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Charlotte Motor Speedway – Alsco 500(k)
Race number two of the Charlotte race week is here. We learned a lot during the Coke 600 that we can take into this race. For starters it is impossible to pass the leader. Also, we learned that it is better to stay out front with clean air than to get tires. We also learned the HMS cars have elite speed across all four teams and should be the favorite heading into this race. This race will be 312 miles which is nearly half the distance of the race on Sunday. I would anticipate a competition caution somewhere around lap 25 although nothing has been formally announced at this time. With such short stages we really won’t see long run speed come into play much this race.
Date: May 27th
Race: Wednesday 8:00 pm ET.
Laps: 208 Stages:55/115/208
Defending Champion: Brad Keselowski
AVG. # of Cautions: 6 excluding stage breaks
AVG DNF’s: 6 per race
Pit stall selection will be based off how teams qualified the last race at Charlotte. This means Kurt Busch will have pit stall #1 and have the best advantage on pit road.
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Since we have only 208 laps and short stages we will probably look for 2 doms play some place diff plays. It is a difficult race considering how NASCAR jacked up the pricing of certain drivers. I believe focus really has to be put on the Hendrick cars given how strong they were during the 600. Byron starting 1st and Bowman 2nd should be top contenders for this. I do believe we could see pit strategy shake things up if cautions fly at the right time which could lead to multiple drivers leading 25-40 laps but no one truly separating themselves with the laps led. For a domination station setting I would recommend “at most 2 doms.”
Mid to Low Tier
Pricing is all over the place this race. That being said we still need to attack the plays like Kenseth, Wallace, Newman, etc who offer great place differential upside. Theres really not much more to say in this group. Theres so many mid to low tier plays starting too high due to inversion that should be avoid and a few with limited upside that don’t offer much help. We should see a group of just 7-8 drivers get most of the ownership outside the big dominator threats.
Starting lineup process
- Positions 1-20: Invert the top 20 from the May 24th race at Charlotte
- Positions 21-40: In finishing order from the May 24th race at Charlotte, followed by new entries
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