Coca-Cola 600 Race Preview and Pick

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The NASCAR Cup Series has scheduled the Coca-Cola 600 for this Sunday, which will be the first race after the All-Star Race that took place last week. Read on for an expert betting pick and in-depth analysis.

BMR’s best online books and betting sites have released their betting odds for this week’s upcoming NASCAR action.

For reasons that I will explain, you should bet on at least one winner of this race.

NASCAR Cup Series: Coca-Cola 600

Sunday, May 29, 2022 – 07:35 PM at Charlotte Motor Speedway

All-Star Race Recap

Last Sunday, the 2022 NASCAR All-Star Race took place at the Texas Motor Speedway. This race was an emotional one for Ryan Blaney in several respects:

  • Blaney thought he won the race. However, the caution flag appeared just before his car crossed the finishing line.
  • The caution flag appearance meant that he could not win the race because, per the All-Star Race rules, a race cannot end with a caution flag.
  • He participated in an overtime session and won the race. Blaney’s win netted him a million dollars in prize money.

In a sense, Ryan Blaney won the race twice, so he certainly deserved the victory. However, Denny Hamlin was very close behind him.

Because it is very hard to win back-to-back races as it happens quite rarely, we will exclude Blaney from the list of our potential candidates to win.

Coca-Cola 600 Race Info 

This week, the NASCAR Cup Series brings us to the Coca-Cola 600, which takes place at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, outside of Charlotte.

It is scheduled to begin at 07:35 PM EDT, directly following a 35-minute practice session, and it will end at 09:00 PM EDT.

For this race, drivers must complete a total of 400 laps. There will be four stages for this event:

  • Stage 1 ends upon completion of the 100th lap.
  • Stage 2 requires drivers to complete 100 more laps.
  • Stage 3 ends with the 300th lap.
  • Stage 4 consists of the last 100 laps.

Coca-Cola 600 Drivers

The Coca-Cola 600 listed 40 teams/drivers. As for the starting lineup, this is no longer a midweek product of a predetermined formula. The starting lineup this year gets determined in qualifying. Qualifying for this race will take place on Saturday night.

For this race, qualifying will be single-vehicle, single-lap and it will last two rounds.

Track Info 

  • This track is a quad-oval consisting of an asphalt surface.
  • Each lap is 1.5 miles long. So, in completing 400 laps, drivers will have accumulated 600 miles.
  • The turns are banked at 24 degrees and the straights at five degrees. Banking is important because drivers use it to corral momentum for their vehicles. When there is more banking then there is more potential for greater speeds.

Fuel Milage 

The particularly important strategic element is planning fuel milage. Successful drivers will be more likely to plan well for fuel and to have sufficient gas in the tank in the race’s final moments.

Know for your NASCAR betting picks that this event is one in which strategy is particularly important. Drivers need to have good team support in order to follow a good strategy.

Unpopular Opinion on Kurt Busch

I dislike Kurt Busch, although he has received some positive media attention in recent weeks. This is a bad event in which to trust Kurt Busch because he has finished outside the top 15 in more than half of his last 18 tries here.

With Kurt Busch, there is a lot of potential for failure at this track. Given this reality, this track is one of his worst historically.

Coca-Cola 600 Betting Pick

My favorite driver for this race is Chase Elliott. He has thrived most recently at this track, finishing fourth, second, first, and second in his last four tries.

While his last two races this season have been poor, they took place at two of his worst tracks historically. This venue is just the one for him to bounce back.

For the above reasons, invest in Elliott to win for your best bets.

NASCAR Pick: Chase Elliott Outright (+650) with Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

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