Complete news and notes about all 43 drivers and their Coca-Cola 600 results RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid after Charlotte 1. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Sticky feet didn't slow down Edwards, who stretched his fuel window to claim his first Charlotte 600 victory while pretty much locking up a spot in the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . " NASCAR.com goes 1-on-1 with Edwards in Victory Lane 2. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle turned in his best showing of the year, starting fourth and earning runner-up honors in the season's longest race. " Biffle reflects on runner-up finish 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native overcame an early-race pit miscue to resume running in the top 10 by Lap 100 and earn his seventh top-five of the year. He now ranks fourth in the points. " Dale Jr. looks at top-five finish at Charlotte 4. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The pole winner closed 12 spots in the final 40 laps after making an unscheduled pit stop with less than 100 laps to go for a loose wheel. " Kenseth talks about late gamble 5. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . Before a late-race fuel gamble didn't work out, Truex led a race-high 131 laps and radioed to his team, "I'm feeling like Superman for a few laps anyway." " Truex: 'It hurts to come home fifth' 6. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman earned the beneficiary of the free pass during the final caution period and closed 11 places in the final 40 laps. 7. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . New father Keselowski told his team early that his "ride quality is on par with Kentucky." He won at Kentucky last year, but had to settle for a top 10 (his eighth of the season) due to the fuel mileage game. " To hear more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView Premium today 8. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin, winner of the recent Sprint All-Star race, was pacing the 600 field with a migraine when a loose wheel prompted an unscheduled pit stop with 38 laps to go. " Hamlin visits media center after trip to infield care center 9. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick recorded his 11th top-10 result in 12 appearances this season to extend his grip on the points lead 10. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch lined up 14th and posted the fastest lap of the race on Lap 143 (188.153 mph), which was one of the 118 laps he led on Sunday. 11. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . In his first points race since the Daytona crash, Busch reassured his team he could run the full 600 miles. "Tell Erik (Jones, replacement driver) I feel good," Busch radioed his team. "10-4," crew chief Adam Stevens responded. "His bedtime's in about 20 minutes anyhow." " Busch passes big test at Charlotte 12. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne was tagged near the halfway point for speeding on pit road, but rallied to earn the beneficiary of the free pass and run inside the top 10 with 50 laps to go. 13. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . The birthday boy shook off debris in the first 24 laps to lead twice for 17 circuits on Sunday. 14. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard quietly toured Charlotte’s 1.5-mile oval en route to his eighth top-15 result of the season. 15. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . After pacing the field to green in the Indy 500, Gordon lined up 18th in his Coca-Cola 600 finale and had a decent run until a loose wheel impacted his day. " Gordon leads Indy field to green 16. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon drove a new chassis to his best 1.5-mile result of the season. 17. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola earned the beneficiary of the free pass on the Lap 230 caution and found himself in position again for the free pass in the closing laps. 18. Chase Elliott , No. 25 Chevrolet. Hendrick Motorsports . Elliott, in his third Cup outing and first at a 1.5-miler, qualified 28th and mostly ran inside the top 25, despite dealing with a radio communication issue during the race. 19. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The two-time Charlotte winner had a ho hum day, running middle of the pack in his 26th appearance at the 1.5-mile track. 20. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Bowyer's frustration sparked a late-race decision to gamble on fuel mileage. "Might as well (gamble)," Bowyer radioed crew chief Brian Pattie. "Nothing to lose." " To hear more in-car audio, sign up for RaceView Premium today 21. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart was running a lap down when he got into the back of Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., who slid up the track ahead of him on Lap 302. 22. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Patrick had to make two pit stops during the third caution flag after receiving damage from a dust-up with Clint Bowyer and Chase Elliott on pit road. 23. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears battled a lack of air conditioning and tried to stay cool during the season's longest race by taking ice bags during pit stops. 24. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish couldn't climb back from an early handling issue although he later ran lap times comparable to those inside the top 15. 25. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Larson qualified ninth, marking his first top-10 start at Charlotte, and ran as high as eighth before quietly fading. 26. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Encouraged early by crew chief Tommy Baldwin Jr. not to overdrive it, Bowman went on to post his best intermediate track finish of the year. 27. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne's tough night was further impacted when he hit the wall on Lap 230 to bring out the fourth caution flag and halt 89 laps of green-flag racing. 28. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt liked his car during practice and ultimately turned in his best 2015 result on a 1.5-mile track. 29. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger required an unscheduled pit stop around Lap 160 when a hot dog wrapper stuck to his grille and raised temps. 30. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Ford, Leavine Family Racing . McDowell spent the night looking for speed as he worked with his team on the handling of the No. 95 Ford. 31. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Spotter Tony Raines told Moffitt his car was faster than those ahead of him, but grip was a persistent problem. 32. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett, who dealt with a tight-handling condition early on Sunday, spun on the backstretch on Lap 328 to bring out the caution flag. 33. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Gilliland, who honored The Unknown Soldier with his car, led Lap 28 after choosing not to pit during the competition caution. 34. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . DiBenedetto, making his third 1.5-mile start and his first at Charlotte, complained early of a loose-handling condition. 35. Josh Wise , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Wise lined up 38th and got behind early, but still held on to post his best Charlotte result in his last four outings at the 1.5-mile track. 36. Alex Kennedy , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport. Making his Charlotte debut, Kennedy improved upon his earlier intermediate result this season at Texas Motor Speedway . 37. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse cracked the top 10 with 70 laps to go, but watched his second top-10 of the season slip through his fingers after he hit the wall eight laps later 38. J.J. Yeley, No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley was mired in traffic after being penalized during the competition caution when a crew member went over the wall too early. 3 9. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill followed the race on Sunday by physically running 14 miles to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in support of the Folds of Honor Foundation. " Cassill completes unique Memorial Day weekend double 40. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson spun on Lap 90 and saved his car in a move reminiscent of Kansas Speedway , where he was victorious. But he wasn't able to save it a second time after he spun on Lap 274 and collided with the inside pit wall. " Second spin crunches Johnson's No. 48 41. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . In the final third of the race, Ragan cited his water temperatures were fluctuating and ultimately was sidelined by an engine issue. 42. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . Blaney cracked the top 11 on Sunday, but his strong run was halted on Lap 282 when his engine blew up. 43. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier, in his third Charlotte start, retreated to the garage after getting into the wall between Turns 3 and 4 on Lap 136. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
BK Racing co-owner believes move still likely to happen A representative for Front Row Motorsports denied rumors that Cole Whitt would join the team in 2015, saying that social media and reports about a potential move were untrue. But a team co-owner with close ties to Whitt said the transition is all but certain. A Tuesday night tweet from Anthony Marlowe, co-owner of BK Racing, seemed to indicate that Whitt had left his team to join Front Row. Via Twitter, Marlowe congratulated Whitt on securing a ride in the No. 34 Ford, which has been driven the past three seasons by David Ragan . @colewhitt congrats on landing the #34 ride @frontrownascar !! Happy Thanksgiving! See you at the track :) — Anthony Marlowe (@AnthonyMarlowe) November 26, 2014 Wednesday morning, Front Row Motorsports reps said that reports that Whitt was shifting to the Statesville, North Carolina,-based team were "not true." Reached Wednesday afternoon, Marlowe said such a move might still become reality. "I think Cole is a very talented driver. I don't think Front Row Motorsports has much of a choice but to say what they've said or respond the way they've responded pursuant to certain agreements. Cole is still under contract with BK Racing," Marlowe said from his Iowa home. "Am I 100 percent certain he's going there? No. If you would've asked me a few months ago if I would be surprised, I would say absolutely yes. If you'd have asked me a few weeks ago if I was surprised, I'd say no, probably not." Marlowe confirmed that Whitt had informed the BK team that he didn't intend to exercise a contract renewal for next season. "Maybe I've made a mistake in (that) he's going to the 34," Marlowe said of Whitt , "but I'm like 98 percent certain he's going to Front Row Motorsports, and if not, the bellwether on garage rumors and Gmail is [that] my pulse is off on that. I think 99 out of 100 times, those rumors tend to be true and an overwhelming amount of people, including your colleague team owners, are kind of unofficially confirming it." Whitt , 23, recently completed his first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, finishing 31st in the overall standings as a Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate. He began the year with Swan Racing, which was sold and merged with the BK Racing team in the spring. BK fielded entries for Whitt's No. 26, plus full-time entries for the No. 23 and 83 cars. Ragan, 28, brought Front Row and car owner Bob Jenkins their only victory in NASCAR's premier series at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2013. Ragan struggled last season, though, winding up tied for 32nd in the final standings, a single point behind Whitt . He recorded his lone top-10 finish of the season at Martinsville Speedway in the fall with a paint scheme honoring 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott. Jenkins also fields the full-time No. 38 entry driven by David Gilliland . MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Cole Whitt hits the tire barrier in Turn 1 at Watkins Glen to bring out the first caution flag of the day.
Brian Scott gets loose coming off Turn 2 and trips up the No. 88 of Cole Whitt .
After Cole Whitt and Danica Patrick get together, Timmy Hill runs in to Matt Kenseth's rear bumper in the aftermath at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Cole Whitt makes contact with Juan Pablo Montoya and spins as the rain starts again at Chicagoland Speedway.
Alex Bowman and Cole Whitt express their excitement for making the Daytona 500, while a frustrated Parker Kligerman must wait to see if the No. 30 can make the race.
More trouble for Cole Whitt as he brings out the caution for the second time in the Geico 400.
Chaos in Turn 4 collects Danica Patrick, Cole Whitt , and others.
News and notes for the entire 43-car field from the SpongeBob SquarePants 400 RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid 1. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Johnson rallied from a rocky start and took the lead with 10 laps to go after opting not to pit when the final caution flag waved. Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with three wins and remains third in the points. " Watch: 'Six-Time' holds off Harvick 2. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Despite a loose handling car, Harvick led 53 laps at Kansas to eclipse the 1,000-laps led mark this season and maintain the points lead 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Junior capitalized on the beneficiary rule during the third caution period and spent the remainder of the race running in the top 15. " Watch: Junior discusses incident with Hamlin 4. Jeff Gordon , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Gordon posted his second top-five result of the season despite struggling with a lack of rear grip throughout the race. 5. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . The polesitter was only temporarily stalled by two pit road penalties and recorded a race-high 147 green-flag passes en route to his sixth top five of the season. 6. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth picked up a bonus point after leading Lap 81 during green-flag stops. He later spun on the backstretch on Lap 130, but recovered for a top 10. " Watch: Kenseth's spin collects 'Smoke' 7. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . An early vibration was a distant memory by the end of the race for Keselowski, who posted the fastest lap of the race on Lap 136 (189.237 mph). 8. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Busch consistently reported a loose handling condition, but held on to lead 20 laps and continue his ascent in the points. He now ranks 14th. 9. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row Racing . The team's late-race pit strategy backfired on Truex, who led a race-high 95 laps before opting to make a fuel stop under caution with 10 laps to go. Truex remains second in the points and has 10 " Related: Truex thinks better things still to come 10. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . A chassis change under caution on Lap 126 might have taken a little extra time, but it was just what Newman needed as he rallied from 25th to earn his seventh top 10 of the year. 11. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Almirola just missed his first top-10 result of the year and picked up a spot to now rank 11th in the points, matching his Kansas finish. 12. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle told his crew he needed more rear grip, so with 70 laps to go the team made big chassis adjustments, pulling shim and rear wedge during a stop under caution. 13. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . A native of nearby Joplin, Missouri, McMurray spent the first half of the race running inside the top 10 before a loose handling condition emerged. 14. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . Allmendinger, who recently inked a five-year extension with JTG Daughtery, made an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 148 after an engine tear-off sheet adhered itself to his car's grille, prompting overheating. " Related: AJ signs new deal with JTG 15. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing . During the last 11 laps, Larson dropped from fifth as the handling on his No. 42 Chevrolet swung from loose to tight. 16. Sam Hornish Jr ., No. 9 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . Hornish continually improved his car's ability to get into the turns thanks to slight tweaks made with the driver-adjustable track bar, netting a top-20 finish in the first race under new crew chief Kevin Manion. 17. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . The outside polesitter reported a vibration while running 12th on Lap 161, and that issue persisted into the closing stages of the race. 18. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard spent the majority of the race running inside the top 15 before a tire violation during his final stop sent the car to the rear of the field. 19. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . Mears lauded his pit crew for its performance as he rallied from a set of bad tires to score his best Kansas result in six years. 20. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The Columbia, Missouri, native was leading the field with 90 laps to go, but roughly 50 laps later had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a vibration. 21. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . The Emporia, Kansas, native was running middle of the pack when he spun to bring out the sixth caution flag of the night. 22. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Dillon pitted for fuel on Lap 255 just as the final caution flag waved, and was put one lap down with 11 laps to go. 23. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Annett rebounded from a starting spot of 43rd to earn his best finish this year on a 1.5-mile track. 24. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse, who made contact with a spinning Clint Bowyer on Lap 185, later hit the wall himself to bring out the ninth caution flag. 25. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . Coming off his best finish of the year (18th at Talladega), DiBenedetto scored his best 1.5-mile result thanks to being the beneficiary at a mid-race caution. 26. Ty Dillon , No. 33 Chevrolet, Circle Sport . Making his Kansas debut and his first start on a true 1.5-mile oval in the Sprint Cup Series, Dillon qualified 32nd before posting his best finish of the year. 27. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Wholesale changes to the No. 10 Chevy during a Lap 121 pit stop helped Patrick break even at Kansas. 28. Josh Wise , No. 98 Ford, Phil Parsons Racing. Wise managed his second-best Kansas finish even though he was rear-ended on Lap 120 when he slowed to avoid a wrecking competitor. 29. Landon Cassill , No. 40 Chevrolet, Hillman Smith Motorsports. Cassill recorded his best 1.5-mile showing of the season after rolling off the grid 41st. 30. Justin Allgaier , No. 51 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Allgaier turned in the best Kansas effort of his career despite serving a pit road penalty with 58 laps to go. 31. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne sustained damage to his Ford's nose after making contact with a competitor during the Lap 201 restart. 32. David Gilliland , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Gilliland was among a handful of drivers to make a green-flag stop with 17 laps left when it appeared the race would be decided by fuel-mileage. 33. David Ragan , No. 55 Toyota, Michael Waltrip Racing . Recently named the No. 55 replacement driver for the remainder of the season, Ragan spun to a stop in the soggy infield on Lap 120 after contact. 34. Brett Moffitt , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . The MWR developmental driver sustained front-end damage after making contact with a slowing Tony Stewart on Lap 130. 35. Cole Whitt , No. 35 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Whitt , in his fourth Kansas start, made hard contact with the wall on Lap 120. 36. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Ford, Leavine Family Racing . McDowell nearly matched his best Kansas finish despite an early pit road speeding penalty. 37. J.J. Yeley , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Yeley spun off Turn 4 within seconds of teammate Jeb Burton on Lap 8 thanks to a loose handling condition. 38. Joey Gase , No. 32 Ford, Go FAS Racing. Gase improved upon his 42nd starting spot in his second Kansas appearance and his first 1.5-mile outing of the season. 39. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Stewart had just returned to the lead lap, when he got into the wall and was rear-ended after Matt Kenseth 's spin jammed up the field. 40. Erik Jones , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The NASCAR Next alum ran as high as sixth in his first official Cup start, but had his night cut short when he just lost the car coming off the corner on Lap 196. " Watch: Jones wrecks after losing control 41. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin limped to pit road after he blew a tire and ran into the Turn 1 wall on Lap 208. " Related: Hamlin not happy with NASCAR decision 42. Jeb Burton , No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing . Burton spun twice in the first 100 laps to bring out two caution flags, but he saved his car both times. 43. Alex Bowman , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Bowman was running 30th when he radioed an ignition issue to his team on Lap 18 and reported to pit road. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule