NASCAR & Auto Racing

Coca-Cola 600 at a glance

Rick Hendrix, owner of Hendrix Motorsports, watches the final laps of a 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway.
Rick Hendrix, owner of Hendrix Motorsports, watches the final laps of a 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway. AP File Photo

This week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race: Coca-Cola 600

What: 400 laps (600 miles)

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 1.5-mile banked paved oval in Concord, N.C.

When: 6 p.m. Sunday

TV: Fox

Radio: Performance Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Jimmie Johnson

Also this week: Hisense 300, Xfinity Series, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox.

Worth mentioning: Last weekend in Raleigh, N.C., Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and Hendrick Automotive Group, was enshrined in the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame. Hendrick Motorsports has grown from five employees to more than 600, while Hendrick Automotive Group has expanded from nine employees to 10,000.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not


Denny Hamlin: His first All-Star win is also the first for Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota.

Kevin Harvick: May not have won the All-Star Race, but he certainly showed he continues to have the fastest car.

Kasey Kahne: Remarkable racing in win at Charlotte continued his equally remarkable Truck series record.

Kyle Busch: So far, so good in his first competitive event since February.

Chris Buescher: Picks up first Xfinity Series win of the season in a wild race at Iowa.


Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Not anywhere near an “all-star” weekend for NASCAR’s most popular driver.

NASCAR: Call the “Boys have at it” wrecking the same or don’t bother calling it at all.

Jamie Dick: In his first race back after treatment for diabetes, he’s hit by lead weight from another car.

Jim Utter

Points Standings


1. Kevin Harvick437

2. Martin Truex Jr.391

3. Jimmie Johnson389

4. Joey Logano375

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr.360

6. Brad Keselowski343

7. Matt Kenseth331

8. Jamie McMurray328

9. Jeff Gordon317

10. Kasey Kahne313

11. Aric Almirola312

12. Paul Menard306

13. Ryan Newman305

14. Kurt Busch292

15. Denny Hamlin284

16. Clint Bowyer272

17. Danica Patrick270

18. Carl Edwards265

19. AJ Allmendinger259

20. Casey Mears242

21. Greg Biffle242

22. Kyle Larson237

23. David Ragan235

24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.227

25. Austin Dillon225

26. David Gilliland212

27. Sam Hornish Jr.210

28. Justin Allgaier207

29. Trevor Bayne190

30. Tony Stewart179

31. Cole Whitt177

32. Brett Moffitt161

33. Michael Annett137

34. Alex Bowman132

35. Josh Wise116

36. Matt DiBenedetto109

37. Michael McDowell87

38. Jeb Burton53

39. Alex Kennedy40

40. Bobby Labonte38

41. Brian Vickers32

42. Michael Waltrip26

43. Reed Sorenson22

44. Mike Wallace8

45. Ron Hornaday Jr.2


1. Chris Buescher368

2. Ty Dillon360

3. Chase Elliott337

4. Darrell Wallace Jr.331

5. Brian Scott326

6. Regan Smith320

7. Elliott Sadler317

8. Ryan Reed288

9. Brendan Gaughan283

10. Daniel Suarez281


1. Matt Crafton217

2. Erik Jones201

3. Tyler Reddick199

4. Johnny Sauter182

5. John Wes Townley160

6. Timothy Peters158

7. Cameron Hayley153

8. Justin Boston149

9. Spencer Gallagher145

10. Daniel Hemric136