NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Coca-Cola 600 Preview

The Sports NetworkMay 20, 2014 

Date: Sunday, May 25

Start Time: 6 p.m. ET

Site: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, N.C.

Track: 1.5-mile oval

Laps: 400

Miles: 600

Capacity: 135,000 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 55th

On TV: FOX

Announcers:

On Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Kasey Kahne, 2012 (155.687 mph - 600-mile race)

Qualifying record: Denny Hamlin, 2013 (195.624 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Kevin Harvick

Runner up: Kasey Kahne

Pole winner: Denny Hamlin (195.624 mph)

Top 10:

1. Kevin Harvick (Start: 15)

2. Kasey Kahne (6)

3. Kurt Busch (2)

4. Denny Hamlin (1)

5. Joey Logano (31)

6. Ryan Newman (10)

7. Tony Stewart (25)

8. Clint Bowyer (5)

9. Martin Truex Jr (17)

10. Marcos Ambrose (19)

Average speed: 130.521 mph

Time of race: 4 hrs., 35 mins., 49 secs.

Margin of victory: 1.490 secs.

Caution flags: 11 for 61 laps

Lead changes: 24 among 12 drivers

Past winners

2013 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 130.521 mph

2012 Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 155.687 mph

2011 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 132.414 mph

2010 Kurt Busch, Dodge, 144.966 mph

2009 David Reutimann, Toyota, 120.899 mph

2008 Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 135.772 mph

2007 Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 130.222 mph

2006 Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 128.840 mph

2005 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 114.698 mph

2004 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 142.763 mph

2003 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 126.198 mph

2002 Mark Martin, Ford, 137.729 mph.

2001 Jeff Burton, Ford, 138.107 mph

2000 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 142.640 mph

1999 Jeff Burton, Ford, 151.367 mph

1998 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 136.424 mph

1997 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 136.745 mph

1996 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 147.581 mph

1995 Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 151.952 mph

1994 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 139.445 mph

1993 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 145.504 mph

1992 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 132.980 mph

1991 Davey Allison, Ford, 138.951 mph

1990 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 137.650 mph

1989 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 144.077 mph

1988 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 124.460 mph

1987 Kyle Petty, Ford, 131.483 mph

1986 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 140.406 mph

1985 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 141.807 mph

1984 Bobby Allison, Buick, 129.233 mph

1983 Neil Bonnett, Chevrolet, 140.707 mph

1982 Neil Bonnett, Ford, 130.058 mph

1981 Bobby Allison, Buick, 129.326 mph

1980 Benny Parsons, Chevrolet, 119.265 mph

1979 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 136.674 mph

1978 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 138.355 mph

1977 Richard Petty, Dodge, 137.676 mph

1976 David Pearson, Mercury, 137.352 mph

1975 Richard Petty, Dodge, 145.327 mph

1974 David Pearson, Mercury, 135.720 mph

1973 Buddy Baker, Dodge, 134.890 mph

1972 Buddy Baker, Dodge, 142.255 mph

1971 Bobby Allison, Mercury, 140.422 mph

1970 Donnie Allison, Ford, 129.680 mph

1969 LeeRoy Yarborough, Mercury, 134.361 mph

1968 Buddy Baker, Dodge, 104.207 mph

1967 Jim Paschal, Plymouth, 135.832 mph

1966 Marvin Panch, Plymouth, 135.042 mph

1965 Fred Lorenzen, Ford, 121.772 mph

1964 Jim Paschal, Plymouth, 125.772 mph

1963 Fred Lorenzen, Ford, 132.418 mph

1962 Nelson Stacy, Ford, 125.552 mph

1961 David Pearson, Pontiac, 111.633 mph

1960 Joe Lee Johnson, Chevrolet, 107.735 mph

Last race

Race: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (May 17)

Site: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, N.C.

Miles: 135

Laps: 90

Finish line order: Jamie McMurray, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards

Time of Race: 1 hr., 20 mins., 35 secs.

Average speed: 100.517 mph

Margin of victory: 0.696 secs.

Caution flags: 7 for 12 laps

Lead changes: 9 among 6 drivers

Lap leaders: C. Edwards 1-9; Kyle Busch 10-20; D. Hamlin 21-25; C. Edwards C. Edwards 1-9; Kyle Busch 10-20; D. Hamlin 21-25; C. Edwards 26-34; K. Kahne 35-40; J. McMurray 41-46; K. Kahne 47-60; J. McMurray 61-75; K. Harvick 76-80; J. McMurray 81-90.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Cessna

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Miller Lite

#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Cheerios

#4. * Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Budweiser

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/Twisted Tea

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Office

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/5-Hour Energy

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/Fastenal

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Fastenal

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Home Depot

#21 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Pennzoil Platinum

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Speed Stick

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Serta

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Quicken Loans

#32 Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL) Ford/supportmilitary.org

#33 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Chevrolet/Shore Lodge

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Taco Bell

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/TBA

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Love's Travel Shop

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Target

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/United States Air Force

#44 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/TBA

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Bush's Beans

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/TBA

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/Land Castle Title

#77 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Ford/TBA

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/Burger King

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#95 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/JPO Absorbants

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Fastenal

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kevin Harvick 14 34 21 14 41 11 Won 8 Won
Kasey Kahne 26 Won 23 Won 7 12 22 Won 2
Kurt Busch 43 39 32 16 34 Won 4 27 3
Denny Hamlin 9 9 24 11 18 10 2 4
Joey Logano 9 13 3 23 5
Ryan Newman 5 35 39 21 2 9 31 14 6
Tony Stewart 24 42 6 18 19 15 17 25 7
Clint Bowyer 19 29 25 36 7 15 13 8
Martin Truex Jr. 7 21 16 34 23 23 26 12 9
Carl Edwards 3 3 15 9 4 16 16 9 11
Matt Kenseth 37 5 12 7 10 10 14 10 15
Jamie McMurray 21 8 19 23 21 2 37 21 19
Jimmie Johnson Won 2 10 39 13 37 28 11 22
Greg Biffle 6 7 43 2 20 32 13 4 31
Jeff Gordon 30 36 41 4 14 6 20 7 35
Brad Keselowski 20 19 5 36
Kyle Busch 25 38 30 3 6 3 32 3 38
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 33 11 8 5 40 22 7 6 39
Kyle Larson
Austin Dillon

Notes

The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the 12th race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule. This 600-mile event is the longest one of the season.

Construction of this 1.5-mile racetrack began in 1959. A lighting system was installed in 1992, making it the first modern superspeedway to host night races. The track was repaved in 1994 and again before the 2006 season. The name of the track changed to Lowe's Motor Speedway in 1999 but changed back to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 2010 season.

Charlotte has 24 degrees of banking in all of its turns as well as 5 degrees of banking on both the frontstretch and backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 1,980 feet, and the backstretch measures 1,500 feet.

There have been 110 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Charlotte. The series has competed at this track twice each year since it opened in 1960. Charlotte will host the fifth round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship -- a 500-mile event -- the second weekend in October.

Joe Lee Johnson won the inaugural Cup race at Charlotte, the World 600, on June 19, 1960.

Richard Petty holds the record for the most starts at Charlotte with 64. Jeff Gordon's 42 starts at this track is the most among those drivers entered in this weekend's race.

Bobby Allison, Jimmie Johnson and Darrell Waltrip share the record for most victories at Charlotte with six each. Johnson's most recent win at this track came in October 2009. He won four consecutive races there from May 2004 to October 2005.

Waltrip holds the record for most victories in the 600-mile race at Charlotte with five. He won it in 1978, '79, '85, '88 and '89.

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Charlotte with 17. Kasey Kahne gave Hendrick his most recent victory at this track two years ago.

David Pearson holds the record for most pole wins at Charlotte with 14. Ryan Newman and Gordon lead all active drivers with nine poles each there. Gordon's most recent pole at this track came last October.

The race winner at Charlotte has started from the pole 14 times. Johnson was the last driver to do it in October 2009.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Sprint Cup race at Charlotte occurred on May 29, 2005 when Johnson beat Bobby Labonte to the finish line by just 0.027 seconds.

The 600-mile race at Charlotte in 2005 featured a NASCAR-record 22 cautions, mostly for accidents caused by blown tires. The event took 5 hours, 13 minutes and 52 seconds to complete and moved at a pace of 114.698 mph.

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Sprint Cup race at Charlotte is 37th, accomplished by Johnson in the 2003 rain-shortened 600-mile event.

Five active drivers recorded their first career Sprint Cup victories in the 600-mile race at Charlotte: Jeff Gordon (1994), Bobby Labonte (1995), Matt Kenseth (2000), Casey Mears (2007) and David Reutimann (2009 - rain shortened). Jamie McMurray's maiden win in the series came in the 500-mile event at Charlotte in October 2002. Labonte and Reutimann are not entered in this weekend's race.

Four drivers on the entry list for this race scored their first pole wins at Charlotte: Gordon (October 1993), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (May 2000), Newman (May 2001) and Aric Almirola (May 2012).

Two drivers entered made their Sprint Cup debuts in the 600-mile race at Charlotte: Earnhardt Jr. (1999) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2011). Johnson made his first Cup start at Charlotte in October 2001.

Gordon holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Charlotte. He took the checkered flag there on May 29, 1994 when he was 22 years, 9 months and 25 days old. When Cale Yarborough was 46 years, 6 months and 9 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on Oct. 6, 1985.

The next race is the June 1 FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway, Tony Stewart won last year's race there.

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