CT Communications Pole Night Fast Facts

Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2005

Time: 7:10 p.m. (EDT)

Sanctioning Body: NASCAR, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Series: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series

Companion Events: Circle K CRASHCars presented by Full Throttle Energy Drink Giant Fireworks Extravaganza

Format: The better of two laps will determine a driver's official qualifying speed for the Coca-Cola 600. Starting positions 1-42 will be determined by qualifying speeds with the top 35 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series car owner standings guaranteed a starting position. The remaining spot in the 43-car field will be filled by the most recent series champion not already in the race or the next driver in qualifying speed. The Coca-Cola 600 is not an impound race and teams will be free to make changes to their cars after qualifying.

Purse: $56,100
Winner's share: $41,100

2004 Pole Sitter: Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's Chevrolet 28.869 seconds; 187.052 mph

NEXTEL Cup Track Record: Ryan Newman, ALLTEL Dodge Oct. 14, 2004, 28.590 seconds, 188.877 mph

Radio/Television: Performance Racing Network (PRN) will broadcast live qualifying coverage to its affiliate radio stations beginning at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). PRN's broadcast can also be heard on XM Satellite Radio channel 144. SPEED Channel will televise CT Communications Pole Night qualifying live. The two-hour telecast begins at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).

Tickets: A commemorative CTC Pole Night ticket featuring 13-time Charlotte Motor Speedway winner Mark Martin is available for $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. Call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.