Three things to watch
1 . Jimmie Johnson has the most wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway of any active driver, yet hasnt claimed a victory in a points race since 2009. Can he change that today?
2. Clint Bowyer won last falls October race at CMS and is still looking for his first win of the 2013 season.
3 . Denny Hamlin starts from the pole. If he finishes in the same position, its game on for his race to make the Chase.
Three picks for your fantasy team:
Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne
Air Titan has cost issue: NASCAR Chairman Brian France said Saturday that NASCARs new Air Titan track drying system is available to every track but admitted there is a cost issue involved that has made it difficult for track owners to incorporate its use.
France said without the Air Titan system at Talladega, Ala., earlier this month, neither the Nationwide nor the Cup race would have been completed on their scheduled days.
My hope is that we will get the cost down, number one, and that every track in risk of having rain will be using the system, France said. It just takes the industry a little time to realize that it really works, all of us to get together and implement it.
Menard says RCR right fit for him: Paul Menard said he believes Richard Childress Racing is the right fit for him and thats why he and sponsor Menards re-signed with RCR on Friday.
Richard is a great guy. Hes there all the time and I feel like we have a really good relationship, Menard said. Weve known each other pretty well over the last 10 years or so, and this being the third year working with him, I enjoy it.
We have good people. Slugger (Labbe, crew chief) is coming back. We have a lot of great guys behind the scenes at RCR that work hard and are smart and they do the right things.
Final practice update: Kasey Kahne was fastest in Saturdays final pre-600 practice session with an average speed at 188.594 mph. Kurt Busch was second fastest and pole-winner Denny Hamlin was third. Kahne was also fastest in Saturdays morning practice session.
Three to the back: During the first Cup practice on Saturday, the engine in Danica Patricks No. 10 Chevrolet blew up. In the second session, both Jeff Burton and Trevor Bayne lost engines. All three drivers will have to start Sundays 600 race from the rear of the field.