Kyle Larson and Hendrick Motorsports (HMS) dominated in the NASCAR Memorial Day Weekend tradition at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Coca-Cola 600.
Larson had finished in the runner-up spot in the past three NASCAR Cup Series races. The last time he did that, Larson scored the pole and the win in the next race. Larson earned a start from the pole in yesterday’s Coca-Cola 600. He then began his domination of the race when the first green flag waived.
The #5 Chevrolet Camaro would win the first three stages of the longest race of the year in the Cup Series. This is the only race that is split in four segments of 100 laps each that adds up to a 600 mile race. Larson would not only win the race by being the leader on lap 400, he did it by a 10 second lead. Larson also led a race high 327 laps in the race. It became the second time in his career he finished second three consecutive races and followed that up with a race win from the pole.
This was Larson’s first win at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series and his first win in the Coca-Cole 600. It is his second win of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. Larson also becomes the third driver to score more than a single win this season.
Larson’s HMS teammate Chase Elliott scored the runner-up finish. Kyle Busch finished third. The other two HMS drivers William Byron and Alex Bowman rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth places respectively. See the complete race results for the NASCAR Cup Series 2021 Coca-Cola 600 here.
Larson’s win gives HMS 269 wins and puts them at the top of NASCAR’s list of racing teams with the most wins. HMS eclipses by one race the 61-year run at the top of the most wins list that Petty Enterprises has held since 1960. HMS has also finished first and second in the three consecutive NASCAR Cup Series races counting the 2021 Coca-Cola 600.
Denny Hamlin holds the points lead for another week. Kyle Larson’s win moves him up a spot to second place. William Byron slips back to third place. Chase Elliott moves up to fourth place pushing Joey Logano back to fifth. See the complete NASCAR Cup Series point standings here.
Next up for the Cup Series is the Toyota Save Mart 350 as NASCAR goes road racing again Sunday, June 6th at Sonoma Raceway.