For the second successive weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be racing in Charlotte Motor Speedwday (6:00 p.m. ET, FOX). This time rather than an shootout, drivers are in for a 600 miles from the Cup Series’ race of this year.
Charlotte is a 1.5-mile oblong having a comparatively old surface which has been repaved back in 2006. We saw from the All-Star race that tires did make a difference and track position was also extremely important, therefore this race should provide a great blend of multiple 1.5-mile tracks.
The latest 1.5-mile points-paying race was also a night race in Kansas Speedwday. In that race, the top five at average green-flag speed all showed up in the top nine at 15-lap rate in Happy Hour, despite the race being at night and last practice throughout the day.
We’ve got a similar scenario at Charlotte this weekend, so I’ll surely rely on long-haul pace along with 1.5-mile performance this year and past Charlotte oval functionality when handicapping the race.
Armed with all these data points, let us get right into my favorite bets to win tonight’s race, plus bonus top-five and top-10 props.
A quick primer about the chances under: A $100 wager at +375 chances would profit $375, while a $200 wager at -200 odds would cover $100.
Kevin Harvick +600 to Win Kyle Busch is your favorite thanks to his speed in Happy Hour and three wins to Harvick’s zero wins this year. It could be argued despite finishing only 13th on the board in practice that Harvick ought to be a co-favorite.
That’s because in opening training, he had been much better relative to the rest of the area over 10 consecutive laps. His time during the warmer temperatures is reassuring. In fact, Harvick’s Crew Chief Rodney Childers stated the cars are really sensitive to track changes, and that they were very great in opening practice throughout the cooler temperatures.