NASCAR Food City 500 Preview and Picks – Busch is the Favorite, But can he bring Home the Bacon?
Kyle Busch is a three-time winner of the Food City 500– at Bristol Motor Speedway and he’s the most recent winner on the NASCAR Monster Energy circuit, having ended up in the winner’s circle just last weekend. With that said, the big question for auto racing bettors across the globe is whether or not Busch can bring home the bacon at this year’s Food City 500. The 2018 Food City 500 goes down live from Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee on Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 PM ET at, let’s get started with a review of what’s taken place so far this season. So it’s time for some expert auto racing odds analysis and predictions.
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What: Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
When: Sunday, April 15, 2018, at 2:00 PM ET
Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee, United States
TV: Fox Sports 1
Online: Fox Sports Go
Radio: Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM channel 90
Corporate sponsor: Food City
First race: 1961
Distance: 266.5 miles (428.9 km)
Laps: 500 (Stage 1: 125, Stage 2: 125, Stage 3: 250)
Austin Dillon won the highly coveted Daytona 500 on Feb. 18 before veteran, Kevin Harvick won three straight races by taking the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, the Pennzoil 400 and TicketGuardian 500 in each of the following three weeks to become just the 29th driver in modern history to pull off three consecutive victories.
Martin Truex Jr. won the Auto Club 400 after that and then Clint Bowyer came up huge at the STP 500 to record his first win since 2012. Last weekend, Kyle Busch got in the winner’s circle for the first time this year by winning the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Now, let’s look ahead to this weekend’s big race at Bristol.
Bristol Motor Speedway is 266.5 miles and features four short straightaways in what is always a tightly-packed race. The first race at Bristol took place way back in 1961 and the race went by several names prior to that. Last year’s race was won by future Hall of Fame driver Jimmie Johnson after being moved to Monday because of rain. Former NASCAR star Carl Edwards won in 2016 and 2014 and Matt Kenseth won in 2015.
Kyle Busch, not only got first win of the season last week at Texas Motor Speedway, but he also leads the NASCAR standings with 316 points with Joey Logano a distant second with 278 points. Ryan Blaney is third with 265 points. Kevin Harvick, who leads all drivers with three victories as previously mentioned, is only fourth in points because he was penalized 20 points at Vegas and lost some playoff points. Martin Truex Jr., the 2017 NASCAR champion rounds out the top five with 250 points.
Clint Bowyer, who won at Martinsville two weeks ago, is sixth with 249 points. Brad Keselowski (237 points), Kurt Busch (224 points), Denny Hamlin (222 points), and Kyle Larson (202 points) round out the top 10. Austin Dillon, the only other driver with a win this year (Daytona 500) is 13th in points.
Odds to Win 2018 Food City 500
Kyle Busch 7-2
Kevin Harvick 9-2
Martin Truex Jr. 6-1
Kyle Larson 7-1
Erik Jones 12-1
Denny Hamlin 12-1
Joey Logano 12-1
Brad Keselowski 12-1
Chase Elliott 12-1
Jimmie Johnson 15-1
Ryan Blaney 18-1
Kurt Busch 20-1
Clint Bowyer 20-1
Busch is the favorite for a reason, people! he’s got three career Food City 500 wins (2007, 2009, 2011) and has also won the summer night race at Bristol on three occasions, making him a six-time winner on this track. Busch however, has also finished just 38th and 35th at Bristol in the spring race the last two years.
Harvick has three wins to lead all NASCAR drivers this year, but he’s also never won at Bristol in his career.
Martin Truex Jr.
Truex Jr. destroys his opponents on 1.5-mile tracks but isn’t nearly as good on half-mile tracks and hasn’t had a top-five finish at Bristol since 2012.
Larson led the most laps at Bristol a year ago and finished ninth in the summer. However, three of his four victories in 2017 came on two-mile tracks and his only win in 2016 did as well.
Hamlin does well in restrictor plate races and on short tracks but doesn’t have a win at Bristol since 2012.
Logano was fifth last year in this race and had consecutive wins in the summer night race in 2014 and 2015. Logano is also a two-time winner on the small track at Richmond, meaning he does well on these types of tracks.
Keselowski won this race in 2012 and brought home the bacon in the summer race at Bristol once while finishing second on another occasion.
My Pick: I’m going to keep it simple with my pick for the 2018 Food City 500 and go with Kyle Busch first, Joey Logano second and Kevin Harvick for third place. Busch has been outstanding this season and has momentum after winning last weekend while Logano does very well on short tracks. In the case of Kevin Harvick, I’m simply thinking that 2018 is his year!
Top Three: Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick
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