What: Coca-Cola 600
When: May 21st
Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway
2016 Winner: Martin Truex Jr.
I will follow Yahoo's Fantasy Auto Racing where you pick 2 A Racers, 4 B Racers and 2 C Racers. As such I will pick one from A, 2 from B and 1 from C (as if they were your starters) along with one Dark Horse pick.
Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway. Opened in 1960 by Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner, this 1.5 mile quad oval asphalt track is home to two races each year. The turns are at 24 degrees and the straights bank at 5 degrees. This track was the first modern superspeedway to host night racing.
Jimmie Johnson. In 2014 he finished 1st at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The next year in 2015 he finished 40th here (after he spun and hit pit wall ending his race). The next year in 2016 he finished 3rd. If he can complete the race then he has a good chance at a top 5 finish. He is probably the driver most familiar with Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Ryan Newman. HE had a good stretch going earlier this season where he had 4 consecutive top 20 finishes. He finished 40th at Kansas after an accident and now he gets a chance at redemption at the Coca-Cola 600 where he finished 10th and 4th last year, 6th and 15th in 2015 and 15th and 7th in both races in 2014. Six consecutive top 15 finishes here sets a good precedent.
Austin Dillon. Last year he had a strong Coca-Cola 600 finished 12th, he struggled in the playoffs with a 32nd place finish. 2015 he was solid with a 16th place and 7th place finish. 2014 he was 16th and 13th. In addition to that he has a respectable season with 6 top 20 finishes across his last 8 races.
Ty Dillon. Doubling down on the Dillon brothers. He has back to back top 15 finishes.
Landon Cassill. He's had one top 20 finish this year and I'm banking on the second happening at Charlotte Motor Speedway where he finished 19th in the playoffs last year. He has consistently finished in the 20's in 9 out of 11 races this year.