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Status: Final Charlotte Motor Speedway

Race Capsule

Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 12 of 35 on XFINITY circuit

  • Where:

    Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC

  • When:

    May 29, 2010 2:46 pm EDT

  • Laps:


  • Track Length:

    1.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    300.00 miles

  • Purse:


Drivers to Watch

Carl Edwards Edwards, 136 points ahead of 13th place, has never won at The Glen but has two top-five finishes in five starts and has been in the top 10 the last four years. He was third last year. "We've run really well there, and this is one of my favorite race tracks on the schedule," Edwards said. "I'm hoping that the success we've had lately in the Nationwide Series on the road courses will help me on the Cup side. The biggest thing we need to focus on is qualifying. We've got to qualify better so we can have a leg up at the start of the race."
Ryan Newman Newman has three top-10 finishes, including a second, in eight starts at Watkins Glen. "I really like Watkins Glen and have had a lot of fun there over the years," said Newman. "You can attack The Glen, which is something you don't do at the other road course -- Infineon Raceway -- because of it being more of a technical and finesse track. You can pass at The Glen."
Kasey Kahne Kahne is still looking for his first top-10 finish at Watkins Glen. His best finish in six starts at the road course is 14th. "Winning Sonoma last year was a huge confidence booster for me and the 9 team," said Kahne. "I think that the track time and experience has helped a bunch."
Kyle Busch Busch is 194 points ahead of 13th place as he heads to Watkins Glen, where he has one win (2008), two top-five finishes and four top-10s in five starts -- he was 33rd in his first try there and then in the top 10 ever since. He was fourth last year. "I like both road courses," Busch said, referring to Infineon and The Glen. "They're both fun. For me, road racing is enjoyable. You get a chance to turn right and turn left and do something different than what you typically do. ... I wouldn't be a road racer and go racing road courses every weekend. I don't like them THAT much. To me, it's something fun to do every once in awhile and, for sure, it's a nice break from the oval racing we do. I like the amount of road races we have on the schedule now."
Jamie McMurray McMurray has only one top-10 finish in seven starts at Watkins Glen. "Racing at road courses like Watkins Glen is all about getting your car to drive well and handle as best as it can," said McMurray. "The 'S' turns are pretty fast, and if you can't run hard in those turns at the Glen, then you can lose valuable time, so that's an area that I'll focus on this weekend."
Paul Menard Menard is still looking for his first top-10 finish at Watkins Glen. In six starts at the road course, his best finish is 19th. Menard made the first start of his Sprint Cup career on the 2.45-mile track. "I really enjoy the road courses, and Watkins Glen has always been one of the dates on the schedule I look forward to the most," said Menard.
Joey Logano Logano finished 16th in his first Sprint Cup start at Watkins Glen a year ago. "I can honestly say I'd be happy to come home with a clean Home Depot Toyota," said Logano. "I haven't been able to finish a road-course race without spinning or having something go wrong."
Biffle finished fifth a year ago at Watkins Glen for his second top-10 finish in the last three races at the road course. "I actually really enjoy the road-course races because they are fun and they break up the season a little bit," said Biffle. "We had a great run at Watkins Glen last year and then we finished seventh at Infineon earlier this year, so I have every expectation to run in the top five and hopefully contend for the win on Sunday."
Kevin Harvick Harvick's lead is back to 189 points, more than a full race's worth, as he heads to Watkins Glen, where he has one win (2006), two top-five finishes and five top-10s in nine starts. He was 35th last year after finishing sixth in 2008. "The road courses have become more like short tracks, but I don't think Watkins Glen will be like Sonoma in that regard," Harvick said. "There is more room to race at Watkins Glen, and it's obviously a lot faster. But there will definitely be some bent doors and bumpers just because of the nature of how close the competition has become at the road courses. The bent sheet metal is also a product of the double-file restarts, because those usually cause most of the contact. Obviously, to finish like we have lately, I'm really happy. That shows how far we've come from last year, but having the year last year, you don't get too wound up or disappointed for finishing second or in the top five because a lot of places last year, we couldn't run 22nd. So you take it and you move on, and you hope that you have the same opportunity again. We've capitalized a couple times this year on winning races like that, and a couple of them we've lost. So it's just part of the sport and what racing is all about."
Clint Bowyer Bowyer finished ninth last year at Watkins Glen for his first top-10 finish in four starts at the road course. "We're going to be better (this weekend) than we've been in years past," Bowyer said. "Shane (Wilson, the crew chief) gave me a great car last season, and our finish felt like a win. I think we can build on that and have a better run this weekend."