Coca Cola 600 favors Hendrick, Roush team drivers

May 24, 2005 6:49 AM

During last week’s All-Star race in Charlotte, it became apparent that the surface changes to the 1½-mile track had a greater impact on the teams than previously anticipated. Some, like Elliott Sadler, responded great. Others, like Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, struggled despite top 5 finishes.

We only saw 90 laps on the new surface. This week, they’ll have to run 400 laps in the Coca-Cola 600. Rarely has a car ever won the 600 miler while dominating the first quarter. Someone always emerges in the last 120 laps with a car dialed in exactly and intentionally for that moment.

While we got a lot of information from teams that looked good and bad based on the short All-Star race last week. The 600 is the longest of the year. Only the strong survive.

We’ll side with top performers of Hendrick and Roush and then mix in Ryan Newman. I have my doubts about Newman over the long haul, but certainly don’t with Greg Biffle and Mark Martin.

— Micah Roberts