2019 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway - Predictions and Odds
2019 Coca-Cola 600 Predictions and Odds
One of the most anticipated weekends of the year for motorsport fans comes to a close with the Coca-Cola 600.
The F1 Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500 all happen at the last Sunday of the month.
The longest race of the Cup Series schedule is the third and final blue ribbon event of the day.
Fuel saving finishes aren’t rare, so there is plenty of potential for a surprise winner.
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How to Watch
What: Coca-Cola 600
Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC
When: Sunday, May 26th at 6:00 PM EST
How: FS1 (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio)
Favorites to Win the 2019 Coca-Cola 600
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. is the early favorite for the win.
The 2017 champion has two wins in his last four starts this season.
His slow start following the move to Joe Gibbs Racing has been left behind.
Truex has five top 3 finishes in his last six starts at Charlotte.
He has finished inside the top 5 in every edition of the Coca-Cola 600 since 2015.
The Joe Gibbs racer is one of three multiple winners at the track taking part in this year’s race.
Truex set a record in 2016 after leading 392 of 400 laps on his way to a dominant win.
He nearly won at the infield road course, which borrows most of the oval, during last year’s playoffs.
Kevin Harvick is a three-time winner at Charlotte, with two Coca-Cola 600 victories.
The 2014 champion has 12 top 10 finishes at the track in his last 15 starts.
Harvick’s last win at Charlotte came in 2014 as well.
He has two runner-up finishes since then as his best results at the 1.5 mile oval.
The Stewart-Hass driver is still winless this season, with five 4th place finishes as his best results.
Former points leader Kyle Busch, as usual, finds himself among the favorites.
It took him 29 starts to finally win at Charlotte, but it finally happened.
Busch did so in dominant fashion as well, leading 377 laps from the pole.
While victory eluded him, the 2015 champion has 16 top 10 in 22 starts at the track with Joe Gibbs.
He leads all drivers this season with three wins and 11 top 10 finishes in 12 races.
Outside Picks for the 2019 Coca-Cola 600
Denny Hamlin has never won a championship round at Charlotte, his only victory coming at the All-Star race.
His consistency, however, is rather impressive.
Hamlin leads all active drivers in the average finish list at the 1.5 mile oval.
He has eight top 10 in the last ten starts at the track, with five top 5 in the last six.
Jimmie Johnson is the all-time leader at Charlotte with eight wins.
The seven-time champion has four top 10 and three top 5, with one win, in the last five starts.
Most of his victories came before the track’s resurfacing, but he has always been among the contenders.
Johnson ran second during last year’s playoff round at the infield road course, but crashed out on the final lap.
Joey Logano has struggled at Charlotte in recent years.
The reigning series champion has four consecutive finishes outside the top 20 at the track.
Despite this, Logano has one win at the oval and is in good form this season.
The Team Penske driver leads the standings with one win, five top 5 and eight top 10 in 12 starts.
Could the All-Star Race Work as an Indicator?
The All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 happen at the same track in consecutive weekends.
Taking this into consideration, it’s only natural to assume that the results may carry over from one to the other.
While both events have completely different formats, teams can still use what they learned at the All-Star.
That being said, repeat winners are a rare occurrence.
It happened three times in the last ten events.
The last driver to win both the All-Star and the Coca-Cola 600 was Kurt Busch, back in 2010.
His younger brother came close to doing it in 2017.
Kyle Busch came home in second, losing out to a fuel-saving Austin Dillon by a small margin.
For this year’s race, All-Star winner Kyle Larson will have an uphill climb ahead of him.
Larson has never won at Charlotte in ten starts.
His best result was a fifth place during the 2016 playoffs.
The Chip Ganassi driver has a single top 5 finish and three top 10 at the track.
Can We Expect an Upset at the 2019 Coca-Cola 600?
The short answer is yes.
Along with the superspeedway and road course races, this round has the highest chance to provide an upset.
The additional 100 miles create plenty of strategic possibilities.
Depending on how the cautions are timed, it could lead to different pit windows.
This scenario often leads to fuel-saving finishes, which in turn means that an upset becomes more likely.
Casey Mears in 2007 and Austin Dillon in 2013 are two good examples.
David Reutimann won a shortened race in 2009 by choosing to wait for a red flag.
In short, if you are thinking of going with an underdog pick, this is one of the best opportunities to do so.
2019 Coca-Cola 600 Predictions and Odds
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|Driver||Coca-Cola 600 Winner||Link|
|Busch, Kyle||+350||Bet Now|
|Harvick, Kevin||+400||Bet Now|
|Truex Jr. Martin||+700||Bet Now|
|Keselowski, Brad||+800||Bet Now|
|Logano, Joey||+800||Bet Now|
|Eliott, Chase||+900||Bet Now|
|Larson, Kyle||+1400||Bet Now|
|Bowyer, Clint||+1600||Bet Now|
|Almirola, Aric||+2000||Bet Now|
|Blaney, Ryan||+2000||Bet Now|
|Hamlin, Denny||+2000||Bet Now|
|Jones, Erik||+2000||Bet Now|
|Busch, Kurt||+2200||Bet Now|
|Bowman, Alex||+2500||Bet Now|
|Johnson, Jimmie||+3000||Bet Now|
|Dillon, Austin||+6600||Bet Now|
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