Almirola Wins Coca-Cola 600 Pole


CONCORD, NC (TheSpread) – Known more for his Nationwide work, Aric Almirola made a name for himself in the Sprint Cup Series by winning the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.

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According to oddsmakers, Almirola still has just 100/1 odds to win Sunday’s race. Jimmie Johnson is still the favorite to win this race with 3/1 odds. Other short odds to win are Kyle Busch (8/1), Greg Biffle (8/1), and Denny Hamlin (8/1).

Johnson is fifth in the point standings. He is 39 points out of first and has one win and five top 5’s this year. Johnson has won six times at this track while his average finish is 11.9. His driver rating at Charlotte is 111.0, which is tops for any driver. Johnson will start third on Sunday.

Busch is ninth in the point standings. He sits 62 points out of first. He has one win and four top 5’s this year. Busch has six top 5’s and nine top 10’s at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His average finish at this track is 16.7, while his driver rating is 106.6, which is second amongst current drivers. Busch qualified in 17th.

Biffle qualified fourth for Sunday’s race. He is the current points leader by two points. He has one win and six top 5’s on the year. Biffle has never won at Charlotte, but he has three top 5’s there. His average finish at the track is 17.8 while his driver rating is 89.2, which ranks sixth in the series.

Hamlin will start eighth on Sunday. Hamlin is fourth in the point standings. He is 17 points out of first. He has two wins and five top 5’s on the year. Hamlin has never won at Charlotte and has just one top 5. His average finish at this track is 16.0 and his driver rating is 87.5, which ranks eighth amongst current drivers.

The Coca-Cola 600 will take place Sunday, May 27 from Charlotte Motor Speedway at 5:30PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Coca-Cola 600 – 2012 Coca-Cola 600 – Charlotte Motor Speedway – Sunday, May 27, 2012

Jimmie Johnson 3/1

Kyle Busch 8/1

Greg Biffle 8/1

Denny Hamlin 8/1

Tony Stewart 10/1

Kevin Harvick 10/1

Kasey Kahne 10/1

Matt Kenseth 12/1

Carl Edwards 12/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 15/1

Jeff Gordon 18/1

Martin Truex Jr 20/1

Brad Keselowski 25/1

Marcos Ambrose 25/1

Mark Martin 30/1

Clint Bowyer 30/1

AJ Allmendinger 40/1

Ryan Newman 40/1

Jamie McMurray 75/1

Joey Logano 75/1

Paul Menard 75/1

Kurt Busch 75/1

Aric Almirola 100/1

Jeff Burton 100/1

Trevor Bayne 100/1

Juan Montoya 100/1

Regan Smith 200/1

David Ragan 300/1

Danica Patrick 300/1

Bobby Labonte 300/1

David Gilliland 300/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 50/1

Qualifying Results

1 Aric Almirola (43)

2 Marcos Ambrose (9)

3 Jimmie Johnson (48)

4 Greg Biffle (16)

5 Clint Bowyer (15)

6 Mark Martin (55)

7 Kasey Kahne (5)

8 Denny Hamlin (11)

9 Paul Menard (27)

10 Regan Smith (78)

11 A J Allmendinger (22)

12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

13 Trevor Bayne (21)

14 Kevin Harvick (29)

15 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

16 Ryan Newman (39)

17 Kyle Busch (18)

18 Landon Cassill (83)

19 Joey Logano (20)

20 Matt Kenseth (17)

21 Tony Stewart (14)

22 Jeff Burton (31)

23 Jeff Gordon (24)

24 Brad Keselowski (2)

25 Casey Mears (13)

26 Bobby Labonte (47)

27 Cole Whitt (74)

28 Carl Edwards (99)

29 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

30 David Ragan (34)

31 Jamie McMurray (1)

32 Michael McDowell (98)

33 Josh Wise (26)

34 Stephen Leicht (33)

35 David Stremme (30)

36 Dave Blaney (36)

37 Travis Kvapil (93)

38 Scott Speed (195)

39 David Gilliland (38)

40 Danica Patrick (10)

41 T.J. Bell (32)

42 Kurt Busch (51)

43 Joe Nemechek (87)

44 Mike Bliss (119) DNQ

45 David Reutimann (173) DNQ

46 J.J. Yeley (249) DNQ

47 Scott Riggs (23) DNQ

2012 Coca-Cola 600 Information

Race Date: Sunday, May 27

Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC

Pre-Race: 5:30PM ET

Green Flag: Approx. 6:16PM ET

TV Coverage: FOX

Radio Coverage: MRN

Track Type: Oval (400 laps)

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