Event: Coca-Cola 600 (Round 13 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 400 laps, broken into four stages (100 laps/100 laps/100 laps/100 laps)
Start/Finish: 39th/40th (Running, completed 83 of 400 laps)
Point Standing: 3rd (485 points, 88 points out of first)
Race Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 3 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Recap (Ended on Lap 100):
● Kevin Harvick started 39th and finished 40th.
● The Mobil 1/Busch Beer Ford raced from 39th up to 11th by the first caution on lap 38.
● The team came to pit road for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure adjustment during the caution and restarted ninth on lap 43.
● Harvick raced into the top-five by lap 67.
● The No. 4 Ford cut a right-front tire and hit the outside retaining wall on lap 83, resulting in heavy damage.
● The team was unable to continue due to the heavy right-side damage and retired to the garage, ending Harvick’s day.
● This was only the second time that the No. 4 team did not finish (DNF) a race in 2018. Harvick also recorded a DNF in the Daytona 500.
● Kyle Busch won the Coca-Cola 600 to score his 47th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his fourth of the season and his first at Charlotte. His margin of victory over second-place Martin Truex Jr., was 3.823 seconds. With his Coca-Cola 600 victory, Kyle Busch became the first driver to secure a points-paying win at every track the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visits.
● There were 11 caution periods for a total of 54 laps.
● Only nine of the 40 drivers in the Coca-Cola 600 finished on the lead lap.
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Mobil 1/Busch Beer Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
Any indication why the tire went down?
“No, we stood in the garage and looked at it, and I can’t tell if we ran something over. There are enough things that could have happened right there, but I’m just really proud of everybody on our Mobil 1/Busch Ford. The car was really, really fast. We came all the way through the pack and made it up into the top-three there, and sometimes those things happen. I can’t complain about anything that’s happened this year. We have to take the good with the bad. The guys did a great job in basically guessing at where the car needed to be today with all the penalties, no practice and starting in the back. To come out and have the fastest car again was quite an honor to drive, and they’re doing a great job. It was just bad luck.”
The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Pocono 400 on Sunday, June 3 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.
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