Stewart-Haas Racing: Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte

NKP #10: Noah Gragson, Stewart-Haas Racing, Bass Pro Shops Winchester Ford Mustang

Race Winner:  Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Winner:  William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 2 Winner:  Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 3 Winner:  None

SHR Finish:        

●  Josh Berry (Started 13th, Finished 10th / Running, completed 249 of 249 laps)

●  Chase Briscoe (Started 18th, Finished 25th / Running, completed 249 of 249 laps)  

●  Ryan Preece (Started 31st, Finished 26th / Running, completed 249 of 249 laps)

●  Noah Gragson (Started 19th, Finished 38th / Accident, completed 170 of 249 laps)

SHR Points:

●  Chase Briscoe (16th with 334 points, 158 out of first)

●  Josh Berry (19th with 263 points, 229 out of first)

●  Noah Gragson (21st with 240 points, 252 out of first)

●  Ryan Preece (28th with 203 points, 289 out of first)

SHR Notes:         

●  Berry earned his second top-10 of the season and it came in his first NASCAR Cup Series start at Charlotte.

●  This was Berry’s fifth straight finish of 16th or better. He finished 16th April 21 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, 14th April 28 at Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway, 15th May 5 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, and third May 12 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.

●  Berry finished ninth in Stage 1 to earn two bonus points and eighth in Stage 2 to earn three more bonus points.

●  Berry led once for seven laps.

●  Berry was the highest finishing rookie.

Race Notes:        

●  Christopher Bell won the Coca-Cola 600 to score his eighth career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his second of the season and his first at Charlotte.

●  There were seven caution periods for a total of 46 laps, including the final four laps.

●  All but five of the 40 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.

●  Denny Hamlin leaves Charlotte as the new championship leader with a five-point advantage over second-place Martin Truex Jr.

Sound Bites:

“It was a really solid day. I thought we qualified well, maintained our track position. Rodney (Childers, crew chief) made some really good adjustments to the car overnight. We were just really solid. We kept getting better and better and better. Tonight was just a night to be proud of.” – Josh Berry, driver of the No. 4 Ford Mustang Dark Horse

“Overall, it was kind of just a frustrating night. I felt like every time we would get track position, we would end up losing it, whether it was a restart not going our way or pit road. I felt like if we could ever just put it all together we had a car capable of running anywhere from eighth to 12th, but everybody from eighth on back ran the same speed, so wherever you came out on a restart or off pit road is kind of where you ran. We’ve got to clean everything up and definitely felt like we should’ve finished way better than where we did tonight from a speed standpoint. We just have to figure out our execution.” – Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 Mahindra Compact Tractors Ford Mustang Dark Horse

“Yeah, he (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) just misjudged his run and got us in the left rear, just a miscalculation. It sucks, but the sun will come up tomorrow.” – Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 10 Bass Pro Shops/Winchester Ford Mustang Dark Horse

Next Up: 

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Enjoy Illinois 300 on Sunday, June 2 at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois, near St. Louis. The race begins at 3:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


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