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Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #29 of 33 for the 2015 season

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Race: Friday, October 9, 2015 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Race Time: 8:00pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:18pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Wednesday, October 7th
4:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Thursday, October 8th
11:00 AM-7:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
11:30 AM-9:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
2:00 PM NXS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
3:00 PM-3:55 PM NXS PRACTICE
5:30 PM-6:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Friday, October 9th
11:00 AM8:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
11:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
4:45 PM NXS QUALIFYING
6:15 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
7:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
8:00 PM NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 300 MILES)

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Charlotte race results and standings (pdf)

  • Austin Dillon wins XFINITY race at Charlotte: #33-Austin Dillon won the Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. #20-Erik Jones finished second, followed by #22-Brad Keselowski, #18-Daniel Suarez, #7-Regan Smith, #3-Ty Dillon, #60-Chris Buescher, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #9-Chase Elliott and #1-Elliott Sadler.
    Dillon started from the pole and led for 61 laps. #54-Kyle Busch led a race high 102 laps but hit the wall on lap 152, ending his challenge. There were 3 cautions for 13 laps and 7 lead changes among 5 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).(10-9-2015)

  • Charlotte XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Austin Dillon won the 34th Annual Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, his sixth victory in 94 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in six races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Dillon completed the season sweep at Charlotte with the win. It's the seventh sweep of Charlotte in NASCAR XFINITY Series history.
    Erik Jones (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2015.
    Brad Keselowski (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 16 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Daniel Suarez (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 26 points over Chase Elliott.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(10-9-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Charlotte:
    1) #60-Chris Buescher, 1055
    2) #9-Chase Elliott, 1029, -26
    3) #7-Regan Smith, 1021, -34
    4) #3-Ty Dillon, 1017, -38
    5) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 943, -112
    6) #1-Elliott Sadler, 942, -113
    7) #18-Daniel Suarez, 927, -128
    8) #2-Brian Scott, 901, -154
    9) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 893, -162
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 798 -257
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(10-9-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #51-Clements, 20th
    Caution 2: #1-Sadler, 10th
    Caution 3: #39-Sieg, 14th
    (10-9-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Austin Dillon on XFINITY pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway: #33-Austin Dillon won the Coors Light pole for the Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 183.524mph. #88-Kasey Kahne will start second. The rest of the top 10: #20-Erik Jones, #60-Chris Buescher, #54-Kyle Busch, #2-Brian Scott, #18-Daniel Suarez, #3-Ty Dillon, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., and #1-Elliott Sadler. Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Charlotte starting lineup page (pdf).(10-9-2015)

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 34th Annual Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina with a lap of 29.424 seconds, 183.524 mph.
    This is his 16th pole in 94 NASCAR XFINITY Series races. He moves into a tie with Brett Bodine, Matt Kenseth and Elliott Sadler for 14th on the all-time series poles list.
    This is his sixth pole and 15th top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his third pole in six races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Kasey Kahne (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2015 and his eighth in 22 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Erik Jones (third) posted his second top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 18th in 20 races this season.
    Daniel Suarez (seventh) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(10-9-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Kahne fastest in happy hour: #88-Kasey Kahne was quickest during happy hour for the Drive for the Cure 300 with a speed of 180.433mph. He was followed by: #54-Kyle Busch, #60-Chris Buescher, #7-Regan Smith, #20-Erik Jones, #22-Brad Keselowski, #33-Austin Dillon, #3-Ty Dillon, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #2-Brian Scott. 40 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Charlotte practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(10-8-2015)

  • Kyle Busch fastest in first practice: #54-Kyle Busch was fastest during opening practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 181.886mph. #60-Chris Buescher was second, followed by: #3-Ty Dillon, #88-Kasey Kahne, #16-Ryan Reed, #22-Brad Keselowski, #33-Austin Dillon, #2-Brian Scott, #20-Erik Jones, and #7-Regan Smith. All 40 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Charlotte practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(10-8-2015)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A few notes:
    Josh Reaume will be in the #13;
    The Rick Ware #15 is TBA;
    Erik Jones returns to the JGR #20;
    Brad Keselowski will drive the #22 for Penske;
    The #25 is on the list with John Wes Townley;
    TJ Bell returns to the #26;
    Brennan Poole will drive the #42;
    Kasey Kahne is in the #88 for JR Motorsports;
    The #97 is TBA;
    Ryan Truex will run his second race in the #98.(10-5-2015)
    UPDATE: Ryan Ellis will return to the #97.(10-6-2015)
    UPDATE: Harrison Rhodes will be in the #13, Timmy Hill in the #40. The #0 for JD Motorsports is TBA.(10-8-2015)
    UPDATE: Josh Reaume is driving the #0 and BJ McLeod is in the #15.(10-8-2015)
    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

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits: Sprint Cup:
    5 sets for practice/qualifying, and 11 sets for the race;
    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 . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires these teams ran at Charlotte in May . . . NASCAR teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4428) at Charlotte since 2012, but this May was the first time they ran this right-side code (D-4640) . . . Xfinity teams also ran this right-side tire code at Darlington last month . . . 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 . . . 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

    JR Motorsports On the Move: Team Scores Most Points Over Last Half

    JR Motorsports drivers Regan Smith and Chase Elliott have been quite impressive over the last 14 races, posting more points than any other drivers (Top Three: Regan Smith 516; Chase Elliott 509; Chris Buescher 490).

    Smith and Elliott have combined to win three of the last eight races and now both are within striking distance of standings leader Chris Buescher in the points. Chase Elliott is currently second in the standings, 24 points behind Buescher, and Regan Smith is third, 36 points back. 

    Just five races remain left on the schedule for the JRM duo to catch Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher. On the same five tracks last season to close out the season, both Elliott (8.8) and Smith (12.0) had better average finishes than current points leader Chris Buescher (12.8).

    This weekend at Charlotte, expect Smith and Elliott to contend. Smith has made 10 series starts at CMS, posting an average finish of 16.2. He finished fourth at the 1.5-mile track earlier this season. Elliott has made three series starts at Charlotte, posting an average finish of 17.7, with an eighth-place finish at CMS in each of his last two starts.

    Also, if momentum is any indication, expect Regan Smith to keep the heat on Chris Buescher in the last five races of the season. Smith has the best average finish (Smith 5.6; Buescher 7.4 and Elliott 10.0) among the top three contenders.

    Buescher In Command For 19 Straight Races

    Chris Buscher has led the points for 19 consecutive races - and needs to do it for just five more to bring home the title.

    Buescher is currently 24 points ahead of second-place Chase Elliott in the series standings. In 28 starts this season he has two wins (tied with Regan Smith for most among championship contenders), and 11 top fives (tied with Chase Elliott for the most among championship contenders). 

    Buescher has made four starts at Charlotte posting an average finish of 16.0. He finished 11th in the NXS race at Charlotte earlier this season.

    This season Roush Fenway Racing is competing for their fifth NASCAR XFINITY Series driver championship. The previous four champions were Greg Biffle (2002), Carl Edwards (2007) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2011 and 2012).

    RFR Teammates Sadler And Wallace Jr. Battle For Fifth In Points

    Just one point separates Roush Fenway Racing teammates Elliott Sadler (fifth in points) and Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate and Driver for Diversity graduate Darrell Wallace Jr. (sixth in points) with just five races left in 2015.

    Time is of the essence for veteran Sadler to hold off the young up-and-coming Wallace from the coveted top five points position, a spot that gets honored during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Awards at season’s end.

    The first of the five remaining tracks on the schedule is Charlotte Motor Speedway. Sadler has made 17 series starts at CMS posting four top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 16.8. He finished ninth at Charlotte earlier this season.

    Wallace made his series debut at Charlotte back in May and put on an exceptional performance; starting second and finishing fifth (his second best-finish of the season). Keep an eye for more from Wallace at CMS; he also has the NASCAR XFINITY Series’ second best pre-race Driver Rating (119.9) at the 1.5-mile track.

    Sunoco Rookie Update: Suarez Close To Capturing ROY Honors

    Drive for Diversity alum, Daniel Suarez can see his next biggest accomplishment in his racing career just ahead. With five races left on the schedule Suarez has the opportunity to hold off second-place Darrell Wallace Jr. (-25 points) and take home the NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors for 2015.

    If Suarez can maintain his points lead and win the rookie title it would be well deserved. In 28 starts this season, the 23 year-old Suarez has posted three Coors Light poles, six top fives and 13 top 10s. His average finish in 2015 is 12.7.

    Suarez returns to Charlotte this weekend after making his series debut at the track, starting 19th and powering his way to a sixth-place finish at the 1.5-mile facility, earlier this season.

    Joe Gibbs Racing Running Out Of Time To Catch Team Penske

    With five races remaining in the 2015 season, overcoming a 61-point NASCAR XFINITY Series car owner points lead might seeme farfetched but if any team can do it, Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 Toyota team might be the one. In the last three races, the No. 54 Toyota team for Joe Gibbs has sliced 21 points off of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford's lead.

    In the last 10 races, the JGR No. 54 Toyota team has posted a series best average finish of 4.4 and in the last five races they have finished even better than that with an average finish of 3.7.

    If Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford team can hold on to their points, it would give Roger Penske his third NASCAR XFINITY Series car owner title in as many years. But if Gibbs were to surpass Penske in the closing five races it would give Gibbs his fourth title and he would then hold the record for all-time series owner championships.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Kyle Busch Foundation Hosting ‘Champions’ at CMS: As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Kyle Busch Foundation (KBF) will host active North Carolina breast cancer patients from the Pretty In Pink Foundation during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 10. Additionally, the Kyle Busch Foundation is donating $57,000 to cover the medical expenses of the 22 "Champions" who are currently going through treatments for breast cancer. ...

    Big Name Sprint Cup Drivers Entered In The NXS Race: This weekend, four drivers will be pulling double duty, racing both Friday and Saturday night: Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski. Dillon won the NXS race at Charlotte earlier this season. ...

    Off Week? What Off Week?: Not surprisingly, a couple of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver will use the open weekend to race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Charlotte. Expect to see last weekend’s NCWTS winner John Wes Townley behind the wheel of the No. 25 Chevrolet. Also Joe Gibbs Racing’s rising star Erik Jones will be in the No. 20 Toyota this weekend. ...

    NXS In North Carolina: The NASCAR XFINITY Series has hosted 186 races among seven tracks in the state of North Carolina (Charlotte Motor Speedway 67, Rockingham Speedway 42, Hickory Speedway 42, Orange County Speedway 27, North Wilkesboro Speedway 4, Caraway Speedway 3, and Asheville Speedway 1). The first NXS race held in North Carolina was in 1982 at Hickory Speedway and the event was won by Jack Ingram (Pontiac, 04/10/1982). The first race at Charlotte Motor Speedway was in 1982 and was won by Harry Gant (Pontiac, 05/29/1982). ...

    North Carolina Drivers In The NXS: 436 drivers that have competed in at least one NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as North Carolina. Of the 436 North Carolina native drivers only 109 (25%) have competed in at least one race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Of the 109 that have competed in the NXS, 21 have won, led by Jack Ingram with 31 series victories. This weekend five active North Carolina drivers will attempt to compete at Charlotte: Harrison Rhodes (High Point), Ty Dillon (Welcome), Austin Dillon (Welcome), Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson) and Carl Long (Roxboro).

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

Daytona International Speedway
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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