Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway featured a great deal of close quarters racing. There were 16 cautions but only one that involved more than two cars.
The biggest crash of the night came just after a restart on lap 314. Kyle Larson who had met the wall on several occasions was running in the top five but got loose and spun coming out of turn 2. He slid up and into Clint Bowyer then down collecting Austin Dillon then back up the track clipping Ty Dillon. Ryan Preece was also swept up.
Austin Dillon won the 600 in 2017 but was scored 34th Sunday night.
“I don’t know if I should have just slowed down and try to get stopped,” Dillon said. “But I thought I had a gap there and maybe squeeze and get by as best as I could and it didn’t work. We shouldn’t have been back there. We just really didn’t have the car I thought we were going to have. I’m disappointed because I felt like in practice we were pretty decent and it just looks like the No 18 (Kyle Busch) made it through and I was the one that got wrecked. It’s just part of it.”
Larson took blame for the incident.
“I just got in there and lost grip and slid up into Clint (Bowyer),” Larson said. “I got stuck in the middle and then just put myself in a bad spot and got sideways. So, it was an up and down day for us. I finally put myself in a good spot for about a lap and then screwed that up. So, that was all me. So, we’ll go wherever we race next week and try to do better.”
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