Race: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
Track: Bristol Motor Speedway
Track Length: 0.533 miles
Distance: 266.5 miles (500 laps)
Defending Champion: Kyle Busch
Hello NASCAR fans! Fading Austin Dillon proved to be a mistake last week as Dillon ran a great race and had the speed that I didn’t expect or see in practice from him. Kevin Harvick racked up another win for the year and it looks as if he and Kyle Busch have separated themselves from Martin Truex Jr. However the last time I thought that, Truex won two of the next three races (Pocono & Sonoma). History isn’t on Truex’s side to close the gap this week because it’s one of his weaker tracks. But…
ITS BRISTOL BABY!! If there was one race I’d recommend for non racing fans to watch all year, this would be it. Bristol. Saturday night. Under the lights. We’re going to jam 40 cars on a half mile concrete oval and let them race it out for 500 laps. They’ll be plenty of bumping and banging with the hard racing making for an extremely entertaining race in a battle of survival.
Drivers to Watch
Kyle Busch $12,400: Rowdy has been phenomenal at Bristol in his career. He has 7 victories, including the L2 races at Bristol. In the L6 races, Busch has led a total of 721 laps, which is nearly 25% of the total laps ran.
Kyle Larson $11,400: Larson has gotten better at Bristol in the last couple of years and that’s expected for a driver of his caliber. In his L3 races, he has started no lower than 6th and finished no lower than 9th. He also led 200 or more laps in both of the latest spring races and led 70 laps in this race last fall.
Erik Jones $8,300: Conversely to Kyle Larson, Jones has been mediocre in his two spring starts but was excellent here last fall. Jones started on the pole, led 260 laps, and finished runner up to Kyle Busch. He got the monkey off of his back for his 1st win a few weeks ago and he’ll be poised for another strong performance at Bristol.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. $7,800: Stenhouse’s success at Bristol gets overshadowed by his restrictor plate victories. In his 11 career starts, he’s averaging a 10th place finish. In his L4 races, she has 3 T10 finishes, including a runner up in this race two years ago.
Friday is a jam packed day as the Cup cars will be on the car for both practices, followed by qualifying. With the race being Saturday night, I will do my best to get the DFS preview of Made, Fade, & Trade posted Friday night/early Saturday morning so be sure and check it out!
ITS BRISTOL BABY!