NASCAR Cup Series driver William Byron circles around turn four, in the lead, during the Coca-Cola 600 on Monday, May 29, 2023 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
900 miles? In one day? No problem. Well, maybe. Mother Nature found a way to wreak a lot of havoc at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday and Sunday, and she did it again on Memorial Day Monday. More on that below. Alex Zietlow (of The Charlotte Observer) and Lou Bezjak (of The State) are on hand today to keep you up to date with all the action – and inaction – on the circuit.
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Tower 106: We are green again! A few notes: All three Legacy Motor Club cars are now behind the wall. Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson and Noah Gragson all went to the garage during the stage break. Michael McDowell started Stage 2 first after not objecting to the warning. William Byron quickly regained the lead.
Turn 100: William Byron takes the Stage 1 victory. But he had to hold off Ryan Blaney and a lightning-fast Christopher Bell to do it. Catch the thrilling ending to this first stage below. Everyone earns stage points (in order): Byron, Bell, Blaney, Tyler Reddick, Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Tower 80: We are green again!
Tower 74: A single car spin in turn 2! Jimmy Johnson! Caution is now out. The seven-time champion started last and worked his way up to his low 20s before finding himself flipped over the wall. Car 84 doesn’t seem to have a ton of damage, but it’s now one lap down. The field then settles on pit road. The Top 10 after the pit stop: William Byron, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson, Ty Gibbs, Erik Jones, Ross Chastain, AJ Allmendinger.
Tower 42: Green green green! A reminder, if you haven’t discerned yet: This is long. This is the only Cup race with four stages – 100 laps per stage. The length of the race is good news for Jimmie Johnson, who started last but is now the penultimate car in the lead lap (33rd). Johnson, making his third Cup start in 2023, has won eight times at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Turn 35: Careful competition. Get ready to see the entire pitch record on pit road. Current Top 10: Christopher Bell (who overtook Denny Hamlin for the lead in just 32 laps); Ryan Blaney; Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr.; William Byron; Brad Keselowski; Kyle Busch; Tyler Reddick; Kyle Larson; Chris Buescher. The biggest winner is Ryan Blaney, who jumped from eighth to second place. The biggest loser so far is all of Stewart-Haas Racing. The most important of them: Kevin Harvick started second and in just 35 laps fell to 30th.
Round 13: No practice. No qualifying. Overcast skies and relatively cool temperatures mean this circuit won’t change much throughout the race. Plus we’re running on a Monday? This is indeed a one-of-a-kind Coca-Cola 600 race weekend. Thirteen laps later, poleman William Byron had to give up the lead to Denny Hamlin. Kyle Busch is following these two closely. The guys who rose through the ranks faster than anyone else? Ryan Blaney, who started eighth and is now running fourth, and Tyler Reddick, who started 15th and is running eighth.
Green flag! 3:24 p.m.: Finally…let’s race!
3:11 p.m.: No real update beyond the sky is clear, and it looks like we’re ready to race! A few last administrative announcements: Command is at 3:12 p.m.; the green flag is at 3:23 p.m. The rain stopped about an hour and a half ago, but the Air Titans got to work and the track is dry. Another note: we finally have the chance to see the paint schemes on the pit lane. The one that will likely be the favorite of casual racing fans? Tyler Reddick’s Carolina blue Jumpman logo.
2:07 p.m.: The sun has finally come out of the clouds. Local forecasts and weather look much clearer as the 3 p.m. start of the Coca-Cola 600 approaches. It should also be noted that NASCAR will introduce the drivers from their cars instead of making the typical ceremonial introductions with a stage built . on the straight line.
1:26 p.m.: Wait…why does the Cup race have to happen before its Xfinity Series undercard ends? Two letters might help explain why: TV. FOX was supposed to show the 64th edition of the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night, but that was swept away by the weather. Then FOX found a Monday broadcast window at 3 p.m., and getting the Cup race to run in that window is the network’s top priority. A reminder: The average run time of the Coca-Cola 600 is approximately 4.5 hours. Another long day awaits us!
Here’s an insightful look at WCNC meteorologist Brad Panovich’s forecast:
Another look from FOX reporter Bob Pockrass:
1:11 p.m.: The Alsco Uniforms 300 Xfinity Series has been postponed again and will end after the Coca-Cola 600 is completed, NASCAR announced. The completion of tonight’s Xfinity Series race will be broadcast on FS2, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The Coca-Cola 600 remains scheduled for a 3 p.m. departure and airs on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Sound familiar? It should. The Xfinity race was postponed after rain washed away everything on the track on Saturday.
1:08 p.m.: The Alsco Uniforms 300 Xfinity Series race is delayed by rain. The race started under foggy skies and was delayed once before resuming. After the delay, Ty Gibbs was able to win the first stage. It was then that the rain returned. The best time is supposed to come in the afternoon, but it’s unclear when the Xfinity race will resume – and whether the Coca-Cola 600 will start at the scheduled 3 p.m. time.
How to watch NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600
- Race: Coke 600
- Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway
- Date: Monday, May 29
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Sotck exchange: $9,421,275
- TV: FOX
- Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
- Distance: 600 miles (400 laps)
- Steps: Stage 1 (ends at round 100), stage 2 (ends at round 200), stage 3 (ends at round 300), final stage (ends at round 400)
The starting range of the Coca-Cola 600 2023
|ten||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47|
|15||Tyler Red Dick||45|
|18||Martin Truex Jr.||19|
This story was originally published May 29, 2023 1:14 p.m.