It’s only fitting that a marathon day of watching racing ends with NASCAR’s version of a marathon race. The Monster Energy Cup Series returns to action Saturday night following a week off for the All-Star Race as the green flag drops at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600.
The race is the 13th of the season for points and the longest on the entire circuit. The grueling race consists of 400 laps around the 1.5-mile track. Tires and temperature will likely play a big factor in the race as the grip may be a little loose during the first stage on the hot track, but as the sun sets and temperature falls, drivers should start to feel a little better control.
Kyle Busch will go off as the favorite thanks to a long history of success at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch is the defending Coca-Cola 600 winner and finished as runner-up in 2017. He has 16 combined wins at the track across the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Busch will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing finish at Kansas in which he finished outside of the top 10 for the first time all season.
Kevin Harvick could provide some heavy competition as he looks for his first win of the season. He dominated the majority of the race at Kansas two weeks ago and had the fastest average green-flag speed at the All-Star Race on this very track last weekend. Harvick is a two-time winner of the Coca-Cola 600 and has at least third in five of his last 10 appearances at Charlotte Motor Speedway overall.
Jimmie Johnson is still trying to break a two-year winless streak, but if there’s a track where he’s likely to do so, it’s at Charlotte. Johnson has won the Coca-Cola 600 four times, which is the second most in history, and has finished eighth or better in five of his last six appearances at the track. Despite his absence from victory lane this season, Johnson has finished top-10 in four of the last nine races.
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NASCAR at Charlotte: Live updates, highlights from Coca-Cola 600
The green flag is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET. Live race updates will begin at that time.
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