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2020 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Alsco Uniforms 500

The Coca-Cola 600 is in the books and the series is already getting ready to resume on Wednesday night once again at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with the running of the Alsco Uniforms 500. This will be a 500 km race so, it is going to be rather short.

ALSCO UNIFORMS 500

After Jimmie Johnson was disqualified from his second place finish in the Coca-Cola 600 the starting lineup has been determined for Wednesday nights race. See my picks below.

DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Driver Group Game Group A

  • Martin Truex Jr.
  • Kevin Harvick

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Alex Bowman
  • William Byron
  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Aric Almirola

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Tyler Reddick
  • Cole Custer

MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  1. Alex Bowman
  2. William Byron
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Joey Logano

Dark Horse: Tyler Reddick

Stay Away From: Jimmie Johnson

Big 18: William Byron

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2020 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Coca-Cola 600

Seeing we don’t have a lot of time between the Wednesday night race and qualifying on Sunday this article is going to be short and sweet. I’ll still try to answer any questions you have before qualifying and the race on Sunday if at all possible.

COCA-COLA 600

Qualifying is scheduled for 2:00 pm EST on Sunday with the race to follow at 6:00 pm EST. I’m going to get right to the picks for Sunday’s race without any analysis this week so you have time to get your lineups set and your drafting done sooner than later.

DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Driver Group Game Group A

  • Martin Truex Jr.
  • Kevin Harvick

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Alex Bowman
  • William Byron
  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Aric Almirola

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Cole Custer
  • Tyler Reddick

MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Chase Elliott

Dark Horse: Matt Kenseth

Stay Away From: Matt DiBenedetto

Big 18: Martin Truex Jr.

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2020 Darlington Raceway, Toyota 500

The first race since the layoff is now in the books and Kevin Harvick came away with a big win. He was strong all day long and didn’t seem to have a lot of competition once he got out in front. The Hendrick teams all looked strong too.

TOYOTA 500

There isn’t really a lot to talk about other than the next race is on Wednesday night at Darlington again. The track will be a little cooler and the teams will have a couple of days to tweak their setups but, other than that it is going to be the same type of race. For those of you looking for Matt Kenseth in your league, he can be moved into any group by the league commissioner. I myself have put him in the B group as he is too good of a driver on a good team to be in the C group in my opinion. I know he has been put in the C group in some leagues but I will write my article as if he is in the B group.

DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR DARLINGTON RACEWAY

Driver Group Game Group A

  • Kevin Harvick
  • Denny Hamlin

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Alex Bowman
  • Kurt Busch
  • William Byron
  • Jimmie Johnson

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Tyler Reddick
  • John Hunter Nemechek

MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Kurt Busch
  4. Alex Bowman
  5. Kyle Busch

Dark Horse: Alex Bowman

Stay Away From: Chris Buescher

Big 18: Alex Bowman

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Competition Updates for Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway

Darlington Raceway

May 17, 2020 (NASCAR Cup Series)

This race replaces the race originally scheduled to be held on June 21, 2020 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Pit Selection: Order based on charter team owner points followed by open team owner points. Pit stalls will be picked in advance and the pit boxes will be in the stalls when the teams arrive.

Starting Lineup:

  • Positions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
  • Positions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
  • Positions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
  • Positions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners points in owner points

Competition Caution* will occur at or around lap 30.

Stage Lengths: 90 / 185 / 293 laps

May 20, 2020 (NASCAR Cup Series)

This race replaces the race originally scheduled to be held on April 19, 2020 at Richmond Raceway.

Pit Selection: Order based on finishing position from the May 17th race at Darlington, followed by new entries in order of points. Pit stalls will be picked in advance and the pit boxes will be in the stalls when the teams arrive.

Starting Lineup:

  • Positions 1-20: Invert the top 20 from the May 17th race at Darlington
  • Positions 21-40: In finishing order from the May 17th race at Darlington, followed by new entries

Competition Caution* will occur at or around lap TBD.

Stage Lengths: 60 / 125 / 228 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway

May 24, 2020 (NASCAR Cup Series)

Coca-Cola 600

Pit Selection: Order based on finishing position from the May 20th race at Darlington, followed by new entries in order of points. Pit stalls will be picked in advance and the pit boxes will be in the stalls when the teams arrive.

Starting Lineup: based on qualifying

Competition Caution* will occur at or around TBD.

Stage Lengths: 100 / 200 / 300 / 400 laps

May 27 (NASCAR Cup Series)

This race replaces the race originally scheduled to be held on June 14, 2020 at Sonoma Raceway.

Pit Selection: Order based on qualifying for the May 24th race at Charlotte, followed by new entries in order of points. If qualifying is rained out, pit selection will be determined by finishing order on May 24. Pit stalls will be picked in advance and the pit boxes will be in the stalls when the teams arrive.

Starting Lineup:

  • 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

Competition Caution* will occur at or around TBD.

Stage Lengths: 55 / 115 / 208 laps

*Modified Competition Caution Procedures: With the absence of practice, NASCAR will be modifying its Competition Caution procedures to allow teams additional time for adjustments.

  • Field will be frozen at the time of the competition caution
  • Field will be assembled behind the pace car
  • The running order lead lap / lap down will be established and the free pass sent
  • Wave around rule is not in effect
  • Pit road will open to the top 20 – car must beat the pace car off pit road to retain freeze position
  • Pit road will open to the next 20 – car must beat the pace car off pit road to retain freeze position
  • Above pit cycle repeats – each team allowed to pit two times
  • Re-establish line-up per freeze and restart race

Infractions Under Modified Competition Caution:

  • Not beating the pace car off pit road results in loss of lap and restarting at tail of the field
  • Pitting more than twice or out of sequence results in restarting at the tail of the field
  • All current pit road rules are in effect
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2020 Darlington Raceway, Race 1

Welcome back! This is going to be a whole new ball game for me trying to predict races when they are only days apart instead of weekly. My guess is the articles will be a bit shorter for the time being with mostly just picks going in. I’m not even sure how the DGG is going to work now that the only race that will have qualifying this month will be the Coca-Cola 600. Maybe we will be able to set our rosters right up to race time. I’ll have to find out from the boss. All of the other races won’t even have any practice sessions. I’m guessing there will be a competition caution after a short run in each race to let teams make adjustments to the cars. This is going to be interesting.

DARLINGTON RACE 1

So, the first race upon resuming the season is going to be held on May 17th at the Darlington Raceway. They don’t even have a sponsor name for this race yet. Then they will turn around and race here again on Wednesday night. Chicagoland and Sonoma lost their races for this season and the spring race scheduled for Richmond was also eliminated with the updated schedule.

Other things that have happened since we’ve been away are that Kyle Larson was let go after uttering a racial slur during an iRace and has been replaced by Matt Kenseth. Ryan Newman has also been cleared to come back to racing and will be back in the saddle next Sunday.

Denny Hamlin: I’m going to pick Denny to win this race. In his fourteen career starts at Darlington he has two wins and seven top five finishes. I think this is almost like a restart to the whole season where teams were taking the data they accumulated from the first four races and worked on figuring out how to make their cars better and it seems that the Joe Gibbs engineers are some of the best in that regard.

Brad Keselowski: Brad won here back in the 2018 season and has finished in the top five in three of his last five starts here. With Joey Logano already winning two races it seems that the Penske teams are on the right path with where they are with their cars at this point of the season. With a new crew chief it’s possible that Brad will have some handling issues without any practice time.

Kevin Harvick: Kevin has finished in the top five here in six of his last seven starts. Once again this team got off to a bit of a slow start this season, but this is one of those tracks where Kevin is very good. He won one of those last six races and sat on the pole in three of them. He also lead over five hundred laps in that stretch.

Jimmie Johnson: Jimmie leads all active drivers with three wins at Darlington. The Hendrick teams have all shown a major improvement in speed so far this year across the board and I think Jimmie still has a win or two in the tank in his final year as a full-time driver in this series. He might be worth putting on your roster. I think experience is going to be huge when there isn’t any practice before a race.

Kyle Busch: Kyle has finished no worse than eleventh in his last ten starts at this track. Even though his only win here came back in the 2008 season he is probably the best driver on the circuit showing that he can drive pretty well even when his car isn’t handling too well and they always seem to get it fixed up towards the end of the race. The starts of these races are going to be the dicey part.

Kurt Busch: Kurt has never won a race here, but he has finished in the top ten in his last three starts here. In fact, last year he won the first stage and then finished second in the second stage and lead ninety-four laps before finishing seventh in that race. I think in his second season with Chip Ganassi Racing and with his experience he should do well once again this week.

Joey Logano: Joey has finished in the top five in three of his last five starts at Darlington. Now with new crew chief Paul Wolff on the top of his pit box he might break into the win column for the third time this season and first time at Darlington. This team hasn’t been great throughout the races this year but, they are always there at the end.

Matt Kenseth: A new team and a bit of a layoff for Matt. Will his experience behind the wheel in this series make him a dark horse in his first race back, or will the new team and crew chief hinder his effort? The car he will be driving has done very well here lately with Kyle Larson behind the wheel where it finished in the top three in three of its last four starts. Matt has finished in the top six in five of his last seven starts here. Can he drive with the setup Kyle Larson used? Might be worth taking a shot on here.

Martin Truex Jr.: Martin has really shown he knows how to run on all types of tracks over the past three seasons or so and is a veteran to the series. Once again I think the experience behind the wheel is going to play a huge roll in who will run well and who will have difficulties in these races. There are a lot of new things to consider when setting your roster for these next few races at least.

Here are the updated rules for the DGG: For the Guts or Gutless league I have put Matt Kenseth in the B group seeing he is a veteran driver on a good team. I have also removed Kyle Larson from the list of available drivers.

NEW LOCK SCHEDULE
To limit interaction, teams will drive to the tracks; Unload; Go through inspection; Line up according to a random draw; Race. The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is said to include practice sessions and qualifying. As such, these ‘COVID-19’ replacement races and the Coca-Cola 600 (to keep things simple) will not follow the normal lock 1 and lock 2 procedure. Going forward, until further notice, your league entry will lock at the scheduled race time. Which, is also listed on your entry form. I don’t know if (or which of) these races replace any races past or future. If a race is ‘complete’ (1 – 4) or confirmed ‘on-the-schedule’ (5 – 8 and 27 – 36), then you will be able to view the entry form for that race. Otherwise, those race numbers (9 – 26) entry form are locked until I know which race and track it will be.


MATT KENSETH and KYLE LARSON
In the DGG League I have put Matt Kenseth in the C Driver Group.
Commissioners! You decide where you want him. Go to Commissioner > Drivers and drag Matt Kenseth into the group you want him in.
You can take Kyle Larson out of a group and back to the driver pool.
Warning! Kinda, more an FYI. If a player has set Larson on a future entry, the player will not be able to remove Larson from that entry. There will be no check box. The solution is for the player to click the red Clear All button to remove the whole entry and start fresh. If Larson is left in, the entry form will show the NE (not entered) next to his name indicating he is not racing.
RYAN NEWMAN and ROSS CHASTAIN
Ryan Newman is back! He should be listed on your entry forms in the #6 as usual. Ross Chastain will go back (I think) to Spire Motorsports. There is no official entry list out yet.

DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR DARLINGTON RACEWAY

Driver Group Game Group A

  • Denny Hamlin
  • Kevin Harvick

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Kurt Busch
  • Erik Jones
  • Chris Buescher

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Ty Dillon
  • Cole Custer

MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY

  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Jimmie Johnson

Dark Horse: Matt Kenseth

Stay Away From: Alex Bowman

Big 18: Denny Hamlin