Odds for NASCAR race at Charlotte: Expert picks & favorites to win Wednesday’s Alsco Uniforms 500

The bad news when it comes to Vegas odds for Wednesday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is its relatively short distance (312 miles, 208 laps) creates an unpredictability factor that makes picking a winner even more difficult than usual. Teams’ strategies will be much different than those used for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.

The good news is this is the second NASCAR Cup Series night race at Charlotte in the span of four days. So we at least have a decent idea of which drivers might thrive in another race at NASCAR’s home track, and whose struggles might continue.

Brad Keselowski stole the victory in Sunday’s race after a late caution ruined what would have been an easy win for Chase Elliott. Which is part of the reason Elliott is at the top of the odds board for Wednesday night’s race.

Below are the Vegas odds to win Wednesday night’s NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte, plus our top three picks of drivers who could end up taking the checkered flag.

NASCAR race odds to win at Charlotte

Elliott led 38 laps in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, including what was supposed to the final one on Lap 400. But he pitted during a late-race caution and lost the lead (and the win). But that speed is why Elliott has joined Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. atop the odds board for Wednesday night’s race.

Courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook, below are the complete odds to win Wednesday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte.

Of the drivers in the field, Jimmie Johnson has the best career driver rating (108.9) at Charlotte, but he will start last because of his disqualification from the Coca-Cola 600 results. Johnson’s car failed post-race inspection with illegal rear alignment.

Below are the top 10 career driver ratings at Charlotte (not including Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600):

History says the first and second starting positions are the most proficient in the field, producing more winners (17 each) than any other starting position at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Which is good news for Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Alex Bowman, who will start first and second, respectively, on Wednesday night since the top 20 starters are an inversion of the top 20 finishers from Sunday’s race.

NASCAR at Charlotte expert picks

1. Alex Bowman

Bowman’s spot on the front row to start the race helps, as the driver who started second has won roughly 14 percent of all NASCAR Cup Series races at Charlotte. But this pick is more about the speed HMS cars have shown this year.

Elliott should have won Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, and Johnson finished second before failing post-race tech and being given last-place points. Only Kevin Harvick (328 laps) has led more than the 318 laps Bowman has led through seven races in 2020.

All Hendrick drivers will be threats to win Wednesday night’s race, even Johnson from the back of the field. But we’ll go with the one who already has a win on the season.

2. Martin Truex Jr.

Among active drivers, only Johnson and Kyle Busch have led more career laps at Charlotte than Truex’s 972. His 91.3 driver rating at the track is the third best behind Busch’s 107.4 and Hamlin’s 97.0 among drivers currently in the top 10 in points.

Two crashes in the first four races this season set Truex back in points, but last year’s Coca-Cola 600 winner proved with his pair of top-10 finishes last week at Darlington followed by a strong run in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 that his team still has the speed to win.

3. Erik Jones

Speaking of speed from Joe Gibbs Racing, Jones had a hot rod for parts of Sunday’s race. He will start Wednesday’s event on the outside of Row 5, the best starting position of the four JGR teams in the field, which is notable for a race that’s roughly half the distance of the Coca-Cola 600.

Jones is a relative long shot based on the odds for Wednesday night’s race, but he is every bit as capable as his powerhouse teammates of winning. While his driver rating at Charlotte (68.6) is not great, it comes from a small sample size. Wednesday night’s race will be Jones’ sixth at Charlotte in a Cup car.

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Who won the NASCAR race yesterday? Full results for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

Chase Elliott was cruising to what would be a uniquely satisfying win in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night given what had happened a few days prior.

Until he wasn’t.

Elliott, who was wrecked by Kyle Busch in the closing laps at Darlington on Wednesday night, was leading with just a few laps to go at Charlotte Motor Speedway when his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron spun out with a flat tire and brought out a caution. Elliott pitted under yellow, allowing Brad Keselowski to assume the lead and beat Jimmie Johnson to the checkered flag to win the Coca-Cola 600.

COCA-COLA 600: Complete highlights from Sunday night’s race

“That’s got to be a joke,” Elliott said on his radio when the caution came out for Byron’s spin. Added Elliott after the race regarding his team’s decision to pit before overtime: “You just try to make the best decision you can. Those guys are just going to do the opposite of whatever we do. That’s just a part of it. You make decisions and you live with them. It wasn’t the pit call — I think being on offense is fine.
 
“Like I said, those guys are going to do whatever’s the opposite of what you do.”

Who won the Coca-Cola 600?

Brad Keselowski pulled away from Jimmie Johnson in overtime to win the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway after Chase Elliott surrendered the lead by pitting.

“I feel like I’ve thrown this race away a couple of times, and I thought we were going to lose it today,” Keselowski said after the race. “I know we’ve lost it the way Chase lost it, and that really stinks, and today we finally won it that way (by staying out).
 
“It’s major. It’s the Coke 600. That only leaves one major for me, the Daytona 500. We’re checking ‘em off. We may not have been the fastest car today, but, whoa, did we grind this one out. The pit crew on the yellow before the last had a blazing stop to get us up front.”

NASCAR at Charlotte results

Below are the complete results from Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600, which became the longest race in NASCAR history when it reached overtime and a total of 405 laps.

Johnson’s car failed post-race inspection, so the No. 48 team was relegated to a last-place finish.

Average speed of race winner: 135.042 mph

Time of race: 4 Hrs, 29 Mins, 55 Secs. Margin of Victory: .293 Seconds.

Caution flags: 8 for 52 laps.

Lead changes: 20 among 11 drivers.

Lap Leaders: K. Busch 1-54; A. Bowman 55-159;J . Johnson 160-162; J. Nemechek 163; R. Preece 164; R. Stenhouse Jr. 165; A. Bowman 166-223; M. Truex Jr. 224-255; B. Keselowski 256-262; M. Truex Jr. 263-277; J. Logano 278-302; A. Bowman 303; M. DiBenedetto 304-306; J. Logano 307; M. Truex Jr. 308; M. DiBenedetto 309-311; M. Truex Jr. 312-350; J. Johnson 351-353; B. Keselowski 354-362; C. Elliott 363-400; B. Keselowski 401-405.

Leaders summary (driver, times lead, laps led): Alex Bowman 3 times for 164 laps; Martin Truex Jr. 4 times for 87 laps; Kurt Busch 1 time for 54 laps; Chase Elliott 1 time for 38 laps; Joey Logano 2 times for 26 laps; Brad Keselowski 3 times for 21 laps; Matt DiBenedetto 2 times for 6 laps; Jimmie Johnson 2 times for 6 laps; Ryan Preece 1 time for 1 lap; John Hunter Nemechek 1 time for 1 lap; Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage 1 top 10: 88, 19, 9, 8, 22, 18, 3, 48, 24, 1

Stage 2 top 10: 88,19,18,24,9,20,22,3,12,48

Stage 3 top 10: 22, 88, 12, 48, 19, 18, 20, 2, 3, 24

Material from the NASCAR Wire Service was used in this report.

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NASCAR at Charlotte live race updates, results, highlights from the Coca-Cola 600

The Coca-Cola 600 is the third NASCAR Cup Series race in seven days, thanks to the sport’s new compact schedule. After two races in Darlington, the Cup Series has moved to Charlotte. 

Drivers had a qualifying session, the last of the season, at Charlotte Motor Speedway to set the starting lineup for the Coca-Cola 600. Kurt Busch earned the pole position, barely edging out Jimmie Johnson. 

Chase Elliot, who was spun out by Kyle Busch in Wednesday’s race at Darlington, is in starting in third place. Matt Kenseth and Tyler Riddick round out the top five. NASCAR officials will be watching the weather closely as thunderstorms are possible in Charlotte Sunday night. 

Sporting News is tracking live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from the Coca-Cola 600. Follow along below for complete results from Charlotte.

NASCAR at Charlotte live updates, highlights from Coca-Cola 600

Updates will begin with the green flag at 6:28 p.m. ET

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

A 6 p.m. ET start time has become the customary protocol for the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s longest race. It’s the only event in the sport that features four stages rather than three, and each Coca-Cola 600 stage will be 100 laps.

The Coca-Cola 600 begins in the heat of the daylight, but it gradually turns into a night race over the span of roughly 4 1/2 hours. That leads to cooling track temperatures and puts the onus on adjustments as teams attempt to navigate the race.

Fox’s coverage of pre-race ceremonies from Charlotte Motor Speedway — which are special on Memorial Day weekend — will begin at 6 p.m. ET, and the Coca-Cola 600 is scheduled to take the green flag 28 minutes later.

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When will NASCAR Xfinity race at Darlington start? Rain forces postponement

UPDATE: The race has been postponed to noon ET Thursday, NASCAR announced.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The start of Tuesday night’s Toyota 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway is under a weather delay. Rain in the region has postponed the scheduled 6 p.m. ET start. Track and NASCAR personnel are in the process of drying the historic 1.366-mile oval with the hopes of getting the race started later Tuesday evening.

JR Motorsports driver Noah Gragson, who won the season-opening Xfinity Series race at Daytona, drew the pole position for Tuesday’s race and will start alongside teammate Michael Annett. Xfinity Series points leader Harrison Burton will start 12th alongside Stewart-Haas Racing driver Chase Briscoe, who trails Burton by three points in the standings.

As with the two NASCAR Cup Series races being held at Darlington this week, there was no qualifying nor practice sessions for Tuesday’s race. No fans will be in attendance and the teams and essential NASCAR personnel are maintaining strict social distancing.

The trio of Darlington races — Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race won by Kevin Harvick, Tuesday’s Xfinity Series race and a second NASCAR Cup Series race moved up to 6 p.m. ET Wednesday — mark the return of competition in an adjusted schedule.

Teams will move to the NASCAR Charlotte hub later in the week, with four races slated for Charlotte Motor Speedway, including a pair of NASCAR Cup Series races (Sunday and Wednesday) and an Xfinity (Monday) and Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series race (Tuesday).

Holly Cain writes for the NASCAR Wire Service. This article has been updated with NASCAR announcing a postponement of the race.

 

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NASCAR at Darlington live race updates, results, highlights from the Real Heroes 400

Two long, dreary months without live, real-life NASCAR racing have passed, but the action will finally start back up on Sunday with the Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway.

It won’t be quite the same as your typical NASCAR race. There won’t be any cheering fans drunk out of their mind — at least not in the grandstands. Teams will also have a limited amount of personnel and must adhere to NASCAR’s new safety guidelines, which includes wearing masks. But still, racing is back.

Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR’s race in Darlington, S.C., to resume the 2020 season. Follow below for complete results from the Real Heroes 400. 

NASCAR at Darlington live updates, highlights from Real Heroes 400

5:45 p.m. — Caution comes out at 154 as debris from one of the banners is caught on Tyler Reddick. It was originally caught on Denny Hamlin, but he was able to get it off with help from Clint Bowyer, though it unfortunately flew off and landed on Reddick’s car. Wild stuff.

5:41 p.m. — We’re through 148 laps, past the halfway point, so if any rain comes the race will be official. Harvick, Bowman and Kurt Busch make up the top three.

5:33 p.m. — After 130 laps, Kevin Harvick leads. Alex Bowman in second, Denny Hamlin in third. There’s 163 laps left, 45 left in Stage 2.

5:25 p.m. — Yellow flag is up on lap 125 after Daniel Suarez spins out. No contact as he loses a tire, so he should be able to continue.

5:20 p.m. — Kevin Harvick is at the front of the restart to start lap 117. Alex Bowman in second, Kurt Busch in third and Denny Hamlin in fourth.

5:13 p.m. — Another caution out as William Byron loses control and bumps the outside wall.

5:07 p.m. — Kevin Harvick takes the lead off the restart, Alex Bowman in second and William Byron in third.

4:56 p.m. — Oh no. Jimmie Johnson spins out on the last lap in Stage 1. William Byron wins Stage 1.

4:54 p.m. — Five laps left in Stage 1, Johnson still leads. Byron up to second, Hamlin up to third.

4:51 p.m. — Finally some action at the front: Jimmie Johnson passes Alex Bowman to take the lead with nine laps to go in Stage 1. William Byron is in third, Denny Hamlin in fourth.

4:32 p.m. — After 45 laps we’re half way through Stage 1: Alex Bowman has taken the lead, Jimmie Johnson in second, Brad Keselowski down in third.

4:28 p.m. — Competition yellow is complete and the green flag is back up as teams have had a chance to make adjustments to their cars.

4:15 p.m. — After 30 laps, Brad Keselowski still leads with Kevin Harvick right behind him. Denny Hamlin up to third, Jimmie Johnson in fourth. Competition yellow is up now.

4:08 p.m. — Kyle Busch has already moved up 15 spots from 40th up to 25th after 15 laps. Impressive start following the setback.

4:06 p.m. — Brad Keselowski leads after 10 laps, Kevin Harvick in second and Jimmie Johnson in third.

4:03 p.m. — We’ll try this again, green flag comes back up for lap No. 7.

3:56 p.m. — It took about 15 seconds for the first wreck of the afternoon. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. loses control around turn two and crashes into the inside wall. He’s definitely done for the day.

3:56 p.m. — Green flag is finally waving and NASCAR is back!

3:52 p.m. — Kyle Busch’s car failed pre-race inspection twice, meaning he’ll lose his fourth-place spot and start at the rear.

3:44 p.m. — “Drivers, start your engines.” A nice tribute to the healthcare workers putting themselves on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. As they say in racing, let’s do that racing.

3:37 p.m. — Clint Bowyer provides fans with a little pre-race laugh during an interview with Jeff Gordon. “Patience, grasshopper.”

3:20 p.m. — All drivers have passed screening and will start the race, per FOX’s Bob Pockrass.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

The NASCAR race at Darlington on May 17 is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Of the seven NASCAR races currently scheduled across all three national series in the span of 11 days, Sunday’s event at Darlington is the only “day” race. Although, with a race distance of 400 miles, chances are Sunday’s event will end under the lights.

Fox will broadcast five of the nine NASCAR Cup Series races currently on the revised schedule. The other four Cup races will broadcast live on FS1.

NASCAR starting lineup at Darlington

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Tottenham 'lead the race to sign PSG right-back Thomas Meunier'

Tottenham ‘lead the race to sign Thomas Meunier’ with Belgian right-back free to leave PSG this summer while Borussia Dortmund continue to keep an eye on developments

  • Tottenham are leading the race to sign Thomas Meunier, according to reports
  • The Paris Saint-Germain right-back is set to become a free agent this summer
  • Borussia Dortmund are also reportedly interested in the Belgian international 

Tottenham are leading the race to sign soon-to-be free agent Thomas Meunier this summer, according to reports in France.

The right-back’s contract at Paris Saint-Germain is due to expire on June 30 while an extension appears more and more unlikely as the days go by.

Despite announcing that his ‘ambition was to stay at the club next season’ earlier this week, PSG are intent on allowing his deal to run it’s course, according to Le Parisien.

Thomas Meunier is set to become a free agent when his PSG contract expires this summer

The Belgium international, who turns 29 in September, will now weigh up a number of options as he prepares to leave the French capital with Borussia Dortmund also interested. 

Jose Mourinho is keen to strengthen at full-back, with Serge Aurier currently recognised as the club’s only senior right back with Kyle Walker-Peters out on loan.

Meunier’s representatives are understood to have already spoken to Mourinho to discuss his plans which are likely to be hindered by a limited budget. 

According to L’Equipe, during a conversation over the phone between the pair, the manager made his case convincingly. 

Jose Mourinho ‘clearly won over’ the Belgian defender when speaking to him on the phone

The right back was reportedly ‘won over’ by the pitch that has made Tottenham frontrunners in the race for his signature. 

Meunier has plenty of bargaining power as a free agent and is in his prime. 

Whether Daniel Levy can produce a financial offering in line with the defender’s demands remains to be seen but the lack of a transfer fee will be an attractive prospect. 

The extent to which the coronavirus crisis affects spending this summer will also dictate whether an agreement can be reached.




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