Coca-Cola 600

26 May 2024
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About Coca-Cola 600

Coca-Cola 600
The NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 is underway in 2023. [Credits: Getty Images]


The Coca-Cola 600 is one of the biggest events on the NASCAR calendar. The race is an extreme combination of speed and duration taking drivers to their limits. It is a part of the prestigious “Crown Jewel” races of NASCAR and the only race that runs for 600 miles and has four stages.


The Coca-Cola 600 is an event every NASCAR driver wishes to conquer. The event is a test of their will-power and stamina as it extends more than any other race in NASCAR. The Coca-Cola 600 is as beautiful as it is tiring however, the 600-mile spectacle of a race transitions vividly from afternoon to dusk. The transition is difficult for the drivers and a moment of pleasure for the audience.


The Coca-Cola 600 will be the end of NASCAR's May schedule. It will be preceded by the NASCAR All Star Races which are an opportunity for the drivers to showcase their talent at the North Wilkesboro Speedway.


These races will remain a s feature races and won’t award any championship or playoffs points to the drivers. The Coca-Cola 600 has been a premier event in NASCAR attracting one of the largest crowds in motorsports.


It will be held during the same weekend as the IndyCar Indy 500 and the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, giving it more importance on an international level for NASCAR.


Coca-Cola 600 History

Unlike many other races on the NASCAR calendar, the Coca-Cola 600 has remained a 600 mile race throughout its history, never once changing its duration. It started off as the World 600 event, a race NASCAR introduced on the Memorial Day weekend to compete with the Indianapolis 500.


The races never went head to head until 1974 and were held on different days usually. This led to many drivers attempting to run both races, this continued even after the races were scheduled on Sunday although to a lesser degree.


Ryan Blaney celebrates his victory at the Coca-Cola 600.
Ryan Blaney celebrates his victory at the Coca-Cola 600. [Credits: Getty Images]


Coca-Cola 600 2024 Schedule

The Coca-Cola 600 will be held on the Memorial Day weekend from Friday 24th May to Sunday 26th May. It will be a 600 mile race divided over four stages. The stages will be divided into 100 laps each for a total of 400 laps during the race. The race is scheduled to be held from 6:00 PM, Eastern Time on Sunday, 26th May. The Qualifying sessions for the race will be held on Saturday, 25th May from 5:50 PM Eastern Time.


Coca-Cola 600 2024 Venue

The Coca-Cola 600 will be held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, United States. The track has a history of over the top incidents even before it started hosting races. Iconically, the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s construction could be completed only when the track’s sponsor Turner threatened the paving subcontractor with a shotgun.


The track is a 1.5 mile Speedway and it features a banking of 24 degrees during the turns. Parabolic reflectors are installed to prevent the drivers from facing glare as the track goes through its transition into the dusk. The record for the fastest lap at the Speedway is held by Jimmie Johnson who set a time of 0:28.598 in his Chevrolet SS during the 2017 Coca-Cola 600.


Coca-Cola 600 2024 Drivers Standings

Kyle Larson leads the drivers standings for the eve of the Coca-Cola 600. There have been many changes to the Top-15 drivers ever since Brad Keselowski’s first victory in 2024. Kyle Larson has managed to win seven stages in the 2024 Cup Series season putting himself far ahead of the drivers. Here are the driver’s standings for the race:


StandingsDriverPoints
1.Kyle Larson486
2.Martin Truex Jr.456
3.Denny Hamlin447
4.Chase Elliot437
5.William Byron400
6.Tyler Reddick396
7.TY Gibbs390
8.Ryan Blaney371
9.Alex Bowman365
10.Ross Chastain358


Drivers with most wins in the Coca-Cola 600

The Coca-Cola 600 is a race which requires the most amount of commitment from the driver. Darrell Waltrip is the ultimate victor in the event with a tally of five victories. He is followed by Jimmie Johnson who has four victories in the Coca-Cola 600. Hendrick Motorsports have established their dominance at the track like the other events, with 12 wins throughout the history. Chevy is the most successful manufacturer at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, their cars have won the race 25 times with different drivers.


Darrell Waltrip, the winningest driver at the Coca-Cola 600
Darrell Waltrip, the winningest driver at the Coca-Cola 600. [Credits: Getty Images]


Where to watch the Coca-Cola 600 2024?

NASCAR’s official site regulates that the broadcast of the race will be handled by FOX. The radio coverage on the other hand will be handed over to PRN and SiriusXM.


Coca-Cola 600 2024 start times in different Time Zones

Greenwich Mean TimeIndian Standard TimePacific Standard TimeJapanese Time
QualifyingSaturday, 9:50 PMSunday 3:20 AMSaturday, 5:50 PMSunday, 6:50 AM
RaceSunday, 10:00 PMMonday, 3:30 AMSunday, 3:00 PMMonday, 7:00 AM


FAQ's on Coca-Cola 600

A. The Coca-Cola 600 lasts around four hours usually.

A. The Coca-Cola 600 was won by Ryan Blaney in the 2023 Cup Series.

A. Yes, the Coca-Cola 600 is the longest race in the NASCAR Cup Series.

A. The Coca-Cola 600 race is named after its sponsors, Coca-Cola and the race goes on for 600 miles in total.

A. The Coca-Cola 600’s track, the Charlotte Motor Speedway,  is 1.5 miles in length.

Last Modified May 26, 2024 09:28 GMT
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