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THE RACE: Dollar General 300

TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #29 of 33 for the 2012 season


Race: Friday, October 12, 2012 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: Dollar General

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:45pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 7:00 pm/et

  • Announcers: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team

Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Wednesday, October 10th


Thursday, October 11th


Friday, October 12th

7:30 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Official Charlotte Motor Speedway Race Results (pdf)
  • Logano wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway: #20-Joey Logano won the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 8th Nationwide win of the season. #33-Kevin Harvick finished second followed by #2-Elliott Sadler, #54-Kyle Busch, #18-Denny Hamlin, #3-Austin Dillon, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #11-Brian Scott, #30-James Buescher, and #43-Michael Annett. There were 5 cautions for 25 laps and 21 lead changes among 9 leaders. The estimated attendance was 40,0000. Complete results are on the Charlotte Motor Speedway race results page (pdf).(10-12-2012)

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway Race Fast Facts:
    Joey Logano(i) won the 31st Annual Dollar General 300, his 17th victory in 106 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his eighth victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in nine races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Kevin Harvick(i) (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 22 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2012.
    Elliott Sadler (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 12 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 13 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(10-12-2012)

  • Driver standings following Charlotte Motor Speedway:
    1) #2-Elliott Sadler 1096
    2) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1083 -13
    3) #3-Austin Dillon # 1067 -29
    4) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 1003 -93
    5) #43-Michael Annett 950 -146
    6) #31-Justin Allgaier 936 -160
    7) #88-Cole Whitt # 874 -222
    8) #19-Mike Bliss 789 -307
    9) #11-Brian Scott 740 -356
    10) #7-Danica Patrick 708 -388
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(10-12-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Charlotte Motor Speedway are posted (pdf).(10-12-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte Motor Speedway: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 2: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 3: #30-Buescher, 9th
    Caution 4: #43-Annett, 10th
    Caution 5: #88-Whitt, 13th

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Sadler on pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway: #2-Elliott Sadler won the Coors Light Pole for the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 184.237 mph. #3-Austin Dillon will start second. The rest of the top ten: #20-Joey Logano, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #33-Kevin Harvick, #54-Kyle Busch, #11-Brian Scott, #18-Denny Hamlin, #22-Brad Keselowski, and #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. Did Not Qualify: #50-Bell, #52-Gase, #71-Carter & #89-Shepherd. The starting lineup is posted on the Charlotte Motor Speedway starting lineup page (pdf).(10-12-2012)

  • Charlotte Qualifying Notes:
    Elliott Sadler won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 31st Annual Dollar General 300 with a lap of 29.310 seconds, 184.237 mph.
    This is his 15th pole in 193 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his fourth pole and 23rd top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in 12 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Austin Dillon (second) posted his 23rd top-10 start of 2012 and his second in two races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Joey Logano(i) (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 15th in 18 races this season.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(10-12-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Stenhouse, Jr. fastest in happy hour: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was quickest during the final practice session for the Dollar General 300 with a top speed of 183.076 mph. He was followed by: #54-Kurt Busch, #2-Elliott Sadler, #33-Kevin Harvick, #20-Joey Logano, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. #22-Brad Keselowski, #18-Denny Hamlin, #7-Danica Patrick, and #3-Austin Dillon, #88-Whitt wrecked during the practice and will have to go to a backup car. See complete results on the Charlotte Motor Speedway practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(10-11-2012)

  • Harvick fastest in first practice: #33-Kevin Harvick was fastest during opening practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 181.488mph. #3-Austin Dillon was second, followed by: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #18-Denny Hamlin, #54-Kyle Busch, #88-Cole Whitt, #2-Elliott Sadler, #20-Joey Logano, #11-Brian Scott, and #22-Brad Keselowski. See complete results on the Charlotte Motor Speedway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(10-11-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 46 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Angela Cope will be in the #00;
    Kyle Fowler will drive the #08;
    The Rick Ware #15 is TBA;
    Mike Bliss remains in the #19;
    David Starr will drive the #24;
    Ryan Blaney will drive the #36;
    Jeffrey Earnhardt is in the #39;
    The #50 for MAKE Motorsports is TBA;
    The Jimmy Means #52 is TBA;
    Tony Raines will drive the #70;
    David Green is in the #74 for Mike Harmon;
    John Wes Townley returns to the #99.(10-8-2012)
    UPDATE: Joey Gase will be in the #52 for Jimmy Means.(10-10-2012)
    UPDATE 2: T.J. Bell will return to the MAKE Motorsports #50.(10-10-2012)
    UPDATE 3: #89-Morgan Shepherd has been added. There are 47 teams at the track.(10-11-2012)
    See the complete list on the Charlotte Motor Speedway entry list page.

  • Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series at Charlotte: The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will race under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend with races on Friday and Saturday nights, Oct. 12-13. ABC will have a live telecast of Saturday night's Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, the fifth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, with NASCAR Countdown at 7 p.m. ET and the race's green flag at 7:46 p.m. Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series race airs on ESPN, with NASCAR Countdown at 7 p.m. and the green flag at 7:46 p.m. ESPN2 will have telecasts of practice and qualifying sessions for both series on Thursday and Friday. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.(ESPN)(10-8-2012)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,350, Right-side -- 1,425;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 450, Right-side -- 450

  • Set limits:
    5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    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 tire codes at Charlotte this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR teams ran at Charlotte this past May . . . this is the same left-side tire code (D-4428) that these teams ran at Charlotte last season, as well . . . 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

    Three Drivers’ Championship Hopes Shine Under The Lights
    Anticipation building and competitors focused, the Dollar General 300 looks to be a Friday night fight under the lights that will have fans on their feet cheering. Standings leader Elliott Sadler will have his hands full trying to hold off the charge of 2011 series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Sunoco Rookie of the Year sensation Austin Dillon at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. Just nine points separate Sadler and Stenhouse, but Dillon is still not out of it, 25 points behind Sadler.
    Richard Childress Racing’s Sadler has made 11 starts, posting three top fives, four top 10s and an average finish of 18.4. His teammate Dillon has made one series start at the 1.5-mile speedway  starting second and finishing 11th earlier this season. Roush Fenway Racing’s Stenhouse has made six starts at Charlotte, posting one Coors Light pole (spring 2011), one top five, two top 10s and an average finish of 22.1. Stenhouse will run double duty this weekend, strapping into RFR’s No. 6 in Saturday’s NSCS Bank of America 500 as part of his transition to that series next season. In the last five races of the 2011 season, Stenhouse had a better average finish (5.4) than Sadler (6.8), and he also led four times (117) as many laps as Sadler (25). Stenhouse also had a better average Driver Rating (116.6) compared to Sadler (104.1) over that same span of races. 
    Since Dillon is a rookie this season, his statistical sample size is significantly smaller, but at three of the tracks the series returns to in these final five races (Charlotte, Texas, Phoenix) he averaged a finish of 6.7 compared to Sadler’s 6.0 and Stenhouse’s 10.0. Dillon could become the first Sunoco rookie to win the series title or even tie Kyle Busch for the record of highest series rookie points finish (second). 
    Of the top three in the standings, Dillon has the best pre-race Driver Rating (98.7) compared to Sadler (90.1) and Stenhouse (81.0). 

    Fifth And 10th Places Being Hotly Contested
    As the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads into the final stretch with just five races remaining, the battles for fifth and 10th place in the standings are heating up. When Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett hit the Charlotte track for the Dollar General 300, they will only be separated by 10 points (926 vs. 916). Allgaier, fifth in the standings, has one win, six top-five and 17 top-10 finishes on the season. In eight events at CMS, he has four top-10 finishes.
    Annett’s best finish in seven events at the track is 13th (October 2009). He sits in sixth place in the standings with six top fives and 14 top 10s.
    The battle for 10th place is even closer with Danica Patrick (675) only three points behind Joe Nemechek (678). Nemechek has one top-10 finish this season (eighth at Richmond). In 32 NNS appearances at Charlotte, he’s won once (May 1997) and has four top fives and eight top 10s.
    In 2012, Patrick has one pole and two top 10s. In two races at Charlotte, she finished 21st and 13th.  

    Wallace To Make 750th National Series Start On Friday
    Mike Wallace made his first appearance in one of NASCAR’s national series on Oct. 28, 1990, in an NNS event at Martinsville Speedway. He finished sixth that day, after starting 24th.
    Twenty-two years later, Wallace approaches a milestone that is indicative of the longevity of his career. This Friday, when Wallace competes in the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte it will be his 750th start among NASCAR’s top three series. 
    In 444 NNS starts, Wallace has captured four checkered flags along with 22 top-five and 64 top-10 finishes. His most recent victory came at Daytona in 2004. In 28 starts this season, he has one top-10 finish (seventh in Montreal). His best finish in 31 races at Charlotte was ninth in 1996.
    Wallace has started 190 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with three top fives and 14 top 10s. His best NSCS finish at Charlotte is 12th in 1995. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, he’s started 115 races, winning five of them to go with 33 top-five and 56 top-10 finishes. He has never competed in a truck race at Charlotte.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Chevrolet can mathematically clinch the Bill France Performance Award Friday. If Chevrolet leads the standings by 25 points leaving the race, it will clinch. Chevrolet currently holds a 25-point lead over Toyota. & Danica Patrick will be supporting Breast Cancer Awareness this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway; her No.7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet will have a special “Pink” paint scheme. Current NNS points leader Elliott Sadler will also run a special pink paint scheme in honor of his mom (Bell Sadler) who is a breast cancer survivor. He will also wear a pink fire suit and driving shoes. & Three better halves participating in Thursday night’s Better Half Dash Charity Bandolero race at CMS are associated with NNS drivers: Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins Pastrana (wife of NASCAR driver Travis Pastrana), Ashley Allgaier (wife of NASCAR driver Justin Allgaier) and Kristen Yeley (wife of NASCAR driver JJ Yeley). & All-time NNS wins leader, Kyle Busch, has yet to post a victory this season, which could end an eight-year win streak  the longest running win streak in the NNS.

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