Bristol week is finally here as Nascar heads to Bristol, Tennessee for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Bristol is one of the best tracks in all of Nascar and one of my favorites. Although it is an exciting race due to how small the track is, only a 1/2 mile and how fast the drivers go, reaching close to 130mph, there is a ton of variance. Bristol has 2 pit roads, one on the front stretch and one on the back and is very common for pit road speeding penalties. On Draftkings this week we have A TON of dominator points to be earned. There will be 375 total dominator points to go around on Sunday, so nailing the dominators will be a huge key to your success. Due to the high variance and multiple dominators, I strongly suggest playing multiple lines to get as much exposure to drivers as possible. Continue to play the normal bankroll you usually play, but enter less Single Entry and more 3-max, 20-max and even the 150-max to have as much upside as possible Sunday Afternoon. Bristol has been a 2-4 dominator race in recent past, so be sure to jump in chat to see who I have as my potential dominators this Sunday.
Kyle Busch ($12,900) Starting 17th: Mr. Rowdy Busch continues to find his way into my articles every week and rightfully so. No driver has dominated so far this year with this new package like Kyle has. With 5 Top 5’s already this year and 2 wins, Kyle heads to a track where he has had a ton of success in the past. A seven time winner here at Bristol, Kyle has won 2 of the last 3 races here and led over 100 laps in 4 of the last 7. The price tag is steep but I think it is well worth it Starting 17th especially. We know how good he is here and he has built in place differential points, if Kyle can find his way to the front of the field, he could very well end up on the winning tournament team on Sunday. GPP & Cash.
Kevin Harvick ($11,600) Starting 13th: Will this finally be the week Harvick finds victory lane in 2019? It just may be. Harvick was extremely fast in final practice, finishing at the top of the charts for 15, 20 and 30 consecutive lap runs. Starting 13th, Harvick offers solid place differential value as well as possible dominator points. In the last 5 races here, Harvick is averaging 35.4 fastest laps and the 2nd most DK points behind a driver we will discuss momentarily. The top tier is loaded with great plays this weekend and I think Harvick may go overlooked. Definitely get exposure on your tournament teams. GPP.
Kyle Larson ($9,500) Starting 16th: Kyle Larson is one of, if not my favorite play of the entire weekend. He has absolutely dominated here in his last 4 races averaging the most fastest laps and the most DK points of any driver in the field. Starting 16th, Larson offers great place differential value as well as potential dominator points. Bristol is a track with multiple grooves, and as discussed in previous articles, no one runs the top line better than Kyle Larson. It will take a good portion of the beginning of this race for that groove to come in, but when it does expect to see Larson make a strong push to the front, if he’s not already there. Larson will be the start of my builds in cash this week. GPP & Cash.
Kurt Busch ($10,700) Starting 27th: Just like his brother, Kurt has had a ton of success here at Bristol Motor Speedway. A six time winner here, Kurt looks to continue his hot start to the 2019 campaign. Qualifying 27th, Kurt offers a massive floor with all the possible place differential points. Only issue I have with Kurt this week is his salary. Draft Kings has finally caught on to how good Kurt has been thus far and finally priced him accordingly. Dont’t get me wrong, Kurt is an excellent play this weekend, especially in cash, but in order to fit in other high priced dominators in with place differential as well, its tough to make Kurt fit. I would definitely have exposure but not as much as passed weeks. GPP & Cash.
Ryan Blaney ($10,300) Starting 3rd: Blaney is one of my favorite dominators this weekend. He has had an extremely fast car finishing 2nd in consecutive 15 and 20 lap runs in final practice. Last year, Blaney led 100 laps in each the Spring and the Fall race and late race issues cost him from finding Victory Lane. A lot of talk around the garage this weekend has been about how fast Blaney has looked all week and expectations are he will continue that trend on Sunday. Starting 3rd, Blaney needs dominator points. I do think he will get them and may very well be my favorite dominator when it is all said and done and my lineup’s are built. The only thing that could potentially hurt Blaney’s upside is Pole Sitter, Chase Elliot. Blaney would’ve won the pole had he not got loose in his qualifying run, placing him 3rd. Although it is almost impossible to predict, I would not be surprised at all if we see something similar to Martinsville where Brad Keselowski dominated a majority of the race, here with Ryan Blaney on Sunday. GPP & Cash.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr ($7,600) Starting 19th: Stenhouse has had a ton of recent success here at Bristol recording 3 top 10 finishes in his last five races here. Starting 19th, Stenhouse offers a lot of place differential value along side his average finish of 12.5 in his last four races here. He runs very well at short tracks especially Dover, which is the track comparison for Bristol due to the high bank and concrete surface. Although Stenhouse is a risky play, due to his aggressive driving and ability to make mistakes but he is well-worth the risk for me this weekend. Sign me up for Stenhouse in tournaments and very well may slide into my cash lineup due to the salary savings and high upside he brings to the race track. GPP & Cash.
Top Value Plays $6500 and lower: Buescher, Chastain, Ty Dillon, Bubba Wallace, Ryan Preece, Hemric, Lajoie.
Victory Lane Prediction: This one was tough this week as I can forsee multiple drivers having a path to Victory Lane but I can only pick one. Kevin Harvick is my prediction to find Victory Lane on Sunday. Very consistent here at Bristol, yet to find victory lane this year and fastest in all consecutive laps run on Saturday in final practice. Sunday April 7th, Kevin Harvick will record his first win of 2019 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Be sure to jump in the chat Sunday morning with Sic and myself as we will continue to break down the slate. I will have my core posted there as well as release more of my top plays who were not mentioned in this article. See you there!
Fanduel: As promised, I will be adding a brief portion for those of you who play Fanduel. Fanduel scoring is alot different than Draft Kings and certain categories are weighted more than others. Finding the winner and as close to the top 5-10 is most important for taking down a GPP over there. Laps led are indeed still important, but domiantor points are not as valuable because Fanduel does not reword drivers for fastest laps. Laps led are weighted less as well so drivers such as Ryan Blaney who is a great play on DK, lacks upside on FD. Below I will list my top FD plays.
Larson, Ky Busch, Harvick, Truex, Ku Busch, Elliot, Blaney, Stenhouse, Suarez, Buescher, Ty Dillon, Preece.NASCAR