Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Concord, North Carolina this week for the Coca-Cola 600. The race can be seen Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on Fox. Be sure to test your fantasy NASCAR skills in the Yahoo Fantasy Auto Racing game.

The Sprint Cup All-Star race is in the rear view mirror and now it is time for the series to move into the summer months. Fantasy teams should not select their team solely off of what happened in the All-Star race. The weather and the rules made the race much different from what fans will see Sunday night in the Coca-Cola 600.

The best way to select your drivers this week is to use the drivers who have run well on the 1.5-mile and larger intermediate tracks. There are six drivers with a top 10 average finishing position on the intermediate tracks this year. Any of these drivers would be good choices for your Yahoo Fantasy Auto Racing game this week.

Here are the six drivers with a top-10 average finishing position on the intermediate tracks in 2016:

Average Finish Position at Intermediate Tracks in 2016

Driver

Atlanta

Las Vegas

Auto Club

Texas

Kansas

Average

Jimmie Johnson

1

3

1

4

17

5.2

Kevin Harvick

6

7

2

10

2

5.4

Kyle Busch

3

4

25

1

1

6.8

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2

8

11

2

15

7.6

Brad Keselowski

9

1

9

18

10

9.4

Carl Edwards

5

18

7

7

11

9.6

Visit my Fantasy NASCAR Tips Page to see the complete list of driver’s average finishing position and average running position in the last five intermediate track races.

Martin Truex Jr. was the only driver to finish both races at Charlotte in the top five last year. He also dominated the last race on the 1.5-mile track at Kansas. Truex will be a good pick for your team this week.

Here are the results from the two races at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2015:

2015 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Results

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. 2. Greg Biffle
  3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Martin Truex Jr.

2015 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Results

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Kurt Busch

Here are my picks for the Coca-Cola 600

Yahoo Fantasy Auto Racing

Finally my luck turned around in the Yahoo Fantasy Auto Racing game. After multiple weeks of selecting drivers who led the most laps but had trouble at the end of the race, my team finally put it all together at Dover and scored 350 points. Now it is time to keep the momentum going at Charlotte.

There are many great choices in Group A this week, but fantasy teams need to consider only four drivers for their team. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano have been the best drivers on the intermediate tracks this season and the winner of the race Sunday night should be one of these cars. Fantasy teams who really feel like gambling can also consider Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch.

Like Group A there are four great choices in Group B this week. Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson have been the best picks on the intermediate tracks this season. Fantasy teams need to try and save their allocations as much as possible with Edwards and Truex, but they should feel free to use Dillon no matter how many starts they have left.

The other drivers to consider in Group B include Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jamie McMurray. Newman and Kahne are probably the safest picks, while Stenhouse has momentum entering the Coco-Cola 600. McMurray performs his best in the big events and the race on Memorial weekend is one of the major races in NASCAR.

Group C is not tough this week. Fantasy teams should select Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney and sit back and enjoy the results. These two drivers are head and shoulders above the competition in this group. I would not be surprised to see Blaney qualify in the top five and Elliott finish in the top five this week. If you need another option, I would consider Brian Scott.

Yahoo Group A Picks

Kyle Busch (5)

Busch has been the best driver on the intermediate tracks this season. He won the last two races (Texas and Kansas) and he finished in the top five in two of the other races (Busch finished third at Atlanta and fourth at Auto Club).

Busch entered the 2016 season with three tracks he had not been to Victory Lane at in the Sprint Cup Series (Kansas, Charlotte and Pocono). He crossed Kansas off the list two weeks ago and Busch will have a great chance to take Charlotte off the list this week. Fans should be treated to another Busch bow following the Coca-Cola 600 this week.

Kevin Harvick (8)

Harvick has run well on the intermediate tracks this season, but he does not have the results that Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson have. Harvick has a series-best finishing position and a series-best driver rating in the last four races at Charlotte. The No. 4 car started the season slower than they did in 2015, but they are starting to pick up steam. I have eight allocations left with Harvick so if he looks fast in Happy Hour practice the No. 4 car will be in my starting lineup Sunday.

Other good choices: Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Brad KeselowskiJoey Logano and Kurt Busch

Yahoo Group B Picks

Martin Truex Jr. (5)

Truex Jr. dominated the race at Kansas and he should have a good chance to run up front Sunday. Truex has the third-best average finishing position and the third-best driver rating in the last four races at Charlotte. Last year the No. 78 car finished both races at the track in the top five. Fantasy teams can expect another finish in the top five in the Coca-Cola 600.

Kasey Kahne (9)

Kahne has run well at Charlotte in his career. He has more wins (four) at Charlotte then he has at any other track. Kahne loves to run the top of the track and that is the fast way to the front. He finished 12th in this race last year and fantasy teams can expect similar results from the No. 5 team this week.

Austin Dillon (6)

Dillon has been the third-best driver in Group B on the intermediate tracks (Behind Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr.). Dillon finished two of the three races on the “cookie-cutter” tracks (Las Vegas, Texas and Kansas) in the top five. Last year he finished 16th in the Coca-Cola 600 and seventh in the Bank of America 500. Dillon should finish near the top 10 again Sunday.

Kyle Larson (6)

Larson is starting to run well after a slow start to the season. He should have finished in the top five at Kansas and he almost won the race at Dover. This pick is more about a gut feeling then it is about Larson’s results on the intermediate tracks this season. The No. 42 is worth a gamble this week.

Other good choices: Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Jamie McMurray

Yahoo Group C Picks

Chase Elliott (6)

Anyone who said that Elliot did not deserve the seat in the No. 24 car was sadly mistaken. This rookie is good and he is driving the car better than Jeff Gordon did last year. It will not be long before Elliott wins his first race.

Elliott enters the race this week with something he did not have at most of the tracks this season… experience. Elliott drove the No. 25 car in the Coca-Cola 600 and had good results. He qualified 28th and finished 18th. He is clearly the best choice in Group C and fantasy teams should not hesitate to use him this week.

Ryan Blaney (7)

Blaney competed in two Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte and had mixed results. He ran well in the Coca-Cola 600 last year but his car blew up on lap 281. Blaney qualified 16th and finished 14th in the fall race. The No. 21 car should qualify up front and finish in the top 15 this week.

Other Good Choices: Brian Scott and Landon Cassill

*Stats from Driveraverages.com and career stats from Racing-Reference.Info

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