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Charlotte checkered, black flags

Winners and losers from a big weekend of racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

CHECKERED FLAGS 

Kyle Larson 

A dominant run for Larson, leading 327 laps and sweeping all four stages on his way to a Coca-Cola 600 victory. It was Larson’s second NASCAR Cup Series win this season and eighth of his career.

Hendrick Motorsports 

Larson led the way for the big day for team owner Rick Hendrick as his organization has now won the most Cup races in the sport’s history with 269 victories. Hendrick drivers also took up four of the top-five finishing positions on Sunday.

Chris Buescher 

An eighth-place finish gave Buescher three top-10 performances in the last 1.5-mile races as the Roush Fenway Racing driver continues his solid 2021 campaign.

John Hunter Nemechek 

His winning ways in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rolled on Friday night with a dominant win in the North Carolina Education 200 to give Kyle Busch Motorsports another victory.

Ty Gibbs 

An incredible Saturday for the talented young driver as he started the day winning his second career Xfinity Series race and ended it with yet another trip to Victory Lane in the ARCA Menards Series.

BLACK FLAGS 

Chip Ganassi Racing 

A terrible Coca-Cola 600 for the CGR duo of Ross Chastain and Kurt Busch who experienced enough problems to end up 37th and 38th in the final rundown.

Martin Truex Jr. 

Hard to believe this was the same driver that won three races already this year and not that long ago dominated the Coca-Cola 600. Truex Jr. struggled throughout the night and spent what seemed like an eternity on pit road with a tire problem as well.

Brad Keselowski 

The defending race winner was never a factor on Sunday as Keselowski as well as the entire Team Penske organization were off their game in Charlotte.

Stewart-Haas Racing 

While Kevin Harvick was inside the top 10, the rest of the SHR brigade had a very long night in the 600, with Cole Custer 21st, Aric Almirola 22nd and Chase Briscoe 23rd.

Johnny Sauter 

Thankfully Sauter was not injured after a violent crash in Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race. The remains of Sauter’s ThorSport Racing Toyota were a reminder of just how far NASCAR safety initiatives have progressed.