The Coca-Cola 600 is one of the more lucrative races, but it is not to the level of the Daytona 500 which had a $15.4 million purse in 2018. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is back in action following its all-star race last week and the drivers remain at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600. Kyle Busch won this race last May, leading 377 of the 400 laps, and he is a +325 favorite to become the first back-to-back winner at Charlotte since Kasey Kahne in 2006. Joe Gibbs Racing has won three of the last Coca Cola 600 races, making it to Victory Lane in 2015, 2018, and 2019. Last year’s winner was Martin Truex Jr., who came in at the same odds. He was behind Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin with the oddsmakers but put in an excellent performance on the day to earn the second Coca Cola 600 win of his career.
The Monster Energy Cup Series is back at the Charlotte Motor Speedway after the All-Star festivities.
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Ok, it was Brazilian Vitor Meira and I'll pick him as a longshot for the win. Unfortunately Danica Patrick won't be competitive this year; the Panoz chassis just isn't working well (for anyone) at Indianapolis. I can't comment on the Coca Cola 600 as I don't follow NASCAR closely at all, but the winner will deserve it after driving 600 miles. Brad Keselowski won the Coca-Cola 600 in an overtime finish, beating Chase Elliott to score his first win in NASCAR’s longest race. Keselowski took the checkered flag just after midnight on.
The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest mileage race on the schedule, capping off a tripleheader starting in Monaco for Formula 1, and the Indianapolis 500 in the IndyCar series. This is always an amazing day for auto racing fans.
Who is going to win at Charlotte Motor Speedway?
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Martin Truex Jr. (+700) isn’t listed as the favorite, but perhaps he should be. MTJ leads all drivers with a 125.0 Driver Rating across the past five starts in Charlotte (not including the Roval), according to NASCAR’s Loop Data. Truex has led a whopping 716 laps over the past five starts on the tri-oval, running 97.4 percent of his laps inside the Top 15 while posting an Average-Finish Position (AFP) of 4.0. Over the past seven stops at Charlotte, Truex has six top-5 finishes, including two victories.
Truex’s teammate Denny Hamlin (+1200) has some longer odds, but he is right there in terms of consistency at Charlotte. Since the Fall ’14 race he has seven top-10 finishes across the past eight starts on the North Carolina tri-oval, and he has registered five top-5 runs in the past six starts.
Never overlook JGR’s Kyle Busch (+260), the race favorite, either. He has 108.5 Driver Rating over the past five Charlotte runs, and he has 463 laps led. That includes the last lap in a spring victory in 2018.
Hendrick Motorsports driver and seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson(+2500) is still trying to break an ugly winless drought, and perhaps Charlotte will provide him with that opportunity. He is second among all active drivers with a 112.3 Driver Rating over the past five starts at the track, running 94.6 percent of his laps inside the Top 15.
Penske Racing’s Joey Logano (+850) and Brad Keselowski (+1000) each have one win in Charlotte, and Logano has a tremendous 13.0 career AFP in 19 starts with nine runs inside the Top 10. Keselowski has a 14.4 AFP in 18 career starts with eight finishes 10th or better.
Charlotte Motor Speedway long-shot bets
Stewart-Haas Racing driver Daniel Suarez (+2500) has some longer odds, but if Saturday’s practice sessions are any indication, he could be ready to make some noise. He swept a pair of practices on Saturday, including a best speed of 180.705 mph in the final session ahead of Sunday’s 600. It isn’t a surprise, as he has three Cup starts under his belt, finishing 11th in his debut in spring 2017, sixth in the fall race that season and 15th last spring.
In addition, Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron (+3500) became the race’s youngest pole winner, and he is a driver with building confidence.
Who Will Win The Coca Cola 600 Race
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Go with Lewis Hamilton (-350), the heavy favorite, to hold off Valtteri Bottas (+300) in the Monaco Grand Prix.
Who Won The Coca-cola 600 In 2020
In IndyCar, I like Simon Pageanaud (+700) and Josef Newgarden (+850) to drink the celebratory milk and kiss the bricks at the Indianapolis 500.
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