2014 Coca Cola 600 | Charlotte Motor Speedway | Sunday, 6 p.m. (FOX)

NASCAR Sprint Cup: Coca-Cola 600 Lineup

jutter@charlotteobserver.comMay 24, 2014 

Expanded starting lineup for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Pos. Car Driver Car Make Comment
1(48)Jimmie JohnsonChevroletHe’s on the pole at Charlotte and you know what that means.
2(2)Brad KeselowskiFordCoke is probably not his drink of choice but he’ll appreciate a 600 trophy.
3(5)Kasey KahneChevroletNo stranger to Victory Lane at Charlotte and still looking for his first win of the year.
4(10)Danica PatrickChevroletShe got a taste of the view up front at Talladega last month and liked it so much she’s decided to stay.
5(15)Clint BowyerToyotaHe’s a member of the Kevin Harvick “I hated it here until I won” Club.
6(11)Denny HamlinToyotaKnockout qualifying is suddenly not such a bad thing for Joe Gibbs Racing.
7(18)Kyle BuschToyotaStill looking for his first Cup win at Charlotte.
8(22)Joey LoganoFordAlready has a career-best two wins this season. It’s a safe bet there’ll be more.
9(9)Marcos AmbroseFordAmbrose has had some of his best runs at Charlotte and Richard Petty Motorsports could use a boost.
10(88)Dale Earnhardt Jr.ChevroletAlso has never won a Cup race at Charlotte but ran out of gas while in the lead on the final lap in 2011.
11(4)Kevin HarvickChevroletRan out of time during his qualifying lap but will have plenty of time to get to the front in the race.
12(20)Matt KensethToyotaPlease see Kevin Harvick.
13(43)Aric AlmirolaFordIt’s Air Force blue on his RPM car this Memorial Day weekend.
14(21)Trevor BayneFordRemember when he won the Daytona 500? He does.
15(78)Martin Truex Jr.ChevroletA strong run at Charlotte could help Truex’s Furniture Row Racing team turn the corner on a difficult start to the year.
16(55)Brian VickersToyotaTook a hard hit in a test session earlier this week at Kentucky but is OK.
17(51)Justin AllgaierChevroletSo far, this team’s decision to skip the all-star race and focus on the 600 has paid off.
18(14)Tony StewartChevroletNo double duty for Smoke, but he’ll gladly take the single win on Sunday.
19(33)Brian ScottChevroletMaking the last of his five planned Cup starts this season with Richard Childress Racing.
20(47)A.J. AllmendingerChevroletNot leading laps, but his consistently strong finishes are a big boost for this team.
21(27)Paul MenardChevroletHad to check this twice: Menard is the only Richard Childress Racing driver with a top-five finish this season.
22(99)Carl EdwardsFordCome on, Carl, just tell us who you’re racing for next season already.
23(17)Ricky Stenhouse Jr.FordRemember when Stenhouse finished second at Bristol at March?
24(16)Greg BiffleFordCome on, Greg, just tell us who you’re racing for next season already.
25(42)Kyle LarsonChevroletA rookie has won the 600 before. It can happen again.
26(1)Jamie McMurrayChevroletPerhaps his extra $1 million from the all-star race weighted him down during qualifying.
27(24)Jeff GordonChevroletThis year marks the 20th anniversary of Gordon’s first ever Cup victory. He didn’t start 27th that day.
28(41)Kurt BuschChevroletHe hopes to complete 1,100 miles of racing without incident. That’s a tall order for anyone.
29(23)Alex BowmanToyotaIt’s been a tough rookie season but he is entertaining on Twitter.
30(95)Michael McDowellFordIf only this were a Nationwide race and he was driving JGR equipment.
31(26)Cole WhittToyotaHope the Speed Stick(s).
32(3)Austin DillonChevroletIt will be a long road to the front, but the No. 3 knows how to clear the way.
33(38)David GillilandFordFront Row Motorsports seems to have taken a small step backwards this season.
34(13)Casey MearsChevroletUnlike Earnhardt, Mears didn’t run out of gas and won this race seven years ago.
35(34)David RaganFordPlease see David Gilliland.
36(83)Ryan TruexToyotaRaced his way in on speed and will need a lot more on Sunday.
37(98)Josh WiseChevroletIf only the starting lineup of points-paying races were set by a fan vote.
38(66)Joe NemechekToyotaWay In The Back, Joe?
39(7)Michael AnnettChevroletThis isn’t the Nationwide Series anymore.
40(40)Landon CassillChevroletMakes the most out of very little.
41(36)Reed SorensonChevroletHasn’t finished better than 32nd since March.
42(31)Ryan NewmanChevroletA bizarre episode during qualifying has left him with a long ride on Sunday.
43(32)Blake KochFordHe’s certainly happy to be here.

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