Kyle Busch favored in Coca-Cola 600

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May 22nd, 2020

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway this Sunday night for the Coca-Cola 600. Kyle Busch, who battled some early trouble at Darlington before finding his way to second place, opened up as the +400 favorite to win NASCAR’s traditional Memorial Day weekend fixture. However, his 1-for-30 record over this course does not inspire confidence.

Odds to win the Coca-Cola 600

DriverCoca-Cola 600 Odds
Kyle Busch
Kevin Hrvick
Martin Truex Jr.
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski

Let’s scan the field and look for value as we make our selections for the always-demanding Coca-Cola 600.

Kevin Harvick (+550)

Second-choice is a logical destination when looking to beat the favorite, and Kevin Harvick fits the bill nicely.

"The Closer" won NASCAR’s comeback race at Darlington last Sunday and was a threatening third before Wednesday night’s heat was called off due to rain. Harvick remains the only NASCAR driver to finish in the Top 10 in every event this season.

The No. 4 Ford driver has two Coca-Cola 600 victories to his name (2011, 2013) and won the October race at Charlotte in 2014. Since then he has six Top 10 finishes in eight return trips to this oval.

Martin Truex Jr. (+600)

Charlotte has been one of Martin Truex Jr’s favorite courses over the last few years. He has three victories in his last eight efforts there, including two Coca-Cola 600s, and four additional Top 5 finishes. No driver has led more laps at Charlotte than Truex (963) in that span.

The man behind the wheel in the No. 19 Toyota, after a rough start to the 2020 campaign, managed to build some positive momentum heading into Sunday night as he compiled two Top 10 finishes at Darlington this week.

Clint Bowyer (+2500)

Clint Bowyer became the first driver to win Stages 1 and 2 of a Cup race this season, as he led 71 laps during the Toyota 500 at Darlington Wednesday night. But a scrape against the wall during the final stage of the race ultimately caused one of his tires to go down, and he spun out en route to a 22nd-place finish.

Bowyer has been driving fairly well this season, earning a couple of Top 5s at Daytona and Phoenix. He has a prior win over this course, earned back in 2012. The price on Bowyer is generous enough to take a swing at. 

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