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UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

X-Finity Series:
Saturday, 5/28, Hisense 300, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 2pm, PRN

Indy Series:
Sunday, 5/29, Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 10am, IMS

Sprint Cup Series:
Sunday, 5/29, Coca-Cola 600, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5pm, PRN


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Monday-Friday: Garage Pass, 8:30pm


NASCAR News (courtesy of John Singlar, MRN Radio)

NEXT STOP … CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY … for Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600, which marks the halfway point of the 2016 regular season. Martin Truex Junior will start the four hundred-lap marathon from the pole position after topping Thursday night’s qualifying session with a lap of 192.328 miles per hour in the Number-78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. He’ll share the front row with Joey Logano, who was second-quick at 192.007 miles per hour. Ricky Stenhouse Junior qualified third with Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski – Logano’s Team Penske teammate – rounding out the top five. Defending race winner Carl Edwards will start ninth. It’s Truex’s ninth career pole and second this season. He qualified Number-1 at Kansas Speedway earlier this month and finished fourteenth in the Go Bowling 400. The pole sitter has won the “Six Hundred” just twice over the last seventeen years, both times by Jimmie Johnson – in 2004 and 2014 … Earlier on Thursday, Kurt Busch led opening practice with Johnson, Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson filling positions two through five. Kyle Busch had the best average speed over ten consecutive laps at 185.465 miles per hour … Logano is hoping to complete a sweep of the May events in Charlotte. He won last weekend’s All-Star Race. The last driver to win both in the same season is Kurt Busch in 2010.
THE NASCAR X-FINITY SERIES … also is running in Charlotte this weekend, with Saturday’s Hisense 300. Elliott Sadler of Junior Motorsports leads the standings by three points over Daniel Suarez. Teams got two practice sessions on Thursday with Ty Dillon posting the fastest overall speed, 181.342 miles per hour in the Number-3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Rookie Erik Jones, Suarez, Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon – Ty’s older brother – completed the top five. Suarez had the best average speed over ten consecutive laps at 175.708 miles per hour … Austin Dillon swept both races at C-M-S last season and goes for three in a row on Saturday. The last driver to do that in Charlotte is Mark Martin in 1995 and 1996 … There is no on-track activity at C-M-S on Friday. The schedule resumes Saturday with X-FINITY Series qualifying at 11:15 a.m. (ET) and a pair of Sprint Cup Series practice sessions … THE CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES … is idle this weekend and will return to action Friday night, June 10th, in Fort Worth, Texas. Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – will have live coverage of the Rattlesnake 400, beginning at 8:30 p.m. (ET).

FRIDAY FRESHMEN
► A third-place finish on May 15th at Dover International Speedway enabled Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports to stretch his lead to twenty-eight points over Ryan Blaney in the Sunoco Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year standings. Blaney finished eighth in the Triple-A 400. Brian Scott is third in the rookie standings with Chris Buescher and Jeffrey Earnhardt completing the top five.
► In the X-FINITY Series rookie chase, Erik Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing has built a forty-one-point lead after winning in Dover. Brandon Jones and Brennan Poole are tied for second place with Ryan Preece a distant fourth. Ray Black Junior and Garrett Smithley share fifth place.
► With a tenth-place finish last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, William Byron of Kyle Busch Motorsports remains atop the Camping World Truck Series rookie standings. He holds a three-point lead over Christopher Bell. Ben Rhodes, Cole Custer and Rico Abreu (A-brew) make up the rest of top five.

TRACK INFORMATION: Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, is a one-point-five-mile oval with twenty-four degrees of banking in the turns and five degrees on the straightaways. The length of the frontstretch is 1,980 feet, the backstretch fifteen hundred feet. Grandstand seating capacity is 135,000.

35th RUNNING OF THE HISENSE 300 X-FINITY SERIES RACE
IN CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA … Saturday, 2:45 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: For the eighth time in the first eleven races of the year, a Sprint Cup Series driver took home the winner’s trophy in the X-FINITY Series. It was Austin Dillon’s turn on this occasion. He zipped past race leader Denny Hamlin fifteen laps from the finish and kept the Number-33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in front the rest of the way to notch his fourth career win and second of the season. Dillon had the dominant car, leading all but thirty-seven of the two hundred laps. His margin of victory over Hamlin was more than two-and-a-half-seconds. Kasey Kahne finished third with Regan Smith and Darrell Wallace Junior completing the top five … The top four drivers in the X-FINITY Series standings entering the weekend all held their positions. Chris Buescher’s lead now stood at four points over Ty Dillon, who finished seventh in the race – four spots in front of Buescher … Austin Dillon’s first four career X-FINITY Series wins all came from the pole – twice at Kentucky Speedway, then early in the 2015 season at Las Vegas and now in Charlotte. This was Dillon’s first C-M-S victory in five starts … After a four-year dry spell, Chevrolet has now won Charlotte’s spring race the last two seasons – with Kyle Larson in 2014 and Dillon in 2015 … The track qualifying record for the
X-FINITY Series belongs to Jimmie Johnson, who posted a lap of 187.735 miles per hour in October 2005 … Mark Martin – who was voted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame this week as a member of the Class of 2017 – holds the C-M-S mark for winning average speed … 155.799 miles per hour set in May 1996 … Qualifying: Saturday at 11:15 a.m. (ET) … There is no on-track activity Friday.

57th RUNNING OF THE COCA-COLA 600 SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE
IN CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA … Sunday, 6:15 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: Carl Edwards managed his fuel mileage to perfection and stretched it all the way to Victory Lane, giving Joe Gibbs Racing a sweep of the track’s May events. Edwards’ win came eight days after teammate Denny Hamlin drove to victory in the Sprint All-Star Race. Edwards led the first two laps of the “Six Hundred” and the last twenty-one in notching his twenty-fourth career win and first at C-M-S. It snapped a thirty-one-race winless streak for Edwards, whose last victory had come in June 2014 at Sonoma, California. In winning at Charlotte, Edwards beat runner-up Greg Biffle to the checkered flag by four-point-seven seconds. Dale Earnhardt Junior finished third with pole sitter Matt Kenseth fourth. Martin Truex Junior led a race-high 131 laps but needed a late pit stop for fuel and finished fifth. Thirty-seven laps from the finish, it looked like Hamlin was on his way to sweeping both Charlotte races on his own. But a loose wheel forced him to pit and give up the lead to Truex, who then surrendered the lead himself with his late fuel stop … Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick finished ninth, which was enough for him to maintain a commanding lead in the standings with the regular season nearing its halfway point. Harvick’s advantage over second-place Truex was forty-one points heading into the next race at Dover, Delaware … Team Penske’s Joey Logano came home in thirteenth place on the same day he celebrated his 25th birthday …Kurt Busch still owns the track qualifying record at Charlotte with a lap of 198.771 miles per hour in securing the Number-1 starting spot for the fall race in 2014 … Busch is the last driver to win both the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 in the same season, doubling up in 2010 … The race record for winning average speed belongs to Kasey Kahne, who covered the six hundred miles at a winning pace of 155.687 miles per hour in 2012 … Practice Schedule: Saturday from 10 to 10:55 a.m. and 1 to 1:50 p.m. (ET) … There is no on-track activity Friday.


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Sunday, 6/5, Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400, Pocono Raceway,12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 6/12, Quicken Loans 400, Michigan International Speedway, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 6/26, Toyota/Save Mart 350, Sonoma Raceway, 2pm, PRN
Saturday 7/2, Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola, Daytona International Speedway, 6:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 7/9, Quaker State presented by Advance Auto Parts 400, Kentucky Speedway, 6:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 7/17, New Hampshire 301, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 12:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 7/24, Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 12 noon, IMS
Sunday, 7/31, Pennsylvania 400, Pocono Raceway, 12:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 8/7, Cheeze-It 355 at the Glen, Watkins Glen International, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/20, Irwin Tools Night Race 500, Bristol Motor Speedway, 6:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 8/28, Pure Michigan 400, Michigan International Speedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/4, Bojangles Southern 500, Darlington Raceway, 6pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/10, Federated Auto Parts 400, Richmond International Raceway, 6:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/18, myAFibRisk.com 400, Chicagoland Speedway, 4:15pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/25, Sylvania 300, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 10/2, AAA 400, Dover International Speedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/8, Bank of America 500, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 6pm, PRN
Sunday, 10/16, Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas Speedway, 1pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/23, Alabama 500, Talladega Superspeedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/30, Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, Martinsville Speedway, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 11/6, AAA Texas 500, Texas Motor Speedway, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 11/13, Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, Phoenix International Raceway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 11/20, Ford EcoBoost 400, Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2pm, MRN


NASCAR X-Finity Series

Saturday, 6/4, Pocono Green 250, Pocono Raceway, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 6/11, Great Clips 250 benefiting Paralyzed Veterans of America, Michigan International Speedway, 1pm, MRN
Sunday, 6/19, Owens Corning AttiCat 300, Iowa Speedway, TBD, MRN
Friday, 7/1, Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola, Daytona International Speedway, 7pm, MRN
Friday, 7/8, Kentucky 300, Kentucky Speedway, 7pm, PRN
Saturday, 7/16, Sta-Green 200, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 3:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 7/30, US Cellular 250, Iowa Speedway, 7:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/6, Zippo 200 at the Glen, Watkins-Glen International, 2:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/13, Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/27, Road America 180 fired up by Johnsonville, Road America, 2:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/3, VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200, Darlington Raceway, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/17, Furious 7 300, Chicagoland Speedway, 5:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/24, Visit Myrtle Beach.com 300 Nationwide, Kentucky Speedway, 7:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 10/1, Hisense 200, Dover International Speedway, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/15, Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, 3:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/5, O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Texas Motor Speedway, 3pm, PRN
Saturday, 11/12, Phoenix 200, Phoenix International Raceway, 3:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/19, Ford EcoBoost 300, Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2:15pm, MRN


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Friday, 6/10, WinStar World Casino and Resort 400, Texas Motor Speedway, 8:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 6/18, American Ethanol 200, Iowa Speedway, 8pm, MRN
Saturday, 6/25, Drivin' for Lineman 200, Gateway Motorsports Park, 8pm, MRN
Thursday, 7/7, UNOH 225, Kentucky Speedway, 8pm (JIP), MRN
Wednesday 7/20, 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic, Eldora Speedway, 8pm, MRN
Saturday, 7/30, Pocono Mountains 150, Pocono Raceway, 12:30pm, MRN
Wednesday, 8/17, UNOH 200 presented by Zloop, Bristol Motor Speedway, 8pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/4, Chevrolet Silverado 250, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/24, UNOH 175, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/1, Rhino Linings 350, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 9:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/22, Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola, Talladega Superspeedway, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/29, Kroger 200, Martinsville Speedway, 1pm, MRN


Indy Car Series
2016 broadcast schedule:

Sunday, 7/10, Iowa Corn 300, Iowa Speedway, 5pm, IMS
Sunday, 8/21, Pocono, Pocono Raceway, 3pm IMS