Coca-Cola 600 Results: Denny Hamlin escapes two extra-time restarts to win the Wild War at Charlotte

Concord, North Carolina – Of the 37 cars that started the 63rd run of the Coca-Cola 600, most were torn, tampered with, rotated or turned – including Denny Hamlin. After all, Hamlin took home the toughest version of NASCAR’s longest race he had ever seen.

Denny Hamlin picked up four new tires at his final bit stop and went into extra time, exiting the four-level battle for the lead in the first restart and then winning the Coca-Cola 600 from Kyle Bush in double extra time. For the first time in his life. With his victory, Hamlin became the 12th driver in NASCAR history to win all three races, the Daytona 500, the Coca Cola 600 and the South 500. History at 413 laps and 619.5 miles.

Coca-Cola 600 Unofficial results

  1. # 11 – Denny Hamlin
  2. # 18 – Kyle Bush
  3. # 4 – Kevin Harwick
  4. # 14 – Chase Prisco
  5. # 20 – Christopher Bell
  6. # 8 – Tyler Redick
  7. # 47 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr..
  8. # 34 – Michael McDowell
  9. # 5 – Kyle Larson
  10. # 48 – Alex Bowman


At the end of 600 miles, the race between Kyle Larson and Chase Prisco ended because Prisco ran down Larson and made several attempts to cross Larson’s inner line. To go two rounds, Prisco tried to put a slidejob on Larsen on Turn 1, but that move did not stick and Prisco ended up spinning out to bring out the yellow flag.

The ensuing warning resulted in two splitting tactics: Larson, Ross Chastein, Joey Logano and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. both picked up two tires, while Denny Hamlin all put in four tires. As a result, the total mass of cars pre-charged during the restart. Coming to Turn 4 for the white flag, Larsen, Chastine, Hamlin and Austin Dillon were in the lead in the four-width race, before which Larson attached Dillon to the outer wall, triggering several car crashes, which set up double extra time.

After coming out on the other side of the four wide scrum, Hamlin was able to stop Kyle Bush in the final rematch to win.

600 miles of debris

After an off-season test at Charlotte, drivers in the Next General car found themselves on the brink of extinction, and this year the Coca-Cola 600 was expected to have both high levels of on-track action and add-on as a result. Those expectations were felt in a tough race for drivers and equipment as it was exciting for the sales crowd who came to see it.

The yellow flag was flown 18 times, with several key events mixed between self-spinning and other issues. Drivers like Kyle Bush, Papa Wallace, Chase Elliott and Larson all left the front of the field. A dozen cars – including the eventual winner Hamlin – converged on Turn 2 at the resumption.

But when Daniel Suarez spun sideways in front of traffic and collected the cars of Todd Gilliland and Chris Fuscher, he had a very dramatic accident with more than 50 laps to go. As Bush’s car spun on the infield lawn, it was blown five times and rolled five times to rest on the roof. Busher got out of his car and was unharmed.

In the end, it took five hours, eight minutes and 16 seconds to complete the Coca-Cola 600 this year. This is the first time since 2005 that the race has taken more than five hours, when the race has been slowed down by 22 warnings in a cup series record.

“The worst race of my life.”

If there’s one driver who has to go through the Odyssey to reach the finish line, it’s Kyle Larson. Even after Larson practically hit the wall, he had to start 36th without getting to the qualifying round, and he marched through the field before countless problems. Two pit road fines, one pit road fire, wall contact, a spin off turn 4, and a partridge in a pear tree.

At one point before the bet reaches halfway through, Larson made fun of his group on the radio That he was “in the worst race of my life”. Shortly afterwards, team leader Cliff Daniels rallied his driver with a rousing speech.

“We went forward from behind more than I could count. We hit the wall, we spun out, we’re actually on fire. We were the most penalized team on the pit road in the first half,” Daniels said. “What this means is that we are already going to start better in the second half than we started in the first half.

“We have to execute right now. I do not know what you are worried about, but I’m fine, the team is fine, everyone down here is shaking their heads, raising their thumbs. So let’s go.”

Apparently, Larson needed that verbal kick in the pants. He led three times for 51 rounds, including several final rounds before the regulation ended. Then, Larson had to recover from spinning in the final big crash before finishing in the top 10 and finishing ninth.

From the final line

  • With his 48th career success, Denny Hamlin is ranked 16th on the all-time winning streak in the Cup Series. With his next win, Hamlin will equal another Hall of Famer and one of his former teammates, Tony Stewart.
  • Another slide to the win went wrong, but Chase Prisco was able to recover by finishing fourth. This is Prisco’s top five decision after his first career success in Phoenix in March.
  • Despite the speed drop after a late wall contact in the race, Christopher Bell regained fifth place at the end of extra time. For Bell it was a scary May because he finished fourth with a sixth or average fifth finish.
  • With seventh place, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished in his fourth straight top 10 spot. Stenhouse’s current top 10 streak is now the highlight of his career, having been three straight in the 2017 season.
  • Speaking of career milestones, Michael McDowell was ranked fifth in the top 10 this year, which matched the highest score in the career he set last season. Four of McDowell’s top 10 players have come in the last six races.
  • Harrison Burton was the No. 11 favorite newcomer, the best finisher of his career, and missed out on his top 10 spots.
  • Two drivers, Cody Ware and BJ McLeod, benefited from the steep incline. Ware finished 18th in his second first 20 races.
  • Despite the problems, he was down 13 laps in the final time, with Cos Grala running last in 23rd place. This is a small step for The Money Team Racing, owned by Floyd Mayweather, as it will be the best end of their third trophy race.

Next bet

On Sunday, June 5, the NASCAR Cup Series will meet everyone in St. Louis as they head to the Global Technology Raceway in Gateway for the first trophy series race of the Enjoy Illinois 300 track.

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