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Wild win makes Ragan an All-Star with CSX 05-14-2013
David Ragan
David Ragan will line up for a shot at winning $1 million Saturday night in NASCAR's Sprint All-Star Race, and he's bringing partner CSX with him. Ragan earned his spot in the All-Star starting line-up with his dramatic win at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on May 5 - the first victory in Front Row Motorsports history. The All-Star race will feature all of the race winners from 2012 and 2013 to date.-Breaking Limits
Ryan Newman All-Star Race notes of interest 05-14-2013
Ryan Newman
Ryan Newman's win in the Goody's Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in April 2012 secured his place in this year's edition of NASCAR's annual All-Star race. In 11 starts in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Newman has one win (2002), one pole (2005), three top-five finishes and seven top-10s. Newman also attempted to race his way into the 2001 All-Star Race but he was sidelined early due to an expired engine.-True Speed Communication
Gilliland ready to take risks in Showdown 05-14-2013
David Gilliland
David Gilliland has never raced in NASCAR's Sprint All-Star Race, but he feels like his chances of earning a spot in that line-up this weekend are better than ever. The top two finishers of the Showdown will transfer to the All-Star race immediately following the Showdown. The winner of a fan vote will also transfer. Gilliland has two top-10 finishes in six Showdown starts.-Breaking Limits
Charlotte stats on Brendan Gaughan 05-14-2013
Brendan Gaughan
The Friday night North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will mark Brendan Gaughan's eighth Truck Series start at the 1.5-mile track dating back to 2003. Throughout the years, the Las Vegas native has collected two top-five and three top-10 finishes and completed 82.9 percent (786 of 948) of the laps contested. Gaughan holds a 20.3 average starting position paired with a 14.9 average finishing position.-Richard Childress Racing
Ty Dillon Charlotte NCTWS race advance 05-14-2013
This weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 marks Ty Dillon's second appearance at the 1.5-mile Charlotte facility. Dillon earned his first-career Camping World Truck Series pole award at Charlotte last year and went on to finish 10th. The 21-year-old driver made his racing debut at Charlotte in a bandolero car in 2006. The RCR-prepared Chevrolet Silverado was utilized by the former No. 22 team last year which earned two pole awards, a victory at Pocono Raceway and four top-10 finishes.-Richard Childress Racing
Sprint Showdown notes on Jeff Burton 05-14-2013
Jeff Burton
Jeff Burton has made eight appearances in the Sprint Showdown and qualified 12 times for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race during his 19-year career. Burton won the 2003 Sprint Showdown and finished eighth in last year's event. His best qualifying effort of fourth-place for the two-segment, 40-lap event came in 1995. Fans have the opportunity to vote Burton into the Sprint All-Star Race this weekend with the Sprint Fan Vote.-Richard Childress Racing
Kevin Harvick Sprint All-Star race advance 05-14-2013
Kevin Harvick
Saturday night's All-Star Race marks Kevin Harvick's 13th appearance in the NASCAR exhibition race, dating back to 2001. In 2007, the RCR veteran visited Victory Lane following the marquee event. Harvick has collected a total of two top-five and seven top-10 finishes throughout the years, and is credited with 62 lap led. Harvick and the No. 29 team captured a sixth-place finish during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, after battling a tight-handling condition throughout the non-points event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.-Richard Childress Racing
Paul Menard Sprint Showdown event preview 05-14-2013
Paul Menard
Paul Menard has five-career Sprint Showdown starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His best start of third came in 2011 and best finish of fourth came in 2010. In his last appearance in the Sprint Showdown, Menard started the No. 27 Chevrolet from the third position and was involved in an on-track incident causing damage to the car. Ultimately, Menard finished 11th in the 40-lap event. Fans have the opportunity to vote Menard into the Sprint All-Star Race with the Sprint Fan Vote.-Richard Childress Racing
Mark Martin All-Star race statistics 05-14-2013
Mark Martin
In 23 All-Star Races, Mark Martin owns two victories (1998 & 2005) and six top-five finishes. Martin has led 66 laps and has never started on the pole. He ran in the Winston Open in 1988 &'89. His 24th All-Star Race will be the most of any driver.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Ambrose's WGI win earns spot in All-Star Race 05-14-2013
Marcos Ambrose
Marcos Ambrose earned a spot in this weekend's Sprint All-Star Race with his dramatic win at Watkins Glen International last season. He passed Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski in the final turns to capture his second consecutive win at the New York road course. In his eight starts at Charlotte, the Australian native has collected one top-five and two top-10 finishes, all with the No. 9 team. He posted his best start of second last spring and best finish of fifth in the fall of 2011.-Breaking Limits
Riggs back in RBR No. 92 Silverado at CMS 05-14-2013
Scott Riggs
After sitting out the last two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) events, Scott Riggs is excited about his return behind the wheel of the Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises No. 92 BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/Goodyear fleetHQ/QMI Chevrolet at Charlotte in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. Engine woes at Daytona and Martinsville derailed good runs for Riggs in the truck. Clay Rogers filled in for Riggs at Rockingham and saw a good start to the race negated by an untimely caution. The team did not make the trip to Kansas Speedway for the NCWTS event last month.-Red Flag Communications
Aric Almirola aims to win Showdown 05-14-2013
Aric Almirola
To qualify for the All-Star Race, Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield Ford team will have to finish first or second in the Sprint Showdown 40-lap qualifier race. He can also be voted in by the Sprint Fan Vote. Fans can go to www.nascar.com/SprintFanVote or NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile '13, where votes count twice, until May 18. Almirola has made two starts in his Sprint Cup career at Charlotte. He won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 last May. In the fall event, he started 17th and finished 12th. Almirola also has seven Nationwide starts at the 1.5-mile track with an average finish of 13th and two truck starts with an average finish of eighth.-Breaking Limits
Crafton seeks to continue excellent string 05-14-2013
Matt Crafton
Matt Crafton won his first career Truck race at Charlotte in 2008, about a year before he took the series' lead for the first time in his career. In 151 races since the start of the 2007 season, Crafton's been in the top 10 in the championship standings after 144 of them. He's currently riding a string of 21 consecutive races in the top 10 in the standings and Charlotte, considering it's a high-speed 1.5-mile oval similar to Kansas -- the series' most recent race where he won on April 20 -- has Crafton quivering with anticipation.-ThorSport Racing
Biffle brings race-winner to All-Star Race 05-14-2013
Greg Biffle
With the help of a fast pit stop by his 3M Pit Bulls, Greg Biffle started last year's All-Star race in fourth place. Unfortunately a mechanical issue ended his night early, resulting in a 22nd-place finish. This year's car: Chassis RK-817 last raced at Kansas and earned a 19th-place finish. RK-817 is the same car that Biffle won Michigan with in the fall of 2012.-Roush Fenway Racing
Ross Chastain makes third start in BKR No. 19 05-14-2013
Ross Chastain, driver of the No. 19 Melon 1 Ford F-Series, will make his third start for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) during the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 this Friday, May 17th. This Friday will be Chastain's second career NCWTS start at Charlotte. His first start at Charlotte came last May in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200, where he started 18th and finished 35th due to engine trouble. The No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing entry currently sits 13th in NCWTS Owner's points, 58 points behind the leader.-Brad Keselowski Racing
Charlotte double-duty for Brad Keselowski 05-14-2013
Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski will make his inaugural season start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) this Friday night. The Penske Racing driver will pilot the No. 2 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford F-Series in only his third career NCWTS start at Charlotte. He had engine trouble in his 2010 NCWTS start at Charlotte. Last year, he started ninth in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 and finished 2nd after leading 32 laps. Keselowski will be pulling double duty, competing in the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion on Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star race.-Brad Keselowski Racing
Jeff Gordon to be aggressive in All-Star race 05-14-2013
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon, a three-time All-Star race winner (1995, 1997 and 2001) of this annual event, believes aggression is key in the race split into four segments of 20 laps and one final 10-lap sprint to the checkered flag. "The All-Star race is kind of a 'win-or-nothing' scenario, and that's not the case on other race weekends," said the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion who captured his 300th top-five finish in his 700th career start last weekend. "I've always approached it being as aggressive as I possibly can. We push hard trying to win every race, and this weekend is no different. The only difference is there are no points on the line."-Performance PR Plus
Stenhouse Jr. at Charlotte Motor Speedway 05-14-2013
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will try to race his way in to his first Sprint All-Star race. If he doesn't race his way in then he will rely on the fan vote to get in to the All-Star race. Best Buy and Roush Fenway Racing have teamed up to support Stenhouse in winning the fan vote. Fans are encouraged to go the BestBuy.com/Racing to vote the Sprint Cup rookie contender in to his first All-Star race. The Car: Chassis RK-811 is the same chassis that the No.99 team ran numerous times in 2012.-Roush Fenway Racing
Kyle Busch's NNS team penalized at Darlington 05-14-2013
Kyle Busch
NASCAR announced today that NASCAR Nationwide Series crew chief Adam Stevens (No. 54 team) has been fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. In addition, the team's car chief Christopher Landis has been placed on probation for the remainder of the year. The rules violations: 20A-2.1E (streamlining of the contours of the car, beyond what is approved by the series director will not be permitted.) The front lower bumper cover and rear bumper cover must be from an approved manufacturer and must be approved by NASCAR. The infractions were discovered during opening day inspection on May 9 at Darlington Raceway.
Justin Lofton to defend 2012 Charlotte win 05-14-2013
Justin Lofton
Justin Lofton returns to ESR this weekend to defend his 2012 Charlotte Camping World Trucks Series victory with sponsorship backing from MadVapes, "The True Experts in Electronic Cigarettes". Last year Lofton qualified 2nd and ran up front the entire race, dominating late only to be challenged by Brad Keselowski at the end. But with a late green-white-checker finish Lofton took off and drove away from a battling Ron Hornaday and Brad Keselowski giving Lofton his first NCWTS victory.-Eddie Sharp Racing
Starr racing Build Your Future Toyota at CMS 05-14-2013
David Starr
No. 81 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver David Starr will race the Build Your Future (BYF) Toyota Tundra in the N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. After his successful fifteenth truck series season in 2012, BYF was eager to expand its support of Starr in its third consecutive year as a sponsor. Starr, a former Career and Technical Education (CTE) student from the Houston, Texas area, has been an ambassador for the BYF initiative since 2011. During that time, he has spoken to thousands of students about the value of hands-on learning and how CTE provided him the avenue to achieve his dream of becoming a professional driver.-SSRacingOnline PR
Bryan Silas Charlotte Motor Speedway advance 05-14-2013
Full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver Bryan Silas erased an item from his "bucket list" this past weekend, as he made his second-career NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Darlington. He teamed with SR2 Motorsports for the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, piloting the No. 24 Team BOOM Toyota Camry. Despite being knocked out of the race by another competitor, just 24 laps into the 147-lap event, he was extremely thankful for the opportunity given to him. Silas will quickly refocus and turn his attention back to his T3R2 team as they plan to participate in Friday night's truck event from Charlotte, the fifth race of the season.-Chris Knight PR
Paludo calls Charlotte race a "home game" 05-14-2013
Curtis Markham
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway is a "home game" for Miguel Paludo, who recently purchased a home in the Charlotte suburb of Mooresville. The Brazilian has competed in two previous events at CMS, earning an average start of 12th and a best finish of 14th. This Week's Silverado...Paludo and the No. 32 Levine Children's Hospital team will once again utilize chassis TSM-216 this weekend at Charlotte. TSM-216 was a strong contender in the last two NCWTS races at Rockingham and Kansas Speedway, earning a best finish of 10th at Rockingham.-Turner Scott Motorsports
James Buescher at Charlotte Motor Speedway 05-14-2013
James Buescher
In four Camping World Truck Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, James Buescher has two top-five, two top-10s, led 26 laps and carries an average start of 7.8 and a 10.5 average finish. For the second time this season, TSM will bring Chassis TSM-214, aka "Honey Badger," to the track. During its first appearance at Rockingham Speedway, Buescher led 17 laps and was running close to the top five before being collected by a lapped truck. During 2012, "Honey Badger" recorded 4 wins, all on 1.5-mile tracks.-Turner Scott Motorsports
German Quiroga Charlotte Motor Speedway notes 05-14-2013
German Quiroga Jr
The more time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver German Quiroga spends behind the wheel of his Red Horse Racing No. 77 NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra, the more confident he becomes. The series last visited Kansas Speedway where the three-time Mexico Series champion finished 11th collecting his second highest finish in his career and best finish of the season. After a successful test at Texas Motor Speedway during the series down time, the Rookie of the Year competitor is eager to once again improve his high finish on an intermediate track.-Red Horse Racing
Timothy Peters Charlotte preview 05-14-2013
Timothy Peters
Timothy Peters will be behind the wheel of his No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra making his eighth career start at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. He will utilize Chassis No. 007 which was newly built at the 2012 season's end and raced at Texas with a 10th-place finish to its credit. REARVIEW MIRROR - KANSAS: Peters started the race in the 18th spot and quickly moved up through the field during the opening laps of the SFP 200. Over the course of the race, Peters battled tight-handling conditions but was able to secure a top-10 finish. This finish moved Peters up three spots in the driver point standings where he now sits 13th.-Red Horse Racing
Townley looking for redemption in Charlotte 05-14-2013
John Wes Townley
John Wes Townley and his No. 7 Zaxby's Toyota Tundra team are looking for redemption at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The team will utilize Chassis No. 001 which collected four consecutive top-five finishes on intermediate tracks in 2012 (Michigan, Atlanta, Kentucky and Texas). REARVIEW MIRROR-KANSAS: Townley's Toyota Tundra started the race in the 20th position and while his truck was a little tight early on, the team was up in the top-15 racing for position. Unfortunate circumstances on the race track collected Townley in an accident on lap 29 in turn four which ultimately ended their day.-Red Horse Racing