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 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, May 24, 2015 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: Coca-Cola

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 6:19pm/et


Info on the All-Star Races on the 2015 Sprint All-Star Race & Showdown Race Info page

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, May 21
8:00 AM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
9:30 AM - 10:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM Truck Challenge
1:30 PM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
2:30 - 3:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE
4:00 PM NSCS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
7:15 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
8:30 PM Legend Races

Friday, May 22
NO ON TRACK ACTIVITIES ON FRIDAY

Saturday, May 23
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 - 10:55 AM NSCS PRACTICE
1:00 - 1:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, May 24
12:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
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 event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Thursday, May 21, 2:30 - 3:55 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, May 23, 10:00 - 10:55 am/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, May 23, 1:00 - 1:50 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Thursday, May 21 at 7:15 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled Friday, May 22 at 4:30a,/et on FS1 and 11:30am/et on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $6,660,588
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 NEWS & LINKS

  • 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: Dawn Seif, wife of fallen Marine SSgt. Andrew Seif; USO CEO & President J.D. Crouch II
    Command to start engines: Dawn Seif
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: West Virginia Senate President Lt. Gov. Bill Cole
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis
    Honorary Pace Director: NC's Lt. Gov. Dan Forest
    Color Guard: 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Color Guard Ft. Bragg
    Invocation: Douglas Carver, Executive Director of Chaplaincy for the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board
    National Anthem: 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus
    Flyover: Fly-by: 4 F-18's from VFA 103, Naval Air Station Oceana, VA

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Facebook - Charlotte Motor Speedway
    Twitter - CLTMotorSpdwy
    YouTube - CLTMotorSpdwy
    Cabarrus County Destination Guide
    U.S. Legend Cars
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • May 2014: see the Charlotte Race Info page

  • October 2014: see the Charlotte Race Info page

  • 2014 May Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 145.484mph, started 1st

  • 2014 October Race Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 145.346mph, started 7th

  • 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

  • 2014 May Pole Winner: #48-Jimmy Johnson, 194.911mph, finished 1st

  • 2014 October Pole Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 197.390mph, finished 5th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kurt Busch, Oct 2014, 198.771mph, set in 2nd round of qualifying

  • 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 111.6
    #18-Kyle Busch 106.7
    #5-Kasey Kahne 100.8
    #20-Matt Kenseth 95.5
    #11-Denny Hamlin 92.8
    #24-Jeff Gordon 91.6
    #19-Carl Edwards 89.6
    #16-Greg Biffle 88.7
    #22-Joey Logano 88.4
    #2-Brad Keselowski 86.5
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (19 total) among active drivers at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • 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

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway 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.
    42 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.
    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).
    15 of the 112 (13.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Jimmie Johnson in 2014 (Coca-Cola 600).
    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.
    32 of the 112 (28.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the front row: 15 from the pole and 17 from second-place.
    85 of the 112 (75.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Nine of the 112 (8.0%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Charlotte is 37th, by Jimmie Johnson in the Coca-Cola 600 of 2003.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Charlotte with a 7.630.
    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.
    (NASCAR)(5-21-2015)

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway Notes & Facts - Friday - 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 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.
    (NASCAR)(5-22-2015)

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    527 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 378 in more than one. 441 drivers have competed in the Coca-Cola 600; 287 in more than one.
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Charlotte with 64. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 44 starts; followed by Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart with 31. Richard Petty and Bill Elliott have made the most Coca-Cola 600 starts with 31 each; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in 600 starts with 22.
    45 different drivers have won at Charlotte Motor Speedway, led by Jimmie Johnson with seven wins including four Coca-Cola 600 wins - 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2014.
    30 different drivers have won the Coca-Cola 600, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip with five; Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with four; followed by teammates Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne with three each.
    Nine drivers have posted consecutive wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including three consecutive by NASCAR Hall of Famer Fred Lorenzen (fall 1964 and both 1965) and four straight by Jimmie Johnson (2004 and 2005 sweeps).
    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).
    Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Charlotte with nine. Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers with three.
    Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers in runner-up finishes in the Coca-Cola 600 with two.
    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 17. Richard Petty leads the series in top fives in the Coca-Cola 600 with 12; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Charlotte with 31. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 24. Darrell Waltrip, Ricky Rudd and David Pearson lead the series in top 10s in the Coca-Cola 600 with 15 each; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 12.
    Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Charlotte with a 10.000. Carl Edwards leads all active drivers in average finish in the Coca-Cola 600 with a 9.000.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte without visiting Victory Lane at 30; followed by Ryan Newman with 28.
    Seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/30/99), Jimmie Johnson (10/7/01), Brian Vickers (10/11/03), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5/29/11) and Kyle Larson (10/12/13).
    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 1,733 laps led in 27 starts.
    Two female drivers have competed at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick.
    (NASCAR)(5-23-2015)

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    There have been 112 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).
    Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Charlotte in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 18: Jimmie Johnson (seven), 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 43 victories; followed by Ford with 29. Chevrolet also has the most Coca-Cola 600 wins at 23.
    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).
    Five of the 112 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.
    (NASCAR)(5-24-2015)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Carl Edwards wins at Charlotte: #19-Carl Edwards won the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Charlotte and 24th career win. Edwards last win was 31 races ago at Sonoma Raceway in June 2014.
    #16-Biffle finished 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr., #20-Kenseth, #78-Truex Jr., #31-Newman, #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick and #41-Busch.
    Harvick maintains the drivers points lead with 473, 41 points over #78-Truex Jr.
    Pole winner #20-Kenseth led 27 laps, fell down 1 lap with an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel, got the lucky dog pass and finished 4th.
    #18-Kyle Busch, in his first points race of the season after being injured at Daytona, finished 11th and ran all 400 laps.
    #48-Johnson spun twice, recovering the 1st time, but not the 2nd time, hitting the inside SAFER wall. After repairs, Johnson came back on the track and finished 40th, down 30 laps. Only four drivers failed to finish the race.
    There were 22 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 39 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 147.803mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-24-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Charlotte:
    #19-Carl Edwards won the 56th Annual COCA-COLA 600, his 24th victory in 385 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2015. Edwards breaks a 31-race winless drought with the victory.
    This is his first victory and 14th top-10 finish in 21 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Edwards' previous best Charlotte finish was third, three times.
    #16-Greg Biffle (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 25 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2015.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 31 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #4-Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 41 points over #78-Martin Truex Jr.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-24-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Charlotte, race 12 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 393, -80 (5th in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 473 (1st)
    3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 407, -66 (3rd)
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 401, -72 (4th)
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 381, -92 (6th)
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 372, -101 (7th)
    7) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 327, -146 (14th)
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 321, -152 (15th)
    9) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win], 312, -161 (16th)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    10) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 432, -41 (2nd in drivers pts)
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 353, -120 (8th)
    12) #24-Jeff Gordon, 346, -127 (9th)
    13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 345, -128 (10th)
    14) #31-Ryan Newman, 343, -130 (11th)
    15) #43-Aric Almirola, 339, -134 (12th)
    16) #27-Paul Menard, 336, -137 (13th)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-24-2015)

  • Charlotte Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #34-Brett Moffitt, finished 31st, 11 rookie points
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto, finished 34th, 10 rookie points
    #33-Alex Kennedy, finished 36th, 9 rookie points
    #26-Jeb Burton, failed to qualify, 1 rookie point
    #66-Tanner Berryhill, did not race
    See the 2015 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(5-24-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #23-Yeley, 38th
    Caution 2: #51-Allgaier, 43rd
    Caution 3: #40-Cassill, 39th
    Caution 4: #43-Almirola, 17th
    Caution 5: #5-Kahne, 12th
    Caution 6: #17-Stenhouse Jr., 37th
    Caution 7: #20-Kenseth, 20th
    Caution 8: #31-Newman, 6th
    (5-24-2015)


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  • Race Coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 24, 2015.
    Television (TV): FOX at 6:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 5:30pm/et; green flag approx. 6:19pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, May 25 at 10:00am/et on FS1

  • Charlotte Pre-Race Schedule: (eastern time)
    -- 4:00:00pm: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
    -- 4:40:00pm: Military Appreciation
    -- 5:20:00pm: NSCS Drivers Introductions (43 Service members will introduce the drivers from a mic on stage and walk off behind driver.)
    -- 5:43:30pm: "God Bless America" by: Danielle Johnson, Speedway Superstar
    -- 5:50:00pm: Armed Forces Service Medley Performed by: Central Church of God Choir
    -- 6:00:00pm: Presentation of Colors by: 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Color Guard Ft. Bragg
    -- 6:00:20pm: Invocation by: Douglas Carver, Executive Director of Chaplaincy for the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board
    -- 6:00:45pm: Amazing Grace by: Charlotte Fire Department Pipe Band
    -- 6:02:05pm: "21 Gun Salute": Fort Bragg Firing Party
    -- 6:02:35pm: Taps by: Bugler from Fort Bragg
    -- 6:03:40pm: National Anthem: 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus
    -- 6:05:00pm: Fly-by: 4 F-18's from VFA 103, Naval Air Station Oceana, VA
    -- 6:09:30: Command to start engines by: Dr. JD Crouch II, USO President and GM Dawn Seif, wife of Andrew Seif Silver Star winner and USO Marine of the year in 2013
    -- 6:18:30pm: Start of the Coca-Cola 600
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

  • 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 #20-Kenseth chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took pit stall 2, right behind Kenseth.
    #19-Edwards, who starts 3rd took the 15th pit stall, the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #2-Keselowski, who starts 6th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-22-2015)

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • Hamlin wins Sprint All-Star Race: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Sprint All-Star Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his first All-Star win, the first All-Star race win for Joe Gibbs Racing and first Toyota team to win the All-Star race. #11-Hamlin is the fourth driver to win from race from the pole and the fifth time it has happened. #11-Hamlin beat #2-Keselowski off pit road during the final pit stops between segment 4 & 5, but Keselowski sped off pit road and had to restart at the rear on the restart. Hamlin held off #40Harvick who put on a charge early in the final segment before fading and finishing 2nd.
    #4-Harvick finished 2nd (for the 2nd year in a row) followed by #41-Busch, #24-Gordon, #20-Kenseth, #18-Busch, #5-Kahne, #22-Logano, #2-Keselowski and #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    The three drivers who transferred into the race via the Sprint Showdown: #15-Bowyer (finished 12th), #16-Biffle (finished 13th) and #10-Patrick (finished 20th/last, had engine problems).
    See the results for each segment Jayski.com's 2015 All-Star Race Page.(5-16-2015)

  • Bowyer wins Sprint Showdown: #15-Clint Bowyer won the Sprint Showdown Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway to transfer to the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night. It is Bowyers 2nd win in the Showdown and 2nd consecutive win. #27-Menard finished 2nd followed by #78-Truex Jr, #9-Hornish Jr. and #25-Chase Elliott. #16-Greg Biffle won segment 1 of the Sprint Showdown Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway to transfer to the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night. #15-Bowyer finished 2nd followed by #27-Menard, #3-Dillon and #55-Ragan.
    #10-Danica Patrick won the Sprint Fan Vote to transfer into the Sprint All-Star Race.
    See the results from both segments on Jayski.com's 2015 All-Star Race Page.(5-15-2015)

  • 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 - 2015 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

  • Happy Hour practice for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 50 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes.
    #41-Busch 188.653
    #5-Kahne 187.052
    #27-Menard 186.987
    #16-Biffle 186.942
    #20-Kenseth 186.780
    slowest: #33-Kennedy 178.998 & #23-Yeley 180.475
    most laps run: #1-McMurray with 54
    Best 10 consecutive lap average: #5-Kahne 184.632
    notes: Erik Jones ran a few laps in the #18 for Kyle Busch and will be on call as a relief driver if needed Sunday night.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap average on the Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(5-23-2015)

  • Saturday first practice for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 55 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes.
    #41-Busch 192.644
    #20-Kenseth 191.680
    #48-Johnson 190.813
    #55-Ragan 190.550
    #2-Keselowski 190.496
    slowest: #23-Yeley 182.667 and #33-Kennedy 182.964
    most laps run: #88-Earnhardt Jr. with 49
    notes: Erik Jones got fitted in the #18 Skittles Toyota, just in case Kyle Busch needs relief since it will be his first points race back in the car after his injury. #55-Ragan spun off turn 4 late in the practice and spun thru the frontstretch grass, but no damage to the car.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(5-23-2015)

  • Kenseth wins Charlotte pole: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light pole for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with speed of 194.252mph for his 2nd pole of 2015, 1st at Charlotte and 15th of his career.
    #22-Logano is on the outside pole followed by #19-Edwards, #16-Biffle, #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski, #55-Ragan, #4-Harvick, #42-Larson, #78-Truex Jr., #3-Dillon and #14-Stewart.
    All five Hendrick Motorsports [5,24,25,48,88] entries failed to advance to the final round of knockout qualifying.
    Missing the race were: #26-Burton, #32-Bliss, #39-Kvapil, #30-Green and #62-Gaughan.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results round-by-round, qualifying order and more on Jayski.com's Charlotte Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(5-21-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Charlotte:
    #20-Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 56th Annual COCA-COLA 600 with a lap of 27.799 seconds, 194.252 mph.
    This is his 15th pole in 556 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and eighth top-10 start in 2015. Kenseth's first pole of the season came at Bristol.
    This is his first pole in 32 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His previous best start at Charlotte was second in October 2011.
    #22-Joey Logano (second) posted his 10th top-10 start of 2015 and his third in 13 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #19-Carl Edwards (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his sixth in 12 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(5-21-2015)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates Qualifying Results:
    #26-Jeb Burton, DNQ
    #33-Alex Kennedy, starts 43rd
    #34-Brett Moffitt, starts 40th
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto, starts 42nd

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #4-Harvick 193.819
    #20-Kenseth 193.764
    #14-Stewart 193.327
    #19-Edwards 193.175
    #55-Ragan 193.029
    the rest of the top 12: 78 11 22 16 2 3 42;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 48 41 88 21 18 24 31 10 43 1 27 15
    (5-21-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #20-Kenseth 193.458
    #4-Harvick 193.119
    #55-Ragan 192.905
    #24-Gordon 192.898
    #2-Keselowski 192.857
    the rest of the top 24: 14 18 19 1 41 16 42 11 78 21 88 31 3 10 48 27 22 43 15;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 95 9 6 25 17 47 7 40 5 13 51 46 35 98 26 38 32 39 34 23 83 30 33 62
    Drivers who will miss the race: #26-Burton, #32-Bliss, #39-Kvapil, #30-Green and #62-Gaughan .
    (5-21-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:15pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 7:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Friday, May 22 at 4:30am/et on FS1 and 11:30am/et on FS1.

  • Qualifying Order for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted. 48 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers lined up on pit road is #41-Kurt Busch
    The final driver lined up on pit road is #83-Matt DiBenedetto.
    Pit road lineup order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Charlotte Qualifying Page.(5-21-2015)

  • Thursday practice for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 85 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes.
    #19-Edwards 192.273
    #48-Johnson 191.673
    #5-Kahne 191.639
    #4-Harvick 191.442
    #55-Ragan 191.435
    slowest: #62-Gaughan 180.060 & #33-Kennedy 181.855
    most laps run: #42-Larson with 19
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(5-21-2015)

  • Entry List for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted, 48 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #18-Kyle Busch, #21-Ryan Blaney, #25-Elliott, #30-Jeff Green, #32-Bliss, #33-Kennedy, #39-Kvapil (3rd time on an entry list, withdrew last 2 times), #95-McDowell.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #26-Burton (44th in owners pts), #62-Gaughan (45th), #25-Elliott (46th), #30-Green (49th), #39-Kvapil (none).
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #95-McDowell (7 attempts), #30-Green (5), #21-Blaney (4), #25-Elliott (2), #39-Kvapil (0).
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Charlotte Entry List

  • For the 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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Kansas, race 11 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 389, -48 (3rd in driver points)
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 437 (1st in driver points)
    3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 375, -62 (4th)
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 360, -77 (5th)
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 343, -94 (6th)
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 331, -106 (7th)
    7) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 292, -145 (14th)
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 284, -153 (15th)
    9) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 391, -46 (2nd in drivers pts)
    10) #1-Jamie McMurray, 328, -109 (8th)
    11) #24-Jeff Gordon, 317, -120 (9th)
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne, 313, -124 (10th)
    13) #43-Aric Almirola, 312, -125 (11th)
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 306, -131 (12th)
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, 305, -132 (13th)
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, 272, -165 (16th)
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-10-2015)

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WEATHER

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CAMPING & TRAVEL

Race City USA [Mooresville]

Go Lake Norman

North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Mooresville, NC

Memory Lane Museum, Mooresville, NC

NASCAR Hall of Fame

Tom Johnson Camping Center, Concord NC

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Laid Back Racing

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CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • 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 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    If a driver/team is not listed, the team does NOT report chassis information on pre-race press release, websites or social media:
    #3-Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 503 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is a new chassis for the RCR stable being utilized under race conditions for the first time this weekend.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-843 in the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Charlotte. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-843 won two races, two pole positions and led 748 laps in its first season. It led 23 laps and finished 41st in its debut at Las Vegas. Harvick won the pole and led 238 laps en route to winning the Southern 500 at Darlington. At Dover, Harvick won the pole, led 223 laps and finished 13th. The final race of 2014 for Chassis No. 4-843 was perhaps the most impressive as it started third and led 264 laps in a must-win performance that kept Harvick's slim Sprint Cup championship hopes alive at Phoenix in November. In its only start of 2015, Harvick started and finished second and led 116 of 325 laps at Atlanta.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-911 for Sunday's race at Charlotte. In October 2014, Kahne drove the car to a 10th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In March 2015, he drove the car at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he finished 14th. Most recently, Kahne raced the chassis at Texas Motor Speedway in April, where he finished eighth.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-938 is a brand new racecar that has never turned a wheel on the racetrack. It has, however, visited the wind tunnel numerous times.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-861 for this Sunday's race. The chassis has been raced six times previously. Earlier this year, Gordon finished seventh at Texas while he had finishes of 17th at Atlanta, sixth at Michigan, seventh at Charlotte and Darlington and 13th at Fontana in 2014.
    #27-Paul Menard will utilize chassis No. 501 this weekend in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is a brand new Richard Childress Racing-prepared Serta/Menards Chevrolet SS and will make its first laps on Thursday during practice.
    #31-Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 511 in the Coca-Cola 600. This is the first time this season Newman will race this #31 Quicken Loans Chevy.
    #32-Mike Bliss Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis GGR 815 to serve as the primary car. This chassis last raced at Kansas on May 9th with Joey Gase. Chassis GGR 289 will serve as the backup car.
    #41-Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 933 in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Built new for 2015, Chassis 933 will see its first laps of competition this weekend.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: For this weekend's event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-936, which is a brand new Chevrolet SS. The backup car is 48-824, which last raced at Pocono Raceway in June 2014.
    #55-David Ragan: will drive primary chassis 794 has not raced in 2015. Jeff Burton finished 20th at NHMS in July 2014. Backup: 814 - finished eighth at Atlanta with Moffitt. In 2014 it finished 16th at Indianapolis with Clint Bowyer. Vickers finished 13th at Richmond in September & 37th at Charlotte in October.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend at Charlotte, crew chief Greg Ives and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-810. Earnhardt most recently raced the chassis to fourth-place finish at Las Vegas in March. It is the same chassis Earnhardt drove to Victory Lane at Pocono in June and August of last season.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Support the Troops

    Tire: Goodyear "Support Our Troops" Speedway Radials

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

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4428; Right-side -- D-4640

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.32 in. (2,218 mm); Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

    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 Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Charlotte this week . . . all tires will be branded with "Support Our Troops" as part of the Goodyear Gives Back program . . . while these teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4426) at Charlotte since 2012, last weekend at Charlotte was the first time NASCAR teams raced on this right-side code (D-4640) . . . this right-side is a Goodyear multi-zone tread tire, which incorporates two distinct compounds on the same tire -- one for endurance and heat resistance on the inboard two inches of the tread and one for traction on the outboard 10 inches . . . this inboard (Endurance Zone) features the same compound that was run on the same zone at Texas, while this outboard (Traction Zone) features the compound run at Charlotte last year . . . this tire set-up was first tested at Charlotte in December, and was confirmed in a March 10 tire test at the track with drivers Aric Almirola, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr. and J.J. Yeley . . . 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.

    Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Spirit of Innovation" will be in the air over Charlotte Motor Speedway this Saturday and Sunday . . . this airship is based out of Pompano Beach, Fla., and will provide images for Fox Sports' broadcasts of the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup races.

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