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COCA-COLA 600 EVENT NOTEBOOK

Catch up on the behind-the-scenes action from the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway as delivered by veteran NASCAR writer Monte Dutton. 

DILLON SHOCKS THEM WITH COKE 600 VICTORY

 

In a captivating Coca-Cola 600 that stretched into Monday morning, Austin Dillon stretched his fuel mileage just enough to capture his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory in unforgettable fashion at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dillon saved enough fuel to go the distance to score the first win for Richard Childress Racing’s iconic No. 3 Chevrolet since Dale Earnhardt in October of 2000.

“It hasn’t sunk in, truthfully. … I am just so proud of all the effort that all these guys put in," Dillon said. "I have the best pit crew and my grandfather has done everything he could to get the best he could get. I feel like we are the small team out there trying to get all we can get. And tonight we got it. The race, when it came down to it, we had everything we needed. It just feels amazing.”

BLANEY WINS NASCAR CHARLOTTE XFINITY EVENT

 

A late restart was all Ryan Blaney needed to clear Kevin Harvick and speed to victory in an action-packed Hisense 4K TV 300 on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Blaney led a race-high 107 of 200 laps and joined his father, Dave – who won in 2006 – as the first father-son duo to win NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Charlotte, and the sixth combination to win XFINITY Series races.

MONTE DUTTON: THE ALL-STAR BETS ARE OFF

Oh, bother, Winnie the Pooh might say. What to do with the All-Star Race? What indeed?

Each year brings with it talk of relocating the Great Race That Has Lost Its Way. How come Charlotte gets three race weekends? It used to be because it could draw a crowd two weeks in a row. This isn’t true anymore. Nor is it true that most tracks can draw a crowd with a weekend alone, at least not as in the days of yore.

Yore featured slam-bang duels between Earnhardt and Elliott, Wallace and Waltrip, Davey and Kyle, etc.

CP MOTORSPORTS - INDIANAPOLIS 500 TO AIR LIVE NATIONWIDE ON SIRIUSXM

SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the Verizon IndyCar® Series, announced today that it will offer live coverage of the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. 

SiriusXM listeners will have access to the live call of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 28, on Sirius channel 214, XM channel 209 and on the SiriusXM app.

CP MOTORSPORTS - HARVICK SNAGS COCA-COLA 600 POLE

 

Kevin Harvick was just too hot to cool down.

Harvick heated up a cool LiftMaster Pole Night evening on Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway by capturing his third pole position of the year. The two-time Coca-Cola 600 winner thrilled the crowd by setting a blistering, 193.424-mph lap to win the pole for the world’s toughest test of man and machine.

CP MOTORSPORTS - FIVE ICONS SELECTED AS 2018 NASCAR HALL OF FAME CLASS

 

NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The five-person group – the ninth since the inception of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010 – consists of Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ken Squier and Robert Yates. In addition, NASCAR announced that Jim France earned the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session at the Charlotte Convention Center to debate and vote upon the 20 nominees for the induction class of 2018 and the five nominees for the Landmark Award.

CP MOTORSPORTS - WOOD BROTHERS' NO. 21 TO HONOR KYLE PETTY'S '87 COCA-COLA 600 WINNER AT DARLINGTON

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing and Wood Brothers Racing are honoring the team’s 1987 Coca-Cola 600-winning Ford Thunderbird at this year’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. The throwback paint scheme was revealed during today’s episode of “NASCAR America” on NBCSN.

Driven by Kyle Petty and sponsored at the time by Citgo, the 1987 Wood Brothers Ford won the 600 and finished in the top five on five other occasions. Petty scored a second at North Wilksboro and third-place finishes at Talladega, Pocono, Michigan and Riverside in 29 starts that season.

UPDATED: MONSTER ENERGY ALL-STAR EVENT NOTEBOOK

Catch up on the behind-the-scenes action from the Monster Energy All-Star event at Charlotte Motor Speedway as delivered by veteran NASCAR writer Monte Dutton. 

KYLE BUSCH WINS NASCAR ALL-STAR EVENT

 

 It took Kyle Busch 12 years to win the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but one move on Brad Keselowski in Saturday's final segment did the job.

Busch passed Brad Keselowski and Segment 3 winner Jimmie Johnson on the Segment 4 restart and pulled away to become the 23rd driver to win an All-Star Race. Busch prevailed over polesitter Kyle Larson – who dominated the first two segments, but restarted fourth for Segment 4 after Keselowski did not pit. Busch’s victory, coupled with his win in Friday’s N.C. Education Lottery 200, made it a weekend sweep.

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