All the preliminary action is done for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway. Now, it’s time to run Sunday’s Food City 500 (2 p.m. ET/FS1/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
With that being said, who do you wager on?
Let me help with that.
Kyle Busch (+250)
It’s a tough number with it being so low, but Busch has won two of the last three races at Bristol. He was fifth on single lap runs in both practice sessions on Saturday. Yes, he starts 17th, but do you think the driver with a top 10 finish in all seven races this season stays there?
Joey Logano (+700)
This may be the best “top” option to bet. He has the fourth best odds but has been stronger than the top three. Logano, qualified his No. 22 Ford in seventh for Sunday’s race. He has six top 10 finishes in his last seven Bristol starts. Also, he was second, fourth and first respectively on single lap runs this weekend and fourth (15 lap average), seventh (20 lap) and third (30 lap) respectively.
Ryan Blaney (+1200)
With Penske and JGR combining to win all seven races this season, you have to have at least two Penske drivers on here. Blaney, has never finished in the top five at Bristol before, hence his number, but did lead over 100 laps in both races last year. He’s had a fast car this weekend. He was fastest in Friday’s practice and quickest in the first two rounds of qualifying later on in the day. He ended up third. On Saturday, he was 10th in both practice sessions but second on both 15 lap and 20 lap averages and ninth on the 30 lap.
Kevin Harvick (+1200)
You’re getting him at a very good number. He has a top 10 finish in all but once race in 2019. Harvick, also has seven straight top 10 finishes at Bristol as well. Furthermore, he was ninth and fourth respectively in practice on Saturday on single lap runs and quickest on all the metrics on long run speed in his No. 4 Ford.
Clint Bowyer (+1500)
He’s coming off of a runner-up last weekend in Texas. He was seventh a week prior at Martinsville. Bowyer, also has a fast car this weekend. His No. 14 Ford was 10th, seventh and 13th respectively on single lap runs, had the best 20 and 30 lap averages in the first practice on Saturday and second, fourth and fourth respectively on 15, 20 and 30 lap averages in final practice. Oh year, he has five top 10 finishes in his last seven Bristol starts.
Denny Hamlin (+1500)
He’s only this low because he has three top five finishes at Bristol since 2013. He won his second race of the season last week in Texas and was fifth, second and 14th respectively on single lap runs this weekend. He starts fifth on Sunday in his No. 11 Toyota.
Jimmie Johnson (+1800)
Johnson, has five top 10 finishes in his last seven Bristol starts including a win in this race in 2017. He led 60 laps at Texas last week. He qualified 10th and was sixth and second respectively on single lap runs on Saturday. He also has good long run speed as well.
Erik Jones (+1800)
This may be the top sleeper. Jones, is always good at Bristol in no matter what he’s racing in. He has two top five finishes including a runner-up in four Cup tries. He finished fourth last weekend in Texas. He starts fourth on Sunday. He was third, first and 11th respectively in single lap runs and second on the 10 lap average in the first practice on Saturday morning. In final practice, Jones was eighth (15 lap), fifth (20 lap) and second (30 lap) runs.
Daniel Suarez (+5000)
He enters hot. Suarez, has improved on his finishing position in each of the last three races. So far this weekend, he was ninth, third and ninth respectively in single lap runs.
Matt DiBenedetto (+20000)
Here’s your longshot. DiBenedetto, normally runs well at Bristol. Now, he has a Toyota/JGR alliance. The LFR driver was 14th and sixth respectively on single lap runs in practice on Saturday and fifth (15 lap), sixth (20 lap) and fifth (30 lap) respectively on long run speed.