Coca-Cola 600 Starting Lineup and Stats for NASCAR Cup Series Race


The longest race of the NASCAR Cup Series season is on deck for Sunday evening. The Coca-Cola 600 is an annual staple of Memorial Day Weekend. In addition to the must-see pre-race festivities and tributes, all cars will be carrying the name of a fallen soldier tonight during the 600-mile race. After tying the all-time series wins mark last week, the Hendrick Motorsports quartet are all near the front of the Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup.

This article contains all kinds of vital information to get you set for this weekend’s action at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Read on for the Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup, start time, race facts and NASCAR stats.
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NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway

61st Coca-Cola 600
Date: Sunday, May 30, 2021
Start Time: 6 p.m. EST
Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway — Concord, NC
Coverage: FOX
Pole Sitter: Kyle Larson
Defending Champion : Brad Keselowski

Coca-Cola 600 Race Details

Distance: 600 miles
Laps: 400
Lap Length: 1.5 miles
Stages: Four (Laps 1-100; 101-200; 201-300; 301-400)
Surface: Asphalt
Turns: 4

Coca-Cola 600 Starting Lineup

See below for a breakdown of qualifying.

Starting Position Driver Car Number Team Manufacturer
1 Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
3 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
4 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
5 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
7 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
8 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
9 Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet
10 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
11 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
12 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske Ford
13 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske Ford
14 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
15 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
16 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske Ford
17 Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
18 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing Toyota
19 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
20 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Ford
21 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
22 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford
23 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
24 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford
25 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
26 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
28 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
29 Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford
30 Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
32 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing Chevrolet
33 B.J. McLeod 78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford
34 Cody Ware 53 Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet
35 James Davison 15 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
36 Garrett Smithley 51 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
37 Josh Billicki 52 Rick Ware Racing Ford
38 David Starr 66 Carl Long Motorsports Toyota

NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying Overview

Most weeks, this section has been reserved for the same canned overview of the NASCAR Cup Series qualifying formula. But this week, we had actual qualifying! Along with the Daytona 500 and each of the races at new tracks, the Coca-Cola 600 was one event that NASCAR permitted the normal time trial qualifying and practice sessions that we are accustomed to.

As a result, this week’s Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup truly reflects those cars that were fast in Saturday afternoon’s qualifying. Kyle Larson picked up right where he left off on 1.5-mile ovals with a time of 29.953 seconds to grab the pole position. He was joined by four other drivers in posting a sub-30 second qualifying time . Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (29.96), Chase Elliott (29.969), William Byron (29.97) and Kevin Harvick (29.993) round out the top five.

Coca-Cola 6 00 Race History and NASCAR Stats

  • Originally known as the World 600, this race was started with the goal of competing with the IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day Weekend. However, due to Charlotte Motor Speedway construction not being finished in time, the first race in 1960 was held in mid-June.
  • The Coca-Cola 600 is considered to be one of the NASCAR Cup Series crown jewel races. It has been run on Memorial Day Weekend every year since 1961 and makes up part of what is known as ‘The Greatest Day of Racing’.
  • Darrell Waltrip leads the all-time wins list for drivers with five victories in NASCAR’s longest race. Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson is just behind with four.
  • Among active drivers, only two have won the Coca-Cola 600 multiple times. Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag in 2011 and 2013 while Martin Truex Jr. triumphed in both 2016 and 2019.
  • Thanks to an overtime finish, last year’s race covered a total distance of 607.5 miles. Brad Keselowski earned the victory with an average speed of 135.024 mph.
  • Hendrick Motorsports owns the most all-time victories in this race among teams with 11. However, no HMS driver has won the event since Jimmie Johnson back in 2014.
  • Richard Childress Racing is a distant second to Hendrick Motorsports with six career Coca-Cola 600 wins. Interestingly enough, Brad Keselowski’s triumph last year marked just the second win in this race for Team Penske.
  • Chevrolet owns a sizable lead over all other manufacturers with 24 total wins in this race.

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