For the second successive weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be racing in Charlotte Motor Speedwday (6:00 p.m. ET, FOX). This time rather than an All-Star shootout are in for a grueling 600 miles from the Cup Series’ race of the year.
Charlotte is a 1.5-mile oblong with a comparatively old surface that was repaved back in 2006. We saw from the All-Star race which tires did make a difference and track position was also extremely important, so this race should provide a great mix of multiple 1.5-mile tracks.
The most recent 1.5-mile points-paying race was also a night race in Kansas Speedwday. In that race, the top five at typical green-flag speed all showed up at the top nine in 15-lap rate in Happy Hour, despite the race being during the night and final practice throughout the day.
We have a similar situation at Charlotte this weekend, so I will surely rely on long-run speed along with 1.5-mile performance this season and beyond Charlotte oval performance when handicapping the race.
Armed with these data points, let us get right to my four favorite bets to win tonight’s race, also bonus top-five and top-10 props.
A fast primer on the odds below: A $100 wager at +375 odds would gain $375, while a $200 bet at -200 odds would cover $100.
Kevin Harvick +600 to Acquire Kyle Busch is your thanks to three wins to Harvick’s zero wins and his exceptional speed in Happy Hour this year. However, it could be argued that Harvick ought to be a co-favorite despite completing only 13th on the 10-lap board in practice.
That is because in opening training, he had been considerably better relative to the remainder of the field over 10 consecutive laps. His time throughout the temperatures that are cooler is encouraging. In reality, Harvick’s Crew Chief Rodney Childers said the cars are really sensitive to monitor changes, and that they had been very great in opening practice during the cooler temperatures.
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