Charlotte Motor Speedway is the site of this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race, and it’s going to be another one without any practice data for us to go off of. However, as long as Mother Nature complies, we should be able to see qualifying! That is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 2 pm ET, with the green flag for the Coke 600 coming about 4 hours later. As far as this post goes, it was written on Saturday, and will be updated after qualifying if I think any drivers need to be switched around based on a better (or worse) than expected starting position.
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Final Top 25 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings for the Coca-Cola 600
1. Martin Truex, Jr. – Starts 1st – DraftKings Price: $10,600 – FanDuel Price: $13,700 – Slingshot Price: $11,900
If I’m going to blindly pick any driver for the Coca-Cola 600 without any practice, it’s going to be the guy that turns it up a notch in night races and has dominated at Charlotte Motor Speedway recently. Truex went to victory lane in last year’s Coke 600 despite starting back in 14th, and has finished between 1st and 3rd in six of the last seven races at this track. Just unbelievable. Additionally, this #19 Toyota has progressively been getting faster in 2020 as the weeks go on, and I think Truex and his new crew chief, James Small, are finally getting everything down pat. Truex is coming off of a solid race at Darlington where he had the 3rd-fastest green flag average speed–his best rank in a race all season.
2. Chase Elliott – Starts 3rd – DraftKings Price: $9,700 – FanDuel Price: $11,500 – Slingshot Price: $12,000
The #9 Chevrolet has been ridiculously fast ever since Daytona but Chase Elliott has had the worst luck. Remember, he probably would have cruised to victory lane at Las Vegas–the only 1.5-mile track we’ve raced at this year–if it wasn’t for those mechanical issues. In terms of green flag speed, Chase ranks #1 in that category with an average ranking of 3.6 in the races since Daytona. Surprisingly, he’s never had the best green flag speed in a race this year…yet. Elliott finished 4th in last year’s Coca-Cola 600 and ran 2nd in the fall 2017 race. I’m expecting him to run top 3 here on Sunday in the 2020 Coca-Cola 600.
3. Kevin Harvick – Starts 22nd – DraftKings Price: $11,200 – FanDuel Price: $12,500 – Slingshot Price: $12,800
Chase Elliott has been super fast all season long, and Kevin Harvick is right there with him. In fact, Harvick’s green flag average speed ranking ranks 2nd-best behind Chase, with an average ranking of 6.2 in the races since Daytona. That’s just slightly better than Alex Bowman’s 6.4. As far as Charlotte Motor Speedway goes, Harvick only has one top 5 finish in his last five starts here, but does that concern me? Not really. The #4 Fords are fast, and Rodney Childers is one of those crew chiefs that will get a badass setup ready for it with no practice time. I fully expect Harvick to challenge for the win here on Sunday.