NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Coca Cola 600

TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #12 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: Coca-Cola

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 6:16pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Wednesday, May 22
12:00pm - 4:00pm NNS Practice

Thursday, May 23
2:00pm - 3:20pm NNS Practice
3:30pm - 5:00pm NSCS Practice
5:10pm - 6:30pm NNS Final Practice
7:10pm NSCS Qualifying

Friday, May 24
no action at CMS scheduled

Saturday, May 25
10:00am - 10:55am NSCS Practice
11:05am NNS Qualifying
1:00pm - 2:00pm NSCS Final Practice
2:15pm NNS Driver Introductions
2:45pm NNS HISTORY 300 Race

Sunday, May 26
12:30pm NSCS Garage opens
5:20pm NSCS Driver Introductions
6:00pm NSCS Coca-Cola 600 Race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Thursday, May 23, 3:30 - 5:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, May 25, 10:00 - 11:00 am/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, May 25, 1:00 - 2:00pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Thursday, May 23 at 7:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $6,611,706
2012: $6,544,088
2011: $6,412,212
2010: $6,474,775
2009: $6,696,340
2008: $6,648,557
2007: $6,569,628
2006: $6,452,431
2005: $6,279,649
2004: $6,201,379
2003: $5,396,853


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
    Race Length: 400 laps, 600 miles
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 146,000
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1960
    Carry-In Items
    Coolers: Allowed (14"x14"x14" limit).
    Glass containers: Not allowed.
    Alcoholic beverages: Allowed.
    Cameras/recording devices: Allowed

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: USAF Sgt. Aaron Causey
    Command to start engines: Sgt. Aaron Causey, his wife Kat & USO's Alan Reyes
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (SC)
    Honorary Race Director: Tennessee's Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey
    Invocation: Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson
    National Anthem: HLN News Anchor Robin Meade
    Military Flyover: vintage warbirds

  • Track Websites:
    Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Facebook - Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Twitter - CLTMotorSpdwy
    2013 Cabarrus County Destination Guide

  • May 2013: see my Charlotte Race Info page

  • October 2012: see my Charlotte Race Info page

  • In the Charlotte, NC for the races? some cool places to check out that Jayski has been to an enjoyed since moving to the Charlotte area in January 2004:
    Memory Lane Museum on Hwy 150 W in Mooresville, NC,
    North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame Lakeside Park, Mooresville
    And a must is the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, checked it out in July 2010 and it is really cool
    SOME EATs: Lancaster's Bar-B=Que is a large place with a lot of NASCAR stuff all over the walls, also I enjoyed: Jeffrey's. In Huntersville check out Mickey & Mooches for great steaks and the huge chocolate cake
    TEAM SHOPS: and to check out some team shops, see my Team Address page, on that page there are a few links for Race Shop Tours [click here].
    Or drive up I-85 and head to [Richard] Childress Vineyards.
    in Concord, check out the racing stuff at Quaker Steak and Lube for some great wings and food
    and check out the Sam Bass Gallery, right near Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    (this is not an ad and not looking for suggestions, just some things to helps folks in town)
    ALSO: see my Racing Charities page and Driver Appearances page for driver appearances and more thing going on in the area.

  • 2012 May Race Winner: #5-Kasey Kahne, 155.687mph, started 7th

  • 2012 October Race Winner: #15-Clint Bowyer, 154.935mph, started 4th

  • Track Race Record 500 miles: Jeff Gordon, Oct 1999, 160.306mph

  • Track Race Record 600 miles: Kasey Kahne, May 2012, 155.687mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Junior Johnson, 107.752mph, 1960

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jimmie Johnson, May 2003, started 37th

  • Oldest Winner: Cale Yarborough, 46 years, 6 months, 9 days, 10/6/1985

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 9 months, 25 days, 5/29/1994

  • 2012 May Pole Sitter: #43-Aric Almirola, 192.940mph, finished 16th

  • 2012 October Pole Sitter: #16-Greg Biffle, 193.708mph, finished 4th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Greg Biffle, Oct 2012, 193.708mph

  • Coke 600 Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, May 2005, 192.988mph

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 2 months, 6 days, 10/10/1993

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Bobby Allison, 49 years, 10 months, 8 days, 10/11/1987

  • Back to Back winners of the Coca-Cola 600:
    Jimmie Johnson (3 in a row), 2003-2005
    Jeff Gordon, 1997-1998
    Dale Earnhardt, 1992-1993
    Darrell Waltrip, 1988-1989
    Neil Bonnett, 1982-1983
    Darrell Waltrip, 1978-1979
    Buddy Baker, 1972-1973

  • Winners of the Coca-Cola 600 and All-Star Race in same season:
    1985-Darrell Waltrip
    1991-Davey Allison
    1993-Dale Earnhardt
    1997-Jeff Gordon
    2003-Jimmie Johnson
    2008-Kasey Kahne
    2010-Kurt Busch

  • Winners of the Coca-Cola 600, All-Star Race and Fall Race in same season:
    no driver

  • Drivers who led at 500-mile mark, and won the Coca-Cola 600:
    1996-Dale Jarrett
    2004-Jimmie Johnson
    2008-Kasey Kahne
    2010-Kurt Busch
    2012-Kasey Kahne

  • Most laps led in 600-mile race win at Charlotte (modern era)
    " Jimmie Johnson, 2004 -- 334
    " Richard Petty, 1977 -- 311
    " Rusty Wallace, 1990 -- 306
    " Davey Allison, 1991 -- 263
    " Kurt Busch, 2010 -- 252

  • Top 12 Driver Rating at Charlotte:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 111.7
    #18-Kyle Busch............................... 107.7
    #5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 98.0
    #20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 94.4
    #16-Greg Biffle.................................. 94.1
    #11-Denny Hamlin............................. 92.1
    #99-Carl Edwards.............................. 89.0
    #22-Joey Logano.............................. 88.4
    #55-Mark Martin................................. 88.2
    #24-Jeff Gordon................................ 87.3
    #43-Aric Almirola............................... 84.8
    #14-Tony Stewart............................... 83.4
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (16 total) among active drivers at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway Facts and Notes Friday:
    45 different drivers have won at Charlotte Motor Speedway, led by Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison and Jimmie Johnson with six wins each.
    Nine drivers have posted consecutive wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including three consecutive by Fred Lorenzen (fall 1964 and both 1965) and four straight by Jimmie Johnson (both in 2004 and 2005).
    A season sweep at Charlotte has occurred eight times, including each season from 2004-2007.
    Seven times from seven different drivers has the winner of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race gone on to win the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Davey Allison (1991), Dale Earnhardt (1993), Jeff Gordon (1997), Jimmie Johnson (2003), Kasey Kahne (2008) and Kurt Busch (2010).
    Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Charlotte in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 17: Jimmie Johnson (six), Jeff Gordon (five), Darrell Waltrip (two), Ken Schrader (one), Terry Labonte (one), Casey Mears (one) and Kasey Kahne (one). Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Charlotte; led by Chevrolet with 40 victories; followed by Ford with 28.
    14 of the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners at Charlotte Motor Speedway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Jamie McMurray won in his first appearance at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Jeff Gordon won in his second appearance at CMS.
    Terry Labonte competed at Charlotte Motor Speedway 36 times before winning in the fall of 1996; the longest span of any the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners.
    Among the 16 active NSCS Charlotte winners Bobby Labonte (36), Kevin Harvick (20), Kurt Busch (19), Mark Martin (15), Clint Bowyer (13), Ken Schrader (10) and Jeff Burton (10) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
    Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Charlotte without visiting Victory Lane at 33; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 26.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte was the May 29, 2005 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Bobby Labonte with an MOV of 0.027 second.
    There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but only once for the Coca-Cola 600 (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2005 (334/336), fall of 2007 (334/337) and the 2011 Coca-Cola 600 (400/402).
    Six active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have posted their first career win at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (5/29/94), Bobby Labonte (5/28/95), Matt Kenseth (5/28/00), Jamie McMurray (10/13/02), Casey Mears (5/27/07) and David Reutimann (5/25/09).(NASCAR)(5-24-2013)

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway Facts and Notes Thursday: Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Charlotte in 1960 with a speed of 133.904 mph.
    41 drivers have Coors Light poles at Charlotte, led by David Pearson with 14. Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in poles, with nine, followed by Jeff Gordon with eight.
    12 drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Charlotte. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Charlotte with 11; from the fall of 1973 through 1978.
    Jeff Gordon won five straight poles for the spring races at Charlotte between 1994 and 1998.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte twice; the fall race of 2002 and the fall race of 2008.
    14 of the 108 (12.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from the Coors Light pole; the two most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2004 and 2009.
    The second-place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (17) than any other starting position at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    31 of the 108 (28.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from the front row: 14 from the pole and 17 from second-place.
    83 of the 108 (76.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Eight of the 108 (7.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from a starting position outside the top 20. Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Charlotte with a 6.917.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Charlotte was 37th, by Jimmie Johnson in the Coca-Cola 600 of 2003.
    Four active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (10/10/93), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/28/00), Ryan Newman (5/27/01) and Aric Almirola (5/27/12). Almirola's pole last season was the first time since May 22, 1966 that the No. 43 car had won the Coors Light pole at CMS.(NASCAR)(5-23-2013)

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway Facts and Notes Wednesday:
    Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Charlotte with nine. Bobby Labonte leads all active drivers in second-place finishes at Charlotte with six; followed by Matt Kenseth with three.
    NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison are tied for the series' most top-five finishes at Charlotte with 23. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 18, followed by Jeff Gordon with 16.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Charlotte with 31. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 24.
    Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Charlotte with a 10.125.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Charlotte with 1,439 laps led in 23 starts. 826 of Johnson's 1,439 laps led at CMS were in the Coca-Cola 600; the most of any active NSCS driver.
    Five of the 108 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 won by David Reutimann and Michael Waltrip Racing. Four of the five races shortened were the 600-mile events (1968, 1997, 2003 and 2009).
    Seven NASCAR Sprint Cup active drivers have made their first career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Michael Waltrip (5/26/85), Elliott Sadler (5/24/98), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/30/99), Jimmie Johnson (10/7/01), Brian Vickers (10/11/03), David Reutimann (10/15/05) and Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5/29/11).(NASCAR)(5-22-2013)

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway Facts and Notes Tuesday:
    Construction began on Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1959.
    The track's first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 19, 1960  won by Joe Lee Johnson.
    The track was repaved midseason in 1994.
    The track name changed from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Lowe's Motor Speedway in 1999. It changed back to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 2010 season.
    The track was re-paved again before the 2006 season.
    There have been 108 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, two races per year since the track opened in 1960. In 1961, there were two 100-mile qualifying points races held the week before the May race. The first six fall races at Charlotte were 400-mile events (1960-65).
    517 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 364 in more than one.
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Charlotte with 64. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 57 starts; followed by Mark Martin with 56.(NASCAR)(5-21-2013)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Charlotte Motor Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Kevin Harvick wins the Coca Cola 600: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of 2013, 2nd Coca Cola 600 and 21st career win.
    #5-Kahne finished 2nd followed by #78-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #22-Logano, #39-Newman, #14-Stewart, #15-Bowyer, #56-Truex Jr. and #9-Ambrose.
    Points leader #48-Johnson wrecked late in the race and finished 22nd, down 5 laps.
    On lap 126, a cable for Fox's overhead camera broke and fell on to the track, #18-Busch, who was 3rd at the time, caught the cable and it tore up the right front fender. The red flag was issued and cars were parked on pit road while crews cleaning up the cable. #9-Ambrose also had brake line tore off from the rope/cable and stuck in the grill and some damage to the roof. Busch got a phone/camera and took pictures of the damage as the crew was not allowed on pit road to look at the car. Once the cable/rope was removed, the cars took a lap and were brought to pit road for 15 minutes. Each team was allowed to check their cars for any damage the cable/rope may have caused. The team for #18-Busch, replaced a lot of the right fender. #55-Martin ran over the cable/rope and had some front splitter damage, then the rope went over the #9 Ford and wrapped aropund the left rear wheel area and broke a brake line. #42-Montoya had some slight damage and the team made repairs. #11-Hamlin had some damage to a roof flap. The red flag lasted 26 minutes.
    FOX later reported that CMS announced that ten fans in the stands were injured by the cable and seven were treated and released, three were taken to the local hospital for observation.
    #18-Busch led 65 laps and was a strong contender until he lost an engine on lap 257 and finished 38th.
    On lap 326 #43-Almirola and #55-Martin made contact, sending the #55 and #43 into the frontstretch wall, collecting #24-Gordon, #47-Labonte, #13-Mears & #17-Stenhouse Jr., the red flag came out to clean up the track.
    There were 24 lead changes among 12 drivers and 11 cautions for 61 yellow flag laps and three red flags (camera cable & a big wreck).
    The average speed was 130.521mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Charlotte Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Charlotte Penalty Report (pdf).(5-26-2013)

  • Race Fast Facts - Charlotte:
    #29-Kevin Harvick won the 54th Annual COCA-COLA 600, his 21st victory in 442 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 25 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #5-Kasey Kahne (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 19 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2013.
    #78-Kurt Busch (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 26 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (14th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 32 points over #99-Carl Edwards.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-26-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Charlotte, race 12 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 445
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 413, -32
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 394, -51
    4) #15-Clint Bowyer, 385, -60
    5) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 370, -83
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 364, -81
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 362, -83
    8) #27-Paul Menard, 347, -98
    9) #56-Martin Truex Jr., 336, -109
    10) #2-Brad Keselowski, 335, -110
    Wild Cards [11 & 12]
    11) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 332, -113
    12) #43-Aric Almirola, 328, -117
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #16-Greg Biffle, 13th
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 15th
    #14-Tony Stewart, 20th
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 24th [missed 4 races with injury]
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #43-Almirola, 33rd
    Caution 2: #39-Newman, 6th
    Caution 3: #10-Patrick, 29th
    Caution 4: #42-Montoya, 18th
    Caution 5: #42-Montoya(2), 18th
    Caution 6: #48-Johnson, 22nd
    Caution 7: #9-Ambrose, 10th
    Caution 8: #14-Stewart, 7th
    Caution 9: #31-Burton, 12th
    Caution 10: #17-Stenhouse Jr., 14th
    Caution 11: #27-Menard, 13th
    (5-26-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, 2013.
    Television (TV): FOX at 6:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 5:30 pm/et; green flag approx 6:16pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, May 29 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #11-Hamlin chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #78-Busch took pit stall 15, the next pitstall with an opening in front of it.
    #20-Kenseth, who starts 3rd took the 22nd pit stall, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #18-Busch, who starts 8th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-25-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (wiil be added as available)
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Resport
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2013 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEEDS and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Happy Hour practice for the Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #5-Kahne 188.594
    #78-Busch 188.219
    #11-Hamlin 188.055
    #20-Kenseth 188.003
    #16-Biffle 187.891
    slowest: #32-Hill 180.874 & #35-Wise 182.611
    no speed listed: #36-Yeley, #87-Nemechek, #98-McDowell.
    #21-Bayne lost an engine, the team will put in a new one. #31-Burton had a leaking oil cooler, but didn't have to change the engine.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10-lap averages on the Charlotte Happy Hour Speeds page (pdf).(5-25-2013)

  • Saturday 1st practice for the Coca Cola 600 Sprint CUp Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #5-Kahne 191.591
    #78-Busch 191.435
    #18-Busch 190.981
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 190.954
    #48-Johnson 190.355
    slowest: #35-Wise 182.846 & #87-Nemechek 183.755
    notes: #10-Patrick's engine was leaking oil, the team decided to change the motor.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10-lap averages on the Charlotte Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(5-25-2013)

  • Hamlin wins Charlotte pole: #11-Denny Hamlin won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with new track record speed of 195.624mph for his 2nd pole of 2013 and 14th of his career. #78-Busch is on the outside pole, followed by #20-Kenseth, #55-Martin, #15-Bowyer, #5-Kahne, #16-Biffle, #18-Busch, #1-McMurray and #39-Newman. The first nine drivers all were faster then the old track record, set in Oct 2012 by Greg Biffle (193.709). Missing the race was: #19-Bliss [was 40th fastest and 44th in owners points].
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results, pole progression, qualifying order on the Charlotte Lineup / Qualifying Page.(5-23-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Charlotte:
    #11-Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 54th Annual COCA-COLA 600 with a lap of 27.604 seconds, 195.624 mph.
    This is his 14th pole in 267 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and seventh top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in 16 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #78-Kurt Busch (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2013 and his sixth in 26 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #20-Matt Kenseth (third) posted his 10th top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his eighth in 12 races this season.
    #10-Danica Patrick (24th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-23-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 7:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 7:00pm/et
    Radio: PRN, 7:00pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #2-Keselowski.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #15-Bowyer.
    Fastest in Thursday practice, #78-Busch, is scheduled to qualify 33rd.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Charlotte Qualifying Page.(5-23-2013)

  • Thursday practice for the Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and any notes:
    #78-Busch 190.846
    #18-Busch 190.469
    #48-Johnson 189.660
    #5-Kahne 189.660
    #43-Almirola 189.454
    slowest: #35-Wise 181.232 & #83-Reutimann 182.766
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Charlotte Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(5-23-2013)

  • Entry List for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #19-Bliss, #21-Bayne, #95-Speed & #51-Smith. #19-Bliss would had to get in by speed and be in the top 36 in speed as the team is too far down the owners points list to use a provisional.
    If qualifying would be canceled, #21-Bayne would miss the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Charlotte Entry List

  • For the 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Darlington, race 11 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 423
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 379, -43
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 364, -59
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 359, -64
    5) #15-Clint Bowyer, 349, -74
    6) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 326, -97
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski, 326, -97
    8) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 325, -98
    9) #43-Aric Almirola, 317, -106
    10) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 315, -108
    11) #27-Paul Menard, 315, -108
    12) #24-Jeff Gordon, 311, -112
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #16-Greg Biffle, 13th
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 14th
    #14-Tony Stewart, 21st
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 27th [missed 4 races with injury]
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).


Local Newspapers

Charlotte Observer
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Race City USA [Mooresville]
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Greensville Daily Reflector
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High Point Enterprise
Jacksonville Daily News
Kingston Free Press
Lexington Dispatch
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Rocky Mount Telegram
Roanoke Daily Herald
Salisbury Post
Shelby Star
Washington Daily News


Local TV Network Stations

ABC 9 WWOC
CBS 3 WBTV
FOX 18 WCCB
NBC 36 WCNC
News 14 Carolina


Weather Links

Weather Channel - Concord, NC
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Accuweather
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Camping, Eating and
Travel Info

North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Mooresville, NC
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NASCAR Hall of Fame
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Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Visit Cabarrus
Laid Back Racing
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Speed Eats


Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the Charlotte Race Info page - Chassis selection area.

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte is PRS-843, which last raced at Auto Club Speedway and finished 23rd. The backup chassis is PRS-847 which has never been races but has been a backup at several races.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-793 for Sunday's 600-mile event at Charlotte. Kahne drove this car to a second-place finish at Kansas Speedway in April.
    #7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 DeWalt team has prepared chassis No. 847 for the Coca-Cola 600. The team brought this chassis to Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season. Ambrose drove the chassis to a third starting spot but a late race incident relegated the team to a 19th-place finish.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot chassis 10-794 which is a new car that has not been on-track previously. It was tested in the wind tunnel May 1.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: not reported.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-735, which debuted in the 2012 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Stewart qualified 28th and rallied to score a top-10 finish. Chassis No. 14-735 made its second career start in October 2012 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. It was impressive as Stewart used it to overcome a 33rdplace starting spot, a botched pit stop, an incident with Jeff Burton and a lap-166 spin to finish fifth. The car made its third career start in the 2012 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. There, it rallied to a top-20 finish after starting 35th and dealing with handling issues throughout the 267- lap race. Stewart's milestone 500th career Sprint Cup start also came at Homestead in Chassis No. 14-735. This weekend's Coca-Cola 600 will mark the car's fourth career start and first of 2013.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: primary chassis No. 773 finished 18th in the Sprint All-Star Race. Backup chassis No. 724 served backup duty at Las Vegas, Fontana, Texas, Kansas, Darlington and the Sprint All-Star Race, but has yet to see the track this season. Bowyer will make his eighth start in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday. In seven previous attempts Bowyer has one top-10 (seventh in 2010) and three top-15s. He led three laps in 2010. On average he starts 21st and finishes 21st.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 Fastenal Ford team will bring primary chassis RK-849 was brand new when it hit the track in Texas and went on to earn Biffle's one top-five finish so far this season. Backup chassis is RK-803 which last ran Bristol and finished 11th. Biffle has 20 starts in the Cup series at Charlotte, but a win has eluded him. He has finished in the top-five five times and has eight top-10 finishes.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Fastenal Racing team will be using primary chassis RK-827 is the same chassis that the #17 team ran in Texas cutting a left rear tire early in the race resulting in a 40th-place finish. The backup Chassis RK-791 was a chassis that the #99 ran numerous times in 2012.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #21-Trevor Bayne: Crew chief Donnie Wingo also is hoping the weather works out in the team's favor, as he and driver Trevor Bayne are looking forward to getting the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion back into Sprint Cup action. "We're taking the same Ford Fusion we ran at Texas and Las Vegas," Wingo said. "It was our best chassis last year, and we've done a lot of work on it since."
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis for the Coca Cola 600 race at Charlotte is PRS-854 which is a new chassis. Backup Chassis is PRS-844, which has been a backup in a few races, but not raced.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 418 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This #27 Menards / Serta Chevrolet SS raced at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season. Menard has 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His best start of fifth and best finish of eighth both came in 2010. The Wisconsin native has completed 4,044 of 4,246 laps attempted (95.5 percent) at the 1.5-mile track.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 425 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Coca-Cola 600. This #29 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet SS is new to the #29 team lineup and will make its first competitive laps this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This Sunday's race marks Harvick's 24th points-paying Sprint Cup Series start at the Concord, N.C.-based facility. In addition to his 2011 Coca-Cola 600 victory, the California native has collected two top-five and seven top-10 finishes, completed 97.3 percent of the laps contested and led six laps.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 372 this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600. This #31 Cheerios Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 2013 Coca-Cola 600 marks Burton's 39th start at the 1.5-mile facility and his 667th-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Burton notched his last Sprint Cup Series victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October 2008. Throughout the years, he has amassed three wins, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes at the track, leading 435 laps.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-J.J. Yeley chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-748 will pilot Chassis No. 39-748 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in this weekend's Coca-Cola 600. This chassis debuted at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth last November, when Newman was able to overcome his starting position of 36th and a loose right-front wheel that dropped him from the top-10 to 25th with just 110 laps remaining to record a 12th-place finish. Since then, Chassis No. 39-748 was outfitted with a new front clip and a Chevrolet SS body, and saw its first laps of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Auto Club Speedway. There, Newman overcame a late-race pit road speeding penalty to finish 10th. Most recently, Newman raced this Chevrolet SS to another 10th-place finish at Texas last month.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Air Force has prepared chassis No. 848 for the Coca-Cola 600. Almirola drove the chassis at Kansas Speedway in April where he started eighth and finished sixth.
    #47-Bobby Labonte chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 799, a new chassis, for the 600 Miler at Charlotte. Chassis No. 720 serves as the backup.
    #55-Mark Martin: is running Chassis 765 which finished 14th at Texas with Martin behind wheel. Backup-720 has not raced.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.:crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-726. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis in April at Texas Motor Speedway, where he was the second-fastest Chevrolet SS to qualify. He started the event sixth.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal team will be bringing chassis RK  821 which ran last weekend at the All- Star race, where Edwards started from the pole. Backup chassis is RK  826 which was last used as a backup at Texas. Edwards enters the Coca-Cola 600 second in the series points' standings and will return to Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 17th Sprint Cup career start. In his previous starts, Edwards has five top-five and ten top-10 finishes. His average start is 18.2 and average finish is 12.0.(from team PR's/sites if reported)(5-22-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear "Support Our Troops" Speedway Radials:

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,325, Right-side -- 1,425;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 675, Right-side -- 675

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 13 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 3 sets for Wednesday test day and 6 sets for Thursday practice/qualifying/race


    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4428; Right-side -- D-4552

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,223 mm); Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 mm)

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Charlotte this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in both of these series ran at Charlotte last season, and that Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck teams ran last week . . . this left-side tire code (D-4428) was run by these teams at Charlotte beginning in 2011 . . . this right-side tire code (D-4552) was also run by Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams at Darlington earlier this month . . . normally, Goodyear's tires for Cup and Nationwide teams are branded "Goodyear Eagle," though throughout both of Charlotte's race weeks, all tires will be decaled with "Support Our Troops" as part of the Goodyear Gives Back program . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


Race / Cup Odds

Vegas Insider
Race and Champisonship odds
Charlotte Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2013 Sprint Cup Championship
Race Odds

(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)

Next Race: Sylvania 300

Countdown to Race Time: 9/21/2014 ~2:15pm/et

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH

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Qualifying:
Friday, September 19, 2014, 4:40pm/et
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Happy Hour Practice:
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:30am/et
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