NASCAR Nationwide Series

NASCAR - Nationwide - History Channel 300 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, May 26th
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: 31st
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
RADIO: Performance Radio Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2:45 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 3:01 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Matt Kenseth (Not Defending)
RUNNER-UP: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Finished 4th)
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: $1,013,918 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $51,800; 2nd Place - $40,850; 3rd Place - $28,650
2011 Finish
1Matt Kenseth36Brad Keselowski13
2Carl Edwards57Steve Wallace16
3Kyle Busch48Brian Scott12
4Ricky Stenhouse Jr19Aric Almirola8
5Reed Sorenson610Elliott Sadler10
2011 History Channel 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 136.640 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 11 minutes, 44 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.763 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 25 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (186.994 m.p.h.)
Past History Channel 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Matt Kenseth (3rd) -- Ford -- 136.640 m.p.h.
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),
Top Gear 300 (2011).
Past History Channel 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr -- 4th
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: Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 (May 20th)
SITE: Iowa Speedway -- Newton, Iowa
MILES: 218.75
LAPS: 250
WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr
RUNNER-UP: Elliott Sadler
THIRD: Michael McDowell
FOURTH: Austin Dillon
FIFTH: Kurt Busch
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (Finished 2nd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 2 minutes, 29 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 107.157 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.465 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 27 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: E. Sadler - pole; S. Hornish Jr. 1-30; R. Stenhouse Jr. 31-83; J.
Allgaier 84-86; R. Stenhouse Jr. 87-115; C. Whitt 116-119; E.
Sadler 120-121; R. Stenhouse Jr. 122-188; K. Busch 189-190; R.
Stenhouse Jr. 191-250.
History Channel 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Angela Cope (Puyallup, WA)Chevrolet/Highland Wealth Adv.
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Ford/TBA
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/
08Kyle Fowler (Smyrna, GA)Ford/TBA
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Dollar General
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Alliance Truck Parts
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
17J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/New Gulf Resources LLC
18Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/Sports Clips
19Tayler Malsam (Seattle WA)Toyota/G-Oil
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Game Stop
21Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/Sherwin Williams
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Casey Roderick (Lawrenceville, GA)Chevrolet/West Virginal Baseball
30James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet//ABF
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers Pizza
38Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Josh Richards (Shinnston, WV)Ford/NSW Kids
40Erik Darnell (Beach Park, FL)Chevrolet/Strutmasters LLC
41Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/
42Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Pilot Flying J
44Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
47Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Clements Automotive
52To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Wish For Our Heroes
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Koma Unwind
75Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
81Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA)Toyota/American Majority
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet
88Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Ingersoil Rand
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
98Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Carroll Shelby Motors
99Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, MD)Toyota/Boost Mobile
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Kyle Busch2ndWonWon23rd8thWon3rdWon3rd
Ricky Stenhouse Jr---------------------40th4th
Brad Keselowski------------37th3rd8th2nd6th
Elliott Sadler23rd8th2nd---------------10th
Joey Logano------------------5th3rd11th
Sam Hornish Jr---------------39th------12th
Justin Allgaier------------------14th4th13th
Kevin Harvick9th3rd11th8th12th19th23rd6th16th
Kasey Kahne6th25th41st16thWon16th---26th22nd
Denny Hamlin------20th29th34th2nd---------
James Buescher---------------------------
Danica Patrick---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Kurt Busch - Started in the 31st position and finished 5th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Joe Nemechek
Last Week's Pick to Win (Ricky Stenhouse Jr) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Danica Patrick) - Finished 30th
With Matt Kenseth not defending his title, the favorite to win this week's race falls on the shoulders of Kyle Busch.

Busch has dominated this race over the years, in fact, he has posted four wins and eight top-10s the past nine seasons. Overall, Busch has appeared 17 times at Charlotte Motor Speedway with six checkered flags and 14 top-10 finishes. Over the past four seasons, he has alternated finishing first and third.

Last season, Kenseth, who is concentrating his efforts on Sprint Cup, passed Carl Edwards with three laps remaining and then held off his Roush Fenway Racing teammate to win for the 26th time on the Nationwide circuit.

During a late-race caution, Kenseth pitted from the lead for four new tires, while Edwards remained on the track and took over the top position. Edwards last pitted during a round of green-flag pit stops with less than 70 laps to go in the 200-lap race. Edwards conserved enough fuel to cross the finish line 0.8 seconds behind Kenseth.

When Busch won in 2010, he 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. Busch led the final 64 laps to defeat Brad Keselowski by 0.112 of a second to become the first four-time winner of this race. The victory was one of 13 wins in 2010. Carl Edwards, who started on the pole and led the first 15 laps, finished ninth.

Although not a regular on the Nationwide circuit, Busch has recorded 21 wins in his last 55 starts, but none in 2012.

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.

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 5-Hour Energy 200 on June 2 at Dover International Speedway. Carl Edwards won last year's race there.

05/22 12:15:54 ET

As of May 22, 2012, at 12:16 PM ET

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