When the Indianapolis 500 is over a short time later NASCAR Sprint Cup Series runs its race. So, with it being Sunday here’s a preview of the Coca-Cola 600.
The Coca-Cola 600 is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the rest are 500 miles or shorter. In addition the race starts during daylight and runs well into the night. So, that means driver’s mental toughness and endurance is going to be put to the test.
According to ESPN, Denny Hamlin is on the pole as he posted a qualifying speed of 195.624 miles per hour. However, he isn’t the one that is favored to win the race.
The two drivers that are favored to win are Kyle Busch and Kasey Khane at 5-1 odds. They are followed by Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, and Matt Kenseth at 6-1 odds. However, there are two that stand out from the group.
Those two are Khane and Johnson as both have won the Coca-Cola 600 three times in the past six races. Khane won the race in 2006, 2008 and 2012 while Johnson won it three straight years from 2003-2005, which was the first time ever by a NASCAR driver. In addition to that Johnson enters the race as the leader in the Sprint Cup standings and Khane is sixth.
The other top five favorite that is in the top six of the standings is Kenseth as he is as currently sits third in the standings.
The other three drivers in the top six of the standings are Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Clint Bowyer. Edwards currently is second in the standings with Earnhardt in fourth and Bowyer in fifth. Oddly enough all three are sitting at odds of 15-1.
As for Danica Patrick she is 100-1 odds, so if you’re looking for an underdog to win I would go with her. However, my money is on Johnson. He appears to have returned to championship form. He has won two races and has the most top five finishes in NASCAR with six and the most top 10 finishes with eight.