Best Bets for Bristol


The NASCAR Cup Series will travel back to Bristol this week for the Night Race. This is one of my favorite races of the year. My second-favorite race used to be the spring race at Bristol but NASCAR decided to ruin the track and put dirt on it. I am so glad they are back on the concrete this week. This is going to be a wild and crazy race with a good chance for a non-playoff driver in Victory Lane again. The Bass Pro Shop NRA Night Race can be seen Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on USA Network.



* The odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook. The odds could change between the time of this article and the time you place your bet.

** The first number is the amount of money based on the second number (the amount of the wager). So if you bet $1 on Denny Hamlin, you will win $6.


Here are my best bets for the race at Bristol

KYLE LARSON (7.5-1): Larson won this race last year. Could he do it again Saturday night? “Yung Money” has not been as good this year as he was in 2021, but it is not a good idea to bet against Larson at Bristol. He has a history of dominating the races at this track and it would surprise no one if he did it again this week. I will take the 7.5-1 odds Saturday night.

KYLE BUSCH (8-1): I was surprised to see Busch was not the favorite to win at Bristol. I know he has not won many race over the last two seasons, but his last win was this year at Bristol (on dirt). I also think the announcement of his new team will relieve some of the pressure from Busch and allowed him to focus more on racing. 8-1 odds for a driver who has dominated the Cup Series for 15 years at Bristol sounds pretty good to me.

KEVIN HARVICK (9-1): What happens when you put Harvick in a “must win situation?” He usually wins the race. He nearly needed to win a race to make the playoffs this year and he not only won one race, he won back-to-back races. He has also done it many times in the playoffs. Harvick is last in the Playoff Standings and he needs to win Saturday night in order to advance to the Round of 12. I will bet that he can get the job done.

TYLER REDDICK (12-1): I planned on betting Chase Elliott this week because he has been the best driver on the short tracks but I was hoping to get better odds with the No. 9 car. Instead, I will pivot to Reddick. His stats at Bristol are nothing to brag about, but Reddick is having a career seasons. He had success in the Xfinity Series in Thunder Valley and it would not surprise me if Reddick road the high-line to Victory Lane Saturday night.


LONG SHOT SPECIAL ERIK JONES (50-1): Jones has a few tracks were he is really good at. I bet him at 60-1 odds at Darlington and he went to Victory Lane. I will bet him as my long-shot this week too. Jones finished 8th, 3rd, 11th and 5th in his last four races at Bristol. The Gen-7 car leveled the playing field, so Jones should be able to race for the win Saturday night. He is a good bet at 50-1 odds.


Good luck this week!


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