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Thursday May 22nd
8:15 a.m. NSCS Haulers Enter

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THE RACE: Coca-Cola 600

Sprint Cup Race #12 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, May 25, 2008 in Concord, NC

  • Title Sponsor: Coca-Cola

  • Track: Lowe's Motor Speedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 5:45pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • FOX 5:00pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 3:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Thursday, May 29 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, May 29 at 5:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
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Purse/Race Awards

    2008: $6,648,557
    2007: $6,569,628
    2006: $6,452,431
    2005: $6,279,649
    2004: $6,201,379
    2003: $5,396,853


Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Thursday, May 22, 3:00 - 4:30pm/et, TV-SPEED;
    Saturday, May 24, 2:45 - 3:30pm/et, TV-none

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, May 24, 6:00 - 6:50pm/et on TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Thursday, May 22, 2:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Thursday, May 22 at 7:00pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air reported;
    AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Kahne wins Coca-Cola 600: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway for his 1st win of 2008 and his 8th career win, leading 66 laps and becoming the 6th driver to win both the All-Star race and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same year. #16-Biffle finsihed 2nd followed by #16-Biffle, #18-Busch, #24-Gordon, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #31-Burton, #17-Kenseth, #19-Sadler, #99-Edwards and #44-Reutimann. #48-Johnson lost an engine late and finished 39th. There were 11 cautions for 50 laps and 16 drivers led a lap with 39 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Charlotte Race Results/Awards Page.(5-25-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Drivers Points Standings [after Charlotte race 12 of 36]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 1860 [3 wins]
    2) #31-Jeff Burton 1766 -94 [1 win]
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1721 -139
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin 1596 -264 [1 win]
    5) #07-Clint Bowyer 1578 -282 [1 win]
    6) #99-Carl Edwards 1538 -322 [would be 4th without 100 pt penalty][3 wins]
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick 1517 -343
    8) #20-Tony Stewart 1511 -349
    9) #48-Jimmie Johnson 1493 -367 [1 win]
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon 1486 -374
    11) #16-Greg Biffle 1483 -377
    12) #9-Kasey Kahne 1454 -406 [1 win]
    other chase contenders
    13) #6-David Ragan 1398 -462 [56 pts out of the chase]
    14) #12-Ryan Newman 1366 -491 [1 win]
    For the drivers points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(5-25-2008)

  • Lowe’s Motor Speedway Fast Facts:
    .. Kasey Kahne won the Coca-Cola 600, his eighth win in 156 career Sprint Cup Series starts.
    .. Kahne became the sixth driver to win both the Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same season. The last to do so was Jimmie Johnson in 2003.
    .. This is Kahne’s first points win since October 14, 2006 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He ends a 52-race winless drought.
    .. This is Kahne’s first top-five and sixth top-10 of the season.
    .. This is Kahne’s third career points win and fourth top-10 finish at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    .. Greg Biffle (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish of the season.
    .. Kyle Busch (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish of 2008.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(5-25-2008)

  • Lowe's Motor Speedway Penalty Report:
    Car #, Reason, Penalty, Lap Issued
    1 #2 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 162
    2 #66 Lug nut(s) not installed TE 163
    3 #42 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 168
    4 #40 Non-compliant refueling (overflow container) TE 173
    5 #42 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 186
    6 #12 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 186
    7 #17 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 186
    8 #38 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 186
    9 #00 Going above the blend line exiting the pits TE 195
    10 #2 Too many crewmembers in contact with pit service area TE 225
    11 #2 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 226
    12 #96 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 245
    13 #2 Too many crewmembers in contact with pit service area TE 245
    14 #96 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 297
    15 #18 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 298
    16 #88 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 298
    17 #88 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 299
    18 #11 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 306
    19 #12 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 306
    20 #12 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 307
    21 #1 Safety violation TE 309
    22 #10 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 330
    23 #88 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. TE 331
    24 #41 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 331
    25 #45 Driving thru more than three pit boxes TE 385
    PT – Pass through
    TE – Tail end of the longest line
    SG – Stop and Go
    OL – One lap
    ND – NASCAR discretion
    MCI – Must come into pits(NASCAR Statistics)(5-25-2008)

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Lowe's Motor Speedway: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #15-Menard, 41st
    Caution 2: #15-Menard [2], 41st
    Caution 3: #8-Martin, 15th
    Caution 4: #29-Harvick, 14th
    Caution 5: #43-Labonte, 11th
    Caution 6: #77-Hornish Jr., 13th
    Caution 7: none awarded
    Caution 8: #24-Gordon, 4th
    Caution 9: #01-Smith, 19th
    Caution 10: #12-Newman, 21st
    Caution 11: #84-Allmendinger, 20th
    (5-25-2008)

  • Race Coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 25, 2008.
    TV: Fox in Hi-Def at 5:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Thursday, May 29 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, May 29 at 5:30pm/et

  • To The Back [2]: #66-Riggs [backup car]; #70-Sauter [backup car]
  • Pit Stall selections
  • Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page
  • Practice Speeds Page
  • Entry List
  • 2008 Race Officials


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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  • Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the top 5 fastest:
    #83-Vickers 180.735
    #20-Stewart 179.904
    #22-Blaney 179.832
    #2-Busch 179.772
    #16-Biffle 179.766
    slowest: #45-Petty 174.104 and #70-Sauter 174.374
    most laps run: #2-Busch 49; #20-Stewart 46
    See speeds, laps run and ave speed on my Coca Cola 600 Practice Page.(5-24-2008)

  • 1st Saturday practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is over, the top 5 fastest:
    #16-Biffle 180.282
    #6-Ragan 179.880
    #18-Busch 179.581
    #20- Stewart 179.384
    #44-Reutimann 179.348
    slowest: #70-Sauter 172.884 [backup] & #45-Petty 174.233
    most laps run: #2-Busch 30; #99-Edwards 29
    Happy Hour practice is scheduled to run 6:00-6:50pm/et tonight
    See speeds, laps run and ave speed on my Coca Cola 600 Practice Page.(5-24-2008)

  • Haas CNC cars impounded: The primary cars of #66-Scott Riggs and #70-Johnny Sauter of Haas CNC Racing were impounded by NASCAR when it was discovered the rear wing mounts were illegal prior to Saturday's Sprint Cup practice. Both teams will be allowed to use backup cars and start in the back of the field in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. Both teams also face further punishment by NASCAR. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was docked 100 championship points and crew chief Tony Eury Jr. fined $100,000 and suspended for six races last season for toying with the rear wing. Riggs had qualified 13th and Sauter last. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said the violation was discovered after it was brought to the governing body's attention there might be a problem with the location of the upper wing mounting points. Inspections are not a normal part of the pre-practice routine on Saturday. "The garage I would say is a fairly self-policing area,'' Tharp said. "We follow up on information we get."(ESPN.com)(5-24-2008) Comment here

  • Kyle Busch on pole at LMS #18-Kyle Busch wons the Coors Light Pole for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway with a speed of 185.433mph for his 2nd pole of 2008 and 4th of his career. #9-Kahne will start 2nd, followed by #83-Vickers, #16-Biffle, #6-Ragan, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #8-Martin, #2-Busch, #19-Sadler and #48-Johnson.
    The eight go-or-go homers who made the race are: #77-Hornish Jr., #40-Marlin, #84-Allmendinger, #33-Schrader, #10-Carpentier, #96-Yeley, #45-Petty and starting 43rd will be #70-Sauter [43rd goes to a past champ if needed or the 8th fastest of the go-or-go homers]
    Missing the race are: #34-Green, #50-Barrett, #21-Wood, #78-Nemechek and #08-Sauter.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying results and order and the pole progression see my Coca-Cola 600 Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(5-22-2008)

  • Lowe’s Motor Speedway Qualifying Fast Facts
    .. Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the Coca-Cola 600 with a lap of 185.433 mph/29.121 seconds.
    .. It is his fourth pole in 126 Sprint Cup Series races.
    .. This is Busch’s second pole of the year. His previous pole this season came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is his fourth top-five and ninth top-10 start this season.
    .. This is Busch’s first pole and first top-five start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He had only one other top-10 start in his LMS career – a sixth-place start in the 2005 Coca-Cola 600.
    .. Kasey Kahne (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2008 and sixth at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    .. Brian Vickers (third) posted his second top-10 start of 2008 and second at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
    .. Sam Hornish Jr. (20th) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time. Hornish was also the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-22-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 7:00pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 11:00am/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #20-Stewart, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #29-Harvick. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #10-Carpentier, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #08-Raines. See the full qualifying order on my Charlotte Qualifying Page.(5-22-2008)

  • Thursday practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is being over, the top five:
    #6-Ragan 181.622
    #16-Biffle 181.549
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 181.330
    #9-Kahne 181.281
    #8-Martin 181.281
    slowest: #08-Raines 174.323 and #28-Kvapil [in a backup] 175.234
    #28-Kvapil wacked the wall on his first lap and the team has pulled out the backup car.
    #40-Marlin slid off turn 4 and thru the infield grass, but no real damage to the car.
    #50-Barrett drift up and slapped the wall, pancaked the right side of the car.
    See the speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(5-22-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Charlotte
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr., 15th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 21st
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 24th
    #70-Johnny Sauter, 25th
    #96-J.J. Yeley, 30th
    #33-Ken Schrader, 31st
    #40-Sterling Marlin, 40th
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 41st
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #34-Jeff Green, 42nd
    #50-Stanton Barrett, 43rd
    #21-Jon Wood, 44th
    #45-Kyle Petty, 46th
    #08-Tony Raines, 48th/last
    See the speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(5-22-2008)

  • Entry List for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway is posted, 48 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #08-Tony Raines (5/49)
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (11/43)
    #21-Jon Wood (11/44)
    #33-Ken Schrader (1/51)
    #34-Jeff Green (11/45)
    #40-Sterling Marlin (11/38)
    #45-Kyle Petty (11/42)
    #50-Stanton Barrett (1/54)
    #70-Johnny Sauter (11/39)
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr (11/36)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (11/41)
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger (11/40)
    #96-J.J. Yeley (11/37)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 77,96,40,70,84,78,45,10
    missing the race would be [5]: #'s 21,34,08,33,50
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Charlotte Entry List
    (5-19-2008)

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - ALL Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] with Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Jayski's - 2008 Sprint Cup Race Results 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

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Sprint Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Sprint Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Sprint Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the Sprint Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Sprint Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
    This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
    See my 2008 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2008)


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • 2007 May Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 185.312mph, finished 39th

  • 2007 October Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 189.394mph, finished 28th

  • Track Qualifying Record: #38-Elliott Sadler, Oct 2005, 193.216mph

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

  • 2007 May Race Winner: #25-Casey Mears, 130.222mph, started 16th

  • 2007 October Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 125.868mph, started 4th

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

  • Track Race Record 600 miles: Bobby Labonte, May 1995, 151.952mph

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

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

  • Most Wins: 6 - Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Allison; Current driver: 5, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon

  • Most Poles: 14 - David Pearson; Current driver: 7, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman

  • Most Top 5s: 23 - Bobby Allison and Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s: 31 - Richard Petty

  • 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

  • Most Laps Led [500 mile race]: 328, Ernie Irvan, 10/10/1993

  • Most Laps Led [600 mile race]: 335, Jim Paschal, 5/28/1967

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 335, Jim Paschal, 5/28/1967

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 3, Joe Weatherly, 5/21/1961

  • Most Lead Changes: 59 - 5/27/1979

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 2 - 5/21/1961

  • Most Leaders: 21, 5/29/2005

  • Fewest Leaders: 3, 5/21/1961

  • Most Cautions: 22, 5/29/2005

  • Most Caution Laps: 113, 5/25/80

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 5/21/1961

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 5/21/1961

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 25, 10/15/2005

  • Most Running at the Finish: 39, 10/11/03

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 10 - 5/21/1961

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 35 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 13 [13.3%]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 14
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 13
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 37: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 56 of 98 - 57.1%
  • Races won from the top 10: 76 of 98 - 77.6%

  • At Lowe’s Motor Speedway:
    • Construction began in 1959.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on June 19, 1960.
    • The first NASCAR Nationwide Series race was May 29, 1982.
    • The first night race was the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in 1992. The first night (twilight) point race was in the spring of 1993.
    • The track was repaved mid-season in 1994.
    • The first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at LMS was on May 16, 2003.
    • The 2003 fall race was the first race at Lowe’s to be run completely at night.
    • The track was re-paved before the 2006 season.
    • There have been 98 Sprint Cup Series races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, two races per year since the track opened in 1960. In 1961, there were two 100-mile qualifying point races held the week before the World 600. The first six fall races at Charlotte were 400-mile events (1960-65).
    • Fireball Roberts won the pole for the first race at LMS, in 1960.
    • Joe Lee Johnson won the first race at LMS, in 1960.
    • 36 drivers have posted poles at LMS, led by David Pearson with 14.
    • David Pearson posted 11 straight poles at Charlotte from the fall of 1973 through 1978.
    • Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman lead active drivers with seven poles each.
    • Jeff Gordon won five straight spring race poles from 1994 to 1998.
    • 40 drivers have won races, led by Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip with six each.
    • Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon lead active drivers in wins with five victories each.
    • Hendrick Motorsports has won 15 races at LMS, more than any other organization.
    • There have been 13 back-to-back victories at Lowe’s, including three in-a-row by Fred Lorenzen (fall 1964-fall1965).
    • A sweep has occurred eight times at LMS, including three of the past four seasons: Jimmie Johnson (2004 and 2005) and Kasey Kahne (2006).
    • 13 races have been won from the pole, the last by Jimmie Johnson in the spring of 2004.
    • Jimmie Johnson won the 2003 Coca-Cola 600 from the 37th starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started at LMS.
    • Hendrick Motorsports has won seven of the past 10 races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Three different HMS drivers have won there since 2002, including sweeps in 2004 and 2005 by Jimmie Johnson and an organization sweep last season by Casey Mears and Jeff Gordon.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-20-2008)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #07-Clint Bowyer Salute the Troops/Jack Daniel's #07 Team Schemes Page
    #8-Mark Martin Salute the Troops/U.S. Army #8 Team Schemes Page
    #10-Patrick Carpentier Lifelock #10 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight #11 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Dish Network #16 Team Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth R&L Carriers #17 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Jon Wood Salute the Troops/US Air Force #21 Team Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon Salute the Troops/DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
    #40-Sterling Marlin Target/Wii Fit #40 Team Schemes Page
    #43-Bobby Labonte Cherrios Racing, Trix, Lucky & Friends #43 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Coca-Cola / Olympics #45 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Salute the Troops/National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page


  • Martin Ready to Salute the Troops in More Ways Than One: In the true spirit of Sunday's Memorial Day weekend classic at Lowe's Motor Speedway -- the Coca-Cola 600 -- Mark Martin’s #8 U.S. Army Chevy will feature photos of eight soldiers on the outside of the car. The unique paint scheme is part of the USO Salute the Troops Memorial Day tribute to the armed forces. Despite his limited schedule in 2008 and having missed three of 11 events, Martin’s two top fives are as many or more than 21 drivers who have competed in all 11 races. His four top-10 finishes are more than 19 drivers who have taken part in every event this season.(U.S. Army Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on my #8 Team Schemes page.(5-22-2008)

  • #5 to salute the troops: Casey Mears' #5 CARQUEST/Kellogg's Chevy will run a special "Salute the Troops" decal in front of each rear wheel for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The decal is in honor of all military men and women.(HMS)(5-22-2008)

  • Johnson's car to honor troops: In honor of Memorial Day, Jimmy Johnson's #48 Lowe's Chevy will feature a special "Salute the Troops" logo on its deck lid during Sunday's Sprint Cup Coca Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.(GMR Marketing PR)(5-22-2008)

  • Special Scheme for Gordon: During Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Jeff Gordon’s #24 DuPont Chevrolet will carry a “Salute the Troops” decal while DuPont’s Kevlar brand fiber and Nomex brand fiber businesses appear on the TV panel.(Performance Plus PR)(5-22-2008)

  • #07 Toast to the Troops: Clint Bowyer's #97-Jack Daniel's Chevy will feature a special USO Toast to the Troops paint scheme for the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Jack Daniel's and the USO joined together, beginning in 2005, to present the "Toast to the Troops" campaign, which gives Americans the opportunity to send special messages of support to the men and women serving in the U.S. armed forces. These "toasts" are included in care packages the USO delivers to troops deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq and other overseas locations, as well as troops arriving and departing on rest and recuperation (R&R) flights. The care packages include an assortment of items specifically requested by service members, such as prepaid international calling cards, toiletries, sunscreen, playing cards, a disposable camera and snacks. Special "stuffing parties" have been held on military installations across the country where military spouses, USO volunteers and Jack Daniel's employees added the "toasts" to care packages along with the other items. Since the "Toast to the Troops" campaign began, Jack Daniel's and the USO have collected more than 60,000 messages of support that were included in care packages assembled at Fort Campbell, Ky., Fort Gillem/Fort McPherson, Ga., Fort Hood, Texas, Scott Air Force, Mo., Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., Jacksonville Naval Station, Fla., and Quantico Marine Base, Va. In some instances, the care packages and messages were handed to service members as they were boarding planes for overseas deployment.(RCR PR)(5-21-2008)

  • Kenseth top sport different colors at LMS: This weekend, Matt Kenseth will sport the colors of R+L Carriers in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. R+L Carriers will serve as a primary sponsor for the Kenseth’s #17 Ford Fusion four Sprint Cup Series races in 2008 - Daytona (July), California (August) and Martinsville (October). Kenseth has carried the R+L Carriers paint scheme just seven times since 2006. In his seven previous starts in the #17 R+L Carriers Ford, Kenseth has achieved seven top-12, five top-10 and three top-five finishes.(Rousch Fenway Racing), see images of the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(5-20-2008)

  • Coca-Cola scheme for Petty at LMS: Quotes from #45-Kyle Petty: “I’ve been a part of the all-star weekend since it began and I always look forward to that date on the schedule. It seems like only yesterday that Davey Allison and I were spinning across the finish line in the first all-star race under the lights. I really believe that it was that night that began the aura of this race. Strange things happen under the lights at Lowe’s. We’re obviously going into the All-Star Showdown with the intention of qualifying our way into the Sprint All-Star race. But we are also looking at the big picture, which is the Coca-Cola 600. There are some pieces of this new car that we still need a better grasp of and the all-star weekend gives us a chance to do that. So while we are going for the money, we’re also using it as another test session. The next two weekends are special for me because I get to run an awesome Coke paint scheme. Coke has been a partner of mine for a long time and they’ve used the all-star race and the Coke 600 to promote special events or products. This year the car will promote the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Summer is always different when it’s an Olympic summer. I’m just waiting on stock car racing to become an Olympic sport. I think we would have a pretty good chance at gold in that event.”(MCG SportsPetty Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on my #45 Team Schemes page.(5-14-2008) Comment here

  • Armed Forces Unite for Major Military Tribute by NASCAR Drivers: Six Sprint Cup drivers and two Nationwide Series drivers will lead all NASCAR fans in the USO Salute the Troops Memorial Day tribute to the armed forces on Saturday, May 24th, and Sunday, May 25th, at Lowe's Motor Speedway to kick off a nationwide effort to raise funds for military families worldwide. All will drive specially designed cars supporting branches of the military. Participating drivers include #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #24-Jeff Gordon, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #07-Clint Bowyer, #8-Mark Martin, #21-Jon Wood, Brad Keselowski, Cale Gale and NHRA's Tony Schumacher. Several of those drivers, including Mark Martin, Jon Wood and Brad Keselowski were at Lowe's Motor Speedway today for the unveiling of the special cars. Distinguished members of the military kicked off the Salute the Troops tribute in grand style with a military color guard presentation and the presentation of the cars that will run in the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300, Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day and the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals the previous weekend to show their support for America's armed forces. The USO Salute the Troops program hopes to raise funds for American military families in need through the effort. The NASCAR and NHRA team owners, sponsors, drivers and employees donated the space on their cars to collectively thank the armed forces at the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300, Coca-Cola 600 and O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Diecast models and officially licensed merchandise of the participating drivers will be available for sale through Motorsports Authentics. "It is an honor for Motorsports Authentics to be a part of this program with Speedway Motorsports, General Sadler, Victory Management and the teams," said Mark Dyer, president of Motorsports Authentics. "All of the men and women serving selflessly in the military are heroes and we recognize their immense sacrifice. This is a great opportunity to recognize, celebrate and support them in a meaningful way. Our sincere hope is that people will come out in force to show their support of this program and to help the heroes among us." Lowe's Motor Speedway, Motorsports Authentics, Victory Management Group and the NASCAR and NHRA teams and their respective sponsors developed the program. JHE Productions and Lowe's Motor Speedway will collaborate to create a fantastic pre-race tribute presentation. Two major organizations will work together to promote the Salute the Troops Memorial Day Tribute and support the event's fundraising efforts: The USO and Speedway Children's Charities.(PR) see images of the cars on my Team Schemes pages: #88, #24, #48, #07, #8 and #21 plus the #88 NNS Team Schemes page and #77 NNS Team Schemes page.(5-7-2008) Comment here

  • LifeLock Sponsoring Carpentier for 8 Races: Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced that LifeLock, the nation’s leading identity theft protection service, will sponsor the #10 Dodge with driver Patrick Carpentier in eight races in the 2008 Sprint Cup Season. LifeLock will sponsor Carpentier at Phoenix on April 12, Talladega on April 27, Richmond on May 3, Darlington on May 10, Charlotte on May 25, Michigan on June 15, Chicagoland on July 12 and Kansas on Sept. 28. Gillett Evernham Motorsports CEO Tom Reddin said the addition of LifeLock to the existing sponsorship lineup at the #10 of Valvoline, Auto Value/All Pro Bumper-to-Bumper, Charter and Cintas mean there are few unsponsored races remaining on the #10 Dodge in 2008.(Gillett Evernham PR)(4-4-2008)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
    Race Length: 400 laps, 600 miles
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 171,000
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1960

    Carry-In Items
    Coolers: Allowed (14"x14"x14" limit).
    Glass containers: Not allowed.
    Alcoholic beverages: Allowed.
    Cameras/recording devices: Allowed.

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: about 10 Coca-Cola contest fans
    Command to start engines: about 10 Coca-Cola contest fans
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Richard Thompson, speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates
    Invocation: Belmont Abbey College President William Thierfelder
    National Anthem: country music artist Darryl Worley
    Military Flyover: F-15's, Langley AFB
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage: lowesmotorspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Lowe's Motor Speedway

  • Last Year: see my May LMS Race Info page

  • Last Year: see the October LMS Race Info page


  • Memorial Day Salute: Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 pre-race entertainment will feature an active and patriotic “Salute The Troops” theme. Among the planned activities are the presentation of 1,500 soldiers, plus an assault demonstration. Participating troops hail from Fort Bragg and represent the XVIII Airborne Corps, the 82nd Airborne Division, the United States Airborne Army Special Operations Command and the North Carolina National Guard. The 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus will perform, as will the Golden Knights — the U.S. Army Parachute Team. Members of the Rolling Thunder motorcycle group, which advocates for Prisoners of Wars and those Missing In Action, will ride a parade lap and make a special POW/MIA flag presentation. Also scheduled to appear — and perform — are NHRA Funny Car legend John Force, 200 bagpipers and Toyota’s Tundra Monster Truck.(5-21-2008)

  • Prerace participants for Coca-Cola 600: Lowe's Motor Speedway officials have announced a lineup of special guests, including country music artist Darryl Worley, who will participate in pre-race ceremonies leading up to the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series event Sunday. Worley will sing the national anthem prior to the Coca-Cola 600. The singer wrote "Have You Forgotten?" after a USO trip to entertain troops in Afghanistan. Dr. Robert H. Schuller, founder of the Orange Grove, Calif.-based Crystal Cathedral church, will lead race fans in the pledge of allegiance before the Coca-Cola 600. Dr. William Thierfelder, president of Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C., will deliver the invocation before the race. The multi-faceted Thierfelder is a licensed psychologist who was a medalist at the 1981 U.S. Track & Field Indoor National Championship, trained as a high-jumper for the 1984 Olympics and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee's Sports Psychology Registry. Tickets for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 start at $39 and can be purchased online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS)(5-20-2008)

  • Dole Named Honorary Race Director For Coca-Cola 600: Senator Elizabeth Dole has been named honorary race director for the May 25 Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Coca-Cola and speedway officials also announced that Richard Thompson, speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates, will serve as the honorary starter, waving the green flag to send the 43 drivers on their 600-mile journey. In her role as honorary race director, Dole will attend the pre-race drivers’ meeting, preside over pre-race ceremonies and visit the control tower during the race. A native of nearby Salisbury, N.C., Dole has served five United States Presidents and was elected in 2002 to serve the people of North Carolina in the U.S. Senate. After being discharged from the military, Thompson earned a criminal justice degree from Marshall University. He then graduated with honors from the West Virginia University College of Law and returned home to Lavalette, W.Va., to establish his practice. Tickets for the May 25 Coca-Cola 600 start at just $39 and can be purchased by visiting www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or calling the Lowe’s Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS)(5-8-2008)

  • Record $6.6 Million Purse for May 25 Coca-Cola 600: Sprint Cup Series drivers will battle for a record $6.6 million during the May 25 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway while total posted awards for the track's schedule of May events is nearly $14.7 million. Nine races will be run at Lowe's Motor Speedway and The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway between Friday night, May 16, and Sunday evening, May 25, and each carries a record purse with a total of $14,692,658 up for grabs. Already one of the richest races on the NASCAR circuit, the $6,648,557 in total awards for the Coca-Cola 600 is $78,929 more than was posted for last year's event and $4,219,759 more than competitors raced for in the 600-mile event 10 years ago. Competitors participating in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the Sprint Showdown on Saturday night, May 17, will compete for a record $4,308,251 with the All-Star Race winner guaranteed a minimum of $1,012,975. In addition to the posted prize money, $1,780,853 in television awards for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will be distributed through the Sprint Cup Series Car/Champion Owner Program. Tickets for all May events, including the May 17 Sprint All-Star Race and the May 25 Coca-Cola 600, can be obtained online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS)(5-6-2008)

  • 3 Doors Down to Rock Lowe's Motor Speedway: NASCAR's All-Star Weekend adds another group of all-stars as multi-platinum recording artists 3 Doors Down will perform a 75-minute concert prior to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 17, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The concert begins at 3:30 p.m. in the infield between Turns 1 and 2. Admission to the concert is free with the purchase of a ticket to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Tickets for the May 17 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and May 25 Coca-Cola 600 can be purchased online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling the track ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS)(5-6-2008)

  • Lowe's Motor Speedway to Install Additional SAFER Barriers: Lowe's Motor Speedway crews will install 340 feet of additional SAFER barriers along the track's inside backstretch retaining wall prior to the May 17 Sprint All-Star Race and the May 25 Coca-Cola 600."The hard licks that Jeff Gordon and Michael McDowell took earlier this season reminded us all that bizarre and unexpected things can happen in racing," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway. "This additional SAFER barrier will add more protection on our backstretch for May, and we're looking at some additional improvements back there as well." Wheeler also said engineers are researching alternatives to the current opening in the inside backstretch wall at LMS, which is used during races for staging emergency response vehicles. The concrete wall just past that opening is currently protected by encapsulated polystyrene blocks that are bolted to the wall. In April 2004, more than 6,100-linear feet of SAFER barriers, which utilize foam blocks positioned behind rolled steel tubing, were installed at Lowe's Motor Speedway. That project included placing the energy-absorbing barriers in front of approximately 4,000 feet of outside retaining walls in the turns; 1,351 feel along the frontstretch quad-oval; and 796 feet on the insides of Turns 2 and 4. The original installation included 476 feet of SAFER barriers along the inside concrete wall on the backstretch, starting at the exit of Turn 2. The new installation will continue those barriers down the backstretch toward the inside of Turn 3. Tickets for the May 17 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and May 25 Coca-Cola 600 can be purchased online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling the track ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.(Lowe's Motor Speedway)(4-30-2008)

  • Burnouts and Donuts Highlight Pre-Race Show For Sprint All-Star Race: Top Sprint Cup Series drivers will prove who can execute the best burnout and donuts during the inaugural Pennzoil Victory Challenge prior to the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night, May 17, at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The timed-competition will include five drivers who must demonstrate four essential skills of any victory celebration: a tire-smoking burnout; spectacular donuts; precision driving into "Victory Lane;" and, as with anything in racing, speed. Clint Bowyer, a first-time Sprint All-Star Race participant and driver of the #07 Jack Daniel's Chevy, is the first official entry for the inaugural event. Other participants will be announced at a later date. The Pennzoil Victory Challenge will take place on the frontstretch of the 1.5-mile superspeedway at 6:15 p.m., just prior to the start of the Sprint Showdown. Each driver will be in similarly prepared Richard Petty Driving Experience cars wrapped with Sprint All-Star Race decals. A $10,000 donation will be made to the winner's designated charity. The inaugural Pennzoil Victory Challenge will be televised live during SPEED Channel's pre-race coverage of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.(LMS PR)(4-23-2008) Comment here

  • Davidson Basketball Coaches Named Co-Grand Marshals; Ice Road Trucker Hugh Rowland to Visit Sprint All-Star Race: Bob McKillop, the head men's basketball coach at Davidson College, and his assistants, Matt Methany, Jim Fox, Tim Sweeney and Jeremy Henney, will serve as Co-Grand Marshals for the Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. McKillop and his staff will attend the NASCAR drivers' meeting, be introduced during pre-race ceremonies and join selected Sprint customers to say "Gentlemen, start your engines." Hugh Rowland, star of The History Channel's "Ice Road Truckers," will also be a VIP guest during the Sprint All-Star Race weekend activities. The rugged Canadian, nicknamed "polar bear," will attend the NASCAR drivers' meeting, be recognized during pre-race ceremonies and greet race fans at The History Channel's display booth. Rowland will also square off against the fastest driver from the Freightliner Hauler Challenge, a driving skills competition that pits the drivers of the NASCAR team haulers against each other on race-day morning. (LMS PR)(4-23-2008)

  • Yellow walls return for All-Star race: In preparation for the May 17 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the retaining walls at Lowe's Motor Speedway are once again being painted Sprint yellow. This is the second consecutive year the inside and outside walls have been changed from their traditional white to bright yellow for the sport's annual all-star event. It will take 286 man hours to complete the painting project which started late Sunday evening and was finished Wednesday. Eleven men from JKS Motorsports are applying 575 gallons of Sprint-yellow paint to the inside and outside retaining walls using rollers and four gas-powered sprayers. "The yellow wall is really psychedelic. It reminds me of the '60s," veteran driver Kenny Wallace said after the walls were painted yellow for the first time. "You get used to a look for 20 years-I've been racing here since 1989-and now it's different. But it's neat. It adds a lot of color to the place." Tickets for the May 17 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race start at just $30 and can be purchased online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS)(4-11-2008)

  • LMS Value Menu Details Affordable Options for May Races: As the debate continues over whether this country is truly in a recession, consumers, including NASCAR fans, are looking for value with each purchase. With that in mind, Lowe's Motor Speedway officials have created a special Value Menu which details affordable ticket prices and packages available for the track's May NASCAR races. Lowe's Motor Speedway's May schedule includes two action-packed weekends of NASCAR action, highlighted by the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night, May 17, and the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday evening, May 25. In addition to several affordable individual race tickets, the Lowe's Motor Speedway Value Menu includes specially priced tickets for children, group discounts, race and room hotel packages, a grandstand with all-you-can-eat concession items and affordable camping opportunities. Fans are also reminded that the speedway offers 154 acres of free parking and coolers are welcome in the grandstands. A three-step payment plan is also available for fans purchasing tickets prior to the close of business on Sunday, March 30. To obtain additional information about the Lowe's Motor Speedway Value Menu or to purchase tickets for any May event, visit www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or call the ticket services department at 1-800-455-FANS.
    Lowe's Motor Speedway Value Menu - Affordable NASCAR Race Tickets:
    Individual tickets for the May races start at incredibly low-prices:
    May 16, N.C. Education Lottery 200 Truck Race and Sprint All-Star Race Qualifying: $20
    May 17, NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race: $30
    May 22, Windstream Pole Night (Coca-Cola 600 Qualifying): $12
    May 24, CARQUEST Auto Parts 300: $17
    May 25, Coca-Cola 600: $39
    600 Super Ticket: Three Coca-Cola 600 Week NASCAR events for one low price - $89.
    CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 Family Four-Pack: Two adult and two children's tickets, four hot dogs and four Coca-Colas - $59.
    All-You-Can-Eat Grandstand: Combine a NASCAR Sprint Cup race ticket with all the hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, chips, peanuts and Coca-Cola soft drinks you can eat and drink. Tickets start at just $59.
    Children's Tickets: Ages 12 and under get in for just $10 for any Nationwide Series or Sprint Cup Series race in our smoke- and alcohol-free family grandstands. On Windstream Pole Night, bring your child to see his/her favorite driver qualify for the Coca-Cola 600 and ages 6 to 12 get in for just $1.
    Group Discounts: Buy 20 or more tickets to the Craftsman Truck, Nationwide Series or Pole Night events and save 10 percent.
    Military Discount: To honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Lowe's Motor Speedway offers specially priced tickets at $20 for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and $30 for the Coca-Cola 600. Call with your military I.D. number and take advantage of the savings.
    Affordable Campsites: Dry campsites located within a half-mile of the track start at just $100 for the entire race week. Convenient shuttle service on race days is included. Call (704) 455-4445 for camping options.
    Payment Plans: Reserve your tickets in March and make just three easy payments to get your May tickets.
    Race and Room Hotel Packages: Starting at $350 (for two) or book hotel rooms starting at $92 per night (no minimum stay). Shuttle service also available from select hotels. Visit www.racepackage.com.
    FREE Parking: Available on 154 acres of speedway-owned lots near the track.
    Bring Your Cooler: Coolers measuring 14 inches by 14 inches are allowed in the grandstands, so pack your food and drinks to save money.
    Lowe's Motor Speedway Value Menu offers are based on availability. Certain restrictions on seating sections may apply. Call the ticket services department at 1-800-455-FANS for details.(LMS PR)(3-10-2008)

  • All Remaining Bank of America 500 Tickets on sale: With renewals completed, all remaining tickets for the Oct. 11 Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Lowe's Motor Speedway went on sale at Monday, Feb. 11. Priced from $29 to $135, a wide selection of grandstand seating options are available, including a limited number of premium frontstretch seats. The lower sections of the Chrysler, General Motors and Ford grandstands along the frontstretch have been renovated and now feature individual, stadium-style seats with backs and arms. Tickets in those sections will also be on sale. The Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office will be open extended hours Monday operating from 8am to 6pm. Additional information about tickets for all Lowe's Motor Speedway events can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.(LMS PR)(2-12-2008)

  • Fans Help Wheeler Install First New Frontstretch Seat at LMS: The first phase of Lowe's Motor Speedway's $200 million renovation project marked a major milestone today with the installation of the first of 22,850 new seats along the frontstretch of the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway. The plastic back and bottom of the seat were installed by H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Lowe's Motor Speedway, with assistance from Coca-Cola 600 ticketholders Larry and Jeff McCorkle, of Huntersville, N.C., and Johnny Bustle, of Cornelius, N.C. A new steel-and-aluminum structure is being built over the lower concrete bleacher sections of the Chrysler, Ford and General Motors grandstands along the track's front straightaway. The sections being covered were the track's only frontstretch seats when the facility hosted the inaugural Coca-Cola 600 on June 19, 1960. "The original concrete bleachers now serve as the foundation for the new grandstands being built directly over them," Wheeler explained. "Where fans formerly sat on concrete, they will now have comfortable, stadium-style seats with backs and arms." The massive new structure includes more than one-million pounds of steel and aluminum. It features 20-inch wide seats and the width of each row has been increased to give fans additional leg room. Handrails are being added down the center of each aisle and the aisles will be wider for easier entry and exit. Additional handicap-seating accommodations are also part of the project. Seats in the renovated sections of the General Motors, Chrysler and Ford grandstands are now on sale, starting at $65 for the May 17 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and $80 for the May 25 Coca-Cola 600. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or by calling the Lowe's Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.(LMS PR)(2-8-2008)

  • Engineer to study LMS road needs: Lowe’s Motor Speedway officials plan to hire an outside engineering consultant to study major infrastructure plans around Lowe’s Motor Speedway deemed very time consuming by N.C. Department of Transportation engineers, said county officials. At a meeting this week, the DOT engineers offered alternatives for the realignments of Bruton Smith Boulevard and Morehead Road, citing the two projects as very time consuming, said County Manager John Day. However, Day said, the DOT’s alternative suggestions for the two projects would not meet the goal of original plans in decreasing traffic congestion in front of the speedway. Day, DOT engineers, speedway construction officials and City Manager Brian Hiatt met Wednesday to discuss a $97 million list of infrastructure improvements proposed at the speedway. The Morehead Road and Bruton Smith Boulevard projects, totaling an estimated $33.5 million, are part of the list, which also includes the replacement of the Rocky River Bridge. The list must be tweaked to fit $80 million in incentives being shared among Concord, Cabarrus and the state. The incentives are part of an agreement with Speedway Motorsports CEO Bruton Smith to keep the track in Concord after a skirmish with the city over a $60 million drag strip had Smith looking elsewhere in the Charlotte region. Day said speedway officials told him plans for the drag strip planned for a site near track had been submitted to county inspectors.(Independent Tribune)(12-15-2007)

  • Speedway Boulevard Name Change Approved: Goodbye Speedway Boulevard; hello Bruton Smith Boulevard. At the city of Concord's request, the N.C. Transportation Board unanimously voted Thursday morning to rename the road from Interstate 85 to Lowe's Motor Speedway, a Department of Transportation spokeswoman said. Smith owns the track. Concord made the request after the billionaire threatened to move the speedway to elsewhere in the Charlotte region, following a dispute with Concord over his plans to build a drag strip nearby.(Charlotte Observer)(12-7-2007)

  • Smith to Concord: 'We're here forever': A news conference today [Monday] touting billionaire Bruton Smith's decision to keep Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord was long on congratulations and short on details about $80 million in incentives for him. But after nearly two months of anxiety over the track's fate -- which Smith disclosed last Wednesday -- Smith turned to Concord Mayor Scott Padgett at the news conference and said, "Mayor, I'll tell you, we're here forever." Smith stressed he had been seriously considering moving his track out of Concord. He first threatened to move elsewhere in the Charlotte region last month, after the Concord City Council initially thwarted his plans to build a $60 million drag strip. Council members said they had little information about the project and heard of neighbors' concerns about noise. But city leaders quickly backpedaled from their opposition in the face of Smith's assertions. "We took it very seriously," said John Cox, head of the Cabarrus County Economic Development Corp. Cabarrus leaders quietly put together the incentive proposals this month, based in part on a "wish list" from Smith. Some have criticized the incentives to keep Smith as a bad approach to economic development. But Padgett said incentives are a fact of life for every state now. Much of the incentives are centered on improving roads around the speedway. Local leaders are pitching the road improvements as a boon for the entire area, not just the speedway. Smith did not detail his planned expansion, although Padgett said it would help solidify the area as the center of motorsports. Smith said he has been planning the changes for 1 1/2 years.(Charlotte Observer)(11-27-2007)

  • Lowe's Motor Speedway will stay in Concord: Lowe's Motor Speedway will remain open in Concord, a speedway spokesman said late this afternoon. No details were immediately released. The speedway spokesman said more information would be released Monday. Speedway Motorsports Chairman Bruton Smith had said he would decide before Thanksgiving whether an incentives deal in the range of $70 million would convince him to spend $100 million to $200 million to renovate the 47-year-old speedway and build a $60 million drag strip at the racing facility. Concord City Council members initially blocked Smith from building his planned drag strip near the speedway, saying they were worried noise from the hot rods could carry into nearby neighborhoods. Smith then threatened to move Lowe's Motor Speedway, one of the county's biggest taxpayers, When Smith announced the Thanksgiving deadline, officials assumed "he would have everything he needs to do what he needs to do," said Cabarrus Economic Development leader John Cox. Cabarrus leaders have offered Smith incentives, which were outlined in an e-mail County Manager John Day sent to commissioners, county officials have said. The options include extending the George Liles Parkway to U.S. 29, replacing the U.S. 29/Rocky River bridge, providing structures to decrease noise from the drag strip and giving Smith property and sales tax rebates based on the amount of investment on the drag strip and speedway improvements.(Charlotte Observer)(11-21-2007)

  • LMS's Gappens heading to NHMS [NHIS]: Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bruton Smith has promoted Jerry Gappens to the position of Executive Vice President and General Manager at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. On Nov. 2, Smith announced Speedway Motorsports Inc. had reached an agreement to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre. The $340 million transaction should close early in the first quarter of 2008, and the name of the facility will become New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Gappens, 46, has worked in the motorsports industry for 25 years and brings a successful 15-year track record of promoting SMI events to Loudon, N.H. Most recently, Gappens served as senior vice president of events and marketing for Lowe's Motor Speedway, SMI's flagship facility located near Charlotte, N.C. Gappens was responsible for promoting a wide array of annual events hosted at the multi-use motorsports complex, including three Sprint Cup race weekends and three major car shows. A Windfall, Ind., native, Gappens joined LMS in 1993 as publicity director. He was promoted to director of communications in 1995 and named vice president of promotions and public relations in 1996. In 2002, Gappens was honored as NASCAR's Most Valuable Public Relations Representative. He was promoted to senior vice president of events and marketing at LMS in 2005. Prior to joining Lowe's Motor Speedway, Gappens worked as an account executive for Sales Consultants, a national contingency search firm in New Jersey. He also worked with National Speed Sport News, a leading weekly motorsports publication, for eight years and served as a pit reporter for ABC Sports' coverage of the Indianapolis 500; various CART, NASCAR and IROC races; and the Monaco Grand Prix Formula One event. Active in various civic and charitable organizations, Gappens has served on several boards in the Charlotte region, including the Charlotte Visitors and Convention Bureau, Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, UNC-Charlotte Athletic Foundation, Speedway Children's Charities and the 600 Festival. Gappens, who will relocate from Charlotte to New Hampshire, has two sons, Denny (22) and Wes (21). In 2008, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup races, the Lenox Industrial Tools 300 on June 29 and the Sylvania 300 on Sept. 14. Ticket information can be obtained by calling (603) 783-4931 or online at www.nhis.com.(LMS PR)(11-14-2007)

  • Bruton Smith Boulevard? They've offered to let him build his drag strip. They may offer him a tax break. Now Cabarrus County officials are offering billionaire Bruton Smith the ultimate form of civic love if he keeps Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord: his own road. Concord City Council members and Cabarrus County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to ask the state to change the name of Speedway Boulevard to Bruton Smith Boulevard.(Charlotte Observer)(10-25-2007)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Lowe's Motor Speedway


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,325, Right-side -- 1,325
    All-Star Challenge: Left-side -- 750, Right-side -- 750;
    Nationwide Series: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575;
    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 400, Right-side -- 400;

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4128; Right-side -- D-4130

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 in.

    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

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes throughout Charlotte Speedweeks . . . this is the first time NASCAR teams will race on these tire codes at Charlotte . . . teams in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series successfully tested on this tire set-up at Charlotte over the past several weeks . . . compared to the tire codes run at Charlotte in 2007, this left-side code (D-4128) has more grip, while this right side code (D-4130) contains incremental changes to enhance durability . . . Charlotte is the only track at which NASCAR teams are scheduled to run this specific combination of left- and right-side tires this season, though teams in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series raced on this right-side code with a different left-side 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.(Goodyear PR)(5-16-2008)


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Decorated NC Soldier to be Guest of #8 U.S. Army NASCAR Team: Staff Sgt. Michael Gainey, a decorated war hero from Albemarle, N.C., will be a guest of the #8 U.S. Army/Dale Earnhardt Inc. team for Sunday's running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Gainey, who currently serves in the Army Reserve, was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with Valor for his actions Oct. 22, 2007 in Iraq. Gainey was a gunner in a Humvee when his unit was under attack from sniper fire near Baghdad. Though he was injured with a burned neck from shrapnel, Gainey continued to fight by repelling the enemy and getting his fellow soldiers to safety. He was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded in combat and the Bronze Star with Valor for his courageous actions under fire. Gainey is now a policeman in Mint Hill, NC. Attending the race with Gainey will be his wife Anne Marie.(US Army Racing PR)(5-25-2008) Comment here

  • Wood Brothers' Salute the Troops Goes On; The #96 Car: Wood Brothers' "Salute the Troops" message will pay tribute this Memorial Day weekend, thanks to the generosity of Jeff Moorad and Tom Garfinkel, co-owners of Hall Of Fame Racing and the #96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry, driven by J.J. Yeley. On Thursday, the Wood Brothers #21 Air Force Ford Fusion failed to qualify for the Coca Cola 600. Immediately following qualifying, Tom Garfinkel offered to display the Salute the Troops decal, as well as the Air Force logo on their race car. Eddie Wood noted, "It's tough not being in the top 35. We felt Jeff and Tom truly appreciate our Armed Forces and the difficulty of this sport. We feel their offer to help came from the heart." The Salute the Troops decals were to be placed on the # 21 car this Memorial Day weekend to honor members of the Air Force, as well as the rest of the Armed Forces for their service to our country.(Wood Brothers Racing PR)(5-25-2008) Comment here

  • Aaron's back on the #00 at LMS: Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership has signed on for primary sponsorship of the #00 Toyota Camry for this weekend's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway with Michael McDowell. Since testing Lowe's Motor Speedway, McDowell hasn't slowed down. On Friday, he tested at Rockingham (North Carolina Speedway) and Monday he turned laps at Nashville Superspeedway. On Wednesday, he travels to Road Atlanta with David Reutimann and then tests at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) the first week of June. The following week he is at the Milwaukee Mile for a two-day test.(MWR PR)(5-21-2008)

  • Marlin expected to run #40 car in Coke 600: Chip Ganassi didn't enter his #40 Dodge in the All-Star race activities because driver Dario Franchitti is still nursing a broken left foot. The car will be back for next week's Coca-Cola 600 here at Lowe's Motor Speedway, but Ganassi believes Sterling Marlin will be behind the wheel instead of Franchitti. He was injured earlier this month in a wreck at Talladega, and has missed three Cup starts because of it. "It's the same old thing -- drivers think they aren't that hurt when they're hurt," Ganassi said. "They think they'll be back in a week, and so we all kind of said 'OK, great, it's going to be a week or two. I think he's starting to realize that it's not going to be that quick and it looks like Sterling Marlin is going to be driving the car here next week for the 600 and we're kind of taking it one day at a time after that." Ganassi didn't rule out Franchitti participating in the test at Pocono Raceway in two weeks, or the June 1 race in Dover.(Associated Press)(5-18-2008) Comment here

  • Schrader to run 4th RCR car in Coca-Cola 600: Ken Schrader will attempt to qualify Richard Childress Racing's #33 Camping World Chevy for the May 24 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Schrader, 57, of Fenton, Mo, made his Cup Series debut in 1984 and ran his first full Cup Series season in 1985. After 20 full seasons in NASCAR's premier division, the veteran racer has tallied one win, six top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 44 starts at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Camping World's blue and gold paint scheme will adorn the #33 Chevrolet Impala SS.(RCR PR), see the #33 Team Schemes page for an image of the car.(5-13-2008) Comment here

  • #08 gets sponsor for Lowe's races: #08-EM Motorsports owner John Carter announced that Natural Styles, creator of “Fueled Up Beyond All Recognition (FUBAR) Performance Drink" and "FUBAR Performance Bar" will become the primary sponsor for the #08 Sprint Cup Series team. This association will begin with the Sprint Showdown, which takes place May 17th, at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Tony Raines will pilot the EM Motorsports Dodge Charger in the event. Natural Styles, a Mesa Arizona based operation, has production facilities in Utah and California with a line up of new age - functional, "All Natural" beverages and 100% Organic performance bars.(Tony Raines.com)(5-10-2008) Comment here

  • Ski Motorsports & NOS Energy Drink to compete in '08: SKI Motorsports and NOS Energy Drink have announced that they will team up to take on the Sprint Cup Series in 2008. Backed by innovative promotions and top-notch equipment, the team will attempt the Series most celebrated races next season-the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, and the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Driver for the #50-NOS Energy Drink/Ski Motorsports Chevy will be Stanton Barrett.(SKI Motorsports PR), the team has competed on a limited basis in the Busch Series over the last 2 years.(10-10-2007)

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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