NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 Notes and Entry List

SprintNASCAR NEWS & NOTES

2016 NASCAR Hall Of Fame Class Announced:

NASCAR announced the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2016. The five-person group – the seventh in NASCAR Hall of Fame history – consists of Jerry Cook, Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte, O. Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner. In addition, NASCAR announced that Harold Brasington won the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Next year’s Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session in Charlotte to debate and vote upon the 20 nominees for the induction class of 2016 and the five nominees for the Landmark Award. NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton announced the class and Landmark Award winner, respectively, this evening in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Great Hall.

The Class of 2016 was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, including representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs), recognized industry leaders, a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com and, for the second year, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion (Kevin Harvick). In all, 57 votes were cast, with two additional Voting Panel members recused from voting as potential nominees for induction (Jerry Cook and Robert Yates). The accounting firm of Ernst & Young presided over the tabulation of the votes.

TRACK NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Superspeedway:
    1.5-mile quad oval
    Race Length: 400 laps, 600 miles
    Track Length: 1.5 miles or 7,920 feet
    Banking: turns: 24 degrees; straights: 5 degrees
    Straights: Frontstretch – 1980 feet; Backstretch – 1500 feet
    Turns 1 & 2: 2,400 feet
    Turns 3 & 4: 2,040 feet
    Radius Turns 1 & 2: 685 feet
    Radius Turns 3 & 4: 625 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 134,000 (down from 146,000)
    Suites: 113
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1960
    Last Repave: March 2006
  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Dawn Seif, wife of fallen Marine SSgt. Andrew Seif; USO CEO & President J.D. Crouch II
    Command to start engines: Dawn Seif
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: West Virginia Senate President Lt. Gov. Bill Cole
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis
    Honorary Pace Director: NC’s Lt. Gov. Dan Forest
    Color Guard: TBA
    Invocation: TBA
    National Anthem: 82nd Airborne Chorus
    Flyover: TBA
  • 2014 May Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 145.484mph, started 1st
  • 2014 October Race Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 145.346mph, started 7th
  • Track Race Record 500 miles: Jeff Gordon, Oct 1999, 160.306mph
  • Track Race Record 600 miles: Kasey Kahne, May 2012, 155.687mph
  • Slowest Race Record: Junior Johnson, 107.752mph, 1960
  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jimmie Johnson, May 2003, started 37th
  • Oldest Winner: Cale Yarborough, 46 years, 6 months, 9 days, 10/6/1985
  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 9 months, 25 days, 5/29/1994
  • 2014 May Pole Winner: #48-Jimmy Johnson, 194.911mph, finished 1st
  • 2014 October Pole Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 197.390mph, finished 5th
  • Track Qualifying Record: Kurt Busch, Oct 2014, 198.771mph, set in 2nd round of qualifying
  • Coke 600 Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, May 2013, 195.624mph
  • 500 mile Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, Oct 2013, 194.308mph
  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 2 months, 6 days, 10/10/1993
  • Oldest Pole Winner: Bobby Allison, 49 years, 10 months, 8 days, 10/11/1987
  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Charlotte
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 111.6
    #18-Kyle Busch 106.7
    #5-Kasey Kahne 100.8
    #20-Matt Kenseth 95.5
    #11-Denny Hamlin 92.8
    #24-Jeff Gordon 91.6
    #19-Carl Edwards 89.6
    #16-Greg Biffle 88.7
    #22-Joey Logano 88.4
    #2-Brad Keselowski 86.5
  • List of Fallen Service Members featured on NASCAR’s Windshield Tribute at Coca-Cola 600:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Staff Sergeant Russ Freeland, Air Force
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Corporal Michael J. Anaya, Army
    #3-Austin Dillon: Seal Chief Adam Brown, Navy
    #4-Kevin Harvick: Sergeant Cory R. Mracek, Army
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Sergeant First Class Riley Gene Stephens, Army
    #6-Trevor Bayne: Staff Sergeant Casey Crate, Air Force
    #7-Alex Bowman: First Lieutenant Todd W. Weaver, Army
    #9-Sam Hornish Jr.: Captain Jeremy Fresques, Air Force
    #10-Danica Patrick: Corporal Stephen R. Koch, Army
    #11-Denny Hamlin: First Lieutenant Michael E. Johnson, Marines
    #13-Casey Mears: Sergeant Joshua J. Rimer, Army
    #14-Tony Stewart: Master Sergeant Aaron C. Torian, Marines
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Lieutenant Dale Bowyer, Air Corps
    #16-Greg Biffle: Private First Class Deane S. Van Dyke, Army
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Captain Jim Browning, Air Corps
    #18-Kyle Busch: Gunnery Sergeant Aaron M. Kenefick, Marines
    #19-Carl Edwards: Seaman Lynn A. Thrasher, Navy
    #20-Matt Kenseth: Hospital Corpsman Third Class James R. Layton, Navy
    #21-Ryan Blaney: Cpl. Jonathan Bowling, Marines
    #22-Joey Logano: Corporal Travis L. Patriquin, Army
    #23-J.J. Yeley: Lance Corporal Jose A. Hernandez, Marines
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Stanley L. Harriman, Army
    #25-Chase Elliott: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael Stephen Duskin, Army
    #26-Jeb Burton: Sergeant Nickolas A. Mueller, Army
    #27-Paul Menard: Specialist David T. Proctor, Army
    #30-Jeff Green: Chief Petty Officer, Jason Ray Workman, Navy
    #31-Ryan Newman: Sergeant Mark A. Bradley, Marines
    #32-Mike Bliss: Captain Christopher Cash, Army
    #33-Alex Kennedy: Corporal George A. Lutz II, Army
    #34-Brett Moffitt: Sergeant Renald J. Bouthout, Army
    #35-Cole Whitt: Captain John Bartley, Air Force
    #38-David Gilliland: The Unknown Soldier
    #39-Travis Kvapil: Lance Corporal Nathan Elrod, Marines
    #40-Landon Cassill: Gunnery Sergeant Floyd E. Holley, Marines
    #41-Kurt Busch: Petty Officer First Class David M. Tapper, Navy
    #42-Kyle Larson: Staff Sergeant Mark A. Stets Jr., Army
    #43-Aric Almirola: Captain Derek M. Argel, Air Force
    #46-Michael Annett: Corporal Michael E. Thompson, Army
    #47-AJ Allmendinger: Corporal Darrell L. Smith, Army
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: First Lieutenant Robert L. Henderson II, National Guard
    #51-Justin Allgaier: Technical Sergeant Adam K. Ginnett, Air Force
    #55-David Ragan: Sgt. Bryan Brewster, Army
    #62-Brendan Gaughan: Technical Sergeant John Chapman, Air Force
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: Sgt. Edwin Penn, Army
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto: First Lieutenant Daniel B. Hyde, Army
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller, Army
    #95-Michael McDowell: Corporal Ryan D. Russell, Army
    #98-Josh Wise: First Lieutenant Nainoa K. Noe, Army

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: FOX – 5:30pm/et
  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 6:00pm/et
  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
  • Pit Reporters: Chris Neville, Jamie Little, Matt Yocum, Vince Welch
  • Hollywood Hotel/Host: Chris Myers, Michael Waltrip, Darrell Waltrip
  • Rules Analyst: Andy Petree
  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 4:00pm/pt on FoxSports1

EVENT SCHEDULE
Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, May 21
8:00 AM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
9:30 AM – 10:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM Truck Challenge
1:30 PM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
2:30 – 3:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)
4:00 PM NSCS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
7:15 PM NSCS QUALIFYING (FoxSports 1)
8:30 PM Legend Races

Friday, May 22
NO ON TRACK ACTIVITIES ON FRIDAY

Saturday, May 23
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 – 10:55 AM NSCS PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)
1:00 – 1:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)

Sunday, May 24
12:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
4:00 PM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
5:20 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
6:00 PM NSCS RACE 600 (Fox)
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear “Support Our Troops” Speedway Radials
  • Set limits: Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying, and 13 sets for the race;
  • Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4428; Right-side — D-4640
  • Tire Circumference: Left-side — 87.32 in. (2,218 mm); Right-side — 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)
  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front — 30 psi; Left Rear — 30 psi;
    Right Front — 54 psi; Right Rear — 50 psi
  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Charlotte this week . . . all tires will be branded with “Support Our Troops” as part of the Goodyear Gives Back program . . . while these teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4426) at Charlotte since 2012, last weekend at Charlotte was the first time NASCAR teams raced on this right-side code (D-4640) . . . this right-side is a Goodyear multi-zone tread tire, which incorporates two distinct compounds on the same tire — one for endurance and heat resistance on the inboard two inches of the tread and one for traction on the outboard 10 inches . . . this inboard (Endurance Zone) features the same compound that was run on the same zone at Texas, while this outboard (Traction Zone) features the compound run at Charlotte last year . . . this tire set-up was first tested at Charlotte in December, and was confirmed in a March 10 tire test at the track with drivers Aric Almirola, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr. and J.J. Yeley . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Charlotte . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Entry List
Coca-Cola 600
Charlotte Motor Speedway – 5/24/2015
Entry Car # Driver Make Sponsor 2015 Owner Points Rank
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy Cessna / McDonalds 9
2 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 7
3 3 Austin Dillon Chevy Cheerios 25
4 4 Kevin Harvick Chevy Budweiser 1
5 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy Liftmaster 11
6 6 Trevor Bayne Ford Advocare 30
7 7 Alex Bowman Chevy CULER 35
8 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford Twisted Tea 27
9 10 Danica Patrick Chevy GoDaddy.com 17
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 15
11 13 Casey Mears Chevy GEICO Military 21
12 14 Tony Stewart Chevy Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 31
13 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota Cherry 5-Hour Energy / Special Operations Warrior Foundation 16
14 16 Greg Biffle Ford Ortho 22
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Fastenal 24
16 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Skittles 23
17 19 Carl Edwards Toyota Subway 19
18 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dewalt 8
19 21 Ryan Blaney* (i) Ford Motocraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 43
20 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 4
21 23 J.J. Yeley (i) Toyota Hope for Warriors 39
22 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy Drive to End Hunger 10
23 25 Chase Elliott* (i) Chevy NAPA 46
24 26 Jeb Burton* # Toyota Maxim Fantasy Sports 44
25 27 Paul Menard Chevy Menards / Serta 13
26 30 Jeff Green* (i) Chevy Curtis Key Plumbing 49
27 31 Ryan Newman Chevy Quicken Loans 14
28 32 Mike Bliss(i) Ford Rimrock-Devlin 41
29 33 Alex Kennedy Chevy HonorAndRemember.org 36
30 34 Brett Moffitt # Ford CSX / Play It Safe 33
31 35 Cole Whitt Ford Speed Stick 32
32 38 David Gilliland Ford Love’s Travel Stop 26
33 39 Travis Kvapil* Chevy TBA 51
34 40 Landon Cassill (i) Chevy Snap Fitness 37
35 41 Kurt Busch Chevy Haas Automation 5
36 42 Kyle Larson Chevy Target 18
37 43 Aric Almirola Ford United States Air Force 12
38 46 Michael Annett Chevy Pilot Flying J 38
39 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevy Scott Products 20
40 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy Lowe’s Patriotic 3
41 51 Justin Allgaier Chevy TBA 28
42 55 David Ragan Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 29
43 62 Brendan Gaughan* (i) Chevy Vydox Plus 45
44 78 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy Furniture Row / Visser Precision 2
45 83 Matt Dibenedetto # Toyota Dustless Blasting 34
46 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy Nationwide 6
47 95 Michael McDowell Ford Thrivent Financial 42
48 98 Josh Wise Ford TBA 40

* – Required to qualify by speed
# – Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate
(i) – driver not running for Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

 

 

 

 

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