Fantasy NASCAR Rankings For 2013 Coca-Cola 600
Fantasy NASCAR Rankings for Coca-Cola 600
Race: Coca-Cola 600
Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Date: Sunday, May 26, 2013 6:00 PM ET
Past Winners: Kasey Kahne (2012), Kevin Harvick (2011), Kurt Busch (2010), David Reutimann (2009), Kasey Kahne (2008), Casey Mears (2007), Kasey Kahne (2006), Jimmie Johnson (2005), Jimmie Johnson (2004), Jimmie Johnson (2003), Mark Martin (2002), Jeff Burton (2001), Matt Kenseth (2000)
2012 Results: 1. Kasey Kahne 2. Denny Hamlin 3. Kyle Busch 4. Greg Biffle 5. Brad Keselowski 6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7. Jeff Gordon 8. Kevin Harvick 9. Carl Edwards 10. Matt Kenseth 11. Jimmie Johnson 12. Martin Truex Jr. 13. Clint Bowyer 14. Ryan Newman 15. Paul Menard 16. Aric Almirola 17. Regan Smith 18. Landon Cassill 19. Jeff Burton 20. Juan Pablo Montoya
This Memorial Day weekend millions of NASCAR fans will be glued to their television to watch the Coca-Cola 600. It is the longest race of the season and the Beast of the Southeast always promises an exciting race.
After setting a record during qualifying with a lap of 195.624 MPH, Denny Hamlin will start the race on the pole. It was just a couple weeks ago Hamlin was recovering from a compression fracture in his lower back, so it is nice to see him in the heart of the action again.
To help you this week, here are the top-20 fantasy NASCAR drivers for the 2013 Coca-Cola 600.
20. Ryan Newman
Ryan Newman – Newman has finished inside the top-20 in the last three races at the Beast of the Southeast.
19. Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya – JPM has two top-10 finishes in the last three races.
18. Aric Almirola
Aric Almirola - Double-A has finished inside the top-10 in five of the last six races. He has been on fire in recent weeks and will be a great sleeper to grab after the big names come off the board.
17. Mark Martin
Mark Martin – Martin hasn’t cracked the top-20 since Kansas last month. However, he will start this Sunday’s race in fourth, so expect him to easily break that streak in Charlotte.
16. Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart – Stewart has only cracked the top-10 once in the last 10 races in Charlotte. Even worse, he has not cracked the top-five in 18 straight races. The fact that Stewart will start this weekend's race in 25th only hurts his chances of having a comeback performance and should be enough to scare fantasy owners away for another week.
15. Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. – MTJ has cracked the top-15 in five of the last six races this season.
14. Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon – Gordon only has one top-10 finish in the last five full races in Charlotte. He will start this Sunday in 14th, so don’t put too much faith into the Rainbow Warrior.
13. Jamie McMurray
Jamie McMurray – McMurray has finished inside the top-21 in five out of the last six races in Concord, including a win in 2010.
12. Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer – Bowyer won the fall race in Charlotte last year by barely crossing the finish line.
11. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Junior is slowly turning around his mid-season slump. Including the All-Star race, he has three top-10 finishes in the last four races.
10. Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards – Edwards has three consecutive top-10 finishes at Charlotte.
9. Greg Biffle
Greg Biffle – Biffle finished in fourth place in both races in Charlotte last season. Biff starts this Sunday's race in seventh and will have another strong showing in Concord.
8. Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick – Harvick has cracked the top-11 at Charlotte in eight of the last nine races. He start back in 15th, but this road warrior will make his way to the front of the pack.
7. Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski – Keselowski will start the race back in 20th this Memorial Day. However, he has started outside the top-20 in both races in Charlotte last year and still managed to finished 11th in the spring race and fifth in the fall race.
6. Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch – Busch has finished inside the top-eight at Charlotte in 10 of the last 11 full races.
5. Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch – Busch has been on fire lately and has finished inside the top-15 in four of the last five races, including the All-Star event. He won this race in 2010 and will start this year in second, so expect another strong performance from the other Busch brother this Sunday.
4. Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin - Hamlin won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 and he is getting healthier with each race. However, since this is the longest race of the year, I wouldn't expect much better than a top-five finish from the #11 car this Sunday.
3. Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne – Kahne has won this race three of the last seven years and will be a heavy favorite on the rainbow track this weekend.
2. Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson – Johnson won the Coca-Cola 600 three consecutive years between 2003-05. He is coming off an All-Star win, which also happened to be on this track, so expect the five-time champ to be a little extra confident this weekend.
1. Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth – Kenseth has shockingly finishes inside the top-10 in each of the last four races, including a win at Darlington and Kansas. He will without a doubt be the number one fantasy option this weekend.