Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients at Speedway - There will be nine Congressional Medal of Honor recipients at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. Three of those were on hand today and visited with members of the media. They have taken part in some fundraising dinners at the Speedway Club and downtown for the USO, and will take part in pre-race ceremonies for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.

On hand were Gary Littrell, Bob Patterson and Joe Marm.

"We have taken part in some great fundraising activities here," said Littrell. "Our second mission is to come in and watch the race and have a good time. 

"I'm a big NASCAR fan. I used to race Formula Vees," said Marm. "It's an honor to be here. It's very awesome to see in person."

"I used to be a NASCAR fan until the Army decided to get me out of the country," said Patterson. "I'm getting back into it now. We are going to be at the driver meeting on Sunday."

Dale Earnhardt Foundation Announces Scholarship Winner - In an afternoon press announcement, officials from the Dale Earnhardt Foundation, along with Clemson University, announced the winner of their scholarship: Michelle Phillips from Missouri. The foundation annually awards a $13,000 scholarship to someone in the Clemson College of Engineering and Science program.

"I can't tell you how extremely honored I am to have been given the scholarship for this year," said Phillips. "To Teresa Earnhardt and the Dale Earnhardt Foundation, thank you so much for the opportunity. I am extremely lucky to have this chance to chase my dreams. Ever since I could turn on the television, I have been hooked."

CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 Pole Winner Notes:

Carl Edwards (No. 60 Scott's Ford) - "It was a great lap. Everybody has been working, really, and it's great to get a pole. We have to run hard all night to be there at the end. I think this car is good enough to really be competitive. Hopefully, we will be fighting for the win there at the end of the race tonight."