BROADCAST INFORMATION: Sunday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will air live on FOX at 6 p.m. ET. Can’t make it to a television? The race can be heard live on PRN and SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio. Below is the broadcast schedule for the remainder of the weekend.
THURSDAY, MAY 25
2 p.m. ET: NASCAR Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1
7:15 p.m. ET: NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying, FOX Sports 1
SATURDAY, MAY 27
9 a.m. ET: NASCAR Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1
11:30 a.m. ET: NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FOX Sports 1
SUNDAY, MAY 28
6 p.m. ET: NASCAR Cup Series race, FOX
THIS WEEKEND’S PAINT SCHEMES: Kasey Kahne will drive the No. 5 LiftMaster Chevrolet SS, Chase Elliott will man the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS, Jimmie Johnson will pilot the No. 48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet SS and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the No. 88 Nationwide Patriotic Chevrolet SS.
HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AT CHARLOTTE: Hendrick Motorsports has 19 wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which ranks first all-time among teams at the 1.5-mile oval. Johnson most recently won the Bank of America 500 there last October and has an all-time record eight career victories at Charlotte. Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kahne ranks second among drivers competing in the 600-mile event this weekend with four wins at Charlotte. The organization has 60 top-five finishes and 94 top-10s and has led 4,988 laps at Charlotte since 1984.
KAHNE AT CHARLOTTE: The 37-year-old’s four wins (two in 2006, one in 2008 and 2012) at Charlotte Motor Speedway place him second among active drivers in victories at the 1.5-mile track just behind teammate Johnson, who has eight. He is tied for fourth all-time with Buddy Baker, Fred Lorenzen, Mark Martin and David Pearson. Kahne has led 1,106 laps over 12 races at the Concord, North Carolina, track, which is second-most among active drivers and 10th all-time. Kahne has excelled at conquering the longest race of the season, with three of his four wins coming in the strenuous 600-mile race. He also has two runner-up finishes at the track and most recently scored a third-place finish in last year’s fall race.
ELLIOTT’S CHARLOTTE STATS: This weekend, Elliott is set to make his fourth start at the 1.5-mile quad oval. In his previous three starts, the 21-year-old driver collected one top-10 finish and led 103 laps. Elliott averages a starting position of 14.3 and finishing position of 19.7 at the track. Elliott has also made four starts at Charlotte in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, where he garnered three top-10s, led 66 laps and earned a pole award in October 2014.
JOHNSON’S SERIES BEST AT CHARLOTTE: According to NASCAR’s loop data, Johnson has the series-best driver rating at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a score of 110.6. The driver rating is a formula that combines wins, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes. The maximum a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. Johnson also holds the series-best average running position with a score of 8.105.
EARNHARDT’S CHARLOTTE STATS: Earnhardt has yet to win a points race at the 1.5-mile oval, but if you throw out a DNF for engine trouble in the spring of 2013, the Kannapolis, North Carolina, native has an average finish of 15.0 in the last five years (2012-2016) to go with a career total of six top-five finishes and 12 top-10s. Charlotte Motor Speedway is also the site of his first Cup start (May 1999) and first Cup pole (May 2000).