NASCAR - Camping World Truck - NC Lottery Education 200 Preview

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DATE: Friday, May 18th
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: 10th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch (Not Defending)
RUNNER-UP: Clint Bowyer
POLE WINNER: Timothy Peters (Finished 32nd)
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: $486,306 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $37,525; 2nd Place - $24,925; 3rd Place - $24,600
2011 Finish
1Kyle Busch66Johnny Sauter7
2Clint Bowyer27Austin Dillon3
3Cole Whitt118Parker Kligerman10
4James Buescher59Justin Marks25
5Ron Hornaday Jr1510Brad Sweet4
2011 North Carolina Lottery Education 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 101.615 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 58 minutes, 41 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.317 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 47 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Timothy Peters (177.200 m.p.h.)
Past NC Lottery Education 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Kyle Busch (6th) -- Toyota -- 101.615 m.p.h.
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)
2011 -- Timothy Peters -- 32nd
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: SFP 250 (April 21st)
SITE: Kansas Speedway -- Kansas City, Kansas
MILES: 250
LAPS: 167
WINNER: James Buescher
RUNNER-UP: Timothy Peters
THIRD: Brad Keselowski
FOURTH: Nelson Piquet Jr
FIFTH: Todd Bodine
POLE WINNER: Tim George Jr (Finished 17th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 4 minutes, 6 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 121.112 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 5.320 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 28 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 16 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: T. George Jr. - pole; J. Leffler 1-5; J. White 6-33; J. Buescher
34-36; J. White 37; C. McCumbee 38; T. Bodine 39-40; J. Buescher
41-96; R. Hornaday Jr. 97-99; J. Buescher 100-104; B. Keselowski
105-121; J. Buescher 122-149; R. Hornaday Jr. 150; T. Bodine
151-153; D. Armstrong 154; B. Keselowski 155-156; J. Buescher
North Carolina Lottery Education 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/South Point Casino
3Ty Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
5Paulie Harraka (Fair Lawn, NJ)Ford/TBA
6Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Chevrolet/
07Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Toyota/Wear Your Gear/
7John King (Kingsport, TN)Toyota/Consol Energy
08Ross Chastain (Alva, FL)Toyota/Florida Watermelon Assoc.
09John Wes Townley (Waitville, GA)Toyota/Toyota Save in May Sales Event
9Ron Hornaday Jr. (Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Dodge/
11Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/Toyota Care
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Toyota/Hot Honeys/Curb Records
14Brennan Newberry (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Ironclad Performance Wear
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
18Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Toyota/Dollar General
19Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Cooper Standard
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/Richard Childress Racing
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Ford/JW Demolition/
24Max Gresham (Stockbridge, GA)Chevrolet/Bug Band
27Jeb Burton (Halifax, VA)Chevrolet/State Water Heaters
28Wes Burton (Chiefland, FL)Chevrolet/FDNY Racing
29Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Dodge/Draw-Tite
30Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Alpinestars
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Exide Batteries
32Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Chevrolet/Duroline Brakes
33Cale Gale (Mobile, AL)Chevrolet/Rheem
38To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/RSS Racing
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/S&W Services
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/G.L. Hubbard & Sons Inc.
60To Be Announced Chevrolet/Turn One Racing
68Clay Greenfield (Clarksville, TN)Dodge/@claygreenfield
70Jeff Agnew (Copper Hill, VA)Chevrolet/TBA
74To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Koma Unwind
75Caleb Holman (Abingdon, VA)Chevrolet/Food Country USA
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Zachry/Build Your Future
84Chris Fontaine (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/Glenden Enterprises
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Toyota/Menard's
92David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Chevrolet/Fleet Tire
93Chris Cockrum (Conyers, GA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
98Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Toyota/
99Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Ford/Rockingham Speedway
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
James Buescher------------------12th4th4th
Ron Hornaday Jr------11th5thWon23rdWon3rd5th
Johnny Sauter------------------13th12th6th
Parker Kligerman------------------------8th
Justin Lofton---------------------15th13th
Nelson Piquet Jr---------------------16th21st
Matt Crafton9th9th9th8th7thWon3rd11th26th
Todd Bodine---20th31st3rd3rd12th25th2nd27th
Brendan Gaughan2nd---8th14th35th3rd------30th
Timothy Peters------32nd23rd---25th31st10th32nd
Brad Keselowski------24th------------28th---
David Reutimann---36th17th6th---------------
Jason Leffler21st------------------------
Ty Dillon---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Ron Hornaday Jr - Started in 16th position and finished 6th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - James Buescher
Darkhorse - Joey Coulter
Last Week's Pick to Win (Ron Hornaday Jr) - Finished 6th
Last Week's Darkhorse (David Starr) - Finished 31st
Week five of the 2012 Camping World Series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 10th annual North Carolina Education Lottery 200.

James Buescher captured his first Truck Series title last month in impressive fashion, as he led for 103 of the 167 laps at Kansas Speedway. With the win, Buescher, who has finished fourth the last two races at CMS, moved to within four points of Timothy Peters on the Camping World Leaders list. After finishing 17th in his first race of the season, Buescher has steadily improved with a third, followed by a runner-up finish and then a win.

Last season, Kyle Busch continued his outstanding racing at Charlotte with his fourth win in this race.

Winning was not as easy as it might have sounded, as Busch dealt with an early race spin and a loose truck to overtake Clint Bowyer by 0.32 seconds. Busch slid sideways but did not hit anything when he was running in the fourth spot on lap 52. He then dealt with a loose truck before saving his best at the end, as he passed fellow Sprint Cup Series regular Clint Bowyer with seven laps remaining to secure the win, his 28th career Truck title.

Since his victory last year, Busch has added two additional titles, but still trails all-time leader Ron Hornaday Jr, who's win total stands at 51. Busch will not be on hand to defend his title, as he focuses on the Sprint Cup All- Star race.

When Busch won this race in 2010, he became the first pole sitter and three- time winner at Charlotte Motor Speedway in this series.

During his victory in 2010, 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 seven seasons at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been dominated by two drivers, Hornaday and Busch as the duo have won six 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 1st running of the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. Kyle Busch won last year's race there.

05/15 11:18:31 ET

As of May 15, 2012, at 11:18 AM ET
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