Coca-Cola 600, a NASCAR Cup Series race, will be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC on Sunday, May 30, 2021 (05/30/21).
Fans can watch the event for free via a trial fuboTV.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: Coca-Cola 600
who: NASCAR Cup Series
When: Sunday May 30, 2021
Time: 6 p.m. ET
Or: Charlotte Motor Circuit
Direct: fuboTV (free try)
Chase Elliott dealt with the slips and slips, standing water and poor visibility that made it difficult for drivers to see within yards of them.
And when NASCAR’s Circuit of the Americas debut ended early due to poor racing conditions in the rain, Elliott not only had his first win of the season, but also historic victories for Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet.
Elliott’s Texas Grand Prix victory after 54 of 68 laps expected was No. 800 for Chevrolet and No. 268 for Hendrick Motorsports, which tied Petty Enterprises for most wins.
“I never thought we would win so many races,” said team owner Rick Hendrick, whose team also won our 400, 500, 600 and 700 wins for Chevrolet. He called it “an honor” to bind Petty.
“I am so proud for Chevrolet,” said Hendrick. “I have never raced anything other than Çhevrolet.”
When asked which wins have stood out over the years, Hendrick said, “It takes each of those wins to reach the number that we have reached now. There are so many. All are special. “
Sunday’s race will be notable for ending the defending Elliott Cup champion’s winless drought and putting the drivers in a soggy and at times muddy mess before ending under the second red flag of the afternoon as the rain only got worse.
Elliott’s teammate Kyle Larson and Team Penske’s Joey Logano completed the top three.
“It’s not the ideal way to win, but we’ll take it,” said Elliott, who said he had also had several tight calls under difficult conditions. “If they say race, we’ll go. If they call in to say it’s not doable or not smart, that’s what we’ll do. “
Elliott earned his sixth career road victory and won five of the last six road races in the Cup Series. He has 12 Cup victories in total.
The race call was a disappointing end to the first race in the series on a track built for Formula One, and organizers will have to decide if they want to make the Austin track a regular stop.
The rain started in the first lap. The trickiest section to go was the long straight at high speed, as the drivers risked hydroplaning or not being able to see through the spray pushed by the cars around them.
The worst crash happened when Cole Custer, looking for a visible racing line, slammed into Martin Truex Jr.’s rear – who had just hit Michael McDowell – and Custer’s front briefly exploded into a ball. fire on lap 25. medical center and released.
“We have nothing to do in the rain, period,” said veteran driver Kevin Harvick. “All I can say is this is the worst decision we have ever made in our sport that I have participated in, and I have never felt so unsafe in my entire racing career,” period.
Larson ignored some of the concerns. He was in a late position to challenge Elliott for the win before the end of the race.
“There is nothing safe about being a racing driver,” said Larson. “It was getting pretty crazy … It’s kind of what you should expect from running in the rain.”
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)