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Nationwide - Charlotte - Race results

Matt Kenseth won the Top Gear 300 at Charlotte after holding off fellow Sprint Cup regulars Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch, while Kimi Raikkonen had a gruelling introduction to Nationwide.
Returning to Nationwide for the first time in the 2011 season, Matt Kenseth - who was filling in at short notice for Trevor Bayne, who is still on medical leave - won his 26th career win in the series in the Top Gear 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon.

Competing for the first time in the new generation Nationwide car, he had to pass Carl Edwards for the lead in the final five laps after Kenseth opted to pit under caution on lap 148 and Edwards elected to try and make his fuel stretch instead having stopped 11 laps earlier. Edwards finally ran dry at the finish line, but the fuel conservation approach had given Kenseth the winning edge.

In third place Kyle Busch led for a long stretch before the midpoint but couldn't summon up the same burst of speed at the end we've seen from him elsewhere this week and will have to wait a while longer before managing to equal Mark Martin's record of most wins in the series.

Kenseth's 23-year-old Roush Fenway team mate, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - who started on pole hoping to record back-to-back wins after his maiden Nationwide victory last week in Iowa - was the highest finisher among those electing to score Nationwide points, coming home in fourth place. Stenhouse makes his Sprint Cup début in the Coca Cola 600 tomorrow evening.

Kimi Raikkonen made his series début and struggled with handling for much of the night, scraped the wall on occasion and then hit debris on the track that damaged his front splitter. That ruined the car's speed, and with a pit lane speeding penalty as well the Finn ended up four laps off the lead and in 27th place. (Read more about Kimi's night.)

Race results

1. #16 Matt Kenseth Ford 200 laps Running (0pts)
2. #60 Carl Edwards Ford 200 laps Running (0pts)
3. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 200 laps Running (0pts)
4. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 200 laps Running (41/1 pts)
5. #32 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 200 laps Running (39/0 pts)
6. #22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 200 laps Running (0pts)
7. #66 Steve Wallace Toyota 200 laps Running (37/0 pts)
8. #11 Brian Scott Toyota 200 laps Running (36/0 pts)
9. #88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet 200 laps Running (35/0 pts)
10. #2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 200 laps Running (34/0 pts)
11. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 199 laps Running (0pts)
12. #12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 199 laps Running (33/1 pts)
13. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 199 laps Running (32/1 pts)
14. #62 Michael Annett Toyota 199 laps Running (31/1 pts)
15. #99 Cole Whitt Toyota 199 laps Running (0pts)
16. #33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 199 laps Running (0pts)
17. #7 Josh Wise Chevrolet 198 laps Running (27/0 pts)
18. #19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 198 laps Running (26/0 pts)
19. #39 Danny Efland Ford 198 laps Running (25/0 pts)
20. #09 Kenny Wallace Toyota 198 laps Running (24/0 pts)
21. #38 Jason Leffler Chevrolet 197 laps Running (23/0 pts)
22. #30 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 197 laps Running (0pts)
23. #15 Timmy Hill * Ford 197 laps Running (21/0 pts)
24. #89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 197 laps Running (20/0 pts)
25. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 197 laps Running (19/0 pts)
26. #51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 196 laps Running (18/0 pts)
27. #87 Kimi Raikkonen Toyota 196 laps Running (0pts)
28. #14 Eric McClure Chevrolet 195 laps Running (16/0 pts)
29. #97 Joe Nemechek Toyota 194 laps Engine (15/0 pts)
30. #28 Derrike Cope Dodge 193 laps Running (14/0 pts)
31. #113 Jennifer Jo Cobb * Ford 191 laps Running (13/0 pts)
32. #70 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet 162 laps Electrical (12/0 pts)
33. #52 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet 112 laps Engine (11/0 pts)
34. #81 Blake Koch * Dodge 80 laps Engine (10/0 pts)
35. #141 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 71 laps Rear End (0pts)
36. #23 Robert Richardson Jr. Dodge 42 laps Accident (8/0 pts)
37. #172 John Jackson Toyota 41 laps Vibration (0pts)
38. #79 Tim Andrews Ford 24 laps Ignition (0pts)
39. #175 Carl Long Ford 15 laps Overheating (5/0 pts)
40. #174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 10 laps Wheel Bearing (4/0 pts)
41. #49 David Green Chevrolet 6 laps Vibration (3/0 pts)
42. #104 Kelly Bires Ford 5 laps Overheating (2/0 pts)
43. #44 Jeff Green Chevrolet 4 laps Vibration (1/0 pts)

Qualifying times

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. followed up his first series win last week at Iowa with his second pole of the season this week at Charlotte, the third in his Nationwide Series career.

He held off stiff Sprint Cup-calibre opposition, with Kevin Harvick starting alongside him and Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch starting on the second row just ahead of Carl Edwards.

Kimi Raikkonen qualified in 22nd in the #87 Toyota car.

1. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 28.878s (Leader) 186.994mph
2. #33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 28.901s (-0.023) 186.845mph
3. #16 Matt Kenseth Ford 29.056s (-0.178) 185.848mph
4. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.139s (-0.261) 185.319mph
5. #60 Carl Edwards Ford 29.151s (-0.273) 185.242mph
6. #32 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 29.163s (-0.285) 185.166mph
7. #12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 29.218s (-0.340) 184.818mph
8. #88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet 29.281s (-0.403) 184.420mph
9. #30 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 29.284s (-0.406) 184.401mph
10. #2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 29.404s (-0.526) 183.648mph
11. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 29.426s (-0.548) 183.511mph
12. #11 Brian Scott Toyota 29.432s (-0.554) 183.474mph
13. #22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 29.434s (-0.556) 183.461mph
14. #99 Cole Whitt Toyota 29.435s (-0.557) 183.455mph
15. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 29.455s (-0.577) 183.331mph
16. #66 Steve Wallace Toyota 29.468s (-0.590) 183.250mph
17. #38 Jason Leffler Chevrolet 29.512s (-0.634) 182.976mph
18. #62 Michael Annett Toyota 29.603s (-0.725) 182.414mph
19. #97 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29.737s (-0.859) 181.592mph
20. #7 Josh Wise Chevrolet 29.778s (-0.900) 181.342mph
21. #09 Kenny Wallace Toyota 29.841s (-0.963) 180.959mph
22. #87 Kimi Raikkonen Toyota 29.896s (-1.018) 180.626mph
23. #51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 29.947s (-1.069) 180.319mph
24. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 29.988s (-1.110) 180.072mph
25. #19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 30.023s (-1.145) 179.862mph
26. #79 Tim Andrews Ford 30.331s (-1.453) 178.036mph
27. #81 Blake Koch* Dodge 30.379s (-1.501) 177.754mph
28. #104 Kelly Bires Ford 30.382s (-1.504) 177.737mph
29. #141 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 30.438s (-1.560) 177.410mph
30. #52 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet 30.479s (-1.601) 177.171mph
31. #172 John Jackson Toyota 30.521s (-1.643) 176.927mph
32. #28 Derrike Cope Dodge 30.527s (-1.649) 176.893mph
33. #15 Timmy Hill* Ford 30.563s (-1.685) 176.684mph
34. #14 Eric McClure Chevrolet 30.618s (-1.740) 176.367mph
35. #44 Jeff Green Chevrolet 30.623s (-1.745) 176.338mph
36. #70 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet 30.655s (-1.777) 176.154mph
37. #175 Carl Long Ford 30.699s (-1.821) 175.902mph
38. #174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 30.714s (-1.836) 175.816mph
39. #39 Danny Efland Ford 30.781s (-1.903) 175.433mph
40. #113 Jennifer Jo Cobb* Ford 30.826s (-1.948) 175.177mph
41. #89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 30.839s (-1.961) 175.103mph
42. #23 Robert Richardson Jr.+ Dodge 32.381s (-3.503) 166.764mph
43. #49 David Green Chevrolet (Champion's Provisional)

Did Not Qualify

44. #146 Chase Miller Chevrolet 30.851s (-1.973) 175.035mph
45. #40 Charles Lewandoski* Chevrolet 30.877s (-1.999) 174.887mph



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Kimi Raikkonen waits on the grid before qualifying the #87 Perky Jerky Toyota. Raikkonen mde his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in the Top Gear 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway [Picture credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Kimi Raikkonen was impressive in in the #87 in his NASCAR Nationwide Series début, running on the lead lap until a pit road speeding penalty and debris causing damage to his front splitter. Raikkonen finished 27th, four laps down. [Picture credit: NASCAR]
Matt Kenseth, a mid-week replacement for Trevor Bayne, celebrates his Top Gear 300 victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway. [Picture credit: Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR]
The Roush Fenway Racing trio of Matt Kenseth in the #16, Carl Edwards in the #60 and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the #6 all sported similar paint schemes and finished first, second and fourth respectively in the Top Gear 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. [Picture credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images]
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Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Jimmy John`s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Jimmy John`s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #5 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Jimmy John`s Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 13, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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