NASCAR Number: 8

May 24, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service,

8: The number of drivers who beat Greg Biffle’s previous track record during Thursday’s qualifying session at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Denny Hamlin was fastest of all and will start Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 from the top spot after streaking around the 1.5-mile track in 27.604 seconds (195.624 mph), shattering Biffle’s mark of 193.708 mph set last October. In addition to Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Biffle and Kyle Busch all broke the 2012 record. Thursday’s time trials marked the seventh time a track record has fallen in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year.