier, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., and #21-Joey Coulter. There were 7 cautions for 38 laps and 12 lead changes among 7 leaders. The estimated attendance was 45,000. Complete results are on the Charlotte race results page (pdf).(5-26-2012)

  • Charlotte Race Fast Facts:
    Brad Keselowski(i) won the 31st Annual History 300 , his 18th victory in 178 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 12 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Denny Hamlin(i) (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in eight races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2012.
    Kyle Busch(i) (third) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 18 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (11th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the point standings by 13 points over Elliott Sadler. (NASCAR Statistics)(5-26-2012)

  • Driver standings following Charlotte:
    1) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 430
    2) #2-Elliott Sadler 417 -13
    3) #3-Austin Dillon 402 -28
    4) #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. 373 -57
    5) #88-Cole Whitt 336 -94
    6) #31-Justin Allgaier 336 -94
    7) #43-Michael Annett 331 -99
    8) #44-Mike Bliss 291 -139
    9) #7-Danica Patrick 264 -166
    10) #87-Joe Nemechek 262 -168
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(5-26-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Charlotte are posted (pdf).(5-26-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 2: #99-Pastrana, 24th
    Caution 3: none
    Caution 4: #18-Hamlin, 2nd
    Caution 5: #43-Annett, 14th
    Caution 6: #19-Malsam, 20th
    Caution 7: #51-Clements, 18th
    (NASCAR Statistics)(5-26-2012)

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Logano on pole at Charlotte: #20-Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole for the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 179.063mph. #3-Austin Dillon will start second. The rest of the top ten: #7-Danica Patrick, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #2-Elliott Sadler, #33-Kevin Harvick, #30-James Buesher, #11-Brian Scott, #22-Brad Keselowski. Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Charlotte starting lineup page (pdf).(5-26-2012)

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway Qualifying Notes:
    Joey Logano(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 31st Annual History 300 with a lap of 30.157 seconds, 179.063 mph.
    This is his 19th pole in 97 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his third pole and sixth top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in eight races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2012 and his first in one races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Danica Patrick (third) posted her first top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is her third in 11 races this season.
    Austin Dillon (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(5-26-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Whitt fastest in happy hour: #88-Cole Whitt was quickest during the final practice session for the History 300 with a top speed of 181.080mph. He was followed by: #54-Kurt Busch, #3-Austin Dillon, #21-Joey Coulter, #20-Joey Logano, #30-James Buescher, #7-Danica Patrick, #33-Brendan Gaughan, #44-Mike Bliss, and #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. See complete results on the Charlotte practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(5-24-2012)

  • Keselowski fastest in first practice: #22-Brad Keselowski was fastest during opening practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 179.635mph.#33-Kevin Harvick was second, followed by: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #88-Cole Whitt, #20-Joey Logano, #30-James Buescher, #38-Kasey Kahne, #21-Joey Coulter, #44-Mike Bliss, and #2-Elliott Sadler. See complete results on the Charlotte practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-24-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 46 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Angela Cope will drive the #00;
    Eric McClure is listed as the driver of the #14, but his status is still unknown;
    J.J. Yeley returns with the #17 team;
    Joey Coulter will drive the #21 for RCR;
    Casey Roderick remains in the #24;
    Josh Richards remains in the #39 for Go Green;
    The Jimmy Means #52 is TBA;
    Reed Sorenson will drive the #98 for Biagi Bros.(5-21-2012)
    UPDATE: Joey Gase will drive the Jimmy Means #52.(5-23-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Jeff Green will once again sub for the injured #14-Eric McClure. The #10 car is TBA.(5-23-2012)
    UPDATE 3: Kevin Lepage is in the TriStar #10. Rick Ware Racing has withdrawn the #15 & #75 cars. There are 44 teams at the track.(5-24-2012)
    See the complete list on the Charlotte entry list page.

  • NASCAR Nationwide Series at Charlotte on ABC: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the History 300 airs live on ABC on Saturday, May 26. NASCAR Countdown airs at 2:30 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 3:01 p.m. Also from Charlotte, ESPN2 airs NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying on Saturday at 11 a.m.(ESPN)(5-21-2012)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 500, Right-side -- 500

  • Set limits:
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4428;
    Right-side -- D-4552

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,223 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 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 Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Charlotte this week . . . these are the same tire codes that were run in the Sprint All-Star and Camping World Truck Series races at Charlotte last weekend . . .for Nationwide teams, this is the same left-side tire code (D-4428) they ran at Charlotte last season, but this is a new right-side code (D-4552) . . . compared to what was run at Charlotte last year, this right-side features just a slight construction change . . . 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.

NASCAR News & Notes

    Stenhouse On Path To Repeat His Championship Ways
    Exclusive company is where current standings leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will be if he stays the course and repeats as the NASCAR Nationwide Series champion. Stenhouse would become the sixth driver to win consecutive series championships, joining Sam Ard (1983-84), Larry Pearson (1986-87), Randy LaJoie (1996-97), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1998-99) and Martin Truex Jr. (2004-05).   
    Stenhouse, the unofficial ‘Comeback Kid’ of the series, is doing it again. Following his win at Iowa Speedway last weekend, Stenhouse bolstered his points lead to 34 over second-place Elliott Sadler and in the process posted the series’ first Perfect Driver Rating performance of this season (150.0)Since a 19th-place result to start the year at Daytona, Stenhouse has ripped off nine straight finishes of sixth or better, including three wins (Las Vegas, Texas, Iowa). 
    Compared to last season, the stats are pointing to Stenhouse to pull it off. He has accumulated 90 more points in the series standings, including 13 more bonus points, than he did after the first 10 races in 2011. He also has bettered his season-to-date Driver Rating (117.9) by 13 points (’11 Driver Rating - 104.9), and his Average Running Position (6.1) by two positions (’11 Avg. Running Position - 8.2) over last season after 10 races.  
    Stenhouse returns to Charlotte after winning the pole for this race last year and finishing fourth, just missing the opportunity to give Roush Fenway Racing a top-three sweep  Matt Kenseth won, followed by Carl Edwards.  Stenhouse has made five series starts at Charlotte, posting one top five and two top 10s. 

    Bliss-ful Return To Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Mike Bliss, 47, is one of the most versatile  and perhaps unheralded  drivers in NASCAR. Running for TriStar Motorsports, an independent series team, Bliss currently is ranked eighth in the standings, the seventh straight week he’s been listed in the top 10 after starting off the year in 27th due to an accident at Daytona. Although he’s yet to post a top-10 finish this season, the 2002 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and only driver to accumulate 200 starts in both NNS and NCWTS has had his best success at Charlotte. Both of his NASCAR Nationwide Series victories have come at Charlotte. He won this race in 2009 and captured his first series win in the 2004 fall event. He finished 18th in this race last year. With 135 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, Bliss will pull double duty this weekend, also running in the Coca-Cola 600. Other full-time NNS regulars entered in the season’s longest NSCS race are T.J. BellDanica Patrick, 1992 series champion Joe Nemechek and Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Cole Whitt.

    Coulter Next In Line As RCR Continues To Groom Young Talent
    Hard work, experience and success are all keys to making it in NASCAR, and car owner Richard Childress is notorious for having one of the best eyes for talented drivers. The NASCAR ladder system has been quite beneficial to Childress. He has used it to hone the talents of Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and his grandson, Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Austin Dillon, currently third in the series standings. This weekend, Childress has tapped up-and-coming driver Joey Coulter for the History 300 at CMS. 
    Coulter, 21, is currently in his second full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The 2011 Sunoco Rookie of the Year, Coulter earned five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in his rookie season. He currently is 10th in the 2012 NCWTS driver standings with two top-10 finishes in the first five events. 
    "I'm really excited to be given the opportunity to run in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with RCR this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway," Coulter said. "I can't thank RCR and everyone that has helped me grow as a driver over the past two years enough. “

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Kyle Busch, the 2009 series champion, has the opportunity to build on his all-time win record at CMS. He’ll be back driving his own No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota this weekend. He last won this race in 2010 and he’s one of five former winners who are entered this weekend. & Two-time series champion and team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick, driver of the JR Motorsports No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, will take part in a live online chat on Friday, May 25, at 4:15 p.m. EDT on NASCARNationwideseries.com. & The No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota remains in second place in the owner standings behind the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford for the second consecutive week. The No. 18 supplanted the No. 2 RCR Chevrolet following Darlington. & Justin Allgaier’s sixth-place finish at Iowa was his best result thus far in 2012 and also best since a sixth last fall at Atlanta. & Austin Dillon has put up consecutive top-five finishes since a season-worst 17th place at Talladega. He continues to lead the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. & Angela Cope, niece of 1990 Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope and whose twin sister Amber also races, will make her first start of the season at Charlotte. Her most recent series start was in the fall race at CMS last year. & After a six-year hiatus, Biagi-DenBeste Racing returns to the NNS at Charlotte. Reed Sorenson will drive the No. 98 Mustang honoring the late motorsports legend Carroll Shelby. Sorenson’s ride will mirror the new “Super Snake” from Shelby American in celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary.

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