Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: The crew of NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch
- NASCAR's Props Challenge game asks fans to answer 10 prop-betting questions each week, with weekly winners eligible for prizes.
- PJ Walsh offers his Props Challenge picks and analysis for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET, FOX) at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Sunday is the best day of the year in motorsports, with F1’s Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 back-to-back-to-back.
I’ve spent many Memorial Day weekends at Charlotte Motor Speedway throughout the years, so this race has provided many great memories. While I don’t get to attend as often as I used to, it’s still an event I very much look forward to.
And after a couple of very fun races, I’m excited to see how this plays out. Without further ado, here are my NASCAR Props Challenge picks for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.
1. Will Alex Bowman be the highest finishing Hendrick driver?
I didn’t need to look up any stats before answering “no,” but here’s some data just in case.
Excluding Atlanta Motor Speedway due to its excessive tire wear, there have been three races run at 1.5-mile racetracks this season: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway. In those three races, Bowman’s average running position of 13.3 is the worst of the four Hendrick drivers.
2. Three of the last five Coca-Cola 600 winners have won from the pole? Will Sunday’s winner start from the front row?
Through 12 races this season, not a single race winner started on the front row. Considering this year’s aero package is dramatically different from those run in recent years, this is another easy “no” for me.
3. O/U 52.5 points for Kyle Busch
Since NASCAR introduced stage racing, 2.5 drivers have averaged more than 52.5 points in the Coca-Cola 600. I really want to take the over for Busch here, but that’s too much to ask in a race that’s so hard on equipment.