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Pre-Qualifying – Coca Cola 600 – Daily Fantasy NASCAR
Coca Cola 600
It’s Speed Week in Charlotte and one of my favorite NASCAR weekends of the year. The Coca Cola 600 is NASCAR’S answer to one upping the Indy 500 and a race that all of the driver’s want on their resume. With Charlotte Motor Speedway only 45 minutes from my front door, it’s hard to stay away from the festivities. I hope you all enjoyed the Sprint All-Star Race even though you probably understood as much as I did. From penalties for a loose lug nut and driver lap counts going up and down, the All-Star Race was full of action…errr I meant confusion. Joey Logano eventually overtook Kyle Larson and won the million dollar prize. The week the race won’t be hard to understand as we rattle of 600 miles of speed (400 Laps). Clean air will be extremely important as the driver that gets out front usually stays out front for a long time. Carl Edwards used pit strategy last year to take down the win. Look for a similar strategy out of Edwards and “the best pit crew” on the circuit. Check out the top 10 pre-qualifying daily fantasy NASCAR picks for the Coca Cola 600 below.
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Daily Fantasy NASCAR Picks
1. Kevin Harvick – Most of you probably can’t believe that I have Harvick above Johnson at CMS. However, in the daily fantasy NASCAR world, “Happy” is king. Over his career Harvick has a 96.12 driver rating at Charlotte and an average finish of 9.8. Over the last 5 years, Havick has registered two Coca Cola 600 wins in 2011 and 2013. He has also had a 127.4 driver rating since 2014 and has led 288 laps.
2. Jimmie Johnson - Johnson is the King of the Coca Cola 6oo with 4 wins over the last 15 years. His most recent win came in 2014 where he won the pole, but had to regain the lead with 9 laps left and hold off Kevin Harvick for the win. Johnson has a 99.3 driver rating over the last 5 years and has led 166 laps. From a daily fantasy NASCAR perspective, Johnson doesn’t hold as much value as these other drivers. He doesn’t lead a bunch of laps anymore and usually wins off of phenomenal pit strategy.
3. Kyle Busch - Busch has been an intermediate track killer with a 102.96 lifetime driver rating. Unlike his brother Kurt, Kyle hasn’t found victory lane at the 600 yet. This is something he desperately wants and can do whenever he takes the track. He was in a good spot at the All-Star Race, but was hindered by old tires. I look for him to ride his 100.1 driver rating (at CMS) and his Sprint Cup Championship last year to a decent finish.
4. Joey Logano – The All-Star Race winner, may have got it all figured out (maybe somebody did) and can ride his momentum into the 600 on Sunday. Logano doesn’t have a 600 win yet, but has been in contention in the past. He has a 93.62 driver rating lifetime at CMS and has an average finish of 7.5 over the last 5 years. Logano has also led 244 laps during this time period. I love him as a daily fantasy NASCAR play and I hope that lightening will strike twice.
5. Carl Edwards – Edwards has had a great 2016 season so far. The 2015 defending 600 Champion, used pit strategy to pull down the win last year. In the past couple of years Edwards has a 4.25 average finish at CMS and a 91.64 average driver rating. His pit crew has been great and Dave Rogers can definitely put him back in victory lane on Sunday.
6. Brad Keselowski – BK has flown under the radar as daily fantasy NASCAR play, but has still put up great numbers. Penske’s one and only 600 win came in 2010 with Kurt Busch at the helm of the car. However, since then Team Penske has averaged a top 10 finish as a whole. BK has a 104 driver rating at intermediate tracks since 2014. He also has a 98.7 driver rating at CMS. I think he will go overlooked again this week, which makes him a great contrarian play.
7. Denny Hamlin – The Daytona 500 winner would love to add another trophy to the shelf this season. It’s hard do dispute anybody from Joe Gibbs Racing right now. Hamlin has an average finish of 10.75 in the last three years and a driver rating over 100. He had a decent chance to win last year, but came up short due to pit strategy.
8. Kasey Kahne – I had a toss up for the 8th spot, but couldn’t force myself to go with a rookie (Chase Elliot). Kahne has the Coca Cola 600 wins (3) and the experience at CMS to make for a great daily fantasy spot play this week.
9. Matt Kenseth – Kenseth got his first NASCAR win at the Coca Cola 600 in 2000. Kenseth also recently got his first win this season at Dover. He has a 102.8 driver rating this season and a 98.66 driver rating at CMS. I am not at all opposed to a JGR stack this week.
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Junior doesn’t have a 600 win yet, but would love one just because of the sentimental value. He was on pace to win a couple of years ago, but ran out of gas. He has a 91.4 driver rating at CMS over the last two years and has had some decent success here in the past.