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Charlotte viewer's guide

May 23, 2013, Staff report,

How are you watching the races at Charlotte Motor Speedway? Find out how to get the latest from wherever you are. Plus, find out how to salute veterans this weekend at NASCAR Salutes.



Even if you're not at the track, you can keep up with all the live action on TV and at (All times Eastern, unless noted.)

Watch practices and races on TV:


Thursday, May 23:

Practice, 3:30 p.m. on SPEED

Qualifying, 7:10 p.m. on SPEED

Saturday, May 25:
, 10 a.m. on SPEED

Final practice, 1 p.m. on SPEED

Sunday, May 26:

Coca-Cola 600, 6 p.m. ET on FOX (on air at 5:30 p.m.)


Thursday, May 23:

Practice, 1:30 p.m. on SPEED

Practice, 5:10 p.m. on SPEED

Saturday, May 25:

Qualifying, 11:05 a.m. on ESPN2

History 300, 2:45 p.m. on ABC

Get inside the garage:

GarageCam presented by Miller Lite will be streaming live from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday, May 23 from the Nationwide garage at 12:30 p.m. and the Sprint Cup garage at 3 p.m.

Keep an eye on the media center:

Press Pass will have live news conferences throughout race weekend.

Thursday, May 23

Regan Smith | 11:30 a.m.

Matt Kenseth | 11:45 a.m.

Rev Racing/Toyota announcement | 12:45 p.m.

Brad Keselowski | 2:30 p.m.

Jimmie Johnson | 2:45 p.m.

Post-qualifying Sprint Cup Series news conferences | 8:20 p.m.

Mike Helton | 5:15 p.m.

Kasey Kahne | 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 25:

Brian France | Noon

Post-race Nationwide Series news conferences | 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 26:

Post-race Sprint Cup Series news conferences | 10:30 p.m.

Want to attend the races this weekend? Buy tickets to the Coca-Cola 600 and History 300 here.

Know the track:

Check out our Charlotte Motor Speedway track page to learn the history of the track and explore the best fan views.

Want to meet a driver?

Here is a list of driver appearances taking place at the track this weekend. You can also meet drivers in downtown Charlotte during the 600 Festival. (All times local; list subject to change.)

Friday, May 24:

Coca-Cola Family Track Walk with Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin and Darrell Wallace Jr. | 2:45 p.m.; must have a Sunday race ticket

Sunday, May 26:

Bobby and Donnie Allison Q-and-A | 2 p.m. at the start of pit road

Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth Q-and-A | 3:15 p.m. at the start of pit road

Joe Gibbs Q-and-A | 3:30 p.m. at the start of pit road

Brad Keselowski Q-and-A | 3:50 p.m. at the start of pit road

Get packing:

The weather at Charlotte Motor Speedway is:

Click for Charlotte, North Carolina Forecast

Have a second screen:

Get lap-by-lap updates on during practice laps, qualifying and races. You can also use our Minute-by-Minute blog to keep up with what's happening at the track.

Re-live the race:

Watch race highlights from your favorite driver and top moments from the track shortly after the race ends with Race RePlay.

The first Sprint Cup Series race held at this 1.5-mile speedway was won by Joe Lee Johnson in 1960. The track took the name Lowe's Motor Speedway in 1999, but returned to Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2010.

Keep all eyes on the race:

With RaceView Premium and NASCAR RaceView Mobile '13, you can watch live, virtual 3-D video with in-car audio as well as national radio broadcasts, telemetry data and real-time stats.

Follow from anywhere:

NASCAR Mobile '13: NASCAR's official app is free with an in-app subscription for premium content including live driver audio, live advanced leaderboards and live alternate camera angles.


Be sure to set your lineup before the race goes green at Charlotte this week.

Expert tip of the week:

The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest race on the circuit and that makes a difference to fantasy players. Select marquee drivers this week from the top teams with resources to handle the extra 100 miles. Get more tips from Dan Beaver's fantasy blog each week.

Keep up with the latest:

Use our weekly Driver Reports for a quick breakdown of how each driver is looking. Also each week, our writers vote on which drivers are making moves. Read the resulting driver Power Rankings to help power up your lineup.

Last year's top five at Charlotte were:

1. Kasey Kahne

2. Denny Hamlin

3. Kyle Busch

4. Greg Biffle

5. Brad Keselowski

See the complete results here.


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