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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on May 22, 2011

Nothing can really top the Indianapolis 500, and the spectacle that surrounds it on Memorial Day weekend, but the Coca-Cola 600 is usually a dang good race.  It’s easily the longest race of the NASCAR season.  Even when Bobby Labonte set the record for average speed in 1995 (151.952 MPH), it still took 3 hours and 57 minutes to complete.  The Coca-Cola 600 is definitely a marathon race, not a sprint.  Smart teams that know how to adapt from the sunlight to the lights at night will be the ones running up front when it counts and contending for the win.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
No active driver has more wins at the track than Jimmie Johnson’s six.  He also has 14 top ten and 10 top five finishes in 19 career races.  His 9.8 average finish at the track is 2nd best, and his 8.2 place average finish over the past five races is also good enough for 2nd best.  It seems pretty obvious that Jimmie is starting to heat up this season (up to 2nd in points) and he’s at a track that he has dominated in the past.  Jimmie is always tough to beat, but he could be extra tough this week.

Alternate Chaser: Kyle Busch
Sick of everyone on the Jimmie Johnson bandwagon and want a different chaser on your team?  Kyle Bush is for you.  Why?  Well, how about 7 consecutive top ten finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway and 8 in the last 9.  His average finish in his first 5 races in Charlotte was 33.6.  In his last nine races his average finish is a disgusting 7.2.  Kyle hasn’t won a race here yet, but with 5 top five finishes he’s knocking on the door.  This is definitely a good reason to put Kyle on your fantasy NASCAR team.

Kasey Kahne
Technically Kahne qualifies as a dark horse since he’s 18th in points, but I have someone else in mind for that role.  Kahne had a slow start to the season, but two top five finishes in the last three races this season has improved the outlook.  Kahne has also fared pretty well in Charlotte over his career.  In 14 races he has 3 wins, 5 top five and 7 top ten finishes.  It looks like Kahne is starting to show some life this season, and the Coca-Cola 600 could be the race that really wakes him up for his first win.

David Reutimann
When you think fantasy NASCAR David Reutimann isn’t the first driver you think of to put on your team.  Hear me out though.  David does well at Charlotte with a 15.4 average finish (9th best), one win, 2 top ten and 4 top ten finishes in only 8 races.  Three of those top ten finishes came in the last four races at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Reutimann has been disappointing over the last five races, averaging a 21st place finish, but don’t let that scare you away.  His record at the track is good, and he should get you some points this weekend.  He probably won’t win, but should contend for a top ten finish.

Dark Horse: Joey Logano
Would you believe it if I told you that Joey Logano has the best average finish among active drivers at the Charlotte Motor Speedway?  Well, you better.  He’s averaging an 8.5 place finish here.  Logano has been pathetic all season (28th in points), but Charlotte is a track that he has done consistently well, albeit with a small sample size.  In four races Logano has a top five with three top ten finishes.  If you searching for someone who won’t be on many people’s team, Logano could be that guy.


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