NASCAR will return to Charlotte, North Carolina for Memorial Day weekend for the Coca-Cola 600. They will once again pay homage to the United States Armed Forces, which is a longstanding tradition in NASCAR. Each driver will represent the name of a fallen soldier. In fantasy terms, the race will be heavily influenced by the lap leaders. This event is renowned for being the longest on the NASCAR schedule, consisting of 400 laps in total. In a race of attrition, the drivers who take the best care of their tires should do well. In numerous races this season, tire malfunctions have been the bugaboo. As seen last weekend at the All-Star race involving a blown tire by Kyle Busch. Chase Elliott and Tyler Reddick would also suffer because of it.
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Practice & Qualifying
Saturday consists of both practice and qualifying. It all kicks off with the drivers in Group A, who have a 20-minute session before Group B hits the track. The qualifying event will take place shortly after, in which each group will run single-car, single-lap time trials. It will be the top five runners in each group who advance to the second round of qualifying, where they will all compete to lead the field on Sunday night.
This week, the Money Train delves into the DFS options for Sunday’s Cup Series event in Charlotte, North Carolina. The selections are broken down between high salary, mid-range, and value play. Included are player salaries from both FanDuel (FD) and DraftKings (DK). Best of luck to everyone with lineups this weekend.
Martin Truex Jr. (13,000 FD | 10,200 DK)
Through his Cup journey, Truex has been to Charlotte 48 times, winning six of them. Among his six victories, he achieved them with three different organizations. While you consider drivers to anchor that number one role this weekend, Truex could fit the bill. Outside of Kyle Larson, Truex has lap-leading totals at Charlotte that rival the top drivers. The trend seems to be that whenever he has won at Charlotte, Truex has been dominant. His last three track victories were won with a combined 599 laps led. Six years ago, he led all but eight of the 400 laps en route to victory. Despite last weekend’s disappointing performance, Truex has been efficient on these 1.5-mile tracks this season and should keep that up in Charlotte this Sunday.
Tyler Reddick (10,000 FD | 9,600 DK)
After finishing second at Darlington two races ago, Reddick would come in 30th the following week at Kansas. He has the speed to compete for wins, he’s continued to show that. He’s racked up 90-plus laps led in two of the races this season. Reddick should allow himself a chance to compete for laps led at Charlotte. Given he’s able to look after his tires properly, Reddick’s been pretty consistent at this track, which should be encouraging. In the three races, he’s competed in as a Cup driver, Reddick has finished inside the top 10 in two of them. Where he showed his dominance was as an Xfinity driver. Before picking up his first and only track win in 2019, Reddick led a commanding 110 laps.
Christopher Bell (9,500 FD | 8,400 DK)
Bell was in a prime position to contend for the grand prize at Texas. While holding onto second place, he would be unable to stop himself from spinning out, however. He would still finish out the race a respectable 10th. Bell continues to run consistently without worrying too much about those dominant results. In four of his last five attempts, Bell has finished inside the top eight. Sure, he will lead laps here and there. His most laps led this year came at Richmond, where he racked up 63 laps. Having visited Charlotte six times in both Cup and Xfinity Bell doesn’t have a laundry list of experience. The way he’s rolling at the moment, it shouldn’t matter. With this being the longest race all season you’ll need that consistency.
Brad Keselowski (5,500 FD | 6,600 DK)
A two-time Charlotte winner, Keselowski scored himself an 11th-place finish at the most recent Coca-Cola 600. Given the problems he needed to overcome, it was a solid outcome. Keselowski would have to deal with a loose-handling car throughout the majority of the race. However, he would still be able to best his 13th place starting position. Keselowski has become a bargain bin selection, so you have to take the good finishes with the bad. However, with an average finish of 9.5 over 38 races, Charlotte is one of those tracks you should be able to trust him at. If you want to add Keselowski to a portion of your lineups and perhaps sprinkle in some shares of Chris Buescher, that could be a wise move.
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