Coca-Cola 600 Race Preview

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Welcome, race fans, to the twelfth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. This race is at Lowes Motor Speedway outside of Charlotte, NC. in Concord. It’s the longest race of the year, and caps off a day of racing. The Indy 500 comes on earlier in the day, so race fans can continue to watch racing into the night.

Qualifying for the race was Thursday evening. Rocket Man, Ryan Newman will start from the pole position with a speed of 188.475. It is his eighth pole at LMS and his 44th career pole. Kyle Busch, who came out last of the top 35, when the track was faster, will start second. The crowd cheered. Not because he will start second, but because he did not get the pole.

Points leader, Jeff Gordon, who had the pole until Ryan came along, will start third. Mark Martin qualified fourth. And Hendrick team mate to Mark and Jeff, Jimmy Johnson, will start fifth. Defending race Champion, Kasey Kahne, who brushed the wall while qualifying, will start sixth. Mike Bliss, not in the top 35 in owner points, qualified seventh, followed by Brian Vickers, Juan Pablo Montoya and former Champion, Bill Elliott, who did not have to use his Champion privisional.

Scott Riggs will start last. Tony Raines will be substituting for John Andretti in the #34 car. John is driving in the Indy 500 for Richard Petty. Joe Nemecheck, Rookie contender, Scott Speed, Dave Blaney, David Gilliland, part timer, Max Papis and A J Almendinger also made the race.

Those going home were JJ Yeley, in for Jeremy Mayfield, Mike Garvey and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers Todd Bodine and David Starr.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley

I’ll see you all after the race.

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