The NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series head back to the track today for a rare Thursday afternoon of practice and qualifying in advance of Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (FOX, 5:30 p.m. ET).
NASCAR’s longest race follows on the heels of a wild and confusing Sprint All-Star Race last weekend that was swept by Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski.
With Cup practice running from 2 p.m.-3:25 p.m. and qualifying at 7:15 p.m. (both on FS1) here are five questions we’ll look at on track today:
CAN JIMMIE JOHNSON PICK IT UP? – The six-time Sprint Cup champion leads active drivers with seven victories at Charlotte, which is the home track for his Hendrick Motorsports team. But the No. 48 didn’t show much speed at all in the All-Star Race.
WILL MARTIN TRUEX JR.’S LUCK IMPROVE? – All four Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas have won already this year, and Truex and Furniture Row Racing should have won a couple, too. Truex is at his best on 1.5-mile tracks like Charlotte and this might be the weekend his luck turns from awful to good.