Driver Rankings for Charlotte


The NASCAR Cup Series will get to race at home this week and the stands will be filled for the marathon race. The Coca-Cola 600 is typically when we see some of the teams who got off to a slow start; begin to catch up with the competition. This is truly an endurance race with 10-12 pit stops. There is a lot of time to make mistakes on pit-road and mistakes on the track, so the entire team needs to be on their game. The Coca-Cola 600 can be seen Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on Fox.

The race at Charlotte should be easy to handicap. There have been four races on 1.5-mile tracks, using the 550 HP aero package this season (Atlanta, Homestead, Las Vegas and Kansas). I used the data from those races, but put an emphasis on the races at Las Vegas and Kansas because those are high-speed intermediate tracks like Charlotte. I also used some of the data from the races at Charlotte using the 550 HP aero package.

The rankings should be pretty accurate this week, but we will get a better idea of which drivers will be fast after practice Friday night (7 p.m. ET on FS1). I will post my Fantasy NASCAR picks after the qualifying session Saturday (11:30 a.m. ET on FS1).


Here are the Driver Rankings for the Coca-Cola 600

1. Kyle Larson
2. William Byron
3. Denny Hamlin
4. Kyle Busch
5. Alex Bowman
6. Martin Truex Jr.
7. Chase Elliott
8. Kevin Harvick
9. Ryan Blaney
10. Brad Keselowski
11. Tyler Reddick
12. Joey Logano
13. Chris Buescher
14. Matt DiBenedetto
15. Christopher Bell
16. Austin Dillon
17. Kurt Busch
18. Ryan Newman
19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
20. Ross Chastain
21. Chase Briscoe
22. Cole Custer
23. Daniel Suarez
24. Michael McDowell
25. Bubba Wallace
26. Erik Jones
27. Ryan Preece
28. Aric Almirola
29. Anthony Alfredo
30. Corey LaJoie
31. Justin Haley
32. Garrett Smithley
33. B.J. McLeod
34. Cody Ware
35. James Davison
36. Quin Houff
37. David Starr
38. Josh Bilicki


* Photos from NASCAR Media


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