NCWTS heads to NASCAR's backyard - The NC Education Lottery 200 Preview

Kyle Busch could be rockin' in a new era of records this weekend. LEBANON, TN - APRIL 22: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Dollar General Toyota celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Bully Hill Vineyards 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on April 22, 2011 in Lebanon, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Laps: 134

Miles: 201

Capacity: 171,000

Total purse: $490,620 (2010 figures)

Race record: Kyle Busch, 2006 (124.845 m.p.h.)

Qualifying record: Mike Skinner, 2005 (183.051 m.p.h.)

 

NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series will have no break this week as it heads straight to the heart of NASCAR, Charlotte Motor Speedway.

 

Defending race champ Kyle Busch currently boasts many impressive credentials. Not only did he win last week’s Lucas Oil 200 at Dover, but he is fast approaching some career milestones.  In the more than likely chance that he wins the race Friday, he will tie Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip on the all-time national series wins list at 97. Three more and he will be the youngest driver ever to reach 100.

 

Busch gained his first series victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2005. He is also the only pole-sitter to win this race and the first three-time champion at this track in the trucks.

 

Busch’s top competition will likely come from Ron Hornaday Jr., who has the second most wins (2) in the last six races at CMS. Busch has three. But it has been done before. In 2009, Hornaday won his 40th truck series race at this track finishing 1.669 seconds ahead of Busch.

 

But the most anticipated part of this race is the debut of 2007 Formula 1 Champ Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen will drive the No. 15 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. The Finland native will be racing along past F1 competitors Max Papis and Nelson Piquet Jr., who have both had some outstanding moments in the 2011 NCWTS season.

 

If last weekend’s race was any indication, keep an eye out for rookie Cole Whitt. Though soft spoken, the young driver is aggressive on the racetrack and may have something for Cup regulars Busch and Clint Bowyer. Whitt has never raced at Charlotte before, but sitting only seven points out of the lead is plenty of motivation to win.

 

Matt Crafton currently leads the NCWTS points. Johnny Sauter, Cole Whitt, Ron Hornaday Jr., and Timothy Peters round out your Top 5.

 

The entry list is after the jump.

 

Entry

Trk#

Driver

Owner

Crew Chief

Vehicle Mfg

Sponsor

1

1

TBA

Rick Ware

Bobby Burell

11 Chevrolet

TBA

2

2

Clint Bowyer

Delana Harvick

Bruce Cook

11 Chevrolet

Ollies Bargain Outlet

3

02

Jamie Dick

Jimmy Dick

Corrie Stott

11 Chevrolet

Viva Auto Group

4

3

Austin Dillon

Richard Childress

Danny Stockman Jr.

11 Chevrolet

Bass Pro Shops/Remington/Tracker Boats

5

4

Ricky Carmichael

Steve Turner

Mark Rette

11 Chevrolet

Monster Energy

6

5

Travis Kvapil

David Dollar

Daniel Stillman

11 Toyota

International Truck - Monaco RV's

7

07

Butch Miller

Ken Smith

Troy Smith

11 Chevrolet

TBA

8

7

Miguel Paludo

Tom Deloach

Rick Gay

11 Toyota

Stemco Duroline

9

8

Nelson Piquet Jr.

Delana Harvick

Chris Carrier

11 Chevrolet

Bozzano-Jontex

10

9

Max Papis

Bob Germain

Randy Goss

11 Toyota

GEICO

11

10

Jennifer Jo Cobb

Jennifer Jo Cobb

Mark JaNes-O'rourke

10 Ford

Drivenmale.com

12

13

Johnny Sauter

Mike Curb

Joe Sear

11 Chevrolet

Safe Auto/Curb Records

13

15

Kimi Raikkonen

Billy Ballew

Doug Howe

11 Toyota

Perky Jerky

14

17

Timothy Peters

Tom Deloach

Butch Hylton

11 Toyota

Red Horse Racing

15

18

Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch

Eric Phillips

10 Toyota

NOS Energy Drink

16

20

Johanna Long

Michelle Gosselin

Kevin Starland

11 Toyota

Panhandle Grading & Paving

17

22

Joey Coulter

Pete Raymer

Harold Holly

11 Chevrolet

RCR/Rip-It

18

23

Jason White

Steve Urvan

Chad Kendrick

11 Chevrolet

Gunbroker.com

19

28

Wes Burton

Jim Rosenblum

Dick Rahilly

11 Chevrolet

FDNY Racing

20

29

Parker Kligerman

Brad Keselowski

Jeff Stankiewicz

11 Dodge

Penske Truck Rental

21

30

Todd Bodine

Steve Germain

Michael Hillman Jr.

11 Toyota

Germain.com

22

31

James Buescher

Steve Turner

Michael Shelton

11 Chevrolet

Exide Batteries

23

32

Brad Sweet

Steve Turner

TBA

11 Chevrolet

Great Clips

24

33

Ron Hornaday Jr.

Delana Harvick

Jeff Hensely

11 Chevrolet

Utz Snacks

25

38

Mike Garvey

Pam Sieg

Timothy Brown

11 Chevrolet

S&W Services

26

39

Ryan Sieg

Susan Bates

Rod Sieg

11 Chevrolet

S&W Services

27

46

Craig Goess

Eddie Sharp

Trip Bruce

11 Toyota

Greenville Toyota

28

50

TJ Bell

Mark Beaver

Tony Liberati

11 Chevrolet

Liberty Tire Recycling-Pinnacle Rubber Mulch

29

51

Justin Johnson

Billy Ballew

Doug George

11 Toyota

Vision Airlines Wounded Warrior Project

30

57

Norm Benning

Norm Benning

James Dugger

11 Chevrolet

TBA

31

60

Cole Whitt

Vickie Compton

Marcus Richmond

11 Chevrolet

Red Bull/Fuel Doctor

32

62

Brendan Gaughan

Rick Ware

Bryan Berry

11 Toyota

South Point Hotel and Casino

33

66

Justin Marks

Stacy Compton

Doug Wolcott

11 Chevrolet

GoPro chevrolet

34

68

Clay Greenfield

Bill Alger

Tim Walter

10 Dodge

TBA

35

73

Mike Skinner

Ron Crosby

Joey Sonntag

11 Chevrolet

TBA

36

77

Justin Lofton

Rick Germain

Ryan Fugle

11 Toyota

Lofton Cattle

37

81

David Starr

Bobby Dotter

Jason Miller

11 Toyota

ZACHRY

38

84

Chris Fontaine

Chris Fontaine

Kevin Ingram

11 Chevrolet

Glenden Enterprises

39

88

Matt Crafton

Rhonda Thorson

Vance Haefele

11 Chevrolet

Millican/Great lakes/Menards

40

89

Chris Lafferty

Tracy Lafferty

Tracy Laffery

11 Dodge

NASCAR Speed Park

41

92

Clay Rogers

Ricky Benton

Michael Hester

11 Chevrolet

BTS Tire & Wheel/Fleet HQ

42

93

Shane Sieg

Pam Sieg

Tony Wilson

11 Chevrolet

S&W Services

43

99

Bryan Silas

Charles Vest

Cal Boprey

11 Ford

College Complete.com

 

The N.C. Education Lottery will air on Speed Channel at 8pm ET on Friday.

 

And finally, the next stop for the NCWTS is Kansas Speedway on June 4th

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