The final leg of the Memorial Day weekend three pack of races will be Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET/FOX/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). It’s one of the crown jewels of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule.
So, who are the ones to win this weekend? Here are five favorites and five sleepers.
How can I not start with him? He won the All-Star race last weekend, albeit with a different package, but he’s had two straight wins on the season and five overall. Out of those five wins, three have already come on 1.5-mile tracks (Atlanta, Vegas, Kansas). Why not add Charlotte to that list?
Harvick, was eighth and third respectively in the two Charlotte races last year and has six top three finishes on the North Carolina race track since 2013. While he’s coming from the back, don’t let that stop you from picking him.
Martin Truex Jr.
This has been his race lately. In 2015, he led 131 laps and finished fifth. In 2016, he led 392 out of the 400 laps in a dominating win. Last year, he led 233 more and came home third. What could he do this weekend? He’s had a fast car and nearly won the last points paying race in Kansas. In the fall race at Charlotte last year, he led 91 laps en route to a win.
You have to have the top three drivers this year as the top three drivers to beat this weekend. Busch, has 15 top 10 finishes in his last 21 Charlotte starts. He’s due for a big run again and he finished second in this race last year. He starts the race on the pole.
This could be his weekend to finally get to victory lane. Hamlin, has been very good lately in Charlotte. He finished in the top five in both races last year (5th and 4th respectively) and has 13 top 10’s finishes in his last 15 Charlotte starts. He starts in Row 2.
He’s surging and is coming off of a second place finish in last weeks All-Star race. Plus, in his two starts in Charlotte last year, Suarez came home 11th and sixth respectively. He will roll off in the top 10 on Sunday.
He finished seventh in this very race last season and is due for his first Cup win. He’s been running better and better in 2018 and can contend on Sunday. He also starts in Row 2.
He’s also running well as Busch has two top five finishes in the last three points paying races. He also has five top 10 finishes in his last six Charlotte starts. With Ford power, his No. 41 Ford will contend this weekend.
Since 2013, Charlotte has been one of Newman’s best tracks. He has nine top 15 finishes in his last 10 starts there. He also has three top 10 finishes in his last four Charlotte starts.
Last year, he ended up in victory lane in the ‘600. Can he repeat? Dillon, has seven top 16 finishes in his last eight Charlotte starts. His teammate above has been in the top 15 in all those races with the exception of one too.
This could be a good weekend for the RCR camp.