NASCAR - Camping World Truck - NC Lottery Education 200 Preview

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DATE: Friday, May 20th
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)
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Todd Bodine
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 134
MILES: 201
QUALIFYING RECORD: Mike Skinner, 2005 (183.051 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2006 (124.845 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $490,620 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $53,575; 2nd Place - $34,915; 3rd Place - $21,985
2010 Finish
1Kyle Busch16Mike Skinner14
2Todd Bodine97Aric Almirola12
3Ron Hornaday Jr58Jason White16
4James Buescher29David Starr15
5Elliott Sadler410Timothy Peters7
2010 North Carolina Lottery Education 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 109.653 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 49 minutes, 59 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.226 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 35 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (178.448 m.p.h.)
Past NC Lottery Education 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Kyle Busch (1st) -- Toyota -- 109.653 m.p.h.
2009 -- Ron Hornaday Jr (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 121.125
2008 -- Matt Crafton (18th) -- Chevrolet -- 111.490 m.p.h.
2007 -- Ron Hornaday Jr (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 122.809 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kyle Busch (20th) -- Chevrolet -- 124.845 m.p.h. (race record)
2005 -- Kyle Busch (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 104.571 m.p.h.
2004 -- Dennis Setzer (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 107.631 m.p.h.
2003 -- Ted Musgrave (8th) -- Dodge -- 114.768 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Hardee's 200 (2003), Infineon 200 (2004), Quaker Steak
& Lube 200 (2005-07).
Past North Carolina Lottery Education 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Kyle Busch --1st
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Kyle Busch -- 8th
2007 -- Mike Skinner -- 8th
2006 -- Mike Skinner -- 31st
2005 -- Mike Skinner -- 26th
2004 -- David Starr -- 3rd
2003 -- Bill Lester -- 15th
Last Race Results
RACE: Lucas Oil 200 (May 13th)
SITE: Dover International Speedway -- Dover, Delaware
MILES: 200
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Cole Whitt
THIRD: Matt Crafton
FOURTH: Austin Dillon
FIFTH: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Justin Marks (Finished 10th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 22 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 99.695 m.p.h.
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 41 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: K. Harvick 1-17; K. Busch 18-124; K. Harvick 125; M. Crafton
126-138; D. Starr 139-149; T. Peters 150; J. Long 151-152; K.
Busch 153-156; J. White 157-160; C. Whitt 161-183; K. Busch
North Carolina Lottery Education 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
2Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Ollies Bargain Outlet
02Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Ricky Carmichael (Clearwater, FL)Chevrolet/Monster Energy
5Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Int'l Truck/Monaco RVs
07Butch Miller (Coopersville, MI)Chevrolet/TBA
7Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Toyota/Stemco Duroline
8Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Bozzano/Jontex
9Max Papis (Como, Italy)Toyota/GEICO
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Ford/
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Chevrolet/Safe Auto/Curb Records
15Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Toyota/Perky Jerky
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
18 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/NOS
20Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Toyota/Panhandle Grading & Paving
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/RCR/Rip-It
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Chevrolet/
28Wes Burton (Chiefland, FL)Chevrolet/FDNY Racing
29Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Dodge/Penske Truck Rental
30Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Exide Batteries
32Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
33Ron Hornaday Jr. (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Utz Snacks
38Mike Garvey (Lakeville, MN)Chevrolet/S&W Services
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/S&W Services
46Craig Goess (Woodbury, NJ)Toyota/Greenville Toyota
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/Liberty Tire Recycling
51Justin Johnson (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Vision Airlines
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/TBA
60Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Red Bull/Fuel Doctor
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/South Point Hotel & Casino
66Justin Marks (Rocklin, CA)Chevrolet/Go-Pro
68Clay Greenfield (Clarksville, TN)Dodge/TBA
73Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
77Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Toyota/Lofton Cattle
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Zachry
84Chris Fontaine (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/Glenden Enterprises
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Chevrolet/Menards
89Chris Lafferty (Concord, NC)Dodge/NASCAR Speed Park
92Clay Rogers (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/Fleet HQ/BTS Tire & Wheel
93Shane Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/S&W Services
99Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Ford/
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last eight years)
Kyle Busch------WonWon11th8th2ndWon
Todd Bodine---20th31st3rd3rd12th25th2nd
Ron Hornaday Jr------11th5thWon23rdWon3rd
James Buescher------------------12th4th
David Starr17th3rd19th26th23rd17th7th9th
Timothy Peters------32nd23rd---25th31st10th
Matt Crafton9th9th9th8th7thWon3rd11th
Johnny Sauter------------------13th12th
Austin Dillon---------------------35th
Clint Bowyer------------------------
Mover of the Week
Brendan Gaughan - Started in 22nd position and finished 7th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Cole Whitt
Last Week's Pick to Win (Ron Hornaday Jr) - Finished 9th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Parker Kligerman) - Finished 21st
Not only did Kyle Busch become the first pole sitter to win this race, he also became the first three-time champion at Charlotte Motor Speedway in this series.

Busch heads into Charlotte on a streak, having just won last week's race in Dover for his third victory of the season.

The real excitement this week however is the much anticipated NASCAR debut of former Formula One world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

The 31-year-old Raikkonen will drive the No.15 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He tested with the team during the first week of April. Raikkonen will also join former F1 competitors Nelson Piquet Jr. and Max Papis in the 36- truck field at Charlotte.

Last year, Busch held off Todd Bodine in a two-lap shootout to the finish and win the rain-delayed race. Busch started on the pole and dominated early, but he got loose and scraped the wall on lap 40. Shortly after the incident, Busch made a lengthy pit stop under caution, as his team made repairs to the right side of the truck. He quickly made his way back up to the front and passed Ron Hornaday Jr. for the lead just after a restart with 17 laps to go. Busch beat Bodine by 0.23 seconds for his 18th career Truck Series title.

Back in 2009, it was another milestone win for Ron Hornaday Jr, as he captured the checkered flag by 1.669 seconds ahead of Busch for his 40th career Truck Series title. Hornaday led the final 29 laps for his second win at this race.

The past six seasons at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been dominated by two drivers, Hornaday and Busch as the duo have won five of those races. The only driver to squeeze out victory in that span was Matt Crafton.

It seems that 178 was the charm for Crafton, as he raced to victory in 2008. The 178 refers to the number of races in which it took Crafton to gain his first victory in the Truck Series, a dubious record. Crafton took advantage of a late-race crash to cross the finish line 0.184 of a second ahead of Chad McCumbee. Crafton has raced in all eight of the NC Lottery 200s and has finished in the top-10 each time, except 2010 when he placed 11th.

Win number 30 for Hornaday Jr came in impressive fashion, as he dominated the 2007 race. Hornaday, who started seventh on the grid, led three times for a whopping 98 laps, including the final 39 to defeat A.J. Allmendinger by 0.244 of a second. Pole sitter Mike Skinner, who led three times for 21 laps, placed eighth. Hornaday scored a perfect Driver Rating of 150.0 in victory.

In just his 19th career Truck Series start, Kyle Busch made it two straight, as he won for the second consecutive season in 2006. Busch, starting from the 20th position, crossed the finish line well ahead of runner-up Terry Cook for his fourth career Camping World title. Busch, who led three times for a total of 96 laps, posted a 3.154 seconds win, sending Cook to his second straight runner-up finish at this race. Pole sitter Mike Skinner placed 31st, as he failed to finish due to engine problems. Busch and Skinner traded the lead on several occasions before Busch took over at lap 88 for the rest of the race.

In 2005, Busch defeated Cook by less than a second, as he became the youngest winner at the age of 20 in Truck Series history.

The next Camping World Truck Series race is the June 4th running of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway. Johnny Sauter won last year's race there.

05/17 21:15:19 ET

As of May 17, 2011, at 09:15 PM ET
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