NASCAR at Charlotte live race updates, results, highlights from the Coca-Cola 600

The Coca-Cola 600 is the third NASCAR Cup Series race in seven days, thanks to the sport’s new compact schedule. After two races in Darlington, the Cup Series has moved to Charlotte. 

Drivers had a qualifying session, the last of the season, at Charlotte Motor Speedway to set the starting lineup for the Coca-Cola 600. Kurt Busch earned the pole position, barely edging out Jimmie Johnson. 

Chase Elliot, who was spun out by Kyle Busch in Wednesday’s race at Darlington, is in starting in third place. Matt Kenseth and Tyler Riddick round out the top five. NASCAR officials will be watching the weather closely as thunderstorms are possible in Charlotte Sunday night. 

Sporting News is tracking live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from the Coca-Cola 600. Follow along below for complete results from Charlotte.

NASCAR at Charlotte live updates, highlights from Coca-Cola 600

Updates will begin with the green flag at 6:28 p.m. ET

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

A 6 p.m. ET start time has become the customary protocol for the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s longest race. It’s the only event in the sport that features four stages rather than three, and each Coca-Cola 600 stage will be 100 laps.

The Coca-Cola 600 begins in the heat of the daylight, but it gradually turns into a night race over the span of roughly 4 1/2 hours. That leads to cooling track temperatures and puts the onus on adjustments as teams attempt to navigate the race.

Fox’s coverage of pre-race ceremonies from Charlotte Motor Speedway — which are special on Memorial Day weekend — will begin at 6 p.m. ET, and the Coca-Cola 600 is scheduled to take the green flag 28 minutes later.

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