CONCORD, N.C. — Several cars in tonight’s Coca-Cola 600 will be painted with patriotic themes to honor the United States and the military on Memorial Day weekend.
Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Juan Pablo Montoya, Bobby Labonte, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have red, white and blue color schemes. Earnhardt (National Guard), Ryan Newman (US Army) and Aric Almirola (US Air Force) will be sporting sponsorships from the military.
LEFT IN THE DARK: Carl Edwards doesn’t know what car he’ll be racing when he gets to the track each weekend.
That’s by design.
Bob Osborne, crew chief of the No. 99 Ford, doesn’t like Edwards knowing what he’ll drive.
“When Bob and I started I would have my favorite cars and there have been times when I’d show up at the race track thinking that we were running a certain car and Bob would have switched the car out and my attitude would change negatively,” Edwards said. “I think he got tired of that, so he quit telling me what cars we were running.”
For weeks Edwards kept asking. Osborne wouldn’t tell him. Now he doesn’t bother with the question anymore.
“There have been a number of times where we run really, really well and the next week I’d say, ‘Boy I really like this car. I’m glad you guys got it turned it around.’ Then (the crew) would say, 'Well that’s a different car,” Edwards said. “So Bob has done a good job of keeping me from having my favorites, and I think that's best for us.”
GORDON HONORED: The North Carolina Department of Transportation dedicated a section of Interstate 85 near Charlotte Motor Speedway to honor the four-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon’s on-track achievement as well as his contributions in the community, including the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation.
Gordon, who has 85 career victories, became the first non-North Carolina native NASCAR driver to have a road named in his honor.
NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty, Junior Johnson and Dale Earnhardt and the late Benny Parsons all have state roads or highways dedicated in their names as North Carolina natives.