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DATE: Sunday, May 26
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, N.C.
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 135,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 54th
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 6 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Thursday, May 23/7:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kasey Kahne
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: Aric Almirola (finished 16)
LAPS: 400
MILES: 600
QUALIFYING RECORD: Greg Biffle, 2012 (193.708 mph)
RACE RECORD: Kasey Kahne, 2012 (155.687 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kasey Kahne76Dale Earnhardt Jr.12
2Denny Hamlin87Jeff Gordon23
3Kyle Busch178Kevin Harvick14
4Greg Biffle49Carl Edwards28
5Brad Keselowski2410Matt Kenseth20
2012 Coca-Cola 600 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 155.687 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 51 mins., 14 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.295 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 23 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 31 among 11 drivers
POLE WINNER: Aric Almirola (192.940 mph)
Past Coca-Cola 600 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Kasey Kahne (7) -- Chevrolet -- 155.687 mph
2011 -- Kevin Harvick (28) -- Chevrolet -- 132.414 mph
2010 -- Kurt Busch (2) -- Dodge -- 144.966 mph
2009 -- David Reutimann (21) -- Toyota -- 120.899 mph
2008 -- Kasey Kahne (2) -- Dodge -- 135.772 mph
2007 -- Casey Mears (16) -- Chevrolet -- 130.222 mph
2006 -- Kasey Kahne (9) -- Dodge -- 128.840 mph
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson (5) -- Chevrolet -- 114.698 mph
2004 -- Jimmie Johnson (1) -- Chevrolet -- 142.763 mph
2003 -- Jimmie Johnson (37) -- Chevrolet -- 126.198 mph
2002 -- Mark Martin (25) -- Ford -- 137.729 mph.
2001 -- Jeff Burton (18) -- Ford -- 138.107 mph
2000 -- Matt Kenseth (21) -- Ford -- 142.640 mph
1999 -- Jeff Burton (2) -- Ford -- 151.367 mph
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 136.424 mph
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 136.745 mph
1996 -- Dale Jarrett (15) -- Ford -- 147.581 mph
1995 -- Bobby Labonte (2) -- Chevrolet -- 151.952 mph
1994 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 139.445 mph
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (14) -- Chevrolet -- 145.504 mph
1992 -- Dale Earnhardt (13) -- Chevrolet -- 132.980 mph
1991 -- Davey Allison (10) -- Ford -- 138.951 mph
1990 -- Rusty Wallace (9) -- Pontiac -- 137.650 mph
1989 -- Darrell Waltrip (4) -- Chevrolet -- 144.077 mph
1988 -- Darrell Waltrip (5) -- Chevrolet -- 124.460 mph
1987 -- Kyle Petty (7) -- Ford -- 131.483 mph
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt (3) -- Chevrolet -- 140.406 mph
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip (4) -- Chevrolet -- 141.807 mph
1984 -- Bobby Allison (16) -- Buick -- 129.233 mph
1983 -- Neil Bonnett (5) -- Chevrolet -- 140.707 mph
1982 -- Neil Bonnett (13) -- Ford -- 130.058 mph
1981 -- Bobby Allison (7) -- Buick -- 129.326 mph
1980 -- Benny Parsons (6) -- Chevrolet -- 119.265 mph
1979 -- Darrell Waltrip (3) -- Chevrolet -- 136.674 mph
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip (17) -- Chevrolet -- 138.355 mph
1977 -- Richard Petty (2) -- Dodge -- 137.676 mph
1976 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 137.352 mph
1975 -- Richard Petty (3) -- Dodge -- 145.327 mph
1974 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 135.720 mph
1973 -- Buddy Baker (1) -- Dodge -- 134.890 mph
1972 -- Buddy Baker (6) -- Dodge -- 142.255 mph
1971 -- Bobby Allison (2) -- Mercury -- 140.422 mph
1970 -- Donnie Allison (9) -- Ford -- 129.680 mph
1969 -- LeeRoy Yarborough (2) -- Mercury -- 134.361 mph
1968 -- Buddy Baker (12) -- Dodge -- 104.207 mph
1967 -- Jim Paschal (10) -- Plymouth -- 135.832 mph
1966 -- Marvin Panch (7) -- Plymouth -- 135.042 mph
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen (1) -- Ford -- 121.772 mph
1964 -- Jim Paschal (12) -- Plymouth -- 125.772 mph
1963 -- Fred Lorenzen (2) -- Ford -- 132.418 mph
1962 -- Nelson Stacy (18) -- Ford -- 125.552 mph
1961 -- David Pearson (3) -- Pontiac -- 111.633 mph
1960 -- Joe Lee Johnson (20) -- Chevrolet -- 107.735 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called World 600 (1960-85).
 
Past Coca-Cola 600 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Aric Almirola -- 16
2011 -- Brad Keselowski -- 19
2010 -- Ryan Newman -- 9
2009 -- Ryan Newman -- 2
2008 -- Kyle Busch -- 3
2007 -- Ryan Newman -- 39
2006 -- Scott Riggs -- 13
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 5
2004 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 5
2002 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 7
2001 -- Ryan Newman -- 43
2000 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 4
1999 -- Bobby Labonte -- 2
1998 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
1997 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
1996 -- Jeff Gordon -- 4
1995 -- Jeff Gordon -- 33
1994 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
1993 -- Ken Schrader -- 4
1992 -- Bill Elliott -- 14
1991 -- Mark Martin -- 23
1990 -- Ken Schrader -- 11
1989 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 23
1988 -- Davey Allison -- 5
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 23
1986 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 31
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 18
1984 -- Harry Gant -- 4
1983 -- Buddy Baker -- 7
1982 -- David Pearson -- 21
1981 -- Neil Bonnett -- 29
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 17
1979 -- Neil Bonnett -- 25
1978 -- David Pearson -- 5
1977 -- David Pearson -- 2
1976 -- David Pearson -- 1
1975 -- David Pearson -- 3
1974 -- David Pearson -- 1
1973 -- Buddy Baker -- 1
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 2
1971 -- Charlie Glotzbach -- 28
1970 -- Bobby Isaac -- 7
1969 -- Donnie Allison -- 2
1968 -- Donnie Allison -- 2
1967 -- Cale Yarborough -- 41
1966 -- Richard Petty -- 22
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 1
1964 -- Jimmy Pardue -- 24
1963 -- Junior Johnson -- 2
1962 -- Fireball Roberts -- 9
1961 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 5
1960 -- Fireball Roberts -- 35
Last Race Results
RACE: NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (May 18)
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, N.C.
MILES: 135
LAPS: 90
WINNER: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Joey Logano
THIRD: Kyle Busch
FOURTH: Kasey Kahne
FIFTH: Kurt Busch
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (finished 10)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 29 mins., 20 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 90.672 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.722 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 13 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 5 drivers
LAP LEADERS: C. Edwards - pole; Kurt Busch 1-20; C. Bowyer 21-28; Kyle Busch
29-40; C. Bowyer 41-43; Kyle Busch 44-60; K. Kahne 61-71; Kurt
Busch 72-80; J. Johnson 81-90.
Coca-Cola 600 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bad Boy Buggies
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5 *Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Sany
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Fastenal
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Fastenal
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Plinker Tactical
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Serta
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Swan Energy
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Cheerios
32Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Oxy Water
33Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/TBA
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/United States Air Force
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Bush's Grillin' Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's Patriotic
51Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
95Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/TBA
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Kasey Kahne1226Won23Won71222Won
Denny Hamlin------99241118102
Kyle Busch32253830363323
Greg Biffle17674322032134
Brad Keselowski------------------20195
Dale Earnhardt Jr.6331185402276
Jeff Gordon303036414146207
Kevin Harvick23143421144111Won8
Carl Edwards---33159416169
Matt Kenseth337512710101410
Jimmie JohnsonWonWon2103913372811
Martin Truex Jr.---721163423232612
Clint Bowyer------1929253671513
Ryan Newman355353921293114
Joey Logano---------------913323
Tony Stewart9244261819151725
Kurt Busch114339321634Won427
Mark Martin3628411151743434
 
Mover of the Week
Jimmie Johnson - started 18 and finished 1
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 3
 
NOTES:
The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the 12th race on the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule. This 600-mile event is the longest one of the season.

Construction of this 1.5-mile racetrack began in 1959. A lighting system was installed in 1992, making it the first modern superspeedway to host night races. The track was repaved in 1994 and again before the 2006 season. The name of the track changed to Lowe's Motor Speedway in 1999 but changed back to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 2010 season.

Charlotte has 24 degrees of banking in all of its turns as well as 5 degrees of banking on both the frontstretch and backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 1,980 feet, and the backstretch measures 1,500 feet.

There have been 108 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Charlotte. The series has competed at this track twice each year since it opened in 1960. Charlotte will host the fifth round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship -- a 500-mile event -- the second weekend in October.

Joe Lee Johnson won the inaugural Cup race at Charlotte, the World 600, on June 19, 1960.

Richard Petty holds the record for the most starts at Charlotte with 64. Mark Martin's 56 starts at this track is the most among those drivers entered in this weekend's race.

Bobby Allison, Jimmie Johnson and Darrell Waltrip share the record for most victories at Charlotte with six each. Johnson's most recent win at this track came in October 2009. He won four consecutive races there from May 2004 to October 2005. He also claimed his record fourth victory in the all-star race at Charlotte this past Saturday.

Waltrip holds the record for most victories in the 600-mile race at Charlotte with five. He won it in 1978, '79, '85, '88 and '89.

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Charlotte with 17. Kasey Kahne gave Hendrick his most recent victory at this track in last year's 600-mile race.

David Pearson holds the record for most pole wins at Charlotte with 14, while Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with nine poles there.

The race winner at Charlotte has started from the pole 14 times. Jimmie Johnson was the last driver to do it in October 2009.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Sprint Cup race at Charlotte occurred on May 29, 2005 when Jimmie Johnson beat Bobby Labonte to the finish line by just 0.027 seconds.

The 600-mile race at Charlotte in 2005 featured a NASCAR-record 22 cautions, mostly for accidents caused by blown tires. The event took 5 hours, 13 minutes and 52 seconds to complete and moved at a pace of 114.698 mph.

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Sprint Cup race at Charlotte is 37th, accomplished by Johnson in the 2003 rain-shortened 600-mile event.

Five active drivers recorded their first career Sprint Cup victories in the 600-mile race at Charlotte: Jeff Gordon (1994), Bobby Labonte (1995), Matt Kenseth (2000), Casey Mears (2007) and David Reutimann (2009 - rain shortened). Jamie McMurray's maiden win in the series came in the 500-mile event at Charlotte in October 2002.

Four drivers on the entry list for this race scored their first pole wins at Charlotte: Gordon (October 1993), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (May 2000), Newman (May 2001) and Aric Almirola (May 2012).

Two drivers entered made their Sprint Cup debuts in the 600-mile race at Charlotte: Earnhardt Jr. (1999) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2011). Jimmie Johnson made his first Cup start at Charlotte in October 2001. Reutimann also made his inaugural start in the series there in October 2005.

Gordon holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Charlotte. He took the checkered flag there on May 29, 1994 when he was 22 years, 9 months and 25 days old. When Cale Yarborough was 46 years, 6 months and 9 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on Oct. 6, 1985.

The next race is the June 2 FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway, Johnson won last year's race there.

05/21 15:01:40 ET

As of May 21, 2013, at 03:01 PM ET