The Coca-Cola 600 is one of NASCAR’s majors. Sunday’s race (6 p.m. ET/FOX/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be no exception. With that being said, that makes this weekend’s race an ideal race to bet on.
So, if you’re going to throw some hard earned money towards NASCAR’s way, who do you bet on.
Here’s some tips.
Kyle Busch (+350)
You have to start here right? Before Kansas, Busch had a top 10 finish in literally every race run this year. He also is tied with Brad Keselowski for the most wins this season at three. In Charlotte, Busch has 16 top 10 finishes in his last 22 starts including leading 377 laps in this race last year in his win. He finished second in the fall oval race at Charlotte in 2017 too.
Kevin Harvick (+400)
He’s yet to win this year but that could change this weekend. Harvick, dominated the last points paying race at Kansas two weeks ago but had an unscheduled pit stop that ruined it. At Charlotte on the oval, Harvick has three top eight finishes in his last five tries including finishes of first, eighth, first, second, ninth, second, eighth and 40th respectively in his last eight ‘600 starts.
Martin Truex Jr. (+700)
Why not? Truex, is at his best on 1.5-mile tracks. Plus, he’s finished fifth, first, third and second respectively in his last four ‘600 starts including leading 393 laps in his win in the race in 2016 and 233 more in a third place run in 2017.
Brad Keselowski (+800)
He struggled heading into Kansas two weeks ago with five straight races without a top five, but, he still won the race that night. At Charlotte, he has five top 10 finishes in his last seven oval starts to go along with two top five’s in his last three there overall.
Chase Elliott (+900)
Can NASCAR’s most popular driver win at Talladega then win the ‘600 in Charlotte? Elliott, certainly can. He has three straight top five finishes this season to go along with three top 11 finishes in his last five oval starts at Charlotte.
Kyle Larson (+1400)
I think the time is now to cash in on Larson. He enters this weekend on the heels of two straight top 10 finishes on the season to go along with three top 10 finishes in his last four Charlotte oval starts. He’s coming off of a win in the All-Star race last weekend.
Denny Hamlin (+2000)
He may be slumping lately, don’t overlook him. Hamlin, has three straight finishes of 15th or worse on the year, hence these odds, but prior to that, he had nine straight top 11’s. On 1.5-mile track this year, Hamlin has finished 11th (Atlanta), 10th (Vegas), first (Texas) and 15th (Kansas). At Charlotte, the site of this weekend’s race Hamlin has 14 top 10 finishes in his last 16 tries on the oval including three straight top five results and five in his last six tries.
Erik Jones (+2000)
Toyota has been at their best at Charlotte lately. They’ve won three of the last four ‘600’s. Jones, finished seventh in this race in 2017 and enters with two straight top six finishes on the season.
Kurt Busch (+2200)
This is a great play for Sunday. Busch, has been strong this season and has six top 10 finishes in his last seven tries on the Charlotte oval. In the May race, Busch won this race in 2010 and has seen top 10 finishes since that 2010 win. For these odds, run with it.
Alex Bowman (+2500)
This is the value of the week. Bowman, has three straight runner-up finishes on the season and was ninth in this race last year. Need I say more?
Jimmie Johnson (+3000)
It’s weird he’s even in this category, but it’s no secret Johnson has struggled lately. But, Charlotte is one of his stronger tracks. From 2003 through 2006, Johnson has eight straight top three finishes including five wins and two runner-ups. In his last 23 starts, Johnson has three wins and zero runner-ups. But, over his last five starts though, he does have three top five efforts. Why not risk it here?
Daniel Suarez (+4000)
He was strong in the All-Star race with a similar package last year and has three top 15 finishes on the Charlotte oval. He also enters this weekend with some decent finishes on the season too.
William Byron (+5000)
While he only finished 39th in his only ‘600 start, Byron and Hendrick have shown a lot of speed lately. Go with the risk here.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (+12500)
He had a fast car and looked racy two weeks ago in Kansas. Plus, Stenhouse has three straight top 15 finishes on the Charlotte oval going from 15th to 13th to 10th. Trends say this is a top 10 car on Sunday night.
Ryan Newman (+15000)
This may not be a bad play. While he’s 0-for-35 at Charlotte, stranger things have happened. Plus, Newman has four top 11 finishes in his last six starts on the year and has three top 10’s in his last five Charlotte oval starts. Since 2013, Newman also has nine top 15’s in 11 tries.
Joey Logano (+800)
Logano leads the points standings but since his last top five finish in the fall race of 2016 at Charlotte, he’s finished ninth, 36th, 21st, 26th and 22nd respectively. Plus, he was only 15th on the last points paying race at Kansas two weeks ago.
Clint Bowyer (+1600)
While he has six top 10 finishes in his last seven starts on the season, Bowyer hasn’t scored a top five at Charlotte since 2012. In fact, that’s his only top five on the track since 2008. His last top 10 at that was back in 2013.
Ryan Blaney (+2000)
Blaney has struggled too. He’s never finished in the top five on the Charlotte oval and has five finishes of 20th or worse in seven tries on the 1.5-mile track. Also on the season, Blaney has four finishes of 15th or worse including five of his last six starts on the season.
Aric Almirola (+2000)
What makes this risky is Almirola has just one top 10 finish before at Charlotte. He was 24th and 13th respectively in his last two oval starts on the 1.5-mile track. He had six top 10 finishes in his first seven races on the season but has scored just one over the last five. His last top five in fact came nine races ago in Phoenix.
Austin Dillon (+6600)
I don’t think he’s there yet in terms of a race win. Dillon, did win this race in 2017 but that is his lone top five finish at Charlotte. He only led two laps that night. He also has just one top 10 in his last seven starts on the season including zero top fives.