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Lap-by-Lap: Charlotte

October 12, 2012, ,

Lap 200 -- CHECKERED FLAG: Joey Logano eases across the finish line with his eighth Nationwide Series victory of the season. His best previous finish here was a third in May 2010.

Lap 198 -- Joey Logano's lead over Kevin Harvick stands at 2.4 seconds. He can just about coast from here.

Lap 196 -- That's one question answered. Brad Keselowski didn't get enough gas on his last stop, forcing him back in this time around.

Lap 194 -- Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Elliott Sadler and Denny Hamlin are the leaders after the cycle of green-flag stops.

Lap 193 -- Brian Scott drops out of the lead for a splash of gas. Joey Logano gets around Brad Keselowski.

Lap 192 -- Kyle Busch was the leader, but he's now dropping onto pit road. Denny Hamlin moves to the top of the leaderboard.

Lap 190 -- Ten laps to go. Brad Keselowski hits pit road. As he leaves, his crew chief yells, "Wait, wait, wait!" Did he get enough of a splash?

Lap 188 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Elliott Sadler and Kevin Harvick are making their stops.

Lap 186 -- Joey Logano gives up the lead to pit for two tires and gas.

Lap 185 -- Fifteen laps to go. Brad Keselowski is closing on Joey Logano for the lead.

Lap 183 -- Reed Sorenson, who'd been running 11th, is on pit road.

Lap 181 -- Austin Dillon is pitting.

Lap 177 -- Denny Hamlin pits for fuel and right-side tires.

Lap 175 -- Joey Logano's lead is now up to 1.5 seconds. He doesn't appear to be saving anything!

Lap 173 -- Teams are trying to figure out when to hit pit road for fuel.

Lap 168 -- Joey Logano is about five laps short on fuel.

Lap 166 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is currently shown back in eighth place, 9.3 seconds off the leader's pace.

Lap 164 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr., frustrated with his car, tells his spotter that he doesn't care about lap times.

Lap 162 -- Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski have both moved past Kevin Harvick for first and second.

Lap 160 -- Joey Logano gets under Kevin Harvick for the lead, but Harvick pulls a great crossover move coming off Turn 4 to reclaim the top spot.

Lap 159 -- Joey Logano is going to the high side of Turns 3 and 4 to get a run on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 156 -- Brad Keselowski certainly doesn't appear to be saving gas. He's caught Joey Logano for second place.

Lap 154 -- Kevin Harvick slides under Joey Logano for the point coming off Turn 4.

Lap 153 -- Kevin Harvick is hustling after Joey Logano for the race lead.

Lap 152 -- NASCAR is checking the backstretch for debris.

Lap 150 -- Fifty laps to go. Brad Keselowski leads Kevin Harvick by about 7/10ths of a second.

Lap 148 -- Brad Keselowski takes third place from Elliott Sadler. He's been told that he's about 10 laps short of making it the rest of the way on fuel.

Lap 147 -- Kevin Harvick is going after Elliott Sadler for second place again. He clears for the position between Turns 3 and 4.

Lap 143 -- Robert Richardson Jr.'s car features Bryson's Fuel, a fundraising effort for five-year-old Bryson J. Smith from Mooresville, N.C., who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in June 2011.

Lap 140 -- Kevin Harvick's move to take second from Elliott Sadler didn't quite work out.

Lap 139 -- Kevin Harvick is under Elliott Sadler for second place.

Lap 137 -- GREEN FLAG: Joey Logano, Elliott Sadler, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick are the leaders. Logano is clear for the lead coming off Turn 4.

Lap 133 -- The leaders are on pit road. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. drops seven positions, while Elliott Sadler is first out.

Lap 131 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 5: There's debris low in Turn 2.

Lap 128 -- The grille of his car may be covered in junk, but Brad Keselowski's lead is now up to two seconds.

Lap 125 -- There's debris covering part of the grille opening on leader Brad Keselowski's car. His water temperature has risen to 270 degrees.

Lap 123 -- Austin Dillon is back up to eighth place following his pit-stop penalty.

Lap 119 -- Ned Jarrett's call of the final lap of son Dale's 1993 Daytona 500 victory over Dale Earnhardt remains the greatest in NASCAR broadcasting history. Just sayin' ...

Lap 116 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is at last able to wrestle second place away from Joey Logano.

Lap 114 -- Danica Patrick and her really cool-looking race car are having a decent night back in 10th place. Old-schoolers, however, might consider the green numbers a bad-luck omen!

Lap 112 -- The top five are Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Elliott Sadler and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 110 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is reeling Joey Logano in for second place.

Lap 109 -- Sam Hornish Jr. brings his car out of the garage.

Lap 107 -- Ned Jarrett has joined his son, Dale, in the ESPN broadcast booth. "Gentleman Ned" is one of the classiest people this sport has ever known.

Lap 105 -- Leader Brad Keselowski has lightly brushed the wall coming off Turn 2, but it doesn't appear to have hurt the car much, if any.

Lap 101 -- Brad Keselowski clears Joey Logano for the top spot.

Lap 100 -- Brad Keselowski gets under Joey Logano for the lead off Turn 4. The race has reached the halfway point.

Lap 98 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler have also gotten by Denny Hamlin.

Lap 96 -- GREEN FLAG: Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Elliott Sadler are the leaders. Hamlin gets a huge jump and clears for the lead just past the stripe ... but Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski fly past him between Turns 3 and 4.

Lap 92 -- Austin Dillon is pitting for fuel only.

Lap 90 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: Brad Sweet spins off Turn 4.

Lap 89 -- Brad Keselowski goes three wide under Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano for third place on the backstretch.

Lap 88 -- GREEN FLAG: The leaders are Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Logano and Hamlin remain side by side the entire lap.

Lap 84 -- The leaders are on pit road. Austin Dillon will be penalized for not having a tire back around the car in time.

Lap 83 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: Mile Bliss crashes to the inside of Turn 3.

Lap 82 -- Things aren't looking good for Elliott Sadler. Austin Dillon gets around him for seventh.

Lap 77 -- Elliott Sadler has not been able to make up any ground.

Lap 72 -- Brad Keselowski gets around Kevin Harvick for the lead.

Lap 70 -- Brad Sweet has reported debris on the backstretch. NASCAR is taking a look.

Lap 68 -- Brad Keselowski trails leader Kevin Harvick by two or three car lengths.

Lap 65 -- A very 18-second slow pit stop has dropped Elliott Sadler all the way to seventh place.

Lap 63 -- Dang it! Joe Nemechek has pitted, so the lead goes to Kevin Harvick. The rest of the top five are Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 60 -- Joe Nemechek is the leader. Let's just end the race now and call it official! Score one for the little guys!

Lap 59 -- Joey Logano and Michael Annett are in their pit stalls.

Lap 57 -- Joey Logano is the leader. He's not yet made his stop.

Lap 56 -- Brad Keselowski drops out of the lead to get his car serviced. Brian Scott is also in.

Lap 55 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Elliott Sadler, Kevin Harvick and several others are on pit road.

Lap 54 -- Danica Patrick is pitting.

Lap 53 -- Elliott Sadler retakes third, then goes after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for second.

Lap 51 -- Kevin Harvick finally takes the lead from Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and at the same time, Brad Keselowski throws his car underneath Elliott Sadler for third.

Lap 50 -- Brad Keselowski, in fourth place, has now joined the front three in the race for the lead.

Lap 48 -- Racing for the lead between Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kevin Harvick has allowed third-place Elliott Sadler to close in on the battle.

Lap 46 -- Kevin Harvick goes after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. again, but has to back off ... again.

Lap 45 -- Kevin Harvick hustles under Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for the race lead on the frontstretch, but Stenhouse fends off the move.

Lap 44 -- While Ricky Stenhouse Jr. tries to work through lapped traffic, Kevin Harvick has closed in for the top spot.

Lap 38 -- Kevin Harvick barges past Elliott Sadler for second place between Turns 3 and 4.

Lap 37 -- Elliott Sadler can't make the move on Ricky Stenhouse Jr. stick, and worse yet, it allows Kevin Harvick to close on him for second place.

Lap 36 -- Elliott Sadler gets a fender under Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for the lead in Turn 4.

Lap 34 -- Gotta say ... Danica Patrick's hot pink Chevrolet is probably the best-looking car in the field here at Charlotte.

Lap 33 -- The top five include Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Elliott Sadler, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.

Lap 30 -- Sam Hornish Jr. doesn't blame Justin Allgaier for their accident. Instead, he says his spotter said that he was clear ... when he wasn't.

Lap 29 -- John Wes Townley is having a decent night back in 13th place.

Lap 27 -- Joey Logano has made his way around Kyle Busch for fifth place.

Lap 24 -- Fourth-place Brad Keselowski is about 20 car lengths or so behind third-place Kevin Harvick.

Lap 22 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Elliott Sadler and Kevin Harvick have opened up a few car lengths on fourth-place Brad Keselowski.

Lap 20 -- Now it's Joey Logano who is trying to find a way past Kyle Busch, this time for fifth place.

Lap 19 -- Brad Keselowski gets by Kyle Busch for fourth place.

Lap 17 -- Elliott Sadler is right on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s bumper, looking for the lead.

Lap 16 -- GREEN FLAG: Elliott Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano are the top five on the restart. Stenhouse grabs the lead in Turns 1 and 2.

Lap 15 -- Justin Allgaier brings his car to pit road. He, too, goes to the garage to repair damage from the accident.

Lap 14 -- Sam Hornish Jr. has taken his car to the garage. Justin Allgaier remains on the race track.

Lap 12 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: Sam Hornish Jr. and Justin Allgaier make contact coming off Turn 4 and both slip into the outside retaining wall.

Lap 11 -- GREEN FLAG: Elliott Sadler, Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Denny Hamlin are the leaders on the restart. Sadler clears Logano for the lead going into Turn 3.

Lap 7 -- Cleanup is ongoing.

Lap 4 -- Angela Cope's damaged car has deposited oil and water all around the track, so the cleanup is going to be an extensive one.

Lap 2 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: The hood on Angela Cope's car is buckled. Her car sustained the damage well before getting to the starter's stand for the green flag.

Lap 1 -- GREEN FLAG: The race gets under way at 7:49 p.m. ET. Elliott Sadler clears for the lead going into Turn 1. There's a car smoking heavily on the frontstretch.

7:45 p.m. ET -- Pit road speed here at Charlotte will be 45 mph.

7:43 p.m. ET -- The caution car begins to roll off pit road with the field in tow.

7:42 p.m. ET -- Race director David Hoots usually asks if drivers are ready to participate before an event. Tonight, it's "Are the drivers ready to race?" Yes!

7:40 p.m. ET -- Mike Calbert, representing the board of directors of race sponsor Dollar General, gives the command to fire engines.

7:33 p.m. ET -- American Idol Season 11 Finalist Shannon Magrane sings the national anthem.

7:31 p.m. ET -- The United States Public Service Honor Cadre presents the colors. Immediately afterward, the invocation is given by Rev. Joe Andresen.

7:12 p.m. ET -- There's no kind of racing quite like racing under the lights.

7:07 p.m. ET -- Pole-sitter Elliott Sadler has his momma -- Bell Sadler, a breast cancer survivor -- alongside him as he does his interview with ESPN. That's awesome.

7 p.m. ET -- ESPN's pre-race coverage has started. Let's do this ...

6:55 p.m. ET -- Elliott Sadler is on the pole for the Dollar General 300 with a lap of 184.238 mph. Austin Dillon, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kevin Harvick are second through fifth, while Kyle Busch, Brian Scott, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr. round out the top 10.

1:30 p.m. ET -- Qualifying for Friday night's Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is set to begin at 4:05 p.m. ET.