NATIONWIDE SERIES COMPETES AT CHARLOTTE: Following an all-star performance for Joe Gibbs Racing at Darlington Raceway, the team will now enjoy a “home game” as the circuit competes at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Heading into this weekend’s Nationwide Series History 300, Brian Vickers ranks fifth in the Nationwide Series Championship point standings.
NORTH CAROLINA NATIVES: Vickers, the 2003 Nationwide Series Champion, will be racing in his home state of North Carolina this weekend. The 29-year-old grew up in Thomasville, N.C. and now resides in Miami, Fla. Several members of the No. 20 Dollar General team were also born and raised in the state of North Carolina.
Heath Cherry, rear-tire carrier on the No. 20 team grew up in Belmont, N.C. Before his career in motorsports began, he was a three-year starter at linebacker for Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C. In addition to his pit crew duties, Cherry is the Director of Sponsorship Development at JGR.
Brandon Pegram is a native of Statesville, N.C. Pegram is the front tire carrier on the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota. In his time away from the racetrack, he enjoys playing golf and mountain biking.
Mike Hicks, rear tire changer on the No. 20 Dollar General team hails from nearby China Grove, N.C. In addition to pitting Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Nationwide Series entry, Hicks, Cherry and Pegram are also pit crew members on the No. 11 Sprint Cup Series team. All three were a part of the winning Sprint Pit Crew Challenge team in 2010 and 2011.
Car chief Colan Ingle is a native of Burlington, N.C. Ingle grew up racing at Ace Speedway in Elon, N.C. before his career in racing took flight. He has been a car chief for 12 years and is in his third year as car chief on the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota.
Sam McAulay is in his first year as the shock specialist for the No. 20 Nationwide Series team. The 22-year-old grew up just a few miles from the Joe Gibbs Racing shop in Huntersville, N.C. McAulay has spent the first several races of the 2013 season balancing his final semester in college with his new full-time job on the No. 20 team. McAulay recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in mechanical engineering on May 11.
PAYCHECKS FOR PATRIOTS: On Memorial Day weekend, Dollar General will recognize the “Paychecks for Patriots” program with a special decal on the c-post of the No. 20 Dollar General Camry. “Paychecks for Patriots” is an innovative partnership between state government and private sector employers to address veteran unemployment challenges. The program was created by Dollar General partnering with the Tennessee Departments of Labor, Military and Veterans Affairs to create a pathway toward economic opportunity for veterans and their families both online and through hiring fairs. The program has attracted participation from more than 90 employers and 2,400 candidates. The initiative was successfully implemented in Florida earlier this month and more Paychecks for Patriots initiatives are being planned for later this year.
JOE GIBBS RACING AT CHARLOTTE: Joe Gibbs Racing’s Nationwide Series operation has 57 starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The four-car team has tallied five wins, 21 top-five finishes, 31 top-10 finishes and led 817 laps on the Concord, N.C-track.
THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Hefty, Amerigas, Republic Plastics, Scrubbing Bubbles, Snuggle, Downy, Pepsi Max, Clorox, Energizer, Angel Soft, Bugles and Beneful will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
RACE INFO: The Nationwide Series History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 25. Watch and listen live on ABC, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Brian Vickers: “It was nice to have a week off, but we are excited to get to Charlotte Motor Speedway this week and continue to build on our momentum from Darlington. I definitely think we will be competitive for this weekend’s race. I feel like we are getting close to a win. The last two weeks we were probably one of the better cars on the race track. We just need to figure out how to start there and make no mistakes during the race.”