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Police identify driver who struck pedestrians at Martinsville Speedway

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Virginia State Police identified the driver who struck several pedestrians in the parking lot at Martinsville Speedway as 65-year-old Gary T. Edem of Fairfax, Virginia.

He was taken into custody after the incident, which sent nearly 20 people to local hospitals, and charged with one count of reckless driving, a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia. A magistrate set an unsecured bond at $7,500. The maximum punishment for the charge is 12 months jail and a $2,500 fine.

Virginia State Police has stated that alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident.

The incident occurred in the handicapped parking area outside of Turn 2 of the speedway about an hour after Jimmie Johnson won Sunday’s race. The parking lot was congested with vehicles and pedestrians when a 2005 Chevrolet SSR convertible attempted to pass a Jeep Liberty. The Chevrolet struck the Jeep and then struck several nearby pedestrians. 

Neither the driver nor the passenger in the Jeep was injured in the crash. The driver was a 73-year-old male from Joplin, Missouri, and the passenger was a 36-year-old male from Bentonville, Arkansas.

Twelve people were transported to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, Virginia. Ten were released, one was admitted overnight in stable condition and one was transferred to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia. All were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The youngest person taken to a hospital was 12 years old.

Those transported there were:

48-year-old female from Troutman, N.C.

65-year-old male from Plainville, Ga.

49-year-old female from Danville, Va.

34-year-old female from Henry, Va.

43-year-old male from Greensboro, N.C.

34-year-old female from Greensboro, N.C.

60-year-old male from Xenia, Ohio

61-year-old female from Xenia, Ohio

45-year-old male from Dalton, Ga.

12-year-old male from Danville, Va.

51-year-old male from Greensboro, N.C.

53-year-old female from Reidsville, N.C.

Five people were transported to Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, North Carolina, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. State police has only been able to confirm through the hospital two of the identities those individuals: a 40-year-old female and her 15-year-old daughter. Both are from Ararat, Virginia.

The remaining five individuals were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The investigation by the Virginia State Police continues and additional charges are pending in consultation with Henry County Commonwealth Attorney Andrew Nester.

Kyle Larson fastest in final practice for Coca-Cola 600

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CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Larson topped the final practice session for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 with a speed at 186.400 mph.

The Cup points leader, Larson will start 39th in the race because his No. 42 Chevrolet didn’t clear inspection in time to qualify.

Ryan Blaney (185.861), Matt Kenseth (185.046), Kurt Busch (184.856) and Erik Jones (184.818) rounded out the top five.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was seventh fastest at 184.433 mph. Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was 20th fastest at 182.648 mph.

Jimmie Johnson recorded the most laps in the session with 47.

Jamie McMurray had the best 10-lap average at 180.914 mph.

The session was stopped for a caution once after Brad Keselowski spun exiting Turn 4.

Click here for the full practice report.

Justin Allgaier wins pole for Charlotte Xfinity race

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CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With a speed at 182.488 mph, Allgaier earned his fifth Xfinity pole and his first since the March 2013 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Allgaier is joined on the front row by Austin Dillon (181.519).

The top five was completed by Ryan Blaney (181.378), Daniel Hemric (181.324) and Kevin Harvick (181.245).

Christopher Bell will start seventh in his first Xfinity race.

Brad Keselowski and Dakoda Armstrong will start from the rear after not passing inspection in time to qualify.

Click here for full qualifying results.

Ryan Blaney leads second Coke 600 practice

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CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney posted the top speed in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600.

Blaney’s No. 21 Ford produced a speed of 188.055 mph Saturday morning around Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The top five was filled out by Erik Jones (187.598 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (187.084), Daniel Suarez (186.838) and Trevor Bayne (186.239).

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was ninth fastest at 185.567 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th quickest at 185.141 mph.

Kyle Busch recorded the most laps in the session with 48.

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Eight teams lose 15 minutes of Coke 600 practice for failing pre-qualifying inspection

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CONCORD, N.C. — Eight Cup teams were held 15 minutes during Coca-Cola 600 practice today for failing pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday

Drivers include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie and Chris Buescher.

Buescher’s team also loses pit selection for Sunday’s race because it failed inspection three times.

Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes after neither qualified Thuraday because their cars didn’t clear inspection in time.