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Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in Saturday morning’s practice session with a speed of 192.644 mph, which was significantly faster than his qualification speed of 191.714 mph that landed him 14th on the grid.

Busch has plenty of time to climb up the order on Sunday night and he has been one of the best values in every unrestricted, intermediate speedway race this year. He is highly recommended to fantasy owners.
May 23 - 11:04 AM

David Ragan spun off turn four and through the infield grass with less than 10 minutes remaining in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600. He did not make contact with the wall or another car and will not need to roll out a backup.

Drivers find the edge of control by occasionally going over it. Ragan’s fantasy handicap is unchanged by this incident. He had the fourth-fastest single lap in that session.
May 23 - 10:51 AM

Martin Truex Jr. qualified 10th for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which represents his fifth-best qualification result of the season.

Truex also started the Daytona 500 in 10th based on his finishing position in his qualification race. Three of his six top-10 starts have come in the past four races, meaning the team is improving yet another aspect of performance.
May 23 - 10:36 AM

AJ Allmendinger made two runs in the first 30 minutes of the morning practice session for the Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and almost hit the wall both times. His car was visibly loose.

Allmendinger was not able to get the car under him and sat 33rd on the fastest lap chart at the time. He qualified 30th and should be expected to finish in that same range unless they find something in final practice.
May 23 - 10:28 AM

For the Coca-Cola 600, Paul Menard qualified within one spot of his grid position in the SpongeBob 400. Last week at Kansas Speedway he finished 18th after starting 22nd. At Charlotte Motor Speedway he rolls off the grid 23rd.

Menard’s consistency in time trials stretches back to last May when he qualified 21st for the 2014 edition of the Coke 600; he finished eighth in that event. It is difficult to predict top-10s, but fantasy owners can expect a respectable run for Menard.
May 23 - 10:17 AM

In morning practice it was reported on Fox Sports 1 that Erik Jones has been fitted for a seat in the No. 18 as a precautionary measure in case Kyle Busch fails to complete the distance for fatigue or pain.

It is unlikely Busch will get out of the car Sunday night, but the Coke 600 is the longest race on the schedule. Teams do not achieve elite status without accounting for all eventualities.
May 23 - 10:09 AM

In his first attempt in the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, David Ragan qualified seventh for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The last time he qualified that well on this track was in 2011 while driving for Roush-Fenway Racing and he finished second after starting eighth.

A few weeks ago we said that Ragan might actually perform better in the No. 55 than he had in the 18; there is less pressure on his shoulders now and the power band might better suit his style. It is too soon to form a bandwagon, but he could be a solid differentiator for one’s roster.
May 23 - 9:42 AM

Cole Whitt will roll off the grid 37th for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday night. This is the first time on this track that he needed to take a provisional to start.

While this is his first provisional, it is the fourth consecutive time that Whitt has started in the 30s at Charlotte. Last spring, he advanced from 31st to 27th and in the fall he climbed from 36th to 28th. Whitt’s ability to earn place differential points makes him a good pick for the final roster slot in salary cap games.
May 23 - 9:35 AM

If Josh Wise cracks the top 40 this week in the Coca-Cola 600, it will be his best result in four attempts. He has finished exactly 41st in his latest three Charlotte Motor Speedway races.

The last time Wise was running at the end of a Charlotte race, he finished 26th in the 2013 Coke 600 and was seven laps off the pace. If he can repeat that feat, he would earn 12 place differential points after qualifying 38th on Thursday.
May 22 - 11:04 AM

Jamie McMurray should be watched closely on Saturday to evaluate whether he has top-five potential. Last year he swept that spot at Charlotte Motor Speedway after starting 26th in May and 18th in October.

McMurray qualified 22nd for this week’s Coca-Cola 600, which places him in between last year’s pair of qualifications. In fall 2013 he started 25th, however, and could only rise to 19th.
May 22 - 10:57 AM

Chase Elliott will make his third NASCAR Cup start at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend in the Coca-Cola 600. He qualified easily on time in 28th.

This is Elliott’s first attempt on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track in a points’ race, but he has looked comfortable so far in practice and during the Sprint Showdown last weekend. He should be considered a favorite to finish in the top 20 at least.
May 22 - 10:18 AM

Sam Hornish Jr. qualified 26th for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which has been about average for the No. 9 this year. His last four qualification attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks have been either 26th or 29th.

Hornish finished 24th and 26th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway respectively. Last week at Kansas Speedway he had his best run on this track type with Richard Petty Motorsports: Hornish finished 16th after starting 26th.
May 22 - 9:38 AM

Matt DiBenedetto has been getting progressively stronger on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He failed to qualify for his first two attempts, took a provisional to get into the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway before finishing 34th and advanced from 35th to 25th last week at Kansas Speedway.

DiBenedetto was forced to take another provisional at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coke 600 and teams tend to put more emphasis on this race than others, which increases the competition. If the No. 83 finishes in the 30th-place range, he could be a good value because of the place-differential points awarded after starting 42nd.
May 22 - 9:32 AM

Kyle Fowler will pilot the No. 26 PowerAll Toyota for the running of the Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway this Saturday.

This will mark Fowler's 16th career start in the NASCAR XFINITY Series but the first with JGL Racing. He has four previous NASCAR XFINITY Series starts at the Concord, North Carolina track with a best finish of 23rd. He also competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the track last weekend where he came home with a 20th place finish.-Integrity Sports Marketing
May 21 - 11:46 PM

Jeff Gordon knows it will be difficult to match the feeling he gets racing after this season, but broadcasting could provide something close to it.

That was among the reasons Gordon decided to pursue broadcasting, leading to Thursday’s announcement that he’ll join Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip in the booth for Fox’s broadcast of NASCAR Sprint Cup events. Gordon has signed a multi-year contract. He replaces Larry McReynolds, who had been in the booth since Fox began broadcasting Cup races in 2001. McReynolds will remain an analyst for the network.
Source: NBC Sports
May 21 - 11:21 PM

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