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DATE: Friday, October 12th
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: 31st
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 7:45 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Carl Edwards (Not Defending)
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Paul Menard (Finished 8th)
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: $ 1,013,751 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $70,650; 2nd Place - $45,675; 3rd Place - $44,343
2011 Finish
1Carl Edwards56Brad Keselowski3
2Kyle Busch67Justin Allgaier10
3Trevor Bayne118Paul Menard1
4Elliott Sadler129Ricky Stenhouse Jr.2
5Brian Scott810Brian Vickers9
2011 Dollar General 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 134.195 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 14 minutes, 8 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.223 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 31 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Paul Menard (185.701 m.p.h.)
Past Dollar General 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Carl Edwards (5th) -- Ford -- 134.195 m.p.h.
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)
2011 -- Paul Menard -- 8th
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: OneMain Financial 200 (September 29th)
SITE: Dover International Speedway -- Dover, Delaware
MILES: 200
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Joey Logano
RUNNER-UP: Paul Menard
THIRD: Michael Annett
FOURTH: Elliott Sadler
FIFTH: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Darrell Wallace Jr (Finished 12th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 37 minutes
AVERAGE SPEED: 123.711 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.876 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 15 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 4 among 3 drivers
LAP LEADERS: D Wallace Jr. - pole; J. Allgaier 1-13; J. Logano 14-47; K. Kahne
48-50; J. Logano 51-200.
Dollar General 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Angela Cope (Puyallup, WA)Toyota/Highland Wealth Advisors
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
4Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Cargill
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/
08Kyle Fowler (Smyrna, GA)Ford/Randy Hill Racing
10Charles Lewandoski (Staf Sprngs, CT)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Dollar General
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Wurth
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
18Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/Dollar General
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Bandit Chippers
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Game Stop
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/
24Benny Gordon (DuBois, PA)Toyota/Zachary Holdings
30James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet//AccuDoc/Great Clips
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Menards/Rheem
36Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)Chevrolet/Seal Wrap
38Brad Sweet (Grass Valley. CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Ford/Uponor
40Erik Darnell (Beach Park, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
41Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Lilly Trucking
42Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Cheez-It/Pilot Flying J
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/G-Oil
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/The Motorsports Group
47J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
50To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/ Auto
52To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
70Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
71Matt Carter (Denver, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
74David Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
75Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
81Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA)Dodge/TBA
86Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Ford/Qello Corp.
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet
88Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Hellmann's
98Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Ford/Carroll Shelby Motors
99John Wes Townley (Watkinsville, GA)Toyota/TBA
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Kyle Busch---5th41st12th2ndWonWon6th2nd
Elliott Sadler------2nd---------------4th
Brian Scott---------------------28th5th
Brad Keselowski---------34th11th8th6thWon6th
Justin Allgaier---------------34th12th3rd7th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr------------------40th14th9th
Sam Hornish Jr.------------------------12th
Joey Logano---------------14th14th4th19th
Kevin Harvick9th11th24th9th10th6th---10th---
Denny Hamlin------30th8th5th------------
Danica Patrick---------------------21st---
Austin Dillon---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Brian Scott - Started in the 38th position and finished 7th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Darkhorse - Jason Bowles
Last Week's Pick to Win (Elliott Sadler) - Finished 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kyle Busch) - Finished 5th
With just five races remaining, Elliott Sadler owns a slim nine point lead over Ricky Stenhouse Jr heading into Charlotte.

Steady Elliott has posted three straight top-10 finishes and six in the past seven races to maintain his standing. Stenhouse, a five-time winner this year, placed ninth last race for his fifth top-10 in the past six starts.

Carl Edwards, who is not defending this week, passed Kyle Busch for the lead after a restart with five laps remaining to win last season's race. Edwards hit the wall in turn four on lap 32, sustaining slight damage to the ride side of his car. After pitting for repairs during a caution several laps later, he fell to 27th in the field. Edwards patiently worked his way to the front before his winning pass on Busch. He led just the final five laps.

The victory was the 37th of his career and eight of the 2011 season. Edwards ranks third on the all-time Nationwide Series wins list with 38 titles after winning in August at Watkins Glen. Edwards is tied with Kevin Harvick, 13 victories shy of Kyle Busch.

Brad Keselowski steadily improved his finish at Charlotte over the years, starting with a 34th-place result in 2006 and culminating with his win in 2010. 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.

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 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.

Nine of the last 12 winners have been won from the top-10. In fact, only nine of the 30 Charlotte winners have started outside the top-10.

The next Nationwide Series race is the October 20 Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. Brad Keselowski won last year's race there.

10/09 13:37:26 ET

As of October 9, 2012, at 01:37 PM ET