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THE RACE: Drive for the Cure 300

TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #30 of 33 for the 2014 season


Race: Friday, October 10, 2014 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

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

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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Wednesday, October 8th

Thursday, October 9th

Friday, October 10th
7:30 PM NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Keselowski wins at Charlotte: #22-Brad Keselowski won the Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, for his 4th Nationwide win of the season. #54-Kyle Busch finished second followed by #20-Matt Kenseth, #12-Ryan Blaney, #4-Kyle Larson, #60-Chris Buescher, #6-Trevor Bayne, #9-Chase Elliott, #11-Elliott Sadler, and #2-Brian Scott.
    There were 8 cautions for 42 laps and 13 lead changes among 7 leaders. Complete results are on the Charlotte race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Charlotte Race & Points Report (pdf).(10-10-2014)

  • Charlotte Race Fast Facts:
    Brad Keselowski won the 33rd Annual Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, his 31st victory in 214 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    With the victory, Keselowski ties NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Ingram for fifth on the all-time NASCAR Nationwide Series wins list.
    This is his fourth victory and ninth top-five finish in nine starts in 2014. His average finish this season is 1.9.
    This is his third victory and 11th top-10 finish in 15 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his 20th top-10 finish in 23 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 22nd top-10 finish in 2014.
    Matt Kenseth (third) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 24 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Chris Buescher (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Chase Elliott # leads the point standings by 42 points over Regan Smith.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(10-10-2014)

  • Driver standings following Charlotte [3 races remaining]:
    1) #9-Chase Elliott # 1106
    2) #7-Regan Smith 1064 -42
    3) #2-Brian Scott 1045 -61
    4) #11-Elliott Sadler 1043 -63
    5) #3-Ty Dillon # 1042 -64
    6) #6-Trevor Bayne 1008 -98
    7) #60-Chris Buescher # 912 -194
    8) #62-Brendan Gaughan 875 -231
    9) #16-Ryan Reed # 820 -286
    10) #99-James Buescher 792 -314
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(10-10-2014)

  • Owner Standings following Charlotte are posted (pdf).(10-10-2014)

  • 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: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 3: #20-Kenseth, 3rd
    Caution 4: #80-Chastain, 21st
    Caution 5: #80-Chastain (2), 21st
    Caution 6: #19-Bliss, 18th
    Caution 7: #10-Starr, 20th
    Caution 8: #01-Cassill, 17th

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Elliott on pole at Charlotte: #9-Chase Elliott won the 21 Means 21 pole for the Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 181.354mph. #20-Matt Kenseth will start second followed by: #2-Brian Scott, #11-Elliott Sadler, #54-Kyle Busch, #42-Kyle Larson, #5-Alex Bowman, #6-Trevor Bayne, #16-Ryan Reed, #22-Brad Keselowski, #3-Ty Dillon, and #33-Cale Conley.
    Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #6-Bayne with a speed of 180.929mph.
    #5-Bowman was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 180.511mph
    Did Not Qualify: #74-Harmon, #77-Weller, #46-Ellis, #72-Carter, and #89-Shepherd. The starting lineup is posted on the Charlotte starting lineup page (pdf).(10-10-2014)

  • Charlotte Qualifying Notes:
    Chase Elliott won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 33rd Annual Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina with a lap of 29.776 seconds, 181.354 mph.
    This is his second pole in 30 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his second pole and 23rd top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his first pole in two races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Matt Kenseth (second) posted his 16th top-10 start of 2014 and his 17th in 24 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Brian Scott (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 27th in 30 races this season.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(10-10-2014)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Bowman fastest in Nationwide happy hour: #5-Alex Bowman was quickest during happy hour for the Drive for the Cure 300 with a speed of 181.245mph. He was followed by: #2-Brad Keselowski, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #20-Matt Kenseth, #54-Kyle Busch, #9-Chase Elliott, #11-Elliott Sadler, #6-Trevor Bayne, #42-Kyle Larson, and #2-Brian Scott. 44 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Charlotte practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(10-9-2014)

  • Bayne fastest in first practice: #6-Trevor Bayne was fastest during opening practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 180.856mph. #54-Kyle Busch was second, followed by: #12-Ryan Blaney, #22-Brad Keselowski, #2-Brian Scott, #60-Chris Buescher, #20-Matt Kenseth, #9-Chase Elliott, #11-Elliott Sadler, and #42-Kyle Larson. 42 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Charlotte practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(10-9-2014)

  • Entry List: There are 44 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Alex Bowman will drive the #5 for JR Motorsports;
    David Starr is in the TriStar #10;
    Ryan Blaney will drive the Penske #12;
    Brad Keselowski will be in the #22;
    Will Kimmel III will be in TriStar's #44;
    Jimmy Weller will be in the #77, a second car for Viva Motorsports.(10-6-2014)
    UPDATE: Matt Carter will be in the #72, Ross Chastain in the #80 and Timmy Hill in the #87.(10-7-2014)
    UPDATE: #33-Cale Conley has been added. There are 45 cars on the entry list.(10-8-2014)
    See the complete list on the Charlotte entry list page.

  • Nationwide Series from Charlotte on ESPN2: Charlotte Motor Speedway will hold a 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night, Oct. 10, and the race will air live on ESPN2 at 7:00pm/et, with the green flag at 7:46pm/et. ESPN Deportes will air the race at 4 a.m. on Oct. 11. ESPN2 will air NASCAR Nationwide Series practice on Thursday at 5:30pm/et. All NASCAR programming on ESPN2 is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider.(ESPN)(10-6-2014)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits: Sprint Cup:
    5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 7 sets for the event

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

  • Tire Circumference:
    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 . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams have run at Charlotte since 2012 . . . while Charlotte is the only track at which Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4428) this season, these teams did run this right-side tire code (D-4552) at Darlington in April . . . 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

    Rookie Elliott’s Title Pursuit Is History In the Making

    The NASCAR Nationwide Series is on the verge of history, as current standings leader and JR Motorsport’s driver Chase Elliott can possibly etch his name in the records books by becoming the first Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship. Despite his competition, Elliott can clinch the title if he finishes fifth or better in the final four races of the season.

    The closest a rookie has come to winning the series title prior to this season was Kyle Busch in 2004, when he finished runner-up to Martin Truex Jr. in the final standings.

    Elliott is currently 38 points ahead of his teammate Regan Smith in second and 40 points ahead of Richard Childress Racing’s driver Ty Dillon in third.

    Elliott’s title feat would be a fitting ‘storybook’ ending to a season that has dazzled fans. The 18 year old has posted three wins (Darlington, Texas and Chicago), 14 top fives, 23 top 10s and an average finish of 8.0. His season-to-date Driver Rating (109.3) and Average Running Position (6.932) are both tops among the series championship contenders.

    If Elliott locks the title down this will be team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first as owner of JR Motorsport. The team’s previous best standings finish was third - twice (Brad Keselowski, 2008 and Regan Smith, 2013).
    Earnhardt has given many of the sport’s brightest stars a chance in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at JR Motorsports, names like Brad Keselowski, Danica Patrick and Aric Almirola to name a few. This weekend JR Motorsports will welcome Alex Bowman to the squad. He will be piloting the No. 5 Chevrolet this weekend joining Elliott and Smith on the grid.

    Team Penske: Could Win Three Titles This Season

    Team Penske owner, Roger Penske could become the first car owner to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title, the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner title and the IndyCar Series title all in the same season.

    With the IndyCar title locked up with driver Will Power, Penske now has two to go. With Joey Logano already advancing to the Eliminator Round thanks to his win last week at Kansas and Penske eading the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner points, the ‘three-feat’ looks attainable. 

     “We just want to win,” said Joey Logano co-driver of the NNS No. 22 Ford team. “Yeah, obviously the IndyCar side, they did their job already, and they're done.  They've done a great job.  Now it's our job.  We have two more championships to win.  Not just the Sprint Cup championship but we want to win that Nationwide owner's championship too.  We've got to keep plugging away.”

    Penske’s No. 22 Ford team with driver Ryan Blaney finished third at Kansas, but had to watch their closest competitor Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota team with driver Kyle Busch take the checkered flag this past weekend closing the owner points gap to 27.

    “Look, from an overall standpoint, I'm focusing race to race, and we've got some things, we've got the owner's championship in Nationwide, we have got this (the Chase) obviously, but they're ours to lose,” said Roger Penske.  
    This weekend, 2010 series champion Brad Keselowski will be back in the No. 22 Ford. Keselowski has made eight starts this season posting three wins, and eight top fives. Keselowski finished second to Kyle Larson at Charlotte earlier this season.

    Joe Gibbs, second in the owner standings, is looking to have Kyle Busch defend his win from last season at Charlotte and continue the momentum the No. 54 Toyota team has built over the last few weeks. Busch leads the series in wins (six) and top fives (21) this season in just 22 starts.

    Dillon Is Fillin’ Smith’s Rearview Mirror

    If there was a late season award just for getting hot at the right time, Ty Dillon would hold the hardware. With four races remaining and just two points separating second-place Regan Smith and third-place Dillon, the level of intensity is at full-throttle.

    Smith’s consistency has been key to his success this season, posting a series leading 24 top 10s in 29 starts. However, the No. 7 team struggled at Kansas, finishing 22nd, opening the door for a hard charging Dillon and the RCR No. 3 team. 

    Dillon has tallied 11 top-10 finishes in his last 12 starts including his first series career win at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway (7/26/2014). His average finish over the last 12 races has been 7.083; which bests Smith’s 9.250 during those same events.

    Heading to Charlotte, Dillon looks to further capitalize on Smith and overtake him in the standings. Don’t forget the No. 3 Chevrolet team won the title last season with Ty’s brother, Austin Dillon, who finished second in this event at CMS in 2013.

    “The final four races play to our advantage, for sure,” said Ty Dillon. “Our 1.5-mile program has been stellar this entire season. We've been able to knock off some top-five finishes, our teammate Brendan (Gaughan) got a victory at Kentucky and we just feel very confident in our program. I think if we stay focused on what we've been doing these past few weeks, a win is inevitable."

    Ty Dillon finished 10th at Charlotte earlier this season.

    Smith finished 19th in this event last season at CMS but rebounded earlier this season at Charlotte finishing seventh.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.

    In support of Breast Cancer Awareness several drivers/teams will be showing their support by driving cars with ‘Pink’ themed paint schemes this weekend in the 300 Miles Of Courage race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Virginia native, Elliott Sadler will drive a pink No. 11 Toyota and sport a custom pink firesuit, shoes, driving gloves and helmet in honor of his mother, Bell Sadler, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. ... Kyle Busch is also getting in on the support this weekend. His No. 54 Toyota will don a pink/black Monster Energy paint scheme for the Kyle Busch Foundation's Project Pink activity. Project Pink is sponsoring 16 breast cancer patients and paying all their medical bills through this week's fundraising effort. ... Driver Jamie Dick and Viva Motorsport’s No. 55 Toyota will also go with a pink and black designed paint scheme in support of Breast Cancer Awareness this weekend

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