Welcome NASCAR Race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stays home at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca Cola 600. This is the longest race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season. And one of my personal favorites. If you want to finish first, first you must finish. I love the racing at this track and 600 miles has me in heaven!
Racing began on Thursday, with NASCAR Sprint Cup practice and NASCAR Nationwide Series practice. All the teams had practice last week with the All-Star race and the open before it. Nationwide had their Final practice and they will not be on the track again until Saturday for qualifying before their race. And I have to wonder what will be going on at the track all day on Friday when Coors Light qualifying normally takes place.
Charlotte Motor Speedway is a 1.5 mile track. The qualifying record holder is Elliott Sadler with a speed of 193.216 mph and 27.948 seconds set 10/13/05. Jeff Gordon holds the race record with a speed of 160.306 set 10/11/95. Jimmie Johnson has six wins here! (While it was Lowes Motor Speedway, it was “Jimmie’s House”). Jeff Gordon has five wins. Mark Martin has four wins. Kasey Kahne and Jeff Burton each have three wins. Bobby Labonte has a pair of wins. Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth and David Reutimann each have a win here.
The 38, 37 and 34 teams played musical cars again. 38 is Travis Kvapil, 37 is David Gilliland and 34 is Kevin Conway. Reed Sorenson takes his #32 Nationwide team to Cup for this race. 36 is Johnny Sauter, 46 is J. J. Yeley, 64 is Todd Bodine and 26 is again David Stremme.
Coors Light Pole qualifying took place Thursday evening, with 39 Ryan Newman grabbing the pole with a speed of 187.55 and 28.793 seconds. The “Rocket Man” is back! 2 Kurt Busch will start the race on the front row. 09 Mike Bliss, 13 Max Papis, 32 Reed Sorenson and 26 David Stremme failed to qualify.
I don’t know what will take place on the track on Friday, if anything. Saturday will be Nationwide qualifying, Sprint Cup Final practice and the Nationwide race. Stay tuned.
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