After a drama-filled ending to the Toyota 500k in Darlington on Wednesday night, the drivers and crews won’t have long to prepare for the next race. The teams will head to Charlotte to prepare for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. The Charlotte Motor Speedway will host the next two races on the NASCAR circuit, so they will be racing at Charlotte twice in four days. Unlike the last two races at Darlington, the drivers will have to qualify for their Sunday starting positions.
This will be the 61st running of the Coca-Cola 600. The 400 lap race will be much longer than last Wednesday night’s 228 lap event at Darlington. With the pandemic going on, NASCAR is trying to fit in as many races as possible, while trying to stay as close as possible to their headquarters in Charlotte. Let’s take a look at some of the favorites, along with some sleepers and their NASCAR odds, that would love to take the checkered flag at the Coca-Cola 600.
NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Betting Preview
Kyle Busch – 4/1
Busch caused quite a stir on Wednesday night when he inadvertently knocked Chase Elliott into the wall late in the race, knocking Elliott out of contention. Busch went on to finish second in the Toyota 500k. Busch has always raced well at Charlotte. Last season, he finished third here, and he won the Coca-Cola 600 in 2018. He has 13 career top-5 finishes at Charlotte. He should be in the thick of things on Sunday.
Martin Truex Jr. – 9/2
Truex won the Coca-Cola 600 in 2019. He has three career victories at Charlotte, and has finished in the top-5 in six of his last seven races here. Truex has yet to win a race this season, so he’d love to win number one on Sunday.
Kevin Harvick – 11/2
No driver is hotter than Kevin Harvick. He won last Sunday at Darlington, then finished third on Wednesday. Over his last five starts, he hasn’t finished outside of the top-10. Harvick has three career victories at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, along with eight top-10 finishes.
Jimmie Johnson – 16/1
Johnson has yet to win a race this season, but coming off of an eighth place finish at the Toyota 500, we’re looking for big things from Johnson on Sunday. Johnson has finished in the top-10 in his last five starts. The main thing that Johnson has going for him on Sunday is that he’s the most successful driver at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in NASCAR history. He has eight wins, along with 22 top-10 finishes at Charlotte. He would love nothing more than to get one more victory at Charlotte before he calls it quits at the end of the season.
Clint Bowyer – 25/1
After finishing 22nd at Darlington on Wednesday night, Bowyer is looking to have a better showing on Sunday. In his 26 career starts at Charlotte, he has five top-10 finishes, including one win at the Coca-Cola 600 in 2012. He was running well up until the pandemic hit, and we look for him to run well here on Sunday.