The Coke 600 is finally here after being primed last week with the Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star race.
This race was originally named “The World 600″until the big money sponsor Coke came in and renamed it “The Coca Cola 600. I know some of you might be confused this year, as the 600 mile 400 lap race was always held on Memorial Day weekend since 1974 to rival the Indy 500.
Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with an average start of 6.8 the last five years but has struggled to get a grip on his Charlotte finishes with no wins, three top five’s, three top 10s and two DNFs. His average finish the last five years is 17.8, which translates to his worst track on the schedule. This is disappointing for Jimmie, who has six win’s at Charlotte, including three in a row during the mid 2000s.
Ryan Newman has the most poles the last 10 years with five, followed by Jeff Gordon with two. Newman should be the better buy between the two, as Jeff’s win two weeks ago puts him in the Sprint Cup points lead.
The other active drivers with an under 10.0 starting average at Charlotte are Ryan Newman 9.2 and Kasey Kahne 9.9, but Kahne leads all active drivers in average finish at 10.2 the last ten years. Both drivers should be good buys at this time for your fantasy teams.
Kasey Kahn is a good buy for your fantasy team, as he heats up big time at Charlotte with four wins total and coming off a top five at Kansas. He led 20 laps last week at the All-Star race and finished 14th, not bad for running a back up car.
Kevin Harvick won the Coke 600 race last year and Brad Keselowski won last year’s October race. I think Harvick is on a roll since they got their equipment issues straightened out and should be a good buy on any fantasy game. On the other hand, Brad has struggled lately but he did get at 10th place finish at the All-Star race.
Chevy has won two of the last four races at Charlotte while Ford and Toyota have one win, but Chevrolet leads all manufacturer’s with 41 trophies.
Here’s the top 10 power rankings at Charlotte during the last five years:
10 Greg Biflle- 3 top 5s and 3 top 10s, avg finish 15.0.
9 Kurt Busch- 1 win, 3 top 5s and 3 top 10s, avg finish 14.4.
8 Clint Bowyer- 1 win, 1 top 5 and 3 top 10s, avg finish 12.0.
7 Kyle Busch- 6 top 5s and 6 top 10s, avg finish 11.3.
6 Joey Logano- 2 top 5s and 4 top 10s, avg finish 11.3.
5 Kasey Kahne- 1 win, 4 top 5s and 5 top 10s, avg finish 11.1.
4 Carl Edwards- 1 top 5 and 4 top 10s, avg finish 10.5.
3 Matt Kenseth- 1 win, 2 top 5s and 5 top 10s, avg finish 9.1.
2 Denny Hamlin- 4 top 5s and 7 top 10s, avg finish 7.3.
1 Kevin Harvick- 2 wins, 2 top 5s and 6 top 10s, avg finish 7.1.