Thursday, May 23, 2013

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Coca-Cola 600




Track Classification: Intermediate
Similar Tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway • Chicagoland Speedway • Darlington Raceway
Homestead-Miami Speedway • Kansas Speedway • Kentucky Speedway 
Las Vegas Motor Speedway •  New Hampshire Motor Speedway • Texas Motor Speedway
Distance: 1.5 Miles

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
All with 4 - David Reutimann, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth
All with 3 - Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

By Track
Kyle Busch - 7
Matt Kenseth - 6
All with 5 - Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin

Recent Pole Winners:  
2012 Aric Almirola
2011 Brad Keselowski

Likely Suspects: To complete a race as long as the Coca-Cola 600, you've got to have the whole package. And to complete the race upfront, you need to be champion material. When the race finally comes to an end on Sunday, look for one of these drivers to be leading the field: Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski or Carl Edwards.

My 2 Cents: This week's no-brainer pick is a three-way tie among Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. My next pick goes to Carl Edwards, who not only races well at Charlotte, but also has the strength and stamina to complete this grueling race.

Aric Almirola is getting the nod this week. Not only is he having a great year, but also has proven that he can race with the best at Charlotte. I toyed with picking Kurt Busch instead of Aric, but in the end I think Aric shows more promise. He has momentum on his side and has a much better race average at Charlotte, 14 compared to Busch's 24. I will complete my team with Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Regan Smith.

Enjoy the race! Post your comments here or email me at ssfantasyracing@skirtsandscuffs.com.

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