The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway became the longest race in NASCAR’s history at 607.5 miles.
NASCAR’s return to action has been full of events. As such, Sunday’s race, NASCAR’s third race after resuming the series, became the longest race in the history of NASCAR.
Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott, after a disappointing finish in Toyota 500, was about to finally win his first race of the season. However, in the turn of events, his Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron spun out of the race, leading to a caution flag with just two laps in the race. Elliott, who was leading the race with Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski in the second place, decided to pit for new tires while the second positioned Keselowski didn’t.
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Starting 11th after the final restart, Elliott could only finish as high as third and Jimmie Johnson finished second. There was still more drama after the race as Johnson was disqualified as his No.48 Chevrolet failed post-race inspection. While Elliott finished second, it is the second time in a week that he could have won the race but failed to do so due to varying circumstances.
The regular 1.5-mile 400 laps race went on until 405 laps and registered 607.5 miles due to the caution just at the end of the race, making the Coco-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway the longest race in NASCAR’s history