This Week's Coca-Cola 600
Yahoo: Top 30 Drivers
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The Coca-Cola 600, a 600-mile event is the longest race of the year, and the marathon-style format tests every member of a race team. Equipment has to hold up to Charlotte's high speeds for an extra 100 miles, pit crews have to avoid mistakes for extra stops, crew chiefs have to make constant adjustments to handle the changing track conditions, and drivers have to hold up physically and mentally.
Not surprisingly, the Coca-Cola 600 often becomes a war of attrition, with the drivers that can avoid mistakes and equipment issues are left to decide who takes the checkered flag. You never know what will happen in a race this long, so it isn't the worst time to take a chance on a few upside drivers in the Yahoo game.
1. KEVIN HARVICK, #4 BUSCH BEER/JIMMY JOHNS, STEWART-HAAS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
Harvick has been by far the most consistent driver at Charlotte over the last few seasons. His 3.5 average finish over the last six races here is the best in the series, and he leads all drivers with two wins, four top five finishes and six top 10s over the same stretch.
2. KYLE BUSCH, #18 MARS BRANDS/INTERSTATE BATTERIES, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
Although Busch has never won a Cup race at Charlotte, he always seems to have one of the best cars. He ranks second in driver rating, average running position, laps in the top 15 and average green flag speed at the track, and since Busch joined the Cup Series in 2015, no driver has led more laps here.
3. MARTIN TRUEX, JR., #78 FURNITURE ROW, FURNITURE ROW RACING [YAHOO CLASS B]
Truex led 131 laps and finished fifth in the Coca-Cola 600 last year, and he came back in the fall and finished third. Meanwhile, he has led the most laps in the last two races at 1.5-mile tracks this season, so you can expect Truex to be in the mix for the victory this weekend.
4. MATT KENSETH, #20 DOLLLAR GENERAL/DEWALT, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
Coming off a win at Dover, Kenseth's early-season run of bad luck seems to finally be behind him, and he looks poised to go on a hot streak. He is a two-time winner at Charlotte, and he has three top five finishes in the last five races at the track, including a fourth-place run in last year's Coca-Cola 600.
5. JOEY LOGANO, #22 SHELL-PENNZOIL, TEAM PENSKE[YAHOO CLASS A]
Logano won at Charlotte last fall in dominating fashion, leading 227 of the 334 laps. Equally as important, his 9.6 average finish at the track is the best among active drivers, and he has finished in the top 15 in 11 of his 13 starts. In six starts here since joining Team Penske, he has three top five finishes.