Fantasy NASCAR Preview for Charlotte

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The NASCAR Cup Series will join the Truck Series and Xfinity Series to celebrate Memorial Day at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is a home race for most of the teams. NASCAR is the best sport at honoring our veterans and remembering what it took to make this country great. It is always fun to watch the pre-race ceremonies at Charlotte and see the cars wrapped in America’s colors. It is also good that the Gen-7 car has put on some pretty good races on the 1.5-mile tracks. It should be a fun weekend of racing in the Queen City this week.

 

CHARLOTTE SCHEDULE

The Truck Series and Xfinity Series will be on the track Friday afternoon for their practice and qualifying sessions. The truckers will have their 200-mile race Friday night on FS1. The Xfinity Series will compete in their 300-mile race Saturday afternoon on FOX. The Cup Series will practice and qualify Saturday morning for their 600-mile race Sunday evening on FOX. We have 1,100-miles of exciting racing this weekend. Put the bar-b-que on the grill and prepare yourself for three good races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. .

Here is the schedule for the races at Charlotte…

 

 

RACE RECAP AT CHARLOTTE

The Coca-Cola 600 last year was run without any practice and qualifying since it rained most of the weekend. William Byron started on the pole since he was No.1 in the Point Standings heading into the race. Byron led 91 laps (second-most in the race), scored Stage Points in all of the Stages (including a win in Stage 1) and finished 2nd in the race. Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell were also fast in the race. Reddick led 28 laps and finished 4th in Stage 1 and 2nd in Stage 3. Reddick tried to do “the pass through the grass” but it didn’t work. Bell led 48 laps, finished 2nd in Stage 1 and 6th in Stage 2. Bell had a pit penalty that caused him to finish 24th. Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin were moving through the field when they crashed each other on lap 186. Kyle Larson was running 6th with 25 laps to go. He spun out and took out Ty Gibbs and many other good cars. Ryan Blaney out-raced William Byron to the checkered flag. It was the first win for the 2023 Cup Series Champion. Roger Penske was able to win the Indy 500 and Coke 600 on the same day.

The best drivers in the race were William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Tyler Reddick, Martin Truex Jr., Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski

Stage 1 Results: 1. William Byron, 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Ryan Blaney, 4. Tyler Reddick, 5. Martin Truex Jr., 6. Denny Hamlin, 7. Kyle Busch, 8. Brad Keselowski, 9. Kyle Larson, 10. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Stage 2 Results: 1. Chris Buescher, 2. Kevin Harvick, 3. Brad Keselowski, 4. Joey Logano, 5. Ryan Blaney, 6. Christopher Bell, 7. Ty Gibbs, 8. William Byron, 9. Ross Chastain, 10. Bubba Wallace

Stage 3 Results: 1. Ryan Blaney, 2. Tyler Reddick, 3. Martin Truex Jr., 4. William Byron, 5. Ty Gibbs, 6. Kyle Larson, 7. Kyle Busch, 8. Kevin Harvick, 9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 10. Alex Bowman

Most Stage Points Scored: Ryan Blaney (24), William Byron (20) and Tyler Reddick (16).

Click here for highlights of last year’s race: COCA COLA 600 RACE REWIND

 

 

FANTASY PREVIEW FOR CHARLOTTE

The Coca-Cola 600 is the most important race in season long Fantasy NASCAR games. There are three Stages in the race Sunday. You can really move up in your league standings if you are able to find the drivers who can score the most Stage Points and finish in the top-10 Sunday. There is no need to save allocations at Charlotte. Simply select the best drivers possible and hope they can run up front for 600 miles.

The length of the race Sunday is also important in DFS Contests. There are 400 laps in the Coca-Cola 600. That means there are 100 points available for leading laps and 185 points available for fastest laps. We need to pay up for the drivers who can score as many of these 285 points as possible. We almost have to treat the Coca-Cola 600 like a short track race and pick three dominators.

 

 

FANTASY STATS FOR CHARLOTTE

Charlotte is another intermediate track. The Gen-7 car has been fantastic on these tracks. The racing surface at Charlotte is worn out and has some bumps that the drivers will have to navigate. I am using the two races at Charlotte last year and combining it with the data from the recent races on the intermediate tracks this year (Texas, Dover, Kansas and Darlington) for my picks this week.

Here are the top drivers from the last two races at Charlotte in the Gen-7 car and the races at Texas, Dover, Kansas and Darlington this year, sorted by Driver Rating…

 

 

PIT STOPS AT CHARLOTTE

The Coca-Cola 600 is the longest race in NASCAR and that means the teams will be making many trips to pit road. The drivers who can avoid pit road penalties and have a pit crew that can gain track position are the drivers who typically finish up front. Here are the pit crew rankings heading into the Coca-Cola 600

 

EARLY WEEK PICKS FOR CHARLOTTE

ONE & DONE PICK: RICKY STENHOUSE JR. (He should be a “Knock-Out” pick Sunday)


DRIVER GROUP GAME PICKS:
WILLIAM BYRON, DENNY HAMLIN, TYLER REDDICK, TY GIBBS, BRAD KESELOWSKI, CHRIS BUESCHER, NOAH GRAGSON, CHASE BRISCOE

 

FANTASY LIVE PICKS: WILLIAM BYRON, DENNY HAMLIN, MARTIN TRUEX JR., TYLER REDDICK, CHRIS BUESCHER GARAGE: CHASE ELLIOTT

* I will update these picks this weekend.

 

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