Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

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
Kevin Harvick - 4
All with 3 - Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch

By Track
Both with 7 - Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin  
All with 6  - Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch
All with 4 -  Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon 

Recent Pole Winners:  
2014 Jimmie Johnson
2013 Denny Hamlin

2013 Flashback
Ironically this year's rules package with less horsepower is proving to be a handful for some of the Sprint Cup Series greats. For that reason I do not weight 2014 statistics heavily, but instead turn to 2013 for guidance.

Top 15 Finishers at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, 2013
  1. Kevin Harvick           
  2. Kasey Kahne           
  3. Kurt Busch           
  4. Denny Hamlin           
  5. Joey Logano           
  6. Ryan Newman           
  7. Tony Stewart           
  8. Clint Bowyer           
  9. Martin Truex Jr.           
  10. Marcos Ambrose           
  11. Carl Edwards           
  12. Jeff Burton           
  13. Paul Menard           
  14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.           
  15. Matt Kenseth            

Likely Suspects:
 The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest race of the season. A quality performance requires good equipment, strategic driving, flawless pit stops and good decisions from the crew chief. A little luck can't hurt either. These drivers will get your maximum fantasy points this week: Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards.  

My 2 Cents: This week's no-brainer pick is a three-way tie among Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Jamie McMurray. My next picks are Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards. I will complete my team with Danica Patrick and Chase Elliott.

My final four: Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Danica Patrick.

Enjoy the race! Post your comments here or follow me on Twitter @purplecatpr.


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