|Kevin Harvick won 2011 Coca-Cola 600 (Getty)|
Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson returns to Charlotte with a full head of steam, having captured Hendrick Motorsports’ 200th victory at Darlington, the Sprint Pit Crew Challenge and the Sprint All-Star Race on May 19. Johnson hopes to become the third driver in five seasons to win both the 600 and All-Star Race.
This could be the week that Daytona 500 winner re-takes the championship lead from Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle. Kenseth, who won the Coca-Cola 600 in 2000, trails Biffle by two points after the season’s first 11 races. Biffle is winless at Charlotte.
AJ Allmendinger hopes to become the third driver since 2007 to make the Coca-Cola 600 his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory.
Danica Patrick does double duty for the third time this season competing in her first Coca-Cola 600 as well as Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race. She ranks 10th in Nationwide Series points.
It’s a busy week with voting for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s fourth class of inductees taking place on Wednesday.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series switches gears from short-track racing at Iowa Speedway to the fast 1.5-miler at Charlotte in Saturday’s History 300, at 2:30 p.m. on ABC.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes a one-week break over the Memorial Day weekend before heading to Dover International Speedway on June 1. Justin Lofton, the season’s fifth different winner, heads the championship by a single point over Timothy Peters.
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES
Doing The Double
Hendrick Home Track Advantage
Waiting For Junior
Tough Sledding For Defending Coca-Cola 600 Winner
Points Leader Biffle Yet To Win At Charlotte
Coca-Cola 600 Mints First-Time Winners
Patrick Doing Double Duty In Charlotte
Three Down, One To Go
- NASCAR Media Services