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CONCORD - Here it is, the highly anticipated Charlotte Motor Speedway version of Parker's Points! Today CMS Communications Director and former South Rowan Raider Football Flash Adrian Parker gives us a rare behind the scenes look at the madness and mayhem that was Race Week at CMS. Enjoy!
DW: Charlotte Motor Speedway was the place this week! Kasey Kahne showing his old form rocketed to the front and claimed victory in the Coca Cola 600 winning racing's longest race in the shortest amount of time. Was Kahne a surprise? And just how hot is Hendrick Motorsports right now?
Was Kasey Kahne a surprise winner Sunday? No. Despite his struggles early in the year with Hendrick Motorsports, Kahne has always been fast at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In fact, he’s racked up more Cup victories at CMS than any other track on the circuit—five total when you include his 2008 Sprint All-Star Race victory.
Sunday was Kahne’s third career victory in the Coca-Cola 600, tying him with six other drivers for second-place in the all-time 600 win list. He now trails only NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Darrell Waltrip, who scored five victories in NASCAR’s longest event.
How hot is Hendrick Motorsports? Apparently they got mad after you kept asking when win No. 200 was going to come. They got so mad, in fact, that they’ve reeled off three straight wins, two with Jimmie Johnson, including the Sprint All-Star Race, then Kahne’s Coca-Cola 600 triumph. That stable has a ton of talent, top to bottom, and it’s quite possible they could keep rolling at Dover considering Johnson’s history at the Monster Mile.
DW: Give us a little insider talk here. From your point of view, how did everything go over the weekend? It has to be a big job to put on the events and manage the logistics for more than 200,000 fans over a couple of days.
Producing the 10 greatest days in racing is a massive effort, one that began even before the checkered flag fell on the 2011 Coca-Cola 600. More than 140 full-time CMS employees, thousands of event-time temporary employees and thousands more in the industry spend countless man hours to produce all of the events that take place around the biggest back-to-back weekends in NASCAR, right here in the greater Charlotte area.
I feel very fortunate to work with some of the best professionals in all of sports that make these past two weeks memorable ones for the hundreds of thousands of fans that make the pilgrimage to the Mecca of Motorsports.
DW: Okay, moving on...Dover is coming up. Do we look for another Hendrick car in Victory Lane?
Yes. Johnson could definitely win again. He has a terrific history at Dover. But, don’t be surprised if one of the Roush Fenway fleet breaks Hendrick Motorsports’ win streak. All three RFR cars are very good at Bristol. If you’re looking for a dark horse, try Jamie McMurray.
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