NASCAR Track Trends: Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

TRACK: Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-oval). DISTANCE: 400 Laps — STAGE 1: 100 Laps, STAGE 2: 100 Laps, STAGE 3: 100 Laps, FINAL STAGE: 100 Laps, MILES (600 Miles)

Track History/Trends

  • Top Drivers: Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Christopher Bell, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott
  • Trending Down: Ryan Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, Kyle Larson, William Byron, Alex Bowman.
  • The last 2 Coca-Cola 600’s have seen the winner of the 2nd stage finish 19th. In fact, the 2020 and 2019 Coke 600’s saw Alex Bowman win Stages 1 and 2 in 2020 and Brad Keselowski in 2019. They didn’t win the race outright in the end.
  • Other than Kyle Busch sweeping all 3 stages in 2018, just one other time did the winner of the ‘600 end up winning a stage.
  •  The ‘600 has seen a lot of dominance lately. Martin Truex Jr. led 392 of 400 laps in his 2016 win. Kyle Busch followed that up with leading 377 of 400 laps in 2018 only for Truex to lead 116 laps in his win in 2019. Over the last 11 Charlotte oval races, the eventual race winner led at least 91 laps in eight of them with six of those eight leading at least 115 laps.
  • Starting position hasn’t mattered much lately in the ‘600 mile race. Four of the last six race winners have come from a starting spot outside of the top 10 including three of the last five coming from Row 7 or worst.

Track Comparison

The track looks similar to Atlanta, but has been repaved more recently. With more grip, tire fall off is a lot less which means pit strategy comes into play with this being a track position event. You can take 2 tires or even no tires on a late race caution/pit stop.

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