NASCAR’s longest race of the season will take place Sunday night in Charlotte with the 2022 Coca-Cola 600. The game starts at 6pm ET.
Denny Hamlin will start from pole position on Sunday night, while early points leader Chase Elliott will start in 13th. Kyle Larson will try to win his second Coca-Cola 600 in a row, but he will start again in 36th.
what: 2022 Coca-Cola 600.
when: Sunday, May 29, 2022.
time: 6 p.m. ET.
Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway (95,000).
Read what Steve Reed of The Associated Press wrote about Larson looking to use Sunday’s game as a driving force for the rest of the season.
Kyle Larson is hoping to get back on the road to victory at the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, which could propel him to a second straight NASCAR Cup Series title.
In other words, he hopes history will repeat itself.
Larson has only won one this season — in California three months ago.
That puts Larson in a situation very similar to last year, when he came to Charlotte Motor Speedway with just one win in 14 races for NASCAR’s longest and toughest race.
His 2021 season turns to Charlotte.
Larson Dominant Coca-Cola 600 Leading 327 of 400 laps in Hendrick Motorsports’ 269th career win — propelling HMS past Petty Enterprises for a record.
The victory inspired Larson and his No. 5 Chevrolet team. The group has won three cups in a row and the All-Star Game, giving it the confidence and drive it needs to win. Larson won a total of 10 races and eventually won his first cup.
“It’s pretty cool to have Mr. (Rick) Hendrick with a historic win,” Larson said of last year’s victory at the Coca-Cola 600. He and we are privileged to be the ones to do so. Hopefully we can do the same this weekend. “
But reuse in Coca-Cola 600 is not easy. Not since Jimmy Johnson won three straight from 2003 to 2005.
NASCAR’s longest race started with plenty of pitfalls — tire wear, wear and track temperature changes from day to night — and the new next-gen race car only adds more appeal. In fact, whether the left rear tire can handle the load of such a long race is worrying.
Larson has as much chance of winning as anyone. Fan Duel Sports Betting Make him the favorite of the game at 5-1.
He topped the charts all year, finishing fourth in Bristol and Talladega and second in Las Vegas and Kansas. He has six top five finishes in total, but is ninth in the standings.
“The track position will be important, so a good qualifying on Saturday will help a lot on Sunday,” Larson said.
Dillon a dark horse
Maybe it has something to do with Dale Earnhardt’s legacy, but Austin Dillon and the black No. 3 Chevy have been doing well on the Coca-Cola 600.
Dillon, who won the competition in 2017, finished in the top 10 for the third year in a row.
“I don’t know what Charlotte Motor Speedway is. I’ve always had success there,” Dillon said. “I love this track. I understand what it takes to go fast in a car, and I feel it. Obviously, I won my first cup in Charlotte, so I definitely make it every year as we go The place to play.”