May 22, 2015 |
ONCE AGAIN, it's time for The Greatest Day in Sports: the Indianapolis 500 Sunday afternoon followed by the Coca-Cola 600 at night . . . 1,100 miles of racin' . . . For race fans, this is the real Super Sunday. The 99th Indy 500 is scheduled for noon (6ABC). The Coca-Cola 600 will be on Fox 29 at 6 p.m. For Formula One fans, the day begins with the Monaco Grand Prix (7:30 a.m., NBC10). The 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway marks Kyle Busch's return to Sprint Cup racing following his recuperation from injuries suffered in a crash Feb. 21 in an Xfinity series race at Daytona.
May 30, 2013 |
FOR DECADES, 500 miles was a magical distance in racing. An event was considered big time if it was 500 miles. When H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler ran Charlotte Motor Speedway, he decided his track needed something special to compete with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend. Charlotte had hosted the World 600 for years, competing directly against Indy. In 1993, the race started running the later on the same day as the Indy 500. The 600-miler at Charlotte is unique because it is NASCAR's longest race.
May 28, 2013 |
ABOUT A QUARTER of the way through NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night, something snapped. It wasn't Kurt Busch's temper or a fuel line under Jeff Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet. It was Fox Sport's overhead TV camera cable, which split and landed on the track, causing damage to a few cars. NASCAR said it will wait on Fox Sports' investigation before deciding if such technology will be used in future races. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp told the Associated Press yesterday that there were no plans to use the system at upcoming races "so we'll have ample time to review.
May 23, 2013
THIS WEEK'S RACE Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord, N.C. When: Sunday, 6 p.m. TV/Radio: Fox 29/WNPV (1440-AM) Course: 1.5-mile oval Distance: 400 laps/600 miles Forecast: partly cloudy, mid-70s Last year's winner: Kasey Kahne Last year's pole winner: Aric Almirola, 192.94 mph Track qualifying record: Greg Biffle, 193.708 mph (October 2012) Track facts: The latest NASCAR Hall of Fame class was announced yesterday: drivers Tim Flock, Jack Ingram, Dale Jarrett and Fireball Roberts, and engine builder Maurice Petty.
May 27, 2012 |
CONCORD, N.C. - Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, leading the final 67 laps to give Penske Racing a winning start on auto racing's biggest weekend. Keselowski raced to his first Nationwide victory of the year. He'll try to double up in Sprint Cup's longest race of the season, the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night. In between comes the Indy 500, a race that owner Roger Penske's cars have won 15 times. Penske driver Ryan Briscoe will start from the pole there Sunday.
May 25, 2012 |
THIS IS A WEEK my Daily News sports colleagues dread. I frequently remind them Sunday is "the greatest day in sports, the Indianapolis 500 followed by the Coca-Cola 600?…?1,100 miles of racin' !" From early afternoon until late night, race cars go, go, go. First, IndyCars hurry around famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A little after 6 p.m., the NASCAR Sprint Car rumble at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Indy 500 is gradually regaining the appeal it had before the sanctioning-organizations split in the mid-1990s of the Indy Racing League and Championship Auto Racing Teams.
May 26, 2011
Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord, N.C. When: Sunday, 6 p.m. TV/Radio: Fox/WNPV (1440-AM) Race course: 1.5-mile oval Race distance: 600 miles/400 laps Race forecast: partly cloudy, 80 degrees Last year's winner: Kurt Busch Last year's pole: Ryan Newman, 187.546 mph Track qualifying record: Elliott Sadler, 193.216 mph (October 2005) Track facts: Jimmie Johnson is tied with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for most Cup wins at Charlotte (six)
May 2, 2011
ZDENO CHARA won't be Coked-up when the Flyers host the Bruins in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series tonight. The Boston defenseman has been told by the league that he can't drink Coca-Cola while sitting on the bench during games, something he did during Game 7 of the quarterfinal series against Montreal. According to QMI, a Canadian-based media agency, Chara received a memo from the NHL telling him things apparently don't always go better with Coke. Especially when Pepsi is one of the league's advertising partners.
April 27, 2011 |
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. - In the world of Coca-Cola memorabilia, the Schmidt family's collection is like the Smithsonian. The most treasured items are from the company's earliest days in the late 1800s, and some are so rare they don't even appear at the Coca-Cola Co. museum, in Atlanta. And now, they're all for sale. The family, one of the earliest bottlers of the soft drink, spent years scouring the country for pieces branded with the iconic Coca-Cola name. They opened up a museum to show off their prized collection, but they're ready to move on and have decided to auction 80,000 items piecemeal, beginning in mid-September.
February 24, 2011 |
Catherine Pandur, a Delaware County native, wanted to get out of Libya, but the question was how. The 36-year-old mother of two sons, ages 4 and 6, was living in Libya because her husband is the general manager for Coca-Cola there, her parents said Wednesday night. But as Moammar Gadhafi responded to anti-regime protesters with a brutal crackdown, Pandur knew she needed to leave. "She was afraid," said Mary Pandur, 58, who lives with her husband, Stephen, in Darby Township.