NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Coca-Cola 600

TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #13 of 36 for the 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Sunday, May 29, 2016 in Concord, NC

Title Sponsor: Coca-Cola

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 6:08pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 4:00pm/et on FoxSports1

  • Pre-Race Coverage: FOX, 5:30pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 6:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon

  • Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum

  • In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds

  • Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers

  • Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, May 30 at 8:30am/et on FS1;
    Tuesday, May 31 at 6:00am/et on FS1;
    Tuesday, May 31 at 2:00pm/et on FS2

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

  • Coca-Cola 600 Paint Schemes

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, May 26
10:30 AM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
10:30 AM-7:00 PM NSCS REGISTRATION OPEN
11:00 AM-8:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
1:00 PM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
2:00 PM-3:25 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
7:15 PM NSCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Friday, May 27
No on-track activity

Saturday, May 28
8:00 AM-4:30 PM NSCS REGISTRATION OPEN
8:00 AM-4:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM-10:55 AM NSCS 2ND PRACTICE
1:00 PM-1:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, May 29
11:00 AM-6:30 PM NSCS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:00 PM-NSCS GARAGE OPENS
4:00 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (NASCAR XFINITY GARAGE AREA)
5:20 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
6:00 PM NSCS RACE (400 LAPS, 600 MILES)

NSCS = NASCAR 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 26, 2:00 - 3:25 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, May 28, 10:00 - 10:55 am/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, May 28, 1:00 - 1:50 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Thursday, May 26 at 7:15 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled for Friday, May 27 at 8:00am/et on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2016: no longer being reported

TRACK NEWS & LINKS

  • Track Specifications:
    Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 89,000 [down from 146,000 in 2009]

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: USO Chairman General George W. Casey; 75 USO members
    Command to start engines: USO Chairman General George W. Casey
    Amazing Grace: Charlotte Fire Department Pipe Band
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin
    Color Guard: 82nd Airborne Division Color Guard, Fort Bragg
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee, Mark Martin
    Invocation: Frank Harrison, Chairman and CEO, Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
    National Anthem: 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus, Fort Bragg, NC
    Flyover: Four F-15s, 334th Fighter Squadron, Fighting Eagles, Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, NC

  • Vintage Warbirds pilots and planes
    Larry Morris - North American Navy SNJ-5C
    Brad Womble - Beech , Army T-34
    Robert Dickson Jr. - North American P-51D
    Jeff Michael - North American P-51D
    Alexander Mello - Curtis C-46
    Sandy Shore - Stearman PT-13D
    Robert Dickson Sr. - North American L-17

  • May 2015: see the Charlotte Race Info page

  • October 2015: see the Charlotte Race Info page

  • 2015 May Race Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 147.803mph, started 3rd

  • 2015 October Race Winner: #20-Joey Logano, 139.760mph, started 3rd

  • 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

  • 2015 May Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 194.252mph, finished 4th

  • 2015 October Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 194.532mph, finished 42nd

  • 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: Matt Kenseth, Oct 2014, 194.532mph

  • 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........................ 109.0
    #18-Kyle Busch............................... 106.1
    #5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 97.4
    #20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 95.5
    #11-Denny Hamlin............................. 94.9
    #22-Joey Logano.............................. 93.6
    #19-Carl Edwards.............................. 90.8
    #16-Greg Biffle.................................. 88.0
    #2-Brad Keselowski......................... 87.8
    #4-Kevin Harvick.............................. 87.7
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (21 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)

  • Charlotte Track Notes & 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)

  • Charlotte Pole Notes & Facts:
    Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway (World 600) in 1960 with a speed of 133.904 mph.
    43 drivers have Coors Light poles at Charlotte, led by David Pearson with 14. Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in poles at CMS with nine; followed by Jimmie Johnson with four.
    13 drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Charlotte. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Charlotte with 11 straight from the fall of 1973 through 1978 - Matt Kenseth swept the poles in Charlotte last season.
    Eight drivers have posted their first career NSCS pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Donnie Allison (5/26/1968), Brett Bodine (10/7/1990), Jeff Gordon (10/10/1993), Ward Burton (10/9/1994), Derrike Cope (10/4/1998); including three active drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/28/2000), Ryan Newman (5/27/2001) and Aric Almirola (5/27/2012). Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Charlotte with a 7.793.
    15 of the 114 (13.1%) 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 114 (28.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte have been won from the front row: 15 from the pole and 17 from second-place.
    87 of the 114 (76.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Nine of the 114 (7.8%) 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.
    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)

  • Charlotte Driver Notes & Facts:
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Charlotte with 64.
    Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart lead all active drivers in NSCS starts at Charlotte with 33 each.
    65 drivers in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history have made their first series career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Five 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), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (5/29/11), Brian Scott (10/12/13) and Kyle Larson (10/12/13).
    Nine drivers have posted their first career NSCS win at Charlotte: David Pearson (5/28/1961), Buddy Baker (10/15/1967), Charlie Glotzbach (10/20/1968), Jeff Gordon (5/29/1994), Bobby Labonte (5/28/1995), Matt Kenseth (5/28/2000), Jamie McMurray (10/13/2002), Casey Mears (5/27/2007) and David Reutimann (5/25/2009).
    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).
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte without visiting Victory Lane at 32; followed by Ryan Newman with 30.
    Richard Petty leads the series in runner-up finishes at Charlotte with nine. Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers with three each.
    NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison are tied for the series most top-five finishes at Charlotte with 23 each. Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 13; followed by Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth with 10 each.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Charlotte with 31. Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers with 17 each.
    Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Charlotte with a 9.571.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Charlotte with 1,735 laps led in 29 starts.
    Two female drivers have competed at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie and Danica Patrick. (NASCAR)

  • Charlotte Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 114 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).
    532 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying race at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 382 in more than one.
    A season sweep at Charlotte has occurred eight times, including each season from 2004-2007.
    Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in 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 (30), Dodge (15), Pontiac (8), Mercury (7), Buick (4), Plymouth (4) and Toyota (3).
    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.
    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 114 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).
    (NASCAR)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Martin Truex Jr. dominates and wins Coca-Cola 600: #78-Martin Truex Jr. 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 4th career win. Truex Jr. won from the pole for the first time in 9 tries. Truex Jr. dominated the race leading a track record 392 of 400 laps and a NASCAR record 588 miles in a race.
    #4-Harvick finished 2nd for the 3rd time in 2016 and for the 47th second place in his career (11th all time) followed by #48-Johnson, #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski, #41-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #24-Elliott, #22-Logano and #31-Newman.
    There were 9 lead changes among 4 drivers and 4 cautions for 19 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 160.644 mph (a new track record).
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Charlotte Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-29-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Charlotte Motor Speedway:
    #78-Martin Truex Jr. won the 57th Annual COCA-COLA 600, his fourth victory in 382 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 22 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #4-Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 31 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 10th top-10 finish in 2016.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 18th top-10 finish in 30 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #24-Chase Elliott (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #4-Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 36 points over Kurt Busch.
    Truex set the Charlotte Motor Speedway record with 392 laps led.
    Truex's 588 miles led were the most in any NASCAR race in history.
    The time of race was the shortest of any Coca-Cola 600 in history (3:44:08, 160.644 mph).
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-29-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Charlotte, race 13 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #18-Busch [3 wins], 4th in driver points
    2) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 3rd
    3) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 5th
    4) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 6th
    5) #4-Harvick [1 win], 1st
    6) #78-Truex, Jr. [1 win], 7th
    7) #20-Kenseth [1 win], 10th
    8) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 11th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    8) #41-Busch, 421, 2nd
    9) #24-Elliott, 374, 8th
    10) #22-Logano, 373, 9th
    12) #3-Dillon, 344, 12th
    13) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 341, 13th
    14) #1-McMurray, 318, 14th
    15) #21-Blaney, 309, 15th
    16) #31-Newman, 309, 16th
    (5-29-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Charlotte, race 13 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 457
    3) #41-Busch, 421, -36
    5) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 409, -48
    2) #18-Busch, [3 wins], 405, -52
    4) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 404, -53
    6) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 404, -53
    9) #78-Truex Jr. [1 win], 381, -76
    7) #24-Elliott, 374, -83
    8) #22-Logano, 373, -84
    10) #20-Kenseth [1 win], 347, -110
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Charlotte Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #30-Wise, 38th
    Caution 2: #21-Blaney, 20th
    Caution 3: #47-Allmendinger, 16th
    Caution 4: #17-Stenhouse Jr., 15th
    (5-29-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 29, 2016.
    Television (TV): FOX at 6:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 5:30 pm/et; green flag approx. 6:08pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Monday, May 30 at 8:30am/et on FS1;
    Tuesday, May 31 at 6:00am/et on FS1;
    Tuesday, May 31 at 2:00pm/et on FS2

  • UPDATED Charlotte Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, May 29: (eastern time)
    (weather permitting)
    NASCAR moved the start time of the race up
    5:10pm: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Intros
    5:51pm: Presentation of Colors by "82nd Airborne Division Color Guard" from Fort Bragg.
    5:51:20pm: Invocation by Frank Harrison
    5:51:45pm: Amazing Grace by Charlotte Fire Department Pipe Band
    5:54:40pm: National Anthem: 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus
    5:56pm: Flyover: Four F-15 Eagle fighter jets, Seymour Johnson AFB
    6:01pm: Command to Start Engines: Retired General George W. Casey & 75 Service Members/USO Volunteers
    6:09:30pm: 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 #78-Truex Jr. chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole (2nd) #22-Logano took pit stall 2.
    #17-Stenhouse Jr., who starts 3rd took the 21st pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening behind it, also an opening in front it.
    The 41st and final pit stall was taken by #2-Keselowski, who starts 5th.
    With three extra stalls, three have been closed: 20, 42, 43.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-26-2016)

  • Three teams penalized: The teams of #48-Jimmie Johnson, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. & #43-Aric Almirola will lose their place in order for pit-stall selection - typically they choose in order of qualifying results - for receiving their fourth warning of the season at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday. Teams get warnings for minor violations that cause them to fail opening-day, prequalifying or prerace measurements. Johnson would have picked seventh, Almirola would have picked 20th and Earnhardt would have picked 25th (ESPN), Pit Stall selections will be most likely be released and posted Saturday morning (5-26-2016)

  • 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
    Pit Stop Times
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Qualifying Order
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Overtime (was 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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

  • Saturday first practice for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #41-Busch 191.002
    #48-Johnson 190.617
    #78-Truex Jr. 190.061
    #19-Edwards 189.887
    #17-Stenhouse Jr 189.414
    slowest: #55-Sorenson 176.154 and #32-Earnhardt 178.843
    most laps run: #24-Elliott and #16-Biffle, 48
    Best 10 consecutive lap average: #78-Truex Jr. 186.625
    notes: #88-Earnhardt Jr. had a seal on the power steering fail during the practice, the crew fixed it and the #88 was able to practice towards the end of the practice. Happy Hour (final) practice is scheduled for 1:00pm/et, TV=FS1.
    See fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap aves, laps run on the Charlotte Practice 2 speeds page (pdf) (5-28-2016)

  • Martin Truex Jr. wins Charlotte pole: #78-Martin Truex Jr. won the Coors Light pole for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with speed of 192.328mph for his 2nd pole of 2016, 1st at Charlotte and 9th of his career. Truex Jr. has never won a race from the pole.
    #22-Logano will start 2nd, followed by #17-Stenhouse Jr., #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski, #16-Biffle, #48-Johnson, #4-Harvick, #19-Edwards, #6-Bayne, #27-Menard and #24-Elliott.
    #22-Logano was fastest in the first and second rounds and will start 2nd.
    Since the maximum of 40 cars entered the race, everyone made the race.
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the Charlotte qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Charlotte Starting Lineup page (pdf).(5-26-2016)

  • Three teams penalized: The teams of #48-Jimmie Johnson, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. & #43-Aric Almirola will lose their place in order for pit-stall selection - typically they choose in order of qualifying results - for receiving their fourth warning of the season at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday. Teams get warnings for minor violations that cause them to fail opening-day, prequalifying or prerace measurements. Johnson would have picked seventh, Almirola would have picked 20th and Earnhardt would have picked 25th (ESPN), Pit Stall selections will be most likely be released and posted Saturday morning (5-26-2016)

  • Charlotte Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
    #78-Martin Truex Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 57th Annual COCA-COLA 600 with a lap of 28.077 seconds, 192.328 mph.
    This is his ninth pole in 382 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and eighth top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in 22 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #22-Joey Logano (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2016 and his fifth in 15 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third) posted his second top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his seventh in 13 races this season.
    #24-Chase Elliott (12th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-26-2016)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #22-Logano 191.768
    #16-Biffle 191.625
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. 191.591
    #2-Keselowski 191.340
    #78-Truex Jr. 191.293
    the rest of the top 12: 4 48 6 27 11 19 24;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 41 31 47 18 13 21 10 43 14 34 1 42
    (5-26-2016)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #22-Logano 191.327
    #21-Blaney 191.232
    #41-Busch 191.184
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. 190.772
    #18-Busch 190.644
    the rest of the top 24: 43 16 2 24 4 27 78 48 13 11 19 31 1 14 42 47 6 10 34;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 88 15 20 3 5 44 7 95 38 83 23 98 30 46 32 55
    Drivers who will miss the race: none as 40 cars entered for 40 spots
    (5-26-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 7:15pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 7:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Friday, May 27 at 8:00am/et on FS1

  • Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
    " Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
    " Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
    " Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
    There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

  • Qualifying Order for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted. 40 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #95-McDowell.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #34-Buescher.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Charlotte Qualifying Order Page (pdf).(5-26-2016)

  • Thursday practice for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #41-Busch 192.843
    #48-Johnson 191.252
    #19-Edwards 191.042
    #4-Harvick 190.772
    #42-Larson 190.745
    slowest: #55-Sorenson 175.461 and #30-Wise 180.626
    most laps run: #18-Busch 25; #44-Scott 21
    notes: in the event that qualifying is cancelled, the practice speeds would set the lineup for the 600. Qualifying is scheduled for 7:15pm/et and will be aired on FS1.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Charlotte Practice 1 speeds page (pdf) (5-26-2016)

  • Entry List for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 starting spots] are listed, including:
    #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, #55-Sorenson, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #55-Sorenson, #98-Whitt
    Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race, 40 is the maximum.
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Charlotte Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Dover, race 12 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 418
    2) #18-Busch, [3 wins], 397, -21
    3) #41-Busch, 386, -32
    4) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 381, -37
    5) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 370, -48
    6) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 368, -50
    7) #24-Elliott, 341, -77
    8) #22-Logano, 340, -78
    9) #78-Truex Jr., 336, -82
    10) #3-Dillon, 315, -103
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Dover Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Dover, race 12 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #18-Busch [3 wins], 2nd in driver points
    2) #19-Edwards [2 wins], 4th
    3) #48-Johnson [2 wins], 5th
    4) #2-Keselowski [2 wins], 6th
    5) #4-Harvick [1 win], 1st
    6) #20-Kenseth [1 win], 12th
    7) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 13th
    no wins, in by drivers points standings
    8) #41-Busch, 386
    9) #24-Elliott, 341
    10) #22-Logano, 340
    11) #78-Truex, Jr., 336
    12) #3-Dillon, 315
    13) #88-Earnhardt Jr., 314
    14) #1-McMurray, 296
    15) #21-Blaney, 288
    16) #47-Allmendinger, 283
    (5-15/18-2016)

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CAMPING & TRAVEL

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Speed Eats

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

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

    Set limits: Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying, and 12 sets for the race

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4698; Right-side -- D-4700

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.44 in. (2,221 mm); Right-side -- 88.50 in. (2,248 mm)

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 25 psi; Left Rear -- 25 psi;
    Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Notes: All Goodyear tires run this week will be branded with "Support Our Troops" instead of the customary "Eagle" . . . teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run completely different tire set-ups at Charlotte . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that debuted for Sprint Cup teams at the Sprint Showdown/All-Star event at Charlotte last week . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Charlotte on March 8-9 . . . drivers participating in that test were Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray, Brian Scott and Martin Truex Jr. . . . compared to what was run at Charlotte last year, both of these tires have an updated construction to bring them into line with what is run at other speedways . . . this left-side code (D-4698) features a compound change for more grip . . . this right-side code (D-4700) is a single tread compound tire which offers more grip than either of the two compounds run on Goodyear's multi-zone tread tire run at Charlotte last year . . . 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 "Wingfoot One" will be in the skies over Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend . . . this ship is based out of Pompano Beach, Fla. . . . Wingfoot One will provide aerial coverage for Fox Sports for both the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup races.

    Support the Troops
    To run at all Charlotte races in May 2016, 'Support the Troops' Goodyear Tires.



  • Goodyear Transforms NASCAR Race Tires to Honor U.S. Military: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will customize its iconic Goodyear Eagle race tires for the seventh consecutive year to support the U.S. Armed Forces. Goodyear, the Official Tire of NASCAR, will replace the "Eagle" logo on the sidewalls of its race tires with "Support Our Troops" messaging on tires used during all NASCAR races at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. The NASCAR industry kicks off its annual military tribute, NASCAR: An American Salute, leading up to the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29. "Support for the military is part of the fabric of our company," said Stu Grant, Goodyear's general manager of global racing. "Goodyear's rich history of making tires for the U.S. Armed Forces is a source of pride for our associates - especially the many that have served - and these tires are a reflection of our deep respect for all Military branches." Goodyear has more than 100 years of history building innovative tires and equipment to help support and protect U.S. troops and is the largest producer of military tires in the country. The company was recently recognized as a Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs magazine for its leadership in hiring and supporting veterans. In 2014, Goodyear surpassed a three-year goal of hiring 1,000 veterans and since then, Goodyear has renewed the commitment to hiring another 1,000 veterans over three years.(GoodYear), see images of all seven tires on the Tire News and Testing page (5-20-2016)

  • notes to be posted when available

RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

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