2012 Power Rankings: Charlotte

Jimmie Johnson All Star Race Winner Charlotte 2012. Credit: Matt Weaver (NASCAR Ranting and Raving)

Each week for the rest of the 2012 Sprint Cup season, Chase Wilhelm will rank who he thinks are the top 12 in the series.

Here are the power rankings heading into the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

Rank

Driver

Trending

Top 10's

Comment

1

Jimmie Johnson

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8

Since this is my first set of power rankings for the year, I figured I would have a little fun with it. In honor of the Coca-Cola 600 this Sunday night, here are some fun facts about the soda (or pop depending on how you say it).

Coca-Cola was first invented by a pharmacist named John Pemberton in order to cure headaches.

2

Matt Kenseth

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7

Included in the secret recipe for Coca-Cola is a flavor base called Merchandise 7X".

3

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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8

The first two countries to begin bottling Coca-Cola other than the United States were Cuba and Panama.

4

Greg Biffle

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7

The Coca-Cola Company is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.

5

Denny Hamlin

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6

The Coca-Cola polar bear first made it's debut in 1993.

6

Kyle Busch

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6

When Mentos is added to Coca-Cola, the carbon dioxide in the soda caused it to be quickly released. The soda then bursts out of the bottle.

7

Tony Stewart

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5

In 1976, the 10 billionth gallon of Cola-Cola syrup was produced.

8

Martin Truex Jr.

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7

Coca-Cola is now bottled in 40 countries around the world.

9

Brad Keselowski

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5

In January 1893, the name "Coca-Cola" was patented.

10

Kevin Harvick

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5

By 1983, Coca-Cola was enjoyed by over 1 trillion customers.

11

Clint Bowyer

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5

In 1995, Diet Coke was consumed for the first time in space by astronauts on the Space Shuttle Discovery.

12

Paul Menard

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3

If all the Coca-Cola vending machines were stacked on top of each other, the stack would be over 450 miles high.

Coca-Cola fact credit: www.colacorner.com

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