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brad keselowski 2020 coca-cola 600 AP Photo/Gerry Broome
AP Photo/Gerry Broome

The Coca-Cola 600 is in a class of its own when it comes to NASCAR Cup Series races. From the green flag to the checkered flag, it’s recorded as the longest race in NASCAR with a distance of 600 miles from start to finish. Held on Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, the Coke 600 is a must-see event for the fans, and an experience unlike any other.

It’s also unique in the way that the track changes conditions. At the beginning, the raceway sees sunlight, but as the evening rolls in, drivers and teams face new challenges in order to keep the grip under control. Things normally get pretty interesting.

Known as the World 600 from 1960 to 1984, the race’s name was changed to Coca-Cola World 600 in 1985, and then was simply known as the Coca-Cola 600 in 1986. The race didn’t see too many changes in the years that followed, though the running in 2020 looked a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with no fans in the stands.

As for the race itself, despite a strong qualifying performance from Alex Bowman and a late push by Chase Elliott, things changed suddenly after William Byron spun out, bringing out a caution flag with two laps to go. Elliott decided to hit pit road, while Brad Keselowski took advantage of his position and crossed the finish line to secure a thrilling overtime victory.

The race saw 20 lead changes from 11 different drivers, and, lasting 607.5 miles, marked the longest race distance in NASCAR history. It no doubt was an exciting contest, and below you can see a complete broadcast of the race, as well as the complete Coca-Cola 600 winner’s list.

The Full List of Coca-Cola 600 Winners

1960: Joe Lee Johnson — Paul McDuffie — No. 89 Chevrolet
1961: David Pearson — John Masoni — No. 3 Pontiac
1962: Nelson Stacy — Holman Moody — No. 29 Ford
1963: Fred Lorenzen — Holman Moody — No. 28 Ford
1964: Jim Paschal — Petty Enterprises — No. 41 Plymouth
1965: Fred Lorenzen — Holman Moody — No. 28 Ford
1966: Marvin Panch — Petty Enterprises — No. 42 Plymouth
1967: Jim Paschal — Frieden Enterprises — No. 14 Plymouth
1968: Buddy Baker — Ray Fox — No. 3 Dodge
1969: LeeRoy Yarbrough — Junior Johnson & Associates — No. 98 Mercury
1970: Donnie Allison — Banjo Matthews — No. 27 Ford
1971: Bobby Allison — Holman Moody — No. 12 Mercury
1972: Buddy Baker — Petty Enterprises — No. 11 Dodge
1973: Buddy Baker — Nord Krauskopf — No. 71 Dodge
1974: David Pearson — Wood Brothers Racing — No. 21 Mercury

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1975: Richard Petty — Petty Enterprises — No. 43 Dodge
1976: David Pearson — Wood Brothers Racing — No. 21 Mercury
1977: Richard Petty — Petty Enterprises — No. 43 Dodge
1978: Darrell Waltrip — DiGard Motorsports — No. 88 Chevrolet
1979: Darrell Waltrip — DiGard Motorsports — No. 88 Chevrolet
1980: Benny Parsons — M. C. Anderson Racing — No. 27 Chevrolet
1981: Bobby Allison — Ranier-Lundy — No. 28 Buick
1982: Neil Bonnett — Wood Brothers Racing — No. 21 Ford
1983: Neil Bonnett — RahMoc Enterprises — No. 75 Chevrolet
1984: Bobby Allison — DiGard Motorsports — No. 22 Buick
1985: Darrell Waltrip — Junior Johnson & Associates — No. 11 Chevrolet
1986: Dale Earnhardt — Richard Childress Racing — No. 3 Chevrolet
1987: Kyle Petty — Wood Brothers Racing — No. 21 Ford
1988: Darrell Waltrip — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 17 Chevrolet
1989: Darrell Waltrip — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 17 Chevrolet

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1990: Rusty Wallace — Blue Max Racing — No. 27 Pontiac
1991: Davey Allison — Robert Yates Racing — No. 28 Ford
1992: Dale Earnhardt — Richard Childress Racing — No. 3 Chevrolet
1993: Dale Earnhardt — Richard Childress Racing — No. 3 Chevrolet
1994: Jeff Gordon — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 24 Chevrolet
1995: Bobby Labonte — Joe Gibbs Racing — No. 18 Chevrolet
1996: Dale Jarrett — Robert Yates Racing — No. 88 Ford
1997: Jeff Gordon — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 24 Chevrolet
1998: Jeff Gordon — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 24 Chevrolet
1999: Jeff Burton — Roush Racing — No. 99 Ford
2000: Matt Kenseth Roush Racing — No. 17 Ford
2001: Jeff Burton — Roush Racing — No. 99 Ford

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2002: Mark Martin — Roush Racing — No. 6 Ford
2003: Jimmie Johnson — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 48 Chevrolet
2004: Jimmie Johnson — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 48 Chevrolet
2005: Jimmie Johnson — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 48 Chevrolet
2006: Kasey Kahne — Evernham Motorsports — No. 9 Dodge
2007: Casey Mears — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 25 Chevrolet
2008: Kasey Kahne — Gillett Evernham Motorsports — No. 9 Dodge
2009: David Reutimann — Michael Waltrip Racing — No. 00 Toyota
2010: Kurt Busch — Penske Racing — No. 2 Dodge
2011: Kevin Harvick — Richard Childress Racing — No. 29 Chevrolet
2012: Kasey Kahne — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 5 Chevrolet
2013: Kevin Harvick — Richard Childress Racing — No. 29 Chevrolet
2014: Jimmie Johnson — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 48 Chevrolet

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2015: Carl Edwards — Joe Gibbs Racing — No. 19 Toyota
2016: Martin Truex Jr. — Furniture Row Racing — No. 78 Toyota
2017: Austin Dillon — Richard Childress Racing — No. 3 Chevrolet
2018: Kyle Busch — Joe Gibbs Racing — No. 18 Toyota
2019: Martin Truex Jr. — Joe Gibbs Racing — No. 19 Toyota
2020: Brad Keselowski — Team Penske — No. 2 Ford
2021: Kyle Larson — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 5 Chevy

This post was originally published on February 3, 2021.

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