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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Charlotte Race Info

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THE RACE: Coca-Cola 600
TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #12 of 36

Sections on page:
Schedule | TV Info | Radio | Prac/Qual Times | Track/Race Info | Race Results
Entry/Prac/Qual Info | Local Info | Weather | Tire Notes | Odds


Date: Sunday, May 28, 2017 in Concord, NC
Title Sponsor: Coca-Cola
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 6:18pm/et


TELEVISION COVERAGE
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 4:30pm/et on FoxSports1
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: at 5:30pm/et on FOX
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 6:00pm/et

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: Monday, May 29 at 3:00am/et on FS1

TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
Fox Sports TV Listings
FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
NBC Sports - TV Times
NBCSN
CNBC
TSN NASCAR Cup TV Schedule - Canada
TSN Auto Racing TV Schedule - Canada
TV Racer
Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


RADIO COVERAGE
Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
goprn.com
siriusxm.com


ONLINE STREAMING
FOX Sports GO
NBC Sports - stream.nbcsports.com
Radio: PRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, May 25
8:30 AM MENCS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
1:00 PM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
2:00 - 3:25 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
7:15 PM MENCS QUALIFYING

Friday, May 26
no track activity scheduled

Saturday, May 27
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 - 9:55 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, May 28
12:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
4:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
5:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
6:00 PM MENCS RACE

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
(these times in eastern time)

Practices:
Thursday, May 25, 2:00 - 3:25 pm/et, TV-FS1;
Saturday, May 27, 9:00 - 9:55 pm/et, TV-FS1;
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, May 27, 11:30 am/et - 12:20 pm/et, TV-FS1

Qualifying: qualifying for positions 1-40, Thursday, May 25 at 7:15 pm/et, TV-FS1;
re-air scheduled: none


TRACK NEWS & LINKS
Track Specifications:
400 laps, 600 miles
Stages: 100 / 200/ 300/400 laps
Superspeedway: 1.5-mile quad oval
Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
Straights: Frontstretch - 1952.8 feet; Backstretch - 1360 feet
Grandstand Seating: 89,000 [down from 146,000 in 2009]

Race Festivities/Officials:
Honorary Race Director: Mitch Carmichael, Senate President of West Virginia
Grand Marshal: Actor Channing Tatum
Command to start engines: Channing Tatum
God Bless the U.S.A. Lee Greenwood
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: 82nd Airborne Division Color Guard, Fort Bragg
God Bless America USO Show Troupes
Invocation: Harold Frank
National Anthem: 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus, Fort Bragg, NC
Flyover: F-16 fighter jets, Seymour Johnson AFB

Track Websites & Social Media:
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Speedway Motorsports
Facebook - Charlotte Motor Speedway
Twitter - CLTMotorSpdwy
YouTube - CLTMotorSpdwy
U.S. Legend Cars
Cabarrus County Destination Guide
Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

May 2016: see the Charlotte Race Info page
October 2016: see the Charlotte Race Info page

2016 May Race Winner: #78-Martin Truex Jr., 160.655mph, finished 1st
2016 October Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 134.929mph, started 11th
Track Race Record 500 miles: Jeff Gordon, Oct 1999, 160.306mph
Track Race Record 600 miles: Martin Truex Jr., May 2016, 160.655mph
Slowest Race Record: Junior Johnson, 107.752mph, 1960
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jimmie Johnson, May 2003, started 37th
Oldest Winner: Cale Yarborough, 46 years, 6 months, 9 days, 10/6/1985
Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 9 months, 25 days, 5/29/1994

2016 May Pole Winner: #78-Martin Truex Jr., 192.328mph, finished 1st
2016 October Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 196.029mph, finished 38th
Track Qualifying Record: Kurt Busch, Oct 2014, 198.771mph, set in 2nd round of qualifying
Coke 600 Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, May 2013, 195.624mph
500 mile Qualifying Record: Matt Kenseth, Oct 2014, 194.532mph
Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 2 months, 6 days, 10/10/1993
Oldest Pole Winner: Bobby Allison, 49 years, 10 months, 8 days, 10/11/1987

Back to Back winners of the Coca-Cola 600:
Jimmie Johnson (3 in a row), 2003-2005
Jeff Gordon, 1997-1998
Dale Earnhardt, 1992-1993
Darrell Waltrip, 1988-1989
Neil Bonnett, 1982-1983
Darrell Waltrip, 1978-1979
Buddy Baker, 1972-1973

Winners of both the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600:
2010-Kurt Busch - 11th in the Sprint Cup Championship
2008-Kasey Kahne - 15th in the Sprint Cup Championship
2003-Jimmie Johnson - 2nd in the Sprint Cup Championship
1997-Jeff Gordon - won the Sprint Cup Championship
1993-Dale Earnhardt - won the Sprint Cup Championship
1991-Davey Allison - came in 3rd in Drivers points
1985-Darrell Waltrip - won the Cup Championship [first year of all-star race]

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings:
[after Kansas, race 11 of 36]
1) #42-Kyle Larson [1 win], 475
2) #78-Martin Truex Jr [2], 431, -44
3) #2-Brad Keselowski [2], 408, -67
4) #24-Chase Elliott, 361, -114
5) #1-Jamie McMurray, 354, -121
6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 347, -128
7) #18-Kyle Busch, 325, -150
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2], 323, -152
9) #22-Joey Logano [1*], 320, -155
10) #14-Clint Bowyer, 317, -158
11) #21-Ryan Blaney, 291, -184
12) #11-Denny Hamlin, 289, -186
13) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. [1], 276, -199
14) #6-Trevor Bayne, 250, -225
15) #41-Kurt Busch [1], 246, -229
16) #5-Kasey Kahne, 242, -233
17) #31-Ryan Newman [1], 237, -191
* encumbered finish, can't be used to make the playoffs
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)

Sunday Charlotte Notebook: For Ryan Blaney, there is only one No. 1 driver; Kyle Busch likes changes to Cup schedule; Kevin Harvick: NASCAR is in good hands[More](5-28-2017)

W2W4: It's the Biggest Weekend for Motorsports of the Year: Sunday is a full day of auto racing across the world, starting with the most prestigious Formula 1 race of the year, the Grand Prix of Monaco. In the early afternoon, it's the crown jewel of American open-wheel racing, the Indianapolis 500. Then, from dusk into the night, it's one of the major NASCAR races of the year, the 600-mile race at Charlotte.[More](5-27-2017)

Saturday Charlotte Notebook: Kevin Harvick elated at Ron Hornaday's NASCAR Hall of Fame election; Fords are fast in Saturday morning's first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup practice; Short Strokes[More](5-27-2017)

Thursday Charlotte Notebook: The big question: Will traction compound help the top lane at Charlotte?; Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Combine set for Friday; Another Earnhardt for the NASCAR Hall of Fame?[More](5-25-2017)

A look at many news, notes and story lines for the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Charlotte Motor Speedway

List of military members to be honored during 600 Miles of Remembrance: The windshield headers on all 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars will be replaced with the names of fallen military service members during Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.[More](5-24-2017)

A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Charlotte Motor Speedway, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing the Coca-Cola 500 page

To honor service members, NASCAR Salutes returns at Charlotte: For the third consecutive year, windshield headers on all 40 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars will be replaced with the names of fallen military service members during Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR announced today. This year's "600 Miles of Remembrance" tribute honoring those who bravely served our country, launches a six-week platform encapsulating the industry's collective expression of respect and gratitude - NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola. [More](-2017)

NASCAR adds fourth stage to Coca-Cola 600: NASCAR today announced the addition of a fourth stage to the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, an update that will provide fans with yet another opportunity for a memorable moment in a season already filled with them. The four stages in the 400-lap race will be uniformly set at 100 laps apiece.[More](5-15-2017)

Jayski.com's Charlotte Motor Speedway Track News & Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Race Recap: Austin Dillon puts the No. 3 Chevrolet back in Victory Lane on fuel-mileage gamble: Armed with a new crew chief and a gas tank that held just enough fuel to get him to the end of 600 miles with less than a second to spare, Austin Dillon won the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series of his career and put the vaunted #3 Chevrolet back in Victory Lane for the first time since 2000.[More](5-28-2017)

Austin Dillon wins at Charlotte: #3-Austin Dillon won the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 1st career win. The race came down to fuel mileage with Dillon able to save enough to finish. #48-Johnson led with 2 laps to go before running out of gas. Dillon led only the final lap of the race.
#18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #20-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin, #41-Busch, #77-Jones, polesitter #4-Harvick, #31-Newman, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
#78-Truex, Jr dominated most of the race, leading 233 laps on the night. He pitted with 32 laps remaining but could not get back to the lead before the race ended. He was passed by Busch on the final lap.
There was a 1 hour, 40 minute red flag for rain on lap 143.
#42-Larson finished 33rd, after an accident. He loses the points lead and is now 5 points behind Truex, Jr.
There were 23 lead changes among 10 drivers and 9 cautions for 53 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 138.80mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

MENCS at Charlotte
- Austin Dillon: 1st NASCAR Cup Series win in 133rd career start
- Dillon: 1st driver to win NASCAR Cup Series race in No. 3 car since Dale Earnhardt in October 2000 (first driver other than Earnhardt to win in No. 3 since Ricky Rudd in Sept. 1983)
- Dillon: 2nd driver to get 1st career win this season (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.)
- 1st time there's been 2 first-time winners in a 3-race span since 2011 (Paul Menard & Marcos Ambrose)
- Dillon 6th driver in Modern Era (since 1972) to get 1st career win in Charlotte 600; 3 of previous 5 went on to win championship
- Dillon: led only final 2 laps; has only led 9 laps this season (other 7 came in season-opening Daytona 500)
- Dillon: was 100-1 to win race, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook (teammate Ryan Newman was 80-1 when he won at Phoenix earlier this season)
- Richard Childress Racing: 2nd win this season; 0 wins in 108 races from 2014-16
- Kyle Busch: finished 2nd; 0 wins, 2 runner-up finishes this season (Charlotte is 1 of 2 active MENCS track where he's never won)
- Martin Truex Jr.: finished 3rd and led race-high 233 of 400 laps; led 625 of possible 800 laps in race over last 2 years
(ESPN Stats)

Race Fast Facts - Charlotte Motor Speedway
Austin Dillon won the 58th Annual COCA-COLA 600, his first victory in 133 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in seven races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch (second) posted his 16th top-10 finish in 27 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2017.
Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 24 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Erik Jones (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
Martin Truex Jr. leads the point standings by 5 points over Kyle Larson.
A total of 10 drivers have posted their first career MENCS win at Charlotte: David Pearson (5/28/1961), Buddy Baker (10/15/1967), Charlie Glotzbach (10/20/1968), Jeff Gordon (5/29/1994), Bobby Labonte (5/28/1995), Matt Kenseth (5/28/2000), Jamie McMurray (10/13/2002), Casey Mears (5/27/2007), David Reutimann (5/25/2009) and Austin Dillon (05/28/2017).
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-28-2017)

Top-Ten Stage 3 Results (lap 300) of the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (lap 300/400):
#11-Hamlin, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#18-Busch, 9pts
#20-Kenseth, 8pts
#78-Truex Jr., 7pts
#77-Jones, 6pts
#41-Busch, 5pts
#4-Harvick, 4pts
#19-Suarez, 3pts
#88-Earnhardt, Jr., 2pts
#3-Dillon, 1pt

Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 200, now official race) of the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (lap 200/400):
#78-Truex Jr., 10pts, 1 playoff point
#48-Johnson, 9pts
#20-Kenseth, 8pts
#18-Busch, 7pts
#41-Busch, 6pts
#1-McMurray, 5pts
#2-Dillon, 4pts
#77-Jones, 3pts
#42-Larson, 2pts
#11-Hamlin, 1pt

Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 100) of the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (lap 100/400):
#18-Busch, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#78-Truex Jr., 9pts
#4-Harvick, 8pts
#48-Johnson, 7pts
#20-Kenseth, 6pts
#42-Larson, 5pts
#21-Blaney, 4pts
#14-Bowyer, 3pts
#41-Busch, 2pts
#1-McMurray, 1pt

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings:
[after Charlotte, race 12 of 36]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr [2], 491
2) #42-Kyle Larson [1 win], 486, -5
3) #2-Brad Keselowski [2], 409, -82
4) #4-Kevin Harvick, 388, -103
5) #18-Kyle Busch, 386, -105
6) #1-Jamie McMurray, 385, -106
7) #24-Chase Elliott, 362, -129
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2], 359, -132
9) #14-Clint Bowyer, 343, -148
10) #22-Joey Logano [1*], 336, -155
11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 332, -159
12) #21-Ryan Blaney, 308, -183
13) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. [1], 298, -193
14) #41-Kurt Busch [1], 290, -201
15) #20-Matt Kenseth, 288, -203
16) #6-Trevor Bayne, 271, -220
17) #31-Ryan Newman [1], 266, -225
21) #3-Austin Dillon [1], 238, -253
* encumbered finish, can't be used to make the playoffs
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Charlotte: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #33-Earnhardt, 40th
Caution 2: #27-Menard, 13th
Caution 3: #4-Harvick. 8th
Caution 4: #37-Buescher, 20th
Caution 5: #95-McDowell, 19th
Caution 6: #22-Logano, 21st
Caution 7: #6-Bayne, 16th
Caution 8: #47-Allmendinger, 18th
Caution 9: #47-Allmendinger (2), 18th
(5-28-2017)

Charlotte Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
5:20pm: MENCS Drivers Introductions
6:00pm: Presentation of Colors by: "82nd Airborne Division Color Guard from Fort Bragg."
6:00pm: Invocation by: Harold Frank
6:00pm: Amazing Grace by: Charlotte Fire Department Pipe Band
6:02pm: "21 Gun Salute": Fort Bragg Firing Party
6:03pm: National Anthem: 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus
6:05pm: Fly-by TOT: 4 F-15's's from Seymour Johnson AFB
6:10pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Channing Tatum
6:18pm: Start of the Coca-Cola 600 (400 Laps /600 Miles) (Fox, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR)
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

Race Coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, May 28, 2017.
Television (TV): FOX at 6:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 4:30pm/et on FS1 and 5:30pm/et on FOX; green flag approx. 6:18pm/et
Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, May 29 at 3:00am/et on FS1

See the starting lineup for the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the Charlotte Starting Lineup Page (pdf).

To the back: #5-Kahne (rear gear change), #13-Dillon (unapproved tire change)

Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (19,42,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole winner #4-Harvick chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole winner #18-Busch took pit stall 22, with an opening in front of it.
#24-Elliott, who starts 3rd, took the 15th stall.
The final pit stall was taken by #11-Hamlin, who starts 6th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-27-2017)

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

See 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page for race track and race information links, pole winner, race and stage winners, links to race results, drivers/owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds.


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#42-Larson 186.400
#21-Blaney 185.861
#20-Kenseth 185.046
#41-Busch 184.856
#77-Jones 184.818
slowest: #83-LaJoie 178.271 & #7-Yeley 176.183.
best 10 consecutive lap ave: #1-McMurray 180.914.
notes: #2-Keselowski made contact with the wall early but just suffered minor rear end damage.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (5-27-2017)

1st Saturday practice for the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
#21-Blaney 188.055
#77-Jones 187.598
#78-Truex, Jr. 187.084
#19-Suarez 186.838
#6-Bayne 186.239
slowest: #51-Hill 175.850, #55-Cope 172.861
most laps run: #18-Busch, 48 laps
Best 10 consecutive lap average: #78-Truex, Jr. 184.886
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf)(5-27-2017)

Kevin Harvick charges to first Coca-Cola 600 pole: After squeaking out the fastest lap in the second round of Thursday night's knockout qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick left no doubt when it counted.[More](5-25-2017)

Harvick wins Charlotte pole: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light pole for the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with speed of 193.424mph for his 3rd pole of 2017, 2nd at Charlotte and 20th of his career. Harvick has won 5 times from the 19 previous poles.
#18-Busch will start 2nd followed by #24-Elliott, #20-Kenseth, #77-Jones, #11-Hamlin, #21-Blaney, #78-Truex, jr., #14-Bowyer, #2-Keselowski, #1-McMurray, and #41-Busch.
#4-Harvick was fastest in the second round with a speed of 193.237mph.
#18-Busch was fastest in the first round with a speed of 191.381mph, will start 2nd.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Charlotte qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(5-25-2017)

Charlotte Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 58th Annual COCA-COLA 600 with a lap of 27.918 seconds, 193.424 mph.
This is his 20th pole in 586 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his third pole and 10th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his second pole in 33 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch (second) posted his 10th top-10 start of 2017 and his 14th in 27 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Chase Elliott (third) posted his second top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his seventh in 12 races this season.
Erik Jones (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(5-25-2017)

Second Round of Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#4-Harvick 193.237
#18-Busch 193.223
#24-Elliott 191.734
#14-Bowyer 191.673
#78-Truex, Jr. 191.605
the rest of the top 12: 21 41 77 20 2 11 1
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 17 48 10 27 31 6 88 19 95 3 22 5
(5-25-2017)

First Round of Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
#18-Busch 191.381
#11-Hamlin 191.008
#77-Jones 190.799
#20-Kenseth 190.752
#17-Stenhouse, Jr. 190.638
the rest of the top 24: 4 48 21 27 24 1 41 10 19 31 22 78 5 14 2 6 88 3 9;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 43 47 13 38 37 32 34 23 7 72 15 51 55 33 83 42
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 40 entered
(5-25-2017)

Coverage of Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:15pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 7:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

Qualifying Order for the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #38-Regan.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #37-Buescher.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(5-25-2017)

Friday practice for the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
#77-Jones 192.713
#48-Johnson 192.472
#42-Larson 192.465
#11-Hamlin 192.465
#4-Harvick 192.150
slowest: #51-Hill 177.381 & #55-Cope 176.956
most laps run: #22-Logano & #23-Gauling, 22 laps
No driver ran 10 consecutive laps during this practice.
#14-Bowyer, #18-Busch, and #42-Larson all make contact with the wall during separate incidents.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(5-25-2017)

Entry List for the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is posted, 401 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include:#7-Yeley, #15-Sorenson, #23-Gaulding, #51-Hill*, #55-Cope*, #66-Long*, #83-LaJoie*
Drivers who currently do not drive for a team with a Charter and need to race into the field: #7-Yeley*, #51-Hill*, #55-Cope*, #66-Long*, #83-LaJoie*.
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts) :None
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
UPDATE: J.J. Yeley will be in the #7. Elliott Sadler was on the initial entry list. Carl Long has withdrawn. 40 cars are now entered.(5-24-2017)

For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page

How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


LOCAL INFO

Charlotte Observer
Kannapolis Independent Tribune
Mooresville Tribune
Fayetteville Observer
High Point Enterprise
Lexington Dispatch
Raleigh-Durham News and Observer
Roanoke Daily Herald
Salisbury Post
Race City USA [Mooresville]
Go Lake Norman
North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Mooresville, NC
Memory Lane Museum, Mooresville, NC
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Tom Johnson Camping Center, Concord NC
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Visit Cabarrus
Speed Eats


WEATHER

Weather Channel - Concord, NC
Weather Channel - Mooresville, NC
Weather Channel - Charlotte, NC
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
WeatherBug
Weather Underground


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear "Support Our Troops" Speedway Radials

Set limits:
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 7 sets for the event

Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4698; Right-side -- D-4732

Tire Circumference:
Left-side -- 87.44 in. (2,221 mm);
Right-side -- 88.70 in. (2,253 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
Right Front -- 54 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

Storyline - Tire Set-up Built for 600 Temperature Sensitive Miles at Charlotte: Goodyear's tire set-up for Charlotte features the same tread compounds as in 2016 in what is a well-suited combination for one of the most temperature-sensitive racetracks on the NASCAR circuit. These tires work well in a wide range of conditions, which is particularly important for the Cup cars in the Coca-Cola 600, which starts in the daylight and runs well into the evening. For NASCAR Xfinity Series teams, which are racing under a more reduced downforce package in 2017, they will get a grip improvement on both sides of the car with more tractive tread compounds compared to last year.

Notes: Teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Charlotte this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Cup teams used as their "Prime" tires during the All-Star event last week . . . to honor American service members, all tires this weekend will be branded with "Support Our Troops," instead of the customary "Eagle" . . . for the Cup cars, this is the same left-side tire code (D-4698) that teams ran at Charlotte last season, though this is a different right-side tire code (D-4732) . . . compared to what was run in the points-paying races at Charlotte in 2016, this right-side tread compound is the same, but the tire features an updated construction to bring it into line with what is run at other speedways . . . for Xfinity teams, this is a completely new tire set-up for Charlotte . . . in addition to the same right-side construction update the Cup cars received, this tire set-up features compound changes to both sides of the car for more grip . . . this tire set-up was run by Xfinity teams at a NASCAR organizational test at Charlotte on May 2 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction
Charlotte Race Preview by Micah Roberts

Bovada Sportsbook:
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

Don Best:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race