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NASCAR Coca-Cola 600: Top moments from Charlotte Motor Speedway

Exclude NASCAR Cup Series‘May schedule is the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday in Concord, North Carolina.

The Cup Series is staging its longest – and one of the toughest – races of the season to a packed house this Memorial Day weekend.

Here are the top moments from Charlotte Motor Speedway:

Green!

Denny Hamlin led Sunday’s starting lineup, followed by Kurt Busch, Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, William Byron, Austin Cindric, Bubba Wallace, Tyler Reddick, Alex Bowman and Michael McDowell rounding out the top 10 spots. Defending Coca-Cola 600 champion Kyle Larson started 36th.

First caution

At Turn 4 there was a big two car crash involving Ryan Preece, Chris Buescher and Noah Gragson.

Meanwhile, Josh Bilicki exploded into third after starting 32nd.

Third caution

The green flag was out again on lap 23, but it wasn’t long before Bilicki hit the wall hard on the driver’s side, joining Preece as the two cars came out just 33 laps into the crash clock for Preece’s team.

Then came the third warning of the race as Daniel Suárez made a pass for the lead and chaos ensued. Kyle Busch was left with flat tires but suffered no major damage despite losing track position.

Follow the leader

After Toyota took the lead in Saturday’s qualifying, it was Chevrolet’s 1-2-3-4 with Suárez, Elliott, Bowman and Byron in the top four. Hamlin was the first Toyota to finish fifth and Cindric the first Ford to finish sixth.

Another bites the dust

Corey LaJoie spun and crashed at Turn 2, almost exactly where he crashed on Saturday.

This put both Spire Motorsports cars out of the race.

Stage 1 done

Elliott stopped Reddick from winning stage one – his third stage win of the season. Bell, Ross Chastain and Wallace rounded out the top five in the opening stages.

Spin off turn 4

The tragedy struck Wallace when he lost control at Turn 4 – but he was lucky and slid straight into his pits. That earned the sixth caution of the race before the green flag came out again on lap 132.

battle bus

Meanwhile, Larson continued to struggle on track, between hitting the wall, two pit lane penalties and a pit lane fire.

“I think it was the worst race of my life and we’re not even halfway through,” he said.

Yellow flags are flying

Cindric spun at Turns 3 and 4 and crashed hard into the outside wall after a left rear tire blew out, triggering another warning.

The crash interrupted a three-car lead battle between Kurt Busch, Elliott and Chastain, but it was a lucky break for Wallace, who got a free pass to get back on the lead lap after a spin to cause the previous one Caution.

The great!

A monster collision occurred at Turns 1 and 2 as Blaney, Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski were among those collected for the 10th caution of the race.

Stage 2 in the books

Suárez won stage two, followed by his teammate Chastain.

Erik Jones came in third with some fresh tires followed by Chase Briscoe and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rounding out the top five.

Stay tuned for more updates.


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