NASCAR Coca Cola 600 2011 starting position is # 4 for Jimmie Johnson

NASCAR Coca Cola 600 2011 - starting positions are set along with some patriotic remembrances ready to go for this Memorial Day race.

The 2011 NASCAR Coca Cola 600 gets underway today, the Coca Cola 600 was formerly called the World 600 and is one of NASCAR's crown jewel events. This 600 mile race is the longest race of the racing season. This race consists of 400 laps around the 1.5 mile Charlotte Motor Speedway, according to NASCAR.com

This year a group of military people will give the command to "start your engines," which is fitting for the Memorial Day Weekend. The green flag will wave at precisely 6:19 pm EST, which is the official start of the race. Everything up until the 6:19 pm time is all pre-race show.

"Hootie and the Blowfish" band's "Hootie" will be singing the national anthem this year. Darius Rucker is "Hootie's" real name and he will sing the anthem after a 21-gun salute followed by a Ft.Bragg bugler playing taps. This is done in remembrance of all the fallen soldiers, which is what Memorial Day is all about.

According to the Bleacher Report, "two out of the last three seasons, the winner of the All-Star race has gone on to win the Coca-Cola 600 and if you’re Carl Edwards, you’re pretty happy about that"

Here is the starting positions of the NASCAR Coca Cola 500 (The car numbers are in the parenthesis)

1.. (2) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 192.089 mph.

2. (43) A J Allmendinger, Ford, 191.693.

3. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 191.686.

4. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 191.367.

5. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 191.245.

6. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 191.069.

7. (00) David Reutimann, Toyota, 190.921.

8. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 190.799.

9. (21) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 190.752.

10. (33) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 190.705.

11. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 190.604.

12. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 190.564.

13. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 190.409.

14. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 190.201.

15. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 190.161.

16. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 190.067.

17. (4) Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 189.893.

18. (83) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 189.867.

19. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 189.86.

20. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 189.767.

21. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 189.44.

22. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 189.414.

23. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 189.321.

24. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 189.288.

25. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 188.937.

26. (22) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 188.844.

27. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 188.653.

28. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 188.416.

29. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 188.16.

30. (34) David Gilliland, Ford, 188.048.

31. (38) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 187.99.

32. (95) David Starr, Ford, 187.944.

33. (66) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 187.682.

34. (46) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 187.513.

35. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 187.201.

36. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 187.169.

37. (13) Casey Mears, Toyota, 186.994.

38. (30) David Stremme, Chevrolet, 186.916.

39. (32) Mike Bliss, Ford, 186.413.

40. (09) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

41. (7) Robby Gordon, Dodge, Owner Points.

42. (36) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, Owner Points.

43. (60) Mike Skinner, Toyota, 186.774.

Failed to Qualify

44. (71) Andy Lally, Ford, 186.651.

45. (50) T.J. Bell, Toyota, 186.567.

46. (77) Scott Wimmer, Dodge, 186.213.

47. (37) Tony Raines, Ford, 184.483.

48. (81) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, 183.73.

Fox TV is televising the NASCAR Coca Cola 600 today. Fox is televising the NASCAR races through May, with one more left after today's race in Charlotte. After that, TNT picks up the NASCAR races.

Weather predicted for the race is good with highs in the upper 80's and plenty of sunshine.

Reference: NASCAR.com, Bleacher Report