Coke 600: NASCAR DFS Top-5 Cup Series Targets at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Sunday marks the longest race of the season for NASCAR and NASCAR DFS. The Coke-A-Cola 600 is just that, 600 miles in length on a 1.5-mile speedway located in the sports hub of Charlotte, North Carolina. Opening in 1960, the annual race moved under the lights in 1993 and has been a staple of the Cup Series schedule for six decades. It is one of the crown jewel races for drivers to attempt to add their names to the history books.
The 2021 running was won by defending series Champion, Kyle Larson, who was tough to beat on the mile and a half tracks on his way to his first title in Cup competition, also secured a win earlier this year on a similar track in Auto Club Speedway. He is also atop the Vegas odds to win this week, with his Hendrick Motorsports teammates not far behind.
The Coke 600 is a grueling race that will test the drivers, teams, and equipment as well. Strategy often comes into play, especially with long green flag runs, meaning we need to work extra hard to nail down our NASCAR DFS strategy for Sunday.
Helping me out again this week will be Scrosby, my fellow DFS degenerate at Team Rise or Fall. He is going to walk you through his favorite drivers and explain why he is targeting them at Charlotte.
NASCAR DFS: Top-5 targets for the Coke 600
#5 Kyle Larson – ($11,300)
Let’s start off with Kyle Larson as we do most of the time. This time, however, Larson took some damage in practice and did not run qualifying so he will be starting 36th. Larson now also offers huge place differential scoring to go along with his dominator and win upside as well. It is going to take a lot from guys like Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch who are priced around him to outscore him. They will need to dominate most of the race in order to do so.
Larson will be most if not all lineups I build for this race.
#1 Ross Chastain – ($9,800)
Ross Chastain this week starts 22nd and offers great upside like Larson. Most of the lineups I build this week will just start off with Larson and Chastain. On 1.5 mile tracks this year Chastain has finished 7th, 2nd, and 3rd. He has led at least 40 laps in each of those races.
#47 Ricky Stenhouse – ($7,400)
Ricky once again finds himself in a position to play a large role in our DFS lineups. He starts 29th and any finish within the top 17 would pay off his price. He has finished in the top 8 in three straight races, not including the all-star race. Stenhouse is a great play.
#6 Brad Keselowski – ($6,600)
Keselowski is arguably the best value on the slate as he starts 35th for this race. If Kes can run a clean race he has top 15 finishing upside. Any finish within the top 20 will likely find him in the optimal lineup.
#17 Chris Buescher – ($6,700)
Now that we have covered some of the better chalkier plays, I wanted to end with a great play for our Single Entry and tournament lineups. This is Buscher’s best track type and makes for a great pivot off the Keselowski chalk. He has three career top 11 finishes in this race including an 8th place finish last year. If he posts a similar race to that he will make for a great pivot off chalkier options.
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