Three things to watch
1. Kevin Harvick won the Charlotte race in May and will start second on Saturday night. He’s rollin’.
2. Jeff Gordon has won five times at Charlotte but no victories since 2007. He starts on the pole for the ninth time at CMS.
3. Kyle Larson will join the Cup series fulltime in 2014 but makes his first career start at the track on Saturday night. Also making his first start is fellow Nationwide series driver Brian Scott.
Wheeler, former president of Charlotte Motor Speedway, and his son, Trip, announced this week the creation of Speedway Benefits Inc., which hopes to serve as a collective to help tracks sell advertising and buy material as a group.
"It is a gap in the market and that is what it takes today find that missing link," said Trip Wheeler. "The short tracks of America are spread out throughout the country and all need help in selling and buying and that is what we will offer."
The company’s initial goal will be signing up 500 tracks by Jan. 1. Humpy Wheeler will serve as chief executive officer and Trip Wheeler as the company’s president.
Jared is currently a sophomore at cfa Academy in Concord and has driven go-karts, Midgets and Legends cars.
"It’s an honor to be able to follow in my dad’s footsteps," Jared said. "He is not only my dad, but also my coach, and he brings so much knowledges from his years in racing against the best in the sport."
Reed, who is a Type 1 diabetic, will be sponsored by the American Diabetes Association’s Drive to Stop Diabetes campaign.
"Ryan has shown a tremendous amount of talent in the race he has competed in for us this season," said team owner Jack Roush. "His ability to not only battle the odds, but win out over the elements is a testament to the competitor that he is."
Darlington, which has hosted a Saturday night race on Mother’s Day weekend the past nine seasons, will move its date to Saturday, April 12, next season. Kansas’ spring date will become a night race and be held on Saturday, May, 10.
Myers was running second to Ryan Preece when Preece slowed suddenly on Lap 136 and went to the pits, the victim of a flat tire. Myers inherited the lead and held on to win by two seconds over second place finisher Kyle Ebersole.
Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr.