Coca-Cola 600 Prerace Notes

By Brian Berg Jr.
Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Memorial Day weekend is also the biggest day in racing. NASCAR finishes the racing day with one of their biggest races of the year. If not the biggest it is the longest. The Sprint Cup Series is at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600.

Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Coca-Cola 600 and will lead the field to green. At most races’, winning the pole, is a great start to the race but in a 600 mile race the pit stall selection that goes with is more important than where you start the race.

If there was any doubt that Denny Hamlin has healed from his broken back they will be settled today in the longest race that NASCAR runs. Six hundred miles tests even the drives who are in the best shape, those that are not will suffer.

Kyle Busch has been very good at Charlotte Motor Speedway but has never been able to get a win in the Cup Series. Will he have what it takes?

In the first practice Saturday, Kasey Kahne was the fastest followed by Kurt Busch and his brother Kyle Busch. In Happy Hour (Final Practice) Kasey Kahne kept up the pace as well as Kurt Busch but Denny Hamlin was able to improve followed by his teammate Matt Kenseth.

Trevor Bayne is making an historic 1400th start for the Wood Brothers. He qualified for the race 29th but he will start the race from the back because he blew an engine in final practice and had to change it.

Danica Patrick qualified 24th. During final practice her team saw oil leaking from the engine and changed it as a precaution. The longest race of the year is also the hardest on engines. Danica will also have to start from the back.

NASCAR An American Salute pays tribute to our men and women who serve or have served in the military. Many of the race teams will be sporting special colors and designs in support. This program starts with this race and ends with the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July.

If you can’t get to Charlotte Motor Speedway, the race will be on Fox Sunday May 26th, at 6 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for

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