Four Races to Decide the 2011 Championship: The Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage Preview & Open Race Thread

Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR Paul Menard, driver of the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet, poses in Victory Lane after qualifying for the pole position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 14 in Concord, N.C.via

Charlotte Motor Speedway.  It's fast, it's heavily copied making it rather generic, and it hosts both Sprint Cup and Nationwide Races this week.  That of course means that we will have a comical amount of Sprint Cup drivers racing this weekend.  Looks like my review is going to start with a one sentence winner again.

Ent. Car # Driver Sponsor Manu. Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace TBA 11 Chevy Lori Davis
2 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial 11 Chevy Delana Harvick
3 03 Scott Riggs North Texas Pipe 11 Chevy Robert Richardson Sr
4 04 Tim Andrews Go Green Racing 11 Ford Archie St Hilaire
5 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Blackwell Angus 11 Ford Jack Roush
6 7 Josh Wise 11 Chevy Kelley Earnhardt
7 08 Casey Roderick Randy Hill 11 Ford Randy Hill
8 09 Kenny Wallace Thank You Fans! 11 Toyota Robby Benton
9 11 Brian Scott Doosan 11 Toyota J D Gibbs
10 12 Sam Hornish Jr Alliance Truck Parts 11 Dodge Roger Penske
11 14 Eric McClure Hefty Black Out/Reynolds 11 Chevy Mark Smith
12 15 Timmy Hill Poynt 11 Ford Bob Germain
13 16 Trevor Bayne Fastenal Ford Mustang 11 Ford Jack Roush
14 18 Kyle Busch(i) Z-Line 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
15 19 Mike Bliss TBA 11 Chevy Mark Smith
16 20 Joey Logano(i) GameStop 11 Toyota Joe Gibbs
17 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Discount Tire 11 Dodge Roger Penske
18 23 Robert Richardson Jr N TX Pipe 11 Chevy Robert Richardson Sr
19 28 Derrike Cope Maxelence 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
20 30 Jason Leffler AccuDoc 11 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
21 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 11 Chevy Steve Turner
22 32 Brian Vickers(i) Dollar General 11 Chevy Sandra Turner
23 33 Paul Menard(i) Rheem/Menards 11 Chevy Delana Harvick
24 38 Kasey Kahne(i) Great Clips 11 Chevy Steve Turner
25 39 Joey Gase Go Green Racing 11 Ford Jack Roush
26 40 Charles Lewandoski Precisionwerx 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
27 41 Johnny Chapman Rick Ware Racing 11 Chevy Rick Ware
28 42 TBA Curtis Key Plumbing 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
29 44 Jeff Green [PC1] TBA 11 Chevy Mark Smith
30 46 Chase Miller Curtis Key Plumbing 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
31 47 TBA Curtis Key Plumbing 11 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
32 48 Dennis Setzer Acredale Vending 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
33 49 Mark Green Acredale Vending 11 Chevy Jay Robinson
34 50 T J Bell(i) Liberty Tire Recyclers 11 Chevy Mark Beaver
35 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Racing Engines 10 Chevy Johnny Davis
36 52 Kevin Lepage TBA 11 Chevy Jimmy Means
37 60 Carl Edwards(i) Fastenal 11 Ford Jack Roush
38 62 Michael Annett Pilot-Flying J 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
39 66 Steve Wallace 5 Hour Energy 11 Toyota Rusty Wallace
40 70 Dennis Setzer TBA 11 Chevy Mary Louise Miller
41 71 Matthew Carter Rick Ware Racing 11 Ford Rick Ware
42 74 Mike Harmon MHR 11 Chevy Mike Harmon
43 75 Carl Long 11 Ford Rick Ware
44 81 Blake Koch 11 Dodge Pat MacDonald
45 82 Reed Sorenson MacDonald Motorsports 10 Dodge Randy MacDonald
46 87 Kevin Conway Extenze 11 Toyota Andrea Nemechek
47 88 Aric Almirola AdvoCare 11 Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr
48 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing 11 Chevy Morgan Shepherd
49 97 Joe Nemechek [PC2] TBD 11 Toyota Andrea Nemechek
50 99 Ryan Truex Pastrana Waltrip Racing 11 Toyota Gary Bechtel

A full 50 teams are entered this week.  That means that a few start and park teams will make it and a few teams that would have attempted to run the entire race will go home.  Yay Nascar!  Here's some teams to watch out for:

  • #7- Josh Wise is back with JR Motorsports this week.  Wise is simply helping get the team ready for Danicamania to run wild in 2012.
  • #09-Kenny Wallace, who raced the majority of the year without getting paid, will run a Thank You scheme this week for his fans.  Wallace has been one of the more classy drivers, when he isn't insulting young guys like Brian Scott for having sponsorship dollars.
  • #12- Sam Hornish is coming off of three straight top 10s.  If Hornish could get some sponsorship dollars, he could be a threat for the 2012 Championship.
  • #18- We've been Kyle Busch free for a few races now.  Look for Kyle in victory lane Friday Night.  King Nationwide is working on leaving former Win leader Mark Martin in the dust.
  • #30- Will this be the last four races that we see Jason Leffler with Turner Motorsports?  There is a good chance this happens at the end of the year.  Leffler has been his typical dependable yet unspectacular all year.  Leffler is a guy you get if you are a new team looking to improve, but he is not who you get to try to win a championship.
  • #31- A guy you do get to try to win a Championship is Justin Allgaier.  Allgaier was long considered to be a Sprint Cup future star, but he's taken a slight step back this year with Turner.  Allgaier was supposed to be the front runner for the Championship this year, but he's still trailing in the standings and will probably be eliminated in the next two weeks.
  • #38- Kasey Kahne returns to Turner, and it may be his last race for the team.  Hendrick will probably want Kahne to stay with JR Motorsports if he wants to run in the Nationwide Series.  Kahne hasn't done much to help Turner Motorsports this year.
  • #82- Reed Sorenson needs help, and a new team. We had all hoped that Joe Gibbs would have put Sorenson in the #18 ride two weeks ago and really given him an opportunity to win the Championship.  That did not happen.  There is no way that a small time second teir team like MacDonald Motorsports can compete with Roush Fenway and Richard Childress backed Kevin Harvick Inc.  Sorenson, if he can find a top level team next year, could be a threat in 2012.
  • #87- Any takers on how many laps down Kevin Conway will be when this race is over?  Anyone?
  • #99- Ryan Truex is back with Pastrana Waltrip this week as the team prepares to go part time next year with Travis Pastrana.  Truex really needs a full time ride with a top level team.  You hearing me Joe Gibbs?

Join us this Friday Night!  It's the live running of the Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage from Charlotte, NC!  ESPN2 will air the broadcast starting at 7pm eastern.  Enjoy!

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