CUP: Thursday Charlotte Notebook

DRIVERS, START YOUR POINTS – After a weekend of all-stars, it's back to all points today at Charlotte Motor Speedway as Sprint Cup teams begin on-track preparations for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600, the longest race of the season. Sprint Cup practice is scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET, with qualifying for the 600 set at 7:10 p.m. There are two rounds of practice – 1 p.m. and 5:10 p.m. – scheduled today for Saturday's History 300 Nationwide Series race.

SPEED will cover all track activity at CMS today. A special edition of NASCAR Race Hub at 6:30 p.m. will lead into Sprint Cup qualifying.

Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for and has been covering motorsports for 31 years. He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.