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Hisense 300

Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #11 of 33 for the 2015 season

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Race: Saturday, May 23, 2015 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: Hisense

Race Time: 2:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:46pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Central Time)

Thursday, May 21st
11:00 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM-7:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
1:00 PM-10:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
3:00 PM NXS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
4:00 PM-4:55 PM NXS PRACTICE
5:30 PM-6:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Friday, May 22nd
NO ON TRACK ACTIVITIES ON FRIDAY

Saturday, May 23rd
7:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
7:00 AM-3:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
11:15 AM NXS QUALIFYING
12:45 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
2:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)

NXS = XFINITY Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Charlotte race results and standings (pdf)

  • Austin Dillon wins XFINITY race at Charlotte: #33-Austin Dillon won the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. #54-Denny Hamlin finished second, followed by #5-Kasey Kahne, #7-Regan Smith, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #18-Daniel Suarez, #3-Ty Dillon, #9-Chase Elliott, #1-Elliott Sadler, and #22-Ryan Blaney.
    There were 3 cautions for 22 laps and 9 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).(5-23-2015)

  • Charlotte XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Austin Dillon won the 34th Annual Hisense 300 , his fourth victory in 87 NASCAR XFINITY Series races. All four of Dillon's victories have been from the pole.
    This is his second victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in five races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Denny Hamlin (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in ten races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2015.
    Kasey Kahne (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 21 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Darrell Wallace Jr. (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    The four drivers who have qualified for the Dash 4 Cash at Dover: Regan Smith, Darrell Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez and Ty Dillon.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-23-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Charlotte:
    1) #60-Chris Buescher 401
    2) #3- Ty Dillon 397, -4
    3) #9-Chase Elliott 373, -28
    4) #6- Darrell Wallace Jr. # 371, -30
    5) #7-Regan Smith 360, -41
    6) #1-Elliott Sadler 352, -49
    7) #2-Brian Scott 350, -51
    8) #16- Ryan Reed 320, -81
    9) #18-Daniel Suarez # 320, -81
    10) #62-Brendan Gaughan 309, -92
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(5-23-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #01-Cassill, 17th
    Caution 2: #43-Armstrong, 16th
    Caution 3: #01-Cassill (2), 17th
    (5-23-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Austin Dillon on XFINITY pole at Charlotte: #33-Austin Dillon won the Coors Light pole for the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 184.615mph. #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr. will start second. The rest of the top 10: #2-Brian Scott, #54-Denny Hamlin, #42-Kyle Larson, #98-Aric Almirola, #20-Erik Jones, #5-Kasey Kahne, #3-Ty Dillon, and #16-Ryan Reed. Did Not Qualify: #70-Derrike Cope & #74-Mike Harmon. The starting lineup is posted on the Charlotte starting lineup page (pdf).(5-23-2015)

  • Charlotte XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 34th Annual Hisense 300 with a lap of 29.250 seconds, 184.615 mph.
    This is his 14th pole in 87 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his fourth pole and eighth top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his second pole in five races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Darrell Wallace Jr. (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2015 and his first in one races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Brian Scott (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his ninth in 11 races this season.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-23-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Ty Dillon fastest in happy hour: #3-Ty Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the Hisense 300 with a speed of 181.068mph. He was followed by: #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #62-Brendan Gaughan, #33-Austin Dillon, #22-Ryan Blaney, #5-Kasey Kahne, #1-Elliott Sadler, #20-Erik Jones, #98-Aric Almirola, and #9-Chase Elliott. All 42 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Charlotte practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(5-21-2014)

  • Darrell Wallace, Jr. fastest in first practice: #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr. was fastest during opening practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 180.536Xmph. #33-Austin Dillon was second, followed by: #2-Brian Scott, #60-Chris Buescher, #20-Erik Jones, #22-Ryan Blaney, #9-Chase Elliott, #42-Kyle Larson, #20-Denny Hamlins, and #3-Ty Dillon. 40 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Charlotte practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-21-2014)

  • XFINITY Entry List:There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Kasey Kahne will drive the #5 for JR Motorsports;
    The RWR #15 is TBA;
    Jeff Green is in the #19;
    Ryan Blaney is back in the #22 for Penske;
    The #26 is TBA;
    The #40 is TBA;
    Denny Hamlin returns to the #54 for Gibbs;
    Chad Boat returns with the #84 team;
    Aric Almirola will drive the #98.(5-16-2015)
    UPDATE: Kyle Fowler will be in the #26. Timmy Hill will drive the #40.(5-18-2015)
    UPDATE: BJ McLeod is in the #15 for RWR, Jimmy Weller will drive the #90.(5-21-2015)
    See the complete list on the Charlotte entry list page.

  • XFINITY Qualifying procedure for 2015: In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, cars starting in positions 1-33 will be determined by their fastest single lap during qualifying in descending order with the fastest qualifier starting first. The next six positions will first be assigned to the highest ranking cars in owner points that have attempted all of the races, have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and have entered the event by the posted entry deadline. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a seventh car will make the field based upon owner points.
    Prior to this enhancement, the top 30 cars in owner points were guaranteed a starting spot in each event. Now, a maximum of seven cars will be locked into a given NASCAR XFINITY Series race. If a qualifying session is cancelled because of inclement weather, the field will be set per the rule book with starting lineups determined by practice speeds.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    NASCAR Xfinity Series -- Race No. 11 - Hisense 300 Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) - Concord, N.C. Fast Facts for May 21-24, 2015

    Tire: Goodyear "Support Our Troops" Speedway Radials

    Set limits: Xfinity: 8 sets for the event

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4428; Right-side -- D-4640

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.32 in. (2,218 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

    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 Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Charlotte this week . . . all tires will be branded with "Support Our Troops" as part of the Goodyear Gives Back program . . . while these teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4426) at Charlotte since 2012, last weekend at Charlotte was the first time NASCAR teams raced on this right-side code (D-4640) . . . this right-side is a Goodyear multi-zone tread tire, which incorporates two distinct compounds on the same tire -- one for endurance and heat resistance on the inboard two inches of the tread and one for traction on the outboard 10 inches . . . this inboard (Endurance Zone) features the same compound that was run on the same zone at Texas, while this outboard (Traction Zone) features the compound run at Charlotte last year . . . this tire set-up was first tested at Charlotte in December, and was confirmed in a March 10 tire test at the track with drivers Aric Almirola, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr. and J.J. Yeley . . . 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.

    Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Spirit of Innovation" will be in the air over Charlotte Motor Speedway this Saturday and Sunday . . . this airship is based out of Pompano Beach, Fla., and will provide images for Fox Sports' broadcasts of the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup races.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    With Big Win Buescher Takes Series Standings Lead From Dillon

    Chris Buescher posted the 93rd victory - series’ most - for the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford team this past weekend at Iowa Speedway and in the process took the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings lead from Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon. Buescher now sits eight points ahead of Dillon as the series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Hisense 300 on May 23 (on FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET).

    His win last weekend was the second of his career in the NXS. He leads the series in average finish with a 7.8 and is tied with Chase Elliott for the most top-five finishes (five each) this season. His season-to-date loop data has him ranked fourth in driver rating (101.1) and second in Average Running Position (8.831).  

    Buescher has three starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway posting two top 10s and an average finish of 17.7.  He finished ninth in this event last season.

    Long Road Ahead In the Points For Third-Place Elliott

    Chase Elliott has a long road ahead of him in the NASCAR XFINITY Series points standings to catch series standings leader Chris Buescher (-31) and second-place Ty Dillon with how well they are running this season.

    Last weekend at Iowa, Elliott led the most laps but lost the lead on the final restart and ultimately finished second to Buescher.

    Elliott is still looking for his first victory in 2015; this time last year he had already banked two (Texas and Darlington) wins and had a firm hold on the series points lead.  Success this season hasn’t come quite as quickly, but consistency has been the key for the 19-year-old driver posting five top fives, and a series leading eight top 10s this season.

    Charlotte has brought mixed success for Elliott in his brief career. In this race last season he finished 37th but then returned to Charlotte in the fall and posted an eighth-place finish.

    Dash 4 Cash kicks off at Charlotte Motor Speedway

    A $1 million prize is on the line again for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In its seventh consecutive year, the “Dash 4 Cash” program is back and new tracks highlight its schedule.

    For the first time, Charlotte Motor Speedway will host the “Dash 4 Cash” qualifier, which will determine the four eligible drivers that will compete for one of four $100,000 payouts throughout the season. Following Saturday’s Hisense 300, the four Dash 4 Cash events will include: Dover (May 30), Indianapolis (July 25), Bristol (August 21) and Darlington (September 5). At Charlotte, the top four finishers who are eligible to receive NASCAR XFINITY Series driver points will qualify for the first Dash 4 Cash race at Dover.

    Sunoco Rookie Update: Wallace Opens Up Rookie Points Lead Over Suarez

    Darrell Wallace Jr. tied his series career-best finish (sixth) last weekend at Iowa Speedway and extended his lead in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over second-place Daniel Suarez by seven points.

    Wallace has posted three top 10s and an average finish of 11.3 this season.

    Not only does he lead the rookie standings but he is also ranked fourth in the series driver standings just 37 points behind series points leader Chris Buescher and six points back from third-place Chase Elliott.

    This weekend will be Wallace’s series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway - though he is familiar with the 1,5-mile speedway, making two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start there with a best finish of 26th in 2014.

    Sunoco Rookie Points following Iowa:  Darrell Wallace Jr. (119), Daniel Suarez (112), Ross Chastain (87), Cale Conley (82), Harrison Rhodes (66), Peyton Sellers (31) and Josh Reaume (18).

    Loaded Entry List Has The Hisense 300 Looking Star-Studded

    This weekend’s Hisense 300 entry lists features a healthy mix of NASCAR XFINITY Series championship contenders and big named NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers - like 2015 Sprint All-Star Race winner Denny Hamlin, the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson and Aric Almirola.

    Denny Hamlin pocketed a cool million last weekend after he won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and this weekend he will strap into the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Hamlin’s last series start a few weeks back at Richmond was a dominating performance where he won from the pole. Hamlin has made five starts this season posting one win, two top fives and three top 10s.  Hamlin has nine series starts at Charlotte, but has yet to win, his average finish is 15.0.

    Kevin Harvick returns to the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet this weekend at Charlotte. Harvick has made five starts this season for JR Motorsports, posting two wins, three top fives and four top 10s. Harvick has made 25 series starts at Charlotte posting seven top fives, 16 top 10s and average finish of 10.7.

    Austin Dillon will be making his ninth start of the season this weekend at Charlotte in the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Dillon has one win, five top fives, six top 10s and three poles this season.  In four series starts at CMS he has posted three top five and an average finish of 4.0.

    Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte last weekend, a race that tied for the second closest victory in series history (.005 seconds). This weekend Kahne hopes to carry his momentum to the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team for the Hisense 300. Kahne has made 20 series starts at Charlotte posting one win (2007), five top 10s and an average finish of 19.8.

    Kyle Larson returns to the No. 42 Chevrolet this weekend for his fourth start of the season. In his previous three starts in 2015 he posted three top 10s. He has made four series starts at Charlotte posting one win (2014), three top fives and an average finish of 5.8. 

    Aric Almirola will be back in Fred Biagi’s No. 98 Ford this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Almirola has made seven series starts at Charlotte posting one top five and three top 10s.

    Busch Is The NXS King Of The 1.5-Mile Tracks, But Harvick Is A Close Second

    When it comes to dominating the 1.5-mile tracks on the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule, Kyle Busch is king. Busch leads series in wins on 1.5-mile tracks with 23 victories. Busch is not entered this weekend in the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the driver with the second most NXS wins (18) on 1.5-mile tracks is - Kevin Harvick.

    Harvick has made 25 starts at Charlotte posting seven top fives, 16 top 10s and an average finish of 10.7.   He also ranks in the top 10 in the following key categories: Driver Rating (101.4); Average Running Position (10.753); Laps In The Top 15 (2,482 laps, 73.5%); Laps Led (207).   

    Harvick’s 18 wins at 1.5-mile tracks: Texas (5), Atlanta (4), Chicago (3), Kentucky (2), Las Vegas (2), Homestead-Miami (1) and Kansas (1).

    Blaney Making Most Of Every Series Start In Penske’s No. 22

    Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford team has been lights out in this season’s first 10 races, posting three wins, seven top-two finishes, nine top fives, and 10 top 10s. The team’s worst finish this season ... eighth. As a result, Team Penske’s No. 22 team is head, neck and shoulders above their competition in the NASCAR XFINITY Series owner point standings - second-place Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 60 Ford team is 64 points back from the No. 22 Ford team after 10 races.   

    While most of the success can be attributed to the crew chief Greg Irwin, much of it comes from the stellar driver lineup of Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney. For the second week in a row Blaney will be behind the wheel of the No. 22 Ford after posting a fifth-place finish last weekend at Iowa. Blaney has two series career starts at Charlotte posting one top five and an average finish of 9.0.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.

    Youth Movement Continues:  The NASCAR XFINITY Series is experiencing a youth movement in 2015. The average age of the drivers in the top five in points is 22.4-years-old and the average of the drivers in the top 10 in points is 26.6-years-old. ...

    NXS Milestones: Landon Cassill will attempt to make his 100th NASCAR XFINITY Series career start this weekend at Charlotte. Cassill is ranked 121st on the all-time NXS starts lists; four starts behind two-time series champ Martin Truex Jr. . ... Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed will attempt to make his 50th NASCAR XFINITY Series career start this weekend at Charlotte.  ... Kevin Harvick (174) will attempt to tie Kyle Busch (175) for the all-time series’ most top five finishes this weekend at Charlotte.  

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Countdown to the race: 02/25/2017 ~ 3:49 PM ET

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Daytona Beach, FL

Saturday, February 25
TV: FS1
3:30 pm/et
SiriusXM NASCAR
Motor Racing Network

Qualifying:
10:30am/et, Saturday, February 25
Fox Sports 1

Practices:
12:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1
2:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1

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