Coca-Cola 600 Picks, Predictions, Odds

Following last week's All-Star race won by Kyle Larson in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, things head a 90-minute drive south to outside of Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600 on Monday afternoon.

Due to rain all weekend in the Charlotte area, the race was postponed on Sunday night and moved to Monday following the Xfinity race.

Denny Hamlin captured last year's Coca-Cola 600 in spite of leading only 15 laps, while holding off Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick for his first career victory in Charlotte.

The intermediate track at Charlotte is similar to those tracks at Darlington, Homestead, Kansas, Las Vegas, and Texas.

This season, two drivers have won at those tracks, Hamlin (Kansas) and William Byron (Las Vegas and Darlington).

To no one's surprise, the two active drivers with most victories on intermediate tracks are Hamlin with 7 and Larson with 6, which includes a win at Homestead last October.


1) #4 Kevin Harvick (+1800)
2) #18 Kyle Busch (+1200)
3) #11 William Byron (+550)
4) #47 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (+8000)
5) #19 Martin Truex, Jr. (+900)


Kevin Harvick (18/1) hasn't won at Charlotte since 2014, but has finished in the Top-10 at this track in seven of the past eight opportunities.

Harvick struggled at the intermediate tracks late last season (four finishes of 12th or worse), but has three Top-11 finishes this season, capped off by a second-place finish at Darlington two weeks ago.

Kyle Busch (12/1) has seen tremendous success at Charlotte of late by placing in the Top-4 in five of the last six races at this track since 2018.

Busch hasn't taken a checkered flag at an intermediate track since 2021 at Kansas, but Charlotte has been where he has thrived most among this type of track.

William Byron (+550) owns the most wins on the circuit this season with three, coming off a victory at Darlington prior to a 20th-place finish at last week's All-Star race.

Byron looks for a better result at Charlotte following a 32nd-place finish in 2022 after a crash on lap 192 knocked him out of the race.

Daytona 500 winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (80/1) has placed in the Top-7 three times at Charlotte since 2019, including a seventh-place finish in 2022.

Stenhouse has put together six straight Top-15 finishes which may not sound impressive, but the same can't be said currently for the Top-5 drivers in the NASCAR Cup standings (Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell, Harvick, Hamlin, and Byron).

Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday. (Getty)


  • Date: Monday, May 29, 2023
  • TV-Time: FOX, 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Location: Concord, North Carolina
  • Distance: 600 miles
  • Laps: 400



Denny Hamlin picked up the victory at the 2022 Coca-Cola 600. (Getty)
  • 2022 - Denny Hamlin
  • 2021 - Kyle Larson
  • 2020 - Brad Keselowski
  • 2019 - Martin Truex, Jr.
  • 2018 - Kyle Busch
  • 2017 - Austin Dillon
  • 2016 - Martin Truex, Jr.
  • 2015 - Carl Edwards
  • 2014 - Jimmie Johnson
  • 2013 - Kevin Harvick