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FRIDAY

What: Race 7 of 25 on Camping World Truck circuit

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC

When: May 20, 2011 8:19 pm EDT

Laps: 134

Track Length: 1.5 miles

Race Length: 201.00 miles












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SATURDAY

Sprint Showdown

Charlotte Motor Speedway

What: Sprint Cup circuit

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC

When: May 21, 2011 7:30 pm EDT

Laps: 40

Track Length: 1.5 miles

Race Length: 60.00 miles



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NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

Charlotte Motor Speedway


Race Capsule

What: Sprint Cup circuit

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC

When: May 21, 2011 9:00 pm EDT

Laps: 100

Track Length: 1.5 miles

Race Length: 150.00 miles



SUNDAY



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Iowa John Deere Dealers 250

Iowa Speedway

What: Race 12 of 34 on Nationwide circuit

Where: Iowa Speedway, Newton, IA

When: May 22, 2011 2:17 pm EDT

Laps: 250

Track Length: 0.875 miles

Race Length: 219.00 miles
 

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Records

Date Series Driver Speed
10/11/99 Sprint Cup Race Jeff Gordon 160.00
10/15/05 Sprint Cup Qualifying Elliott Sadler 193.216
10/10/03 Nationwide Race Greg Biffle 149.00
10/14/05 Nationwide Qualifying Jimmie Johnson 187.735
5/19/06 Camping World Truck Race Kyle Busch 125.00
5/20/05 Camping World Truck Qualifying Mike Skinner 183.051


Most Cup Wins (since 1975)

Darrell Waltrip: 6
Jimmie Johnson: 6


Sprint Cup
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse


5/30/10 Coca-Cola 600 Ryan Newman Kurt Busch Dodge $6,474,775
10/16/10 Bank of America 500 Jeff Gordon Jamie McMurray Chevrolet $5,173,755
5/25/09 Coca-Cola 600 Ryan Newman David Reutimann Toyota $6,696,340
10/17/09 NASCAR Banking 500 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet $5,331,342
5/25/08 Coca-Cola 600 Kyle Busch Kasey Kahne Dodge $6,648,557
10/11/08 Bank of America 500 Jimmie Johnson Jeff Burton Chevrolet $5,291,863
5/27/07 Coca-Cola 600 Ryan Newman Casey Mears Chevrolet $6,569,628
10/13/07 Bank of America 500 Ryan Newman Jeff Gordon Chevrolet $5,185,096
 

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Records
Date Series Driver Speed

7/31/10 Nationwide Race Kyle Busch 104.00
8/1/09 Nationwide Qualifying Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 135.135
9/5/09 Camping World Truck Race Mike Skinner 99.00
9/5/09 Camping World Truck Qualifying Mike Skinner 137.052

Nationwide Series
Upcoming Race May 22
Iowa John Deere Dealers 250



Track Facts

Location: Newton, IA
Banking/Turns: Tri-Oval
Distance: 0.88 miles
Shape: Tri-Oval

Nationwide
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner Make Purse


7/31/10 U.S. Cellular 250 Trevor Bayne Kyle Busch Toyota $1,362,993
8/1/09 U.S. Cellular 250 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Brad Keselowski Chevrolet $1,465,255
 

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Dodge Motorsports, 2011 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race & Sprint Showdown Race Notes & Quotes

Press Release On May 17, 2011




Dodge Motorsports
DODGE AT THE SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE


· Kurt Busch [3] won the 2010 Sprint All-Star Race, starting from the pole and leading three times for 19 laps including the last eight. He was the fourth driver to win the race from the pole and the seventh driver to sweep the All-Star race and Coca-Cola 600 in the same season.

· Dodge has won two of the last three Sprint All-Star events; Kasey Kahne drove a Dodge to victory in the 2008 event after being voted into the race by the fans. He was the first fan vote winner and the third driver to win after transferring from the Showdown.

· Kurt Busch will be making his 10th consecutive All-Star race start Saturday night and his first in the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger. He drove the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge to victory last year.

DODGE NOTES

· Brad Keselowski [4] started third and finished seventh in last year’s All-Star in the No. 12 Penske Dodge. He is one of 28 entries for the Sprint Showdown which will be run prior to the All-Star race. His 2009 Sprint Cup [5] win earned him a berth in the All-Star race last year, but those 2009 winners do not have automatic berths in the All-Star field this year.

· Brian Keselowski has entered his No. 92 Dodge in the Showdown.

SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE FAST FACTS

· Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star race will have a 22-car field as 19 drivers are already qualified for the event. The winner and runner-up from the Showdown and the driver with the most fan votes not already in the field will be added to the starting grid Saturday night.

· The first All-Star event was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25, 1985 and won by Darrell Waltrip.

· The first All-Star event offering a $1 million payday to the winner was the 2003 event won by Jimmie Johnson [6].

· All but one of the 26 previous All-Star event has been held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The exception was the second edition at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1986.

· The fewest number of cars in the All-Star field was 10 in 1986; there were 27 entries in the 2002 event.

· The all-star race was known as The Winston from 1985-2003 and the Nextel All-Star Challenge from 2004-2007. Since 2007, the All-Star race has carried the Sprint sponsorship.

· There have been seven different winners in the last seven All-Star races; the record for lead changes is 10.

· The Showdown will be run in two 20-lap segments.

· The All-Star race will be 100 laps run in segments of 50, 20, 20 and 10 laps.

QUOTE:

“You jump into the All-Star Race and it’s just a whole different atmosphere and attitude. This race is just an entirely different animal. It’s a 10-lap shoot-out at the finish, with a cool million dollars on the line. You can bet that things will surely get heated up and there will be fireworks for sure. You have to be really smart in the first portions of the race. But, you have to have a car that will go at the drop of a dime when you have fresh tires and a restart. It’s basically like those last 10 laps are like 10 straight qualifying laps with other cars around.”
Kurt Busch – No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger
 

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With the NASCAR Nationwide Series traveling to Iowa Speedway for Sunday’s John Deere Dealers 250 while the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stays in its own backyard for Saturday’s running of the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a few teams were forced to make driver lineup changes for the weekend, especially when it came to the NNS event at Iowa.

Sprint Cup regulars Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski plan to make the trip to Iowa after Saturday night’s preliminary Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race. But each will have fill-in drivers on hand to practice and qualify their cars while they’re still in Charlotte. Brian Ickler will practice and qualify Edwards’ No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Nationwide car, and Sam Hornish Jr. will be behind the wheel of Keselowski’s NNS car, the No. 22 entry of Penske Racing.

If Trevor Bayne receives medical clearance to race this weekend, he also has Charlotte/Iowa double-duty planned. The Daytona 500 winner expects to drive the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing car in Saturday night’s All-Star race before traveling to Iowa to race Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 16 Nationwide car. While Bayne is in Charlotte, Chris Buesher, who raced Bayne’s NNS car for two of the three races Bayne missed because of a medical condition, will practice and qualify the No. 16 car at Iowa.

Two drivers who don’t race in the Nationwide Series on a full-time basis but compete in the series fairly regularly, the Joe Gibbs Racing duo of Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, are skipping out on an Iowa trip entirely. Instead, Drew Herring will be in JGR’s No. 20 NNS car, and Michael McDowell will drive the team’s No. 18 entry.
Continue reading on Examiner.com: Nationwide teams make driver adjustments for Iowa stand-alone - National NASCAR Nationwide series | Examiner.com Nationwide teams make driver adjustments for Iowa stand-alone - National NASCAR Nationwide series | Examiner.com
 

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NNS Race Advance - Iowa

May 18, 2011 , NEWTON, Iowa - For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes
NNS Race Advance
John Deere Dealers 250
Iowa Speedway
Sunday, May 22, 2011



BRAD KESELOWSKI – No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T

Career Starts: 150

Wins: 12

Top Fives: 64

Top 10s: 89

Poles: 8

Career Highlights:

· Keselowski’s last NASCAR Nationwide Series win came at Gateway last fall (14 races).

· He is the reigning NASCAR Nationwide champion.

· In 2010, set career-bests in wins (6), top five’s (26), top 10s (29) and poles (5).

· Set a NASCAR record 102 consecutive Nationwide Series races without a DNF (Did Not Finish) that ended at this year’s season-opening race at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

· First Nationwide victory came at Nashville Superspeedway (2008).


KESELOWSKI AT IOWA SPEEDWAY

· Keselowski is making his third career Nationwide Series start at Iowa Speedway.

· Highest starting position: Fourth – 2010

· Highest finishing position: Win – 2009

· Average starting position: 7.5

· Average finishing position: 2.5

· Laps Led: 121

THE NUMBERS

· Dodge’s Brad Keselowski is seeking his first Nationwide win of the 2011 season. His best finish of second came at Texas. He has recorded 502 quality passes (passing a car running in the top 15 while under green) in the first 11 races this season, best in the series.

· This weekend’s Nationwide race will be the third at Iowa Speedway, a 7/8-mile oval that opened in 2006. The first NNS race was in 2009.

· Five Sprint Cup regulars have won the first 11 Nationwide races this season.

· There have been 64 cautions for 294 laps in the first 11 Nationwide races this season; three of the last five races have been extended beyond the scheduled distance.


DODGE IN THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES

· Dodge won its first Nationwide championship last year when Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski claimed the driver’s title.

· Dodge is fielding two entries in the Nationwide Series this year from the Penske Racing stable. Sam Hornish Jr. will join teammate Keselowski for a limited schedule.

· Dodge has 34 wins in the Nationwide Series, seven of which came in 2010.

STAT OF THE WEEK

· In 29 short track starts in the Nationwide Series, Brad Keselowski has four wins along with 13 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes.

DID YOU KNOW

· Dodge is seeking its first win at Iowa Speedway. Brad Keselowski won the inaugural event in 2009 and finished fourth last year. After being involved in accidents in the first two Nationwide events this year, he posted seven consecutive top-10 finishes, but has been caught up in accidents the last two races.


DODGE QUOTE:
“Iowa is a great facility and this race is one that I really look forward to. For one, the layout is almost perfect for stock car racing. They also get tremendous fan support there. As a driver, you love to walk out for driver introductions and see full grandstands. It’s validation that people enjoy what we do. I was fortunate to win the first Nationwide Series race at Iowa. No matter what I do as a driver from now on, that win at Iowa will always be one of my favorites. Now the goal is to become the first two-time winner in the history of Iowa Speedway.”
Brad Keselowski – No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge R/T

FROM THE CREW CHIEF:
“Iowa is very similar to Richmond in layout, but it’s just a little bigger. We were able to get out of Richmond with a top-five finish and I believe we have made improvements to our car since that race. Brad is very good on these types of tracks. They fit his driving style very well. It’s a multi-groove race track where you can really attack the corners. The key is maintaining good forward bite off of the turns. If we can do that, I’m confident that Brad can win another race at Iowa.”
Todd Gordon, crew chief, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T
 

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Kurt Busch Treasures His Win In Last Year's Sprint All-Star Race
ASkyler on May 18, 2011
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Kurt Busch Treasures His Win In Last Year's Sprint All-Star Race


Shell-Pennzoil Dodge driver Kurt Busch pulled into Victory Lane and had begun celebrating his big win in last year’s Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway when he got a tap on the shoulder that got his attention. The pat (on the shoulder and on the back) came from Busch’s father, Tom, and it drew him over to look at the practically destroyed right side of his Penske Racing Dodge Charger.

"You know, they say some time you can smack the wall just right and get the handling knocked right back into these race cars," the elder Busch said, chuckling and pointing to the mangled sheet metal. "I think you might have hit on something there, dad," the younger Busch responded, adding a brief hug. "It sure looks like that was the case here tonight, doesn’t it?"

Such was the scene after the dust had settled from the 2010 edition of the special annual non-points All-Star battle that saw Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, depart Bruton Smith’s 1.5-mile quad-oval race track with a gigantic $1,078,309 payday.

"It was a special race that led to two of the most memorable weekends of my career," said Busch, as his Steve Addington-led Penske Racing "Double Deuce" team heads back to CMS hoping to duplicate the incredible success they had there last May. "The way that we won the All-Star Race last year will always stick out in my mind as quite incredible. Smacking the wall there as hard as we did, you’d have sworn that we didn’t have a chance to win it, but we did. Then to come back the next weekend to dominate and win the Coke 600 like we did was such an achievement.

"We had struggled quite a bit through the years at Charlotte, running strong at times, but not being able to be there at the end and battle for the checkered flags," said Busch. "It seemed to be one of my most challenging race tracks. With all the teams based in the Charlotte area, it made that desire and determination even more intense. It was a major goal of mine personally to come to grips with the track and win races there. The win in the All-Star Race might have just gotten us over the hump. It’s said that success breeds success and that certainly was true for our Penske Racing Dodge Team there last year."

Since joining Penske for the 2006 season, Busch had never started the All-Star Race outside the top-three positions. But finishing up front was a completely different situation.

After starting third in the 2006 edition of the race, engine problems relegated Busch to a 20th-place finish. He started third again for the 2007 race, but a highly-publicized incident with younger brother, Kyle, forced an early exit and a 19th-place finish. A third-place start in the 2008 race led to a 22nd-place finish due to handling issues and pit strategy. Busch started second in the 2009 race and was finally able to run consistently up front to a third-place finish.

Busch visited the CMS Victory Lane at last in the 2010 All-Star Race. To say that Busch and crew won a hard-fought battle would be a gross understatement. Here is a brief review of Busch’s exciting run to the checkered flag in the 2010 Sprint All-Star Race:

Busch started from the pole in the100-lap, four-segment battle due to qualifying getting rained out on Friday night. He was able to show so much strength in the first 50-lap segment that he proved to have a car very capable of winning. In the early going, Jimmie Johnson was able to get by and control the lead, but Busch drove a steady wheel and maintained the second spot until the mandatory pit stop on Lap 25.

Outstanding pit work began on the first stop and continued all the way through the race for Busch’s "over-the-wall gang." The evening’s first stop, clocked at 12.533 seconds for four tires and fuel, saw Busch enter and leave the pits in the second spot. Busch had led 10 laps in the early going and had younger brother, Kyle, lined up in front of him for the restart. Kyle led with Kurt in tow until the closing laps of the first segment when the elder Busch powered by on the outside to lead the final two circuits of the first segment.

The four-tire stop before the second segment saw the 2004 champ restart eighth, but he was back up to third on Lap 52. Fighting a loose condition, his car washed up the track and almost into the outside wall on Lap 63. He fell to fifth at the conclusion of the second segment.

The call was for two right-side tires under the ensuing caution as seven cars stayed out and placed Busch eighth on the Lap 71 restart. While Jimmie Johnson was setting sail in the lead up front, Busch experienced its worst handling woes all evening. Busch impacted the wall on Lap 73 and began to fall back through the field. He told Addington and crew that the right side of his car was "junk" as his crew chief coached him on to complete that segment.

Busch had fallen to 11th on Lap 76 and remained there after the third segment had ended. During the 10-minute break, Addington and crew repaired the damage done from the wall contact the best they could and made chassis adjustments to bring life to their car during the final 10-lap run to the finish. His crew’s incredible 11.889-second four-tire stop shot him up three spots as the race was ready to return to green.

Busch was eighth on the restart that got no further than the first turn before a multi-car crash took out the likes of Mark Martin, Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon and a host of others. With no caution laps counting, the field got another restart with 10 laps to go.

Busch was sixth on the restart and quickly moved up to fourth. But with teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch playing the blocking game up front, the younger Busch wound up in the outside wall, with the elder Busch Brother making a valiant charge to the inside to get around the lead tandem and Johnson in just one turn of Lap 93 to grab the lead.

Busch was able to get out to a comfortable lead only to see a later crash involving his brother and Kasey Kahne bring out another caution flag with two laps to go. Busch lined up as the leader, with Johnson second, Joey Logano third, Hamlin fourth and Martin Truex Jr. fifth.

Hamlin and Johnson got into each other with a lap to go, sending Johnson spinning down into the infield grass and forcing a green-white-checkered finish.

After the restart, Busch was able to pull out to a comfortable lead and cruise to the win over runner-up Truex. Logano finished third, with Hamlin fourth and Tony Stewart fifth. Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte, Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick and Penske teammate Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-10. Only 13 cars were around for the finish.

"It was a race that I will remember for the rest of my life - a special race that kicked off such an incredible two consecutive weekends of racing at Charlotte," said Busch. "I know it will be so difficult to follow it up this time around with that level of success, but rest assured we will be out there giving it everything we have to do just that."

Busch, Addington and crew will be racing their "PRS-746" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger in this weekend’s Sprint All-Star Race. This is the chassis the team debuted at Fontana, Calif., back in March, starting 23rd and finishing 17th. The "PRS-738" will serve as the backup. This is the chassis last raced in the February Phoenix race where Busch started second and finished eighth.


 

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NASCAR Qualifying

Status: Field Set

Last Updated: Friday, May 20, 2011 7:35 pm, EDT
Sprint Showdown

Charlotte Motor Speedway




Order Driver (No.) Car Qualifying Speed

1 David Ragan (6) Ford 191.680
2 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 191.469
3 Paul Menard (27) Chevrolet 191.171
4 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge 190.772
5 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 190.362
6 Marcos Ambrose (9) Ford 190.322
7 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 189.947
8 David Gilliland (34) Ford 189.893
9 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 189.261
10 Brian Vickers (83) Toyota 188.752
11 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 187.970
12 Mike Skinner (60) Toyota 187.878
13 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 187.630
14 Bobby Labonte (47) Toyota 187.422
15 Landon Cassill (09) Chevrolet 187.065
16 Travis Kvapil (38) Ford 186.800
17 Todd Bodine (66) Toyota 186.432
18 J.J. Yeley (181) Chevrolet 186.361
19 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 185.771
20 Andy Lally (71) Ford 184.944
21 T.J. Bell (150) Toyota 184.489
22 David Starr (195) Ford 184.281
23 Tony Raines (37) Ford 183.805
24 Boris Said (32) Ford 182.976
25 Derrike Cope (64) Ford 181.781
26 David Stremme (30) Chevrolet 180.204
27 Brian Keselowski (192) Dodge 178.648
 

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NASCAR Truck Results

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Last Updated: Friday, May 20, 2011 11:16 pm, EDT
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Charlotte Motor Speedway




Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings

1 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 47/4 134 7 $37,525
2 Clint Bowyer (2) Chevrolet 44/2 134 54 $24,925
3 Cole Whitt (60) Chevrolet 42/1 134 5 $24,600
4 James Buescher (31) Chevrolet 41/1 134 16 $19,100
5 Ron Hornaday Jr. (33) Chevrolet 40/1 134 13 $14,925
6 Johnny Sauter (13) Chevrolet 39/1 134 9 $12,975
7 Austin Dillon (3) Chevrolet 37/0 134 0 $11,675
8 Parker Kligerman (29) Dodge 36/0 134 0 $11,575
9 Justin Marks (66) Chevrolet 35/0 134 0 $12,450
10 Brad Sweet (32) Chevrolet 34/0 134 0 $14,400
11 Travis Kvapil (5) Toyota 33/0 134 0 $11,300
12 Ricky Carmichael (4) Chevrolet 32/0 134 0 $10,750
13 Justin Lofton (77) Toyota 31/0 134 0 $10,625
14 Jason White (23) Chevrolet 30/0 134 0 $10,525
15 Kimi Raikkonen (15) Toyota 29/0 134 0 $9,500
16 Joey Coulter (22) Chevrolet 28/0 134 0 $10,325
17 Clay Rogers (92) Chevrolet 27/0 134 0 $10,275
18 Chris Fontaine (84) Chevrolet 26/0 134 0 $7,975
19 Bryan Silas (99) Ford 25/0 134 0 $7,925
20 Johanna Long (20) Toyota 24/0 134 0 $10,850
21 Nelson Piquet Jr. (8) Chevrolet 23/0 134 0 $10,055
22 Craig Goess (46) Toyota 22/0 133 0 $10,000
23 Shane Sieg (93) Chevrolet 21/0 129 0 $9,975
24 Ryan Sieg (39) Chevrolet 20/0 128 0 $8,700
25 Max Papis (9) Toyota 19/0 125 0 $8,800
26 Matt Crafton (88) Chevrolet 18/0 109 0 $7,625
27 Todd Bodine (30) Toyota 17/0 107 0 $8,950
28 David Starr (81) Toyota 16/0 106 0 $7,575
29 Jamie Dick (102) Chevrolet 15/0 95 0 $7,525
30 Brendan Gaughan (62) Toyota 14/0 75 0 $8,000
31 T.J. Bell (50) Chevrolet 13/0 69 0 $7,475
32 Timothy Peters (17) Toyota 13/1 62 30 $9,625
33 Wes Burton (28) Chevrolet 11/0 43 0 $7,400
34 J.J. Yeley (07) Chevrolet 10/0 40 0 $7,375
35 Miguel Paludo (7) Toyota 9/0 25 0 $7,345
36 Mike Garvey (138) Chevrolet 8/0 4 0 $7,325
 

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NASCAR Results

Status: Final

Last Updated: Sunday, May 22, 2011 12:37 am, EDT
Sprint Showdown

Charlotte Motor Speedway




Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings Lap Progress

1 David Ragan (6) Ford 0/0 40 22 $46,925 Chart
2 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge 0/0 40 18 $36,925 Chart
3 Marcos Ambrose (9) Ford 0/0 40 0 $32,625 Chart
4 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 0/0 40 0 $30,525 Chart
5 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 0/0 40 0 $29,525 Chart
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 0/0 40 0 $27,525 Chart
7 David Gilliland (34) Ford 0/0 40 0 $26,525 Chart
8 Bobby Labonte (47) Toyota 0/0 40 0 $25,925 Chart
9 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 0/0 40 0 $25,425 Chart
10 Brian Vickers (83) Toyota 0/0 40 0 $25,175 Chart
11 Paul Menard (27) Chevrolet 0/0 40 0 $24,900 Chart
12 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 0/0 40 0 $24,625 Chart
13 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 0/0 40 0 $24,375 Chart
14 J.J. Yeley (181) Chevrolet 0/0 40 0 $24,275 Chart
15 Mike Skinner (60) Toyota 0/0 40 0 $24,175 Chart
16 Travis Kvapil (38) Ford 0/0 40 0 $24,075 Chart
17 Todd Bodine (66) Toyota 0/0 40 0 $23,975 Chart
18 T.J. Bell (150) Toyota 0/0 40 0 $23,875 Chart
19 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 0/0 40 0 $23,775 Chart
20 Brian Keselowski (192) Dodge 0/0 40 0 $23,675 Chart
21 Tony Raines (37) Ford 0/0 40 0 $23,550 Chart
22 David Starr (195) Ford 0/0 29 0 $23,425 Chart
23 Andy Lally (71) Ford 0/0 28 0 $23,325 Chart
24 David Stremme (30) Chevrolet 0/0 27 0 $23,225 Chart
25 Boris Said (32) Ford 0/0 3 0 $23,125 Chart
26 Landon Cassill (09) Chevrolet 0/0 2 0 $23,025 Chart
27 Derrike Cope (64) Ford 0/0 2 0 $22,916 Chart
 

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Status: Final

Last Updated: Sunday, May 22, 2011 12:37 am, EDT
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

Charlotte Motor Speedway



Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings Lap Progress

1 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 0/0 100 29 $1,203,300 Chart
2 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 0/0 100 19 $258,300 Chart
3 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 0/0 100 0 $133,300 Chart
4 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 0/0 100 0 $103,275 Chart
5 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 0/0 100 46 $128,275 Chart
6 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 0/0 100 0 $93,275 Chart
7 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 0/0 100 0 $88,125 Chart
8 David Ragan (6) Ford 0/0 100 0 $87,125 Chart
9 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 0/0 100 0 $86,125 Chart
10 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 0/0 100 0 $85,125 Chart
11 Jimmie Johnson (5) Chevrolet 0/0 100 6 $84,100 Chart
12 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 0/0 100 0 $83,100 Chart
13 Kurt Busch (22) Dodge 0/0 100 0 $82,100 Chart
14 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 0/0 100 0 $81,600 Chart
15 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 0/0 100 0 $81,000 Chart
16 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 0/0 100 0 $90,725 Chart
17 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 0/0 100 0 $80,600 Chart
18 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge 0/0 99 0 $80,500 Chart
19 Mark Martin (25) Chevrolet 0/0 93 0 $80,400 Chart
20 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 0/0 90 0 $80,300 Chart
21 Kasey Kahne (4) Toyota 0/0 59 0 $80,189 Chart
 

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Nationwide Iowa John Deere Dealers 250
NASCAR Results

Status: Final

Last Updated: Sunday, May 22, 2011 5:17 pm, EDT
Iowa John Deere Dealers 250
Iowa Speedway



Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings Lap Progress

1 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (6) Ford 47/4 250 41 $74,343 Chart
2 Carl Edwards (60) Ford 43/1 250 33 $51,675 Chart
3 Brad Keselowski (22) Dodge 42/1 250 30 $39,950 Chart
4 Reed Sorenson (32) Chevrolet 42/2 250 77 $39,343 Chart
5 Elliott Sadler (2) Chevrolet 39/0 250 0 $32,493 Chart
6 Kenny Wallace (09) Toyota 38/0 250 0 $28,443 Chart
7 Michael McDowell (18) Toyota 38/1 250 19 $27,328 Chart
8 Justin Allgaier (31) Chevrolet 37/1 250 11 $26,288 Chart
9 James Buescher (30) Chevrolet 35/0 250 0 $25,193 Chart
10 Austin Dillon (33) Chevrolet 34/0 250 0 $25,543 Chart
11 Steve Wallace (66) Toyota 33/0 250 0 $23,718 Chart
12 Drew Herring (20) Toyota 33/1 250 39 $23,168 Chart
13 Michael Annett (62) Toyota 31/0 250 0 $22,643 Chart
14 Jeremy Clements (51) Chevrolet 30/0 250 0 $24,068 Chart
15 Scott Wimmer (70) Chevrolet 29/0 250 0 $23,193 Chart
16 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 28/0 250 0 $21,718 Chart
17 Aric Almirola (88) Chevrolet 27/0 250 0 $21,218 Chart
18 Mike Bliss (19) Chevrolet 26/0 249 0 $20,968 Chart
19 Mike Wallace (01) Chevrolet 25/0 249 0 $20,943 Chart
20 Morgan Shepherd (89) Chevrolet 24/0 247 0 $14,550 Chart
21 Blake Koch (81) Dodge 23/0 247 0 $24,018 Chart
22 Robert Richardson Jr. (23) Dodge 22/0 246 0 $13,800 Chart

23 Eric McClure (14) Chevrolet 21/0 246 0 $14,050 Chart
24 Daryl Harr (52) Chevrolet 20/0 246 0 $13,525 Chart
25 Dennis Setzer (28) Chevrolet 19/0 243 0 $20,493 Chart
26 Jennifer Jo Cobb (113) Ford 18/0 238 0 $13,275 Chart
27 Brian Scott (11) Toyota 17/0 233 0 $19,618 Chart
28 Angela Cope (44) Chevrolet 16/0 230 0 $13,400 Chart
29 Josh Wise (7) Chevrolet 15/0 224 0 $19,343 Chart
30 Timmy Hill (15) Ford 14/0 222 0 $19,518 Chart
31 Luis Martinez Jr. (39) Ford 13/0 204 0 $19,063 Chart
32 Amber Cope (193) Chevrolet 0/0 203 0 $12,485 Chart
33 Jason Leffler (38) Chevrolet 11/0 187 0 $18,843 Chart
34 Ryan Truex (99) Toyota 10/0 109 0 $18,733 Chart
35 Carl Long (141) Ford 9/0 65 0 $12,160 Chart
36 Johnny Chapman (175) Ford 8/0 15 0 $12,050 Chart
37 Mike Harmon (174) Chevrolet 7/0 11 0 $11,940 Chart
38 Brad Teague (49) Chevrolet 6/0 8 0 $11,860 Chart
39 Tim Andrews (146) Chevrolet 0/0 7 0 $11,745 Chart
40 Chase Miller (168) Chevrolet 4/0 6 0 $11,630 Chart
41 Charles Lewandoski (40) Chevrolet 3/0 5 0 $11,465 Chart
42 Tim Schendel (0) Chevrolet 2/0 5 0 $11,345 Chart
43 Brett Rowe (55) Chevrolet 1/0 2 0 $11,228 Chart
 

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Busch’s lack of tact may be what Penske needed

05/27/2011


Kurt Busch, master motivator?

Uhh, that’s usually not the descriptor that comes to mind when talking about a guy who has the tact of a screaming baby. However, what Busch lacks in nuance he seems to make up for with pinpoint honesty. And his team, most notably teammate Brad Keselowski, could be the better for it.

It’s been awhile since Keselowski was the apple of the NASCAR world’s eye – since 2009, in fact, when he stunned everyone with a win at Talladega on the Cup side.


That and his 2010 Nationwide title made Keselowski the hottest free agent on the market, and when he signed with Penske Racing it was seen as somewhat of a coup for the organization to snatch up the sport’s brightest rising star.

Then Keselowski went out and laid an egg in his first full season: He didn’t collect a single top-five finish, recorded only two top 10s and finished a supremely disappointing 25th in the standings.

Was he learning on the job? Maybe, except things didn’t get any better this season. His best finish was a 15th at Phoenix to go along with a string of C-minus results which led to Busch saying he hadn’t had a top-line teammate to lean on since Ryan Newman in 2007.

The comment stung Keselowski, of course. But the thing is: Busch was right.

“I think that if you look at all of 2010, he was absolutely right,” Keselowski said. “Until the last two or three races, with the exception of Phoenix, I wasn’t even close to running with Kurt – not even close. I think that he definitely has legs to stand on with that comment.”

A day after Busch’s rebuke, Keselowski finished third at Darlington – his best result since joining Penske.

A week earlier at Richmond, Busch went on a tirade that was over the top even for him. Locked in a slide down the standings after a month of subpar finishes, Busch lashed out at Penske’s technical director.

“We’re two laps down; our day is done!” Busch screamed over his radio in the middle of the Crown Royal 400. “I’m sorry, our day was done when Tom German decided he was in charge.”

Ten days later, German announced he was leaving Penske to go to graduate school.

Coincidence or not, Keselowski’s undergone a minor transformation since. He ran up front for most of the race at Dover before finishing 13th; led much of the Sprint Showdown en route to a second-place finish; and Thursday claimed the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.

After collecting the pole, Keselowski credited Busch speaking up for the improvements he’s seeing at Penske. He said German leaving the organization has “opened doors that would have never opened before” and has allowed others within the company to provide input.

“If [Kurt] didn’t have that approach, I probably would adopt it because you keep trying different things until you get what you want,” Keselowski said. “It’s somewhat refreshing to have someone that can speak up, have a voice, have the credibility of being a past champion and past winner and those around him perhaps listen more intently.”

Busch’s sharp-tongued style of communication has for years made him an easy target for ridicule and criticism. Former boss Jack Roush, whom Busch last drove for six years ago, is still taking shots at him.

“Jimmy is a consummate stock-car racer,” Roush said earlier this season, referring to crew chief Jimmie Fennig. “Heck, he even won a championship with Kurt Busch.”

Friday, Busch said managing expectations and offering feedback is a “matter of trying to be the most professional that you can be about it.”

“Not every situation is good,” he explained. “You’re being graded on how you persevere through the troubling times. I always laugh and listen to you guys contradict yourselves because you say that you want us to be more colorful, but all that you want to do to a driver is just thrash them when they show personality.”

That’s not exactly true. There’s a difference between showing personality and making things personal. Busch has a tendency to do the latter. That’s the aim of the criticism.

When Busch stops winning races and competing for championships, his audience will go away. Until then, people will listen and maybe even be the better for it – even if that means catering to the needs of a screaming baby.

 

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Results
Charlotte Motor Speedway


05/28/2011


Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings Lap Progress

1 Matt Kenseth (16) Ford 47/4 200 41 $51,800 Chart
2 Carl Edwards (60) Ford 44/2 200 63 $40,850 Chart
3 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 42/1 200 44 $28,650 Chart
4 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (6) Ford 41/1 200 12 $38,143 Chart
5 Reed Sorenson (32) Chevrolet 39/0 200 0 $29,718 Chart
6 Brad Keselowski (22) Dodge 38/0 200 0 $19,075 Chart
7 Steve Wallace (66) Toyota 37/0 200 0 $23,418 Chart
8 Brian Scott (11) Toyota 36/0 200 0 $24,918 Chart
9 Aric Almirola (88) Chevrolet 35/0 200 0 $21,768 Chart
10 Elliott Sadler (2) Chevrolet 34/0 200 0 $22,243 Chart
11 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 33/0 199 0 $13,950 Chart
12 Sam Hornish Jr. (12) Dodge 33/1 199 1 $13,450 Chart
13 Justin Allgaier (31) Chevrolet 32/1 199 5 $19,743 Chart
14 Michael Annett (62) Toyota 31/1 199 1 $18,868 Chart
15 Cole Whitt (99) Toyota 29/0 199 0 $19,368 Chart
16 Kevin Harvick (33) Chevrolet 29/1 199 33 $12,400 Chart
17 Josh Wise (7) Chevrolet 27/0 198 0 $18,068 Chart
18 Mike Bliss (19) Chevrolet 26/0 198 0 $19,343 Chart
19 Danny Efland (39) Ford 25/0 198 0 $18,718 Chart
20 Kenny Wallace (09) Toyota 24/0 198 0 $18,343 Chart
21 Jason Leffler (38) Chevrolet 23/0 197 0 $17,568 Chart
22 Kasey Kahne (30) Chevrolet 22/0 197 0 $11,075 Chart
23 Timmy Hill (15) Ford 21/0 197 0 $18,868 Chart
24 Morgan Shepherd (89) Chevrolet 20/0 197 0 $17,403 Chart
25 Mike Wallace (01) Chevrolet 19/0 197 0 $17,993 Chart
26 Jeremy Clements (51) Chevrolet 18/0 196 0 $17,333 Chart
27 Kimi Raikkonen (87) Toyota 17/0 196 0 $17,698 Chart
28 Eric McClure (14) Chevrolet 16/0 195 0 $17,263 Chart
29 Joe Nemechek (97) Chevrolet 15/0 194 0 $10,750 Chart
30 Derrike Cope (28) Dodge 14/0 193 0 $17,473 Chart
31 Jennifer Jo Cobb (113) Ford 13/0 191 0 $10,670 Chart
32 Dennis Setzer (70) Chevrolet 12/0 162 0 $17,093 Chart
33 Kevin Lepage (52) Chevrolet 11/0 112 0 $17,043 Chart
34 Blake Koch (81) Dodge 10/0 80 0 $17,013 Chart
35 Jeffrey Earnhardt (141) Chevrolet 9/0 71 0 $10,520 Chart
36 Robert Richardson Jr. (23) Dodge 8/0 42 0 $16,968 Chart
37 John Jackson (172) Toyota 7/0 41 0 $10,475 Chart
38 Tim Andrews (79) Ford 6/0 24 0 $10,455 Chart
39 Carl Long (175) Ford 5/0 15 0 $10,435 Chart
40 Mike Harmon (174) Chevrolet 4/0 10 0 $10,330 Chart
41 David Green (49) Chevrolet 3/0 6 0 $10,295 Chart
42 Kelly Bires (104) Ford 2/0 5 0 $10,270 Chart
43 Jeff Green (44) Chevrolet 1/0 4 0 $10,209 Chart
 

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NNS Race Final - Charlotte

May 28, 2011 , CONCORD, N.C. - Saturday, May 28, 2011

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Charlotte Motor Speedway
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Post-Race Quotes
NASCAR Nationwide Series



BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T) Finished Sixth
“An uneventful day for us. We were about a sixth or seventh-place car all day. We want to win these Nationwide Series races, but we’re just missing something with our car. The Roush cars are really dialed-in right now. We didn’t unload like we needed to and had to make some big changes last night. Track position was so important here and when you don’t qualify well, it makes a difference. We just need a little bit more. If we can get our race cars to turn better (in the center of the corner), I know that we’ll see victory lane.”

WHAT AREA DO YOU THINK YOUR CAR IS MISSING ON FOR RACE DAY? “I think we’re off just a little bit everywhere. It’s going to take a little bit more attention to detail preparing these race cars. Our performance isn’t due to a lack of hard work. These guys are busting their tails in giving me a fast race car. We’re just off a bit.”

TODD GORDON (crew chief, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T)
“We sat down last night and made a lot of changes to the car because we didn’t feel that practice went that well. We just went back and looked at all the data we had and the off day actually gave us a chance to go back to the shop and get some better balance for today. I think we made strides with our Discount Tire Dodge today. I still think that we need a little bit more. We just need to find a little bit more every week. The guys did a good job getting the car where it needed to be from where we were in practice. Our car is just fighting the center of the corner too much. When we get that figured out we’ll be OK.”

SAM HORNISH JR. (No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger R/T) Finished 12th
“A solid day except for our pit stops. We were as good as the 22 (Brad Keselowski) and they ended up sixth. I think we could have been right there with the 22, but we had a pit violation with a tire and on the last set, they left the right front just a little bit loose. It was good enough to get us back up to the first car a lap down before it started vibrating, but the caution never came out. The car handled pretty good. I’m proud of Chad (Walter, crew chief) and the guys that work on the Alliance Truck Parts Dodge. We just need to get our pit stops better.

“On that first pit stop, we tried to go with two (tires) and the car was way too tight. That got us back a little bit. We were working our way forward and then we had the pit violation. I think we had a fifth-place, at least a sixth- or seventh-place car. We want to be better than that. We’ll just keep working at it. The way we practiced the other day, I thought we had an opportunity to compete for the win. We tried to gamble a little bit there at the beginning, but made the wrong call (two tires). We worked our way back up into the top 10 with plenty of laps remaining, but then had the pit road penalty.”
 

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - Keys for Success - Coca-Cola 600

May 28, 2011 , CONCORD, N.C. - Saturday, May 28, 2011


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Charlotte Motor Speedway
Coca-Cola 600
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Keys for Success: Coca-Cola 600

CONCORD, N.C. (May 28, 2011) – Each race weekend, selected Dodge Motorsports engineers, Penske Racing crew chiefs, drivers or engine specialists give their insight on the ‘Keys for Success’ for the upcoming race. This week, the green flag drops on the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway (Race 12 of 36 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)

Race: Coca-Cola 600 (400 laps/600 miles)

Trivia Question: How many North Carolina tracks have hosted Sprint Cup events since 1949? (Answer Below)

HOWARD COMSTOCK (Dodge Motorsports Engineering)

Fuel Mileage: “Six-hundred miles at Charlotte tomorrow night will not be dictated by fuel economy as to who wins the race. In this 600-mile race, so much happens and the scenarios are so vast. The race is about track position, running in clean air, keeping the car clean and making moves at the end of the race. I would be very surprised if after 600-miles the outcome is a result of fuel strategy”

Good Start: “You have to get off to a good start. We’ve seen in the past that the early part of this race will run caution-free. If you start in the back of the field and don’t have the setup to keep you competitive, you will get lapped fairly quickly. Getting behind early is really tough and the last thing you want is to be chasing your setup for 600 miles.”

Night Moves: “We start the race at six o’clock. It’s going to be a hot day and there will be a lot of sun load on the track. This is one of the races that will get faster as the race progresses. Lap times are fast and you better have your car dialed-in at the end of the race to have a shot a winning.”








Answer to trivia question: 27
 

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NASCAR Results

Status: Final

Last Updated: Monday, May 30, 2011 1:15 am, EDT
Coca-Cola 600

Charlotte Motor Speedway


Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings Lap Progress

1 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 47/4 402 2 $406,786 Chart
2 David Ragan (6) Ford 43/1 402 7 $244,375 Chart
3 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 41/0 402 0 $194,475 Chart
4 Kurt Busch (22) Dodge 41/1 402 3 $190,900 Chart
5 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 40/1 402 5 $186,861 Chart
6 Marcos Ambrose (9) Ford 39/1 402 18 $155,241 Chart
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 38/1 402 2 $131,575 Chart
8 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 36/0 402 0 $140,270 Chart
9 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 35/0 402 0 $139,533 Chart
10 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 35/1 402 24 $165,800 Chart
11 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (21) Ford 33/0 402 0 $106,175 Chart
12 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 33/1 402 1 $141,883 Chart
13 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 32/1 402 50 $121,750 Chart
14 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 32/2 402 103 $162,186 Chart
15 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 29/0 402 0 $144,033 Chart
16 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 29/1 402 61 $145,941 Chart
17 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 28/1 402 5 $140,383 Chart
18 Brian Vickers (83) Toyota 26/0 402 0 $124,789 Chart
19 Brad Keselowski (2) Dodge 26/1 402 7 $164,708 Chart
20 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 25/1 401 19 $138,611 Chart
21 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 24/1 401 6 $104,525 Chart
22 Kasey Kahne (4) Toyota 23/1 401 28 $117,583 Chart
23 Casey Mears (13) Toyota 22/1 401 1 $93,175 Chart
24 Bobby Labonte (47) Toyota 20/0 400 0 $117,970 Chart
25 Travis Kvapil (38) Ford 19/0 398 0 $105,233 Chart
26 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 18/0 397 0 $98,125 Chart
27 Dave Blaney (36) Chevrolet 17/0 396 0 $101,483 Chart
28 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 16/0 395 0 $140,736 Chart
29 Paul Menard (27) Chevrolet 15/0 383 0 $93,950 Chart
30 Mike Bliss (32) Ford 14/0 367 0 $96,597 Chart
31 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 13/0 358 0 $127,750 Chart
32 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 13/1 344 55 $133,391 Chart
33 David Gilliland (34) Ford 11/0 301 0 $86,100 Chart
34 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 10/0 301 0 $93,300 Chart
35 Landon Cassill (09) Chevrolet 9/0 293 0 $84,875 Chart
36 David Starr (195) Ford 8/0 286 0 $84,750 Chart
37 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 8/1 181 5 $123,414 Chart
38 Robby Gordon (7) Dodge 6/0 99 0 $84,410 Chart
39 Michael McDowell (66) Toyota 5/0 40 0 $84,300 Chart
40 David Stremme (30) Chevrolet 4/0 34 0 $84,165 Chart
41 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 3/0 28 0 $84,005 Chart
42 J.J. Yeley (46) Chevrolet 2/0 22 0 $83,925 Chart
43 Mike Skinner (60) Toyota 1/0 6 0 $84,290 Chart
 

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Standings
Sprint Cup



Rank (+/-) Drivers Total Pts Behind Starts Poles Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF Winnings

1 - Carl Edwards 445 Leader 12 2 1 6 9 0 $4,432,905
2 +3 Kevin Harvick 409 36 12 0 3 5 7 1 $2,593,255
3 -1 Jimmie Johnson 408 37 12 1 1 4 7 1 $2,415,220
4 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. 402 43 12 1 0 2 6 1 $1,730,663
5 -2 Kyle Busch 392 53 12 0 2 6 7 3 $2,554,430
6 +2 Kurt Busch 377 68 12 0 0 2 6 0 $2,397,376
7 -1 Matt Kenseth 374 71 12 1 2 4 5 2 $2,497,820
8 +1 Clint Bowyer 365 80 12 0 0 2 6 2 $2,355,709
9 +1 Tony Stewart 356 89 12 0 0 1 4 0 $2,149,684
10 -3 Ryan Newman 353 92 12 0 0 4 5 0 $2,001,563
11 +1 Greg Biffle 343 102 12 0 0 1 4 1 $1,724,888
12 +1 Denny Hamlin 339 106 12 0 0 1 4 1 $2,133,393
13 +3 A J Allmendinger 335 110 12 0 0 1 3 1 $1,813,875
14 -3 Mark Martin 334 111 12 0 0 1 4 2 $1,575,813
15 - Juan Pablo Montoya 329 116 12 2 0 2 4 0 $2,085,859
16 -2 Jeff Gordon 324 121 12 1 1 3 3 2 $2,017,420
17 +3 Marcos Ambrose 320 125 12 0 0 2 4 0 $1,815,205
18 +3 David Ragan 313 132 12 1 0 2 4 2 $1,748,363
19 -1 Kasey Kahne 309 136 12 1 0 2 5 2 $1,707,441
20 -3 Paul Menard 306 139 12 0 0 2 3 1 $1,403,913
21 -2 Martin Truex Jr. 300 145 12 0 0 0 3 2 $1,436,763
22 +1 Jeff Burton 282 163 12 0 0 0 0 2 $1,441,476
23 +4 Joey Logano 279 166 12 0 0 1 2 1 $1,479,588
24 +2 David Reutimann 279 166 12 0 0 0 1 0 $1,717,759
25 - Brad Keselowski 277 168 12 1 0 1 1 1 $1,700,260
26 -4 Jamie McMurray 275 170 12 1 0 0 2 2 $1,845,231
27 -3 Bobby Labonte 271 174 12 0 0 1 1 1 $1,934,953
28 - Brian Vickers 264 181 12 0 0 1 4 0 $1,607,956
29 - Regan Smith 262 183 12 0 1 1 3 2 $1,867,653
30 - David Gilliland 213 232 12 0 0 1 2 3 $1,826,428
31 - Dave Blaney 191 254 12 0 0 0 0 3 $1,290,813
32 - Casey Mears 190 255 11 0 0 0 0 0 $959,088
33 - Robby Gordon 150 295 11 0 0 0 0 3 $1,150,434

34 - Andy Lally 127 318 9 0 0 0 0 0 $1,019,323
35 - Tony Raines 109 336 9 0 0 0 0 2 $725,350
36 - Bill Elliott 100 345 5 0 0 0 0 0 $663,887
37 - Ken Schrader 73 372 5 0 0 0 0 0 $430,049
38 - Terry Labonte 40 405 2 0 0 0 0 1 $414,838
39 - J.J. Yeley 38 407 11 0 0 0 0 11 $1,042,563
40 - Michael McDowell 37 408 10 0 0 0 0 9 $774,548
41 - Michael Waltrip 20 425 2 0 0 0 0 1 $396,213
42 - David Stremme 19 426 4 0 0 0 0 3 $323,355
43 - Brian Keselowski 3 442 1 0 0 0 0 1 $297,338
44 - Steve Park 2 443 1 0 0 0 0 1 $78,855

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - NSCS Race Final - Coca-Cola 600

May 30, 2011 , CONCORD, N.C. - Sunday, May 29, 2011

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Charlotte Motor Speedway
Coca-Cola 600
Post-Race Quotes
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series


KURT BUSCH (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger) Finished Fourth
“It’s amazing that we can race 600 miles and it comes down to a green-white-checkered finish and fuel mileage. That’s the excitement that this sport brings and you never know when it’s going to be your time to have fuel or not. Today, we had enough and Steve (Addington) made a great call to come in and top-off for fuel. It worked out and we made the right calculations to make it to the end of the race.”

DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAD ENOUGH FUEL? “We knew that we could make it to one green-white-checker flag; we didn’t think that we could make it to a second.”

CAN YOU TAKE US THROUGH THE LAST RESTART? “We got lucky. People were spinning their tires and struggling to get fuel to their carburetor.”

DID YOU SEE THAT THE 4 CAR RAN OUT OF GAS ON THE RESTART? “There was chaos up above on the restart and I know my teammate got into it. It’s tough. Brad Keselowski had a good run today in that Miller Lite Dodge.”

STEVE ADDINGTON Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
“I seen fuel mileage wins here before and I’ve finished runner-up with it. Everybody did a good job on this Shell/Pennzoil Dodge tonight. We still have a ways to go to get our cars where we need them to get competitive with those Fords. We’re headed in the right direction. Everybody stayed focused. The driver stayed focus and we got a good finish out of it.”

HOW SOON DID YOU KNOW THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE A FUEL MILEAGE GAME? “We pitted around lap 297 with the 2 car, topped-off with gas and took two tires and that was the game plan and it worked out.”

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 19th
"It's disappointing to run as well as we did and have that happen at the end. Disappointing. The Miller Lite Dodge was fast all night. We started on the pole. We ran in the top 10 most of the night. The crew did a great job. It was a total team effort. Unfortunately, we ended up three miles short of a top-five finish."

PAUL WOLFE ( Crew Chief, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger)
“It was a strong run all night. We started from the pole and the encouraging part was we were able to maintain in the top 10 all night. It’s a long race, but we kept working on the car and had ourselves in position at the end for a good finish. We knew everyone was close on fuel; it got all jammed up on that last restart. I’m real proud of the team and how far we’ve come with this Miller Lite Dodge since Vegas, our first mile-and-half race this year. That race was a disaster. We’ve come a long ways, but we’ve still got a long ways to go. Definitely a strong run tonight.”

MIKE NELSON (Vice-President – Competition, Penske Racing)
“It was a good day for Penske Racing. Our Dodge Chargers were good all race. We got a little off on track position, but was able to get it back with some good calls. A good solid effort. We definitely heading in the right direction after some of the tough weeks we’ve had. I feel really bad for the Miller Lite Team, for Brad, Paul and the whole crew. They had a great car. Kurt, Steve (Addington, crew chief) the 22 team had a great race tonight.”

ROBBY GORDON (No. 7 SPEED Energy / Harris Teeter / Sam’s Mart Dodge Charger) Finished 38th
“A tough night. We lost a (front) brake master cylinder that sent us to the garage early. It’s frustrating. I’m not sure what happened. We changed out a new one, made some other changes with bars and springs and went out to run some laps. It was important for us to get out there and earn some owner points in this SPEED Energy/Harris Teeter/Sam’s Mart Dodge Charger. Basically, it became a test session for us the rest of the night.”
 
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