Open Race Thread: NASCAR Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600 | Charlotte Motor Speedway

CONCORD, NC - MAY 26: Pole winner Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 U.S. Air Force Ford, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, 2012 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)

If you're around to read this then that means you've survived the F1 race in Monaco and the Indy 500. Ready for another 600 miles? I am.

This is the one racing weekend I look forward to every year. It is also the one that my wife doesn't look forward to, nothing gets done around the house on the Coca Cola 600 race day - I think that is why she decided to work today.

As I sit here writing this I have the Indy 500 pre-race show and I can't help but notice that even NASCAR has worked its way into ABC's broadcast. They just did a five minute segment on the new Go Daddy Indy driver James Hinchcliffe (aka Hinch) and couldn't help but talk about Danica Patrick - they even included her in a promo showing her leaning against her NASCAR Go Daddy ride poking fun at Hinch. I am left wondering if this was really a paid advertisement by Go Daddy disguised as a broadcast vignette?

Who is going to win the 600 today? Hmm ... good question. I could tell you who I'd like to see win the race today more easily than picking the winner, but if I must choose I'd have to go with the 48 car of Jimmie Johnson followed closely by Tony Stewart (yes, I do believe he will be there at the end) and Carl Edwards.

Before we move onto the starting line-up let us not forget why we are able to sit back and enjoy such a great racing long weekend each year. If it were not for those brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in protecting the right of democracy we wouldn't have the freedoms we do. My family thanks them and their families.

Starting line-up is after the jump, see you on the other side.

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 43 Aric Almirola Ford U.S. Air Force 192.940 27.988 Leader
2 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DEWALT 191.598 28.184 -0.196
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's Patriotic 191.374 28.217 -0.229
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford Fastenal 191.259 28.234 -0.246
5 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 191.198 28.243 -0.255
6 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron's Armed Forces Foundation 191.171 28.247 -0.259
7 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Quaker State 191.130 28.253 -0.265
8 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 190.887 28.289 -0.301
9 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Serta 190.597 28.332 -0.344
10 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 190.456 28.353 -0.365
11 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 190.329 28.372 -0.384
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard 'An American Salute' / Diet Mountain Dew 190.302 28.376 -0.388
13 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 190.268 28.381 -0.393
14 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser Folds of Honor 190.201 28.391 -0.403
15 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 190.194 28.392 -0.404
16 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 190.054 28.413 -0.425
17 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's Red, White & Blue 190.034 28.416 -0.428
18 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King Real Fruit Smoothies 189.987 28.423 -0.435
19 20 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 189.707 28.465 -0.477
20 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Fastenal 189.607 28.480 -0.492
21 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 189.574 28.485 -0.497
22 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Wheaties 189.520 28.493 -0.505
23 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 189.076 28.560 -0.572
24 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 188.871 28.591 -0.603
25 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 188.363 28.668 -0.680
26 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford 188.344 28.671 -0.683
27 74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet Turn One Racing 188.324 28.674 -0.686
28 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 188.206 28.692 -0.704
29 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 187.924 28.735 -0.747
30 34 David Ragan Ford Al's Liners / Scorpion Coatings 187.656 28.776 -0.788
31 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat 187.526 28.796 -0.808
32 98 Michael McDowell Ford Presbyterian Healthcare System 187.487 28.802 -0.814
33 26 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 187.259 28.837 -0.849
34 33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joe's Autos / Precon 187.169 28.851 -0.863
35 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 186.143 29.010 -1.022
36 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap 186.111 29.015 -1.027
37 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Dr Pepper 186.085 29.019 -1.031
38 195 Scott Speed Ford Jordan's Truck Sales 185.976 29.036 -1.048
39 38 David Gilliland Ford ModSpace 185.810 29.062 -1.074
40 10 Danica Patrick+ Chevrolet GoDaddy.com - - -
41 32 T.J. Bell+ Ford Green Smoke - - -
42 51 Kurt Busch+ Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services - - -
43 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota Global Barter Corp / AM FM Energy Wood and Pellet Stoves / SWM Completion Tools 185.784 29.066 -1.078
Did Not Qualify
- 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents - - -
- 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing - - -
- 173 David Reutimann Toyota Burger King - - -
- 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe - - -
+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie
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