NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Coca-Cola 600 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, May 24
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, North Carolina
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 135,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 56th
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 6 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Thursday, May 21/7:15 p.m. ET (TV: FOX Sports 1)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (finished 1)
LAPS: 400
MILES: 600
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kurt Busch, October 2014 (198.771 mph/set in round 2 of 3)
RACE RECORD: Kasey Kahne, 2012 (155.687 mph - 600-mile race)
 
2014 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jimmie Johnson16Brian Vickers16
2Kevin Harvick117Jeff Gordon27
3Matt Kenseth128Paul Menard21
4Carl Edwards229Kyle Busch7
5Jamie McMurray2610Brad Keselowski2
2014 Coca-Cola 600 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 145.484 mph
TIME OF RACE: 4 hrs., 7 mins., 27 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.272 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 44 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 34 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jimmie Johnson (194.911 mph)
Past Coca-Cola 600 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2014 -- Jimmie Johnson (1) -- Chevrolet -- 145.484 mph
2013 -- Kevin Harvick (15) -- Chevrolet -- 130.521 mph
2012 -- Kasey Kahne (7) -- Chevrolet -- 155.687 mph
2011 -- Kevin Harvick (28) -- Chevrolet -- 132.414 mph
2010 -- Kurt Busch (2) -- Dodge -- 144.966 mph
2009 -- David Reutimann (21) -- Toyota -- 120.899 mph
2008 -- Kasey Kahne (2) -- Dodge -- 135.772 mph
2007 -- Casey Mears (16) -- Chevrolet -- 130.222 mph
2006 -- Kasey Kahne (9) -- Dodge -- 128.840 mph
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson (5) -- Chevrolet -- 114.698 mph
2004 -- Jimmie Johnson (1) -- Chevrolet -- 142.763 mph
2003 -- Jimmie Johnson (37) -- Chevrolet -- 126.198 mph
2002 -- Mark Martin (25) -- Ford -- 137.729 mph.
2001 -- Jeff Burton (18) -- Ford -- 138.107 mph
2000 -- Matt Kenseth (21) -- Ford -- 142.640 mph
1999 -- Jeff Burton (2) -- Ford -- 151.367 mph
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 136.424 mph
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 136.745 mph
1996 -- Dale Jarrett (15) -- Ford -- 147.581 mph
1995 -- Bobby Labonte (2) -- Chevrolet -- 151.952 mph
1994 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 139.445 mph
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (14) -- Chevrolet -- 145.504 mph
1992 -- Dale Earnhardt (13) -- Chevrolet -- 132.980 mph
1991 -- Davey Allison (10) -- Ford -- 138.951 mph
1990 -- Rusty Wallace (9) -- Pontiac -- 137.650 mph
1989 -- Darrell Waltrip (4) -- Chevrolet -- 144.077 mph
1988 -- Darrell Waltrip (5) -- Chevrolet -- 124.460 mph
1987 -- Kyle Petty (7) -- Ford -- 131.483 mph
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt (3) -- Chevrolet -- 140.406 mph
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip (4) -- Chevrolet -- 141.807 mph
1984 -- Bobby Allison (16) -- Buick -- 129.233 mph
1983 -- Neil Bonnett (5) -- Chevrolet -- 140.707 mph
1982 -- Neil Bonnett (13) -- Ford -- 130.058 mph
1981 -- Bobby Allison (7) -- Buick -- 129.326 mph
1980 -- Benny Parsons (6) -- Chevrolet -- 119.265 mph
1979 -- Darrell Waltrip (3) -- Chevrolet -- 136.674 mph
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip (17) -- Chevrolet -- 138.355 mph
1977 -- Richard Petty (2) -- Dodge -- 137.676 mph
1976 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 137.352 mph
1975 -- Richard Petty (3) -- Dodge -- 145.327 mph
1974 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 135.720 mph
1973 -- Buddy Baker (1) -- Dodge -- 134.890 mph
1972 -- Buddy Baker (6) -- Dodge -- 142.255 mph
1971 -- Bobby Allison (2) -- Mercury -- 140.422 mph
1970 -- Donnie Allison (9) -- Ford -- 129.680 mph
1969 -- LeeRoy Yarborough (2) -- Mercury -- 134.361 mph
1968 -- Buddy Baker (12) -- Dodge -- 104.207 mph
1967 -- Jim Paschal (10) -- Plymouth -- 135.832 mph
1966 -- Marvin Panch (7) -- Plymouth -- 135.042 mph
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen (1) -- Ford -- 121.772 mph
1964 -- Jim Paschal (12) -- Plymouth -- 125.772 mph
1963 -- Fred Lorenzen (2) -- Ford -- 132.418 mph
1962 -- Nelson Stacy (18) -- Ford -- 125.552 mph
1961 -- David Pearson (3) -- Pontiac -- 111.633 mph
1960 -- Joe Lee Johnson (20) -- Chevrolet -- 107.735 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called World 600 (1960-85).
 
Past Coca-Cola 600 Pole Winners (Finish)
2014 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1
2013 -- Denny Hamlin -- 4
2012 -- Aric Almirola -- 16
2011 -- Brad Keselowski -- 19
2010 -- Ryan Newman -- 9
2009 -- Ryan Newman -- 2
2008 -- Kyle Busch -- 3
2007 -- Ryan Newman -- 39
2006 -- Scott Riggs -- 13
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 5
2004 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 5
2002 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 7
2001 -- Ryan Newman -- 43
2000 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 4
1999 -- Bobby Labonte -- 2
1998 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
1997 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
1996 -- Jeff Gordon -- 4
1995 -- Jeff Gordon -- 33
1994 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
1993 -- Ken Schrader -- 4
1992 -- Bill Elliott -- 14
1991 -- Mark Martin -- 23
1990 -- Ken Schrader -- 11
1989 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 23
1988 -- Davey Allison -- 5
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 23
1986 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 31
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 18
1984 -- Harry Gant -- 4
1983 -- Buddy Baker -- 7
1982 -- David Pearson -- 21
1981 -- Neil Bonnett -- 29
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 17
1979 -- Neil Bonnett -- 25
1978 -- David Pearson -- 5
1977 -- David Pearson -- 2
1976 -- David Pearson -- 1
1975 -- David Pearson -- 3
1974 -- David Pearson -- 1
1973 -- Buddy Baker -- 1
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 2
1971 -- Charlie Glotzbach -- 28
1970 -- Bobby Isaac -- 7
1969 -- Donnie Allison -- 2
1968 -- Donnie Allison -- 2
1967 -- Cale Yarborough -- 41
1966 -- Richard Petty -- 22
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 1
1964 -- Jimmy Pardue -- 24
1963 -- Junior Johnson -- 2
1962 -- Fireball Roberts -- 9
1961 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 5
1960 -- Fireball Roberts -- 35
Last Race Results
RACE: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (May 16)
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, North Carolina
MILES: 165
LAPS: 110 total in five segments (25/25/25/25/10)
WINNER: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
THIRD: Kurt Busch
FOURTH: Jeff Gordon
FIFTH: Matt Kenseth
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 33 mins., 00 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 106.452 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.923 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 0 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: D. Hamlin 1-14; K. Kahne 15-25; B. Keselowski 26-32; Kurt Busch
33; B. Keselowski 34-75; D. Hamlin 76-77; Kurt Busch 78-100; D.
Hamlin 101-110.
Coca-Cola 600 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Cheerios
4Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser/Jimmy John's
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Lift Master
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
9Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Ford/TBA
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Ortho
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Fastenal
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Skittles
19Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Toyota/Subway
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/DeWalt
21Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell Pennzoil
23J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/Hope for the Warriors
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
25Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts
26Jeb Burton (Halifax, VA)Toyota/Maxim Fantasy Sports
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Serta
30Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
32Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Ford/Rimrock/Devlin
33Alex Kennedy (Aztec, NMChevrolet/HonorAndRemember.org
34Brett Moffitt (Grimes, IA)Ford/CSX/Play It Safe
35Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Ford/Speed Stick
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Love's Travel Stops
39Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Chevrolet/TBA
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Snap Fitness
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/United States Air Force
46Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Scott Products
48 *Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's Patriotic
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/TBA
55David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Vydox Plus
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Toyota/Dustless Blasting
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Nationwide
95Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Thrivent Financial
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/TBA
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200620072008200920102011201220132014
Jimmie Johnson210391337281122Won
Kevin Harvick3421144111Won8Won2
Matt Kenseth512710101410153
Carl Edwards3159416169114
Jamie McMurray819232123721195
Jeff Gordon36414146207357
Paul Menard24---412982915138
Kyle Busch3830363323389
Brad Keselowski------------201953610
Joey Logano---------913323512
Tony Stewart4261819151725713
Kasey KahneWon23Won71222Won214
Ryan Newman353921293114615
Austin Dillon------------------------16
Clint Bowyer1929253671513817
Kyle Larson------------------------18
Dale Earnhardt Jr.11854022763919
Greg Biffle743220321343121
Denny Hamlin99241118102422
Martin Truex Jr.21163423232612925
Kurt Busch39321634Won427340
 
Mover of the Week
Kevin Harvick - started 20 and finished 2 in the all-star race
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - finished 15
 
NOTES:
The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the 12th race on the 2015 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 112 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 fourth 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 this track with 64. Jeff Gordon's 44 starts there is the most among active drivers.

Jimmie Johnson holds the record for most wins at Charlotte with seven. When Johnson won the Coca-Cola 600 one year ago, he surpassed Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for the track record.

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

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Charlotte with 18. Jack Roush and Petty are next in line with eight victories each there.

David Pearson holds the record for most pole wins at this track with 14. Ryan Newman and Gordon lead all active drivers with nine poles each there.

The race winner at Charlotte has started from the pole 15 times. Johnson most recently did it in May 2014.

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

The 600-mile race there a decade ago 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 Cup Series race at Charlotte is 37th, accomplished by Johnson in the 2003 rain-shortened 600-mile event.

Four drivers on the entry list for this race scored their first career wins in the series at this track: Gordon (May 29, 1994), Matt Kenseth (May 28, 2000), Jamie McMurray (Oct. 13, 2002) and Casey Mears (May 27, 2007).

Four drivers entered recorded their maiden poles in the series at Charlotte: Gordon (October 1993), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (May 2000), Ryan Newman (May 2001) and Aric Almirola (May 2012).

Two drivers entered made their series debuts in the 600-mile race at this track: Earnhardt Jr. (1999) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2011). Johnson made his first career Cup start there in October 2001 as did Kyle Larson in October 2013.

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 May 31 FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway, Johnson won last year's race there.

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As of May 19, 2015, at 11:47 PM ET