2012 Coca-Cola 600

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2012 Coca-Cola 600
Race details[1][2][3]
Race 12 of 36 in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
2012 Coca-Cola 600 logo.png
Date May 27, 2012 (2012-05-27)
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 400 laps, 600 mi (965.606 km)
Weather Sunshine with a high temperature around 88°F; wind out of the SSE at 2 mph.
Average speed 155.687 miles per hour (250.554 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports
Time 27.988
Most laps led
Driver Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing
Laps 204
Winner
No. 5
Kasey Kahne
Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

The 2012 Coca-Cola 600, the 53rd annuel race, was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on May 27, 2012 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Contested over 400 laps, it was the twelfth race of the 2012 season. Kasey Kahne of Hendrick Motorsports took his first win of the season, while Denny Hamlin finished second and Kyle Busch finished third.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Charlotte Motor Speedway, the race track where the race was held.

The track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, is one of ten intermediate to hold NASCAR races, the others being Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Homestead Miami Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Texas Motor Speedway.[4] The standard track at Charlotte Motor Speedway is a four-turn quad-oval track that is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long.[5] The track's turns are banked at twenty-four degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is five degrees. The back stretch, opposite of the front, also had a five degree banking.[5] The racetrack has seats for 140,000 spectators.[5]

Before the race, Greg Biffle led the Drivers' Championship with 411 points, while Matt Kenseth stood in second with 409.[6] Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was third in the Drivers' Championship with 397 points, three points ahead of Denny Hamlin and twenty-five ahead of Jimmie Johnson in fourth and fifth.[6] Martin Truex, Jr. with 372 was three points ahead of Tony Stewart, as Kevin Harvick with 361 points, was twelve ahead of Kyle Busch, and twenty-four in front of Carl Edwards.[6] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 72 points, eight ahead of Toyota. Ford, with 57 points, was eight points ahead of Dodge in the battle for third.[7] Harvick was the race's defending race winner after winning it in 2011.[8]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Three practice sessions were held before the race; the first on May 24, 2012, which lasted 120 minutes. The second and third took place on Saturday, May 26, 2012. The first Saturday practice lasted 55 minutes, while the second was 60 minutes.[9] Marcos Ambrose was quickest with a time of 28.539 seconds in the first session, five-thousandths of a second faster than Landon Cassill.[10] A. J. Allmendinger was third quickest, followed by Biffle, Clint Bowyer, and Aric Almirola. Joey Logano was seventh, still within two-tenths of a second of Ambrose's time.[10]

Forty-seven cars were entered for qualifying on May 24, 2012, but only forty-three could qualify for the race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[11] Almirola of Richard Petty Motorsports clinched the first pole position of his Sprint Cup Series career, with a time of 27.988 seconds.[12] He was joined on the front row of the grid by his team-mate Ambrose.[12] Johnson qualified third, Biffle took fourth, and Bowyer started fifth.[12] Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne, Hamlin, Paul Menard and Regan Smith rounded out the top ten. Kurt Busch failed to finish his qualifying lap after colliding into the SAFER barrier, but will remain on the grid as his team is in the Top 35 in owner's points.[12][13] The four drivers that failed to qualify for the race were Mike Bliss, David Reutimann, J. J. Yeley and Scott Riggs.[12]

Once the qualifying session was completed, Almirola stated "It's a huge honor just to see it in victory lane (for the pole celebration). I'm driving probably the most iconic car in history of the sport. It's just qualifying, but that's a start."[14] Afterward, Johnson, who won the week before in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race XXVIII, commented about their recent performances, "I'm real proud of where our equipment is going." He continued, "I've been able to race better than where we qualify."[15]

In the second practice session, Hamlin was fastest with a time of 28.995 seconds, less than two-hundredths of a second quicker than second-placed Menard.[16] Edwards took third place, ahead of Truex, Jr., Johnson and Brad Keselowski.[16] Bowyer, Harvick and Ryan Newman completed the ten quickest drivers in the session.[16] In the third and final practice, Keselowski was quickest with a time of 29.397 seconds.[17] Edwards followed in second, ahead of Martin and Johnson.[17] Logano was fifth quickest, with a time of 29.521 seconds.[17] Stewart, Kenseth, Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, and Jeff Burton rounded out the first ten positions.[17] Hamlin, who was quickest in the second session, could only manage 20th.[17]

Race[edit]

The race, the twelfth in the season, began at 6:00 p.m. EDT and was televised live in the United States on Fox.[1] The conditions on the grid were dry before the race, the air temperature at 80 °F (27 °C);[2] mostly clear skies were expected.[18] Darrell Waltrip began pre-race ceremonies, by giving the invocation. Next, Charlotte Fire Department Pipe Bag played "Amazing Grace", then Darius Rucker performed the national anthem. Afterward, retired U.S. Navy admiral, Frank Thorp and director of the United States Army Wounded Warrior Program, Gregory Gadson, with the addition of actress Brooklyn Decker gave the command for drivers to start their engines.[18]

Following the traditional three pace laps, Phoenix Racing's Kurt Busch dropped to the rear of the grid due to changing to a backup car after crashing in qualifying. Richard Petty Motorsports teammates Almirola and Ambrose led the 43-car field to the green flag, the teammates swapped the lead for the first 8 laps until Roush Fenway Racing's Biffle assumed the top position on lap 9 from Ambrose. While Ambrose retook the lead from Biffle on lap 15, Almirola steadily fell back to 5th place. By lap 23, Biffle retook the lead from Ambrose and moved out to a 1 second lead. On lap 41, Allmendinger was the first driver to pit in a series of green-flag pit stops. Biffle made his stop along with Johnson on lap 47 and was able to hold the lead after pit stops were completed.[18]

The race continued under green, and drivers stopped for another round of pit stops between laps 87 and 97. Once again, Biffle was one of the last cars to pit, and came out with the lead, extending it to 4 seconds. On lap 111, the first caution of the race came out when debris was sighted on the backstretch. The leaders pitted, and Ambrose and Jamie McMurray took two right side tires on their stops to claim the top two spots. However, McMurray was forced back into the pits after the restart for a loose wheel. On lap 125, Kyle Busch grabbed the lead from Biffle, who took it back two laps later after Busch dipped the tires below the white line. Debris was spotted in turn 1, forcing the second caution of the race. All the leaders pitted except for Jeff Gordon. On the restart on lap 139, Busch, Johnson, and Biffle easily dispatched Gordon to take the top three spots.[18] Kasey Kahne scores a victory in his 300th career start.

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed Grid
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 27.988 192.940 1
9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.184 191.598 2
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.217 191.374 3
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.234 191.259 4
15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.243 191.198 5
55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.247 191.171 6
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.253 191.130 7
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.289 190.887 8
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.332 190.597 9
78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 28.353 190.456 10
22 A. J. Allmendinger Penske Racing Dodge 28.372 190.329 11
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.376 190.302 12
21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford 28.381 190.268 13
29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.391 190.201 14
56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.392 190.194 15
39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.413 190.054 16
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.416 190.034 17
83 Landon Cassill BK Racing Toyota 28.423 189.987 18
20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.465 189.707 19
17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.480 189.607 20
14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.485 189.574 21
31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.493 189.520 22
24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.560 189.076 23
2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 28.591 188.871 24
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 28.668 188.363 25
47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 28.671 188.344 26
74 Cole Whitt Turn One Racing Chevrolet 28.674 188.324 27
99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.692 188.206 28
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.735 187.924 29
34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.776 187.656 30
1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.796 187.526 31
98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 28.802 187.487 32
26 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.837 187.259 33
33 Stephen Leicht Circle Sport Racing Chevrolet 28.851 187.169 34
30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 29.010 186.143 35
36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 29.015 186.111 36
93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 29.019 186.085 37
79 Scott Speed Go Green Racing Ford 29.036 185.976 38
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.062 185.810 39
10 Danica Patrick Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 29.161 185.179 40
32 T. J. Bell FAS Lane Racing Ford 29.366 183.886 41
51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Racing Chevrolet
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87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 29.066 185.784 43
Failed to Qualify
49 J. J. Yeley Robinson-Blakeney Racing Toyota 29.391 183.730
19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 29.103 185.548
73 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 29.136 185.338
23 Scott Riggs R3 Motorsports Chevrolet 29.407 183.630
1: After crashing during his qualifying lap, Kurt Busch started the race in 42nd by owner's point standings.
Source:[12][19][20][21]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 7 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 48
2 8 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 44
3 17 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 43
4 4 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 44
5 24 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 400 41
6 12 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 38
7 23 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 39
8 14 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 38
9 28 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 35
10 20 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 399 34
11 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 399 33
12 15 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 399 32
13 5 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 398 31
14 16 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 398 30
15 9 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 398 29
16 1 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 398 30
17 10 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 398 27
18 18 83 Landon Cassill BK Racing Toyota 398 28
19 22 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 398 25
20 29 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 398 24
21 31 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 397 23
22 25 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 397 22
23 19 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 397 21
24 13 21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford 397 0
25 21 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 397 19
26 39 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 397 18
27 42 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 396 17
28 26 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 396 16
29 39 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 395 15
30 40 10 Danica Patrick Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 395 0
31 41 32 T. J. Bell FAS Lane Racing Ford 390 0
32 2 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 367 14
33 11 22 A. J. Allmendinger Penske Racing Dodge 361 11
34 6 55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 338 10
35 30 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 281 11
36 32 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 228 8
37 38 195 Scott Speed Go Green Racing Ford 136 7
38 35 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 86 6
39 34 33 Stephen Leicht Circle Sport Racing Chevrolet 74 5
40 36 36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 54 4
41 43 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 47 0
42 27 74 Cole Whitt Turn One Racing Chevrolet 33 0
43 33 26 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 15 1
Source:[3]

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

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