Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Concord, North Carolina this week for one of the nation’s most prestigious motorsports events, the Coca-Cola 600. The Coca-Cola 600 is an opportunity for fans to see great racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The race can be seen on Monday at 3:45 am IST on DSport.
The Coca-Cola 600 has been NASCAR’s longest race since 1960 and returns Monday early morning in the sport’s backyard. The Coca-Cola 600 is a unique race. Charlotte is one of the only tracks where fantasy players get to see the drivers compete on the track before the points race begins.
The only 600-mile event on the NASCAR schedule, this race tests the endurance of both drivers and equipment. The Coca-Cola 600 is a memorable experience each year for fans to enjoy great side-by-side action and salute America’s armed forces.
The length of the Coca-Cola 600 also makes this race unique. It is the longest race of the season and there is plenty of time for drivers to make their way from the back to the front. The 400 laps around Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile track Sunday changes drastically from start to finish. As the sun sets and the track becomes cooler, the more grip on the racetrack a car has but when the green flag drops, the hot track can cause cars to slip and slide.
The race also reminds us that the NASCAR season is a third of the way finished. So far Kyle Larson leads the points standings but Kyle Busch owns the momentum after winning Saturday night’s All-Star Race on the same track.
If he wins on Sunday, Kyle Busch will become the eighth driver to win both the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600: Darrell Waltrip (1985), Davey Allison (1991), Dale Earnhardt (1993), Jeff Gordon (1997), Jimmie Johnson (2003), Kasey Kahne (2008) and Kurt Busch (2010).
Kyle Busch also won Friday’s Truck Series race at Charlotte but won’t be driving in this weekend’s Xfinity Series event as he focuses on NASCAR’s marathon and winning his first official race of the Cup Series season.
Stage lengths for NASCAR at Charlotte
The Coca-Cola 600, which is 400 laps and 600 miles, will be broken into four 100-lap stages.
Saturday’s Xfinity Series Hisense 4K TV 300 (200 laps, 300 miles) will be broken into three stages: Lap 45, Lap 90 and Lap 200.
Source: Sporting News