NASCAR - Nationwide - Dollar General 300 Preview

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DATE: Friday, October 14th
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway (1960) -- Concord, North Carolina
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 1,980 feet (Frontstretch); 1,500 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 171,000
ANNUAL: 30th
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Martin Truex Jr
POLE WINNER: Clint Bowyer (Finished 5th)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jimmie Johnson, 2005 (187.735 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1996 (155.799 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $ 1,166,050 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $57,400; 2nd Place - $55,025; 3rd Place - $43,743
2010 Finish
1Brad Keselowski36Kyle Busch10
2Martin Truex Jr57Reed Sorenson7
3Justin Allgaier98Aric Almirola15
4Joey Logano49Ryan Newman2
5Clint Bowyer110Kevin Harvick14
2010 Dollar General 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 125.640 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 23 minutes, 16 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.137 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 36 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 16 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Clint Bowyer (182.174 m.p.h.)
Past Dollar General 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Brad Keselowski (3rd) -- Dodge -- 125.640 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kyle Busch (5th) -- Toyota -- 128.863 m.p.h.
2008 -- Kyle Busch (16th) -- Toyota -- 103.647 m.p.h.
2007 -- Jeff Burton (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 120.267 m.p.h.
2006 -- Dave Blaney (23rd) -- Chevrolet -- 106.999 m.p.h.
2005 -- Ryan Newman (2nd) -- Dodge -- 102.506 m.p.h.
2004 -- Mike Bliss (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 110.193 m.p.h.
2003 -- Greg Biffle (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 148.576 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jeff Burton (2nd) -- Ford -- 142.443 m.p.h.
2001 -- Greg Biffle (3rd) -- Ford -- 139.445 m.p.h.
2000 -- Matt Kenseth (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 145.064 m.p.h.
1999 -- Michael Waltrip (31st) -- Chevrolet -- 133.235 m.p.h.
1998 -- Mike McLaughlin (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 145.376 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jimmy Spencer (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 127.089 m.p.h.
1996 -- Mark Martin (2nd) -- Ford -- 124.957 m.p.h.
1995 -- Mark Martin (3rd) -- Ford -- 136.415 m.p.h.
1994 -- Terry Labonte (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 134.831 m.p.h.
1993 -- Mark Martin (5th) -- Ford -- 113.960 m.p.h.
1992 -- Jeff Gordon (1st) -- Ford -- 120.954 m.p.h.
1991 -- Harry Gant (33rd) -- Buick -- 121.937 m.p.h.
1990 -- Sterling Marlin (32nd) -- Oldsmobile -- 132.272 m.p.h.
1989 -- Rob Moroso (4th) -- Oldsmobile -- 126.035 m.p.h.
1988 -- Rob Moroso (13th) -- Oldsmobile -- 123.683 m.p.h.
1987 -- Harry Gant (1st) -- Buick -- 131.868 m.p.h.
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt (1st) -- Pontiac -- 138.746 m.p.h.
1985 -- Terry Labonte (14th) -- Pontiac -- 140.485 m.p.h.
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip (6th) -- Pontiac -- 123.499 m.p.h.
1983 -- Sam Ard (10th) -- Oldsmobile -- 141.269 m.p.h.
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 123.485 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Miller Time 300 (1982-84), Miller 400 (1985), All Pro
300 (1986-2000), Little Trees 300 (2001-03), SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
300 (2004).
Past Dollar General 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Clint Bowyer -- 5th
2009 -- Carl Edwards -- 5th
2008 -- Jamie McMurray -- 9th
2007 -- Greg Biffle -- 30th
2006 -- Carl Edwards -- 27th
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 43rd
2004 -- Casey Mears -- 7th
2003 -- Kevin Harvick -- 9th
2002 -- Michael Waltrip -- 2nd
2001 -- Jeff Burton -- 3rd
2000 -- Matt Kenseth -- 1st
1999 -- Matt Kenseth -- 7th
1998 -- Dave Blaney -- 11th
1997 -- Joe Nemechek -- 8th
1996 -- Bobby Labonte -- 2nd
1995 -- Bobby Dotter -- 32nd
1994 -- Mark Martin -- 2nd
1993 -- Bobby Dotter -- 9th
1992 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1st
1991 -- Ward Burton -- 12th
1990 -- None -- Weather
1989 -- Michael Waltrip -- 2nd
1988 -- Harry Gant -- 38th
1987 -- Harry Gant -- 1st
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 1st
1985 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 2nd
1984 -- Tim Richmond -- 5th
1983 -- Larry Pearson -- 37th
1982 -- Phil Parsons -- 7th
Last Race Results
RACE: Kansas Lottery 300 (October 8th)
SITE: Kansas Speedway -- Kansas City, Kansas
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Carl Edwards
THIRD: Elliott Sadler
FOURTH: Paul Menard
FIFTH: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (Finished 2nd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 23 minutes, 8 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 125.757 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.795 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 30 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 5 drivers
LAP LEADERS: C. Edwards 1-2; B. Keselowski 3-41; J. Clements 42; C. Edwards
43-44; B. Keselowski 45-89; A. Almirola 90-100; B. Keselowski
101-175; J. Leffler 176-178; C. Edwards 179-186; B. Keselowski
Dollar General 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
03Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
04Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Ford/Go Green Racing
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Blackwell Angus
7Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/
08Casey Roderick (Lawrenceville, GA)Ford/Randy Hill
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/Thank You Fans
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Doosan
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Alliance Truck Parts
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out/Reynolds
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Poynt
16Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Fastenal
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Z-Line Designs
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/TBA
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Game Stop
22 *Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Maxelence
30Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/AccuDoc
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Rheem/Menards
38Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Ford/Go Green Racing
40Charles Lewandoski (Staf. Sprs. CT)Chevrolet/Precisionwerx
41Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
42To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
47To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
48Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/Acredale Vending
49Mark Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/Acredale Vending
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/Liberty Tire Recyclers
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Clements Racing Engines
52Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Chevrolet/TBA
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
62Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Toyota/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
66Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
70Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
71Matthew Carter (Denver, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Mike Harmon Racing
75Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/
82Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Dodge/MacDonald Motorsports
87Kevin Conway (Cornelius, NC)Toyota/Extenze
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
97Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM/FM Energy Pellet & Wood
99Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Pastrana Waltrip Racing
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Brad Keselowski------------34th11th8th6thWon
Justin Allgaier------------------34th12th3rd
Joey Logano------------------14th14th4th
Kyle Busch------5th41st12th2ndWonWon6th
Carl Edwards---------4th27th33rd5th5th13th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr---------------------40th14th
Trevor Bayne------------------------17th
Paul Menard---------3rd13th---------35th
Jamie McMurray41st5th8th16th31st38th9th------
Kasey Kahne32nd8th36th12th43rd17th11th8th---
Brian Vickers28th4th------------3rd4th---
Elliott Sadler---------2nd---------------
Mover of the Week
Joey Gase - Started in the 41st position and finished 29th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Elliott Sadler
Darkhorse - Josh Wise
Last Week's Pick to Win (Joey Logano) - Finished 7th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kenny Wallace) - Finished 19th
Brad Keselowski steadily improved his finish at Charlotte, starting with a 34th-place result in 2006 and culminating with his win last season. The win moved Keselowski closer to clinching the 2010 Nationwide Series championship, which he accomplished just two races later in Texas.

Keselowski ran the final 56 laps around the 1.5-mile Charlotte track without pitting. With old tires, he managed to hold off Martin Truex Jr. after two late-race restarts for his fifth win of the season and the 11th of his Nationwide career. Keselowski led 46 laps, including the final 35, as he finished 1.14 seconds ahead of Truex.

Keselowski, who will defend his title this week, captured last week's race in Kansas City, leading 173 of the 200 laps for his 16th career win.

With just four races remaining, Ricky Stenhouse Jr leads the points list. Stenhouse, who has not finished inside the top-10 in two fall starts at Charlotte, owns a 20-point advantage over Elliott Sadler. Stenhouse has held his own down the stretch with five straight top-10 finishes.

In 2009 Kyle Busch outran Mike Bliss in the final laps to defend his title in the Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch, who started fifth, led three times for 137 laps, including the final 55 for one of nine victories in that year. Busch completed the '09 Nationwide season with victories in three of the last five races; en route to his first championship in one of NASCAR's three national touring series.

Busch led 137 of 200 laps in the 2008 fall race at Charlotte to claim his 20th career victory in the series. Busch, who started 16th, dominated in the late- stages, as he led all but one of the final 78 laps. He crossed the finish line 0.661 seconds ahead of runner-up Jeff Burton. Jamie McMurray led the first 15 laps and finished ninth.

Jeff Burton claimed the lead on lap 140, and then held it for the remaining 60 circuits to capture his 26th career Nationwide Series title in October 2007 at Charlotte. Greg Biffle started on the pole, but finished 30th after an accident put him out of the event. Biffle led six times for 53 laps, while Carl Edwards ran in front three separate times for a total of 60 laps. Burton finished 1.598 seconds ahead of Kyle Busch.

In 2006, Dave Blaney picked up his first win in the series after surviving a wild one in the fall race at Charlotte. Blaney, who started 23rd, took the lead for the first time on Lap 198. But a late-race caution setup a green- white-checkered finish. Kenseth passed Blaney for the lead just after the final restart. The two were running side-by-side, as they saw the white flag. They continued to run at an even pace until Kenseth got loose and spun in the third turn of the last lap. While Blaney took the checkered flag under caution, Kenseth wound up finishing fourth. Carl Edwards started on the pole and led a race-high 123 laps, but Edwards finished a disappointing 27th due to a late-race accident.

Ryan Newman held off Elliott Sadler at the finish to win the 2005 race. Newman, who started second, led a race-high 133 laps. He beat Sadler by just 0.314 seconds to claim his sixth career victory in the series. Jimmie Johnson started on the pole, but Johnson failed to finish the race due to an accident.

The pole sitter has won this race just four times, and not since Matt Kenseth did it in 2000. Harry Gant started 33rd and won the 1991 race, which is the furthest a driver has started and won a Nationwide event at Charlotte.

Eight of the last 11 winners have been won from the top-10. In fact, only nine of the 29 Charlotte winners have started outside the top-10.

The next Nationwide Series race is the November 5th running of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Carl Edwards won last year's race there.

10/11 15:09:38 ET

As of October 11, 2011, at 03:09 PM ET

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