The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competes at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday night. This is a long race. It is important for the drivers to be patient and it is important for fantasy players to be patient as well. If your driver is in a hole there is plenty of time for the driver to make it back to the front.
Allocations are becoming more important now that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has completed 11 races. Usually I like to use my best drivers on the 1.5-mile tracks because the cream usually rises to the top in these races. The Coca-Cola 600 is unique race. This race often ends up being a race of survival. It is not a bad idea to take some chances in this race and save allocations with your top drivers in Group B or Group C.
Here are my picks for the Coca-Cola 600…
Kevin Harvick (7): The No. 4 car won the pole, as I predicted. I said I would use Harvick for the pole and Martin Truex Jr. for the race. Since Harvick starts first and he is happy with his car I am going to use him in the race. He is almost guaranteed 10 bonus points for leading laps. Running the Xfinity Series race Saturday should also help him understand how the tires will fall off during the race. I am running low on allocations with Harvick, but I am not scared to burn one this week.
Ryan Blaney (8): The No. 21 car has not been to Victory lane this year but he has been one of the best on the 1.5-mile tracks. He led 148 laps at Texas and 83 laps at Kansas. Blaney had the fastest car in the morning practice and 2nd fastest in the last practice. Blaney should also gain some knowledge from the Xfinity Series race Saturday.
Jamie McMurray (4): This could be the week that McMurray goes to Victory Lane. Everyone is talking about his teammate (Kyle Larson) but McMurray’s car is better on the long runs. He is using the same car he had in the Xfinity Series race and that car was very fast on the long runs. McMurray had the fastest car on the 10 lap and 20 lap average speed chart in final practice. He is an excellent choice this week.
Erik Jones (6): The No. 77 brought the same setup as the No. 78 car (Martin Truex Jr.). Both have been very fast all weekend. The only thing that scares me about Jones this week is the length of the race. He is not the most patient driver in the garage. Hopefully his Toyota teammates talk to Jones before the race Sunday and tell him it is more important to lead the last lap than it is to lead the first.
* If you need to know which driver I like more this week, simply look at my driver rankings.
Good luck this week!
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