This Week's Coca-Cola 600
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The longest race of the year begins at 6:00 p.m. ET on FOX, but before the marathon that is the Coca-Cola 600 goes green, it is time to lock in your lineups at DraftKings.
Despite Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile layout, the 400-lap distance will make it seem a lot like a short track event from a strategy standpoint. After all, only races Bristol and Martinsville have more points available in the laps led and fastest laps run categories, so make sure to lock in on at least two drivers that can deliver in those all-important categories.
The length and nature of the race also make it easy to roll the dice on drivers starting deeper in the field, especially if they have shown decent speed in practice. Not only do these drivers have ample time to get to the front, but the constantly changing track conditions that result from the falling temperatures will cause some drivers to improve greatly throughout the night.
The basic blueprint is the same as it is most weeks, but the Coca-Cola 600 amplifies it even more. Top load your lineup with a couple of studs, and don’t be afraid to load up the bottom of your lineup with drivers that have a ton to gain through place differential.
Kevin Harvick ($10,500)
Harvick is always one of the safest options to build a lineup around at DraftKings, and with a top 10 starting spot and strong long-run practice speeds, he should deliver another big point total this weekend. He owns a series-leading 5.2 average finish in the last ten races at Charlotte, and he has led at least 100 laps in two of the last three races here. Expect Harvick to log plenty of points in the laps led and fastest laps run category and make a run at 100 fantasy points.
Jimmie Johnson (10,200)
While he hasn't been as consistently dominant at Charlotte in recent years, Johnson has still managed to lead at least 130 laps in two of the last five races here. He is also a seven-time winner at the track overall, and he had one of the two best cars on short and long runs during practice Saturday. A vintage Johnson performance could be on tap.