Auto racing fans have plenty of action to choose from on Sunday, May 25 — and it lasts all day and into the night. Early risers can check out the Formula One Grand Prix of Monte Carlo, which goes green at 8 a.m. ET, then catch the Indy 500 and NHRA Kansas Nationals in the afternoon before settling in with NASCAR’s Coca Cola 600 at 6 p.m. ET that night. The Sprint Cup Series’ longest race of the year is 400 laps at 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway, the “home track” for many of the series’ teams and their families.
There are a couple of stories brewing in the Sprint Cup garage this weekend, including Kurt Busch‘s attempt at “the double” — competing in both the Indy 500 and Coca Cola 600 on Sunday. The driver of Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, who tested at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last May before announcing his intentions of “double duty” in March 2014, will race the No. 26 Suretone Honda entry for Andretti Autosport at Indy. Busch, who qualified P12 for the Indy 500 and was the fastest rookie on the field, will attempt to complete all 1,100 miles of racing on the day – a feat that has only been done once, by Busch’s Cup Series co-owner Tony Stewart back in 2001.
While Busch has no previous starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Verizon IndyCar Series, he has made 13 starts at “the Brickyard” in the Cup Series, with four top 10 finishes, including a best finish of fifth in his first race there back in 2001. At Charlotte, Busch has a win in the 600-miler in 2010, as well as six additional top 10 finishes in 27 series starts.
Another story that takes center stage this weekend is the lack of wins by Jimmie Johnson and other regular visitors to victory lane in the Cup Series. Johnson, who leads active drivers with six wins in 25 starts at Charlotte, including three in the 600, sits seventh in points without a win. Last year’s championship runner-up Matt Kenseth, who led the series with seven wins in 2013, has yet to get a win in 2014; he has two wins in 29 starts at Charlotte, including one in the 600, and sits second in points. Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer and Tony Stewart are all seeking their first wins of the season as well; Kahne, Bowyer and Stewart all have wins at Charlotte, with three of Kahne’s four wins coming in the 600.
Qualifying for the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway takes place Thursday night, May 22, at 7:10 p.m. ET. The green flag drops on Sunday, May 25 at 6 p.m. ET.