Tonight’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte: Start time, weather, TV/radio info
Kyle Busch seeks to follow his All-Star win with the first points win of the season tonight for Joe Gibbs Racing. Martin Truex Jr. won at Kansas earlier this month, the last points race before tonight, and will look to repeat his dominance in this event last year.
Before they and others take the green flag, Charlotte Motor Speedway will honor military members on this Memorial Day weekend.
Here are the particulars for today’s Xfinity race:
(All times are Eastern)
START: Channing Tatum, co-star of the upcoming movie “Logan Lucky,’' will give the command for drivers to start engines at 6:10 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 6:18 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 400 laps (600 miles) around the 1.5-mile speedway.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 100. Stage 2 ends on Lap 200. Stage 3 ends on Lap 300.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Cup garage opens at 12:30 p.m. The drivers meeting is at 4 p.m. Driver introductions are at 5:20 p.m.
AMAZING GRACE: Charlotte Fire Department Pipe Band will perform this song at 6 p.m.
21-GUN SALUTE: Fort Bragg Firing Party will perform this at 6:02. It will be followed by the playing of “Taps” by a bugler from Fort Bragg.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: The 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus will perform the Anthem at 6:03 p.m.
TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race at 6 p.m. Its coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at gorpn.com. PRN’s coverage begins at 5 p.m. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 83 degrees at race time with a 38 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
LAST YEAR: Martin Truex Jr. led a record 392 of 400 laps to win last year’s Coca-Cola 600. Kevin Harvick was second and Jimmie Johnson third. Johnson won at Charlotte last fall in the Chase. Matt Kenseth was second and Kasey Kahne third.
STARTING LINEUP: Click here for Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup