Coca-Cola 600 Preview and Best Bet

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Coca-Cola 600 Preview and Best Bet
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #47 Kroger Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 in 2020. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP

Top sportsbooks have released their odds for Sunday’s upcoming NASCAR event. The NASCAR Cup Series will stage the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte. Here is a breakdown of everything that you’ll need to know about the race and everything that you’ll want to know in order to make a well-informed NASCAR Pick.

NASCAR Cup Series: Coca-Cola 600

Sunday, May 30, 2021 – 6:00 PM ET at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Race Info

NASCAR’s Cup Series will continue this upcoming Sunday when the Coca-Cola 600 takes place at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Drivers must complete a total of 400 laps for this racing event.

This event is unique in that, for the first time this season, it is composed of four instead of the usual three stages. Each stage consists of 100 laps. So Stage one consists of 100 laps, Stage two concludes with the 200th lap, Stage three finishes after 300 laps and Stage 4 ends with the 400th lap.

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates with a burnout. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP

Just like in previous weeks, an entry list has been published for this race. So barring any unforeseen circumstances, the best betting sites already know which teams and drivers will compete in this race. As for the starting lineup, starting position had usually been established by a predetermined formula which took the place of qualifying.

But for this event, there will be qualifying in order to determine the starting lineup. In addition to qualifying, drivers will get the benefit of one practice session. This one practice session will take place on Friday evening at 7:00 PM ET. Then, qualifying will ensue on the following morning beginning at 11:35 AM ET.

Track Info

Practice and qualifying are special (special, that is, in the current COVID era) features of the Coca-Cola 600, a relatively well-known and prestigious NASCAR event. The Charlotte Motor Speedway is 1.5-miles long. So in completing 400 laps, drivers will have accumulated 600 miles. This is a quad-oval track, meaning that, unlike in a road course, turns lead in one single direction.

Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 ChevyGood.com/NOCO Patriotic Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP

There are four turns in the course that NASCAR’s Cup Series will use. The Charlotte Motor Speedway is a relatively high level of banking, each turn is banked at 24 degrees. More banking allows for more speed because drivers use the banking on the turns in order to corral more momentum for themselves.

The straightaways on this course are also banked decently, which are banked at five degrees, compared with straights in other tracks. As for the surface, teams/drivers will prepare their cars to run on asphalt.

Drivers to Avoid 

For your best bet, one driver to avoid is Chase Elliott. He won both his last NASCAR race overall and the last race at Charlotte. It is statistically unlikely for him to win a second consecutive time at Charlotte. The last time that a driver accomplished this feat, winning twice in a row at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, was in 2006.

Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Llumar Chevrolet, celebrate Chevrolets 800th Cup Series win in victory lane. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP

Also avoid Brad Keselowski, despite the recent success that he’s enjoyed at Charlotte. Overall, his racing form has been awful. In his last three NASCAR Cup Series races, he finished 24th, despite starting in the first place, 16th, and 19th. There are other drivers out there who have stronger histories to boast of in Charlotte and can simultaneously demonstrate positive current racing form.

Also avoid Denny Hamlin, who is experiencing a stark regression relative to what he did last year.  Last week, he finished outside the top 10 for the third time in his last five races. His recent driver rating at Charlotte is also rather poor partly because he’s suffered some awful performances there.

My Guy 

I want to avoid investing in the most heavily favored driver. Favorites so far have had a rough go of it. For your sports betting, there is more value out there in heavier underdogs. While he doesn’t have close to the best driver history at this track, I like Ryan Blaney.

Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 BodyArmor Ford, enters his car. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP

Blaney’s driving history at Charlotte is marred by earlier efforts, thus giving him the mere appearance of a driver who is a bad choice to invest in. But a deeper look into his history reveals that he is clearly figuring things out at Charlotte. In each of his last two attempts at this track, he finished third.

While his last two races overall weren’t great, they don’t really reflect his form because they took place at a road track and at Dover. He doesn’t normally do well on road courses or at Dover, anyways.  Before those two races, he performed much stronger than usual at Darlington. 

Given his recent history at Charlotte, Sunday presents a great opportunity for him to resume his strong form. For the above reasons, invest in Ryan Blaney with your NASCAR betting picks.

Free Pick: Ryan Blaney To Win +1400 at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.