Sunday's night's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the longest race of the Sprint Cup Series season and one of NASCAR's crown-jewel events. Starting with the driver least likely to win among the five, here are the five drivers with the best chance to come out on top in the sport's ultimate endurance test of man and machine.
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5. Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin led all 10 laps of the money segment to capture his first Sprint All-Star Race win and a million bucks last Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. So what are the odds of him pulling off the All-Star/Coke 600 sweep? Hamlin has never won a points race at Charlotte, and the Joe Gibbs Racing driver has mostly struggled at the mile-and-a-half tracks this season. But, then again, no one expected Hamlin -- or any JGR car, for that matter -- to be victorious in the All-Star Race, so Hamlin has to be considered a threat in Sunday night's 600-miler.
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4. Kasey Kahne
Armed with one of the best cars in the Sprint All-Star Race, Kasey Kahne won the opening segment before fading to a seventh-place finish. Fade or no fade, the Hendrick Motorsports driver is always a factor at Charlotte, where he's been to Victory Lane four times in points races and done so with two different teams. Expect Kahne and his No. 5 Chevy to be strong on Sunday night, one of the driver's best chances all season to get a win and lock up a spot in the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup.
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3. Joey Logano
Joey Logano has never won at Charlotte and hasn't been to Victory Lane at all in Sprint Cup competition since his thrilling triumph in February's season-opening Daytona 500. No driver has shown more consistent speed on the intermediate tracks over the past two years than Logano, however, and Sunday night has real potential to be the Team Penske driver's big breakthrough at the 1.5-mile suburban Charlotte track.
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2. Jimmie Johnson
Widely revered for their mastery of Charlotte Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 team were uncharacteristically off in last Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race where the six-time champion came home 15th out of 20 cars. Johnson -- who has a series-high three wins in 2015 -- has been on a roll as of late, however, and prior to the All-Star Race had finished no worse than third in five consecutive starts. If he's not a serious contender for the win on Sunday night, everyone will be surprised.
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1. Kevin Harvick
A winner of the Coca-Cola 600 in two of the past four years, and a winner of last October's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kevin Harvick has undoubtedly found the magic touch at a track where he struggled for many years. On top of being the points leader and easily the top performer of the 2015 season, Harvick came on strong late in Saturday's Sprint All-Star Race to finish second behind race winner Denny Hamlin. All of those factors taken together make the driver nicknamed 'The Closer' the prohibitive favorite to emerge victorious in Sunday night's marathon.