Ok, I’m ready to get off the soap box about the state of racing, and get back to the business of talking about this great sport, and get you ready for a great upcoming weekend of racing. The action starts Friday night in Charlotte with the Camping World Truck Series, continues Saturday night for the Sprint Showdown and Sprint All Star Race, and winding up on Sunday Afternoon with the Nationwide Race at Iowa.
The trucks get underway Friday Night at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the N.C. Education Lottery 200. The race broadcast starts at 7:30 PM on the Speed Channel. The defending champion in the race is Kyle Busch. The Charlotte Motor Speedway is a 1.5 Mile D-Oval with 24 degree banking.
We haven’t seen the Trucks since they raced in Kansas on April 21st, where James Buescher was your winner. Drivers in this series will not have to compete with seasoned Sprint Cup drivers, as the only David Reutimann from that series is entered. The competition will be limited to CWS regulars and should be an exciting race.
Timothy Peters is leading the CWS points and is followed by James Buescher, trailing by 4 points and James Lofton in 3rd at 11 points back.
Saturday Nights broadcast is on the Speed Channel and gets underway from Charlotte Motor Speedway at 7:00 PM. The first race will be the Sprint Showdown. This is a preliminary race, and the top two finishers will transfer into the All Star Race. The most notable drivers trying to race their way into the big dance will be Jamie McMurray, Joey Logano, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. The Fans will vote one driver in who has not already made the field. The Sprint All Star Race will follow festivities and expect the green flag around 9:30.
On Sunday afternoon, we have the Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 Nationwide race from the Iowa Speedway in Newton Iowa. The broadcast starts at 1:30 on ESPN and the green flag around 2:20. The Iowa Speedway is a .875 mile Tri-Oval track with 12-14 degree composite banking in the corners with 10 degree banking in the tri-oval. The backstretch is banked at 4 degrees.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is last year’s defending champion for this race. The only Sprint Cup regular making the trip to Iowa will be Kurt Busch to line up with Danica Patrick as well as Travis Pastrana.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is your Nationwide Series points leader, with Elliott Sadler 23 points back, and Austin Dillon in third place at 35 back.
Racing action is always intense at Charlotte, and this weekend should be no different.
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