NOTE: This post is a recap of what happened in spring 2016 at Charlotte

Charlotte Top Ten Starters

  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Greg Biffle
  7. Jimmie Johnson
  8. Kevin Harvick
  9. Carl Edwards
  10. Trevor Bayne

Charlotte Pre-race Notes

Tony Stewart started in the rear of the field (Unapproved body modifications).

Matt DiBenedetto started in the rear of the field (Transmission change).

Charlotte Race Notes

Martin Truex Jr. who started on the pole selected the low-line. He led the opening 77 laps until Jimmie Johnson led 2 laps during a pit cycle.

Running order on lap 8: 78,22,11,2,48,4,19,24,16,41 … 17,27,21,18,6,31,47,42,43,13 … 88,1,20,10,15,44,3,5,95,

Around lap 15 Kasey Kahne made an unscheduled pit stop. He had a ball joint issue that caused a flat tire. On lap 19 he was two laps down in 40th.

Running order on lap 21: 78,22,48,11,2,4,18,24,16,41 … 17,27,18,31,21,47,88,6,42,20 … 43,1,15,44,3,14,13,10,7,38 … 95,23,83,34,46,98,30,32,55,5

On lap 25 the competition caution came out.

Notable Moment: During the competition caution Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott were caught speeding on pit road. It dropped both of them back to the mid to high thirties.

Running order on lap 37: 78,11,22,4,48,2,41,18,27,42 … 19,31,17,16,47,88,20,1,44,15 … 14,6,3,21,10,24,7,34,13,43 … 23,38,95,83,46,98,30,55,32

Running order on lap 64: 78,48,11,22,4,2,41,19,88,18 … 42,31,17,27,16,20,21,47,3,1 … 24,44,6,43,14,15,10,34,38,7 … 23,13,83,95,46,98,30,32,5,55

Notable Moment: During pit stops under green on lap 79 Trevor Bayne got a pit penalty. He was running in the low-twenties at the time.

Running order on lap 83: 78,11,48,22,2,4,88,42,19,41 … 17,31,18,16,20,27,3,24,47,1 … 21,44,43,14,15,34,7,10,23,38 … 13,6,83,95,98,46,30,5,55,32

Running order on lap 100: 78,48,11,22,2,42,4,88,19,41 … 17,18,31,16,20

Running order on lap 108: 78,48,11,2,22,42,4,88,19,41 … 17,18,16,31,20,3,24,27,1,47 … 21,43,14,44,15,34,10,7,38,23 … 6,13,83,95,98,46,5,30,32,55

Notable Moment: On lap 114 Brian Scott spun and brought out the caution. He was running 24th at the time, one lap down.

Notable Moment: On lap 122 during a restart David Ragan got a restart penalty.

On lap 126 Denny Hamlin really liked his car. It was at its best in the first half of a run.

Kyle Busch was struggling. He was in 18th on lap 140. His team didn’t unload with a lot of speed and they had trouble finding it.

Running order on lap 140: 78,48,22,42,4,2,41,11,88,20 … 19,16,17,3,31,24,1,18,27,21

Running order on lap 153: 78,48,22,42,2,4,41,11,88,20 … 19,16,3,17,31,24,1,21,18,27 … 14,34,43,47,6,7,10,15,38,23 … 13,44,95,46,98,83,5,30,32,55

Running order on lap 179: 78,22,48,42,2,11,41,19,4,20 … 88,16,3,17,31,24,18,1,21,27 … 47,14,34,43,6,7,15,10,38,83 … 13,44,95,5,46,98,23,30,32,55

Brad Keselowski really liked his car over long runs.

Kyle Larson said he had a great car during pit stops on lap 206. He was running in the top five at the time.

Notable Moment: During pit stops around lap 206 Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart got pit stop penalties. During that round of pit stops Ryan Blaney had a loose wheel and returned to pit road.

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