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ARTICLE: Coca-Cola 600 Practice Recap: Drivers to Watch

Coming off the short, 90-lap format of the All-Star Race last weekend, the Cup Series will shift gears completely for this weekend's Coca-Cola 600. Although both races are held at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the similarities end there. While the All-Star Race is all about a series of short dashes, Sunday night's race is a test of endurance. The 600-mile event is the longest of the season, and the extra 100 miles at a fast track like Charlotte can take a toll on both drivers and their equipment. From keeping up with the changing track conditions throughout the marathon-like race to having a car that can handle the long green flag stretches that tend to occur, there is a lot that goes into a successful run in the Coca-Cola 600.

For fantasy owners, building your lineup around drivers that have been successful at Charlotte is obviously a smart starting point. However, it is also important to know which drivers have been particularly successful in the Coca-Cola 600, especially when you are talking about potential sleeper candidates. After all, the race is a different animal than the 500-mile event held at the track in the fall, and Sunday night's race tends to favor those drivers that have a knack for staying out of trouble and taking care of equipment. With all the attrition that occurs throughout the night, a driver that normally finishes around the top 20 can creep towards the top 15, turning a mediocre fantasy option into a solid one.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Matt Kenseth, DeWalt
  2. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Great Clips
  3. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  4. Kyle Busch, M&M's
  5. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  6. Carl Edwards, Arris/Stanley
  7. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  8. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  9. Greg Biffle, KFC
  10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Nationwide Insurance/Mountain Dew
  11. Kevin Harvick, Jimmy Johns
  12. Clint Bowyer, Mobil 1
  13. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  14. Jeff Gordon, Nationwide Insurance
  15. Mark Martin, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  16. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  17. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  18. Kurt Busch, Monster Energy/Haas Automation
  19. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  20. Juan Montoya, Target
  21. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Fastenal
  22. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  23. Jeffrey Earnhardt, Curtis Key
  24. Paul Menard, Menards
  25. Regan Smith, Smithfield Foods
  26. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  27. Trevor Bayne, AdvoCare
  28. David Ragan, Snap Fitness
  29. David Reutimann, Burger King/Doctor Pepper
  30. Casey Mears, TBA
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