Carl Edwards, who had the slowest car most of the race among his three Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, played a fuel-mileage gamble to become the improbable winner of Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Second Harvest Food Bank is launching the public phase of an $8 million fundraising campaign that will allow it to double its warehouse space and increase its ability to feed the hungry in the Charlotte region.
The coming week: Piano player Ethan Uslan, Dr. John returns with the Nite Trippers, “Seven Guitars” play opens and so does the “Guitar” exhibit at Discovery place. “San Andreas” opens Friday and country music star Brad Paisley performs Sunday.
James Doyle McDuffie, a Charlotte City Council member in the early 1970s who became a five-term state senator, died Thursday at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center of complications from a stroke. He was 85.
Instead of pushing the pedal to the floor, he eased it as far as it needed to go. He won by conserving fuel, and when his competitors drove into the pits for gas, Edwards continued to cruise around down the straightaways and around the turns.
Richard Petty didn’t win any of the first 13 600-mile races he entered at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but in 1975, he won. His memories of that day might be muddled, but the goal hasn’t changed, even today.