Stenhouse Wins Top Gear 300 Pole – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the pole for Saturday’s Top Gear 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race with a lap of 186.994 mph (28.878 seconds).  It was his third career pole and the continuation of a phenomenal week, as he won last weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Iowa and he qualified ninth for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“It’s an amazing weekend, for sure,” Stenhouse said. “I didn’t think we’d qualify that well for the Cup race, but I talked to Carl [Edwards] before qualifying today, and he said, ‘If you can do that again, I think you can get the pole.’”

Stenhouse edged out a slew of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars for the pole. Kevin Harvick (186.845 mph, 28.901 seconds), Matt Kenseth (185.848 mph, 29.056), Kyle Busch and Edwards round out the top-five starters.

“That lap was a lot faster than I thought it was gonna be,” Stenhouse said. “It was not quite wide open, but it was close. It was good enough for the pole.”

With track conditions already heating up as qualifying finished during the late morning hours Saturday, Stenhouse anticipates a wild Top Gear 300.

“It’s gonna be hot and it’s gonna be slick,” Stenhouse said. “There’s gonna be a lot of sliding around.”

Dollar General and Charlotte Motor Speedway Form Unique Partnership for Fall Race – Officials from Dollar General, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Charlotte Motor Speedway announced a special partnership for the Oct. 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the speedway.

The Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage will bring awareness to and raise funds for Susan G. Komen to support the work they do to fight breast cancer. The program will feature a pink-based color theme for Charlotte Motor Speedway tickets, pace car and event branding. Race fans will notice a pink logo on the frontstretch grass for the Friday evening event.  Dollar General will also field a pink No. 32 race car for driver Reed Sorenson. That car will debut in Saturday’s Top Gear 300.

The Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage will honor breast cancer survivors. Speedway Children’s Charities will also provide fundraising support for the event as well as give money back to Susan G. Komen For the Cure.