Race: Saturday, May 24, 2014 in Concord, NC
Title Sponsor: History Channel
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:00pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ABC - 2:30pm/et
Announcers: Dave Burns; analysts Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Jim Noble, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake.
Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Wednesday, May 21st
10:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
12:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
4:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
5:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Thursday, May 22nd
2:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
3:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
4:00 PM-5:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
5:30 PM-6:50 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
7:30 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
9:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, May 23rd
NO ON TRACK ACTIVITIES ON FRIDAY
Saturday, May 24th
6:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:40 AM NNS QUALIFYING
12:40 PM NNS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
2:15 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:45 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)
3:00 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Larson wins at Charlotte: #42-Kyle Larson won the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. #22-Brad Keselowski finished second followed by #54-Kyle Busch, #5-Kevin Harvick, #2-Brian Scott, #20-Matt Kenseth, #7-Regan Smith, #6-Trevor Bayne, #60-Chris Buescher, and #3-Ty Dillon.
There were 3 cautions for 13 laps and 9 lead changes among 6 leaders. Complete results are on the Charlotte race results page (pdf).
Charlotte Race Fast Facts:
Kyle Larson won the 33rd Annual History 300 , his second victory in 43 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in three races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Larson led a race-high and career-high 82 laps today. His previous career-high was 54 laps led at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2013.
Brad Keselowski (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 14 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2014.
Kyle Busch (third) posted his 19th top-10 finish in 22 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Chris Buescher (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Regan Smith leads the point standings by 5 points over Elliott Sadler
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-24-2014)
Driver standings following Charlotte:
1) #7-Regan Smith 414
2) #11-Elliott Sadler 409, -5
3) #9-Chase Elliott # 386, -28
4) 5) #6-Trevor Bayne 379, -35
5) #3-Ty Dillon # 378, -36
6) #2-Brian Scott 354, -60
7) #62-Brendan Gaughan 309, -105
8) #99-James Buescher 303, -111
9) #60-Chris Buescher # 295, -119
10) #31- Dylan Kwasniewski # 285, -129
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(5-24-2014)
Owner Standings following Charlotte are posted (pdf).(5-24-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #17- Tanner Berryhill, 40th
Caution 2: #19- Mike Bliss, 20th
Caution 3: #3-Ty Dillon, 10th
Busch on pole at Charlotte: #54-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 183.094mph. #22-Brad Keselowski will start second followed by : #42-Kyle Larson, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #5-Kevin Harvick, #2-Brian Scott, #20-Matt Kenseth, #7-Regan Smith, #9-Chase Elliott, and #11-Elliott Sadler.
Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #54-Kyle Busch.
#54-Kyle Busch was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 180.832 mph.
Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Charlotte starting lineup page (pdf).(5-24-2014)
Charlotte Qualifying Notes:
Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 33rd Annual History 300 with a lap of 29.493 seconds, 183.094 mph.
This is his record-extending 38th pole in 279 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his second pole and seventh top-10 start in 2014. Busch's first Charlotte pole came last October, for a race he won.
This is his second pole in 22 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Brad Keselowski (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2014 and his sixth in 14 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kyle Larson (third) posted his second top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his sixth in ten races this season.
Dylan Kwasniewski (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-24-2014)
Elliott fastest in happy hour: #9-Chase Elliott was quickest during happy hour for the History 300 with a speed of 178.330mph. He was followed by: #2-Brian Scott, #7-Regan Smith, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #5-Kevin Harvick, #6-Trevor Bayne, #42-Kyle Larson, #20-Matt Kenseth, #22-Brad Keselowski, and #98-Jeb Burton. 37 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Charlotte practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(5-22-2014)
Scott fastest in first practice: #2-Brian Scott was fastest during opening practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 178.684mph. #54-Kyle Busch was second, followed by: #20-Matt Kenseth, #22-Brad Keselowski, #5-Kevin Harvick, #42-Kyle Larson, #9-Chase Elliott, #7-Regan Smith, #3-Ty Dillon, and #11-Elliott Sadler. All 40 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Charlotte practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-22-2014)
Entry List:There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A few notes:
Blake Koch is in the #10 for TriStar;
Matt Kenseth returns to the #20;
John Wes Townley and the #25 team return;
David Star is in the TriStar #44;
Ross Chastain will drive the #55 for Viva Motorsports;
Johnny Sauter returns with the #80 team;
Kyle Fowler is in the #86;
Jeb Burton will drive the #98 for Biagi DenBeste.(5-19-2014)
UPDATE: Blake Koch at the #10 team have withdrawn.(5-20-2014)
UPDATE: The #46 team has withdrawn. There are 40 on the entry list.(5-22-2014)
See the complete list on the Charlotte entry list page.
Nationwide Series at Charlotte Live on ABC: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races in the History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 24, and ABC will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 2:30pm/et with the green flag at 3:01pm/et. Also from Charlotte, ESPN2 will televise qualifying at 10:30am/et on race day. The race telecast also will air live in Canada on TSN and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on May 25 at 4 a.m.(ESPN)(5-19-2014)
Tire: Goodyear "Support Our Troops" Speedway Radials
Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 13 sets for the race;
Nationwide: 7 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4428; Right-side -- D-4552
Left-side -- 87.52 in. (2,223 mm);
Right-side -- 88.43 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 . . . as was the case at Charlotte last week, all tires will carry a "Support Our Troops" decal as part of the Goodyear Gives Back program . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in all three of NASCAR's national touring series have run at Charlotte since 2012 . . . while Charlotte is the only track at which teams run this left-side tire code (D-4428), Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams also run this right-side tire code (D-4552) at Darlington . . . 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.
Sadler, Smith Chasing Elliott For The Championship
Unlike countless rookies before him, Chase Elliott’s illustration of success is not by chance. Heading to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for the History 300, the 11th race of the season, Elliott holds a two-point lead over both Elliott Sadler (second) and Regan Smith (third).
Elliott secured his points lead for another week after locking in his fifth top-five finish of the season at Iowa last week. But Sadler was right in step with Elliott, also posting his fifth top-five of 2014. Running in third, Smith has been ‘Mr. Consistent’ this season, posting a series leading 10 top-10 finishes.
The high level of competition amongst these three drivers is almost peerless. All three have an average finish in the top-10, they all have one or more wins this season and none have posted a DNF, yet.
The tight points battle is just waiting for one of the three to slip, but Charlotte might not be the stage for such a kerfuffle. CMS is a sister track to the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway where Elliott posted his first series win, and his series average finish on 1.5-mile speedways is 3.0. Elliott also leads the series in season-to-date Driver Rating at 109.8
Veteran Elliott Sadler is leaning on his experience this weekend. Sadler’s average finish of 11.5 on 1.5-mile tracks in 2014 is the foundation for his current championship momentum. Watch for this weekend to be more of the same for Sadler. He has posted four top-five finishes in 14 series starts at Charlotte.
Smith also has excelled on 1.5-mile tracks this season. He finished 10th at Las Vegas and seventh at Texas. Of the three championship contenders he has the best average finish (6.8) in the first 10 races of the season. Smith finished 10th in this event last year.
Bright Lights And Big Names At CMS This Weekend
A star-studded entry list awaits fans for this Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series History 300 filled with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars such as Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch; who you might have thought would have gotten their racing fill with a 600-miler on tap for Sunday. But certainly not.
Harvick has competed in six series events this season posting one win (Richmond) and five top-five finishes. He has made 24 series starts at Charlotte posting an average finish of 10.9, but surprisingly has yet to visit Victory Lane. He finished fifth in this race last season.
Keselowski, a threat to win each time he straps in, skipped both NNS races at Charlotte last season, but won this event in 2012. His series average finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway is 10.8.
Kenseth’s been rather active in the NNS this season; he has made seven starts posting six top 10 finishes. Kenseth knows his way around Charlotte as well; he has four Coors Light poles, three wins, 10 top fives, 13 top 10s and an average finish of 13.0 in 22 starts.
Last but definitely not least is Kyle Busch, the series leader in wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway with eight; including sweeping both races at CMS last season. His series average finish at Charlotte is 5.8.
Joe Gibbs’ No. 54 Is, Well, A Monster
This season’s unrelenting, dominant performance by Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 team has been impressive. Currently in the lead of the owners’ championship standings, Joe Gibb’s No. 54 Toyota hasn’t finished worse than fifth all season. As a result, Gibbs is 43 points ahead of Roger Penske’s No. 22 Ford team (second) in the owner standings.
Kyle Busch piloted the Monster Energy Toyota to two victories in eight starts this season. While Sam Hornish Jr., though not entered this weekend, has made the most of his limited schedule by posting a win at Iowa last weekend.
The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 team has the series best average finish in 2014 with a 2.6; followed by the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet team (5.5) and Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford team (5.9).
Busch has made four starts in the No. 54 at Charlotte posting two wins and four top fives.
Gibbs is in search of his fifth owner title in seven years; though he already leads the series in owner championships with four - followed by Richard Childress and William Baumgardner with three each.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Former NASCAR Next participant Jeb Burton will be making his season debut in the NNS this weekend at Charlotte for Biagi-DenBeste Racing. This is the second consecutive week Biagi-DenBeste Racing has fielded a current or former participant in the NASCAR Next program. Ryan Gifford started for the team last week at Iowa. He finished 20th. ... Johnny Sauter will be making his second series start of the season for car owner and former driver Shigeaki Hattori. Sauter has made 10 series starts at CMS posting one top-10 finish. ... As part of the NASCAR industry’s salute to the military and their families all the cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series will have tires carrying a "Support Our Troops" decal as part of the Goodyear Gives Back and NASCAR Salutes programs.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)