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Lap-by-Lap: Charlotte

October 14, 2011, ,

Lap 200 -- CHECKERED FLAG: Kyle Busch gets a run in Turn 2, but can't get under Carl Edwards for the lead. The win goes to Edwards, while Elliott Sadler scores the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus.

Lap 198 -- Kyle Busch trails Carl Edwards by a couple of car lengths. Sizing him up, maybe?

Lap 195 -- Carl Edwards clears for the lead, but there's a huge stackup on the backstretch behind him.

Lap 195 -- GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne, Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are the top five. Just a thought ... there's a little bit of history beween Busch and Edwards, but that's all in the past, right?

Lap 192 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 7: Joey Logano, running side by side with Trevor Bayne, gets out of shape in Turn 4 and tags the wall.

Lap 190 -- Joey Logano is second, while Carl Edwards has moved up to third.

Lap 188 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. gets another poor stop and bottles up the inside lane. That allows Kyle Busch to get free and clear for the lead.

Lap 188 -- GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Elliott Sadler, Joey Logano and Trevor Bayne lead the field to the restart.

Lap 185 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 6: There's debris from Kasey Kahne' car on the track.

Lap 180 -- Kasey Kahne loses control in Turn 4 and gets into the wall. He gets going again without bringin out the yellow flag.

Lap 179 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. squeezes past Elliott Sadler for second place on the frontstretch.

Lap 177 -- Kyle Busch roars past Elliott Sadler to go to the top of the leaderboard.

Lap 176 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. gets up to speed this time, but still loses the lead to Elliott Sadler, with Kyle Busch taking over second.

Lap 176 -- GREEN FLAG: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Elliott Sadler, Brian Vickers,Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards are the top five. Joey Logano, Brian Scott, Trevor Bayne, Aric Almirola are sixth through tenth. Brad Keselowski is 13th.

Lap 172 -- The leaders are on pit road. Brad Keselowski hits it running in 13th place, the last car on the lead lap. A few cars, including Ricky Stenhouse Jr., take two tires to gain track position.

Lap 170 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 5: Brad Keselowski slows on the race track and spins. The problem appears to be a tire going down. He had led 121 laps.

Lap 165 -- Ten laps later, there's still a margin of sixth tenths of a second between Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch.

Lap 155 -- The gap between first and second remains almost exactly the same.

Lap 146 -- Brad Keselowski is leading Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by nearly seven tenths of a second. Third-place Kyle Busch is 1.9 seconds behind the leader.

Lap 141 -- Pole-sitter Paul Menard is on pit road with what could be a loose wheel.

Lap 135 -- Joey Logano dives three wide under Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski on the backstretch, but still can't grab the lead. Keselowski retakes the lead, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. moving up to second in the heated scramble.

Lap 135 -- GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. charge toward the stripe in first through fifth. Keselowski's crew chief, Todd Gordon, is telling him to conserve fuel, because they look right now to be a few laps short.

Lap 129 -- Brad Keselowski drops to the apron between Turns 3 and 4 to keep fuel in the pickups as he leads the field to pit road.

Lap 127 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: Ryan Truex has pasted the wall in Turn 2. When the accident happened, Paul Menard was on pit road.

Lap 123 -- Kasey Kahne is on pit road. Sam Hornish Jr. has already stopped.

Lap 120 -- If there's no caution before then, tonight's first round of pit stops under green are coming up soon.

Lap 108 -- The margin between first and second has been wavering a couple of tenths a second the last few laps. Right now, Brad Keselowski holds about a 1.6-second lead over Kyle Busch.

Lap 100 -- The race has reached the halfway point. The top five are Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, Joey Logano and Trevor Bayne.

Lap 95 -- Move Kyle Busch into second place. He's currently 1.7 seconds behind leader Brad Keselowski.

Lap 92 --Don't look now, but Kyle Busch is working on Paul Menard for second.

Lap 86 -- Brad Keselowski's cushion over second-place Paul Menard is about seven tenths of a second.

Lap 81 -- Steve Wallace becomes yet another driver tonight who meets up with the outside retaining wall in Turn 4. He, too, keeps going.

Lap 75 -- Paul Menard is giving Brad Keselowski fits for the lead, but Brad Keselowski manages to scoot away in Turn 4.

Lap 74 -- GREEN FLAG: Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Steve Wallace lead the field to the restart.

Lap 70 -- The leaders are making their way to pit road for their second stops of the night. Steve Wallace takes two tires and jumps 14 spots in the running order.

Lap 68 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: There's debris on the backstretch.

Lap 66 -- Brad Keselowski's lead is up to 3.3 seconds over Paul Menard.

Lap 59 -- Paul Menard slips past Elliott Sadler for second place.

Lap 51 -- Brad Keselowski has about a 1.3-second lead over Elliott Sadler. Just behind them, Paul Menard grabs third place from Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Lap 45 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. gets another poor start and is swallowed up on the restart., Brad Keselowski manages to come out with the lead, with Elliott Sadler scrambling into second place.

Lap 45 -- GREEN FLAG: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard, Elliott Sadler and Kyle Busch are the leaders on the restart. Justin Allgaier, Joey Logano, Trevor Bayne, Josh Wise and Brian Scott make up the rest of the top 10.

Lap 41 -- Carl Edwards, running eighth, is the first to hit pit road under the caution. His car shows a long battle scar on the right side after his earlier stop. Kasey Kahne's crew goes under the hood.

Lap 39 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: Reed Sorenson's car has some sort of mechanical issue, and it stalls between Turns 3 and 4.

Lap 37 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has opened up a lead of more than a second over runnerup Brad Keselowski, who has taken over the runnerup slot.

Lap 32 -- Carl Edwards, running eighth, slaps the wall in Turn 4. He maintains control and keeps going.

Lap 30 -- Elliott Sadler pushes Ricky Stenhouse Jr. clear of traffic and into the lead entering Turn 1.

Lap 30 -- GREEN FLAG: After the cycle of stops under caution, the leaders are Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Kyle Busch and Paul Menard. Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Josh Wise and Brian Scott are sixth through tenth, respectively.

Lap 27 -- The leaders are on pit road. There's a small fire left behind in Brad Keselowski's pit stall, and it's quickly extinguished. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler take two tires only.

Lap 25 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: The caution is out for Joe Nemechek's blown engine.

Lap 23 -- Points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has settled into fifth place. He's 3.8 seconds behind leader Paul Menard.

Lap 17 -- The gap between first and second has widened to about half a second. Meanwhile, Elliott Sadler has scraped the wall in Turn 4 very lightly. He's currently running 11th.

Lap 9 -- Brad Keselowski wiggles a little bit in Turn 4, and loses a car length or two while chasing Paul Menard.

Lap 6 -- Brad Keselowski is working on Paul Menard for the lead.

Lap 4 -- Kenny Wallace ties Jason Keller for most starts in the history of the division now known as the Nationwide Series.

Lap 1 -- Paul Menard shoots into the lead at the green and is clear by the time the field gets to Turn 1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. gets a terrible start and falls all the way to fifth.

Lap 1 -- GREEN FLAG: The race gets going at 7:48 p.m. Who's going to victory lane tonight? Kyle Busch ... Carl Edwards ... Ricky Stenhouse Jr.? Cup guy or Nationwide? Stay tuned ...

7:42 p.m. ET -- The field is beginning to roll pit road ... led by a minivan!

7:38 p.m. ET -- Dollar General vice presidents Gayle Aertker, Anita Elliott and Karen Sensenbaugh give the command to fire engines.

7:32 p.m. ET -- Candy Coburn is singing the National Anthem.

7:30 p.m. ET -- The United States Public Health Service Honor Cadre presents the colors. The invocation is being given by Steve Keith, commandant of the Air Force Chaplain Corps College.

6:28 p.m. ET -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Elliott Sadler, Ryan Truex and Kenny Wallace are eligible for a $100,000 bonus in tonight's race as part of the Dash 4 Cash program. The highest-finishing driver amongst these four will score extra dough.

Stenhouse is slated to start second, Sadler 12th, Truex 16th and Wallace 20th. Stenhouse collected the bonus the last time it was offered, at Richmond last month.

5:38 p.m. ET -- Paul Menard is on the pole for tonight's Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Carl Edwards are second through fifth, while Kyle Busch, Sam Hornish Jr., Brian Scott, Brian Vickers and Justin Allgaier round out the top 10.

Carl Long, Matthew Carter, Casey Roderick, Dennis Setzer, Mark Green and Chase Miller failed to qualify for the event.