NASCAR Betting: Coca-Cola 600 Odds Preview

The crowded May schedule of the NASCAR Cup Series continues this weekend as the series rolls into Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday for the Coca-Cola 600.

It will be another short break between races for the Cup series as they last took to the track on Wednesday at Darlington Raceway. On Wednesday in the Toyota 500, Denny Hamlin posted his second win of the season. Hamlin is back at +1000 at the Bovada Sportsbook to post another win this weekend. He’s never won a Cup series race at Charlotte.

Truex Jr. looking to defend Coca-Cola 600 title

In last year’s Coca-Cola 600, Martin Truex Jr. took the checkered flag for the second time. He also won the 600 in 2016. Including his two victories in the 600, Truex Jr. has finished in the top five at Charlotte seven times. He’ll try to become the first driver to win back-to-back 600 races at Charlotte since Jimmie Johnson, who won three in a row from 2003 to 2005. Truex Jr. sits at +500 this week on the Coca-Cola 600 odds at the Bovada Sportsbook.

Also among the favorites this weekend are Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, with both at +650 odds.

Busch is still looking for his first Cup series win of the season. He came up just short at Darlington on Wednesday, finishing second behind Hamlin. Busch won the 600 at Charlotte in 2018 and has finished in the top three on the track nine times.

Points leader Harvick has won race twice

Harvick has won the 600 at Charlotte twice in his career, in 2013 and 2011. Since that 2013 victory, he’s also finished second twice. Harvick will head into Sunday leading the Cup standings with 258 points thanks to one win and four top-five finishes.

Other former winners of the 600 who will be in Sunday’s field include 2017 winner Austin Dillon (+10000), four-time winner Jimmie Johnson (+1200) and 2010 winner Kurt Busch (+2500). All three are underdogs to repeat after failing to challenge for the checkers consistently so far this season.

Two value picks this weekend could be Joey Logano (+1100) and Chase Elliott (+650).

Logano looks to bounce back on Sunday

Logano sits second in the Cup standings with 224 points thank to a pair of wins. He just missed what would have been his first 600 win at Charlotte last year after he finished second behind Truex Jr. He’ll be looking to rebound from a slightly disappointing showing at the two races at Darlington where he finished 18th and sixth, respectively.

Elliott sits fifth in the Cup standings despite a disastrous race at Darlington on Wednesday where he finished well back in 38th place. The last time Elliott raced at Charlotte in last season’s Bank of America Roval 400, he posted his first career win on the track.