Michael McDowell believes that the way the track evolves in the Coca-Cola 600 is the most difficult part of the race.
NASCAR Cup Series will have its longest race on the schedule this weekend – Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The race always brings a lot of challenges, so teams and drivers have to deal with them all. The reigning Daytona 500 champion McDowell supposes that the track condition variety is what defines race difficulties.
“Probably just the change in the track [makes it difficult] as you go from late afternoon to evening. You go from heat to sun going down,” he told ASN Motorsports. “The race is extremely long, it is long, it is grueling on the cars and teams and obviously the drivers. It’s a long race.”
The Front Row Motorsports driver also emphasized the role of high temperatures throughout the race.
“We’re getting a little bit of a break with the temperature drop on Sunday, so that would be nice. But typically it’s very hot and it’s just staying focused for that duration and staying on top of the race track because the track changes so much throughout that entire 600 miles. You’ve got to be one step ahead of it, otherwise, you’ll be two steps behind. It’s hard to overcome that,” McDowell said.