NASCAR at Charlotte 2022: Odds, Preview and Top Storylines
The NASCAR Cup Series' ultimate test of endurance finishes off one of the best days in motorsports.
The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway tests a driver's endurance over 600 miles, and it forces them to compete in different elements. The race begins with the sun up in North Carolina and concludes under the lights.
Kyle Larson won the Coca-Cola 600 on his way to the Cup Series title in 2021. He became the fifth different driver in five years to capture the checkered flag after the 600-mile race.
Only two current drivers have multiple wins on Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte. Kevin Harvick won in 2011 and 2013, while Martin Truex Jr. took first in 2016 and 2019.
Larson will try to add his name to that duo as well as the list of multiple winners that includes Jimmie Johnson, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt.
Larson and his Hendrick Motorsports teammates should be viewed as the favored drivers at Charlotte. The four teammates all finished inside the top five 12 months ago.
Hendrick Motorsports Is Team to Beat
Hendrick Motorsports has had a ton of success at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson won the Coca-Cola 600 on four occasions, Jeff Gordon had three wins in the 600-mile race and Kyle Larson took first in 2021.
Hendrick has 12 overall victories at the Coca-Cola 600, which is six more than the next closest team on the leaderboard.
Larson led a dominant performance from the team in 2021. Chase Elliott took second, William Byron placed fourth and Alex Bowman landed in fifth.
The Hendrick teams are more than capable of producing yet another run of top-five performances on Sunday.
Elliott and Bowman are first and second in top 10 finishes on the Cup Series circuit this season with nine and eight, respectively.
Larson is second to Ross Chastain for the most top five placings with six and all four members of the team have victories.
A lot can go right or wrong over a 600-mile race in which conditions will change drastically because of the shift from day to night, but Hendrick's crews have plenty of experience dealing with that, and it helps that they have the best cars on the grid.