Bowyer just seems to be getting better and better in his first season driving the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. He'll start ninth and it's only a matter of time until he wins for the first time since October of 2012 -- when he also won at Charlotte.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie has been fast in his No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota all weekend. He'll start fifth after being second-fastest overall in Saturday morning's first practice and fifth-fastest in Happy Hour.
Kenseth owns two wins, 11 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes in 35 career starts at the 1.5-mile track. He's also due to win and will roll off the starting grid in fourth after a strong qualifying effort.
Fresh off Saturday's XFINITY Series win at CMS, Blaney, like Jones, is seeking his first Cup win. He seems poised to make a strong run at it in the 600, having been second-fastest in Friday's first practice and leading Practice 2 on Saturday. He'll start seventh.
It doesn't matter much where Johnson starts (a surprising 14th) and how fast he was in the final practice (a modest eighth). He's always a contender to win at his home track, where he's gone to Victory Lane eight times in 34 career starts.
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Martin Truex Jr.
It's hard to bet against Truex, who dominated this race a year ago like no race had ever been dominated. En route to his first career 600 victory, he led 392 of 400 laps -- and more miles than any NASCAR driver in history had ever led in a Cup race.