NASCAR at Charlotte 2020 Results: Brad Keselowski Captures Victory in OvertimeMay 25, 2020
Brad Keselowski notched an improbable overtime victory in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, on Sunday night.
The race featured 20 lead changes—none more stunning than the 20th. Chase Elliott had passed Keselowski with around 35 laps to go and appeared to be cruising to his first Coke 600 checkered flag when Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron spun out to force overtime (NSFW language):
Keselowski capitalized on the restart after Elliott was called into the pits and ended up with a disappointing second-place finish.
Jimmie Johnson appeared to claim second place, but it was later revealed that his No. 48 car failed inspection. Johnson was subsequently disqualified from the race, and he and his crew chief addressed the developments:
Cliff Daniels @DanielsCliff
Disappointed about our post-race OSS. We think something must've broken but won't know until we get it back to the shop tomorrow and can diagnose. Tough news after a strong night. This team is getting stronger We are focused forward. We’ll be back Wednesday with another great car
Keselowski entered Charlotte at No. 6 in the NASCAR Cup Series, and the Coca-Cola 600 is his first Cup Series checkered flag of the season.
The top three drivers in the Cup Series standings entering Sunday were Kevin Harvick (258 points), Joey Logano (224 points) and Alex Bowman (219 points). Harvick was fresh off a win in the Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway, while Bowman's March 1 Auto Club 400 victory was bookended by Logano's Pennzoil 400 and FanShield 500 triumphs.
Bowman came in 19th place in this race but not before earning points by winning Stages 1 and 2. Logano, who finished 13th, nabbed Stage 3.
Coca-Cola 600 Top 10
1. Brad Keselowski
2. Chase Elliott
3. Ryan Blaney
4. Kyle Busch
5. Kevin Harvick
6. Martin Truex Jr.
7. Kurt Busch
8. Tyler Reddick
9. Christopher Bell
10. Chris Buescher
Full results at NASCAR.com
The race began with Kurt Busch at the pole position after he won the qualifying round earlier Sunday—marking the first official qualifying round in the Cup Series since the sport went on hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic in March.
Busch maintained the lead through the first 50 laps until the red flag came out for inclement weather:
Prior to the rain delay, Denny Hamlin was penalized for dropping a ballast from his No. 11 car, while Johnson averted what could have been a significant crash:
Once the race resumed, Clint Bowyer collided with the wall in what was a scary moment. Sixty-eight laps later, Bubba Wallace encountered a mechanical issue. Both cars' nights ended prematurely:
And while Bowman won't be pleased with a 20th-place finish, his night could have gone much worse:
Reigning Coca-Cola 600 champion Martin Truex Jr. led several points in the race but fell to sixth place before it was all over.
Truex will have another opportunity for glory at Charlotte Motor Speedway as the next Cup Series race will be back at the track Wednesday night.