NASCAR at Bristol: Odds, prediction, sleepers, drivers to watch for Food City 500
NASCAR is taking a little break from the intermediate tracks over the next few weeks, and this weekend's event heads to the half-mile venue at Bristol Motor Speedway.
While the racing will be changing up a bit at the moment, the storylines stay virtually the same: Kyle Busch has had one of the best cars every week, Kevin Harvick is still looking for his first win and Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin will be lurking for their third victories.
The past is the past, though, and Busch has all of the history at Bristol Motor Speedway, with seven career wins at the track with 10 top 5s and 15 top 10s to his name there, as well. He won last year's race in the spring and will be looking for his third win, however it should also be noted he has wrecked in three of his last eight races in Bristol, so there is some risk here.
Keselowski and Hamlin don't quite have the same track record as Busch at the track, but Harvick has been the best in terms of consistency in recent memory. He has two wins there and has not finished outside the top 10 in his last seven races.
History says he should factor into the win, but he simply hasn't quite had the car yet to win this year and that cannot be overlooked. So until Harvick proves he can get a win it's really hard to predict him making it to victory lane.
We're going with Busch again because he loves Bristol, has the best car and has factored into the final laps in every race he has been in this season from the Cup Series on down to the Trucks.
The Food City 500 can be seen Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on FS1.
What are the betting odds for the Food City 500?
|Kyle Busch 5/2|
|Kyle Larson 7/2|
|Brad Keselowski 8/1|
|Joey Logano 8/1|
|Kevin Harvick 12/1|
|Ryan Blaney 12/1|
|Denny Hamlin 14/1|
|Erik Jones 14/1|
|Kurt Busch 14/1|
|Martin Truex Jr. 14/1|
|Clint Bowyer 14/1|
|Chase Elliott 14/1|
|Aric Almirola 20/1|
|Jimmie Johnson 25/1|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 25/|
|Alex Bowman 60/1|
|Daniel Suarez 60/1|
|Austin Dillon 80/1|
|Ryan Newman 100/1|
|Paul Menard 100/1|
|William Byron 100/1|
|Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. 200/1|
|Matt DiBenedetto 200/1|
|Chris Buescher 300/1|
|Daniel Hemric 300/1|
|Ryan Preece 500/1|
|Ty Dillon 1000/1|
|Michael McDowell 1000/1|
|David Ragan 5000/1|
|Field (all others) 1000/1|
Which NASCAR drivers should you watch at the Food City 500?
Kurt Busch isn't far behind his brother in wins at Bristol Motor Speedway with six victories to his name at the track. He also has three top-5 finishes in his last six races there and is the defending champion from last year's fall race. He also has five top-10 finishes in NASCAR this season, so he is performing well enough to finish in the top 10 in every event he's in.
Jimmie Johnson has quietly put together a very good season with three top 10s this year. He is coming off of his best finish of the year last week with a fifth place at Texas Motor Speedway and has been consistently very good in recent years at Bristol with seven top-10 finishes in his last nine races.
Clint Bowyer is coming off of his best finish of the year, as well, at Texas (second place) and likes Bristol as well with five top-10 finishes in his last seven races at the track. Now, if he can just figure out qualifying he'll be in good shape this weekend.
One sleeper for the Food City 500
Ryan Newman has been right on the cusp of high finishes all season long with four placings inside the top 14 but none in the top 10. Bristol could be the track where he gets that high finish as he has five top 10s in his last eight there and top 14s in seven of eight.