Top 40 goal for Josh Wise at Charlotte
Josh Wise | 98
(May 22, 2015 11:04 AM EDT)
If Josh Wise cracks the top 40 this week in the Coca-Cola 600, it will be his best result in four attempts. He has finished exactly 41st in his latest three Charlotte Motor Speedway races.
The last time Wise was running at the end of a Charlotte race, he finished 26th in the 2013 Coke 600 and was seven laps off the pace. If he can repeat that feat, he would earn 12 place differential points after qualifying 38th on Thursday.
Watch Jamie McMurray for top-5 potential
Jamie McMurray | 1
(May 22, 2015 10:57 AM EDT)
Jamie McMurray should be watched closely on Saturday to evaluate whether he has top-five potential. Last year he swept that spot at Charlotte Motor Speedway after starting 26th in May and 18th in October.
McMurray qualified 22nd for this week’s Coca-Cola 600, which places him in between last year’s pair of qualifications. In fall 2013 he started 25th, however, and could only rise to 19th.
Elliott to make 3rd Cup start at Charlotte
Chase Elliott | 709
(May 22, 2015 10:18 AM EDT)
Chase Elliott will make his third NASCAR Cup start at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend in the Coca-Cola 600. He qualified easily on time in 28th.
This is Elliott’s first attempt on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track in a points’ race, but he has looked comfortable so far in practice and during the Sprint Showdown last weekend. He should be considered a favorite to finish in the top 20 at least.
Sam Hornish Jr. in sweet spot
Sam Hornish Jr. | 9
(May 22, 2015 9:38 AM EDT)
Sam Hornish Jr. qualified 26th for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which has been about average for the No. 9 this year. His last four qualification attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks have been either 26th or 29th.
Hornish finished 24th and 26th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway respectively. Last week at Kansas Speedway he had his best run on this track type with Richard Petty Motorsports: Hornish finished 16th after starting 26th.
Matt DiBenedetto improving on track type
Matt DiBenedetto | 83
(May 22, 2015 9:32 AM EDT)
Matt DiBenedetto has been getting progressively stronger on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He failed to qualify for his first two attempts, took a provisional to get into the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway before finishing 34th and advanced from 35th to 25th last week at Kansas Speedway.
DiBenedetto was forced to take another provisional at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coke 600 and teams tend to put more emphasis on this race than others, which increases the competition. If the No. 83 finishes in the 30th-place range, he could be a good value because of the place-differential points awarded after starting 42nd.
Fowler in No. 26 Toyota for JGL Racing at CMS
Kyle Fowler | 726
(May 21, 2015 11:46 PM EDT)
Kyle Fowler will pilot the No. 26 PowerAll Toyota for the running of the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway this Saturday.
This will mark Fowler's 16th career start in the NASCAR XFINITY Series but the first with JGL Racing. He has four previous NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the Concord, North Carolina track with a best finish of 23rd. He also competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the track last weekend where he came home with a 20th place finish.-Integrity Sports Marketing
Jeff Gordon joins FOX broadcast team in 2016
Jeff Gordon | 24
(May 21, 2015 11:21 PM EDT)
Jeff Gordon knows it will be difficult to match the feeling he gets racing after this season, but broadcasting could provide something close to it.
That was among the reasons Gordon decided to pursue broadcasting, leading to Thursday’s announcement that he’ll join Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip in the booth for Fox’s broadcast of NASCAR Sprint Cup events. Gordon has signed a multi-year contract. He replaces Larry McReynolds, who had been in the booth since Fox began broadcasting Cup races in 2001. McReynolds will remain an analyst for the network.
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Dillon top 10 laps in NXS Final practice
Austin Dillon | 3
(May 21, 2015 10:59 PM EDT)
Sprint Cup regular Austin Dillon has the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the XFINITY Series final practice for the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The average speed of 177.477 mph in the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro was best of the 13 cars that ran 10 consecutive laps on the track for this final practice session. No. 5 Kasey Kahne, No. 6 Darrell Wallace Jr., No. Ryan Reed and No. 62 Brendan Gaughan are the rest of the top five on this list.
Ty Dillon leads XFINITY Final Practice
Ty Dillon | 703
(May 21, 2015 10:56 PM EDT)
Ty Dillon tops the speed chart in the Final Practice session for the XFINITY Series Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/ Chevrolet Camaro driver ran a fast lap of 181.068 mph. No. 6 Darrell Wallace Jr., No. 62 Brendan Gaughan, No. 33 Austin Dillon and No. 22 Ryan Blaney round out the top-five of the 42 cars out on the track. The No. 74 Dodge driven by Mike Harmon was the slowest in the final practice session.
Darrell Wallace Jr. leads XFINITY Practice 1
Darrell Wallace Jr. | 706
(May 21, 2015 10:53 PM EDT)
Darrell Wallace Jr. leads the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The lap of 180.536 mph in the No. 6 Cheez-it Ford Mustang was best of the 40 cars out on the track for this session. No. 33 Austin Dillon, No. 2 Brian Scott, No. 60 Chris Buescher and No. 20 Erik Jones are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Mike Harmon in the No. 74 Dodge was the slowest.