It’s more than just a special weekend for NASCAR with a hometown race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It’s the longest race of the year where the drivers will run 600 miles.

It is also a big weekend for America with the annual Memorial Day weekend – a time to salute those who have served in the Armed Forces. NASCAR will also salute the troops this weekend by the words “Honour and Remember” on the sidewalls of the Goodyear tires the teams use, all of the cars, even the pace car, will carry the name of a member of the Armed Services on their windshields, and many of the teams have covered their cars in special military paint schemes including replicas of airplanes.

Earlier this week, the NASCAR Hall of Fame revealed the names of the five nominees who have been selected for induction into the Hall of Fame in January – engine builder Waddell Wilson, champion car owner Joe Gibbs, and drivers Bobby Labonte, Buddy Baker, and Tony Stewart.

With a time of 29.44 seconds William Byron wins the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 and becomes the youngest driver to sit on the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 at age 21 after single car qualifying. Aric Almirola will start alongside Byron on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Coca-Cola 600:
William Byron
Aric Almirola
Kyle Busch
Austin Dillon
Kevin Harvick
Daniel Suarez
Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer
Ricky Stenhouse
Daniel Hemric
Kurt Busch
Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
Martin Truex Jr
Jimmie Johnson
Paul Menard
Ryan Newman
Ryan Blanehy
Dennyh Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Chris Bueacher
Michael McDowell
Ryan Preece
Kyle Larson
Matt Tifft
Matt DiBenedetto
Ty Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Corey LaJOie
David
Landon Cassill
Bayley Currey
Parker Kligerman
Ross Chastain
JB McLeod
Reed Sorenson
Cody Ware
Quin Houff
Joey Gase

Lasting 600 miles, the race has four stages instead of the normal three. Normally the stages are broken up into different numbers but for this race each stage will be 100 laps each for a total of 400 laps around the mile and a half track and 600 miles.

After a three wide salute to the fans, William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out for the lead after getting a push from Kyle Busch.

Temps during the day have topped 90 degrees and the insides of the cars are well over 100 degrees.

Lap seven, William Byron holds on to a narrow tenth of a second lead on Aric Almirola.

Lap 16 scrapes the wall but the track stays green. Landon Cassill brings his car down pit road for an unscheduled pit stop with a smoking car.

Lap 19, William Byron has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kevin Harvick.

Erik Jones brings out the first caution flag of the day when he slams into the wall on turn four causing major damage to his car. Jones reports that he blew a tire.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Ty Dillon and BJ McLeod were charged with having a crew member come over the pit wall too soon.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 27 and jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 30, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is reporting a tire rub on his car.

Lap 31, Kevin Harvick challenges Kyle Busch for the lead but so far Busch holds on to the top spot.

Lap 32, Kevin Harvick gets the lead.

Lap 33, Kyle Busch retakes the lead.

Erik Jones is out of the race.

Lap 46, Cody Ware makes a trip down pit road. Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick.

Matt DiBenedetto brings out the caution flag when he gets into the wall on lap 48.

Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road.

Aric Almirola was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road and Chase Elliott was caught speeding on pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 55 and goes nose to nose with Kyle Busch before Busch retakes the lead.

Lap 60, Kevin Harvick gets around Kyle Busch to take the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second and Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 61, Martin Truex Jr passes Kevin Harvick to take the lead.

Lap 68, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds.

On lap 72, leader Martin Truex Jr gets into the wall after reporting a tire issue and brings out the third caution flag of the race.

Kevin Harvick wins the race off of pit road, but not all of the drivers did not make a pit stop.

After staying out on the track, Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 78 and holds on to the lead.

Lap 81, Brad Keselowski passes Daniel Hemric for the lead.

FOX broadcasters report that this is the first time that the race has had this many caution flags – three – in the first 120 miles of the race.

Lap 84, Ricky Stenhouse spins out and makes an off road excursion through the road course and infield and brings out the fourth caution flag.

As some of the drivers come down pit road for service, other stay out on the track.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 90 and holds on to the lead.

Daniel Hemric brings out the caution flag on lap 91 after he hits the wall just missing Clint Bowyer.

A few drivers bring their cars down pit road, but with the plethora of caution flags, the teams must save tires; they get only 12 sets of tires for the entire race.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 95. Brad Keselowski gets around Kevin Harvick for the lead.

Brad Keselowski wins stage one of the race.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
William Byron
Joe Logano
Jimmie Johnson
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney

Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road but not all of the drivers came down pit road for service.

Ryan Blaney and Corey LaJoie were caught speeding on pit road.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 107 but Denny Hamlin jumpos out in front for the lead.

Lap 108, Brad Keselowski retakes the lead.

Lap 109, Denny Hamlin takes the lead.

Landon Cassill brings his smoking car down pit road, but the track stays green on lap 116.

Chris Buescher bumps the wall but stays on the track and the track stays green.

Lap 119, Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race.

Lap 123, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kevin Harvick.

The seventh caution flag of the race comes out on lap 127 when Chris Buescher hits the wall…again.

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road.

Clint Bowyer was caught speeding on pit road. Bubba Wallace was charged with having a member of the pit crew over the wall too soon. Daniel Hemric was charged with having too many crew members over the wall.

After staying out on the track, Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 132 but it is Ryan Blaney who jumps out in front for the lead as the drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap 133, Brad Keselowski passes Ryan Blaney for the lead.

Contact on the track, Michael McDowell has a smoking car but the track stays green. Bubba Wallace and Michael McDowell bring their cars down pit road.

Lap 141, Brad Keselowski has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick.

Lap 150, Brad Keselowski has increased his lead to nearly a second over Kevin Harvick.

Lap 152, Joey Logano brings his car down pit road for service.

Lap 155, this is the longest green flag segment of the race so far.

Lap 157, drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

Lap 160, Brad Keselowski has a lead of three seconds on Kevin Harvick.

Denny Hamlin brings out the eighth caution flag after on lap 161 after hitting the wall with a flat tire.

William Byron wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch got trapped coming down pit road after following a slow David Ragan.

Willian Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 136 and edges out Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Lap 167, Brad Keselowski and William Byron swap the lead back and fourth for a lap before Keselowski takes the lead.

Lap 175, Jimmie Johnson’s team is reporting a radio issue.

Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race with Ryan Blaney in second a third of a second back.

Kevin Harvick is reporting a tight issue.

Denny Hamlin is reporting smoke in the car.

Ryan Preece brings out the caution flag on lap 188 after getting into the wall and has a badly smoking car as a result of a flat tire.

The race is not even halfway through and some of the teams have only five sets of tires remaining for the rest of the race.

Brad Keselowski wins the race off of pit road but not all of the teams made a pit stop.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart with seven laps remaining in stage two. William Byron gets out in front for the lead with team mate Alex Bowman in second.

Lap 194, Alex Bowman shoots past William Byron for the lead.

Lap 198, Brad Keselowski passes Alex Bowman for the lead.

On the final lap of stage two, Alex Bowman rim rides to try and get around Brad Keselowski for the lead, but it is Brad Keselowski who wins his second stage of the race.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Brad Keselowski
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Kevin Harvick
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson

As the flag of remembrance is brought out on the infield, the drivers cut their engines and the track has a moment of silence – remembrance. The flag of remembrance pays homage to those who have lost their lives in service to their country.

The engines are refired and Brad Keselowski leads the way down pit road.

William Byron wins the race off of pit road.

After staying out on the track, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three and the second half of the race and gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 213, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead by only a tenth of a second on Chase Elliott.

Lap 217, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of half a second on Chase Elliott.

Lap 223, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over half a second on Chase Elliott.

Lap 228, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over 1 second on Chase Elliott.

Lap 334, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds and a half seconds on Chase Elliott.

Lap 246, Kyle Busch is driving the wheels off of it with a lead of over three and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr.

Bayley Currey brings out the eleventh caution flag of the race on lap 250 when he spins out and hits the wall hard. Currey climbs out of his car.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 258 with 24 cars on the lead lap. Martin Truex Jr gets out in front first but has to battle Kyle Busch to hold on to the lead.

Lap 259, Kyle Busch retakes the lead briefly before Martin Truex Jr gets back out in front. Truex and Busch are Joe Gibbs Racing team mates.

Lap 265, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 267, Martin Treux Jr now has a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 278, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to nearly two seconds on Kyle Busch.

Lap 276, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now up to two and a half seconds over Kyle Busch.

Lap 280, Martin Truex Jr continues to pull away from the field with a lead of nearly three seconds over Kyle Busch.

Lap 284, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is up to 3.68 seconds over Kyle Busch.

Ten to go in stage three and Martin Truex Jr is approaching the four second mark over Kyle Busch.

Five to go in stage three and Martin Truex Jr continues to hold a commanding lead on Kyle Busch and the rest of the field.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage three for his secnd stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage three:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Ricky Stenhouse
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin

Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road. Denny Hamlin overshot his pit stall and had to back up to get into his pit stall causing a slow stop.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage four on lap 307 but Martin Truex Jr takes the lead and he and Elliott go nose to nose and swap the lead back and forth.

Kurt Busch makes a run through the road course and barely misses a pack of cars bringing out the caution flag on lap 309. Kurt tagged his brother Kyle in the rear when he spun out and caused some damage to the car.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 314 with Elliott and Martin Truex Jr going nose to nose with Chase Elliott getting out in front on lap 315.

Lap 315 the caution flag comes out with a big crash involving several cars with some hitting the wall. Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Kyle Larson, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Clint Bowyer, and Ryan Preece were all involved.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 323 and goes nose to nose with Martin Elliott J before taking the lead.

Sixty four to go and Chase Elliott holds on to his lead over Martin Truex Jr.

With 57 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr battles Chase Elliott for the lead and on lap 344, Truex takes the lead.

Lap 345, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a one second lead on Chase Elliott.

Fifty two to go, Martin Treux Jr is again pulling away from the field and has a lead of nearly two seconds on Chase Elliott.

Lap 353, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is up to nearly two and a half seconds.

Alex Bowman brings his car down pit road with a flat tire after getting into the wall.

Lap 355, Martin Truex Jr’s lead is now nearly three seconds over Chase Elliott as drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Denny Hamlin gets into the wall again and has a smoking car that brings out the fifteenth caution flag of the race on lap 359. This is now the most caution flags in a 600 mile race.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 35 laps remaining in the race and holds on to his lead.

Thirty to go, Martin Truex Jr has not pulled away this time, his lead is only two tenths of a second over Joey Logano.

Twenty five to go, Martin Truex Jr holds on to his lead over Joey Logano and is out in front by half a second.

Twenty to go, Martin Truex Jr holds on to his half second lead on Joey Logano.

Fifteen to go, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a one second lead over Joey Logano.

Jimmie Johnson brushes the wall but the track stays green.

Ryan Blaney brings his car down pit road with only 12 laps remaining in the race with a serious vibration in the corners.

Brtad Keselowski brings out the caution flag with 10 laps to go with a rear end issue.

Taking only two tires, Ryan Newman wins the race off of pit road.

Daniel Suarez was penalized one lap for pitting outside of his pit box.

After staying out on the track, David Ragan brings the field down for the green flag restart with only five laps remaining in the race.

Kyle Busch makes it three wide and then Martin Truex Jr makes it four wide. Martin Truex Jr gets the lead with Joey Logano in second; David Ragan, Kyle Busch, and Jimmie Johnson round out the top five.

Drivers are getting four wide across the track.

Martin Truex Jr takes the white flag and leads Joey Logano by three tenths of a second.

Denny Hamlin crashes but the track stays green and Martin Truex Jr wins the race by less than half a second over Joey Logano. This is Truex’s second 600 win and his third of the season.

Coca-Cola 600 results:
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chris Buescher”
Alex Bowman
Jimmie Johnson
William Byron
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Corey LaJoie
Ryan Blaney
Paul Menard
David Ragan
Ryan Newman
Denny Hamlin
Daniel Suarez
Brad Keselowski
Matt Tifft
Daniel Hemric
Michael McDowell
Ty Dillon
Clint Bowyer
Bubba Wallace
Parker Kligerman
Kurt Busch
Quin Houff
BJ McLeod
Reed Sorenson
Ryan Preece
Joey Gase
Kyle Larson
Austin Dillon
Bayley Currey
Ross Chastain
Landon Cassill
Cody Ware
Matt DiBenedetto
Erik Jones

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