NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte: Coca Cola 600 predictions, odds, and expert picks
After a week off to soak in the All-Star Race (spoiler alert: we were not fans), our NASCAR experts, Jeff Gluck and Jordan Bianchi, return and fix their gaze to Charlotte, where the Coca Cola 600 will be part of a massive racing weekend, featuring the Indianapolis 500 and F1’s Monaco Grand Prix. Jordan: Winning is never a bad thing, but Reddick’s issue right now is consistently making it the duration of a Cup Series race without having a problem of some kind. Jeff: I’m sure it was nice for Reddick’s confidence, but he followed up the Xfinity win by failing to advance from the Open into the All-Star Race main event the next day. Jordan: Patterns are starting to develop to where we now have an exception that certain drivers and teams should do well on a particular type of track. Jeff: We are in a much stronger position for predictions than we were a month ago. Jordan: NASCAR’s longest race hasn’t been the most compelling in recent years with one driver often dominating the proceedings.
Jeff: There should be more action than in recent Coca-Cola 600s because the car is still difficult to drive. Jordan: Daniel Suarez (+4000, or 40-to-1), Austin Dillon (+5000) and Austin Cindric (+4000) are three intriguing picks. Jeff: This sounds crazy, but it’s also possible: Bubba Wallace. Jeff: Sorry to be boring, but it has to be Kyle Larson (who is the favorite). Jordan: Throw a few dollars down on Charles Leclerc to win Monaco, Scott Dixon to win Indianapolis and Kyle Larson to win Charlotte. Jeff: The Indy 500 will be the toughest part of the parlay, in my opinion.
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