What to Watch: 2023 Coca-Cola 600
Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
(⏰ Monday, 3 p.m. ET | 📺 FOX, FOX Sports App | 📻 PRN, SiriusXM)
Everything you need to know for Monday’s NASCAR Cup Series race in North Carolina, the 14th points-paying race of the 2023 Cup Series campaign.
Updated weekend schedule (Xfinity race also on Monday) | TV schedule | Weather tracker | Charlotte 101
🇺🇸 NASCAR Salutes: Annually involved in honoring active, former and fallen members of the U.S. military | Learn more
🚨 Sunday’s race postponed to Monday and Saturday’s practice and qualifying sessions canceled due to weather. Stay tuned to NASCAR.com for updates throughout the week.
📍 Location: Concord, North Carolina
📐 Track length: 1.5 miles
🎟️ Buy tickets: Find weekend passes, seats for the race
💰 Cup Series race purse: $9,421,275
📏 Race distance: 600 miles | 400 laps
🔢 Stages: (only race with four stages): 100 | 100 | 100 | 100
🚪 Entry list: Cup Series drivers entered
📋 Starting lineup: Where Cup Series drivers will start Monday
🚗 Pit stall assignments: Where drivers will pit
🏆 Most recent winner: Denny Hamlin
Key things to watch 🔑
Top story line
More than motorsports. Coca-Cola 600 weekend is the pinnacle of NASCAR’s commitment to honoring fallen military members on Memorial Day weekend. Pre-race ceremonies and the gesture of remembrance mid-race — and throughout, with special decals on the windshield and Goodyear tires — make the weekend moments that much bigger. All year long, NASCAR remains active in relations and initiatives with every branch of the U.S. military through the NASCAR Salutes program. With hundreds of family, friends and comrades of fallen soldiers in attendance throughout the weekend, recognizing each of them will be a primary focus. | Check out the 600 Miles of Remembrance gallery
🕰️ ICYMI: Alex Bowman set to return this weekend after injury
History tells us…
Even in the season’s longest race, the pole winner still holds a massive edge. Four of the last seven Coca-Cola 600 winners started from the pole position, including Kyle Larson in 2021 and Denny Hamlin last year. Coincidentally, both drivers are among the favorites to win this weekend and have a decent track record in qualifying at the track. Additionally, the driver who led the most laps won three of the last five 600-milers. So despite the long night, there’s still a clear advantage to starting and staying out front. That’s good news for William Byron, who starts from P1 after qualifying was rained out.
🤖 Key stat from Racing Insights: Four of the last six Coca-Cola 600 races have seen the final lead change in the final five laps.
He may not be the betting favorite to win, but watch out for…
Jimmie Johnson. If you want to place a serious longshot bet this weekend, it’s one of the few chances you have to wager on the seven-time Cup Series champion who has returned to run a part-time schedule for his team, Legacy Motor Club. Though he has very limited experience behind the wheel of the Next Gen car compared to the majority of the field, don’t count out his prowess and knowledge in the sport’s toughest showdown. It’s a bold choice but at 150-1 odds, it may be worth it if Johnson can rekindle some of the magic he had during his incredible full-time career.
Inside the Race 🔍
Todd Gordon and Kyle Petty look at the top points earners and playoff contenders in the Cup Series.
Familiar favorites ⭐️
Our biggest pieces of the week — get covered for race day from all angles.
• Paint Scheme Preview: Patriotic paint schemes are back in action | Pick a favorite
• Power Rankings: Which drivers have the most playoff mojo at the midseason mark? | Latest driver rankings
• Betting odds: See which driver is the favorite for Monday | Top bets, underdog picks
• Stacking Pennies: Discussing Kyle Larson’s dominance and recapping return to North Wilkesboro | Listen to the podcast
💎 NASCAR 75: Learn more about the history of the sport, from pioneers to current stars | Visit NASCAR 75 hub
Hot off the press 📰
Key stories and breaking news from the week leading up to the race.
• Mid-point superlatives: Dishing out distinctions at regular-season halfway mark | View the gallery
• Bowman’s back: No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports driver cleared to race | Read more
• Ty Gibbs: Competing in Saturday’s star-studded Xfinity Series race | Read more
• Christopher Bell: Driver debuts a special military scheme for Monday | Read more
• Sold out: Coca-Cola 600 grandstand reserved and camping sold out | Read more
• Next Gen update: Chassis adjustments implemented after Talladega wreck | Read more
• Coca-Cola moments: Looking back at 25 of the sport’s best | View the gallery
• Jeff Gordon: Driver looks back on 1994 win that started HOF career | Read more
• Jayski: Josh Berry reportedly coming to terms with SHR for 2024 | Read more
• Xfinity Series: Dale Jr. unveils paint scheme for Bristol race | Read more
• Truck Series: No. 88 team penalized for loose lug nut | Read more
• Chicago Street Race: Xfinity named founding partner of event | Read more
• Kyle Petty: Charity Ride Across America raises $1.7 million for Victory Junction | Read more
Get in on the action 💰
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🚨 REMINDER: Garage picks in Fantasy Live will lock after Stage 3. Points will be awarded for Stage 1, 2 and the finish.
• Fantasy Live: Participate in interactive gameplay from week to week | Choose your lineup
• Fan Rewards: New in 2023, get rewarded for your participation | Learn more
• NASCAR BetCenter: Don’t miss your chance to make picks each week | Visit the BetCenter
• Going the distance: 2023 Cup Series championship odds | See them here
• The Action Network: Picks and predictions for Monday’s race | Read expert analysis
Coming home to Charlotte 🏡
One of the most wholesome events for family and friends of the sport, there’s a lot of history packed into these 600 miles.
• Winner, winner: All-time Coca-Cola 600 winners | See full list here
• Where it all began: Drivers who earned their first win in the Coca-Cola 600 | Jeff Gordon, others
• Honoring our military: Photos of service members at Charlotte | Scroll through gallery
• 1976: World 600 marked a watershed event for this writer | Read more
• Race Rewind: Thriller! Denny Hamlin wins in double overtime | Watch highlights
Take some notes 📝
Five hard-hitting, race-relevant statistics, brought to you by the experts at Racing Insights.
• Hendrick Motorsports drivers led the most laps in the last three races on 1.5-mile tracks.
• Six different drivers won the last six Coca-Cola 600s.
• Kyle Larson is the only Coke 600 winner in the last 24 races to go on to win the championship that season.
• The final green-flag stretch was five laps or less in three of the last five Coca-Cola 600 races.
• All three stage winners finished outside the top 10 in this race last year.
🔮 Advance to Victory Lane: Racing Insights projects Monday’s finishing order