It’s another quick turnaround from Wednesday’s race at Darlington to the traditional Memorial Day race weekend and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As if to make things spicy, the driver that wrecked Chase Elliott on Wednesday night at Darlington is coming in as the favorite.
Kyle Busch comes in at +350 with teammate Martin Truex Jr following close behind at +470.
You can read up on the 2020 Toyota 500 at Darlington in my last article. I fared pretty well with three of my drivers finishing in the top-ten.
Toyota 500 at Darlington Raceway | EXTENDED HIGHLIGHTS | 5/20/20 | Motorsports on NBC
The two Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) drivers have racked up wins in four of the last six races at Charlotte with Truex winning three of those. Busch finished second, after wrecking Elliott, Wednesday night at Darlington while Truex finished tenth.
Darlington may be factored into the way oddsmakers are looking at the 600, but it’s a good bet they’re leaning on past trends at the track. If you do that, the Busch and Truex can’t be argued with.
Here’s how the top-five favorites round out for the Coca-Cola 600 (complete odds below):
Kyle Busch +350
Martin Truex Jr. +470
Joey Logano +700
Kevin Harvick +800
Chase Elliott +950
2020 Coca-Cola 600 Info
Date: May 24th, 2020
Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, North Carolina
Type: 1.5-mile superspeedway
Banking: Turns: 24°, Straights: 5°
Race Distance: 400 laps
Defending Track Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
TV/Radio: Fox / MRN
Start Time: 6:00 PM Eastern
The race will once again be held without fans in the stands and will switch from FOX to Fox Sports One/FS1.
Best Bets for the 2020 Coca-Cola 600
Kyle Busch +350
If you’ve read any of my articles this season you may know that I’ve not been real keen on Kyle Busch.
It has nothing to do with attitude or wrecking other drivers. It’s been more about the lack of results the No. 18 team has posted this season following winning the Championship last year.
Busch has won at Charlotte, and he drove from the back to the front several times in both races at Darlington. But, last Wednesday under the lights, JGR drivers started to come on strong.
The 600 transfers from early evening to night time racing and Kyle Busch should be one of the cars fighting for the win.
Kevin Harvick was one of my picks this past Wednesday, and I’m sticking with him this weekend.
Harvick already has a win on the season and has finished every race so far this season with a top-ten run. He also has three Cup Series wins at Charlotte.
One note on that, all of those wins came when he piloted a Chevrolet, but he’s been strong in his Stewart – Haas Racing Ford. Look for Harvick to be a factor.
Chase Elliott +950
This may be a revenge pick simply because I love “feuds” in NASCAR.
Kyle Busch wrecked Elliott towards the end of Wednesday’s race as Elliott was making a move for the win. Busch did apologize, and there has not been much trash talk coming out of the Elliott camp. So the feud may be more alive on sports talk radio.
Now, push all of that aside. Elliott enters the race at +950 with four top-ten Cup Series finishes at Charlotte. It’s not been his best track, but he’s never seemed to have as strong of cars as he does this season.
Others I like to Win the Coca-Cola 600
Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski: Denny Hamlin won last Wednesday at Darlington and has been strong all season long. You just can’t ignore him. The same goes for Brad Keselowski. You can’t count either of these drivers out this weekend at Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600.
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