Coca-Cola 600 Pit Note #2
Newman Looking to Increase Charlotte Motor Speedway Pole Count – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman is looking to add to his pole position count in tonight’s Windstream Pole Night qualifying for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. Newman currently leads all active drivers with eight career poles here at the speedway, followed closely by Jeff Gordon with seven.
Former driver David Pearson still leads the all-time pole winner list with 14. Thirty-seven drivers have earned NASCAR Cup poles here at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
High-Profile Drivers Still Looking for First Elusive Charlotte Motor Speedway Victory – Race week brings fond memories to defending Coca-Cola 600 winner David Reutimann, whose first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory came in the 2009 race. Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, and Bobby Labonte were also first-time winners here.
However, the list of high-profile drivers who have not yet achieved a Cup points race win at Charlotte is equally impressive. Among those looking still seeking that status includes Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick.
Special Military Paint Schemes to Highlight Coca-Cola 600 – A number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will race special military paint schemes and colors for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 to honor troops during the Memorial Day weekend. Some of those include defending 600 champion David Reutimann, who is running an Armed Forces Foundation paint scheme; Kasey Kahne will use an Armed Forces red camouflage paint scheme, which is part of sponsor Budweiser’s partnership with the United Service Organization (USO); and the four Hendrick Motorsports cars racing a special red-white-and-blue “Honoring Our Soldiers” patriotic paint scheme.