Race Preview: Charlotte

Race Preview: Charlotte

Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Coca-Cola 600

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Charlotte Motor Speedway

5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, NC

Laps: 400
Miles: 600
Track Size: 1.5 miles
Start: 6:00 p.m. ET

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Tyler Reddick at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Tyler Reddick will be making his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway during this Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. Reddick and his crew chief, Randall Burnett, found success at the 1.5-mile speedway last year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and won the June race there together. The two-time Xfinity Series champion has two additional series starts and one additional top-10 finish at the track. Reddick also has two NASCAR Truck Series starts at Charlotte, both resulting in top-five finishes.

NASCAR Salutes ... During this weekend's Coca-Cola 600, Reddick and his No. 8 team will be honoring fallen Army SGT Norman L. Tollett by carrying his name across Reddick's windshield as part of NASCAR's salute to our nation's military during Memorial Day weekend. Tollett was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC, and died April 28, 2007, in Baghdad of wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire during combat patrol operations.

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Alsco and RCR Salute ... Alsco and RCR have come together to design a paint scheme to help honor and salute our nation's fallen soldiers. Reddick's No. 8 Alsco Chevrolet will have a special patriotic paint scheme for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 that highlights fallen soldier, Norman L. Tollett, and his chosen branch of the military, the Army. The scheme highlights the Army's desert digital camo pattern and includes the crests of each division of the army Tollett was in.

About Okuma ... America Corporation Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry's only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool's functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry's only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit https://www.okuma.com/ or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Richard Childress Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway ... Richard Childress has earned a total of 17 race wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including eight points-paying victories in the NASCAR Cup Series, four non-points-paying All-Star race wins and five NASCAR Xfinity Series wins. The organization's most recent victories came in 2019 when Tyler Reddick won the Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race during his championship run, and in 2017 when Austin Dillon captured the Coca-Cola 600 over Memorial Day weekend to earn his career-first Cup Series victory. 

COVID-19 Relief ... Own a piece of history by participating in an auction and sale of Richard Childress' personal collection of memorabilia. All proceeds will assist COVID-19 relief efforts. Thousands of rare, hard-to-find and exclusive items from Richard Childress' 50+ years in NASCAR are up for bid or sale. Visit  https://www.ebay.com/str/RichardChildresscollection. Catch the Action ... The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be televised live Sunday, May 24, beginning at 6 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. 

The NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be televised live Monday, May 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1 and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

The NASCAR Cup Series Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be televised live Wednesday, May 27, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on FS1 and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


This will be your first experience racing in the Coca-Cola 600, one of NASCAR's longest races. How are you preparing for that?

"I'm looking forward to my first attempt at the Coca-Cola 600 and the challenges it will bring. I've never experienced a race that long before, so it's going to be a big learning experience for me, especially with how the track will change over the course of the race. Charlotte Motor Speedway is a temperature-sensitive track, so we need to be ready since the way the track is at the start of the night likely won't be the same at the end of the night. We'll need to be able to adjust our car for that. I'm excited to be part of the show. It's an honor to be carrying SGT Norman L. Tollett's name across my windshield for the race, and I hope we can make his family and friends proud."

You then turn around and race Charlotte again on Wednesday night. How have these mid-week races gone for you?

"It has been really interesting and fun to have these mid-week races. They keep us on our toes, even though it's the same track being raced so close together. Both Darlington and Charlotte are tracks affected by temperature and day versus night conditions, so it almost comes off as two different places. For this week, we should be able to pull some additional notes from the Coke 600 for Wednesday's race since we will have a big portion of that race ran in the nighttime, as long as the temperature is close to the same on both nights."