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William Byron becomes youngest ever to capture Coca-Cola 600 pole

Charlotte native William Byron became the youngest driver ever to capture the pole for the Coca-Cola 600. The 21-year-old Byron grew up a short drive from Charlotte Motor Speedway. He turned a lap of 183.424 mph in his No. 24 Chevrolet to start out front in NASCAR’s longest race.

Jimmy Johnson to honor fallen soldier, military at Coca-Cola 600

Jimmie Johnson has unveiled a military-themed camouflage paint scheme for the Coca-Cola 600 with the name of a fallen soldier written across the front windshield of his No. 48 Chevrolet. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion will pay tribute to Army Sgt. Richard Donlan, who died during combat in Vietnam. Johnson’s patriotic car scheme is part of the NASCAR Salutes initiative, which honors fallen soldiers during the Memorial Day weekend race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Kyle Busch captures pole at Charlotte; Kevin Harvick starts last

Kyle Busch will start at the front of the field Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600, and NASCAR Cup Series points leader Kevin Harvick will begin in the rear. Busch took the pole for NASCAR’s longest race by turning a lap of 191.836 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But the big story was Harvick, who never got on the track after failing pre-race inspection three times.

Edwards outlasts Coke field

CONCORD, N.C. – Even a master strategist like Joe Gibbs wasn’t sure his team made the right call. The Super Bowl-winning coach and owner of Joe Gibbs Racing had been following one of his drivers, Denny Hamlin, who was leading down the stretch in the Coca-Cola 600. But when Hamlin went to the pits to fix a wheel vibration, Gibbs saw team newcomer Carl Edwards was out front as his fuel was dwindling down.

All-Star winner Denny Hamlin confident in Charlotte double

CONCORD, N.C. – Denny Hamlin’s not sure he could be more confident coming into the Coca-Cola 600 with how he has performed the past two weeks at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Hamlin, the winner of the All-Star race last week at the track, held the lead late in the Xfinity Series event Saturday before getting passed by winner Austin Dillon and taking second.

Auto racing notes: Push for softer walls saved driver

When James Hinchcliffe slammed into a wall at more than 220 mph, he hit an energy-absorbing barrier that likely saved his life. One of auto racing’s most important safety developments, its origins began at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Tony George. George watched replays of Hinchcliffe’s accident and came to only one conclusion.

Kurt Busch credits IndyCar for increased Indy 500 TV ratings

Kurt Busch on Friday credited IndyCar’s promotion of the Indianapolis 500 for a bump in the television ratings. ABC’s telecast on Sunday earned a 3.9 rating, averaging 6.2 million viewers. It was up from 3.7 in 2013, and up in many traditional NASCAR markets. The ratings increase could be attributed to Busch running both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, the first double attempt since 2004. He finished sixth in his Indy debut, but an engine failure at Charlotte Motor Speedway prevented him from completing all 1,100 miles. “Did I help bump the ratings? Maybe I did,” Busch said. – Associated Press

Coke victory puts fizz back in Johnson’s year

CONCORD, N.C. – About the only one not worried about Jimmie Johnson’s victory drought this season was the Sprint Cup defending champion. After his dominating show this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Johnson gave his competitors plenty to worry about. Johnson reached Victory Lane for the first time this season at the Coca-Cola 600, finishing off a dominating week at a track many have called “Jimmie’s House.”

Busch comes up 193 miles short

CONCORD, N.C. – Kurt Busch’s attempt at completing “The Double” ended Sunday night after his car blew an engine late in the Coca-Cola 600. Busch finished sixth in his first Indianapolis 500 and was attempting to become the second driver to complete 1,100 miles in both races on the same day.

Johnson back on track with dominating win at Charlotte

About the only one not worried about Jimmie Johnson’s victory drought this season was the Sprint Cup defending champion. After his dominating show this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Johnson gave his competitors plenty to worry about.

Teen driver Sage Karam hopes for bright Indy 500 debut

From prom to pits, Sage Karam has been money at Indianapolis. The 19-year-old Indy 500 rookie has danced in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway paddock at a makeshift prom, was runner-up to Scott Dixon in the pit crew competition and become an instant fan favorite and media darling with his carefree persona.

Jimmie Johnson wins first pole of the year at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson won the pole Thursday night for the Coca-Cola 600. Johnson, winless this season, turned a lap at 194.911 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the third round of NASCAR’s knockout qualifying format for his first pole of the Sprint Cup season.

IndyCar, NASCAR drivers discuss difficulty of ‘The Double’

With Kurt Busch signed up to become the fourth driver to attempt to run both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, many IndyCar fans have wondered why their favorite drivers never take a crack at “The Double.” Only John Andretti, Tony Stewart and Robby Gordon have attempted the 1,100 miles of racing in one day. While all three came from an open-wheel background, they migrated to full-time NASCAR competition. Busch is the first driver to attempt it who does not have any prior experience in Indy cars.