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Kyle Busch dominated this race last year, leading 377 laps and winning all the stages. (Photo: Getty Images)

Charlotte Fantasy Racing Preview

Driver Averages | Laps Led Leaders | Driver Ratings | Past Winners

Detailed driver notes and statistics to help set your fantasy racing lineup for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Who’s HOT at Charlotte 1.5-mile Track

  • Martin Truex Jr. has posted two wins, a 4.0 average finish and 716 laps led in the last five races.
  • Kevin Harvick has finished third or better in five of his nine starts with Stewart-Haas Racing, including one win.
  • Denny Hamlin has finished in the top 10 in seven of the last eight races.
  • Kyle Busch dominated this race last year, leading 377 laps and winning all the stages.
  • Kurt Busch has finished in the top 10 in six of the last seven races.
  • Jimmie Johnson, who has finished in the top 10 in four of the last five races, leads all drivers with eight wins and laps led (1,930).

Keep an Eye On at Charlotte

  • Brad Keselowski has two wins at 1.5-mile tracks this season and the ninth-best driver rating at Charlotte since 2016.
  • Kyle Larson, who won last week’s All-Star Race (different technical specifications), has finished in the top 10 in his last two starts at the Charlotte 1.5-mile track.
  • Erik Jones leads all drivers with a 6.7 average finish in the last three races this season at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package.
  • Joey Logano (won at Las Vegas) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. each have an 11.0 average finish in the last three races at 1.5-mile tracks.
  • Clint Bowyer (3.5), Chase Elliott (8.5), Daniel Suarez (8.5) and Aric Almirola (9.5) each rank in the top 10 in average finish in the two races at 1.5-mile tracks (Texas and Kansas) after the West Coast swing.
  • Alex Bowman has finished second in the last three points-paying races this season.
  • Ryan Blaney ranks third in stage points earned in 2019 and 10th in the three races at Charlotte that stage points were issued.
  • William Byron finished sixth at Texas and has a 14.0 average finish in the last three races at 1.5-mile tracks.

Notes: Excluding Talladega, Charlotte will mark the fifth race of the season with the 550 horsepower rules package with aero ducts…Atlanta featured the 550 package, but with no aero ducts…Teams will be running the same tire combination that they ran last weekend for the All-Star Race…The last seven Coca-Cola 600s have been won by seven different drivers…Denny Hamlin has scored stage points in seven consecutive stages at the Charlotte 1.5-mile track…Kyle Busch, who swept all three stages in last year’s Coca-Cola 600, leads all driver with 62 stage points.

Best Average Finish at Charlotte

Last # of Races Driver Average Finish
Two Races Martin Truex Jr. 1.5
Four Races Martin Truex Jr. 4.8
Six Races Martin Truex Jr. 3.8
Eight Races Martin Truex Jr. 5.2
Ten Races Martin Truex Jr. 8.9

Laps Led Leaders at Charlotte

Last # of Races Driver Laps Led
Two Races Kyle Busch 399
Four Races Kyle Busch 463
Six Races Martin Truex Jr. 716
Eight Races Martin Truex Jr. 847
Ten Races Martin Truex Jr. 847

Click Here to view all laps led leaders at Charlotte (1.5-mile speedway) over the past 10 races.

Charlotte Loop Data Stat Leaders (Last Five Races)

Average Running Pos. Laps in Top 15
 1. Martin Truex Jr. – 5.1  1. Martin Truex Jr. – 1,824
 2. Jimmie Johnson – 6.0  2. Denny Hamlin – 1,777
 3. Denny Hamlin – 6.7  3. Jimmie Johnson – 1,769
 4. Kurt Busch – 9.4  4. Kurt Busch – 1,723
 5. Kyle Busch – 9.8  5. Kyle Larson – 1,469
Fastest Laps Run Driver Rating
 1. Martin Truex Jr. – 269  1. Martin Truex Jr. – 125.0
 2. Kyle Busch – 261  2. Jimmie Johnson – 112.3
 3. Jimmie Johnson – 182  3. Kyle Busch – 108.5
 4. Kevin Harvick – 161  4. Denny Hamlin – 107.6
 5. Denny Hamlin – 98  5. Kyle Larson – 100.2

Top 10 Stage Points Earned at Charlotte
Three Races (Active Drivers)

Driver Points Earned
Kyle Busch 62
Martin Truex Jr. 52
Denny Hamlin 36
Kyle Larson 34
Kevin Harvick 32
Kurt Busch 29
Jimmie Johnson 29
Chase Elliott 22
Erik Jones 20
Ryan Blaney 15

2018 Coca-Cola 600 Stage Finishes

Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
1. Kyle Busch 1. Kyle Busch 1. Kyle Busch
2. Ryan Blaney 2. Martin Truex Jr. 2. Erik Jones
3. Kyle Larson 3. Kyle Larson 3. Brad Keselowski
4. Martin Truex Jr. 4. Denny Hamlin 4. Kurt Busch
5. Jimmie Johnson 5. Clint Bowyer 5. Jamie McMurray
6. Aric Almirola 6. Aric Almirola 6. Denny Hamlin
7. Clint Bowyer 7. Chase Elliott 7. Kasey Kahne
8. Denny Hamlin 8. Jimmie Johnson 8. Martin Truex Jr.
9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 9. Ryan Newman 9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
10. Erik Jones 10. Erik Jones 10. Ryan Newman

Top Five in Stage Points Earned in 2019 (12 Races)

Driver Stage Points Stage Wins
Joey Logano 127 5
Kevin Harvick 117 3
Ryan Blaney 105 2
Kyle Busch 98 5
Chase Elliott 93 2

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MRN.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Kyle Busch
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Driver Notes – Ordered by Average Finish (Top 15) in the Last Five Races at Charlotte

Martin Truex Jr. has finished in the top five in six of the last seven races at the Charlotte 1.5-mile track, including two wins. Truex finished second last year in this event but did not lead a lap after leading 392 and 233 in the last two Coca-Cola 600s, respectively. In the last three races at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package, Truex has posted an average finish of 13.0 with his best finish coming at Las Vegas, eighth.

Jimmie Johnson has finished seventh or better in four of the last five races at the Charlotte 1.5-mile track. Johnson is an eight-time winner at the 1.5-mile track with his last of four in the 600 coming in 2014. He’s finished sixth or better in the last two races at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package.

Denny Hamlin has finished in the top five in five of the last six races at the Charlotte 1.5-mile track, including a third-place finish in this event last year. In the last three races this season at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package, Hamlin has posted a 9.0 average finish, including a win at Texas.

Kurt Busch has finished in the top 10 in the last four Coca-Cola 600s at Charlotte. This season with Chip Ganassi Racing, Busch has posted a top 10s in every race with the 550 horsepower rules package and has recorded an average finish of 7.0 in the last three races at 1.5-mile tracks with the aero ducts.

Daniel Suarez has posted a 10.7 average finish in three starts at the Charlotte 1.5-mile track. In the last three races this season at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package, Suarez has posted an average finish of 11.3 with his best finish coming at Texas, third.

Kyle Larson has finished in the top 10 in his last two starts at the Charlotte 1.5-mile track, including a seventh-place finish in this event last year. Larson is coming off his first top 10 at a 1.5-mile track (Kansas) this season and won the All-Star Race last weekend with the rules package that had new technical specifications for that event.

Brad Keselowski has finished in the top 10 in five of his last seven starts at the Charlotte 1.5-mile track. This season, Keselowski has been solid with the 550 horsepower rules package with four finishes of third or better at 1.5-mile/2-mile tracks, including two wins at Atlanta (no aero ducts) and Kansas.

Kyle Busch dominated this event last year, sweeping all stages and leading 377 laps en route to his first Cup win at Charlotte. With the exception of Kansas, Busch has finished in the top 10 in the three previous races at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower rules package. The Atlanta race, where he finished sixth, featured no aero ducts.

Erik Jones finished seventh in this event in 2017 for his only top 10 in three starts at the Charlotte 1.5-mile track. Jones leads all drivers with a 6.7 average finish in the last three races at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts package. His best finish in those races came two weeks ago at Kansas.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has finish in the top 15 in the last three races at Charlotte 1.5-mile track. His 10th-place finish last year in this event was his first top 10 in 13 overall starts. Stenhouse has posted an 11.0 average finish in the last three races at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package. His best finish in that span came at Las Vegas, sixth.

Bubba Wallace finished 16th in this event last year in his first Cup start at the Charlotte 1.5-mile track. Wallace has posted a 26.0 average finish in the last three races this season with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package.

Kevin Harvick has finished in the top 10 in seven of his nine starts at the Charlotte 1.5-mile track as a member of Stewart-Haas Racing. His last of three wins came in the fall race on the oval in 2014. Harvick has posted an 8.3 average finish in the last three races this season at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package.

Chase Elliott has posted two top 10s and an average finish of 18.3 in his six starts at the Charlotte 1.5-mile track. Elliott is coming off his best finish at a 1.5-mile track this season with ninth-place finish at Kansas. His average finish in the last three races at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package is 8.7.

Clint Bowyer finished 12th last year in this event for his best finish in three starts with Stewart-Haas Racing at the Charlotte 1.5-mile track. Bowyer has finished in the top five in the last two races this season at 1.5-mile tracks with the 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package, including a second at Texas.

Austin Dillon won this event in 2017 and has posted a 16.3 average finish in nine starts at the Charlotte 1.5-mile track. In the last three races this season at 1.5-mile tracks with 550 horsepower/aero ducts rules package, Dillon has recorded an average finish of 17.0. His best finish in that span came at Texas, 14th.