One of the best racing days of the year takes place today. F1 kicks off the day in Monaco for their pinnacle race, leading up to the historic Indy 500, as we’ll watch Danica Patrick take one last shot at kissing the bricks. To end the evening, NASCAR’s top series will take on the longest race of the year in Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600. Regardless of the series, every driver wants these respected races on their résumé and their names etched in racing history.
Kevin Harvick (DK: $12,200 FD: $13,500): Might as well address the elephant in the room right off the bat; Harvick is far and away the best and easiest play of the weekend, having failed pre-qualifying inspection and failing to post a lap. In doing so, Harvick will be forced to start in the rear of the field with a very strong car. That car is no stranger to victory lane as it won Texas last fall and Atlanta this spring. This season, Harvick has been the most dominating car in the field, reeling off win after win, putting the competition on their heels. Over the last dozen races at mile and a half tracks comparable to Charlotte, Harvick owns the highest driver rating of 120, posting remarkable stats at each track. This season he’s already posted eight top-five finishes while showcasing the best speed in the garage every weekend. In cash games, Harvick is the best play on the board and would be a wise move to be overweight on him in GPPs with his potential upside he holds during this long race. We expect Harvick to make his way up through the field very early on and challenge for the lead by the end of stage two.
Clint Bowyer (DK: $9,400 FD: $10,600): With Harvick being such an obvious play this weekend, we decided to give you one more driver to start your lineups with for the Coke 600. Bowyer is having a resurgent season already claiming one win and challenging for many more. He benefits from being in the same equipment as Kevin Harvick and the early results have shown SHR as a whole are the teams to beat. Bowyer seemed to just miss on something during qualifying as he failed to get out of the first round and will start way back in the pack. His price is a little higher than we wanted this weekend, but on DK, he makes a ton of sense to roll with Harvick grabbing those place differential points right off the bat. On FD he’s a little more of a GPP only play since the price and upside really doesn’t fit in the line. In practice, Bowyer showed top twelve speeds in both single lap times and consecutive lap times. We should see him run up through the pack and challenge for another top-ten in NASCAR’s longest night.
With a really long race like this we usually see some wild things happen once the sun goes down. Be sure to join us in the NASCAR WarRoom before the race for more of our top plays of the weekend.
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