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 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, May 25, 2014 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

See 2014 Sprint All Star Race page for Sprint Showdown and All Star Race Schedule

Thursday, May 22
8:00 AM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
9:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
1:30 PM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
2:30 - 3:50 PM NSCS PRACTICE
7:10 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
9:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, May 23
NO ON TRACK ACTIVITIES ON FRIDAY

Saturday, May 24
8:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:30 - 10:20 AM NSCS PRACTICE
1:00 - 2:00 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Sunday, May 25
12:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
3:55 PM Concert
4:00 PM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
5:20 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
6:00 PM NSCS RACE 600

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All times above are listed in LOCAL Time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Thursday, May 22, 2:30 - 3:50 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, May 24, 9:30 - 10:20am/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, May 24, 1:00 - 2:00pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Thursday, May 22 at 7:10 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled 5/23 at 4:30am/et on FS1 AND 5/24 at 11:00pm/et on FS2.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $6,659,323
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
    Track Length: 1.5 miles or 7,920 feet
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1980 feet; Backstretch - 1500 feet
    Turns 1 & 2: 2,400 feet
    Turns 3 & 4: 2,040 feet
    Radius Turns 1 & 2: 685 feet
    Radius Turns 3 & 4: 625 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 134,000 (down from 146,000)
    Suites: 113
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1960
    Last Repave: March 2006

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Master Sergeant Cedric King, US Army
    Command to start engines: Master Sergeant Cedric King, US Army & Astronaut Steven Swanson
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito
    Honorary Race Director: NC Senate Leader Phil Berger
    Invocation: Pastor Alan Buckner, Gilwood Presbyterian Church, Concord, NC
    National Anthem: 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus
    Flyover: AH-64 Apache, UH-60 Black Hawk, CH-47 Chinook and OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopters, Task Force Corsair, 82nd Airborne Division's Combat Aviation Brigade, Ft. Bragg, NC.

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

  • May 2013: see the Kansas Race Info page

  • October 2013: see the Kansas Race Info page

  • 2013 May Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 130.521mph, started 15th

  • 2013 October Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 158.308mph, started 23rd

  • 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

  • 2013 May Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 195.624mph, finished 4th

  • 2013 October Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 194.308mph, finished 7th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, May 2013, 195.624mph

  • Coke 600 Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, May 2013, 195.624mph

  • 500 mile Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, Oct 2013, 194.308mph

  • 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

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Charlotte:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 111.1 (6 wins)
    #18-Kyle Busch 107.5
    #5-Kasey Kahne 102.6 (4)
    #20-Matt Kenseth 96.0 (2)
    #11-Denny Hamlin 93.4
    #16-Greg Biffle 91.4
    #99-Carl Edwards 89.8
    #24-Jeff Gordon 88.8 (5)
    #22-Joey Logano 87.3
    #41-Kurt Busch 84.7 (1)
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (18 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)(4-1-2014)

  • Charlotte Notes & Facts - Wednesday - history:
    Construction began on Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) 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 mid-season 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 110 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).
    (NASCAR)(5-21-2014)

  • Charlotte Notes & Facts - Thursday - poles:
    Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway (World 600) 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 and Jeff Gordon lead all active drivers in poles at CMS with nine.
    David Pearson and Ryan Newman are tied for the series most Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Coors Light poles with six each; followed by Jeff Gordon with five.
    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 Coca-Cola 600 poles at Charlotte between 1994 and 1998.
    14 of the 110 (12.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the Coors Light pole; the two most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2004 (Coca-Cola 600) and 2009 (fall event).
    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 110 (28.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the front row: 14 from the pole and 17 from second-place.
    83 of the 110 (75.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Nine of the 110 (8.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway twice; the fall race of 2002 and the fall race of 2008.
    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).(NASCAR)(5-22-2014)

  • Kansas Notes & Facts - Friday - drivers:
    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. Bill Elliott has made the most Coca-Cola 600 starts with 31; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in 600 starts with 21.
    Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Charlotte with nine. Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers with three.
    NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison are tied for the series most top-five finishes at Charlotte with 23. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 16.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Charlotte with 31. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 22.
    Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Charlotte with a 7.038.
    Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Charlotte with a 10.400.
    Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte without visiting Victory Lane at 35; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 28.
    Seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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).
    Four active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (5/29/94), Matt Kenseth (5/28/00), Jamie McMurray (10/13/02) and Casey Mears (5/27/07).
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Charlotte with 1,569 laps led in 25 starts.
    Two female drivers have competed at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie (4 races, best finish of 9th in Oct 1977) and Danica Patrick (3 races, best finish 20th in Oct 2013).(NASCAR)(5-23-2014)

  • Kansas Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    520 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 371 in more than one. 427 drivers have competed in Coca-Cola 600; 285 in more than one.
    Five of the 110 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).
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the May 29, 2005 race won by Jimmie Johnson over Bobby Labonte with a MOV of 0.027 second.
    45 different drivers have won at Charlotte Motor Speedway, led by Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison and Jimmie Johnson with six wins each.
    There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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).
    30 different drivers have won the Coca-Cola 600, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip with five; Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne lead all active drivers with three 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 41 victories; followed by Ford with 29. Chevrolet also has the most Coca-Cola 600 wins at 22.
    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.(NASCAR)(5-25-2014)

  • NASCAR Numbers Heading to Charlotte:
    31: The race-high number of laps led by winner Jamie McMurray in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. In seven previous starts in the non-points event, McMurray had never led a lap, but on Saturday night he took the top spot on Lap 41 and led 31 of the final 50 laps.
    15: The finishing position of Janet Guthrie in the 1976 World 600 (now Coca-Cola 600) at Charlotte Motor Speedway. That race was Guthrie's NASCAR debut. She stayed out of harm's way in what turned out to be a war of attrition and posted what is still the best finish by a female driver in NASCAR's longest race.
    1,100: The number of racing miles completed by Tony Stewart on May 27, 2001, when "Smoke" completed the Indianapolis/Charlotte double for the second time. Stewart ran sixth in the Indianapolis 500 and third (after starting 43rd) in the Coca-Cola 600, to date the best combined result in the same-day double involving those two races.
    91: The number of minutes it took Kurt Busch to travel from Indianapolis 500 qualifying to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in Charlotte by plane and helicopter on Saturday. Busch hopes to keep the commute that short or shorter next Sunday, as he attempts the Indy/Charlotte double for the first time.
    3: Including Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races Jamie McMurray has won at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Subbing for injured Sterling Marlin, McMurray won the 2002 fall race at CMS in his second career start. In his watershed year in 2010, he added another fall Charlotte victory to wins in the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400.(NASCAR Wire Service)(5-20-2014)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Johnson wins Coca Cola 600: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 1st win of 2014, 7th win at Charlotte and his 67th career win.
    #4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #20-Kenseth, #99-Edwards, #1-McMurray, #55-Vickers, #24-Gordon, #27-Menard, #18-Busch and #2-Keselowski.
    #48-Johnson, who won the pole, won from the pole for his 14th time in 33 poles.
    #24-Gordon, who came into the race as the points leader, finished 7th and still leads the points by 11 over #20-Kenseth.
    #22-Logano leads the Chase Seeding with two wins. #4-Harvick is second, also with 2 wins, but lower in points. They are followed by #24-Gordon, #18-Busch and #99-Edwards.
    There were 34 lead changes among 9 drivers and there were 8 cautions for 44 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 145.484.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Charlotte Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Charotte Penalty Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Charlotte Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-25-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Charlotte Motor Speedway:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson won the 55th Annual COCA-COLA 600, his 67th victory in 447 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Johnson ranks eighth on the all-time series wins list.
    This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2014. With the win, Johnson is virtually locked into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
    This is his seventh victory and 17th top-10 finish in 26 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Johnson is now the all-time series points wins leader at Charlotte Motor Speedway, breaking a tie with NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip.
    This is Johnson's fourth win in the Coca-Cola 600. Only Darrell Waltrip (five) has more wins in the 600.
    Johnson has now won at least one race in 13 consecutive seasons, which is tied for the ninth longest streak all-time with NASCAR Hall of Famers Lee Petty and Cale Yarborough.
    #4-Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 27 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2014.
    #20-Matt Kenseth (third) posted his 16th top-10 finish in 30 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #24-Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 11 points over #20-Matt Kenseth.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-25-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Charlotte, race 12 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 432
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 421, -11
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 408, -24
    4) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 408, -24
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 394, -38
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 388, -44
    7) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 378, -54
    8) #55-Brian Vickers, 365, -67
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 361, -71
    10) #31-Ryan Newman, 361, -71
    Other drivers with at least one win, likely will make the Chase:
    12) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 345, -87
    14) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 340, -92
    28) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 215, -217 (51 pts ahead of 31st)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Charlotte Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-25-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Charlotte, race 12 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 7th in points
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 12th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1 win, 1st
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 3rd
    5) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 4th
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1 win, 5th
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 6th
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 9th
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 14th
    10) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 28th
    (no wins, in by points)
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd
    12) #55-Brian Vickers, 8th
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, 10th
    14) #16-Greg Biffle, 11th
    15) #42-Kyle Larson, 13th
    16) #3-Austin Dillon, 15th
    (5-25-2014)

  • Charlotte Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #3-Dillon, finished 16th, 11 rookie points
    #42-Larson, 18th, 10
    #26-Whitt, 27th, 9
    #7-Annett, 28th, 8
    #23-Bowman, 33rd, 7
    #51-Allgaier, 37th, 6
    #83-Truex, 38th, 5
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    (5-25-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #1-McMurray, 4th
    Caution 2: #41-Busch, 40th
    Caution 3: #18-Busch, 9th
    Caution 4: #41-Busch(2), 40th
    Caution 5: #3-Dillon, 16th
    Caution 6: #4-Harvick, 2nd
    Caution 7: #27-Menard, 8th
    Caution 8: #14-Stewart, 13th
    (5-25-2014)

  • To the Back: #18-Busch (backup); #41-Busch (missed drivers meeting)

  • Race Coverage of the Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 25, 2014.
    Television (TV): FOX at 6:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 5:30pm/et; green flag approx. 6:16pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Monday, May 26 at 1:00pm/et on FS1;
    Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30pm/et on FS1;
    Thursday, May 29 at 7:00pm/et on FS1

  • 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 #48-Johnson chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #2-Keselowski took pit stall 15, the first pit stall in front of it.
    #5-Kahne, who starts 3rd took the 22nd pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #4-Harvick, who starts 11th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-23-2014)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    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.

  • See Jayski's - 2014 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 SPEED 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 five, slowest and any notes
    #18-Busch 188.640 (wrecked)
    #22-Logano 188.265
    #10-Patrick 187.846
    #16-Biffle 187.663
    #48-Johnson 187.656
    slowest: #32-Koch 180.717 & #7-Annett 183.275
    no speed listed: #24-Gordon, #66-Nemechek, #36-Sorenson
    most laps run: #42-Larson 51; #88-Earnhardt Jr 50
    #48-Johnson has the best consecutive 10 lap average at 186.008mph of 24 drivers.
    notes: #18-Busch hit the wall after running a fast lap, and pancaked the right side of the car, the team will go to a backup car. #18-Busch was able to get the backup car out for practice with 30 minutes left in the session.
    See the speeds, laps run on the Charlotte Happy Hour practice speeds page (pdf).(5-24-2014)

  • Saturday 1st practice for the Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes
    #99-Edwards 192.802
    #47-Allmendinger 192.383
    #78-Truex Jr. 192.280
    #48-Johnson 192.260
    #2-Keselowski 192.109
    slowest: #32-Koch 181.366 & #36-Sorenson 186.200
    most laps run: #5-Kahne 42; #33-Scott 41; #48-Johnson 40
    #24-Gordon has the best consecutive 10 lap average at 189.094mph of 17 drivers.
    See the speeds, laps run on the Charlotte practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(5-24-2014)

  • Johnson wins Charlotte pole: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the pole for the Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with speed of 194.911mph for his 1st pole of 2014 and 33rd of his career. Johnson has won 13 races from the pole.
    #2-Keselowski is on the outside pole followed by #5-Kahne, #10-Patrick, #15-Bowyer, #11-Hamlin, #18-Busch, #22-Logano, #9-Ambrose, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #20-Kenseth and #4-Harvick. #20-Kenseth and #4-Harvick didn't get a timed lap in. Harvick just missed the clock and Kenseth didn't get back out.
    Missing the race were: #77-Blaney and #44-Yeley.
    See starting lineup, qualifying results by round, pdf links and more on Jayski's Starting Lineup / Qualifying page(5-22-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Charlotte:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 55th Annual COCA-COLA 600 with a lap of 27.705 seconds, 194.911 mph.
    This is his 33rd pole in 447 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He moves into a tie for 20th on the all-time series poles list with Fonty Flock.
    This is his first pole and sixth top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his fourth pole in 26 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Johnson has twice won from the pole at Charlotte (5/30/04 and 10/17/09).
    Johnson has six points wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which is tied for most all-time at Charlotte with NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2014 and his third in ten races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #5-Kasey Kahne (third) posted his 15th top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his fourth in 12 races this season. (NASCAR Statistics)(5-22-2014)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #10-Patrick 194.595
    #18-Busch 194.510
    #11-Hamlin 194.084
    #4-Harvick 193.959
    #48-Johnson 193.555
    the rest of the top 12: 5 2 15 20 9 88 22;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 43 21 78 55 51 14 33 47 27 99 17 16
    (5-22-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over after 25 minutes.
    #4-Harvick 193.931
    #55-Vickers 192.534
    #51-Allgaier 192.472
    #78-Truex Jr 192.424
    #14-Stewart 192.226
    Drivers who will miss the race: #77-Blaney & #44-Yeley.
    (5-22-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 7:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Friday, May 23 at 4:30am/et on FS1; and Saturday, May 24 at 11:00pm/et on FS2

  • Qualifying Order for the Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #41-Busch.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #32-KOch.
    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.(5-22-2014)

  • Thursday practice for the Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and any notes
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 193.264
    #4-Harvick 192.164
    #48-Johnson 192.014
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 191.782
    #78-Truex Jr. 191.775
    slowest: #7-Annett 182.921 & #32-Koch 183.275
    notes: if qualifying were to get rained out, the field would be set based on the practice speeds from this practice. Qualifying is scheduled for Thursday, May 22nd ay 7:00pm/et on FoxSports1.
    See the speeds, laps run on the Charlotte practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-22-2014)

  • Entry List for the Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Bayne, #32-Koch, #33-Scott, #66-Nemechek and #95-McDowell.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them: #95-McDowell and #77-Blaney
    If qualifying is cancelled the following drivers would miss the race, lowest race attempts: #21-Bayne (4) and #95-McDowell(8)
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Charlotte Entry List

  • For the new group 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

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Kansas, race 11 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 394
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 379, -15
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 373, -21
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 368, -26
    5) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 367, -27
    6) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 346, -48
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 340, -54
    8) #31-Ryan Newman, 332, -62
    9) #16-Greg Biffle, 328, -66
    10) #55-Brian Vickers, 327, -67
    Other drivers with at least one win, likely will make the Chase:
    11) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 326, -68
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 318, -76
    15) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 302, -92
    28) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 211, -183 (52 pts ahead of 31st)
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Kansas Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-10-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Kansas, race 11 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 6th in points
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 19th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1 win, 1st
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 3rd
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1 win, 4th
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 5th
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 11th
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 12th
    9) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 28th
    (no wins, in by points)
    10) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd
    11) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 7th
    12) #31-Ryan Newman, 8th
    13) #16-Greg Biffle, 9th
    14) #55-Brian Vickers, 10th
    15) #42-Kyle Larson, 13th
    16) #3-Austin Dillon, 14th
    (5-10-2014)


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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:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Charlotte is PRS-912, which is a new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-840 which was last used as a backup at Kansas.
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot chassis No. 465 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is the same Cheerios Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced to a 21st-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April. Although Sunday's 600-mile event will mark Dillon's first Coca-Cola 600 start, the Welcome, N.C. driver grew up watching the Memorial Day-weekend race from his grandfather's condo, which overlooks the racetrack. Dillon participated in the Sprint Showdown last Friday. After earning the pole, he led three laps but, following a pit stop for two tires, ultimately earned an eighth-place finish after developing a tight-handling condition.
    #4-Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 858 in Sunday's race at Charlotte. Harvick last raced this car at Texas in April. In that event Harvick started third and took the lead at lap 25, just before the engine in his #4 Chevrolet SS expired, leaving the team with a 42nd-place finish. Harvick has 26 prior NSCS starts at CMS. He's visited Victory Circle twice in the Coca-Cola 600, first in 2011 and again last May. Harvick also has three top fives and nine top-10 finishes to his credit. He has an average start of 18.1 and an average finish of 16.9 at CMS.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-863 for Sunday's race at Charlotte. Kahne drove this chassis to an 11th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in April. Nearly every statistical category at Charlotte ranks as a personal best for Kahne, who has competed in 20 Cup events at the 1.5-mile oval. Kahne's four wins and 12 top-10s are personal bests as well as his nine top-five finishes. Kahne has completed 97.2 percent of the laps he has attempted at Charlotte and has led a personal best 1,106 laps at the track. His 11.4 average finish at Charlotte ranks as his second-best among active tracks.
    #7-Michael Annett chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 10-839, which is a brand new chassis. The backup chassis No. 10-794 was tested in the wind tunnel May 1, 2013, before being used by Patrick in the Coca-Cola 600 later that month at Charlotte. Patrick started 24th and finished 29th after being involved in a multicar accident on lap 320 of 400. After repairs, she managed to finish the race but completed only 385 laps. The next time Patrick drove this car was in June at Kentucky, where she started 29th and finished 23rd. The last time she drove it was in 2013 at Atlanta where she started 21st and finished 21st. It was used as a backup car in fall 2013 at Kansas, Charlotte and Texas. It was then used in 2014 at Bristol, but she wrecked the car early in the first practice and went to a backup. Since then, it has been a backup at Texas and Darlington.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-710 debuted in April 2012 at Richmond. It qualified 22nd and led four times for 118 laps before a late-race caution canceled Stewart's two-and-a-half second lead and forced him to settle for a third-place finish. It was then tested June 6-7 at Pocono and again during a Goodyear Tire Test June 12-13 at Bristol. New Hampshire marked Chassis No. 14-710's second career start. There, a new tire compound from Goodyear confounded the #14 team, and they labored to a 12th-place finish. The car returned to Richmond in September for its third career start via the Federated Auto Parts 400, where it rallied from its 28th-place starting spot to lead 15 laps before finishing fourth. Its last start of 2012 came in October at Martinsville where in its fourth career start, it qualified seventh and finished a disappointing 27th. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-710 returned to Martinsville in April. After rallying from its 26th starting spot to 10th by lap 200 and then hovering in or near the top-10 for the remainder of the race, Stewart found himself hung in the outside lane following a restart on lap 473. The final 27 laps of the 500-lap race around paperclip-shaped .526-mile oval proved arduous, as Stewart was stuck in the outside lane as the seemingly express lane to his left boxed him out of the preferred line. When the checkered flag dropped, Stewart was 17th. Chassis No. 14-710 sat idle until being tested at Richmond Aug. 26-27 with interim driver Mark Martin at the wheel in preparation for the track's Sept. 7 Sprint Cup race. The testing paid off as Martin scored a top-10 after starting 16th. Chassis No. 14-710 returned to Martinsville for its third start of 2013, its second with Martin and seventh overall in October, qualifying 21st and finishing 36th after an accident on lap 204 sent it to the garage for repairs. The car underwent a massive overhaul under the direction of crew chief Chad Johnston for the 2014 season. It made its first start of the year at Auto Club Speedway, where with Stewart back in the driver's seat, it qualified 10th and recovered from a midrace spin that dropped it to last in the 43-car field to finish fifth. The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte will mark Chassis No. 14-710's ninth career start.

    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 813 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Charlotte. It's a new chassis for the 2014 season and finished 13th at Phoenix earlier this year. Chassis No. 800 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis has never seen action on the race track but has served as the back-up for several races this season, most recently Kansas.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 Fastenal team will run chassis RK-908 which is a brand new chassis. The backup chassis will be RK-879 which last ran at Las Vegas finishing 22nd. Biffle has 22 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 Ford Fusion team will be using primary chassis RK-899 which is the same chassis that the #17 team ran in Texas finishing 26th after his Ford was too tight on the final run. The backup chassis is RK-888 which last raced in Bristol and finished second.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis is PRS-911 for Charlotte, which is a new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-844 which was last used as a backup at Kansas.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-861 for this Sunday night's race. This chassis has been raced twice previously with finishes of seventh and 13th earlier this year at Darlington and Auto Club Speedway, respectively. Gordon has five wins, nine pole positions, 16 top-five finishes and 22 top-10s in 42 starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 454 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This #27 Serta/Menards Chevrolet SS was previously raced at Texas Motor Speedway where Menard finished in the ninth position. Menard has 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte. His best start of fifth and best finish of eighth both came in 2010. The Wisconsin native has completed 4,775 of 4,970 laps attempted (96.1 percent) at the 1.5-mile track. In addition to his 14 Sprint Cup Series starts, Menard has nine NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at CMS. He won the pole award in 2011 and his best finish of third came in 2005. Menard has also led 31 laps in his nine Nationwide Series starts at Charlotte.
    #31-Ryan Newman will race chassis No. 467 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 467 is brand new to the RCR fleet and will compete for the first time during Thursday's practice and qualifying sessions. In 26 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Charlotte's 1.5-mile oval, Newman has recorded runner-up finishes two times (fall 2003 and Coke 600 2009) The "Rocket Man" also owns nine pole awards. In total, he owns four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes, and has led 276 laps of competition. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of seventh and average finish of 19th. When calculating points earned last season at CMS, Newman ranks fourth in most points earned.
    #33-Brian Scott will pilot chassis No. 460 in this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This Shore Lodge Chevrolet SS was raced in March at Auto Club Speedway where Scott qualified 37th and finished 35th after an early-race accident. Scott will be making his second Sprint Cup Series start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He made his Cup debut at the 1.5-mile speedway last fall where he started 19th and finished 27th.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Reed Sorenson chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 761 in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. In one previous start, as the #39 for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), driver Ryan Newman started fifth and finished 36th at Dover in June 2014. Chassis No. 761 served as the backup at Las Vegas, California, Texas and Darlington in 2014. Parker Kligerman, most recently of Swan Racing, will serve as a practice and standby driver for Kurt Busch this week. Busch will be traveling back and forth to Indianapolis as he attempts to run the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 Sunday at Charlotte. Kligerman practiced the Haas Automation Chevrolet SS Friday in preparation for Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Chassis No. 48-797 for this weekend's 600-mile event. Johnson last raced this car in April at Texas. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-728, which Johnson most recently raced at Bristol in March. In 25 Cup starts at Charlotte, Johnson has six wins, 12 top-five finishes and 16 top-10s. He has completed 97.1 percent of laps run (8,594 of 8,852 laps) and has led 1,569 laps around the 1.5-mile oval. A three-time pole winner, Johnson has an average start of 7.4 and an average finish of 11.6.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary Chassis 797 finished 7th at Auto Club Speedway. The backup chassis is 801, which has not raced.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr. chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 National Guard / Superman team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-882. This is a new chassis that has not been raced. In 28 Cup starts at Charlotte, Earnhardt has recorded one pole position, five top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. He has completed 94.1 percent of all laps he's attempted (9,454 laps of 10,052 total) at the 1.5-mile oval. The 39-year-old driver has led a total of 343 laps there.
    #95-Michael McDowell: will drive Chassis No. PRS-847 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. McDowell last drove this Wally Rogers-prepared Ford Fusion to a 30th-place finish, qualifying 28th, at Texas Motor Speedway on April 7. The chassis also has history at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway finishing 43rd.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Ford Fastenal team will unload primary chassis RK-880 which was last run this season at Las Vegas, finishing fifth. The backup chassis RK-880 was last run in 2014 at Darlington, finishing 13th. This Memorial Day weekend will mark Edwards' 19th start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Edwards has an average start of 17.8 and an average finish of 11.8 at the one-and-a-half mile track. The Roush Fenway Racing driver is still looking for his first win, with a career-high finish of third that came in the fall of 2011. Edwards has finished in the top-five five times and in the top-ten 11 times.
    (reported from team PR's / websites)(5-21-2014)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

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

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 13 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 7 sets for the event

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

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.52 in. (2,223 mm); Right-side -- 88.43 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 . . . as was the case at Charlotte last week, all tires will carry a "Support Our Troops" decal as part of the Goodyear Gives Back program . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in all three of NASCAR's national touring series have run at Charlotte since 2012 . . . while Charlotte is the only track at which teams run this left-side tire code (D-4428), Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams also run this right-side tire code (D-4552) at Darlington . . . 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 Championship odds
Charlotte Race Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2014 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
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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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