The longest race of the NASCAR Cup schedule is upon this weekend with the only 600-mile race that’s still run. It also comes on the best day of racing overall as the Grand Prix of Monaco is Sunday morning before turning over to the Indianapolis 500 in the afternoon and then to the Coca-Cola 600 Sunday evening under the lights. The race is held at Charlotte Motor Speedway just like the All-Star race was last weekend, though clearly there is a big difference in formats.

Aside from being the longest race, it will also be the only race run with four stages in it during the year with each stage being 100 laps in length. The track length of 1.5 miles per lap and the banking of 24 degrees in all four corners make it a pretty standard intermediate track and it’s very similar to the layout at both Atlanta and Texas. The tire combination on the cars this week will be the same as they were last week but that’s the only carry over from the package that was used in the All-Star race as we...