NASCAR Nationwide Series
NASCAR - Nationwide - Drive for the Cure 300 Preview

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DATE: Friday, Oct. 10
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, North Carolina
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 135,000
ANNUAL: 33rd
TELEVISION: ESPN2
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: 4:10 p.m. ET (Friday)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Austin Dillon
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 1)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jimmie Johnson, 2005 (187.735 mph)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1996 (155.799 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch16Justin Allgaier12
2Austin Dillon47Joey Logano2
3Sam Hornish Jr38Trevor Bayne7
4Kevin Harvick109Parker Kligerman13
5Matt Kenseth1510Michael Annett14
2013 Drive for the Cure 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 133.449 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 14 mins., 53 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.459 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 29 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (183.387 mph)
Past Drive for the Cure 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Kyle Busch (1) -- Toyota -- 133.449 mph
2012 -- Joey Logano (3) -- Toyota -- 138.337 mph
2011 -- Carl Edwards (5) -- Ford -- 134.195 mph
2010 -- Brad Keselowski (3) -- Dodge -- 125.640 mph
2009 -- Kyle Busch (5) -- Toyota -- 128.863 mph
2008 -- Kyle Busch (16) -- Toyota -- 103.647 mph
2007 -- Jeff Burton (13) -- Chevrolet -- 120.267 mph
2006 -- Dave Blaney (23) -- Chevrolet -- 106.999 mph
2005 -- Ryan Newman (2) -- Dodge -- 102.506 mph
2004 -- Mike Bliss (7) -- Chevrolet -- 110.193 mph
2003 -- Greg Biffle (4) -- Chevrolet -- 148.576 mph
2002 -- Jeff Burton (2) -- Ford -- 142.443 mph
2001 -- Greg Biffle (3) -- Ford -- 139.445 mph
2000 -- Matt Kenseth (1) -- Chevrolet -- 145.064 mph
1999 -- Michael Waltrip (31) -- Chevrolet -- 133.235 mph
1998 -- Mike McLaughlin (3) -- Chevrolet -- 145.376 mph
1997 -- Jimmy Spencer (4) -- Chevrolet -- 127.089 mph
1996 -- Mark Martin (2) -- Ford -- 124.957 mph
1995 -- Mark Martin (3) -- Ford -- 136.415 mph
1994 -- Terry Labonte (16) -- Chevrolet -- 134.831 mph
1993 -- Mark Martin (5) -- Ford -- 113.960 mph
1992 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Ford -- 120.954 mph
1991 -- Harry Gant (33) -- Buick -- 121.937 mph
1990 -- Sterling Marlin (32) -- Oldsmobile -- 132.272 mph
1989 -- Rob Moroso (4) -- Oldsmobile -- 126.035 mph
1988 -- Rob Moroso (13) -- Oldsmobile -- 123.683 mph
1987 -- Harry Gant (1) -- Buick -- 131.868 mph
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt (1) -- Pontiac -- 138.746 mph
1985 -- Terry Labonte (14) -- Pontiac -- 140.485 mph
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip (6) -- Pontiac -- 123.499 mph
1983 -- Sam Ard (10) -- Oldsmobile -- 141.269 mph
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip (3) -- Pontiac -- 123.485 mph
 
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), Dollar General 300 (2005-13).
 
Past Drive for the Cure 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Kyle Busch -- 1
2012 -- Elliott Sadler -- 3
2011 -- Paul Menard -- 8
2010 -- Clint Bowyer -- 5
2009 -- Carl Edwards -- 5
2008 -- Jamie McMurray -- 9
2007 -- Greg Biffle -- 30
2006 -- Carl Edwards -- 27
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 43
2004 -- Casey Mears -- 7
2003 -- Kevin Harvick -- 9
2002 -- Michael Waltrip -- 2
2001 -- Jeff Burton -- 3
2000 -- Matt Kenseth -- 1
1999 -- Matt Kenseth -- 7
1998 -- Dave Blaney -- 11
1997 -- Joe Nemechek -- 8
1996 -- Bobby Labonte -- 2
1995 -- Bobby Dotter -- 32
1994 -- Mark Martin -- 2
1993 -- Bobby Dotter -- 9
1992 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
1991 -- Ward Burton -- 12
1990 -- None -- Weather
1989 -- Michael Waltrip -- 2
1988 -- Harry Gant -- 38
1987 -- Harry Gant -- 1
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 1
1985 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 2
1984 -- Tim Richmond -- 5
1983 -- Larry Pearson -- 37
1982 -- Phil Parsons -- 7
Last Race Results
RACE: Kansas Lottery 300 (Oct. 4)
SITE: Kansas Speedway -- Kansas City, Kansas
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
THIRD: Ryan Blaney
FOURTH: Paul Menard
FIFTH: Ty Dillon
POLE WINNER: Ty Dillon (finished 5)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 29 mins., 17 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 120.576 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.767 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 42 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 16 among 10 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Dillon 1-6, Buescher 7-17, Harvick 18-23, Townley 24-27, Buescher
28-36, Blaney 37-46, Gaughan 47-48, Blaney 49, Gaughan 50-54,
Blaney 55-75, Scott 76-79, Kenseth 80-87, Sadler 88-124, K. Busch
125-137, Blaney 138, Harvick 139-179, K. Busch 180-200.
Drive for the Cure 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Flex Seal
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Charter Communications
3Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com
5Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Chevrolet/Dirty Mo Radio
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Vlasic Wish-Bone
9Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts
10David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/NCCER/Build Your Future
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/One Main Financial
12Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)Ford/Western Star
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
16Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.
17Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK)Dodge/New Gulf Energy
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Game Stop
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Discount Tire
23Carlos Contreras (Mexico City)Chevrolet/RetroInfinity.com
25John Wes Townley (Watkinsville, GA)Toyota/Zaxby's
28J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Dodge/Texas 28 Spirits Stage
29Milka Duno (Caracas, Venezuela)Toyota/RAB Racing
31Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/FOE
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
40Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Cartwheel by Target
43Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Ford/Winfield
44Will Kimmel III (Sellersburg, IN)Toyota/Ingersoil Rand
46Ryan Ellis (Ashburn, VA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/allsouthelectric.com
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
54 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
55Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
60Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX)Ford/RFRShop.com
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/South Point
70Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Youtheory
72Matt Carter (Denver ,NC)Chevrolet/Crash Claims R US
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Dodge/TBA
77Jimmy Weller (Hubbard, OH)Chevrolet/Jo Dance
80Ross Chastain (Alva, FL)Toyota/AISIN AW
84Chad Boat (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/CorvetteParts.net
87Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
89Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson, NC)Chevrolet/Courtney Construction
91Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/SupportMilitary.org
93Kevin Swindell (Germantown, TN)Dodge/JGL Racing
98Corey Lajoie (Concord, FL)Ford/Carroll Shelby Engine Co.
99James Buescher (Plano, TX)Toyota/TBA
 
* - defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Kyle Busch41122WonWon624Won
Matt Kenseth25431---33---------5
Trevor Bayne---------------173---8
Brian Scott---------------285812
Kyle Larson------------------------13
Alex Bowman------------------------18
Regan Smith2837------------------19
Elliott Sadler2---------------4336
Brad Keselowski---341186Won618---
Brendan Gaughan------------1511---------
Chase Elliott---------------------------
Ty Dillon---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Matt Kenseth - started 13 and finished 6
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kevin Harvick) - finished 2
 
NOTES:
The Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the 30th race on the 2014 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 65 Nationwide races at Charlotte. The series has competed at this track twice each year since 1982.

Harry Gant won the inaugural Nationwide race at this track, the Mello Yello 300, on May 29, 1982.

Kyle Busch holds the record for most Nationwide wins at Charlotte with eight. Busch scored a season-sweep there in 2013. Kyle Larson won this year's spring race at this track.

Roush Fenway Racing has the most car owner wins in Nationwide races at Charlotte with 12, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing with seven.

The Nationwide race winner at this track has started from the pole nine times. Busch most recently did it there one year ago.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Charlotte occurred on May 26, 2001 when Jeff Green beat Matt Kenseth to the finish line by just 0.055 seconds.

Mike Bliss is the only driver on the entry list for this weekend's race that scored his first career Nationwide victory at this track. Bliss won the 2004 fall race there when he drove Joe Gibbs Racing. He is now with TriStar Motorsports.

Three drivers entered in this race made their Nationwide debuts at Charlotte: Kenseth (May 1996), Busch (May 2003) and Ross Chastain (May 2014).

The next race is the Nov. 1 O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski won last year's race there.

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