Driver Handicaps: Charlotte


Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne lead all drivers with respective average finishes of 9.6 and 9.9 in the last 10 races at Charlotte. (Photo: Getty Images)


To assist in making your fantasy racing picks,'s Pete Pistone breaks down all the stats and information to help steer you toward Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

Who’s HOT at Charlotte

Kevin Harvick: Last week’s Kansas winner, Harvick won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte back in May. The Richard Childress Racing driver has finished inside the top 10 at CMS five of his last six Sprint Cup Series starts.

Jimmie Johnson: The five-time series champion hasn’t won at Charlotte since 2009, but does have six career victories at the track. He comes into the weekend only three points out of the Chase lead.

Kasey Kahne: The Hendrick Motorsports driver owns four career Charlotte wins including a sweep back in 2006. He has scored four straight top-10 performances including a second behind Harvick in last May’s 600.

Joey Logano: Since his opening Chase woes in Chicago, Logano has been strong including another nice 1.5-mile effort last week in Kansas. The Penske Racing driver was fifth at Charlotte in May.

Carl Edwards: Edwards has an All-Star Race win at Charlotte and an 11.9 average finish in 17 career Charlotte starts. The Roush Fenway Racing driver has three top-10 finishes in his last four CMS outings.

Who’s NOT

Juan Pablo Montoya: The Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver is winding down his NASCAR career, which has not been very good at Charlotte. Montoya’s 23.4 average finish includes only one top-10 finish.

Paul Menard: The Richard Childress Racing driver turned in a good run at Kansas last week but will have his work cut out for him in Charlotte where he has one top-10 outing in 13 career starts.

Marcos Ambrose: Although he was 10th in the Coca-Cola 600, Ambrose has struggled at Charlotte over the years with a 20.7 average finish.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: He came close to winning the 600 a couple years ago but Charlotte hasn’t been kind to Junior. He missed last year’s Bank of America 500 while recovering from a concussion and has a 19.9 average finish over his last 19 starts.

Jeff Burton: The veteran driver has put up some gaudy numbers at Charlotte in recent years and hasn’t finished inside the top 10 since he won at the track in 2008.

Who to watch at Charlotte

Matt Kenseth: The seven-time winner has been strong on 1.5-mile tracks in his first year at Joe Gibbs Racing and won at Charlotte as recently as 2011.

Clint Bowyer: Bowyer is the defending Bank of America 500 winner and followed with an eighth-place performance in this year’s Coca-Cola 600.

Kyle Busch: Prior to finishing 38th in the 600, Busch had 10 top-10 Charlotte finishes in his previous 11 starts.

Kurt Busch: The Furniture Row Racing driver brings a great deal of momentum into Saturday night after his second-place Kansas finish and posted a third in May’s Coca-Cola 600.

Jamie McMurray: Charlotte always has been special to McMurray where he won his first career Sprint Cup Series race in 2002 and also took the 2012 Bank of America 500. The Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver has run stronger as the season winds down. Writer Picks

Pete Pistone: Matt Kenseth
Dustin Long: Kasey Kahne
Jeff Wackerlin: Kyle Busch
John Singler: Jimmie Johnson

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