Another First-Time Winner?: NASCAR’s run of 10 different winners in the first 12 Cup Series races of the season says a great deal about the level of parity in the sport. It also bodes well for the possibility of having another first-time series winner in the Coca-Cola 600.

In a unique twist, seven drivers have earned their first Cup Series victory in the race many consider to be the sport’s toughest. The list is comprised of David Pearson, 1961; Jeff Gordon, 1994; Bobby Labonte, 1995; Matt Kenseth, 2000; Casey Mears, 2007; David Reutimann, 2009; and Austin Dillon, 2017.

Drivers who could break the ice in the 62nd Coca-Cola 600 include Matt DiBenedetto, Tyler Reddick, Bubba Wallace, Ross Chastain and Chase Briscoe.

Four Stages: The Coca-Cola 600 is the only NASCAR Cup Series race of the season that is broken into four stages of 100 laps each.

Since the start of the 2017 season, NASCAR has utilized stage racing as part of an enhanced competition format for its trio of national series. All events, with the exception of the Coca-Cola 600, are comprised of three stages.

The fourth stage gives drivers an extra opportunity to secure a playoff point by winning the stage and accumulate stage points by placing among the top-10 finishers in that portion of the race.

■ Practice and Qualifying: Returning to a more traditional pre-pandemic calendar of events, the Memorial Day weekend schedule at Charlotte Motor Speedway includes practice and qualifying. Click here for the full schedule.

Single-vehicle qualifying sessions will set the starting fields for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event, the Alsco Uniforms 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and the 62nd Coca-Cola 600.

The starting order for the General Tire 150 ARCA Menards Series race will be determined by a driver’s best lap during a 45-minute practice session.

Ryan Newman is tops among active NASCAR Cup Series drivers with nine poles at Charlotte Motor Speedway.