Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch lead the field towards turn one at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the
Bank of America 500 on October 11, 2015.
By Zachary Lange
May 29, 2016
DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.
NASCAR’s “Ten Days of Thunder” will conclude with the longest race on the Sprint Cup Series schedule on Sunday, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Drivers will be forced to handle high banking in turns along with changing conditions from sundown into the night. Here are some of the drivers you’ll want to take a look at when setting your fantasy lineup for Sunday.
No. 41 Kurt Busch
After attempting the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day in 2014, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kurt Busch will only be racing in the night this year.
After finishing first in first and second practice, it’s safe to say Busch is just fine with only one race on Sunday. Look to start him.
No. 4 Kevin Harvick
Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick has the best average finish among active drivers the past five races at Charlotte in fourth, and has finished fourth and seventh in both practices and qualified eighth.
In the past ten races at Charlotte Motor Speedway Kevin’s worst finish was 16th, while the rest of his results were at least top-ten finishes, including three wins.
No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
This season has featured one of the best comebacks by a team in recent memory in Roush Fenway Racing. Leading the RFR pack is Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who qualified third for Sunday, his best qualifying effort in 90 races, and finished fifth and eighth in first and second practice.
Speed shown from the 17 camp and the price tag makes for a nice buy for fantasy owners.
No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
For Hendrick Motorsports and Dale Earnhardt Jr., this week has been met with much adversity. In practice, they received their fourth written warning for failing tech inspection, meaning they will lose their pit stall selection for Sunday’s race.
In addition, early Saturday morning the 88 car had a seal in the power steering broke, causing smoke to pour out from underneath the car. While this happened during practice and not mid-race, avoid Junior this week at CMS.
No. 27 Paul Menard
For Paul Menard, CMS has been an area of struggle. Menard has an average finish of 25th in the past five races here, and only one top-ten.
While he qualified 11th, his practice results were in the mid-20s and his speed was lacking on long practice runs.
LOW RISK, HIGH REWARD
No. 34 Chris Buescher
Throughout the course of the weekend, Front Row Motorsports’ Chris Buescher has found himself in the early 20s on the speed charts in practice and finished 14th in final practice Saturday. He made it to the second round of qualifying on Thursday and will start the race 22nd.
Buescher spoke post-qualifying to The Racing Experts with confidence in his car saying, “We have found our way into the top-half of the speed charts more and more and with that comes good results and momentum.”
If fantasy owners are in a bind financially, look for Buescher.
Zach’s Draft Kings Lineup No. 4 Kevin Harvick: $10,500 No. 22 Joey Logano: $9,700 No. 41 Kurt Busch: $9,000 No. 42 Kyle Larson: $8,400 No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: $6,900 No. 34 Chris Buescher: $5,500 Total Cost: $60,000/$60,000