NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 is not a race where drivers can sprint from start to finish—even if it is for points in the Sprint Cup.
Fuel consumption is a huge factor for drivers when considering how they'll run their cars. Given how much of a role fuel consumption plays, sometimes the luckiest drivers are the ones who win. With this being the case, don't be shocked if an underdog competitor takes the checkered flag.
The Coca-Cola 600 may be 600 miles of racing, but that doesn't give you an excuse to miss a single lap. To ensure that you don't, all your must-know TV information is below.
Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.
When: Sunday, May 25 at 6 p.m. ET
Live Steam: Fox Sports Go
Radio: Performance Racing Network
Kasey Kahne Will Finish in the Top 5
Things have been going rather nicely for Kasey Kahne lately.
Kahne has back-to-back finishes in the top 10, and the improved results after early season struggles can be attributed to tire testing, according to David Caraviello of NASCAR.com:
Remember, Kahne said last week they hit on something at a tire test at Kansas, and used that info to get their first top-5 of the year.— David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) May 18, 2014
Throw in the fact that Kahne has success at Charlotte—four wins, nine top-five finishes in 20 races—and you've got yourself a strong candidate for success.
Of course, the field is deep and filled with talented drivers. But Kahne's success here transcends the talent of the field. He qualified at the No. 3 spot, so everything already appears to be in the cards.
The No. 5 car needs to cross the finish line in good position on Sunday. Kahne is close to a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and only top finishes in the remaining races will earn him a place.
Charlotte represents the perfect opportunity to pick up points. I like his chances for a top-five finish.
Kevin Harvick Will Win Again
Kevin Harvick has won two of the past three Coca-Cola 600s, and he'll be looking to make it a third in four years on Sunday.
Harvick enters as a favorite both because of his past success and because of just how well he has been finishing in previous weeks. Pete Iacobelli of the Charlotte Observer broke down his past several races:
"Kevin Harvick heads into the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night coming off a win and three top-10s in the last four races. He was in position to win last week's All-Star race until a slow final pit stop caused him to finish second at Charlotte Motor Speedway."
While every race brings different challenges, Harvick is in very good shape on Sunday. He has been dominant at this race—and on others—in the past. That makes him a candidate to not only finish among the top drivers but also to win.
The points don't necessarily matter for Harvick at this point in the year. He has clinched a Chase bid as long as he starts the rest of the races, so he'll be racing at Charlotte without the pressures associated with picking up as many points as possible.
All of these things together should add up to a successful day for Harvick. Look for him to cross the checkered flag first and get to Victory Lane.