NASCAR News: Charlotte Motor Speedway

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca Cola 600, the longest race of the season. Daytona 500 winner, Trevor Bayne is pretty much healthy again, but they are keeping him sidelined again for this weekend to make sure he will be 100% for the rest of the season. In the #21 car this race will be NASCAR Nationwide driver and team mate, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. who won the Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway. Sprint Cup driver Matt Kenseth will drive his #16 Nationwide car for the Top Gear 300 Nationwide race.

Red Bull had the fans enter photos in a “get your face in a race” contest and these thousands of photos are on the Red Bull cars of 4 Kasey Kahne and 83 Brian Vickers. The photos are very small to fit thousands of them and makes the cars look like camo! Pretty cool.

Thursday held much activity at the track with practice for both Series’. Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Coca Cola 600 also took place. Qualifying is the slowest of the top 35 in owner points qualifying first. 31 Jeff Burton was fastest in practice and came out last. Those not in the top 35 in owner points then came out slowest to fastest in practice. (I think NASCAR should look into this since they changed the order coming onto the track. Fastest is fastest and slowest is slowest, after all. They no longer need two qualifying sessions.)

There were many provisional pole sitters as a result. 2 Brad Keselowski captured the pole with a speed of 192.09 mph and 28.112 seconds. Starting next to him on the front row is 43 A. J. Allmendinger. 71 Andy Lally caused much excitement when he spun out on his second lap and made a great save barely touching the wall! He will not be racing in the Coca Cola 600, however. He and 81 Scott Riggs, 50 T. J. Bell, 37 Tony Raines and 77 Scott Wimmer all failed to qualify for the race.

Nationwide qualifying will be on Saturday, as will be their race. Nothing seems to be happening on the track on Friday. I’ll try to keep you updated.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR racing.

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