NASCAR Nationwide Series

NASCAR - Nationwide - Top Gear 300 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, May 28th
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway (1960) -- Concord, North Carolina
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 1,980 feet (Frontstretch); 1,500 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 171,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 30th
TELEVISION: ABC
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Performance Radio Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2:30 p.m. (et)/2:46 p.m. (et) Green Flag
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (Finished 9th)
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: $1,158,134 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $58,145; 2nd Place - $40,275; 3rd Place - $34,025
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch66Kevin Harvick18
2Brad Keselowski37Jason Leffler40
3Joey Logano138Reed Sorenson20
4Justin Allgaier119Carl Edwards1
5Ryan Newman410Clint Bowyer26
2010 Top Gear 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 132.216 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 18 minutes, 11 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.112 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 28 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (186.922 m.p.h.)
Past Top Gear 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Kyle Busch (6th) -- Toyota -- 132.216 m.p.h.
2009 -- Mike Bliss (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 129.096 m.p.h.
2008 -- Kyle Busch (6th) -- Toyota -- 120.331 m.p.h.
2007 -- Kasey Kahne (32nd) -- Dodge -- 132.240 m.p.h.
2006 -- Carl Edwards (9th) -- Ford -- 110.735 m.p.h.
2005 -- Kyle Busch (19th) -- Ford -- 117.968 m.p.h.
2004 -- Kyle Busch (2nd) -- Ford -- 114.274 m.p.h.
2003 -- Matt Kenseth (9th) -- Ford -- 138.302 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jeff Green (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 120.684 m.p.h.
2001 -- Jeff Green (2nd) -- Ford -- 128.205 m.p.h.
2000 -- Jeff Burton (4th) -- Ford -- 121.759 m.p.h.
1999 -- Mark Martin (2nd) -- Ford -- 119.377 m.p.h.
1998 -- Mark Martin (6th) -- Ford -- 133.449 m.p.h.
1997 -- Joe Nemechek (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 126.954 m.p.h.
1996 -- Mark Martin (17th) -- Ford -- 155.799 m.p.h. (race record)
1995 -- Chad Little (7th) -- Ford -- 131.707 m.p.h.
1994 -- Phil Parsons (12th) -- Chevrolet -- 127.704 m.p.h.
1993 -- Michael Waltrip (12th) -- Pontiac -- 127.539 m.p.h.
1992 -- Jeff Gordon (1st) -- Ford -- 127.208 m.p.h.
1991 -- Dale Earnhardt (19th) -- Chevrolet -- 133.235 m.p.h.
1990 -- Dale Jarrett (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 132.337 m.p.h.
1989 -- Rob Moroso (4th) -- Oldsmobile -- 136.450 m.p.h.
1988 -- Dale Jarrett (6th) -- Pontiac -- 139.969 m.p.h.
1987 -- Harry Gant (16th) -- Buick -- 139.643 m.p.h.
1986 -- Tim Richmond (1st) -- Pontiac -- 139.715 m.p.h.
1985 -- Tim Richmond (1st) -- Pontiac -- 119.284 m.p.h.
1984 -- Bobby Allison (8th) -- Oldsmobile -- 126.198 m.p.h.
1983 -- Dale Earnhardt (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 117.724 m.p.h.
1982 -- Harry Gant (1st) -- Pontiac -- 126.731 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Mello Yello 300 (1982-84), Winn-Dixie 300 (1985-88),
Champion 300 (1989-94), Red Dog 300 (1995-96), Carquest 300 (1997-2006),
Carquest Auto Parts 300 (2007-09), TECH-NET Auto Service 300 (2010).
 
Past Top Gear 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Carl Edwards -- 9th
2009 -- Carl Edwards -- 10th
2008 -- Brian Vickers -- 5th
2007 -- Matt Kenseth -- 7th
2006 -- Matt Kenseth -- 38th
2005 -- Kasey Kahne -- 41st
2004 -- Greg Biffle -- 6th
2003 -- Kevin Harvick -- 9th
2002 -- Ron Hornaday Jr -- 33rd
2001 -- Kevin Harvick -- 26th
2000 -- Dave Blaney -- 36th
1999 -- David Green -- 14th
1998 -- Bobby Labonte -- 6th
1997 -- Mark Martin -- 3rd
1996 -- Dale Jarrett -- 6th
1995 -- Rich Bickle -- 8th
1994 -- Mike Skinner -- 28th
1993 -- Tracy Leslie -- 34th
1992 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1st
1991 -- Jack Sprague -- 5th
1990 -- Dick Trickle -- 2nd
1989 -- Greg Sacks -- 22nd
1988 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 29th
1987 -- Brett Bodine -- 30th
1986 -- Tim Richmond -- 1st
1985 -- Tim Richmond -- 1st
1984 -- L.D. Ottinger -- 32nd
1983 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 39th
1982 -- Harry Gant -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: Iowa John Deere Dealers 250 (May 22nd)
SITE: Iowa Speedway -- Newton, Iowa
MILES: 218.75
LAPS: 250
WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr
RUNNER-UP: Carl Edwards
THIRD: Brad Keselowski
FOURTH: Reed Sorenson
FIFTH: Elliott Sadler
POLE WINNER: Drew Herring (Finished 12th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 3 minutes, 40 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 106.132 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.435 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 28 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: D. Herring 1-37; M. McDowell 38-56; R. Sorenson 57-133; B.
Keselowski 134; C. Edwards 135; B. Keselowski 136-164; R.
Stenhouse Jr. 165-176; C. Edwards 177-178; R. Stenhouse Jr.
179-181; C. Edwards 182-193; R. Stenhouse Jr. 194-200; C. Edwards
201-206; R. Stenhouse Jr. 207; C. Edwards 208; D. Herring
209-210; J. Allgaier 211-221; C. Edwards 222-232; R. Stenhouse
Jr. 233-250.
Top Gear 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
04Kelly Bires (Mauston, WI)Ford/Go Green Racing
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Fastenal
7Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Voodoo Ride
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/Family Farmers
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Alliance
13Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Ford/driverboutique.com
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out/Reynolds
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
16Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Fastenal
18 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Z-Line Designs
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/TriStar Motorsports
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Game Stop
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr (McKinney, TX)Dodge/FunnyDanRaceCarMan.com
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Dodge/Bubba Bear
30Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Rexall
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/TBA
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Rheem Tankless Water Heat
38Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Ford/C3i Sports
40Charles Lewandoski (Staf. Sprs. CT)Chevrolet/TBA
41Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/Lilly Trucking of Virginia
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
46To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
49David Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Co-ops USA
52Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Chevrolet/TRX Alliance
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
68Matthew Carter (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
70Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
72John Jackson (Ellenton, FL)Toyota/crashclaimsr.us
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/IPT Grills
75Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
79Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Ford/Mooresville Ford
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/daystar.com
87Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Toyota/Perky Jerky
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/Hellmann's
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
97Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/NEMCO Motorsports
99Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Pastrana Waltrip Racing
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Kyle Busch---2ndWonWon23rd8thWon3rdWon
Brad Keselowski---------------37th3rd8th2nd
Joey Logano---------------------5th3rd
Justin Allgaier---------------------14th4th
Kevin Harvick---9th3rd11th8th12th19th23rd6th
Jason Leffler------4th---18th31st32nd6th7th
Reed Sorenson---------5th21st42nd------8th
Carl Edwards---------35thWon17th13th10th9th
Trevor Bayne------------------------17th
Steve Wallace---------------30th20th17th21st
Kasey Kahne29th6th25th41st16thWon16th---26th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.------------------------40th
Elliott Sadler19th23rd8th2nd---------------
Aric Almirola---------------14th---------
 
Mover of the Week
Jennifer Jo Cobb - Started in the 40th position and finished 26th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Trevor Bayne
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Reed Sorenson) - Finished 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Michael Annett) - Finished 13th
 
NOTES:
Kyle Busch took the lead for the first time on lap 140 and then held on the rest of the way for his 35th career Nationwide Series win last year. Busch led the final 64 laps to defeat Brad Keselowski by 0.112 of a second. The victory was one of 13 wins in 2010. Busch has already five titles in 10 Nationwide starts this year to increase his total to 48, just one shy of the all-time leader, Mark Martin. Carl Edwards, who started on the pole and led the first 15 laps, finished ninth.

In 2009, Mike Bliss outlasted the field and Mother Nature to capture his second career Nationwide Series title. With 30 laps remaining, NASCAR halted the race due to heavy rain and declared Bliss the winner. The race started with a wet track and light rain fell during the race. Bliss led three times for 21 laps, including the final four, as he finished ahead of Brendan Gaughan. Pole sitter Carl Edwards placed 10th, while Kyle Busch, who started second on the grid, finished third, leading three times for a race-high 98 laps. Bliss' win came in his 154th start and was his second victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway, having also won in 2004 in the fall race.

With his win in 2008, Kyle Busch joined Mark Martin as the only three-time winners of this race. Busch, who led three times for 86 laps after starting sixth on the grid, defeated Denny Hamlin under the caution. Busch led the final 39 laps, as he won for the 15th time in his Nationwide career. Currently second on the points list, Busch is a four-time winner this season and now boasts 34 Series titles.

Kasey Kahne recorded the first of his two 2007 Nationwide Series wins, as he raced to victory over Casey Mears. Kahne, who started 32nd on the grid, took the checkered flag 2.448 seconds ahead of Mears. Kahne led twice for a race- high 43 laps, while pole sitter Matt Kenseth led three times for 39 laps and finished seventh. Kahne, who owns seven career Series titles, reclaimed the lead on lap 159 and held on the rest of the way. 37 cars finished the race with 16 on the final lap.

Starting from the 19th position, Kyle Busch reclaimed the lead on lap 155 of the 200-lap, 2005 event and held on to edge Sterling Marlin by .503 of a second for his second consecutive win in this race. With his victory, Busch joined a list of multiple back-to-back champions. Tim Richmond was the first driver to accomplish the feat (1985-86), followed by Mark Martin (1998-99) and Jeff Green (2001-02). Busch led a total of 63 laps, while third-place finisher Ryan Newman led for 38.

The pole sitter has won this race four times, the last coming in 1992, when Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag.

The next Nationwide Series race is the June 4th inaugural running of the STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

05/24 16:27:14 ET

As of May 24, 2011, at 04:27 PM ET

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