Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR Best Bets and DraftKings DFS Picks

Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR Best Bets and DraftKings DFS Picks
Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR Best Bets and DraftKings DFS Picks

One of the toughest tests of the NASCAR season is almost upon us. The longest race of the year is the Coke 600. The greatest day in racing starts with Formula One’s Monaco Grand Prix, followed by IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500. The cherry on top of a great day of racing is the stars of NASCAR going for 600 miles around the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway.

This race will test the equipment, the drivers, and the pit crew members. In addition, the Coke 600 is the only race of the season that will feature four stages, paying out typical stage racing points three times instead of the normal two times seen on a week-to-week basis.

When it comes to betting on this race, I look toward veteran drivers for the most part. The drivers who have been here and done it, who are good at making their car better throughout the day and can handle the pressure of an extra 100-200 miles of a normal weekly race. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of my favorite bets this week.

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Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway NASCAR Best Bets and DraftKings DFS Picks

Coca-Cola 600 Best Bets

Kevin Harvick Top 10 Finish (-121 Barstool Sportsbook)

Kevin Harvick is almost the perfect driver for this type of race. He is the consummate veteran who knows how to get through a race and put himself in position at the end of the day. In 12 of his last 13 Coke 600 races, Harvick has finished 11th place or better. In his last attempt at it, look for Harvick to keep himself in position near the end of this race.

Jimmie Johnson Group G Winner (+210 Caesars Sportsbook)

This group pits the 7-Time champion up against Ryan Preece, Aric Almirola, and A.J. Allmendinger, except Kevin Harvick, who seems to be the exception to any rule. Stewart-Haas Racing has struggled on the intermediate tracks so far in 2023. A.J. Allmendinger is rumored to be not having much fun so far this season and seems to get increasingly frustrated weekly.

The argument against Johnson is that Legacy Motor Club Equipment hasn’t been the best this season. However, Johnson has eight wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the distance of this race will play in his favor. If he can avoid any wrecks and slowly get his car worked on to his liking, ole seven times might just find himself with a decent finish at the end of the day. Hopefully, finishing well enough to beat out these other three drivers.

Kyle Busch Top 5 Finish (+180 Barstool Sportsbook)

Kyle Busch loves this 600-mile race. Last season he finished second to his then-teammate Denny Hamlin. In five of the last six Coke 600s, Busch has finished inside the top five, winning the race in 2018. Busch has already won at an intermediate track this season, taking home the trophy at the final race on the 2-mile configuration at Auto Club Speedway.

Christopher Bell to Win (+1200 Barstool Sportsbook)

As I talked about on this week’s NASCAR GAMBLING PODCAST, Christopher Bell is one of the best on a week-to-week basis at making adjustments to his car and continuing to get better. It seems like he’s not usually up front early, but when it comes to late in the race, Bell always pops his head up as a contender.

Last season in this race, Bell proved just that. He scored a fifth-place finish by surviving and making it to the end. Bell is a smart driver who will use this extra hundred miles to his advantage. Look for that #20 in victory lane Sunday evening.

Kevin Harvick to Win (+2000 Barstool Sportsbook)

This one is just too good to pass up on. I laid out the case for Harvick’s consistency in this race above. In 12 of his last 13 Coke 600 races, Harvick has finished 11th place or better. Harvick already has two Coke 600 wins to his name, and this will be his final attempt. Ford has struggled on speed on these bigger tracks this season. Nevertheless, Harvick will have himself in position, and the wily veteran can’t ever be counted out.

Coca-Cola 600 DraftKings DFS Drivers to Watch

Chase Elliott ($9,700)

Ryan at (A great site for fantasy stats!) put out a post detailing Chase Elliott and his last four incident-free races at Charlotte earlier this week. Elliott has an average finish in that span of 2.5. He led 86 laps in 2022 and won the opening stage before getting into the wall in stage two and having to retire from the race.

Elliott has missed quite a few races this season with his injury, but in the races he’s competed in outside of Daytona, his average finish is 7.5. Elliott is another veteran driver with great equipment that can last and score valuable points in a very long race.

Brad Keselowski ($8,000)

Brad is another driver I love for a weekend like this. Brad and Roush Fenway Keselowski’s teammate Chris Buescher has continued to make huge gains so far in 2023. Outside of last season, when the RFK group was struggling, in Brad’s three previous visits to this race, he has a win and finished in the top 11 in the other two.

I will be very big on veteran drivers who can survive to the end this week, and Brad is another one of those guys.

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