Best Bets for Bristol


The NASCAR Cup Series travel to Bristol Motor Speedway and the good news is that the dirt has been removed. The drivers will once again be body-slamming each other around this high-banked short track… Hey, rubbing is racing, right? I know some people liked to see the Cup Series on dirt, and I do not mind it as well. Just do not do it at Bristol. The Food City 500 is back and hopefully we will be able to cash some tickets for this race.



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




The Best Bets have not cashed since Daniel Suarez won at 30-1 odds. A $10 bet paid $300, so we still made a few bucks. I do not like losing, so I am changing up the format for the Best Bets article until we start cashing some tickets.

It has not been tough to figure out that Kyle Larson was going to win at Las Vegas after he dominated practice. It also was not tough to predict that Christopher Bell would win the race at Phoenix after he was at the top of nearly every speed chart in practice. I am going to be posting two betting articles. I will post the drivers with good value early in the week and then I will post another article after practice with the drivers who clearly have the best cars and are the best bets to win the race. We may not win a lot with the drivers we wager on after practice, but it is better than losing every week.



CHRIS BUESCHER (11-1): Buescher is one of the drivers I was looking at to bet before the odds came out. Buescher led 169 laps and won the race at Bristol in the Gen-7 car in 2022. He came back to the track last year and finished fourth. Buecher has the best average finishing position, the second-most average laps led and the second-best driver rating at Bristol in the Gen-7 car. The stats suggest Buescher should have the second-lowest odds on the board. I will bet him at 11-1 odds.

TY GIBBS (13-1): Gibbs is going to win a race this year. I think it could happen Sunday at Bristol. Gibbs sure looked good at Bristol last year. He started eighth, led 102 laps and finished fifth. Gibbs said after the race last week that he is just starting to feel comfortable racing in the Cup Series. His odds will not stay at 13-1 if he posts some of the fastest laps in practice and qualifies on the front row, like he did last week. I will get my bets in early this week with Gibbs.

CHASE ELLIOTT (20-1): I am not overly excited about betting Elliott to win, but you do not need to wager a lot to win at lot at 20-1 odds. Elliott is worth a $10 bet this week to return $200. He won at Bristol in 2020. I know that was in the previous generation of car, but he also finished second at Bristol in 2022 in the Gen-7 car. Elliott is getting closer to getting his confidence back and returning to his old form. I want to bet him to win before his odds drop.


* I will add a few more bets after qualifying this weekend.


Good luck Sunday!

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