Kurt Busch eyes Charlotte sweep

Kurt Busch will attempt to become the first driver in track

history to sweep the All-Star race, Coca-Cola 600 and fall Sprint

Cup race in one season at Charlotte Motor Speedway tonight. Six

drivers have won the All-Star race and Coca-Cola in the same season

but were unable to win the fall race. Davey Allison (1991) and

Kasey Kahne (2008) both finished second in the fall race, the

closest any driver has come to sweeping all three races.

Others who won the all-star race and Coca-Cola 600 but not the

fall race were Darrell Waltrip (1985), Dale Earnhardt (1993), Jeff

Gordon (1997) and Jimmie Johnson (2003). In each of the six cases,

the driver finished no worse than fifth in the fall Charlotte race.

“It’s a chance to do something special and hopefully we can

deliver,” Busch said. “To bring home a win at Charlotte … would

boost us up in the points and get us back on track to where we need

to be.” Bristol bound Jr. Motorsports announced that Danica

Patrick will compete in the first four Nationwide races next season

before taking a break to focus on her Indy Car schedule. She could

run as many as 14 Nationwide races next season, depending on the

Indy Car schedule, which has not been finalized. Patrick will open

the season by running at Daytona, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Bristol.

Next year will mark her first visit to Bristol Motor Speedway. The

key question is how to prepare Patrick for that unique track. “When

NASCAR cut out the testing policy,

we all sat down in rooms and said, what track is [like] what?”

said crew chief Tony Eury Jr.. “You can’t go to a Rockingham and

really simulate how quick things happen. I can show her a ton of

video. I can put her on a racing simulator and do things like that.

Pretty much you’ve got to show up to Bristol. That’s the only thing

I can do. We’ll just prepare the best we can and let her get used

to the track.” New fuel

NASCAR Chairman Brian France is

scheduled to meet the media today. He’s expected to announce that

the Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series will begin using

ethanol fuel next season. Pit stops Carl Edwards was the fastest in

the final practice session based on one lap. Kyle Busch had the

fastest average over 10 consecutive laps in the final practice

session. Friday’s race Keselowski races to 5th Nationwide win

CONCORD, N.C. — Brad Keselowski is piling up the wins in the

Nationwide Series. Keselowski pulled away on a late restart at

Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night, earning his fifth

Nationwide victory of the season. Keselowski extended his advantage

in the season standings to 450 points. Martin Truex Jr. finished

second, followed by Justin Allgaier, Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer,

who started on the pole but had a costly pit-road speeding penalty

late. Associated Press contributed to this report