It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means that NASCAR is going to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600 weekend. Not only is the Cup Series in town, but the Truck Series and Xfinity Series are in town as well for NASCAR’s most patriotic race weekend. Here is how to watch all of the action for this weekend.
Craftsman Truck Series: North Carolina Education Lottery 200
When: Friday, May 26, 8:30 PM ET
Where to Watch: FS1 OR on the FOX Sports App
Where to Listen: Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 OR on your local MRN affiliate. Find your local affiliate here.
What to Watch For: As hard as it may be to believe, the Truck Series is now only six races away from the Playoffs counting this upcoming race at Charlotte. The bubble is beginning to take shape with Matt Crafton (+38), Tanner Gray (+21), Stewart Friesen (+4), Matt Dibenedetto (-4), Nicholas Sanchez (-16), and Chase Purdy (-32) all within 40 points above or below the cut-line. No Cup Series drivers are on the entry list meaning that this is a true showcase for the Truck Series.
Carson Hocevar led the most laps last year, but finished only 16th as the last car on the lead lap. Defending winner, Ross Chastain, is not entered this weekend.
Xfinity Series: Alsco Uniforms 300
When: Saturday, May 27, 1:00 PM ET
Where to Watch: FS1 OR the FOX Sports App
Where to Listen: Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 OR on your local PRN affiliate. Find your local PRN affiliate here.
What to Watch for: The Xfinity Series rolls into Charlotte after a weekend off following Darlington. 40 drivers are on the entry list for 38 spots meaning that two drivers will be sent home after qualifying. Cup Series drivers entered include Kyle Busch and Ty Gibbs.
Josh Berry and Justin Allgaier dominated the race last year leading a combined 152 of 200 laps. Allgaier would hit the wall with a few laps to go, and would finish one lap down in seventh as Berry would win by an incredible 18 seconds.
Cup Series: Coca-Cola 600
When: Sunday, May 28, 6:00 PM ET
Where to Watch: FOX OR on the FOX Sports App
Where to Listen: Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 OR on your local PRN affiliate. Find your local affiliate here.
What to Watch for: The Coca-Cola 600 is easily one of NASCAR’s “Crown Jewel” events. The entry list has a couple of notable tidbits as Josh Berry will substitute for Alex Bowman for one more week and Jimmie Johnson will enter his third race for Legacy Motor Club. Last season was one of the most exciting Coca Cola 600s in recent memory with Denny Hamlin winning on a last lap pass.
The Cup Series is also halfway to the Playoffs, and the bubble is beginning to take shape. Bubba Wallace (+31), Chase Briscoe (+13), Daniel Suarez (-13), Ty Gibbs (-15), and Austin Cindric (-27) are notable drivers on the early playoff bubble. Alex Bowman, Chase Elliot, and Aric Almirola are notable drivers outside of the top 20 in points who might need a win to get into the playoffs.
This is one of the most important weekend of the year for drivers and teams not only because its’ a “Crown Jewel”, but also because it is a home game for drivers and teams. Because of this, everyone wants to perform well here.