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Which drivers are the best bets to win the Coca-Cola 600? Photo by tequilamike (Wikimedia).
  • The Coca-Cola 600 takes place on May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • This will be the first of two straight races at Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Martin Truex Jr. has won two of the last three races in Charlotte

After a tour of Darlington, South Carolina, the drivers head north to Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600. The race will take place on Sunday, May 24th at 6:00 pm EST at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. has won two of the last three races here, placing second the other time, but is he a good investment to keep this up? Let’s take a closer look at the betting odds.

NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Odds

Driver Odds
Kyle Busch +400
Kevin Harvick +550
Martin Truex Jr. +550
Brad Keselowski +800
Joey Logano +800
Chase Elliott +900
Denny Hamlin +1100
Alex Bowman +1600
Jimmie Johnson +1600
Kurt Busch +2000
William Byron +2000
Ryan Blaney +2500

Odds taken May 21

Trust in Truex Jr.

If there’s one guy you want to be looking at for races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, it’s Martin Truex Jr. He’s absolutely owned this track of late. Taking a look at his last four starts here, he’s won the race twice, placed second and placed third. That gives you some indication of just how strong he’s been.

Looking further out, he’s placed in the Top 5 in seven of his last eight starts here with six Top 3’s and three wins. His worst outing in that span was a 13th-place result in 2016, which still isn’t all that bad. If you’re looking at the favorites, Truex Jr. is the guy you’ll want to invest in.

Hamlin is Consistent in Charlotte

Denny Hamlin is someone who I’ll be eying for a Top 10 this weekend. He’s coming off a win at the Darlington 500k on Wednesday and has a bit of momentum now. Although he finished 17th here last May, this has traditionally been a fairly strong track for him.

Even with that 17th, Hamlin has placed in the Top 10 in 14 of his last 17 starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. That’s some incredible consistency. He doesn’t have a win here in that entire span – or ever – but given how reliable he is for Top 10’s, that looks like a good prop worth investing in.

Jimmie Johnson for a Top 10?

I was quite impressed by Johnson in the second Darlington race. He crashed and DNF’ed the first race but he looked strong in the early going, leading nine laps. I wasn’t sure what we’d see from him in the second race as he was starting 37th but he did great, climbing all the way up to eighth.

Johnson now has three Top 10’s in six races this year after posting just 12, 11 and 11 in each of the last three seasons. Charlotte is a good track for him as he’s placed eighth, fifth, seventh, 17th, first and third in his last six starts here. I’m willing to take a flier on him for a Top 10.

Avoid Logano

One guy I’m not interested in backing is Joey Logano. Sure, he did finish second here last May but that appears to be an outlier. In his four starts before that, he placed 22nd, 26th, 21st and 36th. He only led 15 total laps in that entire span. Those are some fairly disappointing numbers.

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