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THE RACE: DOLLAR GENERAL 300

TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #30 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race: Friday, October 11, 2013 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: Dollar General

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Wednesday, October 9th

6:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER

Thursday, October 1th

8:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
8:30 AM NNS & NWSMT GARAGE OPENS
1:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDON DRAWING
2:00 PM-3:20 PM NNS PRACTICE
6:10 PM-7:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
7:00 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
9:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, October 11th

11:00 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
4:05 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND
5:30 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
8:00 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: #54-Kyle Busch won the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. #3-Austin Dillon finished second followed by #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #33-Kevin Harvick, #18-Matt Kenseth, #31-Justin Allgaier, #22-Joey Logano, #6-Trevor Bayne, #77-Parker Kligerman, and #43-Michael Annett. There were 5 cautions for 29 laps and 14 lead changes among 10 leaders. Complete results are on the Charlotte race results page (pdf).(10-11-2013)

  • Charlotte Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the 32nd Annual Dollar General 300, his 62nd victory in 267 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his 11th victory and 20th top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his eighth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 21 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    This is the ninth time a driver has won from the pole in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The last driver to accomplish the feat was Matt Kenseth in Oct. 7, 2000).
    Austin Dillon (second) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 20th top-10 finish in 2013.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (third) posted his second top-10 finish in seven races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Larson (13th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Austin Dillon leads the point standings by 8 points over Sam Hornish Jr.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(10-11-2013)

  • Driver standings following Charlotte (3 races remaining):
    1) #3-Austin Dillon 1067
    2) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 1059, -8
    3) #7-Regan Smith 1015, -52
    4) #31-Justin Allgaier 997, -70
    5) #11-Elliott Sadler 989, -78
    6) #6-Trevor Bayne 976, -91
    7) #2-Brian Scott 974, -93
    8) #20-Brian Vickers 970, -97
    9) #32-Kyle Larson # 910, -157
    10) #77-Parker Kligerman 893, -174
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(10-11-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Charlotte are posted (pdf).(10-11-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #31-Allgaier, 6th
    Caution 2: #30-Piquet, 25th
    Caution 3: #19-Bliss, 15th
    Caution 4: #51-Clements, 20th
    Caution 5: #01-Wallace, 22nd
    (10-11-2013)


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

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Busch on pole at Charlotte: #54-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 183.387mph. It is his 9th pole of the season. #22-Joey Logano will start second. The rest of the top 10: #12-Sam Hornish, #3-Austin Dillon, #7-Regan Smith, #99-Alex Bowman, #6-Trevor Bayne, #32-Kyle Larson, #20-Brian Vickers, and #33-Kevin Harvick. Did Not Qualify: #42-Josh Wise, #52-Joey Gase, #50-Danny Efland, #73-Derrike Cope. The starting lineup is posted on the Charlotte starting lineup page (pdf).(10-11-2013)

  • Charlotte Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 32nd Annual Dollar General 300 with a lap of 29.446 seconds, 183.387 mph.
    This is his 35th pole in 267 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his ninth pole and 18th top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in 21 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Joey Logano(i) (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2013 and his eighth in 11 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 24th in 30 races this season.
    Alex Bowman (sixth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(10-11-2013)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Dillon fastest in happy hour: #3-Austin Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the Dollar General 300 with a speed of 182.395mph. He was followed by: #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #54-Kyle Busch, #22-Joey Logano, #7-Regan Smith, #11-Elliott Sadler, #33-Kevin Harvick, #2-Brian Scott, #6-Trevor Bayne, and #5-Brad Sweet. All 46 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Charlotte practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(10-10-2013)

  • Bowman fastest in first practice: #99-Alex Bowman was fastest during opening practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 182.469mph. #6-Trevor Bayne was second, followed by: #5-Brad Sweet, #18-Matt Kenseth, #33-Kevin Harvick, #11-Elliott Sadler, #22-Joey Logano, #7-Regan Smith, #20-Brian Vickers, and #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. 45 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Charlotte practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(10-10-2013)

  • Entry List: There are 46 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday night's Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    David Green is listed as driver of the #00 for SR2;
    Ryan Reed returns to the Roush #16;
    James Buescher is back in the Turner Scott #34;
    The TMG #40 is TBA;
    Chad Hackenbracht returns to the TriStar #44;
    Jamie Dick and the #55 team return to the track;
    Derrike Cope will attempt the race in his #73;
    Kevin Lepage will drive the #74 for Mike Harmon;
    Dexter Stacey returns with his #92 team;
    Reed Sorenson will drive for Leavine Family Racing in their first race in the #95.(10-7-2013)
    UPDATE: Blake Koch will now drive the #00 and TJ Bell will be in the #40.(10-10-2013)
    See the complete list on the Charlotte entry list page.


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,300, Right-side -- 1,300;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 475, Right-side -- 475

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 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 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 this past May and twice last season . . . this left-side tire code (D-4428) actually dates back to Charlotte in 2011 for both Cup and Nationwide teams . . . this right-side tire code (D-4552) was also run by these teams at Darlington earlier this season . . . 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

    Now On Top, Can No. 3 Team Flex Its Muscle?
    After a sixth-place showing last Saturday at Kansas Austin Dillon returned to the top of the NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings. He’s only been there once before in the series  a three-week stint that came earlier this season.
    Dillon and his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team leapfrogged Penske Racing driver Sam Hornish Jr., who held a four-point advantage going into last weekend. With the series now headed to Charlotte for Friday night’s Dollar General 300, Dillon is in command with an eight-point edge.
    If Dillon and his team are interested in staying atop the standings, however, they’ll need to start flexing their muscle now and throughout the remaining four races on the schedule. Through the first 29 races of the season, they have yet to visit Victory Lane.
    Although Dillon’s been fast all year and has racked up 19 top-10 finishes, including the last four races, his No. 3 team is still searching for a way to put it all together and snatch that elusive win. The last time the No. 3 held the top spot in the NNS this late in a season was 1999 when Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his second consecutive title.
    With Hornish experiencing a minor slump of late in which he’s finished 17th in the last two races, there is no better time for Dillon and his team to throw down the gauntlet and extend their lead in the standings.
    In three NNS starts at Charlotte Dillon’s best finish is a sixth in last October’s race. After starting on the pole this past May  the first of a series-record four consecutive poles  he placed 14th. His average finishing position is 10.3. Hornish’s best showing in six races is ninth in the May 2012 race. He finished 12th this past May and has a 19.8 average finishing position at the 1.5-mile track.

    The Heat Is On In The Battle For The Owners’ Title
    With tempers boiling during Saturday’s race at Kansas, neither Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, nor Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford in the race, were able to make his way to Victory Lane.
    Busch, however, was able to rein in Penske Racing’s No. 22 team in the owners’ championship battle by shaving 23 points from a 28-point advantage which now is down to five. The Las Vegas native finished fourth, while Keselowski was 28th after a late-race accident with Busch left him 13 laps down.
    Joey Logano, who has won three times in the No. 22 this season, returns to the Penske Racing Ford for Friday night’s Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 23-year-old driver from Connecticut won the event last year after starting third. In the May race he finished third. In 10 NNS starts he’s placed in the top 10 six times.
    Busch will once again pilot the No. 54 this weekend. In 22 starts this season, he has claimed 10 checkered flags and collected 18 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes. Three drivers  Joey Coulter, Drew Herring and Owen Kelly  have split seat time in the No. 54 for the other seven races. Busch has won seven NNS events at Charlotte with the most recent coming in May, and has a streak of 13 consecutive top 10s.

    Kligerman Piecing Together Solid First Year
    After starting seventh, leading seven laps and finishing seventh while driving the No. 77 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota in last Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 in Kansas, Parker Kligerman returns Friday night to a track where his only two NNS visits have been a tale of two races.
    When the Connecticut native started his first race at Charlotte in October 2010, he sat eighth. Three laps later his day was over after an accident in Turn 4. Fast forward to May 2013, Kligerman driving the No. 77 KBM Toyota finished on the lead lap in ninth. He’s looking to improve even more this weekend and in upcoming weeks.
    “Hopefully, we can carry that same speed (we had in Kansas) over the next couple of weeks and if we minimize our mistakes, I feel like we can continue to run up front,” Kligerman said.
    He’s quietly putting together a solid campaign in his first full-time season in the series and currently sits ninth in the points standings (166 points behind leader Austin Dillon) with three top fives, including a personal-best third place at Road America, and 11 top 10s in 29 races.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    Dollar General and CMS are once again recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month during the Dollar General 300 by coloring the pace car, grandstand tickets, start/finish line and pit wall pink. Brian Vickers’ No. 20 Dollar General Toyota will sport a pink paint scheme. & Kyle Busch’s No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota will carry a “Project Pink: Protect Your Pair” paint scheme in honor of the Kyle Busch Foundation’s partnership with the Pretty In Pink Foundation, whose mission is to provide financial assistance to breast cancer patients. & Nick Harrison was recently named crew chief for Richard Childress Racing’s No. 33 Chevrolet.

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Countdown to the race: 8/2/2014 ~ 8:14 PM ET

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