Fourth stage added to Coca-Cola 600

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. — NAS­CAR is adding a fourth stage to the Co­caCola 600 at Char­lotte Mo­tor Speed­way on Me­mo­rial Day week­end.

The se­ries said Mon­day that the stages in the 400-lap race will be uni­formly set at 100 laps apiece. Races this year have had three stages un­der a for­mat change an­nounced in Jan­uary.

Mar­cus Smith, pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Speed­way Mo­tor­sports Inc., says the chal­lenges of the 600 mean it is “only fitting that teams have an op­por­tu­nity to be re­warded for the ex­tra ef­fort re­quired to win.” An ad­di­tional stage win and an ex­tra play­off point could be crit­i­cal for teams later in the sum­mer.

CHUCK BURTON, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A fouth stage has been added to the Coca-Cola 600 at Char­lotte Mo­tor Speed­way on May 28.

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