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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, Husky/Dollar General
  2. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  3. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  4. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  5. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  6. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  7. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  8. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  9. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  11. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  12. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  13. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  14. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  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, Haas Automation
  19. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  20. Juan Montoya, Target
  21. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest
  22. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  23. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  24. Paul Menard, Menards
  25. Regan Smith, Guy Roofing
  26. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  27. Trevor Bayne, Motorcraft/Quick Lane
  28. David Ragan, CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch
  29. David Reutimann, Burger King/Doctor Pepper
  30. Casey Mears, GEICO
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