Sunday July 14th, 2024 11:13PM

Coca-Cola 600 underway; Justin Allgaier filling in for Larson

By Steve Reed AP Sports Writer

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — The Coca-Cola 600 got underway at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday without one of NASCAR’s biggest stars.

Kyle Larson, the Cup Series points leader, is competing in the rain-delayed Indianapolis 500. However, he remains hopeful of making it to Concord, North Carolina, in time to complete the sport's longest race.

Justin Allgaier started the race in Larson’s No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, forced to begin at the back of the field because he did not qualify the car.

Larson had hoped to run the double and join Tony Stewart as the only driver to complete all 1,100 laps at Indianapolis and Charlotte on the same day. But those plans were nixed due to a four-hour rain delay in Indianapolis.

Under NASCAR rules, Larson is not allowed to participate in the playoffs unless he starts every race. However, Hendrick Motorsports will be able to submit a waiver to NASCAR, asking for an exception to the rule.

Ty Gibbs started the race on the pole for the first time in his career.


  • Associated Categories: Sports, NASCAR News, NASCAR Cup, Top Sports Stories
  • Associated Tags: NASCAR Cup Series
© Copyright 2024
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.