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NASCAR Sprint Cup - Coca Cola 600 at Lowe's Speedway at Charlotte, Sun. 5/27/12 530pm ET - FoX
NASCAR.com ^ | 5/25/12

Posted on 05/25/2012 6:48:54 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

I know I know.. ya already plan to eat and drink enough this week-end to sustain a small squad of recons a month in the bushes.. and the latest news on nascar and its green 'bent' of late probably grates ya like crazy

Don't forget to budget in the 600 miler after the Indy 500.. run at King JJ's home track no less. It should be a real feast, a smorgasboard of action.. if we're lucky. ;-]


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Nascar Sprint Cup - CoCa Cola 600

May 27, 2012





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Lowe's Motor Speedway

Race promoter/car dealer Burton Smith and driver Curtis Turner formed a partnership to build a 1.5-mile oval

north of Charlotte in 1959.

On June 19, 1960, the first World 600 was run at the new facility. A year later, like many superspeedways of

the era, the track fell into Chapter 11 reorganization from which it eventually emerged despite lagging ticket

sales.

Smith left in 1962 to pursue other business interests but returned in 1975 as majority stockholder and

regained control of the day-to-day operations, hiring Humpy Wheeler as general manager.

Lowe's Motor Speedway has the distinction of being the first sports facility in America to offer year-round condominiums overlooking the speedway in 1984.



Track Facts
Banking/Turns: 24 degrees
Distance: 1.5 miles
Shape: Quad-Oval


The FR Canteen
24 X 7

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FRFLrs .. It's too late to pick new drivers
if ya didn't already do it by the 24th. :-} Good Luck!

1 posted on 05/25/2012 6:49:03 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt; NYTexan; WestCoastGal; tubebender; A Cyrenian; ...

If the sun shines and the rain stays away,, get ready for 1100 miles of racing Sunday.. Ping..


2 posted on 05/25/2012 6:50:15 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge
Thanks for the thread & ping, NormsRevenge!

3 posted on 05/25/2012 6:54:13 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: vox_freedom

Boogity ping


4 posted on 05/25/2012 6:55:20 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: NormsRevenge

Will AlGore be driving the pace smart car?


5 posted on 05/25/2012 6:58:08 PM PDT by ArchAngel1983 (Arch Angel- on guard / Wenn Sie etwas sehen, sagen Sie etwas!)
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To: umgud

Charlotte does have the tendency of separating the men from the boys.
Should be a good race.


6 posted on 05/25/2012 6:58:08 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: vox_freedom
and mustn't forget Ms. Danica. :-}

RACE LINEUP

Coca-Cola 600 | Charlotte Motor Speedway

May 27, 2012 | Race 12 of 36
POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 43 Aric Almirola Ford U.S. Air Force 192.940 27.988 Leader
2 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DEWALT 191.598 28.184 -0.196
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's Patriotic 191.374 28.217 -0.229
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford Fastenal 191.259 28.234 -0.246
5 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 191.198 28.243 -0.255
6 55 Mark Martin Toyota Aaron's Armed Forces Foundation 191.171 28.247 -0.259
7 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Quaker State 191.130 28.253 -0.265
8 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 190.887 28.289 -0.301
9 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Serta 190.597 28.332 -0.344
10 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 190.456 28.353 -0.365
11 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 190.329 28.372 -0.384
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard 'An American Salute' / Diet Mountain Dew 190.302 28.376 -0.388
13 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 190.268 28.381 -0.393
14 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser Folds of Honor 190.201 28.391 -0.403
15 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 190.194 28.392 -0.404
16 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 190.054 28.413 -0.425
17 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's Red, White & Blue 190.034 28.416 -0.428
18 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King Real Fruit Smoothies 189.987 28.423 -0.435
19 20 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 189.707 28.465 -0.477
20 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Fastenal 189.607 28.480 -0.492
21 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 189.574 28.485 -0.497
22 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Wheaties 189.520 28.493 -0.505
23 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 189.076 28.560 -0.572
24 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 188.871 28.591 -0.603
25 13 Casey Mears Ford GEICO 188.363 28.668 -0.680
26 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford 188.344 28.671 -0.683
27 74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet Turn One Racing 188.324 28.674 -0.686
28 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 188.206 28.692 -0.704
29 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 187.924 28.735 -0.747
30 34 David Ragan Ford Al's Liners / Scorpion Coatings 187.656 28.776 -0.788
31 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat 187.526 28.796 -0.808
32 98 Michael McDowell Ford Presbyterian Healthcare System 187.487 28.802 -0.814
33 26 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 187.259 28.837 -0.849
34 33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joe's Autos / Precon 187.169 28.851 -0.863
35 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 186.143 29.010 -1.022
36 36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet SealWrap 186.111 29.015 -1.027
37 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Dr Pepper 186.085 29.019 -1.031
38 195 Scott Speed Ford Jordan's Truck Sales 185.976 29.036 -1.048
39 38 David Gilliland Ford ModSpace 185.810 29.062 -1.074
40 10 Danica Patrick+ Chevrolet GoDaddy.com - - -
41 32 T.J. Bell+ Ford Green Smoke - - -
42 51 Kurt Busch+ Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services - - -
43 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota Global Barter Corp / AM FM Energy Wood and Pellet Stoves / SWM Completion Tools 185.784 29.066 -1.078
Did Not Qualify
- 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents - - -
- 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing - - -
- 173 David Reutimann Toyota Burger King - - -
- 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe - - -
+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

7 posted on 05/25/2012 7:07:59 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: vox_freedom

I do like this track. With Indy and NASCAR, I’ll have a grand day.


8 posted on 05/25/2012 7:09:03 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: umgud

add this to the mix.. 90s at both tracks possible

Memorial Day Weekend Heat Wave
http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/memorial-weekend-heat-wave/65481

This year’s Indianapolis 500 on Sunday is forecast to take place with blazing afternoon sunshine, a high temperature challenging the highest May temperature on record and very humid conditions. The RealFeel temperature is forecast to be between 100 and 105 degrees for the Indy 500.

Meanwhile, NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, scheduled to start early Sunday evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway will begin with temperatures near 90 degrees.


9 posted on 05/25/2012 7:13:40 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bump to the racing thread! Thanks Norm...*Hugs*


10 posted on 05/25/2012 7:15:24 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: AZamericonnie

Hope ya all have a Great Holiday and stay cool!

Salute to the Canteen Crew!


11 posted on 05/25/2012 7:18:40 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge
and mustn't forget Ms. Danica. :-}

Nor Joe Nemechek!

12 posted on 05/25/2012 7:20:39 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Don't forget Monaco at 6:00 am. That looks good too. Replay Monday at noon on Speed.

Burgers, beer, racing, and thinking about the Fallen Heros. Now that's a holiday.

13 posted on 05/25/2012 7:22:08 PM PDT by Wingy (Don't blame me. I voted for the chick. I hope to do so again.)
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To: Wingy; All

Thanks for that. a cool location.. I’ll likely catch some of that too.. I like to see the start of the Indy races.

Chode posts Grand Prix threads. here’s the latest..

2012 MONACO GRAND PRIX - LIVE THREAD
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2887738/posts


14 posted on 05/25/2012 7:32:52 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge
By Golly, they still have Indy Races?

Yea, everybodys talking about it. sarc>

15 posted on 05/25/2012 7:55:21 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Any Republican. Just NO Obama.)
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To: AGreatPer

Maybe I’ll pop a Indy thread if no one else beats me to it.


16 posted on 05/25/2012 8:07:14 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

I never spent a winter as cold as a summer in Eureka...


17 posted on 05/25/2012 8:11:47 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: tubebender

it’s been another strange one.. for sure. we may hit the mid 70s here , hopefully it’ll be a little warmer than that, but


18 posted on 05/25/2012 8:14:43 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thanks Norm. Looking forward to a great race & hoping the rain stays mainly on the plain.


19 posted on 05/25/2012 8:59:23 PM PDT by happydogx2 (How about the dyslexic agnostic insomniac who stays up all night wonders if there really is a dog...)
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To: NormsRevenge

I was filmed to do a “shout-out” for this race. If you watch the race watch for a medic wearing a scrub top, bonny hat and eye pro from the 223rd EN BN from West Point, MS that will be me.


20 posted on 05/25/2012 10:15:48 PM PDT by Hotmetal (FReepin' from the sandbox.)
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To: tubebender; NormsRevenge

Ha! I’ll raise your cool summer by 7 inches!

http://www.ktvz.com/news/31115387/detail.html

I hope that came out right...


21 posted on 05/26/2012 6:14:04 AM PDT by happydogx2 (How about the dyslexic agnostic insomniac who stays up all night wonders if there really is a dog...)
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To: Hotmetal

Great! Thanks for the heads-up! Have a great Memorial Day!


22 posted on 05/26/2012 8:42:36 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey guys, just a quick post to say hello.

In central Utah camping with the kids and grand kids.

ya gotta love wifi!

Y’all have a safe weekend and enjoy all the decadence!

God bless our troops and us all!


23 posted on 05/26/2012 1:50:31 PM PDT by Pete-R-Bilt (I love guns... and coffee!)
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To: NormsRevenge

So, you’re not going to the bridge tomorrow night? I hear they have valet bicycle parking.


24 posted on 05/26/2012 10:19:39 PM PDT by WSGilcrest (/s)
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To: NormsRevenge

It should be a fun day. Very hot 86 degrees.
Richmond Rocker has........

Hamlin
Boyer
Biff
Almirola

Cartion = 5


25 posted on 05/27/2012 8:22:18 AM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: NormsRevenge
I'll be pulling for our local boy in the 21 car.

26 posted on 05/27/2012 12:14:53 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: WSGilcrest

What a zoo that should be. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near the bridge.. We have HDTV.. We’ll see all we need to see in bed..


27 posted on 05/27/2012 2:09:47 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Pete-R-Bilt

Watch out for bears!

WiFi ? in the boonies? Lucky. ;-)

Be Safe!


28 posted on 05/27/2012 2:11:25 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt; NYTexan; WestCoastGal; tubebender; A Cyrenian; ...

Coming up shortly , 600 miles at Lowe’s on FoX.. Ping!


29 posted on 05/27/2012 2:15:27 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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Lap-by-Lap: Charlotte
By NASCAR.COM
May 27, 2012 8:44 AM, EDT

http://www.nascar.com/lap-by-lap/120527/charcuplbl/index.html

8:39 a.m. ET — Richard Petty Motorsports teammates Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose swept the first two starting positions during qualifying. The pole is the first of Almirola’s Sprint Cup career, and Ambrose’s effort equals his best start.

Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer are third through fifth, and Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard and Regan Smith sixth through 10tth.

J.J. Yeley, Mike Bliss, David Reutimann and Scott Riggs failed to qualify for the race.


30 posted on 05/27/2012 2:17:46 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: tubebender; All
Aric Almirola is all the rage in Charlotte, having won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 in the No. 43.
But will it result in his first Cup win? Green flag is set for 6:19 p.m. ET.

LIVE LEADERBOARD : Coca-Cola 600

31 posted on 05/27/2012 2:20:41 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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welll.. I’m gonna go take a nap now.. see ya all later.
(it’s more comfy upstairs and I can nod off easier)


32 posted on 05/27/2012 2:32:18 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

I just took a one mile hike into the weeds to the Stones River. I am getting old. After a shower to rid the ticks I hope I’m ready.

GO HAMBONE!


33 posted on 05/27/2012 2:57:36 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: ArchAngel1983

I have an imaginary unicorn I am willing to trade to Owl Gore in exchange for his freedom. Tit for tat.


34 posted on 05/27/2012 3:09:01 PM PDT by MtnClimber (To the left wrong is right, down is up and backward is "Forward")
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To: eyedigress
Darius Rucker on the anthum. So-so. About a 6.


Better golfer than a singer. Played with him about 11 years ago when they were in the area. He broke 80 first try.

35 posted on 05/27/2012 3:09:46 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Any Republican. Just NO Obama.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I need to clean my glasses. I thought it said “Richard Petty Motorsports terminates Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose”

WTF!!


36 posted on 05/27/2012 3:15:59 PM PDT by Overtaxed
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To: Overtaxed; NormsRevenge; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt; NYTexan; WestCoastGal; tubebender; A Cyrenian
I can't even pronounce the pole leaders name.

BTW, I had him as my C driver. Maybe I can get out of 18th place.

37 posted on 05/27/2012 3:20:40 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Any Republican. Just NO Obama.)
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Time to go racing boys..........


38 posted on 05/27/2012 3:26:44 PM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: NormsRevenge

The Banana Sluggo team is running:

JJ
Jr
AJ
Almerola

Don’t know a two letter abbreviation for Almerola. What the heck!


39 posted on 05/27/2012 3:36:52 PM PDT by MtnClimber (To the left wrong is right, down is up and backward is "Forward")
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To: NormsRevenge

Thanks for the line up info. For some reason, I find getting information off the NASCAR page is harder than pulling teeth. I don’t think there is a poorer run web page on the net.


40 posted on 05/27/2012 3:44:26 PM PDT by Baynative (REMEMBER: Without America there is no free world!)
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To: umgud

The day was good so far. I’ve always liked Dario. But, I had to turn it off for feat we might have to sit through an environmentalist, socialist pro Obama message from his loopy wife!


41 posted on 05/27/2012 3:49:20 PM PDT by Baynative (REMEMBER: Without America there is no free world!)
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To: MtnClimber

Who am I running and how am I doing?


42 posted on 05/27/2012 4:33:48 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: Baynative

We are here at the speedway. Having a blast! Everything has been awesome.


43 posted on 05/27/2012 4:35:01 PM PDT by gcraig (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Baynative

Yeeeeee Haaaaaaaw!! lol


44 posted on 05/27/2012 4:35:20 PM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Baynative; NormsRevenge
I just had a small mini tornado hit me here in Central PA.
Some damage.
Gotta shut down, it is coming again.
45 posted on 05/27/2012 4:36:48 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Any Republican. Just NO Obama.)
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To: AGreatPer

Keep yer head down!

Did you all see the shot of the Flag and Service Flags on the Tower seats in Turn 2. The tower is only about half full. LOTS of empty seats at CMS tonight.

More signs of the economy and NASCAR losing its popularity because of the vanilla racing.

Sad, I just spent an hour out with the dog and didn’t miss a thing.

God Bless our Military and all their families.

G


46 posted on 05/27/2012 4:47:59 PM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: NormsRevenge

I like Danica....she’s cute, after all.

But I thought it was a bit inappropriate when she said, at the end of her interview before the start of the race,
“Happy Memorial Day.”


47 posted on 05/27/2012 6:06:12 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (The TEA Party is my cup of tea.)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

She’s down 4 laps but just finishing will be a good day for her.


48 posted on 05/27/2012 6:11:24 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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Lap 284 — Kasey Kahne has three Sprint Cup wins at Charlotte, the most recent in May 2008.

Lap 280 — Kasey Kahne motors past Greg Biffle for the lead on the backstretch.

Lap 278 — Gregg Biffle’s bobble has allowed Kasey Kahne to close to within a few car lengths.

Lap 275 — Greg Biffle gets way loose coming off Turn 2, but he’s able to collect it without crashing.

Lap 274 — Martin Truex Jr. has reported debris high in Turn 3. NASCAR says the track is clear.

Lap 269 — After the stops, the top five are Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth.

Lap 265 — Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle are making their stops.

Lap 264 — Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski are on pit road. Keselowski makes contact with Tony Stewart, who spins.

Lap 263 — Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are on pit road.

Lap 262 — Kevin Harvick, Mark Martin and others are pitting.

Lap 258 — Greg Biffle’s margin over Kasey Kahne is about 2.2 seconds. On the track, that’s maybe about a quarter of a straightaway.

Lap 255 — Chip Ganassi has arrived at the track from the Indianapolis 500, where his driver Dario Franchitti won open-wheeled racing’s biggest prize earlier today.

Lap 253 — Kasey Kahne finally clears Kyle Busch to grab the runnerup spot.

Lap 252 — Kasey Kahne moves under Kyle Busch for second place coming off Turn 4.

Lap 251 — Greg Biffle has to check up a little bit behind some lapped cars, but he’s able to power past without further incident.

Lap 249 — Kasey Kahne has closed even more on Kyle Busch.

Lap 245 — Kasey Kahne is now within several car lengths of Kyle Busch for second place.

Lap 243 — Greg Biffle is again hitting the afterburners. His lead is now up to 2.5 seconds.

Lap 237 — Greg Biffle works through some more lapped traffic. Kyle Busch trails by about 1.2 seconds.

Lap 232 — The top five are currently Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 229 — Matt Kenseth pits again, this time with a loose right-rear tire.

Lap 228 — There’s smoke reported coming from Kurt Busch’s car, possibly from the left front.

Lap 226 — Denny Hamlin gets past Kevin Harvick for fourth place.

Lap 225 — Jamie McMurray finally obeys the black flag for the missing lug nut and drops onto pit road.

Lap 224 — Jamie McMurray is missing a lug nut after is stop, and he’ll have to come back.

Lap 223 — Greg Biffle and Jimmie Johnson stop.

Lap 222 — Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne are pitting.

Lap 221 — Tony Stewart and several others make their stops.

Lap 220 — Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski are pitting.

Lap 219 -— Dale Earnhardt Jr., Marcos Ambrose and others are on pit road.

Lap 217 — Greg Biffle has to work his way past a couple of lapped cars, and that allows Kasey Kahne to close further. Also, Marcos Ambrose has had a problem on the track.

Lap 215 — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has moved into 10th place.

Lap 211 — AJ Allmendinger is back on the track.

Lap 209 — Kasey Kahne is closing in on leader Greg Biffle.

Lap 207 — The lights are on at Charlotte Motor Speedway!

Lap 206 — Kasey Kahne is now up to second place.

Lap 202 — Greg Biffle leads Kyle Busch by 7/10ths of a second.

Lap 200 — Halfway!

Lap 197 — Paul Menard is reporting debris in Turn 3. The NASCAR inspector there says that it’s a piece of paper.

Lap 193 — For Greg Biffle fans, it’s been an exhilarating night. Could he be headed for a second win in 2012?

Lap 191 — Greg Biffle gets position on Kyle Busch for the lead coming off Turn 4.

Lap 190 — Greg Biffle has caught back up to the Kyle Busch’s rear bumper.

Lap 187 — Kyle Busch is already out to a lead of about 7/10ths of a second.

Lap 184 — Greg Biffle clears Kasey Kahne for second coming off Turn 2.

Lap 183 — GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick are the leaders. Busch drops down in front of Biffle going into Turn 1.

Lap 180 — Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart pit under the caution.

Lap 178 — YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: There’s a large chunk of metal in the racing groove between Turns 3 and 4.

Lap 175 — GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson are the top five. Busch rockets into Turn 1, already well clear of the field.

Lap 174 — AJ Allmendinger’s car is being pushed to the garage.

Lap 173 — Race director David Hoots calls a lap to go to the green when the field gets back to the start-finish line.

Lap 172 — The leaders are on pit road.

Lap 170 — YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: Travis Kvapil slaps the wall in Turn 4.

Lap 168 — Jeff Gordon is on pit road to change his well-worn tires.

Lap 163 — Kyle Busch finished second here last fall. Matt Kenseth won the event.

Lap 160 — Kyle Busch has nine top-10 finishes in the last 11 Sprint Cup races at Charlotte. His best finishes here are a pair of second-place efforts.

Lap 157 — Kyle Busch’s lead remains steady.

Lap 153 — Second-place Jimmie Johnson is about 6/10ths of a second behind leader Kyle Busch.

Lap 150 — Paul Menard, Kurt Busch and Trevor Bayne go three wide on the frontstretch, fighting over who’ll be the first car a lap down.

Lap 149 — Carl Edwards is on pit road, apparently with a loose wheel.

Lap 146 — Jamie McMurray is still going very high in the turns. He’s in 20th place.

Lap 143 — After the hairy restart, most of the field has now sorted itself out single file.

Lap 141 — Jimmie Johnson is now second, Greg Biffle third.

Lap 139 — GREEN FLAG: Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick are the top five. Gordon was 12th before the caution. Busch blows to the outside of Gordon for the lead, and then Gordon sees two more cars go three wide around him.

Lap 137 — One lap to go to the green at the stripe.

Lap 136 — Most of the leaders are back on pit road. Jeff Gordon stays on the track.

Lap 133 — YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: There’s debris in Turn 1.

Lap 132 — Greg Biffle has already led more laps this year than he did in all of 2011.

Lap 130 — Greg Biffle leads Kyle Busch by about 6/10ths of a second.

Lap 127 — Greg Biffle goes back around Kyle Busch for the lead after Busch dropped his left-side tires below the white line at the bottom of the racing surface.

Lap 125 — Jimmie Johnson gets a run on Marcos Ambrose for third place on the backstretch, and then coming off Turn 4, Kyle Busch grabs the lead from Greg Biffle coming off the last corner.

Lap 122 — There’s another report of debris on the race track in Turn 3. They are a couple of water bottles, but they’re out of the groove.

Lap 121 — Kyle Busch charges under Marcos Ambrose for the lead on the backstretch.

Lap 119 — Jamie McMurray has a loose wheel, and says that he’s going to be pitting.

Lap 118 — GREEN FLAG: Marcos Ambrose and Jamie McMurray took two tires on the stop to claim the top-two spots on the restart. Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Kasey Kahne are third through fifth. Ambrose clears for the lead going into Turn 1, while Busch squeezes into second.

Lap 113 — The leaders are on pit road. Brad Keselowski was too fast exiting pit road.

Lap 111 — YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: There’s debris on the back straightaway.

Lap 109 — That comment about Kyle Busch closing in on Marcos Ambrose for second place? Never mind. He’s more than 1.3 seconds back of the runnerup spot.

Lap 106 — AJ Allmendinger is fighting a bad vibration in his Dodge. There was concern that a rear wheel might be loose, but that’s evidently not the cause of the issue.

Lap 104 — Marcos Ambrose has chopped nearly a second off Greg Biffle’s lead in the last few laps.

Lap 100 — One laps down, 300 — gulp! — to go.

Lap 99 — Kyle Busch is moving in on Marcos Ambrose for second place.

Lap 97 — Greg Biffle’s advantage over second-place Marcos Ambrose stands at about four seconds.

Lap 94 — Greg Biffle goes right back to the front after making his stop. After Biffle, it’s Marcos Ambrose, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson in the top five.

Lap 93 — Greg Biffle finally hits the brakes to drop onto pit road for his service.

Lap 91 — Kasey Kahne, Aric Almirola and others stop.

Lap 90 — Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Marcos Ambrose and plenty more are on pit road.

Lap 89 — Dale Earnhardt Jr. pits.

Lap 88 — Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick are making their stops.

Lap 87 — AJ. Allmendinger, Juan Montoya and others are pitting.

Lap 86 — Jamie McMurray goes high between Turns 3 and 4, but he’s able to keep it off the wall.

Lap 82 — Leader Greg Biffle has never won a Sprint Cup race here at Charlotte. His best finish is a second back in 2008.

Lap 80 — Jimmie Johnson slips past Clint Bowyer for fourth place.

Lap 78 — The top-five drivers are separated by nearly nine seconds.

Lap 74 — Astronaut Doug Hurley — the pilot of STS-135, the final Space Shuttle mission in history — is at the race tonight as a guest of Stewart-Haas Racing competition director Greg Zipadelli.

Lap 69 — About 1.7 seconds separate leader Greg Biffle and second-place Marcos Ambrose, and it’s 6.1 seconds back to third-place Clint Bowyer.

Lap 67 — Kyle Busch has worked his way up to sixth place,

Lap 65 — Tony Stewart goes a lap down to Greg Biffle.

Lap 63 — Tony Stewart isn’t having the greatest of nights so far. Right now, he’s in 28th place.

Lap 59 — Now there’s oil said to be in Turn 2, but again, it’s called clear by observers.

Lap 57 — Debris was reported on the track, but NASCAR officials around the track report that it’s clear.

Lap 55 — Greg Biffle is in the process of easing back out to a comfortable lead over Marcos Ambrose.

Lap 52 — Leader Greg Biffle is forced to go three wide under a couple of lapped cars as they approach the entrance to Turn 3.

Lap 51 — Marcos Ambrose is within about 6/10ths of a second of leader Greg Biffle.

Lap 48 — After the cycle of stops, the top five are Greg Biffle, Marcos Ambrose, Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne and Mark Martin.

Lap 47 — Greg Biffle gives up the lead to make his stop. Jimmie Johnson’s crew is also going to work. Aric Almirola is pitting.

Lap 46 — Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon get tires and fuel.

Lap 45 — Marcos Ambrose pushes Danica Patrick down pit road, evidently not happy with how slow she’s going. Carl Edwards is in his stall.

Lap 44 — Kevin Harvick is stopping.

Lap 43 — Jamie McMurray is in the pits.

Lap 42 — Jeff Burton, Terry Labonte, Paul Menard and Kurt Busch are making their stops.

Lap 41 — AJ Allmendinger is pitting.

Lap 39 — Greg Biffle’s lead is now up to 1.8 seconds over Marcos Ambrose.

Lap 37 — Greg Biffle is in a little bit of lapped traffic, but nothing he shouldn’t be able to handle with relative ease.

Lap 35 — Expect green-flag pit stops to begin in about 10-13 laps or so.

Lap 33 — The top five are currently Greg Biffle, Marcos Ambrose, Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin.

Lap 32 — Jeff Gordon has gained 14 spots since the green flag, and is now showin in ninth place.

Lap 29 — The trash is evidently gone from the nose of leader Greg Biffle’s car, because he’s flying.

Lap 26 — Marcos Ambrose is looking at a gap of nearly a second up to leader Greg Biffle.

Lap 24 — Mark Martin is in fifth place!

Lap 23 — Clint Bowyer is now running in third place, about half a second behind the leaders. Then, Greg Biffle goes back into the lead coming off Turn 4.

Lap 20 — Greg Biffle goes high in Turns 3 and 4, and then pulls right up to leader Marcos Ambrose’s bumper on the frontstretch. He’s trying to get the debris off the front of his car.

Lap 17 — The water temperature in Greg Biffle’s car has been rising dangerously high due to debris on the grille.

Lap 15 — Marcos Ambrose goes around Greg Biffle to re-claim the lead.

Lap 13 — Clint Bowyer has moved into fourth place, past Aric Almirola.

Lap 11 — Greg Biffle has opened up a cushion of about half a second over second-place Marcos Ambrose.

Lap 9 — Move Greg Biffle to the top of the leaderboard, after he roars past Marcos Ambrose on the frontstretch.

Lap 7 — Greg Biffle and Jimmie Johnson are both able to get by Aric Almirola, dropping him back to fourth place.

Lap 6 — Marcos Ambrose gets a run on Aric Almirola to grab the lead in Turn 4, with Greg Biffle in hot pursuit of them both.

Lap 3 — Aric Almirola blows by Marcos Ambrose for the top spot coming off Turn 4. Greg Biffle clears Jimmie Johnson for second.

Lap 2 — Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle are side by side for second place.

Lap 1 — GREEN FLAG: Here we go! The race gets under way at 6:23 p.m. ET. Aric Almirola wiggles between Turns 1 and 2, allow teammate Marcos Ambrose to take the lead.

6:23 p.m. ET — Kurt Busch is going to the rear of the field in a backup car.

6:21 p.m. ET — One lap to go at the stripe!

6:17 p.m. ET — Pace-car driver Brett Bodine begins to roll down pit road, a field of 43 cars in tow.

6:12 p.m. ET — The command to fire engines is given by Frank Thorp, a retired U.S. Navy admiral and senior vice president for marketing and communications at the USO; Col. Gregory Gadson, director of the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program; and actress Brooklyn Decker.

6:04 p.m. ET — A B-52 from Barksdale Air Force Base is approaching the track for the fly-over, just as Darius Rucker begins to sing the national anthem.

6:03 p.m. ET — The Fort Bragg Firing Squad gives a 21 Gun Salute, and a bugler blows “Taps.” Wow. What a moment ...

6:02 p.m. ET — The Charlotte Fire Department Pipe Bag is playing “Amazing Grace” as the world’s largest American flag is unfurled on the frontstretch grass.

6:01 p.m. ET — After the colors are presented by the U.S. All Army Color Guard, the invocation is given by Darrell Waltrip.

5:52 p.m. ET — No matter how you put it, 600 miles is a long way. It’s always hard to comprehend how difficult it is to drive one of these cars, but this ups the ante that much more!

5:46 p.m. ET — The weather in North Carolina is gorgeous. It’s warm, but temperatures will cool off once the sun goes down and the lights come up.

5:41 p.m. ET — Fox is airing a segment on Bud Moore and his service in World War II. You can’t help but be humbled by his story, especially this weekend.

5:40 p.m. ET — Twenty minutes until the start of the invocation and national anthem.


49 posted on 05/27/2012 6:11:57 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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The polesitter just lapped..

Only 11 cars remain on the lead lap with a little over 100 laps to go.

Keseler is going back and forth with his crew chief,, he’s steamed over a smoke incident, an accident..


50 posted on 05/27/2012 6:15:19 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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