Prepare for a Huge Day in Racing
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.
By the Numbers - Sunday in Motorsports
• 93: drivers entered in 3 races (none are driving more than one)
• 678: scheduled laps to be run
• 1,262: miles scheduled to be driven
• 8 hours, 44 minutes: combined time of 3 races last year
Sunday Storylines in Motorsports
• Lewis Hamilton is looking for his 2nd straight win at the circuit, which would give Mercedes a 5th straight win there. They'd be the first manufacturer to win 5 in a row at Monaco since McLaren won 6 straight from 1988-93, 5 in a row coming from Ayrton Senna.
• In the Indy 500, Scott Dixon looks to become the 3rd driver to win the 500 from pole multiple times. Hélio Castroneves is going for a record-tying 4th 500 victory, and Fernando Alonso makes his 500 debut after winning the Grand Prix of Monaco twice.
• In the 600, Kyle Busch will try to follow up his All-Star Race victory with a win at 1 of 2 tracks where he's never won a points race. Dale Earnhardt Jr., in his last 600 start, tries to also win for the first time in 34 career Charlotte starts. He ran out of gas on the final lap while leading in this race in 2011.
Kyle Busch Looks to Check Charlotte Off the List
After winning last weekend's All-Star Race, Kyle Busch will be looking to win his first points race at Charlotte in his 27th race at the track. Busch has won points races at 21 different Cup Series tracks, the most among active drivers. The only tracks where he hasn't won are Charlotte and Pocono.
With 908 career laps led at the track, Busch ranks 13th all-time, nearly double any other winless driver in track history. He's twice finished 2nd at Charlotte, in the 2010 and 2011 fall races.
Busch won last weekend's All-Star Race and now will try to pull off the sweep. The last driver to do that was his brother Kurt, in 2010. The 2 drivers to that in the Playoff Era (since 2004) both failed to finish in the top 10 in points.
Dale Junior Hopes for a First in His Last 600
In Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s, first Charlotte start for Hendrick Motorsports in May 2008, he finished 5th, leading 76 laps. In the 15 Charlotte races since then, he has just 1 additional top-5 finish, a 22nd-place average finish and has only led 48 laps.
Junior's first win at Charlotte could also be a milestone win for Hendrick Motorsports, as it would be their 20th Cup Series win at the track. No other team has won there more than 8 times.
Charlotte is Jimmie Johnson's Domain
The last time the Cup Series ran at Charlotte, Jimmie Johnson picked up his 8th career win in 31 races at the track, extending his own record. 5 other drivers have won 5 or more times at the track, but all of them made at least 43 starts there in their careers.
Johnson will also look to win the 600, one of the biggest races on the schedule, for a 5th time, which would tie Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip's record. Johnson's teammate, Kasey Kahne, is trying for a 4th win at the track, which would tie Johnson for the 2nd-most 600 wins.
Another win would give Johnson his 15th 3-win season, a mark that only Richard Petty has hit in series history.
Who's Hot and Who's Not - Monaco Edition
• Lewis Hamilton: 3 straight podium finishes at Monaco (none from 2009-13)
• Daniel Ricciardo: started on pole, led 23 laps last year (only time he's led at Monaco)
• Sebastian Vettel: finished 4th or better in 6 of last 7 years at Monaco
• Valtteri Bottas: never finished better than 11 in 4 career starts at Monaco
• Max Verstappen: finished 18th and wrecked out of both career Monaco starts
• Kimi Raikkonen: wrecked out last year; 1 podium in last 9 Monaco starts
Who's Hot and Who's Not - Indianapolis 500 Edition
• Scott Dixon: on pole for 3rd time in Indy 500; won Indy 500 from pole in 2008
• Juan Pablo Montoya: won 2 of his 4 Indianapolis 500 starts (but finished last in 2016)
• Carlos Muñoz: finished 2nd last year and in 2 of 4 career Indy 500 starts
• Hélio Castroneves: winless in last 7 Indy 500s (1 top-5 finish) since picking up 3rd win in 2009
• Simon Pagenaud: never finished better than 8th in 5 career Indy 500 starts
• Ed Carpenter: starts 2nd; finished 10th and 27th in 2 Indy 500 starts from front row
Who's Hot and Who's Not - Charlotte Edition
• Martin Truex Jr.: won race, led 392 of 400 laps last year; most laps led in race history
• Jimmie Johnson: won last race at Charlotte; 8 career Charlotte wins are 2 more than any other driver
• Kevin Harvick: top-2 finish in 5 of last 8 Charlotte races (2 wins)
• Denny Hamlin: 11 top 10s in last 13 Charlotte races (1 in previous 8 races at track)
• Kasey Kahne: 4 wins at Charlotte are his most at any track (of 17 career wins)
• Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 1 top 5 in last 15 Charlotte races
• Clint Bowyer: 0 top 10s in last 7 races at Charlotte (20.3 Avg finish)
• Kyle Larson: 17.9 Avg finish, 8 laps led in 7 career starts at Charlotte
• Ryan Blaney: never finished better than 14th in 4 career Cup Series races at Charlotte
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