Fencing NASCAR Cup Series‘ The May schedule was the Coca-Cola 600 in Concord, North Carolina, on Sunday, where Denny Hamlin emerged victorious in the longest race of the season.
Here are the best moments from Charlotte Motor Speedway:
Hamlin led Sunday’s starting lineup, followed by Kurt Busch, Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch and William Byron rounding out the top five spots.
There was a big two-car crash in Turn 4 involving Ryan Preece, Chris Buescher and Noah Gragson.
Meanwhile, Josh Bilicki rocketed up to third place after starting 32nd.
The green flag was back on lap 23, but it didn’t last long as Bilicki hit the driver’s side wall hard and joined Preece as both cars exited just 33 laps after the stopwatch. accident happened on Preece’s team.
The race’s third warning came when 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 led the way in Saturday qualifying, it was the Chevrolets at 1-2-3-4 with Suárez, Elliott, Alex Bowman and Byron in the top four. Hamlin was the first Toyota to place fifth and Austin Cindric was the first Ford to place sixth.
Another one biting the dust
Corey LaJoie spun and crashed in Turn 2 – almost in the exact same spot where he crashed on Saturday.
Just like that, both Spire Motorsports cars were out of the race.
Stage 1 complete
Elliott held off Tyler Reddick to win Stage 1 – his third stage win of the season. Bell, Ross Chastain and Bubba Wallace rounded out the top five in stage one.
Spin off Round 4
Bad luck hit Wallace when he lost it in Turn 4 – but he got lucky and slid right into his pit in the process. This drew the race’s sixth warning before the green flag returned on lap 132.
Meanwhile, Kyle Larson continued to struggle on the track, between hitting the wall, two pit road penalties and a pit road fire.
“I think it was the worst race of my life, and we’re not even halfway there,” he said.
Yellow flags are flying
Cindric spun around Turns 3 and 4 and crashed hard into the outside wall after blowing a rear left tire, bringing out another warning.
The crash interrupted what was set to be a three-car battle for the lead between Kurt Busch, Elliott and Chastain, but it was lucky for Wallace, who earned a free pass back into the head turn after turning to cause the previous caution.
There was a freak collision in Turns 1 and 2, as Blaney, Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski were among those picked up for the 10th caution of the race.
Stage 2 in the books
Suárez won Stage 2, followed by teammate Chastain. Erik Jones used fresh tires to move into third place, followed by Chase Briscoe and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rounding out the top five.
Gragson released the 13th warning of the night on a one-turn doozy in the grass.
The Trackhouse team wins
Chastain emerged victorious on stage three of the race, as the final 100 laps began at Concord.
The green flag was back with 93 laps to go. Reddick received a push from Cole Custer to take the lead before Chastain regained the lead just after the four hour mark of it.
Big accident on the straight
Suárez spun in front of traffic and was hit by Todd Gilliland, then Buescher spun into the wreckage before flipping several times and ending up in the grass upside down.
The big collision caused a brief red flag with 53 laps to go and equaled the 16th caution in this race, the most seen since the 2019 Coca-Cola 600.
It was a back and forth battle in the final laps, with Larson and Briscoe neck and neck until the end.
Not so fast!
Briscoe attempted to clear Larson but failed to do so and Larson held on to the lead with three laps to go, while Briscoe spun and pulled out another caution, the 17th overall.
It was an eerily similar move to when Briscoe tried to dive-bomb Reddick for the win on the final lap of the Bristol Dirt race, but it didn’t work and ended up costing Briscoe and Reddick the checkered flag.
Austin Dillon, Hamlin, Larson and Chastain were four for the lead, and it ended with Dillon turning into the outside wall to trigger another big stack that took out Dillon, Larson, Chastain and Custer.
With that, things headed to double overtime, where Hamlin emerged victorious after a crazy night in NC Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Briscoe, Bell, Reddick, Stenhouse Jr., Michael McDowell, Larson and Bowman completed the top 10, respectively.
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