Charlotte Motor Speedway – Coca Cola 600

NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Odds

The NASCAR Coca Cola 600 is held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. It’s one of the oldest races on the NASCAR calendar and debuted in 1960. It is the longest race on the NASCAR schedule and the third Major or “Crown Jewel” race of the season. This is the first of two races at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on the 2023 NASCAR calendar. The second race is the Bank of America Roval 400, in the Round of 12 of the NASCAR playoffs.

As the race approaches, the Coca Cola 600 odds may fluctuate based on several factors, such as practice sessions, qualifying results, and any last-minute changes in driver lineups or track conditions. This dynamic nature of the NASCAR odds creates an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation among bettors, who eagerly monitor any developments that might impact their betting choices.

Ultimately, the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 odds create an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation for both fans and bettors, elevating the race to another level of exhilaration. As the drivers take their positions on the starting grid, fans and bettors alike eagerly await the drop of the green flag, eager to witness the intense battles and the triumph of those who defy the odds to claim victory in this prestigious motorsport spectacle.

Coca-Cola 600 2023 Odds
Kyle LarsonHendrick Motorsports+450
William ByronHendrick Motorsports+550
Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing+650
Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs Racing+850
Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports+900
Ross ChastainTrackhouse+1100
Kyle BuschKyle Busch Motorsports+1100
Christopher BellJoe Gibbs Racing+1100
Tyler Reddick23XI Racing+1800
Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas Racing+1800

What Is the Charlotte Motor Speedway?

The captivating world of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a legendary destination that pulses with the heartbeat of motorsports. Nestled in the picturesque city of Concord, North Carolina, this iconic venue beckons racing enthusiasts from far and wide to experience the thrill and spectacle that unfolds within its grounds.

As you enter the gates, you’re instantly engulfed in the atmosphere of raw power and adrenaline. The air vibrates with the symphony of roaring engines, while the grandstands stand tall, ready to embrace thousands of passionate fans eagerly awaiting the next exhilarating NASCAR race. From the iconic 1.5-mile quad-oval track that has witnessed countless legendary moments to the sprawling infield filled with anticipation, every inch of the Charlotte Motor Speedway embodies the essence of speed, competition, and unwavering passion.

This historic racing haven has played host to some of the most prestigious and thrilling events in the world of motorsports. The NASCAR Coca-Cola 600, a grueling test of endurance and strategy, pushes drivers and teams to their limits as they battle for supremacy over 600 miles. The Bank of America Roval 400, with its unique blend of road course and traditional oval sections, ignites sparks of excitement and unpredictability that keep fans on the edge of their seats. Each race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway weaves a tapestry of triumph, heartbreak, and unforgettable moments etched into the annals of racing history.

Beyond the thrilling races, the Charlotte Motor Speedway offers an array of experiences that cater to every fan’s desire. Explore the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where the sport’s heroes are immortalized and their legendary stories come to life. Immerse yourself in the interactive exhibits, and feel the rush of being behind the wheel through state-of-the-art simulations.  

Coca-Cola 600 Race Schedule

Nascar Cup Series:

  • 7:05 p.m. ET – Practice
  • 7:50 p.m. ET – Qualifying

Nascar Cup Series:

  • 3:00 pm ET – Garage Hours
  • 6:00 p.m. ET – Coca Cola 600
2023 Coca Cola 600 Race Results
1Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske
2William ByronHendrick Motorsports
3Martin Truex JrJoe Gibbs Racing
4Bubba Wallace23XI Racing
5Tyler Reddick23XI Racing
6Kyle BuschRichard Childress Racing
7Ricky Stenhouse JrJTG Daugherty Racing
8Chris BuescherRFK Racing
9Austin DillonRichard Childress Racing
10Zane SmithFront Row Motorsports

Current NASCAR Standings - 2023 Season

History of the Coca Cola 600

The NASCAR Coca Cola 600 joined NASCAR as the World 600 in the 1960 season. It was the first race held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The track was made after stock car racer Curtis Turner saw the success of the Daytona International Speedway and wanted to build something similar near Charlotte, North Carolina.

Track construction took much more time and effort than anticipated. A layer of granite under the topsoil for the track pushed costs to nearly $2 million at the time (close to $20 million when adjusted for inflation). A snowstorm postponed concrete pouring and Turner hoped for a six-week postponement of the event. A paving subcontractor threatened to quit two weeks before the inaugural race. Turner and one of his friends held the subcontractor at gunpoint to finish the backstretch in time for the first event.

Joe Lee Johnson won that first race in 1960. It was an eventful race punctuated by Don O’Dell hitting Lenny Page’s driver door. Reporter Chris Economaki ran over and provided CPR to Page until emergency crews arrived on the scene. Economaki’s been credited with saving Page’s life.

The event quickly became NASCAR’s answer to the Indianapolis 500 in IndyCar racing. It was held over Memorial Day weekend and, until 1974, was held on different days of the weekend. That meant some drivers competed in both events. Circumstances changed in 1974 after IndyCar decided to race on Sundays.

The 1970s saw the race solidify its status as one of the most exciting races on the calendar. Races consistently saw dozens of lead changes and shoot-outs for the win, especially in 1978. Three-time champion Darrell Waltrip won a six-car, race-long shootout for victory.

The race continued to become one of the most significant events on the NASCAR calendar into the 1980s and 1990s. In 1985, Bill Elliott had a chance to win a million-dollar cash bonus for winning all four of the NASCAR significant events. He faded at the finish and Waltrip took the victory. Waltrip set the record for most wins with his fifth in 1989. Organizers installed lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1992. Beginning in 1993, the race started later in the day to end at night, a format that continues today.

Since 2000, the race has seen some dramatic action. The 2005 race saw the most cautions in any Cup Series race (22) and a late red flag. In 2009, the race was rained out to Monday and went for just 227 laps. The 2013 race was red flagged after a cable supporting Fox Sports’ skycam snapped and fell onto the track. Multiple spectators were injured and cars were damaged as well. The 2022 Coca-Cola 600 is the longest race in NASCAR history. Two overtime finishes meant the race went for 619.5 miles and five hours, 13 minutes.

Unlike many of the other events on the Cup Series Calendar, the race has had just two name sponsors in its history. The race was the World 600 from 1960 to 1984. Coca-Cola took over title sponsorship starting in 1985. It was titled the Coca-Cola World 600 that year before shortening to the Coca-Cola 600 from 1986 onward. One exception was in 2002, when the event was titled the Coca-Cola Racing Family 600.

Waltrip has the record for the most wins with five. The race has been the site of many first wins for drivers. Four-time champion Jeff Gordon won his first NASCAR race there in 1994, 2000 champion Bobby Labonte took his first win in 1995, and 2003 champion Matt Kenseth won his first Cup Series race there in 2000. Denny Hamlin won the 2022 Coca-Cola 600. The Charlotte Motor Speedway has been a crucial battleground for drivers vying for top positions in the NASCAR standings throughout the racing season.

Circuit Information

Charlotte Motor Speedway

The NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 takes place at the quad-oval Charlotte Motor Speedway. The seating capacity in the grandstands is 171,000. The 600-mile, 400-lap race usually takes around four hours. Jimmie Johnson set the current lap record of 28.598 seconds in 2017 with an average speed of 188.82 miles per hour.

In addition to NASCAR, the Charlotte Motor Speedway also hosts other motorsports events such as the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) drag racing, World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, and various car shows. The complex includes the zMAX Dragway, a state-of-the-art drag racing facility, and The Dirt Track at Charlotte, a dirt racing track.

Coca Cola 600 Race FAQs

When was the first Coca Cola 600?

The first Coca Cola 600 was held in 1960.

Which driver has the most Coca Cola 600 wins?

Darrell Waltrip has the most wins with five.

Which NASCAR champions won their first race in the Coca Cola 600?

Four champions won their first race there: David Pearson (in 1961), Jeff Gordon (1994), Bobby Labonte (1995), and Matt Kenseth (2000).

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