By Dominic Aragon and Matt Courson
May 27, 2018
CONCORD, N.C.—Kyle Busch claimed victory in the Coca-Cola 600 Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, leading the final 225 of 227 laps.
Busch dominated by leading 378 of the scheduled 400 laps. He swept the first three stages of the race. It was his fourth win of 2018 and 47th of his career.
“I don’t think there’s anything that can top Homestead, just with the meaning of what the championship is, but the Coca-Cola 600 – I’ve dreamt of this race since I was a kid and being able to win this race,” Busch said. “Always watching the All-Star race and then the 600 the following weekend and being able to come out here and now win the Coca-Cola 600 is just phenomenal.
“It’s a little boy’s dreams come true.”
The victory was Busch’s first points-paying victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With the win, Busch has now become the first driver to claim victory at every active track on the circuit.
Rounding out the top five were Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Jimmie Johnson.
Defending race winner Austin Dillon finished 34th after having a tire issue on lap 38.
The Cup Series heads north to the Pocono Mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania. The Pocono 400 is slated to begin next Sunday, June 3rd, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The event will be broadcasted on Fox Sports 1 and the Motor Racing Network.
Matt Courson is the Managing Editor for The Racing Experts. Courson has covered NASCAR events at 19 of the 23 active racetracks. When not at the track, the 20-year-old Journalism major enjoys spending time with family and playing Ingress.