Now that the gimmick-filled All-Star race is finally over we can get back to business and talk about the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway this Sunday, a race that actually matters. I find it very fitting that on the weekend of Memorial Day when we honor those who have lost their lives serving this great country the drivers will compete in the Coca-Cola 600 the longest race of the season for NASCAR. For this week’s top five I will be looking at veteran drivers who have proven themselves able to take care of a car for six hundred miles and have finished historically well at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Coca Cola 600 in the past. However, with the talented pool of young drivers that NASCAR currently has do not be surprised if we see a first-time Coca-Cola 600 winner at Charlotte this weekend. Do not forget to join Steve Risley, Joe Spilman, and Ryan Peters on The Grueling Truth Nascar Show Wednesdays at 7 pm as they recap all the action from the previous week and give you their top picks for the next race. You can Find the Grueling truth on Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Google Podcast, and I Heart radio, Check out the top sports betting sites for betting on NASCAR!
Kyle Busch is the favorite for this Sunday’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kyle is also a past winner of the Coca-Cola 600 and as of late has been running some strong races. I would not be surprised to see Kyle Busch competing for his second win of the 2022 season on Sunday. Kyle Busch is currently + 550 to win, + 150 to finish in the top three, and – 140 to finish in the top five.
Martin Truex Jr. won the Coca-Cola 600 in 2019 and 2016. Truex has proven several times he can manage the 600-mile-long race and as of late has had some good speed on the track. If not for some rookie mistakes that he has made in the last couple of races by pushing too hard and spinning himself out he may have already earned himself his first checkered flag of the 2022 season. Truex is +1000 to win, +225 to finish in the top 3, and +125 to finish in the top 5. Check out the best bookmakers for betting on NASCAR!
Kurt Busch won the Coca-Cola 600 in 2010, and although that has been more than a decade ago, he has proven that he is able to compete in longer races and find a way to win. Also, Kurt Busch has been running strong as of late and he has found the speed to get his car near the top of the pack at the end of the last couple of races. I would not be surprised to see Kurt Busch competing for a win this Sunday. Kurt Busch is +1600 to win, +450 to finish in the top 3, and +200 to finish in the top 5.
Kyle Larson has had some terrible luck as of late, he has blown engines and found a way to either cut tires or run himself into the wall. However according to DraftKings right now Kyle Larson has the same odds as Kyle Busch to win this race as the co-favorite. I do not suspect this string of bad luck will continue for Kyle Larson for long and this Sunday at Charlotte might be the race that Kyle breaks out of his slump. Larson is +550 to win, +150 to finish in the top 3, and -140 to finish in the top 5.
William Byron finished in the top five last year in the Coca-Cola 600 and although he doesn’t have much experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway with only eight cup starts to his name, he has shown throughout this season he has the potential to be one of the sport’s best drivers. I think he does an exceptional job of taking care of his car during longer races, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take home the checkered flag this Sunday. Byron is + 1200 to win, +330 to finish in the top 3, and +150 to finish in the top 5.