It’s the longest race of the season for the NASCAR Cup Series when they go home to Charlotte for Memorial Day weekend and the Coca Cola 600.

Nearly all of the teams call the Charlotte area home and with the fans back in the stands, the employees can see the fruits of their labours by attending the race.

In a rare event for NASCAR in the 2021 season, the drivers take to the track on Saturday morning to qualify for the 600 in a single round one lap attempt. This is an impound race which means once qualifying has completed, NASCAR impounds the cars and the crews cannot work on them. The drivers must start the race with their qualifying set up and the tires they qualified on.

Thirty-eight teams brought cars to the track this weekend and all 38 of them will run in the race.

With a time of 29.95 seconds Kyle Larson puts his number five Hendrick Motorsports car on the pole with Ricky Stenhouse Jr starting alongside on the front row. Three of the top four positions are held by HMS team mates. The top five drivers are separated by just thousandths of a second. All four of the HMS cars are in the top 10.

The starting lineup for the Coca Cola 600:
Kyle Larson
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Kevin Harvick
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
Martin Truex Jr
Daniel Suarez
Ross Chastain
Kurt Busch
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin
Tyler Reddick
Joey Logano
Christopher Bell
Bubba Wallace
Erik Jones
Kyle Busch
Chase Briscoe
Matt DiBenedetto
Cole Custer
Michael McDowell
Ryan Newman
Corey LaJoie
Chris Buescher
Ryan Preece
Anthony Alfredo
Justin Haley
Aric Almirola
Quin Houff
BJ McLeod
Cody Ware
James Davison
Garrett Smithley
Josh Bilicki
David Starr

With 400 laps in the race, there will be a total of four stages, 100 laps each.

With a rousing command from Jay Leno and Kevin Eubanks, the engines are fired and the crews are ready to go as the drivers get moving.

Kurt Busch and BJ McLeod will have to start the race from the back of the field after crews made unapproved adjustments to the cars.

Pole sitter Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Ricky Stenhouse Jr alongside. Kyle Larson edges out to take the lead for his first 600 lead with team mate Chase right behind.

The top five are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Ricky Stenhouse battling for second, William Byron, and Kevin Harvick.

Lap four, Kyle Larson has a near half second lead with team mates Chase Elliott in second and William Byron in third. Fellow Hendrick Motorsport team mate Alex Bowman is in eighth place.

Lap six, after starting the race form the back of the field, Kurt Busch has moved up to 32nd place.

After a practice session and a qualifying run, there will be no competition caution for this race.

Lap eight, Kyle Larson has a half second lead on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five.

Lap nine, Kyle Larson marks 4,000 laps led in his NASCAR Cup Series career.

Lap 15, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race by over half a second on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr round out the top five.

Alex Bowman says that his car doesn’t like him; adding that it is loose and the splitter is hitting the track.

Lap 20, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to over a second on Chase Elliott.

Lap 25, there are 33 cars on the lead lap. Kurt Busch has moved up to 28th.

Leading every lap so far, Kyle Larson has a lead of over a second on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Ricky Stenhoue Jr round out the top five. Kyle Busch has entered the top five in ninth place and looking to move forward.

Lap 31, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race with a lead of nearly two seconds on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Lap 34, since race start, Kurt Busch has moved up 12 spots to 26th; brother Kyle has moved up 10 spots and is in the top 10 at eighth place.

Lap 37, Kyle Larson continues to increase his lead on Chase Elliott and is now nearly two and a half seconds in front.

Kevin Harvick reports a loose condition.

Lap 40, Chase Elliott has closed the gap on Kyle Larson to under half a second.

Lap 46, drivers begin making green flag pit stops. The drivers can run around 60 laps on a single load of fuel.

Ryan Blaney reports issues with his car turning. Denny Hamlin reports a tight condition.

Ross Chastain has along stop on pit road with the hood up.

Leader Kyle Larson comes down pit road and gives the lead over to William Byron.

William Byron comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Ricky Stenhouse Jr makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Brad Keselowski.

Lap 51, the top three drivers – Brad Keselowski, Matt DiBenedetto, and Anthony Alfredo – have not made a pit stop. Quin Houff – who is one lap down – has also not made his pit stop yet. There are eleven cars on the lead lap.

Lap 54, leaders encounter slower traffic.

Ryan Blaney has to make a second trip down pit road with a loose wheel.

Lap 56, leader Brad Keselowski makes his green flag pit stop. Matt DiBenedetto is the new leader.

Lap 57, Matt DiBenedetto makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Kyle Larson. Anthony Alfredo has yet to make his pit stop.

Ross Chastain has a broken oil pump belt and is in the garage to make repairs.

Lap 60, Anthony Alfredo is the last driver to make his green flag pit stop.

Lap 64, Kyle Larson has a lead of over a second on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Austin Dillon round out the top five. Kurt Busch is the last car on the lead lap in 19th place.

Lap 68, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to nearly two seconds on Chase Elliott; third place driver William Byron is over four seconds back with fourth place driver Kevin Harvick eight seconds back.

Austin Dillon and Kyle Busch battle for fifth.

Lap 71, Kyle Larson increases his lead to nearly two and a half seconds on Chase Elliott.

With 72 green flag laps in the books, this is the longest span of green flag laps ever to start the Coca Cola 600.

Lap 76, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Austin Dillon round out the top five.

Lap 81, Kyle Larson has a lead of over three seconds on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Austin Dillon rund out the top five.

Lap 85, Kyle Larson has a lead of over three seconds on Chase Elliott. Kyle Busch has gotten around Austin Dillon to take fifth place.

Ten laps remain in stage one; Kyle Larson continues to increase his lead and is now over four seconds in front of Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Austin Dillon round out the top five with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 95, Daniel Suarez makes an unscheduled trip down pit road with a flat tire. He returns to the track two laps down.

Ross Chastain returns to the track 38 laps down.

Kyle Larson wins stage one for his seventh stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Kevin Harvick
Austin Dillon
Kyle Busch
Martin Treux Jr
Tyler Reddick
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Alex Bowman

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson winning the race off of pit road. Tyler Reddick has a slow pit stop after overshooting his pit stall and having to back up to make his pit stop.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 108 with Chase Elliott alongside. Kyle Larson gets out in front as drivers get three wide across the track.

The top fiveare Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, William Byron, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 110, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr battle for fifth.

Lap 111, Kevin Harvick and William Byron battle for third.

Lap 112, Kyle Larson has a half second lead on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five. There are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 116, Kyle Larson has a lead of just under half a second on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Willliam Byron, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

So far, Kevin Harvick has the fastest lap run in the race.

Kyle Larson is dominating the race early, he has led 105 of the 116 laps run.

Lap 122, Kyle Larson continues to lead the race but has not run away with the lead so far in this stage. Chase Elliott and Kevin Harvick battle for second. The top five drivers are less than a second and a half apart.

Lap 125, the top five are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, William Byron, and Kyle Busch.

Alex Bowman a lead on Kyle Larson.nd Ricky Stenhouse Jr battle for tenth.

Alex Bowman reports that he has something hitting the track on the left side of his car.

Lap 129, Chase Elliott has closed to just a quarter of a second. Kevin Harvick nad William Byron continue to battle for third.

Lap 132, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott battle for the lead with Chase Elliott taking the spot and begins to pull away.

Lap 133, the top five are Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, William Byron, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch. There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 141, Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly half a second on Kyle Larson; William Byron, Kevin Harvick and Ausitn Dillon round out the top five.

Kurt Busch takes his car to the garage, reporting no oil pressure and a loss of power.

There are 18 cars on the lead lap with Brad Keselowski in 18th place.

NASCAR has black flagged David Starr for failure to make minimum speed. He will have to come down pit road and the team will attempt to fix the problem.

Lap 146, Brad Keselowski is the first driver to bring his car down pit road for a green flag pit stop and begin the cycle.

More drivers come down pit road for their green flag pit stops.

Lap 149, leader Chase Elliott makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Tyler Reddick.

Tyler Reddick makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Christopher Bell.

Reports from Kurt Busch’s team is that he broke the same belt that broke on team mate Ross Chastain’s car.

Lap 153, Christopher Bell makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead back to Kyle Larson; team mates William Byron and Chase Elliott are second and third.

Lap 159, Kyle Larson has a one second lead on William Byron; Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

With about 30 minutes to sunset, only turn three and the backstretch are in sunlight. As the night goes on the track temperatures will cool, enabling the drivers to run faster.

Lap lap 164, some of the drivers ran their fastest laps of the race.

Lap 165, Kyle Larson holds a near one second lead on William Byron; Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch round out the top five. The fourth Hendrick Motorsports drivers Alex Bowman is in eighth place. There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

FOX Broadcaster Mike Joy reports that the temperatures today are the coolest they have been since 1995.

The caution flag comes out on lap 172 when Kurt Busch returns to the track and the engine blows up. He is the first driver out of the race.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Alex Bowman wins the race off of pit road after taking only two tires. Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano also took only two tires. Fourth place driver Kyle Larson is the first car on four fresh tires.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 178 with Bowman edging out for the lead. Drivers are three wide across the track.

The top five are Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 180, Denny Hamlin takes the lead.

Lap 181, Chase Elliott challenges Alex Bowman for the lead. Elliott takes the lead on lap 183.

The top five are Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman and Kyle Busch.

Fifteen laps remain in stage two, Kyle Larson is less than half a second behind leader Chase Elliott.

Lap 188, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott battle for the lead with Larson getting back out in front.

With 12 laps remaining in stage two, the top five are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, William Byron, and Denny Hamlin.

Ten laps remain in stage two and the HMS cars occupy the top four spots with Kyle Larson leading the way. Kyle Busch is in fifth.

Two weeks ago in Dover, Hendrick Motorsports finished the race in the top four positions for a NASCAR first.

Five to go in stage two, the top five are Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, William Byron, and Kyle Busch.

Four to go, Kyle Busch and Alex Bowman battle for fourth. Tyler Reddick tries to make it a three way battle.

On the final lap of stage two, five of the top six drivers are from the Bow Tie Brigrade – Chevrolets.

Kyle Larson wins stage two for his eighth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Kyel Busch
Tyler Reddick
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Chris Buescher
Denny Hamlin
Austin Dillon

At the end of stage two, NASCAR brings the field down pit road and are stopped for a moment of remembrance to those military members who have died in the line of duty.

The engines fire once more and make a lap before pit road opens for service.

Lead lap drivers come down pit road with Kyle Larson winning the race off of pit road. William Byron got some cookies during his pit stop.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three and edges out Chase Elliott as the drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap 208, the top five are Kyle Larson, William Byron, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 211, William Byron challenges team mate Kyle Larson for the lead.

Christopher Bell gets loose and slaps the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 215, Kyle Larson has a lead of just one tenth of a second on William Byron; Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 216, Christopher Bell brings his car down pit road for service after hitting the wall.

Lap 217, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick battle for fourth place.

Lap 223, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on William Byron; Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 228, Alex Bowman takes fifth from Kevin Harvick for four HMS car in the top five; only Kyle Busch is not a Hendricks Motorsports car.

Lap 231, William Byron passes Kyle Larson to take the lead. All four of the Hendrick cars have led laps in the race.

With 600 miles of racing, the pit crews will have to make anywhere from nine to eleven pit stops. Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon has a crew member who has only been a part of the crew for seven months. Josh Bush comes to NASCAR after playing professional football with the Super Bowl winning Denver Broncos.

Lap 237, Kevin Harvick makes an unscheduled pit stop for a loose tire.

Lap 242, green flag pit stops are beginning.

Lap 245, William Byron has a half second lead on Kyle Larson; Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 248, Kyle Larson has led 148 laps in the race.

Kyle Larson makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Tyler Reddick.

Lap 249, Tyler Reddick, Austin Dillon, nad Anthony Alfredo have yet to make a pit stop.

Leader Tyler Reddick comes down pit road and give the lead over to Austin Dillon.

Lap 250, Austin Dillon makes his pit stop and gives the lead to Anthony Alfredo.

Leader Anthony Alfredo and Daniel Suarez are the only lead lap drivers who have not made a pits top.

Lap 252, Anthony Alfredo makes his pit stop and gives the lead to Kyle Larson.

Lap 254, the top five are Kyle Larson, William Byron, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman.

Lap 260, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 165, William Byron is slowly closing the gap on leader Kyle Larson. Larson’s lead is now just over a second.

Seventh place driver Denny Hamlin says that he just can’t go as fast as he would like.

Lap 269, Kyle Larson has a lead of just under a second on William Byron; Kye Busch is nearly four seconds back in third; Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

James Davison gets loose after some near contact with Quin Houff. Davison called the incident “knarley”.

Lap 277, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lad of nearly two seconds on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 283, there are 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 284, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly two and a half seconds on William Byron with Kyle Busch five seconds back in third; Chase Ellitt and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

With just nine laps remaining in stage three, William Byron has closed to within two tenths of a second of Kyle Larson; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five. Kurt Busch is the only driver out of the race with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Larson becomes the first driver to lead 1,000 laps this season.

Ryan Newman gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag with just five laps remainin in stage three.


Stage three ends under caution with Kyle Larson winning the stage for the stage sweep and his ninth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage three:
Kyle Larson
William Byron
Kyle Busch/

Chase Elliott
Alex Bowman
Tyler Reddick
Denny Hamlin
Austin Dillon
Bubba Wallace
Kevin Harvick

Drivers come down pit road for service with Kyle Larson edging out Kyle Busch for the win off of pit road.

Ryan Blaney was charged with speeding on pit road and Bubba Wallace was charged with equipment interfering on pit road when a tire rolled into the next pit.

Kyle Larson Brings the field down for the green flag start of stage four but it is Kyle Busch who edges out in fornt for the lead. Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch battle for the lead.

Lap 307, Kyle Larson takes the lead with Chase Elliott in second; William Byron Alex Bowman and Kye Busch round out the top five. Busch falls back when he bottoms out.

Lap 309, Kyle Larson has the lead with Chase Elliott in second but William Byron comes up to battle for second; Kyle Busch and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 314, Kyle Larson has a tenth of a second lead on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five. There are 17 cars on the lead lap; Erik Jones is the last car on the lead lap.

Lap 118, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Chase Elliott.

Lap 324, Kyle Larson holds on to his lead of over half a second on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 328, Bubba Wallace is the last car on the lead lap in 15th place. Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Chase Elliott.

Lap 334, KyleLarson now has a lead of two and a half seconds on Chase Elliott; Kyle Busch passes William Byron for third and Alex Bowman is in fifth.

Lap 341, Kyle Larson now has a lead of over three seconds on Chase Elliott.

Martin Truex Jr has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for a blown tire; just laps before scheduled green flag pit stops.

Lap 343, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly three seconds on Kyle Busch; William Byron, Chase Elliott, and alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 345, William Byron and Denny Hamlin begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 347, leader Kyle Larson comes down pit road for his pit stop and gives the lead over to Tyler Reddick.

Leader Tyler Reddick, Brad Keselowski, and Ryan Blaney have yet to make their pit stops.

Lap 349, leader Tyler Reddick comes down pit road and gives the lead over to Ryan Blaney.

Lap 250, Ryan Blaney makes his pit stop and gives the lead back to Kyle Larson.

Lap 351, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly three seconds on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 355, Kyle Larson has a lead of three seconds on Chase Elliott.

Forty laps remain in the race, Kyle Larson has a lead of over two seconds on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Kyle Larson has led 294 laps of the 367 laps run so far.

Thirty to go, Kyle Larson has a two second lead on team mate Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Just 25 laps to go, Kyle Larson continues to dominate the race and has a second and a half lead on Chase Elliott; William Byron, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Kyle Larson continues to dominate the race. Two weeks ago, Hendrick Motorsports finished the race one, two, three, four; tonight they have four of the top five spots with Kyle Busch in fourth.

There are 14 cars on the lead lap with Bubba Wallace the last car on the lead lap There are no cars just one lap down.

Tyler Reddick gets loose but saves the car and the track stays green.

With 15 laps to go, Kyle Larson is running away with the race; he has a six second lead on Chase Elliott.

Chase Elliott and William Byron battle for second.

Twelve to go, Kyle Larson is “driving it like he stole it” with a seven and a half second lead on William Byron; Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Kyle Busch, William Byron, and Chase Elliott are in a three way battle for second.

Eight to go, Kyle Larson has a near 10 second lead on Chase Elliott; Kyle Busch, William Byron, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Seven to go, Kyle Larson has led 320 lpas so far.

Kyle Busch and William Byron continue to battle for thrid and swap it back and forth.

Five to go, Kyle Larson’s lead is now over 10 seconds.

Kyle Larson takes the white flag.

With a lead of over 10 seconds, Kyle Larson takes the checkered flag after three straight second place finishes. With Larson’s win, Rick Hendrick takes over the top spot for the most wins in the NASCAR Cup Series with 269; breaking the record held by Petty Enterprises for over 60 years! Geoff Bodine began the streak with the first win in 1960.

Kyle Larson becomes the third driver to win more than one race this season.

Larson said that it felt great to help Mr H. break the record.

Hendrick team mate Chase Elliott said that Kyle Larson had the best car and deserved the win.

The unofficial results of the Coca Cola 600:
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
William Byron
Alex Bowman
Austin Dillon
Denny Hamlin
Chris Buescher
Tyler Reddick
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Bubba Wallace
Daniel Suarez
Erik Jones
Joey Logano
Matt DiBenedetto
Corey LaJoie
Michael McDowell
Cole Custer
Aric Almirola
Chase Briscoe
Christopher Bell
Anthony Alfredo
Ryan Preece
Ryan Newman
Justin Haley
Martin Truex Jr
Cody Ware
BJ McLeod
Quin Houff
James Davison
Garrett Smithley
Josh Bilicki
David Starr
Ross Chastain
Kurt Busch