Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

NASCAR adds fourth stage for Coca-Cola 600

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Vera Richards | 17 May, 2017, 08:37

After Martin Truex Jr. led for 392 of 400 laps - or 588 of 600 miles - last season in the 600, it will be much tougher with four guaranteed restarts already implemented in the race.

The format of the All-Star Race has a total of 70 laps broken up into four stages (20 laps, 20 laps, 20 laps, 10 laps).

OneMain Financial, established in 1912 in Baltimore, has extended more than $120 billion in loans to more than 10 million customers throughout the country to help with debt consolidation, home improvement projects, vehicle purchases and more.

Given that the 600 is one of the most important races every season on the NASCAR schedule, CMS President Marcus Smith believes the update is flawless for the Charlotte race. "As a proud sponsor of Elliott Sadler and the No. 1 JR Motorsports race team, this sponsorship is a ideal fit and a great way for OneMain to support our community and NASCAR fans everywhere".

NASCAR announced on Monday that the 600 will be run in four 100-lap stages, rather than the three used in all other races under the sport's new points system, in its first season.

"We're delighted to add OneMain Financial as an entitlement sponsor to our NASCAR XFINITY Series race", said Mike Tatoian, Dover International Speedway's president and CEO.

All other elements of stage racing procedures are to remain the same for the Coca-Cola 600, with regular-season points awarded to each stage's top 10 finishers and a bonus playoff point for stage winners.

Another NASCAR tripleheader weekend returns to the Monster Mile from September 29-Oct.

In years past the event has been held in stages which now is the norm in the Monster Energy Cup Series as each points race on the schedule is now held in three stages, but this is not a point paying race.

The race format for the May 28 Coca-Cola 600 is changing two weeks before the race.

Marcus Smith, president and chief operating officer of Speedway Motorsports Inc., said the challenges of the 600 should include a higher reward. The distance is greater. "Everybody's always skeptical of change, so I think that was the sentiment", Miller said.

The 2016 Coca-Cola 600, before NASCAR went all sports-ball with things.

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