What an exciting week of racing we had last week at Darlington, and now it’s time to do it again. We kick off 4 straight days of racing with one of the best races of the year, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. This is the longest race of the year and will test every driver’s ability to the fullest. Qualifying will be tomorrow at 2:00 PM EST and lock is at 6:00 PM EST. We must wait until after qualifying to make our lineups and maybe the few hour window will provide us with somewhat of an edge.
This article is going to be structured a bit different than others I have written. Since we don’t have qualifying I am going to mainly focus on general strategy for how I plan to approach this race and mention a couple of my favorite plays that I will be watching closely during qualifying.
Again we will have no practice before the race this week, but this time we do have qualifying. Charlotte really resembles Texas and Atlanta, so it should pay off to look back at how driver’s did last year at those tracks in addition to Charlotte. I still plan to target guys who have shown general speed this year, as it looks like some teams have really improved year over year.
With how long this race is I plan to use 2-3 dominators in my lineups tomorrow. We have 400 laps and the race will start in the daylight and end at dark. The track will completely change when the sun goes down and could change which cars are the best.
Last week the Chevys continued their hot start to 2020. Not only the Hendrick cars of Byron, Johnson, Elliot and Bowman, but also other guys like Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing. I expect that one of the Hendrick cars are on the pole tomorrow and that should allow them to lead the first portion of the race. The main thing I will be watching in qualifying is the other Chevys. Guys like Tyler Reddick could give us some nice value if he is starting toward the middle to back of this field.
The two guys who have dominated here recently are Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch. It seems like every race this year they have had good long run speed but are not able to compete with the Fords and Chevys on the shorter runs. Like I said, this is a long race and if we can get a few long runs then I fully expect them to be up front. Due to their history they will probably be popular. I don’t expect any of these Joe Gibbs Toyotas to start all the way at the front because they usually qualify with their race setup. I think we see them qualify around 10th-15th and start to slowly move up as the run goes on.
I think qualifying will be interesting tomorrow as that will be the first lap that drivers are on the track all weekend. Surely we see someone make a mistake and provide us with some great value starting towards the back.
Chris and I plan to do a live show right after qualifying tomorrow where we will update out thoughts on the slate. Be sure to tune in.
For my pick to win I am going to keep riding the Chevys and go right back to the well with Chase Elliot. He has been so good all season and continues to get unlucky. This will turn around at some point.
It is so good to have NASCAR back in our lives. We have some massive pools out there tomorrow, so let’s start out a big week with a bang. Be sure to hit us up in Slack to get answers to any questions, you may have. Good luck to all!