Driver Group Game Picks for Charlotte


NASCAR will celebrate Memorial Day with a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is not any normal race. This is a 600-mile marathon with the best tributes to our veterans in all of sports. Get a comfy seat on your couch. We are in for 400 exciting laps of racing in the Queen City.

The Cup Series had their normal practice session at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The teams had 20-minutes to shake down their cars before they lined up for qualifying. Most of the teams were able to make some long runs. There are going to be a lot of pit stops Sunday, so we need drivers who are fast on the short and long runs in our lineups and have a fast pit crew.

Here is my starting lineup for the Coca-Cola 600


WILLIAM BYRON (7): Byron is usually really good at his home track. The No. 24 car dominated the Coca-Cola 600 last year. Byron won the pole, led 91 laps, scored the most Stage Points and finished 2nd in the race. He looks fast again this weekend. Byron posted the fastest speed in practice and qualified 2nd for the race. Byron has a good chance to win his 4th race of the season this week at Charlotte Motor Speedway.


TYLER REDDICK (4): Reddick has raced in 5 Coca-Cola 600’s and he finished 5th, 6th, 9th, 14th and 8th. That is an average finishing position of 8.4. That is not too bad. The No. 45 car has speed again this week. Reddick posted the 2nd fastest speed in practice and qualified 8th for the race. Reddick has to do a drive-through penalty and will go a lap down at the start of the race because the No. 45 team made adjustments to their car. I am not worried about it. There are typically 12 cautions in this race, so Reddick will get his lap back quickly.

TY GIBBS (7): Could this be the race when Gibbs breaks his maiden and finds Victory Lane? We have seen some crazy stuff in the Coca-Cola 600, so it would not surprise me. Gibbs posted the 5th fastest speed in practice and he won the pole for the race. Gibbs will have the speed to run up front. I just need him to race 600-miles mistake free. I think Gibbs can do it.


NOAH GRAGSON (7): Gragson is having the best season from the Group C drivers. Gragson finished 6th at Las Vegas, 18th at Texas, 6th at Dover, 9th at Kansas and 14th at Darlington. That is an average finishing position of 10.6 on the intermediate tracks. Gragson looked really good in the Xfinity Series race Saturday and he did not have a very good car. He should look good again Sunday.


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