Coca-Cola 600 Race Report

· No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 12th and is sixth in points.

· No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 13th and is 12th in points.
· No. 55 Aaron’s Armed Forces Foundation Toyota driver Mark Martin finished 34th.

Martin Truex Jr. Race Summary: No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS/NASCAR Unites Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 12th in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Truex started 15th and battled a tight-handling condition throughout the race. Crew chief Chad Johnston made a series of adjustments throughout the race to correct the handling issues. The 12th-place finish moves Truex to sixth in the championship standings – one point out of the top-five and 49 points out of the lead. The NAPA team returns to action next Sunday at one of Truex’s favorite tracks – Dover International Speedway. The Monster Mile is the site of Truex’s 2007 NASCAR Sprint Cup victory. He also owns two poles, both behind the wheel of the No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota.

· Started 15th and finished 12th
· Battled a loose and tight handling condition throughout the race
· Lost a lap to the leaders on lap 289
· Ran as high as eighth and as low as 20th
· Wore white Oakley sunglasses in pre-race festivities to honor 2011 Indy 500 winner Dan Weldon.

TRUEX QUOTES: “Charlotte is my toughest track so to leave here with a 12th-place finish is O.K. especially considering what we battled out there. We missed it a little bit, but Chad and the guys did a great job keeping us in contention for a chance at a top-10. We have some work to do. We were fast the first 10 laps and then we went to the tight side. It’s the same thing we’ve battled here for the last couple of races. We’ve obviously made some gains, but still have some more work to do. Chad says he has some ideas so I am looking forward to hearing what he has to say. The good news is this race didn’t seem to last as long as it normally does. That’s a good thing and really, I am happy to come away with a 12th-place finish at my toughest track. I am looking forward to next week – Dover is my favorite track.”

Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 13th in Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bowyer started fifth and raced his way to third in the opening laps. He raced in the top-five for the first 90 laps and the top-10 for the first 120 laps. As the track conditions began to change Bowyer’s car continued to lose grip. The No. 15 team battled to stay on the lead lap until eventually losing a lap around lap 250. The fast pace of the race made it challenging for any cars to return to the lead lap. Only nine cars finished on the lead lap. With 45 laps to go the 5-hour ENERGY team came to pit road for its final service and returned to the racetrack in 19th after the pit cycle. Bowyer raced his way up to 13th in the final 45 laps. The No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota team returns to action next weekend at Dover International Speedway.

· Started fifth and finished 13th
· Climbed as high as third in the first quarter of the race.
· Complained of being loose
· Fell a lap down at lap 250
· Raced from 19th to 13th after the final pit stop
· Wore white Oakley sunglasses in pre-race festivities to honor 2011 Indy 500 winner Dan Weldon.

BOWYER QUOTE: “The 5-hour ENERGY Toyota was fast at the start of the race, but as the track changed from day to night it didn’t go the way we’d hoped. We struggled a bit tonight, but to bring home the finish we did says a lot about our team. We never gave up and worked on it all night. I wish the result would have been a little better, but I’m proud of my team. I’m ready to get to Dover and see what we can do there.”

Mark Martin Race Summary: No.55 Aaron’s Dream Machine driver Mark Martin finished 34th in Sunday night’s 600-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Engine problems at the lap-338 mark ended Martin’s night early. He raced in 11th – the last car on the lead lap – at the time of the problems. Throughout the 400-lap event the Aaron’s team worked to improve the No. 55’s turning. Martin started the race sixth and raced in the top-five for the first 100 laps. The handling issued kept him from climbing any higher but he rarely fell outside the top 10. Martin and the Aaron’s Dream Machine return to action Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

· Started sixth and finished.
· Raced in the top five for the first 100 laps.
· Battled a tight handling race car.
· Lost a lap at lap 300 but earned the Aaron’s Lucky Dog free pass on lap 320.
· Raced in 11th when engine issues ended his race on lap 338.

MARTIN QUOTE: “That’s so disappointing. I thought we were going to have a top 10 finish tonight. We worked like heck on the Aaron’s Dream Machine throughout the race trying to get it to turn like we wanted but we just never could get there. We still weren’t very bad, but if we could have got it to turn a little better I think we could have gone up there and raced with them. My crew did great and we’ll go get them at Dover.”

RACE NOTES:
· Kasey Kahne won the Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway by 4.295 seconds over Denny Hamlin
· Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.
· The race was run in three hours, 51 minutes – –
· The race featured 31 lead changes among 11 drivers
· The race was slowed by five cautions for 23 laps
· NASCAR estimated the attendance at 140,000

Driver Information

Clint BowyerNAME: Clint Bowyer
DOB: 05/30/1979
HEIGHT: 6′
WEIGHT: 175
HOMETOWN: Emporia, KS
RESIDENCE: Clemmons, NC

Mark MartinNAME: Mark Martin
DOB: 01/09/1959
HEIGHT: 5’6
WEIGHT: 125
HOMETOWN: Batesville, AR
RESIDENCE: Daytona Beach, FL

Martin Truex Jr.NAME: Martin Truex Jr.
DOB: 06/28/1980
HEIGHT: 5’11
WEIGHT: 180
HOMETOWN: Mayetta, NJ
RESIDENCE: Mooresville, NC