Charlotte: Petty Enterprises qualifying report

Kyle Busch will lead the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to the green flag in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. Kasey Kahne, winner of Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race, will start alongside and will look to sweep the two events...

Kyle Busch will lead the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to the green flag in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. Kasey Kahne, winner of Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race, will start alongside and will look to sweep the two events at the Concord, N.C. track.

The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest race of the year for the Sprint Cup Series. The annual Memorial Day weekend event is made up of 400 laps. This will be the first time that the new chassis has been used for the Coca-Cola 600, which is considered one of the crown-jewel races of the Sprint Cup Series.

Bobby Labonte and the No. 43 Cheerios Racing/Trix, Lucky and Friends Dodge team will start from the 23rd position for Sunday's event, after posting a lap of 29.476 seconds. Labonte picked up his first career Cup win in the 1995 Coca-Cola 600. It has been one of his best tracks throughout his career, as he has picked up 12 top-five and 17 top-ten finishes to go along with his two career wins there.

"I've always enjoyed coming to Charlotte and competing in the Coca-Cola 600," said Labonte. "It's a race that every driver wants to win just once in their career. We've got a pretty fast Cheerios Racing Dodge and if you give Jeff Meendering 600 miles to wrench on a car, he'll make it faster."

Kyle Petty and the No. 45 Coca-Cola Dodge crew will start the Coca-Cola 600 from the 36th position after running a lap of 29.717 seconds. Petty is also a former winner of this race, as he took the checkered flag in the 1987 version. Petty is running a special paint scheme to commemorate the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

"If feels good to qualify the Coca-Cola Dodge into the Coca-Cola 600," sounded Petty. "When your sponsor is also the sponsor of the race, there's a little more pressure. But Stewart Cooper and the rest of these guys worked hard on this car after practice. We've got a lot more time on Saturday to get 'dialed in' for Sunday."

Sunday's race will be televised live on FOX. It will be broadcast live on the Performance Radio Network and Sirius Channel 128. Pre-race coverage is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

- credit: pe

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Kyle Petty , Kasey Kahne , Kyle Busch