CONCORD, NC - MAY 27: Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Quaker State Chevrolet, leads Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27, 2012 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Coke 600 2012: Kasey Kahne Wins At Charlotte Motor Speedway

Hendrick Motorsports' newest driver picked up his 13th career win on Sunday night in NASCAR's longest race.

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NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Results In Another Uneventful Race; Drivers Offer Theories

Greg Biffle dominated the majority of the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but when he faded, it was Kasey Kahne who assumed control and cruised to his first victory of the year.

And in between there wasn't really a whole lot of side-by-side racing or any exciting moments that fans will be talking about for weeks to come.

That's been the trend this year in NASCAR, which has seen relatively tame racing for the first third of the season.

So what gives?

Denny Hamlin, who finished second to Kahne, had his reasons as to why Sunday night's race (RESULTS here) was the latest in a series of rather mundane affairs.

"You could put a lot of cars up front and they'll run there for quite a long time," Hamlin said. "Track position means so much in our sport now, you run around the pace of the guys around you. That's all you can do. Once they held their track position, they honestly made some good moves."

As for the lack of cautions – Sunday's race had the fewest in a Coke 600 since 1999 – and why drivers are seemingly less prone to putting themselves in precarious spots than in years past, Hamlin had a theory on that as well.

"Bottom line, I think everyone is so concerned with points nowadays, you know if you wreck and you finish in the 30s, you're going to take 10 races to get that back," Hamlin said. "I think everyone's just a little bit more patient on restarts, as crazy as that sounds. It's just not as wild on restarts as it used to be a couple years ago.

"Everyone is minding their Ps and Qs, trying to get the best finish out of their day, knowing the one thing you can't overcome in a race is a crash."

Hamlin might be on to something, considering a year ago Carl Edwards lost the championship on a tiebreaker which illustrated just how valuable a single point is in the grand scheme of things.

"I think that some people got hurt by crashes early on in the year last year and they weren't able to recover simply because these races are going green," Hamlin said. "There's not as many wrecks.

"I think everyone just recognizes the points system and sees how it works. Second year on it. We know you finish in the 30s, it's almost like not even showing up. Five points, that's not much."

His teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, Kyle Busch, believes the problem – if you want to call it that – stems from the depth of talent competing on a weekly basis.

"It's due to you got the best drivers in the world out there each and every weekend," said Busch, who finished third. "We all feel like we know what we're doing. We don't have to run over each other anymore to pass. That's why it's a good, clean race.

"You have 43 of the best guys out there doing it every single weekend. I think that's just a matter of it."

Busch's observation has some merit when you consider that of the 43 drivers who made up Sunday's field, only 14 of them have yet win to a Sprint Cup Series race. Never before has NASCAR had so many drivers who on a given week could realistically end up in Victory Lane.

Then again, sometimes it can just be a matter of a driver and team hitting on something and simply being that much better than the competition. Not every race is going to end in a photo finish, much in the same manner not every football game is going to be decided on a last second play.

And just maybe there was another reason NASCAR's longest race ended in record time – a reason that had nothing to do with aerodynamics or anything else related to what was going on at the track.

"Everybody is trying to make last call," Hamlin quipped.

If that's the case, then, who can blame them?

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NASCAR Point Standings 2012: Kasey Kahne Still On Outside Of Chase Wild Card Position

Kasey Kahne may have won Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but he remained shy of one of the two Chase Wild Card spots despite his victory.

The win vaulted Kahne to 15th in the Sprint Cup Series standings, but he's still seven points behind Ryan Newman for the second Wild Card position.

Brad Keselowski's two wins give him the No. 1 Wild Card with 14 races remaining before the Chase cutoff.

As for the regular standings, Greg Biffle remained the points leader – by 10 over teammate Matt Kenseth – and Denny Hamlin passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the No. 3 spot.

Here's a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings in relation to the Chase:

  1. Greg Biffle +85 points inside top 10
  2. Matt Kenseth +75
  3. Denny Hamlin +69
  4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. +67
  5. Jimmie Johnson +37
  6. Martin Truex Jr. +36
  7. Kevin Harvick +30
  8. Kyle Busch +23
  9. Tony Stewart +20
  10. Carl Edwards +4
  11. Brad Keselowski -4, holds No. 1 Wild Card spot (two wins)
  12. Clint Bowyer -6
  13. Ryan Newman -35, holds No. 2 Wild Card spot (one win)
  14. Paul Menard -35
  15. Kasey Kahne -42, trails Wild Card spot by seven points
  16. Joey Logano -58
  17. Jeff Burton -72
  18. Juan Pablo Montoya -76
  19. Aric Almirola -81
  20. Marcos Ambrose -85
  21. Jamie McMurray -86
  22. Jeff Gordon -93
  23. Regan Smith -107
  24. AJ Allmendinger -108
  25. Kurt Busch -117
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NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Results: 2012 Race Winner Is Kasey Kahne

Kasey Kahne continued his emphatic turnaround Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, handily winning the Coca-Cola 600.

In his 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup start, Kahne posted his first victory of the season, his first since joining Hendrick Motorsports and the 13th of his career. Kahne beat runner-up Denny Hamlin to the finish line by 4.295 seconds.

Kyle Busch ran third, followed by Greg Biffle, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr., as nine cars finished on the lead lap at the 1.5-mile track.

A caution on Lap 319 for debris in Turn 3 interrupted some of the best racing of the night. Before the yellow, Biffle and Kahne had swapped the lead repeatedly, with neither able to gain a clear advantage. Hamlin was in the mix, too, trailing the top two cars by less than a half-second.

Hamlin and Earnhardt stayed on the track under the caution, while the other eight lead-lap cars came to the pits on Lap 320 for two-tire and four-tire stops. After the subsequent restart on Lap 326, Kahne needed fewer than eight laps to blow past both Earnhardt and Hamlin into the lead.

On Lap 333, Kahne powered past Hamlin off Turn 2 and began to pull away. Kahne maintained an advantage of more than one second through a cycle of green-flag pit stops that began on Lap 353 when Biffle and Kyle Busch brought their cars to pit road.

That round of pit stops proved disastrous for Jimmie Johnson, who dragged a fuel can out of his pit stall and returned to pit road under green to serve a stop-and-go penalty. The miscue put Johnson a lap down and left Kahne and Hamlin to decide the race between them.

Notes: Kahne is the ninth different winner in 12 races this season . . . Greg Biffle led a race-high 204 laps . . . Danica Patrick finished 30th, five laps down, in her Charlotte debut . . . Pole-sitter Aric Almirola ran 16th, two laps down . . . Johnson finished 11th, one lap down.

Here are the full results from the 2012 Coke 600:

  1. Kasey Kahne
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Greg Biffle
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  7. Jeff Gordon
  8. Kevin Harvick
  9. Carl Edwards
  10. Matt Kenseth
  11. Jimmie Johnson
  12. Martin Truex Jr.
  13. Clint Bowyer
  14. Ryan Newman
  15. Paul Menard
  16. Aric Almirola
  17. Regan Smith
  18. Landon Cassill
  19. Jeff Burton
  20. Juan Pablo Montoya
  21. Jamie McMurray
  22. Casey Mears
  23. Joey Logano
  24. Trevor Bayne
  25. Tony Stewart
  26. David Gilliland
  27. Kurt Busch
  28. Bobby Labonte
  29. Travis Kvapil
  30. Danica Patrick
  31. T.J. Bell
  32. Marcos Ambrose
  33. AJ Allmendinger
  34. Mark Martin
  35. David Ragan
  36. Michael McDowell
  37. Scott Speed
  38. David Stremme
  39. Stephen Leicht
  40. Dave Blaney
  41. Joe Nemechek
  42. Cole Whitt
  43. Josh Wise
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NASCAR Coca-Cola 600: 2012 Start Time, Starting Lineup, TV/Radio Schedule And More

It's NASCAR race night at Charlotte Motor Speedway and we've got the actual race start time, the starting lineup and some other facts about tonight's race for you below.

What time does the race start tonight? After a day of buildup and after 500 miles at the Indy 500 is over, the Coca-Cola 600 drivers will fire their engines at 6:10 p.m. Eastern at the request of actress/model Brooklyn Decker. Following a few pace laps, former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory will wave the green flag at 6:19 p.m. So if you want to skip the pre-race show and just tune in for the start of the race, turn on your TV at 6:19 p.m.

Race name/distance: The Coca-Cola 600 – once called the World 600 – is the longest race of the NASCAR season. It consists of a whopping 400 laps around the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway, which adds up to a marathon 600 miles.

TV and radio: Tonight's race can be seen on FOX. This is FOX's second-to-last race of the season (Dover ends its portion of the schedule next week) before NASCAR switches to TNT for six races. Unfortunately, there is no live streaming of the race – but you can listen on the Performance Racing Network's web site (just click the red link). You can also check PRN's site for a list of affiliate stations in your area.

Invocation/national anthem: This might spark some controversy because he has plenty of detractors, but FOX's Darrell Waltrip will be giving the invocation before the Coke 600. After the prayer, singer Darius Rucker will perform the national anthem.

Tickets: The Coke 600 is not a sellout, so if you want to make a last-minute trip to the track, you should be able to find face-value tickets.

Weather: The unofficial NASCAR weatherman, Brian Neudorff, predicts a warm evening for Charlotte fans and believes rain is likely to stay away.

Last time: Kevin Harvick passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the final turn of the last lap when the latter driver ran out of fuel to win the 2011 Coke 600. Then, in last October's Chase race at the track, Matt Kenseth won ahead of Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards. More recently, Jimmie Johnson won last week's NASCAR All-Star Race and said he has an even better car for tonight's event.



Starting lineup for tonight's Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:


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  1. Aric Almirola
  2. Marcos Ambrose
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Greg Biffle
  5. Clint Bowyer
  6. Mark Martin
  7. Kasey Kahne
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Paul Menard
  10. Regan Smith
  11. AJ Allmendinger
  12. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  13. Trevor Bayne
  14. Kevin Harvick
  15. Martin Truex Jr.
  16. Ryan Newman
  17. Kyle Busch
  18. Landon Cassill
  19. Joey Logano
  20. Matt Kenseth
  21. Tony Stewart
  22. Jeff Burton
  23. Jeff Gordon
  24. Brad Keselowski
  25. Casey Mears
  26. Bobby Labonte
  27. Cole Whitt
  28. Carl Edwards
  29. Juan Pablo Montoya
  30. David Ragan
  31. Jamie McMurray
  32. Michael McDowell
  33. Josh Wise
  34. Stephen Leicht
  35. David Stremme
  36. Dave Blaney
  37. Travis Kvapil
  38. Scott Speed
  39. David Gilliland
  40. Danica Patrick
  41. TJ Bell
  42. Kurt Busch
  43. Joe Nemechek

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Coca Cola 600: Richard Petty Says Coke 600 Bigger Than Indy 500

There are two races taking place this weekend and NASCAR icon Richard Petty usually bounces back and forth between Charlotte, NC and Indianapolis, IN for the races. This year however, Petty is focusing his attention on the Coca Cola 600 and says that it's a bigger deal than the Indy 500 now.

"I'm concentrating entirely on the 600," he said. "Even though I don't have much to do with the race, I just feel like if I'm here ... concentrating on what's going on here, things really work better," Petty told the Sporting News.

"Really, we just never put anything together to go to Indy this year, so it's all the 600. As far as I'm concerned, the 600 is a lot bigger race than the 500 anyway."

On Thursday night, Petty Motorsports put two of their cars in the front row during qualifying.

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NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson Says 2012 Coke 600 Car Even Better Than All-Star Race Car

Jimmie Johnson said his team considered bringing the car that won last Saturday's Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte back for the Coke 600.

Logistically, that would have been difficult, given that the 48 team didn't get the car back from NASCAR's tech center in Concord, N.C., until Tuesday afternoon.

But Johnson added something that should be of great concern to his rivals -- he thinks the 600 car is better than the one that dominated the All-Star Race.

"We talked about trying to bring the (All-Star) car back when we selected our cars," Johnson told the NASCAR Wire Service on Thursday. "We felt like the car for the 600 was better, and it's more important, being a points race. It's not like we have bad cars, but the way we measure things in the wind tunnel and other variables was to have the best car for the 600 and took the other car to the All-Star race.

"You will spend some time your first run (with a new car), maybe even second run, trying to get your ride heights set just right, the packer gaps right so that the splitter doesn't drag and that kind of thing.

"Bringing a car back that you raced, you know right where those heights are and you can save a step or two. That's kind of a nice thing. It's hard to not bring back a car you just won with, (but) with the short time frame and checking in (Thursday) and getting the car back on Tuesday afternoon, it just wasn't possible."

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NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 2012: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Confident At Charlotte

It wasn't how he said it or the even the words he used, but the one thing that was unmistakable as Dale Earnhardt Jr. spoke Thursday in the media center at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the confidence he has in himself, his team and in his car.

Although Earnhardt Jr. made no bold predictions that this was going to be the weekend he finally snapped his nearly four-year winless drought, it was obvious he thought he had as good a chance as he's had in a while to get back to Victory Lane in a actual points-paying NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

"I think we're confident," Earnhardt Jr. said when he spoke with the media. "We're bringing back the same car (from the All-Star Race), so we know what kind of race car we've got. We know what kind of potential we've got, I guess, and we're all kind of expecting to improve on some of the things we did last week.

"We had some things that we learned and we think that we can improve on that and even be better than we were last week."

Earnhardt Jr.'s confidence in himself and his team stems from the fact he enters the Coca-Cola 600 having posted a series-best eight top-10 finishes in 11 starts this season, which has Earnhardt Jr. sitting third overall in points, just 14 points behind leader Greg Biffle.

The confidence Earnhardt Jr. has in his car comes from the knowledge that on Sunday he'll be wheeling the same car he used Saturday in last weekend's All-Star Race, where he drove away with the win in the preliminary Sprint Showdown to advance to the main event, then later won the fourth of five segments.

And if after all those near-misses and close calls over the last four years Earnhardt Jr. is to see his winless streak disappear, that it would happen at Charlotte of places would make it even more meaningful. Charlotte after is the track he considers his home track and it is a place where Earnhardt Jr. has yet to win a points race at, something he really wants to do before his career his done.

"Yeah, it would be awesome to win at Charlotte and give me a trophy from here being that it's close to the house," Earnhardt Jr. said.

Earnhardt Jr. almost scored that win last year in this race as he was leading on the final lap, but with the start/finish line in sight, the fuel tank on the No. 88 car ran dry and Earnhardt Jr. limped home with a seventh-place finish.

Twelve months later and riding high after a strong run last weekend, Earnhardt Jr. appears poised to finish the job.

"You definitely feel like one got away," Earnhardt Jr. said. "When you come close to winning a race like that, you definitely think about what you might have could have done different or 'If only this or if only that.' You don't think about that too much. You can get distracted and not really be thinking about what you're trying to do that moment.

"If the car is good enough and we're good enough and do everything we need to do, we'll be right there with an opportunity to win a race and that's what you have to concentrate on."

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Has Danica Patrick Become The Face Of NASCAR?

Basking in the public spotlight is nothing new for Danica Patrick. She's been a media darling since 2005, when she became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500.

But that was in IndyCar, where she was a big fish in a small pond – at least in terms of visibility.

She's since taken that spotlight to NASCAR full-time in 2012, leading people like Darrell Waltrip to declare she's become the new face of the sport.

Patrick doesn't put a lot of stock into that line of thinking, but she's grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact.

"It's really nice to see families coming out to the track because it gives the little girls or the kids someone else to cheer for," Patrick said. "The family aspect is why I started racing in the first place. It was a way for my mom, sister, and I to do things together on weekends."

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has traditionally been the face of NASCAR, winning the NMPA Most Popular Driver Award every season since 2002. But his 140-race winless streak that began in 2008, coupled with his shy and reserved nature, may have left an opening for Patrick in terms of marketing.

If Patrick tastes any success this year, it could shift the balance of national attention from Earnhardt Jr. to Patrick, the fresh-faced newcomer.

Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson recognizes the impact Patrick has had on the sport but dismissed the notion that she's becoming its top draw.

"I haven't noticed," Johnson said. "What I have learned through the years is that the television cameras focus on what the people want to see and where the attention is focused. But when you ask if it bothers me, I don't have any feelings on it one way or the other."

Some fans have voiced displeasure at the amount of television coverage she's received this year, but Johnson chalks it up to smart marketing by NASCAR and its broadcast partners.

"I'm glad she's in the sport," Johnson added. "She brings a huge fan base with her, but marketing is marketing; you have to do what you have to do."

At the end of the day, more eyeballs on NASCAR is a positive development, and that's exactly what Patrick provides. The Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona scored the highest non-Sprint Cup NASCAR race in ESPN history with many citing Patrick's pole-sitting effort as the deciding factor.

Has Danica become the face of NASCAR or will she need to back up her publicity with on-track success first?

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NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Starting Lineup 2012: Richard Petty Motorsports Tops Qualifying

The No. 43 is back on the pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway -- without a Petty behind the wheel.

In a car owned by three-time Charlotte Motor Speedway pole winner Richard Petty, Aric Almirola blew the doors off his competition in Thursday night's time trials for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600, touring the 1.5-mile track in 27.988 seconds (192.940 mph).

The near-track-record speed (just .04 seconds off Elliott Sadler's 2005 mark) gave Almirola the first Coors Light pole award of his career and allowed him to surpass Richard Petty Motorsports teammate Marcos Ambrose (191.598 mph), whose No. 9 Ford was fastest in practice, for the top starting spot.

Fresh from his victory in last Saturday's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at CMS, Jimmie Johnson qualified third at 191.374 mph, followed by Cup points leader Greg Biffle (191.259 mph) and Clint Bowyer (191.198 mph). Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard and Regan Smith will start from positions six through 10, respectively.

In late 2010, RPM was a moribund team, wilting under the majority ownership of George Gillett. But Petty partnered with investors Andy Murstein and Doug Bergeron to save the organization from extinction.

Almirola joined Ambrose on the team to start the 2012 season. On Thursday night, he registered the 122nd pole for the 43 car. Petty himself accounted for 114 of those 122.

"It's been a huge honor for me from day one to be able to come to this organization," Almirola said. "I'm not just driving for Richard Petty Motorsports. I'm driving the 43 car, probably the most iconic car in the history of our sport.

"For him (Petty) to allow me to do that, for him to ask me to do that, it's just really special, and it's a big honor to put that 43 car back on top of the board. To see it over there in Victory Lane and get our picture taken and all that stuff is really cool. I know it's only qualifying -- we want to be able to do that after the race -- but it's a start."

Almirola's pole reflects the influence of crew chief Mike Ford, who joined the No. 43 Ford team before the May 6 race at Talladega.

"I've got short time working with these cars," said Ford, who was crew chief for Denny Hamlin's second-place run in the Cup series in 2010 but was replaced by Darian Grubb after the 2011 season. "I came in for a couple of weeks and observed, and these cars have got speed. They've got a lot of speed to ‘em.

"It took me a couple weeks to just understand the approach of how to tune them. Last year all the Fords ran good at Charlotte, and we came back with that type setup (last week) for the Open (Sprint Showdown) and kind of embarrassed ourselves, running seventh.

"We went back to work and regrouped and made a cut at something and focused on race trim -- we really didn't focus on qualifying. We know that we've got the balance right, and the car's got speed and Aric's comfortable driving it, so he can go get the speed."

The No. 43 hasn't been to Victory Lane since John Andretti won for Petty Enterprises at Martinsville on April 18, 1999. That stat failed to stem the confidence of the car owner.

"We'll see you Sunday night," Petty said, indicating the dais where the winner's press conference takes place.

Misfortune continued to dog Kurt Busch's Sprint Cup effort. The driver of the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet spun on his first qualifying lap, nicking the outside wall with the right rear of the car before slamming nose-first into the inside barrier.

"Sorry, guys," Busch radioed to his crew as he drove the wounded car to the garage. Busch posted no time but is guaranteed a starting spot in the race because of the car's top-35 standing in owner points.

Like Busch, Danica Patrick will make use of an owner points provisional after posting the 43rd-fastest time among 47 drivers. Patrick will start 40th, Busch 42nd.

Mike Bliss, former 600 winner David Reutimann, JJ Yeley and Scott Riggs failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

Here's the starting lineup for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600:

  1. Aric Almirola
  2. Marcos Ambrose
  3. Jimmie Johnson
  4. Greg Biffle
  5. Clint Bowyer
  6. Mark Martin
  7. Kasey Kahne
  8. Denny Hamlin
  9. Paul Menard
  10. Regan Smith
  11. AJ Allmendinger
  12. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  13. Trevor Bayne
  14. Kevin Harvick
  15. Martin Truex Jr.
  16. Ryan Newman
  17. Kyle Busch
  18. Landon Cassill
  19. Joey Logano
  20. Matt Kenseth
  21. Tony Stewart
  22. Jeff Burton
  23. Jeff Gordon
  24. Brad Keselowski
  25. Casey Mears
  26. Bobby Labonte
  27. Cole Whitt
  28. Carl Edwards
  29. Juan Pablo Montoya
  30. David Ragan
  31. Jamie McMurray
  32. Michael McDowell
  33. Josh Wise
  34. Stephen Leicht
  35. David Stremme
  36. Dave Blaney
  37. Travis Kvapil
  38. Scott Speed
  39. David Gilliland
  40. Danica Patrick
  41. TJ Bell
  42. Kurt Busch
  43. Joe Nemechek
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Coke 600 2012 Weekend Schedule And Weather Forecast For Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR continues to get spoiled by another rain-free weekend, as we stay at Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCAR's longest race, the Coca-Cola 600.

Not only will it be mostly dry, but it will once again be hot. High pressure is going to dominate the eastern third of the United States this weekend. This will provide lots of sunshine, highs reaching the upper 80s to near 90, and it will be humid.

The only areas of concern I have are the chance of isolated showers and storms on Thursday afternoon for practice and Sprint Cup Series qualifying. The good news is any activity that may form would be very hit or miss and I expect more miss than hit.

Another small threat of isolated storms occurs Saturday afternoon and evening for the final Sprint Cup practice and the Nationwide race. Just like today the threat is very small and the activity will be more miss than hit.

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Conditions in Charlotte, NC:
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THURSDAY:
2 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Practice – Partly sunny, chance of an isolated shower/storm – temp: 83
3:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Practice – Partly sunny, chance of an isolated shower/storm – temp: 84
5 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Final Practice – Partly sunny, chance of an isolated shower/storm – temp: 84
7 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Qualifying – Partly sunny, chance of an isolated shower/storm – temp: 82

SATURDAY:
10 a.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Practice – Mostly sunny – temp: 79
11 a.m. EDT
Nationwide Qualifying – Mostly sunny – temp: 81
1 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Final Practice – Partly sunny, chance of an isolated shower/storm – temp: 87
2:30 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Race – Partly sunny, chance of an isolated shower/storm – temp: 89

SUNDAY:
5 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Pre-race – Mostly sunny – temp: 88
6 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600 – Mostly sunny – temp: 86
8 p.m. EDT
Coca-Cola 600 – Mostly clear – temp: 83
10 p.m. EDT
Coca-Cola 600 – Mostly clear – temp: 77

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