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NASCAR Daily News Headlines * May 26, 2010





Charlotte Hotpass Lineup

NASCAR Hotpass™ on DIRECTV is free to all DIRECTV customers. Four dedicated driver channels offering viewers multiple camera angles, real-time statistics and audio of the network broadcast augmented by live communication between the drivers and their pit crews is available for all 36 point-paying races during the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The NASCAR Hotpass lineup for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway is as follows:

  • DIRECTV Channel 795: Tony Stewart and the No. 14 Office Depot / Old Spice Chevrolet team of Stewart-Haas Racing

    Tony Stewart will make his 405th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 23rd at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway … Has one win (October 2003) and 11 top-10 finishes in 22 career Sprint Cup starts at the 1.5-mile oval … The 39-year-old Columbus, Ind., native has won 37 races and has 234 top-10 finishes in 404 Sprint Cup starts … 2010 marks Stewart’s 12th full year in Sprint Cup and he won the points championship in 2002 and 2005 … Started 16th and finished ninth two weeks ago at Dover (Del.) International Speedway … Ranks 14th in Sprint Cup points with four top-10 finishes.

  • DIRECTV Channel 796: Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s Memorial Day Tribute Chevrolet team of Hendrick Motorsports

    Jimmie Johnson will make his 304th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 18th at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway … Has six wins, three poles and 13 top-10 finishes in 17 starts at the 1.5-mile oval … The 34-year-old from El Cajon, Calif., has 50 wins and 187 top-10 finishes in 303 Sprint Cup starts … 2010 marks Johnson’s ninth full year in Sprint Cup and he won the points championship in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 … Started fifth and finished 16th two weeks ago at Dover (Del.) International Speedway … Ranks fourth in Sprint Cup Series points with three victories.

  • DIRECTV Channel 797: Dale Earnhardt Jr., and the No. 88 National Guard Honoring Our Soldiers / AMP Energy team of Hendrick Motorsports

    Dale Earnhardt Jr., will make his 376th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 22nd at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway … Has one pole (May 2000) and nine top-10 finishes in 22 starts at the 1.5-mile oval … The 35-year-old Kannapolis, N.C., native has won 18 races and has 145 top-10 finishes in 375 Sprint Cup starts … 2010 marks Earnhardt’s 11th full year in Sprint Cup with a career-best point finish of third in 2003 … Won 1998 and 1999 NASCAR Nationwide Series championships … Started 27th and finished 30th two weeks ago at Dover (Del.) International Speedway … Ranks 16th in Sprint Cup points with three top-10 finishes.

  • DIRECTV Channel 798: Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Scotts Grubb Ford team of Roush Fenway Racing

    Carl Edwards will make his 206th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 11th at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway … Has seven top-10 finishes in 10 starts at the 1.5-mile oval … The 30-year-old Columbia, Mo., native has won 16 races and has 105 top-10 finishes in 205 Sprint Cup starts … Captured 2007 NASCAR Nationwide Series title … 2010 marks Edwards’ sixth full year in Sprint Cup with a career-best point finish of second in 2008 … Started ninth and finished eighth two weeks ago at Dover (Del.) International Speedway … Ranks 10th in Sprint Cup points with six top-10 finishes.

    Daytona Patch OK

    Drivers at the test for NASCAR’s new Nationwide Series car last week at Daytona International Speedway had more than just the new car to test. They had a new concrete patch on the Daytona track to test as well.

    The patch – 6 feet wide, 18 feet long and 6 inches deep – covers the pothole that developed between turns 1 and 2 during the Daytona 500. The rest of the track surface is asphalt, but drivers reported no issues in going from asphalt to concrete and back the asphalt.

    “The patch felt fine,” said Kevin Harvick. “You really couldn’t even tell that it was there. Everybody ran through it lap after lap and it didn’t bounce the car around. They did a good job fixing it. I don’t think it will be an issue.”

    Daytona will host Sprint Cup and Nationwide races with the patch July 2-3, and then repave the entire track after the July race weekend.

    “I didn’t even see it and until someone brought it up, I was like, ‘Oh yeah, we patched the race track somewhere,’” Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch said. “I found it and it didn’t do anything. Nothing –- no concerns there.”

    Michael Waltrip Racing rookie Trevor Bayne said his car bottomed out over the patch but it had no effect. Track officials say cars bottoming out and scraping the track was one of the issues –- as well as heavy moisture and cold temperatures –- that resulted in the pothole.(scenedaily.com)

    Coca-Cola 600 News

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will battle for a purse totaling nearly $6.5 million during the 51st running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as the posted prize money for the event is $6,474,775. The overall posted awards for the track's schedule of May events is $14,066,348. Nine events will be run at Charlotte Motor Speedway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte between Friday night, May 21, and Sunday night, May 30.

  • Race time at Charlotte Motor Speedway brings fond memories of a first-ever Sprint Cup Series win for some NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, including Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears and David Reutimann. However a number of high-profile drivers are still chasing that elusive Charlotte victory. Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. have never won a points race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and they are all hoping their luck will change this Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600.

  • Ryan Newman leads all active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers in poles at Charlotte Motor Speedway with eight and he's looking to add to that count on Thursday, May 27, during Windstream Pole Night qualifying for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. Newman was the 2009 pole winner for the 600-miler with a speed of 188.475 mph and a time of 28.651 seconds. The track qualifying record at Charlotte Motor Speedway was set by Elliott Sadler for the 2005 Coca-Cola 600 with a speed of 193.216 mph, and a time of 27.948 seconds. Jeff Gordon, who has seven poles at Charlotte, can tie Newman's active record with a pole on Thursday. Thirty-seven different drivers have posted poles at Charlotte Motor Speedway, led by David Pearson with 14.

  • A number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will be running special military paint schemes this weekend in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to honor the troops during the Memorial Day Weekend race. A few of the teams include:
      David Reutimann (No. 00 Toyota) will run an Armed Forces Foundation paint scheme.
      Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Ford) will run an Armed Forces red camouflage paint scheme, which is part of Budweiser's partnership with the United Service Organizations.
      Hendrick Motorsports - The four Hendrick Motorsports drivers are scheduled to drive special red, white and blue "Honoring Our Soldiers" patriotic paint schemes.

  • "PRN Up To SPEED" returns for the second year to Charlotte Motor Speedway. The popular free fan Q&A forum takes place at the SPEED stage, located at the speedway's main entrance, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday prior to the Coca-Cola 600. Personalities from the Performance Racing Network will be joined by Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Ryan Newman and David Reutimann, winner of the 2009 Coca-Cola 600.

  • CATS Route Provides Easy Access to Speedway for Coca-Cola 600 The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), the City of Concord and Charlotte Motor Speedway have partnered to bring Sunday bus service from Center City Charlotte to the track. Starting from the Charlotte Transportation Center, race fans can take the 79X Concord Mills Express to beat the traffic and enjoy the Coca-Cola 600 at the speedway for just $6 round-trip. The route will run every 20 minutes from noon to 6:30 p.m. on May 30. Return trips will begin immediately after the checkered flag as race fans make their way to the buses near the track's main entrance. Tickets can be purchased at the Charlotte Transportation Center at 310 East Trade Street in Center City or online at secure.ridetransit.org/psales. For more information visit www.ridetransit.org.org or call (704) 336-RIDE (7433).





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