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THE RACE: History 300

TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #10 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race: Saturday, May 25, 2013 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: History Channel

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:57pm/et


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Wednesday, May 22nd

9:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
9:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
12:00 PM-4:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
4:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Thursday, May 23rd

7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 PM 3:20 PM NNS PRACTICE
5:10 PM 6:30 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
7:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
8:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, May 24th

NO ON TRACK ACTIVIES ON FRIDAY

Saturday, May 25th

7:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:05 AM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
12:45 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
2:15 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:45 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
3:15 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Charlotte race results and standings (pdf)

  • Busch wins at Charlotte: #18-Kyle Busch won the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 6th win of the year (in 9 races), his 7th Nationwide win at Charlotte (most of all drivers) and 57th of his Nationwide career. He dominated the race, leading 186 of the 200 laps. #5-Kasey Kahne finished second followed by #22-Joey Logano, #32-Kyle Larson, #33-Kevin Harvick, #6-Trevor Bayne, #31-Justin Allgaier, #18-Matt Kenseth, #77-Parker Kligerman, and #7-Regan Smith.
    There were 7 cautions for 33 laps and 9 lead changes among 5 leaders. Complete results are on the Charlotte race results page (pdf).(5-25-2013)

  • Charlotte Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the 32nd Annual History 300 , his 57th victory (series most) in 253 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his sixth victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his seventh victory (series most) and 17th top-10 finish in 20 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Kasey Kahne(i) (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 20 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2013.
    Joey Logano(i) (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in ten races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Larson (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Regan Smith leads the point standings by 29 points over Sam Hornish Jr.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-25-2013)

  • Driver standings following Charlotte:
    1) #7-Regan Smith 376
    2) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 347, -29
    3) #31-Justin Allgaier 336, -40
    4) #11-Elliott Sadler 331, -45
    5) #20-Brian Vickers 327, -49
    6) #77-Parker Kligerman 322, -54
    7) #3-Austin Dillon 321, -55
    8) #2-Brian Scott 313, -63
    9) #32-Kyle Larson # 288, -88
    10) #99Alex Bowman # 282, -94
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(5-25-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Charlotte are posted (pdf).(5-25-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #70-Long, 36th
    Caution 2: #87-Nemechek, 32nd
    Caution 3: #87-Nemechek (2), 32nd
    Caution 4: #43-Annett, 17th
    Caution 5: #31-Allgaier, 7th
    Caution 6: #19-Bliss, 19th
    Caution 7: #30-Piquet, Jr., 16th
    (5-25-2013)


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
info, news, speeds and links

  • Dillon on pole at Charlotte: #3-Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole for the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 183.949mph. #54-Kyle Busch will start second. The rest of the top 10: #20-Brian Vickers, #2-Brian Scott, #77-Parker Kligerman, #20-Joey Logano, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #99-Alex Bowman, #18-Matt Kenseth, and #7-Regan Smith. #23-Robert Richardon wrecked on his qualifying lap and will have to go to a backup. #60-Travis Pastrana spun but didn't hit anything. #00-Bryan Silas spun & #17-Tanner Berryhill hit the wall on their attempts. They did not qualify. #10-Green withdrew after qualifying so #66-Steve Wallace could make the filed. Did Not Qualify: #42-Yeley, #00-Silas, #37-Dibenedetto, #17-Berryhill. The starting lineup is posted on the Charlotte starting lineup page (pdf).(5-25-2013)

  • Charlotte Qualifying Notes:
    Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 32nd Annual History 300 with a lap of 29.356 seconds, 183.949 mph.
    This is his fourth pole in 54 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first pole and ninth top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in three races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2013 and his 12th in 20 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Brian Vickers (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his sixth in ten races this season.
    Alex Bowman (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-25-2013)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Townley fastest in happy hour: #25-John Wes Townley was quickest during happy hour for the History 300 with a speed of 181.087mph. He was followed by: #29-Kenny Wallace, #2-Brian Scott, #66-Steve Wallace, #30-Nelson Piquet, Jr., #21-Dakota Armstrong, #43-Michael Annett, #5-Kasey Kahne, #17-Tanner Berryhill, and #14-Eric McClure. Just 25 drivers participated in the session. Many teams decided to save tires. See complete results on the Charlotte practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(5-23-2013)

  • Bowman fastest in first Friday practice: #99-Alex Bowman was fastest during Friday's frist practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 184.483mph. #77-Parker Kligerman was second, followed by: #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #3-Austiin Dillon, #5-Kasey Kahne, #98-Kevin Swindell, #20-Brian Vickers, #54-Kyle Busch, #29-Kenny Wallace, and #22-Joey Logano. All 45 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Charlotte practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-23-2013)

  • Logano fastest in test at Charlotte: #22-Joey Logano was fastest during the four-hour open test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday with a speed of 178.247mph. #99-Alex Bowman was second, followed by: #54-Kyle Busch, #18-Matt Kenseth, #6-Trevor Bayne, #21-Dakoda Armstrong, #3-Austin Dillon, #5-Kasey Kahne, #16-Chris Buescher, and #66-Steve Wallace. 43 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Charlotte test speeds page (pdf).(5-22-2013)

  • Entry List:There are 45 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Chris Buescher returns to the Roush Fenway #16;
    Tannery Berryhill is back in the #17;
    Dakota Armstrong will drive the RCR #21;
    Kenny Wallace returns to the RAB #29;
    Matt Dibenedetto will drive the #37 for Vision Racing;
    The Petty #43 is TBA. Michael Annett is expected to be cleared to return this week;
    Steve Wallace will make his first attempt of the season in the Rusty Wallace #66.(5-20-2013)
    UPDATE: Michael Annett tweeted Monday afternoon that he has been cleared to return this weekend.(5-20-2013) See the complete list on the Charlotte entry list page.

  • Nationwide Series at Charlotte on ABC: The NASCAR Nationwide Series competes at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 25, and the series will appear on ABC for the first time this season. The History 300 telecast begins with NASCAR Countdown at 2:30 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 3:02 p.m. Also from Charlotte, ESPN2 will televise qualifying earlier that day at 11 a.m.(ESPN)(5-20-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear "Support Our Troops" Speedway Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,325, Right-side -- 1,425;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 675, Right-side -- 675

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 13 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 3 sets for Wednesday test day and 6 sets for Thursday practice/qualifying/race

  • 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 . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in both of these series ran at Charlotte last season, and that Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck teams ran last week . . . this left-side tire code (D-4428) was run by these teams at Charlotte beginning in 2011 . . . this right-side tire code (D-4552) was also run by Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams at Darlington earlier this month . . . normally, Goodyear's tires for Cup and Nationwide teams are branded "Goodyear Eagle," though throughout both of Charlotte's race weeks, all tires will be decaled with "Support Our Troops" as part of the Goodyear Gives Back program . . . 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

    21-Week Stretch Of Racing Could Help Determine Champion
    By the time the NASCAR Nationwide Series enjoys their next weekend off the championship contenders will have separated themselves from the pretenders. Saturday’s History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway marks the beginning of a 21-week stretch in which the series will be on track every weekend. It’s a stretch that lasts five months, ending with the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte on Oct. 11.  
    It spans the entire summer on into the fall and is a huge factor in determining the champion. During the stretch there are very little opportunities for drivers and teams to take a break, mentally collect themselves after a rough outing or not bring their “A game.” 
    A bad start could spell “D-O-O-M” for a driver’s chance at the crown, but a strong and consistent run throughout the stretch could help propel a driver to the Championship Stage at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.
    Last year, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. drove well during a similar, 16-week stretch that eventually led him to his second consecutive championship. With the exception of a 25th-place finish at Michigan in the first race of the stretch and a 17th at Kentucky in its 15th race, Stenhouse finished no lower than 12th, including wins at Atlanta and Chicagoland.
    After the Michigan race, he was third in the overall standings, but by the end of the marathon he had moved into second (only nine points behind leader Elliott Sadler). Stenhouse briefly sat atop the standings after the 14th race (Chicagoland), but surrendered the lead the following weekend.
    Three races after the 16-race stretch ended, Stenhouse regained the points lead and held it the rest of the way.

    Buescher And Reed: Roush’s Two New Young Talents
    Jack Roush always has a way of finding young talent to pilot his race cars in NASCAR’s three national series.
    Reminiscent of the years when the co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing hosted a Gong-Show style audition to identify up-and-coming drivers from around the world for his NASCAR team, Roush has once again found two promising newcomers. 
    This year, 20-year-old Chris Buescher and 19-year-old Ryan Reed have shared seat time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Buescher has appeared in three races, while Reed has competed once.
    Buescher is entered in Saturday’s History 300 at Charlotte. If his three races this season are any indication as to how he’ll do at the 1.5-mile track, he should perform admirably. In his first race (Bristol), he grabbed his only top-10 finish in the series when he finished seventh. His other two starts (Texas and Darlington) have resulted in 17th- and 12th-place finishes, respectively. Not too shabby for someone who only has five career starts in the series.
    Reed competed in his first series race this year at Richmond, where he finished 16th.
    Trevor Bayne and Travis Pastrana, RFR’s two full-time drivers, are also still developing as competitors in the series.

    It’s Time For Sadler To Step On The Gas
    If Elliott Sadler wants to make a serious run at the NASCAR Nationwide crown, an achievement that has eluded him the past two seasons when he was runner-up to Ricky Stenhouse Jr., he needs to continue running strong.
    Sadler is currently third in the standings, 42 points behind Regan Smith, and only has one finish lower than 15th  a 36th-place finish at Bristol. Through nine races this season, he has three top fives and five top 10s, including a runner-up finish at Darlington.
    If he is to continue his climb toward the apex of the standings  he was 10th after the fourth race  he’ll need to continue the hot streak he’s been on at Charlotte. Over the past four races at the 1.5-mile track, Sadler has finishes of third, fourth, fifth and 10th, dating back to the May 2011 race. His best series finish at Charlotte came in October 2005 when he was runner-up to Ryan Newman
    Although Sadler has never won at Charlotte, it’s possible he could take his inaugural trip to Victory Lane there this weekend. It’s a sure bet that a victory or another top-five finish, which would be his 50th in the series, could provide just the boost he needs to get closer to that elusive crown.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    After being sidelined for eight races, Michael Annett will return to the driver's seat of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Annett, who suffered a broken and dislocated sternum in February’s season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, was medically cleared earlier this week to resume competition. & Johanna Long, who drives the No. 70 ML Motorsports Chevrolet, will make her last start as a 20-year-old this Saturday. The following day, she will celebrate her 21st birthday. & Jeff Green will attempt to start his 350th series race this weekend, tying him for eighth place with two-time NNS champion Randy LaJoie. & Justin Allgaier will be making his 150th series start.

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