Coca-Cola 600 Pit Note #5
Charlotte Motor Speedway Welcomes Guests for Windstream Pole Night – Residents of the Piedmont Residential Development Center (PRDC) will return for the second year in a row for Windstream Pole Night as guests of Charlotte Motor Speedway. The PRDC serves Cabarrus, Union, Rowan, and Mecklenburg counties by providing 24/7 care for adults and children with severe disabilities. Ben Johnson, a resident of the PRDC, works for the speedway at event time and will be in attendance tonight along with some of his friends from the center.
Charlotte Motor Speedway Honors Fallen Soldier – As part of a special Memorial Day tribute to the military prior to the start of the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, Charlotte Motor Speedway will honor Specialist Christopher Barton who was killed in Afghanistan on Monday, May 24. Barton, a native of Harrisburg, N.C., was a member of the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army based out of Fort Campbell, Ky.
Kasey Kahne Racing’s Joey Saldana Discusses WoO Sprint Car Showdown – Joey Saldana, driver of the No. 9 Budweiser Sprint Car for Kasey Kahne Racing, is the defending champion of Friday night’s Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown. The driver was on hand today at the unveiling of his special red camouflage paint scheme in honor of Memorial Day for Friday’s race at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway along with car owner Kasey Kahne.
About racing in front of his boss, Saldana said, “He can definitely jump in my car and show me how it’s done. I just want to do good, want to run well, want to win a championship for him, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
With four wins so far in 2010, Saldana currently finds himself at the top of the WoO Sprint Car Series points standings and, while he has had recent success at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he says it hasn’t always been that way.
“It’s been pretty tough for me,” said Saldana. “I’ve struggled over there. Last year, we just clicked on some stuff and it worked pretty good. I think we’ve got a pretty good handle on our car. Hopefully, we just hit it right.”