Coca Cola 600

History

Coca-Cola 600 is a 600-mile NASCAR Cup Series race held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in, North Carolina. The race occurs during the Memorial Day weekend.

The primary race, held in 1960. Additionally, it the first held at the new Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is the longest race on NASCAR’s timetable at 600 miles. It was initially called the World 600.

The race is run later around the same time as the Indianapolis 500 of IndyCar. A few drivers even perform Double Duty, contending in the two iconic races.

Track Origin

Charlotte Motor Speedway is 1.5 miles long. It takes 400 laps to finish the 600-mile race. The race is split into four stages of 100 laps each which accounts for 600 miles.

The construction of the speedway was a difficult task for Curtis Turner. He had raised capital for the construction of the speedway, however, it was not enough. Turner needed to intimidate the subcontractor with a gun to guarantee the construction track’s backstretch.

Past Winners

Three times NASCAR Cup series champion Darrell Waltrip is the most successful driver at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. He has won the Coca Cola 600 race 5 times. Jimmie Johnson has 4 victories on this track. Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon have won the Coca Cola 600 three times.

Brad Keselowski won the 2020 Coca Cola 600 race.

Name Changes

The race was known as the World 600 from 1960 to 1984. The name was changed to the Coca-Cola World 600 in 1985.

In 1986 the race was given the name of Coca-Cola 600. It was alluded to as Coke 600 at that point.

The name changed again in 2002 to the Coca-Cola Racing Family 600. In 2003, the race was again named as the Coca-Cola 600.

Venue Charlotte Motor Speedway
Location Concord, North Carolina, United States
First race 1960
Distance 600 Miles
Laps 400
previous names World 600 (1960–1984)
Coca-Cola World 600 (1985)
Coca-Cola 600 (1986–2001, 2003–) Coca-Cola Racing Family 600 (2002)
most wins (driver) Darrell Waltrip-5
most wins (team) Hendrick Motorsports-11
surface Asphalt
Length 1.5mi
Turns 4
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