David Ragan cites the Coca-Cola 600 right up there with the rest of NASCAR's historic races: the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and the Southern 500.
Only the 600-miler is an even greater test of the endurance of both the driver and the car. "Half-way into the Coca-Cola 600, you're 300 miles in. And in a typical race you don't have much longer to go. In fact, that's about the standard distance of a Nationwide race. But in the 600, they tell you you're just half-way and you've got to do 300 miles all over again. So, it is a long night."-Breaking Limits
Josh Wise will run his first Coca-Cola 600 this Memorial Day weekend and has been preparing both physically and mentally.
Wise is a triathlete, with both Half Iron Man and Full Iron Man competitions on his schedule this year. He says his physical conditioning has him ready to run the extra mileage in Sunday night's Cup race. He's preparing mentally with racing simulators, video and a little help from his teammates.-Breaking Limits
The annual Coca-Cola 600 is one of David Gilliland's favorite races; it's also among the most challenging.
Gilliland has 13 career starts at the 1.5-mile oval. His best finish came last fall when he finished 23rd at the October Sprint Cup event. He says adjustability is the key to making it through Sunday night's 600-mile event - being ready to adapt the car to the changing conditions over the course of the night. Gilliland also points to the importance of not losing focus and making mistakes during the extra 100 miles of the marathon race.-Breaking Limits
Timmy Hill, the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year, has five previous NASCAR starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway as well as a start last weekend in the Sprint Showdown.
Said Hill: "Charlotte is one of the few tracks that I have already had Sprint Cup experience at along with it being my favorite 1.5-mile track. My debut with FAS Lane Racing came in the fall race at Charlotte last year. This will be my first 600 mile race so patience and focus will be keys for me throughout the night."-Integrity Sports Marketing
The Coca-Cola 600 will mark Kyle Busch's 19th points-paying Sprint Cup start at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
He has eight top-fives, 11 top-10s, and has led a total of 793 laps in the 18 Cup starts at Charlotte. His average Charlotte finish is 15.3. Busch will look to add to his impressive list of "doubles" this weekend at Charlotte as he has captured both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races on the same weekend eight times ' twice this season. Both of Busch's Sprint Cup wins this season ' Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. in March and Texas in April ' were preceded by a Nationwide Series win the day before. Busch is competing in both series again this weekend at Charlotte.-True Speed Communication
Charlotte Motor Speedway will see a familiar face Saturday for the History 300, as Kenny Wallace climbs back behind the wheel of the No. 29 RAB Racing ToyotaCare Camry.
Wallace has notched seven laps led, seven top-10, and 20 top-20 finishes in a span of 22 years racing at Charlotte. He will pilot RAB Racing chassis No. 40 in Saturday's NNS race. This chassis last saw action at Richmond in April, when Alex Bowman piloted this Toyota Camry to a 27th-place finish.-RAB Racing
This Saturday Trevor Bayne will try to improve on his third-place finish during last fall's NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS).
Bayne is the strongest NNS passer at CMS, averaging 40.7 Quality Passes during a race (passing a car running in the top15 while under green). Chassis RK-763 last ran at Auto Club Speedway in March. The car spent much of the night in the top five before finishing ninth and recording one of Bayne's three top-10 finishes this season. This is the first of three races that the No. 6 Ford Mustang will feature new partner Pillow Pets.-Roush Fenway Racing