NASCAR Cup Series
The Coca Cola 600 Everyone Really Needed
May 30, 2022
As always, Memorial Day weekend was jam-packed with racing action across the country. Here are some stats of note from the holiday of racing.
Denny Hamlin won the longest race in NASCAR history by distance as the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (NC) extended to 413 laps. The win was the first for Hamlin in the Memorial Day classic and the second straight year the winner has started from the pole.
Kyle Busch is racking up some impressive stats in the Coca-Cola 600. In the last six runnings of the race he has a win, two seconds, two thirds and a fourth. That’s six top-five finishes while competing all the laps. Overall he has nine top five runs in the race.
Henderson, Tennessee driver Josh Berry pocketed his fourth career NASCAR Xfinity Series win in the last 13th months. Berry led a race-high 89 laps and paced a trio of JR Motorsports cars in the top four. The race also saw the AJ Allmendinger top-10 streak end at 12.
Zane Smith logs his series' leading eighth top-10 finish after coming home fifth. Smith led 52 laps on his way to another solid finish. John Hunter Nemechek also posted his fifth top five finish after coming from 15th to get the results. Nemechek, Smith, Ben Rhodes, and Christian Eckes all have five top five runs.
Bobby Santos doubled up at the Lucas Oil Raceway (IN) Carb Night Classic on Friday. Santos won both the Silver Crown 100-lap event and the USAC Midget race on the same night. Santos now has 13 wins at Lucas Oil and 11 straight top-five runs.
With a fourth-place finish in race one, Tim Brown secured his 300th career top-five finish at Bowman Gray Stadium to lead all drivers. Most drivers don’t even make 300 starts at the North Carolina track. Points leader Chris Fleming won the first race for his second win of 2022, and Randy Butner won the second contest.
Becoming only the third driver to win the race in back-to-back years, Tyler Roahrig captured his second Little 500 at Anderson Speedway (IN) on the night before the Indianapolis 500. The victory also marked his third-straight top three finish for the Plymouth, Indiana driver.
Mike Christopher Jr, won at Jennerstown Speedway (PA) just like his uncle Ted Christopher did years prior. TC won at the track in 2006 and his nephew followed suit for his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win 16 years later.
Not since 2011 has Hunter Robbins won two races in the Show Me The Money Series. Now after Saturday night, he has two wins on the young season as he seeks his third Show Me The Money title at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL). Robbins might not be in line for the title as he missed the first race.
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Ben Ashline captured his third Coastal 200 at Wiscasset Raceway (ME). The victory leaves him tied with Scott Chubbuck for the most wins with three.
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