In response to fan requests for an afternoon NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Charlotte Motor Speedway’s TECH-NET Auto Service 300 Powered by CARQUEST Auto Parts will start at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 29.

“We’ve enjoyed running our May Nationwide Series race under the lights in recent years, but many of our fans and parents with young children have asked us to consider an earlier start time,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “Charlotte Motor Speedway has always been a family-friendly place, and this will make the race even more convenient for fans of all ages, as well as hundreds of boy and girl scouts who make this race an annual outing.”

In addition to the start-time change, the race’s name will be different in 2010 as well. Formerly the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300, the TECH-NET Auto Service 300 will promote CARQUEST’s TECH NET Professional Auto Service program.

“The sponsorship of this event will provide valuable identification for our network of 4,600 independently owned automotive service repair facilities that are members of the TECH NET Professional Auto Service program,” said Al Wheeler, CARQUEST Auto Parts vice president, strategic markets. “Having the race in the afternoon provides an opportunity for families to enjoy a great race.”