Monday, May 15, 2017

Innovative Four Stage Format for #NASCAR‘s Coca-Cola 600

Four Stage Format for #NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600

Also Look For the #HisenseDualThreat Competition between Clint Bowyer and Erik Jones and Two Lucky Fans!!!

Innovative Four Stage Format for #NASCAR ‘s Coca-Cola 600

NASCAR just announced that this year’s Coca-Cola 600 — the longest race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series — will be run with one additional stage.

The annual 600-mile race, scheduled May 28 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, will feature four stages.

Breaks are scheduled as follows:
  • Stage 1: Green Flag to Lap 100
  • Stage 2: Lap 101 to 200
  • Stage 3: Lap 201 to 300
  • Stage 4: Lap 301 to Checkered Flag

Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition, said the decision was the result of a collaborative effort to offer more breaks in an endurance event that typically spans more than four hours as it progresses from early evening to nightfall.

“You look at the way Charlotte was laid out and the length of the race, it was just sort of a natural to add another one to break it up a little further and make a few more moments,” Miller told “When you make stages in the race, there’s a lot of things that go into the decisions about how they lay out. One of the primary concerns is fuel mileage and how far they can go on fuel. We don’t want to end up with a stage break right on top of what would be a fuel window where it could get a little messy with that situation. The natural places for the 600 was four 100-lap segments.”

All other elements of stage racing procedures are to remain the same for the Coca-Cola 600, with regular-season points awarded to each stage’s top 10 finishers and a bonus playoff point for stage winners. FOX Sports’ broadcasting team will also receive the benefit of an additional break in the action for commercials and in-race interviews.

“For 58 years, the Coca-Cola 600 has been a crown jewel on the NASCAR circuit because it presents unique challenges that don’t exist in any other race. The distance is greater. The test of endurance is greater. The challenge of adjusting to the track surface from hot to cool puts more pressure on crew chiefs and pit crews,” said Marcus Smith, President and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. “It’s only fitting that teams have an opportunity to be rewarded for the extra effort required to win at the 600. An additional stage win and that extra playoff point in May could be critical for playoff success in the fall.”

Additionally, during the Coca-Cola 600 weekend, Hisense and its friends at the esports team Evil Geniuses, will be looking to settle the score between the racers, proposed a challenge to answer once and for all: Who's the best gamer in all of NASCAR? The solution became the Hisense Dual Threat Challenge.

On May 26th, Erik JonesClint Bowyer, Hisense, Evil Geniuses and two lucky fans will join forces to host a Halo tournament on the 16,000 square-foot Speedway TV at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the weekend of the Hisense 4K TV 300 in Charlotte. Jones and Bowyer will act as team captains, and fill their teams out with two Evil Geniuses team members and one fan qualifier.

"At Hisense, we embrace head-to-head competition in all its forms and believe that the television is the hearth of the modern home: bringing people together to watch great content or, in this case, decide who's the biggest dual threat," said Mark Viken, Vice President of Marketing at Hisense. "We're also very excited to give two lucky fans the chance to compete with some of the biggest stars of NASCAR and professional gaming for ultimate bragging rights."

Fans were asked to Tweet a video to the hashtag #HisenseDualThreat, detailing what makes them a dual threat and why they should be considered for Jones or Bowyer's team. After two weeks of fielding submissions, Hisense selected eight finalists and the two winners will be chosen through a popular vote.

Yours truly, NASCAR Race Mom was honored as one of the finalists. There are just two days remaining to vote for the #HisenseDualThreat. 

Click Here to Register Your Vote

Innovative Four Stage Format for #NASCAR ‘s Coca-Cola 600

Of course a vote for my entry, would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully NRM emerges one of the winners – hoping to see you at the Coca-Cola 600

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