Fantasy NASCAR Preview for Bristol

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The NASCAR Cup Series opened the season with back-to-back Superspeedway races, then traveled to Las Vegas for and intermediate track race and now they will have back-to-back short track races. Bristol may be in the same category as Phoenix, but the tracks are completely different. Bristol is a high-banked concrete track (yes, the dirt is gone this year) and it produces some high speeds. The short track aero package that was used in Phoenix is gone and NASCAR will be back to using the traditional aero package in Thunder Valley. This is the first track I saw a Cup Series race at and the reason I got addicted to NASCAR. It should be a great weekend of racing at Bristol Motor Speedway (If Mother Nature cooperates).

 

BRISTOL SCHEDULE

The Truck Series will join the Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway this week. The Xfinity Series will have the week off.

The Cup Series will be back to its traditional practice and qualifying schedule this weekend. The Cup Series will be broken down into two groups. Each group will get 20 minutes to practice and then they will qualify for the race. The Truck Series will practice and qualify Saturday afternoon. Their race is schedule for Saturday night.

Here is the entire schedule for the weekend…

 

RACE RECAP AT BRISTOL

The spring race at Bristol last year was on dirt, so we have to use the data from the Bristol Night Race last September. The race was dominated by Christopher Bell. He won the pole, won both Stages, led 187 laps and finished third. Bell also led 143 laps and finished fourth in the Gen-7 car on the concrete at Bristol in 2022. Ty Gibbs had one of his best races in 2023 at the Bristol Night Race. Gibbs qualified eighth, scored 10 Stage Points and finished fifth. In the end it was the No. 11 car that was able to find Victory Lane. Denny Hamlin started second, led 142 laps and won the race. Joe Gibbs Racing dominated last week at Phoenix and they dominated the last race at Bristol.

The race had three cautions for wrecks and two cautions for rain (I hope that doesn’t happen this year). The average green flag run was 87 laps and it would have been more if Mother Nature did not waive the yellow flag. We can expect some long green-flag runs in the race Sunday.

Passing for the lead has been incredibly difficult in the Gen-7 car at Bristol. There were only 10 lead changes last year and most of the passes happened in the pits. Track position will be very important Sunday at Bristol and so will the No. 1 pit stall.

Stage 1 Results: 1. Bell, 2. LaJoie, 3. Wallace, 4. Byron, 5. Reddick, 6. Chastain, 7. Keselowski, 8. Larson, 9. Truex Jr., 10. Gibbs

Stage 2 Results: 1. Bell, 2. Gibbs, 3. Larson, 4. Hamlin, 5. Hocevar, 6. McDowell, 7. Stenhouse, 8. Byron, 9. Preece, 10. Elliott

Click here for highlights of last year’s race: BRISTOL RACE REWIND

 

FANTASY PREVIEW FOR BRISTOL

The Cup Series will be back to the traditional aero package this week. The short track package that was used at Phoenix is not expected to be used at Bristol or Dover. I still think we learned something from last week’s race. Joe Gibbs Racing had the dominant cars in the Clash at the Coliseum (JGR led 142 of the 158 laps and Denny Hamlin won the race), the dominant cars at Phoenix (Toyota’s led 243 of the 312 laps and Christopher Bell won the race) and they dominated the last year at Bristol (JGR led 437 of the 500 laps and Christopher Bell won the race). I see no reason why the Toyota’s cannot dominate the race Sunday at Bristol.

The Hendrick Motorsports cars and Chris Buescher should be the biggest threat to the Toyota’s this week. Kyle Larson finished second and fifth in his two races in the Gen-7 car at Bristol. William Byron finished third and ninth and Chase Elliott finished second and seventh. Buescher may be the biggest threat though. He finished second last week to the Toyota’s and he won the Bristol Night Race in 2022 in the Gen-7 car. Buescher came back to Thunder Valley and finished fourth last year. These are the drivers you will want to pair with the Joe Gibbs Racing drivers in your Fantasy NASCAR lineups Bristol.

 

FANTASY STATS FOR BRISTOL

There have only been two races at Bristol Motor Speedway using the Gen-7 car. You can look at the stats prior to the 2022, but the Gen-7 car races completely different from the previous car. I will be focusing my picks for Sunday’s race on how the drivers performed on the concrete in 2022 and 2023.

Here are the stats from the two races using the Gen-7 car at Bristol Motor Speedway (sorted by Driver Rating)…

 

 

EARLY WEEK PICKS FOR BRISTOL

ONE & DONE PICK: CHRISTOPHER BELL


DRIVER GROUP GAME PICKS:
CHRISTOPHER BELL, KYLE LARSON, TY GIBBS, CHRIS BUESCHER, BRAD KESELOWSKI, MICHAEL MCDOWELL, RYAN PREECE, NOAH GRAGSON

 

FANTASY LIVE PICKS: CHRISTOPHER BELL, DENNY HAMLIN, TY GIBBS, KYLE LARSON, CHRIS BUESCHER GARAGE: CHASE ELLIOTT

* I will update these picks this weekend.

 

Good luck this weekend!

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