The 200 Alsco Uniforms 500 is a NASCAR Cup Series race which will be held on May 27, 2020 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The race replaces the Sonoma Raceway event and is the 8th race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. It is contested over 208 laps on the 1.5 miles speedway, covering a distance of 500 km.

The starting lineup for this race will be based on the finishing order of the Coca-Cola 600 with one inversion:

  • Starting positions 1-20: The top 20 finishers from the May 24 event will be inverted for the start of the May 27 race.
  • Starting positions 21-40: The bottom 20 finishers from the May 24 event will start from their finishing positions for the start of the May 27 race; any new entries will be placed at the tail of the field. Any teams that have driver changes will see those cars drop to the rear.

William Byron will start on the pole in the #24 Hendricks Motorsports Chevrolet while teammate Alex Bowman will start alongside him in the #88 HMS Chevrolet. Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski will start 20th in the #2 Team Penske Ford after finishing first in the Coca-Cola 600 last Sunday.

“Racing" Coca-Cola 600

Keselowski won the Coca-Cola 600 last Sunday. Keselowski finished ahead of Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott who came in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Elliott looked like he had the win wrapped up with less than three laps to go. But his teammate Byron spun because of a flat tire on his rear left with Elliott two seconds ahead of the second-placed Keselowski.

Elliott pitted with the hopes that everyone else would follow and that fresher tires would determine the final two laps of the race. But Keselowski and third-placed Johnson stayed out. While Elliott made up eight spots over the last two laps, he couldn’t catch up with the leaders.

In the end, Keselowski won the longest race of the season and the first Coca-Cola 600 of his career. Johnson crossed the finish line second but was later disqualified after his car failed a post-race inspection. Elliott was awarded second place but it was his second straight disappointing finish after last Wednesday’s incident with Kyle Busch that sent Elliott from 2nd place to 38th.

With Keselowski’s win on Sunday, here is the updated 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Standings:

Rank Name Points Wins Top 5
1 Kevin Harvick 291 1 5
2 Joey Logano 268 2 2
3 Alex Bowman 266 1 2
4 Chase Elliott 241 0 3
5 Brad Keselowski 235 1 3
6 Martin Truex Jr. 235 0 0
7 Ryan Blaney 212 0 2
8 Denny Hamlin 209 2 3
9 Kyle Busch 208 0 4
10 Aric Aminola 190 0 0

Now here are the odds to win the Alsco Uniforms 500, provided by the online sportsbook BetOnline on May 26, 2020:

Driver Odds
Chase Elliott +500
Martin Truex Jr. +500
Kyle Busch +650
Alex Bowman +700
Kevin Harvick +800
Jimmie Johnson +900
Brad Keselowski +1000
Joey Logano +1000
Denny Hamlin +1200
William Byron +1200

“Racing" Who Are the Favorites?

Martin Truex is coming off a 6th place finish last Sunday. After a slow start to the season, the 39-year old 2017Monster Energy Cup Series champion has finished in the Top 10 in the first three races after the coronavirus suspension. Truex has three wins, seven Top 5 finishes, and 8 Top 10 finishes in the last 10 races here at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Among the current drivers, he also has the highest average finish in this track at 5.0 in the last 10 races here.

Chase Elliott returns after back to back heartbreak finishes. Elliott looked like he was on his way to victory last Sunday when he was on the lead with two laps to go. But his strategy of getting fresher tires didn’t work as Keselowski and Johnson overtook him and crossed the finish line ahead of him. Elliott has three Top 5 finishes in his last 10 starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He has finished in the Top 4 in three out of the last five races of the season.

Kyle Busch is slowly picking up the pieces after a slow start to the 2020 season. The defending Cup Series champion has finished in the Top 4 in four out of the last five races including 2nd in last Wednesday’s Toyota 500 and 4th in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. Busch ranks second to Jimmie Johnson with a total of 1,449 laps led at this track. Busch also has finished in the Top 10 in six out of his last 10 races here including five times in the Top 5 with one win.

Kevin Harvick is the current leader in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series standings with 291 points. Harvick has been the most consistent driver this season as he has finished inside the Top 10 in all first seven races of the season. He also leads all drivers this year with a total of five Top 5 finishes including four in the last four races of the season. Harvick finished 5th last Sunday and he 8 Top 10 finishes in this race track while leading a total of 408 total laps, third behind Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch in the last 10 races here.

Jimmie Johnson’s winless streak was extended to 102 races after he crossed the line second and was disqualified after a post-race car inspection during last Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. Despite that, the seven-time NASCAR champion is the most successful driver at Lowe’s Motor Speedway with a total of 8 wins, 17 Top 5 finishes, and 23 Top 10s here. The 44-year old has finished inside the Top 8 in four out of the last six races of the season, including Sunday’s race which where he was subsequently disqualified.

Denny Hamlin maybe just 8th in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series standings but he already has two wins this season, including the Daytona 500. Hamlin came off the break strong, finishing fifth in the 2020 Real Heroes 400 and winning the 2020 Toyota 500 both at Darlington. Hamlin has seven Top 10 finishes in his last 10 races here.

“Racing" Who Wins?

Martin Truex has finished sixth or better in his last eight starts at this race track, including three wins. He finished second in the first two stages here last Sunday and led in a total of 87 laps. Chase Elliott could’ve been coming off back to back wins but lady luck has not smiled on him. Sunday’s performance showed that he is in form and he should be the hungriest to get a win on Wednesday. Jimmie Johnson is also a good bet given his history on this track.

When it comes to value, I like Alex Bowman at +700. This is a short race and he won the first two stages of the 600. He finished 19th last Sunday but led a race-high 164 laps. The fact that he will be starting from the second position on Wednesday makes him a good darkhorse pick.

Prediction: I’m going with Martin Truex but I won’t blame you if you take a chance on Alex Bowman.

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