CONCORD, NC – While starting position is a huge factor in deciding who wins Saturday’s Drive for the Cure 200 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), four practice sessions around the 2.28-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL this weekend will too.
There’s a big enough sample size on who we think will win or not.
Here are the top five favorites.
Its been a big weekend for him. He was named as the replacement for Ryan Newman in the Cup Series for 2019 and has been very fast in both of his cars. He qualified 11th for Sunday’s Cup race and was fourth in Friday’s practice.
In his XFINITY Series car, Hemric was in the top four of all four practice sessions. He was second, fourth, second and first respectively in his No. 21 Chevrolet in fact.
Also, in his last two road course starts of the season, he finished third.
He’s arguably the best road racer in the series. His results may not show it but his background is on road courses. Cindric, was first, second, first and seventh respectively in practice in his No. 22 Ford.
This is the same car that won on the oval in May.
Can they pull a year sweep?
His worst finish in three road course starts in 2018 is third at Mid-Ohio. He’s won the last two races in fact on them. He was fifth in the final three practice sessions of the weekend and is looking to avenge last weeks crash in Richmond.
He’s looking to get back on the wagon this weekend too. Custer, was sixth, seventh and fourth respectively in the three road course races in 2018 and was 12th, first, sixth and third respectively in practice this weekend.
We already know this is a fast car. Marks, who said this will be his final NASCAR start was in the top 10 in three of the four practice sessions this weekend. Watch out for his No. 42 Chevrolet.