Larry McReynolds & Darrell Waltrip weigh in on Charlotte weekend, latest headlines

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR is back at Charlotte Motor Speedway this week for a full slate of Memorial Day Weekend racing. FOX Sports offers 20 hours of live action from Charlotte, including FOX’s coverage of the

Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s longest and most-grueling race (Sunday, May 29 at 6:00 p.m. ET), and FS1’s presentation of the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday, May 28 (2:30 p.m. ET).

On what has made the difference in Kyle Larson’s performance in recent weeks:

 "I’ve heard it was the cars. Chad Johnston, who was Tony Stewart’s crew chief, apparently hadn’t had the chance to build cars of his own when he first arrived at Chip Ganassi Racing and had been getting by with what was there before until he got some cars of his own design. They ran the first one of those cars at Kansas and every week since. They now have much better cars, and it’s allowing us to see what we had been expecting out of him. For two years, we all said Larson would be the next guy to win a race. You can say that for someone’s entire career, but they have to fulfill it, and with some drivers, you begin to wonder if it’s ever going to happen. Larson’s cars are catching up with him now."

–Darrell Waltrip

 On when Kyle Larson’s first Cup Series win might come:

 "I really like what I am seeing from Larson and his crew chief, Chad Johnston, since they got some new race cars. Charlotte likely won’t be his first win, though, since it’s a different type of event than the All-Star Race. I’m looking to Michigan, though."


"He blew a perfect opportunity in Dover, and I think he’s going to have to wait a while. There’s a lot of specialty-style race tracks coming up, but I think where his first win will come is Darlington. You have to run right up against the wall, you have to be able to conserve your tires and you have to be very aggressive for that whole race distance."

–Chad Knaus, as analyst on Tuesday’s NASCAR Race Hub on FS1

"I’m okay with NASCAR trying things every now and then, but when the racing is good, I’m in favor of leaving well enough alone."

"Anytime you’re behind in technology or development and NASCAR takes things away from teams that are ahead of you, you benefit. That was a different Trevor Bayne on Saturday than I’d seen in the past. When you’re young and your cars aren’t very good, you don’t know if it’s you or the car. But when you get better cars underneath you, you are able to showcase your driving talent. That’s helping Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne and Greg Biffle. If a team is behind and NASCAR takes things away from everyone, it tends to level the playing field in favor of the teams who were behind."

"Which one comes first on the schedule? It will be Charlotte. With the mojo that team has right now, there’s probably not a single track we can bet against Kyle Busch. And at Charlotte, he has 14 wins between the Truck Series and Xfinity Series. The Cup Series likely is next."

–Larry McReynolds


*All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change

Thursday, May 26

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (2:00-3:30 p.m.) (FS1)

NASCAR Xfinity Series practice (3:30-4:30 p.m.) (FS1)

NASCAR Race Hub (4:30-5:30 p.m.) (FS1)

NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice (5:30-7:00 p.m.)(FS1)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying (7:00-8:30 p.m.)(FS1)

Friday, May 27

NASCAR Race Hub (5:00-6:00 p.m.) (FS1)

Saturday, May 28

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (10:00-11:00 a.m.) (FS1)

NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying (11:00 AM-12:30 p.m.) (FS1)

NASCAR Race Hub (12:30-1:00 p.m.) (FS1)

NASCAR Sprint Series final practice (1:00-2:00 p.m.) (FS1)

NASCAR Raceday-Xfinity (2:00-2:30 p.m.) (FS1)

NASCAR Xfinity Series racing (2:30-5:00 p.m.) (FS1)

Sunday, May 29

NASCAR Raceday (4:00-5:30 p.m.) (FS1)

FOX NASCAR Sunday (5:30-6:00 p.m.) (FOX)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing (6:00-10:30 p.m.) (FOX)

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