Just a few days remain until the 51st running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Here are several news and notes items that will help race fans coming to the event this Sunday, May 30, get the most out of their race experience.

Fans First News
CATS Route Provides Easy Access to Speedway for Coca-Cola 600
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), the City of Concord and Charlotte Motor Speedway have partnered to bring Sunday bus service from Center City Charlotte to the track. Starting from the Charlotte Transportation Center, race fans can take the 79X Concord Mills Express to beat the traffic and enjoy the Coca-Cola 600 at the speedway for just $6 round-trip. The route will run every 20 minutes from noon to 6:30 p.m. on May 30. Return trips will begin immediately after the checkered flag as race fans make their way to the buses near the track’s main entrance. Tickets can be purchased at the Charlotte Transportation Center at 310 East Trade Street in Center City or online at http://secure.ridetransit.org/psales/. For more information visit www.ridetransit.org or call (704) 336-RIDE (7433).

Fan Guide to Fun Highlights Coca-Cola 600 Race Activities
To enhance the fan experience during race week, Charlotte Motor Speedway officials have created a Fan Guide to Fun for events that coincide with Coca-Cola 600 Week. The Fan Guide to Fun provides information on driver appearances, concerts, sponsor displays, pre-race infield activities and much more. The guide is available online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/fanguidetofun and the brochure will be available at the track welcome center and information booths during race week.

Newman, Reutimann to Participate in 'PRN Up To SPEED' at SPEED Stage
"PRN Up To SPEED" returns for the second year to Charlotte Motor Speedway. The popular free fan Q&A forum takes place at the SPEED stage, located at the speedway’s main entrance, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday prior to the Coca-Cola 600. Personalities from the Performance Racing Network will be joined by Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Ryan Newman and David Reutimann, winner of the 2009 Coca-Cola 600.

SpongeBob SquarePants Joins Lug Nut and Digger at Powerade Play Zone
SpongeBob SquarePants, from the Nickelodeon channel, will entertain race fans and kids on Sunday afternoon as a special guest of Charlotte Motor Speedway mascot Lug Nut. SpongeBob will appear at the new Powerade Play Zone located next to the Avenue of Flags at the speedway’s main entrance from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Lug Nut and Fox Sports mascot Digger the gopher will make guest appearances as well. SpongeBob will also visit the family seating area in the Diamond Tower at 7 p.m., then visit the Fourth Turn Terrace family area at 8 p.m. For a full list of appearance times and more information on the Powerade Play Zone, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.  

Father’s Day Ticket Special Offers $25 in Free Gift Cards for Dad
Father’s Day is June 21, so time is running out to get dad a great gift. Why not surprise him with a gift card from Charlotte Motor Speedway? Right now fans who purchase $75 in gift cards from the speedway will receive an additional $25 credit free toward a future purchase. The gift cards are good to use toward tickets to any 2010 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway or The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The $25 credit expires Sept. 15. Fans attending the Coca-Cola 600 Sunday can purchase gift cards in the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office or call 1-800-455-FANS.

Ride-Alongs from Richard Petty Driving Experience Offered Saturday and Monday
Fans in town for Coca-Cola 600 Race Week who want to experience Charlotte Motor Speedway up close can participate in a ride-along with the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Each ride-along participant will receive three laps in a NASCAR Sprint Cup-style stock car at speeds approaching 160 mph. The cars will be driven by professional Richard Petty Driving Experience instructors. Ride-alongs start Saturday evening, May 29, following the TECH-NET Auto Service 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and at noon on Monday, May 31. The ride-alongs are open to the public and are $149. To make a reservation, call 1-800-BE-PETTY. 

Coca-Cola 600 News
More than $14 Million Up For Grabs in May; Coca-Cola 600 Race Purse Nearly $6.5 million
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will battle for a purse totaling nearly $6.5 million during the 51st running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as the posted prize money for the event is $6,474,775. The overall posted awards for the track’s schedule of May events is $14,066,348. Nine events will be run at Charlotte Motor Speedway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte between Friday night, May 21, and Sunday night, May 30.

High-Profile Drivers Still Looking for First Wins at Charlotte
Race time at Charlotte Motor Speedway brings fond memories of a first-ever Sprint Cup Series win for some NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, including Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears and David Reutimann.  However a number of high-profile drivers are still chasing that elusive Charlotte victory. Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. have never won a points race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and they are all hoping their luck will change this Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600.

Newman Looking to Add to Charlotte Motor Speedway Pole Count
Ryan Newman leads all active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers in poles at Charlotte Motor Speedway with eight and he’s looking to add to that count on Thursday, May 27, during Windstream Pole Night qualifying for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. Newman was the 2009 pole winner for the 600-miler with a speed of 188.475 mph and a time of 28.651 seconds. The track qualifying record at Charlotte Motor Speedway was set by Elliott Sadler for the 2005 Coca-Cola 600 with a speed of 193.216 mph, and a time of 27.948 seconds. Jeff Gordon, who has seven poles at Charlotte, can tie Newman’s active record with a pole on Thursday. Thirty-seven different drivers have posted poles at Charlotte Motor Speedway, led by David Pearson with 14.

Special Military Paint Schemes for the Coca-Cola 600
A number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will be running special military paint schemes this weekend in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to honor the troops during the Memorial Day Weekend race. A few of the teams include:

  • David Reutimann (No. 00 Toyota) will run an Armed Forces Foundation paint scheme.
  • Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Ford) will run an Armed Forces red camouflage paint scheme, which is part of Budweiser's partnership with the United Service Organizations.
  • Hendrick Motorsports - The four Hendrick Motorsports drivers are scheduled to drive special red, white and blue "Honoring Our Soldiers" patriotic paint schemes.

 

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