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2018 Coca-Cola 600

The 2018 Coca-Cola 600, the 59th running of the event, was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on May 27, 2018 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Contested over 400 laps on the 1.5 mile (2.42 km) asphalt speedway, it is the 13th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2018 Coca-Cola 600
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 13 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date May 27, 2018 (2018-05-27)
Location Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 400 laps, 600 mi (960 km)
Average speed 136.692 miles per hour (219.984 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 28.149
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 377
Winner
No. 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen Ratings 2.3/2.4 (Overnight)[10]
Radio in the United States
Radio PRN
Booth Announcers Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini
Turn Announcers Rob Albright (1 & 2) and Pat Patterson (3 & 4)

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Charlotte Motor Speedway, the track where the race was held.

The race was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which is located in Concord, North Carolina. The speedway complex includes a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) quad-oval track that will be utilized for the race, as well as a dragstrip and a dirt track. The speedway was built in 1959 by Bruton Smith and is considered the home track for NASCAR with many race teams based in the Charlotte metropolitan area. The track is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) with Marcus G. Smith serving as track president.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 J. J. Yeley (i) NY Racing Team Chevrolet
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
55 Jeffrey Earnhardt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 Parker Kligerman (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
Official entry list

First practiceEdit

Denny Hamlin was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 28.401 seconds and a speed of 190.134 mph (305.991 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.401 190.134
2 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 28.470 189.673
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 28.506 189.434
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Kyle Busch scored the pole for the race with a time of 28.149 and a speed of 191.836 mph (308.730 km/h).[12]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.407 28.185 28.149
2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 28.510 28.379 28.240
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.539 28.360 28.265
4 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.425 28.555 28.288
5 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 28.565 28.590 28.338
6 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.579 28.408 28.391
7 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.267 28.433 28.430
8 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 28.463 28.387 28.437
9 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.741 28.448 28.465
10 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.662 28.591 28.465
11 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.629 28.461 28.580
12 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.626 28.560 28.712
13 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.542 28.595
14 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 28.519 28.601
15 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 28.632 28.620
16 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.481 28.668
17 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.685 28.726
18 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 28.652 28.738
19 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.756 28.796
20 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 28.734 28.815
21 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.722 28.835
22 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.588 28.860
23 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.652 28.935
24 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 28.673 29.061
25 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 28.781
26 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 28.787
27 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.801
28 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.834
29 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.894
30 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 28.921
31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 29.025
32 96 Parker Kligerman (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 29.173
33 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 29.484
34 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 29.486
35 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 29.513
36 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 29.963
37 55 Jeffrey Earnhardt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 30.172
38 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 30.383
39 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 0.000
40 7 J. J. Yeley (i) NY Racing Team Chevrolet 0.000
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Second practice session for Saturday was cancelled due to weather.

Final practiceEdit

Erik Jones was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 28.870 seconds and a speed of 187.045 mph (301.020 km/h).[13]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.870 187.045
2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.929 186.664
3 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 29.016 186.104
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 100

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 9
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 8
4 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 7
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6
6 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 4
8 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 2
10 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 100

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 9
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 8
4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7
5 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6
6 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 4
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3
9 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2
10 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1
Official stage two results

Stage 3 Laps: 100

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 8
4 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 6
6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5
7 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 4
8 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 3
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 2
10 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 1
Official stage three results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 4 Laps: 100

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 70
2 15 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 400 54
3 3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 49
4 5 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 400 41
5 23 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 41
6 7 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 400 37
7 11 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 400 46
8 16 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 400 36
9 27 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 28
10 13 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 399 31
11 22 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 399 30
12 28 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 399 35
13 9 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 399 34
14 14 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 399 23
15 10 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 399 22
16 24 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 399 21
17 17 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 399 20
18 29 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 399 19
19 4 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 399 29
20 26 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 399 21
21 20 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 399 16
22 2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 399 15
23 30 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 399 14
24 25 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 398 0
25 19 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 396 12
26 33 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 396 11
27 32 96 Parker Kligerman (i) Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 394 0
28 35 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 394 9
29 18 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 394 8
30 37 55 Jeffrey Earnhardt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 389 7
31 34 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 388 6
32 36 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 383 0
33 38 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 373 0
34 12 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 348 3
35 6 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 344 5
36 8 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 278 10
37 31 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 257 1
38 40 7 J. J. Yeley (i) NY Racing Team Chevrolet 191 0
39 21 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 139 1
40 39 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 83 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 4 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 11 for 54
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 4 hours, 23 minutes and 22 seconds
  • Average speed: 136.692 miles per hour (219.984 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

Fox Sports televised the race in the United States for the eighteenth consecutive year. Mike Joy was the lap-by-lap announcer, while three-time Coca-Cola 600 winner, Jeff Gordon and five-time race winner Darrell Waltrip were the color commentators. Jamie Little, Regan Smith, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum reported from pit lane during the race.

Fox Television
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Jeff Gordon
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Jamie Little
Regan Smith
Vince Welch
Matt Yocum

RadioEdit

Radio coverage of the race was broadcast by the Performance Racing Network (PRN), and was simulcasted on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Doug Rice, Mark Garrow and Wendy Venturini called the race in the booth when the field raced through the quad-oval. Rob Albright reported the race from a billboard in turn 2 when the field was racing through turns 1 and 2 and halfway down the backstretch. Pat Patterson called the race from a billboard outside of turn 3 when the field raced through the other half of the backstretch and through turns 3 and 4. Brad Gillie, Brett McMillan, Jim Noble and Steve Richards were the pit reporters during the broadcast.

PRN Radio
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Doug Rice
Announcer: Mark Garrow
Announcer: Wendy Venturini
Turns 1 & 2: Rob Albright
Turns 3 & 4: Pat Patterson
Brad Gillie
Brett McMilan
Jim Noble
Steve Richards

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2017. Archived from the original on December 24, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "Charlotte Motor Speedway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 21, 2018. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 24, 2018. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 24, 2018. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "Coca-Cola 600 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. May 27, 2018. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 29, 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 13, 2018. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  9. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 29, 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 13, 2018. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  10. ^ "Charlotte TV Ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  11. ^ Utter, Jim (May 24, 2018). "Denny Hamlin fastest in Thursday's lone Coke 600 practice". Motorsport.com. Charlotte, North Carolina: Motorsport Network. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  12. ^ Reed, Steve (May 24, 2018). "Kyle Busch captures pole at Charlotte; Harvick starts last". Associated Press. Charlotte, North Carolina: AP Sports. Associated Press. Archived from the original on May 25, 2018. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  13. ^ Utter, Jim (May 26, 2018). "Erik Jones fastest in final NASCAR Cup practice before Coke 600". Motorsport.com. Charlotte, North Carolina: Motorsport Network. Retrieved May 26, 2018.


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