It's getting awfully tight at the top in the Nationwide Series. After 11 races in the season, three drivers are separated by just two total points in the standings as the circuit heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Chase Elliott is still the only driver to win multiple races this season, but experienced driver Elliott Sadler and teammate Regan Smith are just behind him. The Rookie of the Year candidate has a shot at a points championship but will need to continue his great racing in Charlotte.
Fellow rookie Ty Dillon moved up in the points standings this week after another top-10 finish but once again had to look up at Elliott and the other top drivers in the top five.
With the History 300 set to start on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. ET on ABC, here's a look at the full information, standings and preview ahead of the Charlotte race.
History 300 Information
Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, North Carolina
When: Saturday, May 24, 2:45 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
One thing is guaranteed this weekend: There will not be a repeat winner after Iowa. Sam Hornish Jr., who won the Get to Know Newton 250, doesn't have a full-time ride and won't be participating in the Charlotte race.
While Hornish certainly wants a full sponsorship for the year, he's at ease with his current standing, per the Associated Press, via FoxNews.com: "It felt pretty darn good, I'll tell you that much. I saw Kyle win so much last year in the car, and he's a great talent. I felt like, if I could put myself in the same equipment and go out there and win, I deserve it and I belong doing this. If I can't win, I need to figure something else out."
As for the drivers who will be in the running, Elliott might once again be a contender. While he has never raced in Charlotte in the Nationwide Series, the rookie took a top-five finish away from Charlotte last year in the Camping World Truck Series.
The race also comes just days after his father, Bill Elliott, was named to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, per Alan Cavanna of NASCAR.com:
As for Elliott's teammate, Smith also comes in with a good record at the track. Smith has multiple top-15 results and even finished eighth in the Sprint Cup series.
In his two races last year in Charlotte on the Nationwide Series, Smith pulled off a top-10 finish and even led 28 laps in the final running of the year. Smith will also have a fresh new car for the race, as he noted on his personal Twitter account:
As both Dillon and Elliott continue to battle it out for Rookie of the Year, either could make a huge statement in front of a national audience.
With other veterans such as Sadler and Trevor Bayne also contending for a huge win in Charlotte, this is anyone's race to win. On a monumental weekend for NASCAR, the History 300 will serve as a great lead-up to the main event on Sunday night.
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