North Wilkesboro Speedway made its return to NASCAR at last week’s All-Star Race, and the Cup Series is now targeting one of the most prestigious races of the season: the Coca-Cola 600. sports crown.
This race will be carried by FOX and is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 28.
Last year, the 600m had a 31-change lead and 18 cautions, while the final 1.5-mile race at Kansas in May featured a record 37-change lead. So expect plenty of overtaking throughout a race that had become a snoozer until the advent of NASCAR’s Next Gen chassis. Although Denny Hamlin won the trophy in 2022, Chevrolet dominated the 600, leading 346 of the 413 laps run. Kansas earlier this month featured a more even mix between Chevrolet and Toyota up front.
The weather will be worrying throughout the weekend. Given Chevrolet and Toyota’s success at 1.5-mile tracks this season (excluding Atlanta Motor Speedway), expect the two manufacturers to do battle again. Ford has only won one of 13 races so far (Joey Logano at Atlanta) and they haven’t shown any signs of winning speed in recent weeks.
Before I share my picks for Charlotte, let’s review my colleague Joy Tomlinson’s results in the NASCAR All-Star Race at North Wilkesboro:
|DraftKings Salary||Driver||DraftKings Score|
|$7,700.00||Tyler Red Dick||63.4|
|$7,500.00||Aric Almirola||N / A|
Tyler Reddick was the pick that paid off the most, as he finished the day in third place. Hamlin and William Byron both finished the lead and struggled while Ryan Blaney finished sixth.
Ty Gibbs – who was not assured of a place in the ASR – was a choice that paid off, as he passed several cars to end the day in ninth place. Aric Almirola was a swing and a miss, unfortunately, as he finished third in the Open, one spot away from the transfer.
Here’s an overview of the DraftKings scoring rules…
The winner on the racetrack totals 45 points, while second place gets 42, third place 41 and so on. 10th place gets 34, while 11th gets 32 and drops by one from there until 20th. This pattern repeats from the 21st to the 30th and again from the 31st to the 40th.
Additionally, drivers can gain or lose a point depending on where they started the race. For example, if a driver started second and won, they would earn one point. If a driver started first and finished second, he would lose one point.
Drivers can also earn 0.45 points for each fastest lap and 0.25 for each lap they lead.
Joy will host a free NASCAR DraftKings league that will run weekly for the Cup Series only. Membership is free, but for now, that’s just for bragging rights. You will have the chance to compete with some of our colleagues here at Front stretch.
Here is the link to the league:
As part of the Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings lineup, players must choose six drivers with a combined salary below $50,000. This chart lists the salaries of drivers registered in the 600.
There are several options to choose from all along the financial ladder, but I focused on picking six drivers in the 50,000.
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Kyle Larson ($11,000)
Kyle Larson is the most expensive option before Charlotte, and for good reason: the 600 was one of Larson’s 10 wins in his 2021 championship season, and he left everyone in the dust with 327 laps led and a margin of victory of 10 seconds.
Last year’s race proved to be more difficult as just about everything went wrong for the #5 team: pit penalties, speeding penalties, the car catching fire, etc. It was such a disastrous start to the race that it resulted in that famous line from team manager Cliff Daniels mid-race.