NASCAR betting: Coca-Cola 600 preview

May 24, 2013 |
NASCAR betting: Coca-Cola 600 preview
Joey Logano has good value as a long shot Sunday.
Joey Logano has good value as a long shot Sunday.
The Charlotte Motor Speedway will play host to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the second consecutive week on Sunday with the running of the longest event of the season, the Coca-Cola 600.

Here’s our betting preview:

Favorite: Jimmie Johnson (+600)

Johhson is fresh off winning the NASCAR all-star event and in 23 career starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he has six wins, 11 top-fives, 15 top-10s and three poles. Johnson ranks first out of 52 drivers with an average place of 7.9 over the past eight years at Charlotte.

Live dog: Kevin Harvick (+1600)

Harvick has one win, two top-fives and seven top-10s in 24 starts at CMS. Harvick finished eighth in the event last season, his fourth straight top-10 at the track.

Long shot: Joey Logano (+3400)

Logano has the best average finish of any active driver (besides Johnson) at Charlotte (10.1). He has posted six top-10 finishes in eight starts at Charlotte.

Key stat: The longest race of the season allows ample time for drivers to make a move to the top from way back in the pack. The furthest back a driver has started and won a Sprint Cup race at Charlotte is 37th, accomplished by Johnson in 2003.

Notable quotable:

"Man, the Coca-Cola 600 is a long race. For drivers, our bodies have adapted to running 400 or 500-mile events. This event is unique not only because we have to mentally prepare ourselves for that extra 100 miles, but the team also has to set the car up to go from day to night. It's a challenging race and a lot can change or happen. We were fortunate to win this race in 2011 and it came down to the last lap and fuel mileage, so you just never know how things are going to play out." Kevin Harvick

Odds to win the Coca-Cola 600 courtesy of UWIN:

Jimmie Johnson +600
Kyle Busch +600
Matt Kenseth +600
Denny Hamlin +700
Kasey Kahne +800
Brad Keselowski +1200
Carl Edwards +1200
Greg Biffle +1400
Clint Bowyer +1500
Dale Earnhardt Jr. +1500
Kevin Harvick +1600
Tony Stewart +2400
Joey Logano +3400
Kurt Busch +3400
Mark Martin +4900
Jeff Burton +6400
Ryan Newman +6400
Marcos Ambrose +6400
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +6400
Juan Pablo Montoya +6400
Paul Menard +6400
Aric Almirola +12400
Trevor Bayne +12400
Regan Smith +12400
Danica Patrick +19900
David Ragan +22400

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