Coca Cola 600: Marathon race for the fit & nimble

It is almost time for the really, really long race, not for the faint of heart. The All-Star Race & related events gave us some glimpses into strong teams for this race, not to mention some pretty funny moments — like the pathetic attempt at a burn out for Kurt Busch (pretty embarrassing!) and Carl Edwards wrecking his car during his victory burn out. Check this out if you haven’t seen it. Click here.  But I digress …

This race is so hard to predict as ability to endure is just as important as sheer talent. The drivers who have dedicated fitness routines like Carl Edwards and Mark Martin can last to the end of the race, but their engines and teams will also have to perform flawlessly. It is difficult to simply look at stats and pick from there. This race is a great examples of how much of a team sport this really is. Keeping up with the track will be important so solid crew chiefs with good fuel calculations are a must.

So as I get down to my final picks I’m looking at past performance, practice speeds, strong crew chief leadership and lack of DNFs. Lots to consider here. I’ll be back to you with my final picks shortly. I need to rest up a little so I can make it to the end of the race!

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