Charlotte Motor Speedway - Concord, NC
Sunday, May 25, TBA ET
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CHECKERED FLAG: KEVIN HARVICK WINS! This is Harvick's 21st career Sprint Cup Series win and second of the season.
WHITE FLAG: Harvick leads.
2 to go: Harvick has this locked up. Kurt Busch fading a bit, Denny Hamlin trying to catch him for P3
7 to go: Harvick is pulling away from the field now - has over half a second lead on second place.
8 to go: It's Harvick, Kahne and Kurt Busch up front. Everybody else is over a second behind.
10 to go: Kurt Busch is the one to watch - he's third but charging!
RESTART - Lap 389 (11 remaining): Kahne leads. Harvick, Newman, Hamlin and Bowyer are your top five. Kurt Busch, Truex, Logano, Ambrose and Stewart round out top 10.
Radio chatter on Lap 387: " Did everybody come?" Kahne asks. "Yes, everybody came," Francis replies. "Oh boy,:" Kahne said. "We'll see what happens"
Lap 386: Pit road is open and A LOT of cars come down for service - including Kevin Harvick. Race leader Kasey Kahne stayed out.
CAUTION - 15 laps remaining: Kasey Kahne had an over 3-second lead. But debris on the frontstretch erases that.
Lap 382: Paul Menard pits from the lead, Kasey Kahne is now in the lead as the final pit stop sequence is finally complete.
Lap 381: Carl Edwards pits from the lead. Now Paul Menard is the last driver to not pit in this final sequence.
Lap 374: Tony Stewart pits from the lead. Carl Edwards to the lead.
Lap 371: As the pit cycle continues, Harvick is slicing through the field on new tires.
Lap 368: Newman pits, so does Kurt Busch - now Tony Stewart leads.
Lap 367: Harvick pits from the lead. Newman takes over P1.
Lap 364: Race leader Kasey Kahne pits, Harvick takes lead.
Lap 363: Denny Hamlin pits for what is likely the last round of pit stops tonight.
Lap 362: A quick shout out to Kurt Busch - even after needing a battery switch, he's running in fifth place.
Lap 361: Kasey Kahne has pulled away from the field! He's got almost 4 seconds on secnod-place Kevin Harvick.
Lap 349: Kasey Kahen takes the lead!
Lap 344: Matt Kenseth is sparking running around the track.
Lap 342: Tony Stewart passes Martin Truex Jr. and is up to ninth.
RESTART - Lap 339: Harvick leads. Logano, Newman, Kahne and Hamlin are your top five. Matt Kenseth gets the free pass and will be back on lead lap.
Radio chatter on Lap 338: What's our window," Denny Hamlin asks. "About 10 more laps," crew chief Darian Grubb replies.
Lap 336: Matt Kenseth pitting again - something's dragging off his car.
Lap 335: Tony Stewart (who got a piece of that wreck) is on pit road for repairs.
Lap 333: For what it's worth, we are now passing the 500 mile mark in today's race - these final 100 miles is what makes this race special (and challenging).
CAUTION - 332: Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Juan Pablo Montoya wreck! Johnson got loose and was spinning out, creating a chain reaction behind him as Montoya, Kenseth and others piled up.
Lap 331: Don't look now, but Ryan Newman is alongside Harvick fighting for the lead.
RESTART - Lap 330: Harvick leads, Jeff Burton gets free pass and will get back on lead lap. 16 cars on lead lap now.
Lap 328: Kurt Busch has cranked up his car now, but he has lost the lead. Kevin Harvick is your new leader.
Lap 327: Kurt Busch coming down pit road from the lead as his car would not start back up. Team is going to change the battery.
Lap 326: Kurt Busch gets a push from the wrecker as his car was out of power.
10:43 p.m. ET: We are back to yellow flag conditions.
And during the red flag, race leader Kurt Busch tells his crew his car has no power. Busch said "We're (expletive). There’s no power to the car, we need a pushtruck or something. The day was going too smooth. I knew something was going to happen."
The race has been red flagged after the incident.
Going into the tri-oval, it was three-wide and Mark Martin got into Almirola, who lost control and collected Gordon and others.
CAUTION - Lap 325: BIG multicar crash. Jeff Gordon, Aric Almirola, Ricky Stenhouse, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin in a HARD crash.
RESTART - Lap 323: Kasey Kahne leads. But he has a terrible restart and Kurt Busch takes the top spot.
CAUTION - Lap 319: Brad Keselowski and Danica Patrick wreck! Ricky Stenhouse Jr. appeared to move up a bit, causing Danica to move up and into Keselowski.
Lap 319: WHOA! Martin Truex Jr. shot out of a cannon on the restart, went three wide, and tried to take the lead!
RESTART - Lap 318: Kasey Kahne leads. Kurt Busch starts alongside. 15 lead lap cars as of this restart.
Lap 315: Pit road is open, but there are only a few takers - Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth among them. Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson also pit.
Radio chatter on Lap 312: “I’m trying to get going Darian, but these guys are at my door and I’m already loose,” Fifth-place Denny Hamlin told his crew chief.
CAUTION - Lap 311: Debris on the bottom of Turn 4 - likely from Landon Cassill hitting the outside wall. Marcos Ambrose will get the free pass and get back on lead lap.
RESTART - Lap 309: Kasey Kahne leads.
Lap 308: Jimmie Johnson's team didn't get all the lugnuts on the left rear and will be coming back in before the restart.
Lap 307: Here's how they line up after the pit stops and before going green: Kahne leads, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick are your top five. Ryan Newman, Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya round out the top 10.
Lap 306: Pit road is open and the leaders are in for service. Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch come in 1-2, leave in same positions.
CAUTION - Lap 303: Debris in Turn 1. Jimmie Johnson, who was on pit road as the caution came out, was the first car a lap down and will get the lucky dog free pass.
Lap 302: Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski pit
Lap 300: Kenseth pits for four tires and fuel from P2. Expect other leaders in about 15 laps or so.
Lap 297: Kenseth about 5 laps from pitting. Remember, he did not pit during the last caution as others did, so he'll be earlier than the rest of the leaders.
Radio chatter on Lap 295: Problems mounting for second-place Matt Kenseth - he tells his crew chief "Losing overall grip Jason. Tight in the center"
Lap 290: TV image show trash on the grille of Matt Kenseth's car - he is now reporting his temperatures are rising.
Radio chatter on Lap 288: Kenseth says he's losing front grip. "I'll do my best."
Radio chatter on Lap 278: "We want to put as much distance as we can on the 20," Crew chief Kenny Francis told race leader Kahne said on Lap 278. "(Kenseth will) be short-pitting us"
Lap 273: Ruh roh, so much for the no-stopping. Kasey Kahne has motored past Kurt Busch and now Matt Kenseth to take the lead. He did pit during last stop for two fresh tires.
Lap 268: He didn't pit, but Kenseth is already pulling away - has a 0.441 second lead over second-place Kurt Busch.
RESTART - Lap 266: Kenseth is off and running again.
Here's your top five after the pit stops: Kenseth (did not pit), Kahne, Gordon, Kurt Busch and Johnson (all pitted).
Lap 261: Montoya gets the lucky dog free pass and will get back on lead lap.
Lap 260: Pit road is open - and a lot of cars come down, but not race leader Matt Kenseth!
Radio chatter on Lap 259: “See if it’s a plug and we can fix it,” No. 18 crew chief Dave Rogers said. Kyle Busch replied, “There’s nothing to fix. It’s (expletive) broke. It’s pointless.”
Lee Spencer reports: Dale Earnhardt Jr. lost an engine going into Turn 3, and that caused a chain reaction as the fluid from his car cause Biffle to slide into the wall. Seperate from that, Travis Kvapil got T-boned by Dave Blaney as he also slipped on the oil from Junior's engine.
Lap 257: Wow! Just as Kyle Busch was blowing up, a seperate incident happens including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle and Dave Blaney.
Lap 256: Kurt Busch blasts past younger brother Kyle Busch. Kyle's car is slowing and looks to be blowing up.
Lap 251: The caution allowed drivers to catch back up with race leader Kenseth, and now Kasey Kahne is right on his bumper challenging for the lead.
Lap 248: Larry McReynolds notes we still have about 3 pit stops remaining in today's race.
Restart - Lap 248: Kenseth leads. Kahne, Kyle Busch, Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Gordon, Johnson, Harvick, Edwards and Logano are your top 10. Juan Pablo Montoya was supposed to be on lead lap, but he pitted twice under caution and is getting a pass-through penalty (You can't top off for fuel if you are the lucky dog free pass car).
Lap 244: Teams are already thinking ahead. Crew chief Ratcliff tells race leader Kenseth to save fuel. "It's not urgent, but..."
Lap 243: Leaders take advantage of the caution and come to pit road for service. Matt Kenseth comes in and out first - took four tires and fuel. That team is on it tonight.
CAUTION - Lap 241: Debris. Montoya is the lucky dog recipient and will get back on lead lap.
Lap 240: Yes, Matt Kenseth is putting a whuppin' on the field right now. But remember, we are still 160 laps away from the finish - that's a LONG way away still.
Lap 239: A few drivers that are close to going a lap down: Newman (15th), Truex (14th), Menard (13th) and Logano (12th).
Lap 232: Now Montoya goes down a lap. Fifteen cars left on lead lap.
Lap 226: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart have gone a lap down. Sixteen cars on lead lap now.
Lap 224: Now that the pit sequence is complete, here's your top five: Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Kahne, Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin. Kenseth's lead is 6.239 seconds.
Lap 222: Race leader Matt Kenseth pits, so does Carl Edwards.
Lap 221: This round of pit stops continues, those in right now include frontrunners Kahne and Kyle Busch.
Lap 219: Pit road getting busier now - Montoya, Menard and Dale Jr. among those in right now.
Lap 217: Now Tony Stewart hits pit road. So does Greg Biffle.
Lap 215: Trevor Bayne hits pit road.
Radio chatter on Lap 214: Race leader Matt Kenseth to his crew: "It needs to turn better, it needs to turn better exit but the tires are where they need to be -- if that makes sense"
Lap 211: Kasey Kahne just blasted past Kyle Busch and is now in second place. He's coming for race leader Matt Kenseth in a HURRY. Granted, he's still almost 3 seconds behind as things stand right now.
Radio chatter on Lap 201: Keselowski - "We totally screwed up with this car. It wont even run down the straightaway compared to other Fords"
Lap 200: HALFWAY
Lap 198: Race leader Matt Kenseth has caught 21st-place Brad Keselowski and is about to put the defending Sprint Cup champion a lap down.
Radio chatter on Lap 195: A trackbar adjustment on the last pit stop has knocked Dale Jr. to P17. "Real loose everywhere" he said to the team.
Radio chatter on Lap 195: Fifth-place Denny Hamlin, "Too loose in traffic"
Lap 192: As NASCAR on FOX's Mike Joy points out, there's some comers and goers right now. Jeff Gordon just passed Kevin Harvick for P9, Kurt Busch up to P4 after passing Denny Hamlin.
Lap 188: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. makes an unscheduled pit stop. A cut tire was the reason for the stop per Lee Spencer.
Radio chatter on Lap 185: “You’ve been catching them pretty quick,” Crew chief Kenny Francis told Kasey Kahne, who's running P3. “You’re the fastest car early in the run.”
Lap 179: Danica Patrick pits from the lead, giving the lead to Matt Kenseth as the pit sequence completes. Kyle Busch, who was leading before the stops, is now P2.
Lap 178: Brad Keselowski took the lead during the pit sequence and pits from P1 now. Your new race leader is Danica Patrick.
Lap 177: LOTS more cars on pit road now, including race leader Kyle Busch. Kasey Kahne nabbed lead while in the pits.
Lap 175: A few more cars coming down pit road (Car Nos. 56, 9, 43)
Radio chatter on Lap 174: "This is definitely an issue, entry too tight" Matt Kenseth said.
Lap 174: Denny Hamlin is on pit road for scheduled service.
Lap 167: Kurt Busch is falling back a bit, he's been passed by Matt Kenseth for 2nd.
Radio chatter on Lap 164: "We're a (expletive)-ton faster loose than we were tight, I can tell you that," Chad Knaus said. Jimmie Johnson is P6
Lap 163: The sun has fallen now, it's time to see which teams make the right adjustments now.
Lap 154: Kyle Busch remains up front, his lead over older brother Kurt by 0.628 seconds. There are currently 25 cars on the lead lap.
If you missed it, here's Jeff Hammond explaining how Kyle Busch's car was damaged (Video)
Lap 141: Kahne moves to P3 in Turns 1 and 2.
Lee Spencer reports on Lap 139: Ambrose has dropped five spots since the restart. No reports on car other than loose condition.
Lap 134: It's a family affair up front with Kyle Busch (who had his car repaired following the cable-incident) and Kurt Busch right behind him.
Restart - Lap 131: Kyle Busch leads. Kasey Khane, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards are your top five. Cars have been placed in the order they were right before the caution - regardless of whether they got repairs or not during the 15-minute period.
Sunset is expected at 8:28 p.m. ET, so nightfall is coming shortly.
Here's a full story on the cause for the delay.
8:17 p.m. ET: The 15 minute "timeout" has finished - we are going back to green flag racing shortly.
Teams have been given 15 minutes to repain any damage because of the debris on the track. They are allowed as many crew members as needed.
Lap 125: Cars are coming to pit road.
Lap 122: Danica Patrick gets the free pass.
CAUTION 3 - Lap 121: Debris.
Lap 120: Kyle Busch pulled away quickly from the field. Can Kasey Kahne reel him in again.
RESTART - Lap 119: Kyle Busch is on the outside to lead the restart. Kyle Busch pulls away from his teamates. Kasey Kahne shoots toward the front in the outside lane, taking second.
Lap 118: Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth will lead the field to the green flag. Denny Hamlin is third for a Joe Gibbs Racing lock at the front.
Lap 117: Kurt Busch's team endured a dropped lug nut on the right front of the No. 78. Busch lost six positions on pit road and is now 10th.
Radio chatter on Lap 116: Matt Kenseth: "I think we're going to get better as it gets dark. I wasn't leaving a lot out there."
Lap 115: Kyle Busch is the first off pit road. Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson follow.
Lap 114: Leaders pit.
CAUTION 2 - Lap 112 - Debris is on the track after Casey Mears slams into the wall in Turn 4.
Lap 112: David Stremme to the garage. Kasey Kahne was complaining about Stremme's car smoking before he went off the track.
Radio chatter on Lap 112: Kasey Kahne says his tires feel "hard."
Lap 112: Jamie McMurray has moved into the top 10.
Lap 111: David Stremme pits.
Lap 110: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is the top rookie in this race right now. He's 22nd while Danica Patrick is 25th.
Lap 106: It's still sunny out here at Charlotte Motor Speedway, though the shadows are lengthening.
Radio chatter on Lap 105: Denny Hamlin: "Gone back to an 8 tight" (on a scale of 1 to 10).
Lap 103: Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are the top 10 at this point.
Lap 101: Aric Almirola, in 23rd, is the final car on the lead lap.
Lap 99: Matt Kenseth is starting to cut into Kasey Kahne's lead as Kahne is once more lapping cars. He still has a comfortable lead of a full second.
Lap 97: David Reutimann, Casey Mears pit.
Lap 96: Regan Smith pits.
Lap 95: David Ragan pits.
Radio chatter on Lap 95: Crew chief Kenny Francis tells JKasey Kahne to check his volt meter.
Lap 94: Timmy Hill pits.
Lap 89: There are 26 cars on the lead lap at this point.
Lap 87: Kasey Kahne is still just building on his advantage. He's more than two seconds ahead of the field now. Behind him, the drivers in the top 10 are running more closely together.
Lap 85: Matt Kenseth has moved into the second spot now, ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Denny Hamlin is fourth for a JGR block chasing leader Kasey Kahne.
Lap 83: Kasey Kahne is quickly adding to his advantage over Kyle Busch, now leading by more than 1.2 seconds.
Lap 81: Look at him go. Kasey Kahne is already eight-tenths of a second ahead of Kyle Busch.
Lap 80: Kasey Kahne isn't wasting any time pulling away from Kyle Busch once he takes the top spot. Again.
Lap 78: Kasey Kahne is back on the outside of Kyle Busch and battling for the lead. He takes the spot back!
Radio chatter on Lap 77: Officials say the 7 car has a right front tire rub
Lap 76: Kyle Busch is in the lead, but he still has Kasey Kahne right on top of him.
Lap 75: Kyle Busch is the leader now.
Radio chatter on Lap 74: Matt Kenseth asks if the crew cleaned his grille -- his temps keep rising.
RESTART: Lap 74: Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch lead the field to the green. They remain side by side in battle for the top spot.
Radio chatter on Lap 73: "Will you have those guys scan other drivers to help me keep up with the racetrack?" Clint Bowyer asks.
Lap 72: On the restart, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch will lead the field to the green.
Lap 72: Kasey Kahne wins the race off pit road.
Lap 71: Leaders pit.
Radio chatter on Lap 70: Kasey Kahne to crew chief Kenny Francis: "No adjustments Kenny. Hear me Kenny?"
Lap 70: Aric Almirola earns the free pass.
Radio chatter on Lap 69: Matt Kenseth is looking for an air-pressure change to make his car tighter.
CAUTION 1 - Lap 68: Debris
Lap 67: Aric Almirola is reporting debris on the track.
Lap 66: Kasey Kahne continues to set the hot pace. The Hendrick Motorsports driver has four previous wins at this track.
Lap 64: How fast is Kasey Kahne's pace? Now there are only 22 cars on the lead lap.
Radio chatter on Lap 62: Kurt Busch asks the crew for no major changes on the next stop -- just four tires. He is currently running fifth.
Lap 60: There are now 24 cars on the lead lap. Kasey Kahne is having difficulty passing Ryan Newman, who is the last on the lead lap.
Lap 58: Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch continue to be the top five.
Radio chatter on Lap 57: Casey Mears says there must be something wrong with his tach. He's asking the crew to have the officials relay his time.
Prior to the race, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one of the drivers getting letters from soldiers and expressing his thoughts on Memorial Day. Watch here.
Radio chatter on Lap 54: Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "Tight first half of the quarter, loose the second half."
Lap 51: Kasey Kahne has a commanding lead here in the early laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Only two drivers are within five seconds of the driver, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth.
Lap 49: After the round of green-flag pit stops, Kasey Kahne has a 4.5-second lead over Kyle Busch. Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch round out the top five.
Lap 48: David Ragan on pit road to serve penalty. Casey Mears also serving penalty.
Lap 46: Casey Mears, David Ragan penalized for speeding on pit road.
Lap 46: Brad Keselowski among those pitting.
Lap 45: Brad Keselowski is the leader during the pit sequence. Jamie McMurray, Tony Stewart among those pitting.
Lap 44: Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer, Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman among those pitting. Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth almost make contact on pit road.
Lap 43: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Paul Menard, Juan Pablo Montoya, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick among those pitting.
Lap 42: Kasey Kahne, Jeff Burton among those pitting.
Lap 40: Mark Martin, Denny Hamlin pit.
Lap 39: PENALTY: Michael McDowell too fast pitting.
Lap 38: Landon Cassill pits.
Lap 37: Michael McDowell pits.
Lap 35: Kasey Kahne is slowly adding to his edge. He's now almost a full second ahead of Matt Kenseth.
Lap 34: Kasey Kahne is holding his lead at seven-tenths of a second over Matt Kenseth as he works his way through traffic.
Lap 32: Kasey Kahne laps Danica Patrick, cutting to her inside.
Lap 31: There are 33 cars on the lead lap at this point. Danica Patrick is the final car on the lead lap.
Lap 29: Trevor Bayne says that his water temp is pegging at 300. His team makes a four-tire stop.
Lap 28: Trevor Bayne pits. The Wood Brothers are making their 1,400th career Sprint Cup start. Read about it here.
Radio chatter on Lap 27: Matt Kenseth said he's pushing off the corners just a little bit. His water temperature is 230.
Lap 25: Clean air is a bonus. Once he takes the lead, Kasey Kahne immediately starts pulling away - to a seven-tenths of a second lead.
Lap 24: NEW LEADER: Kasey Kahne takes the lead away from Matt Kenseth.
Radio chatter on Lap 23: Kasey Kahne: "I'm on the splitter hard."
Lap 23: NASCAR reports that Scott Speed has gone to the garage.
Lap 22: remember, this is NASCAR's longest race. So there are still more than 375 laps to go.
Lap 21: Matt Kenseth is entering lapped traffic already - which has allowed Kasey Kahne to slide up on his bumper.
Lap 20: Denny Hamlin is really struggling in the early laps. Kurt Busch just passed him for fifth and Mark Martin is on his bumper.
Lap 19: Scott Speed is already four laps down after a couple of pit stops.
Lap 18: Denny Hamlin, the polesitter, is now last among the Joe Gibbs Racing cars. Matt Kenseth leads and Kyle Busch just passed him, for fourth.
Radio chatter on Lap 17: Spotter Joey Meier tells Brad Keselowski that Matt Kenseth is committed to the high line in both corners.
Lap 15: Clint Bowyer moves around Denny Hamlin to take third.
Radio chatter on Lap 13: Spotter Kevin Hamlin tells Kasey Kahne: "(Denny Hamlin) behind you is working the middle, but he's not getting anywhere."
Lap 11: Matt Kenseth has a lead of just over two-tenths of a second over Kasey Kahne now. Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and Kurt Busch round out the top five.
Radio chatter on Lap 9: Spotter Chris Osborne tells Matt Kenseth about Denny Hamlin's racing line, "Really drove it hard between (Turns) 3 and 4.
Lap 8: Scott Speed on pit road.
Lap 7: Matt Kenseth already faces a challenge for the lead - Kasey Kahne is all over him.
Lap 6: Matt Kenseth is the leader.
Lap 5: Matt Kenseth makes a move to the inside to attempt to pass teammate Denny Hamlin. Kenseth makes the pass - and Kasey Kahne, who was sick overnight - follows him through into second.
Lap 4: Matt Kenseth is making up ground on leader Denny Hamlin. He's less than two-tenths of a second behind him.
Lap 3: Matt Kenseth looks fast as he tails his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate.
Lap 2: What a comeback for Denny Hamlin. He recovered from his back injury to run his first full race recently, and now he's leading the field for the Coca-Cola 600.
Lap 1: Denny Hamlin leads the first lap - with teammate Matt Kenseth slipping to second quickly.
6:23 p.m. ET: GREEN FLAG! Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch lead the field to the green flag.
Prerace radio chatter: Carl Edwards is a bit confused because his sponsor Fastenal is on his pit box, Greg Biffle's and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
NASCAR on FOX weighs in on the race, including Kyle Busch's potential for the win, and the season to date. Watch.
Prerace radio chatter: Spotter TJ Majors to Dale Earnhardt Jr., "Caution car is at pit road speed. Make sure you get a good reading there".
Prerace radio chatter: Matt Kenseth tells his spotter "Crazy" Chris Osborne that there is a lot of sun entering Turn 3 and to keep an eye out.
Prerace radio chatter: Tony Gibson is concerned that Danica Patrick can't see the pit sign, so they're going to adjust it. Patrick, who starts from the back after an engine change says, "We have a lot of ground to make up and we don't need to do it all at once by any means. We have 600 miles to do it. Obviously, we're all going to keep our heads on straight because anything can happen."
Danica Patrick and Trevor Bayne will drop to the rear of the field because of engine changes. Joe Nemechek will drop to the rear of the field for a transmission change.
Prerace radio chatter: Spotter TJ Majors to Dale Earnhardt Jr., "Ok Bud, you can fire it up whenever you're ready."
6:10 p.m. ET: Engines are fired here at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Prerace celebrations of the military are complete. It's 6:08 p.m. ET - almost time for the green flag.
NASCAR on FOX honored the military prior to the Memorial Day weekend Coca-Cola 600. Watch.
Brad Keselowski has already had a full day. He was at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy 500, then flew to Charlotte in time to race in tonight's Coca-Cola 600. What are his thoughts on his day? Watch and see.
What have teams done to prepare for racing in the season's longest event? Watch and see.
Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin set a record in qualifying and will start from the pole position. For the full lineup, click here.
Miss anything at the track this week? Check out all the best images here.
Welcome to the FOXSports.com coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The race is scheduled to start shortly after 6 p.m. ET, with coverage on FOX beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET.