The race at Bristol. Remember when that used to ellicit excitement? Now it is another race in the long succession of races each season. The track is getting old and that is sad.

This is always a fun race that is being held at night at a great venue in Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 17, 2019. The event can be seen on NBCSN. This historical NASCAR race has been on the schedule since 1961 under various names. This is the second trip of the season to Bristol. Let’s look at a few drivers we will consider to win the race and then list the odds at the bottom.


Win: Kyle Busch – The most likely to win but no fun to bet at 5-2 odds. So maybe take the racer that has led (second most) this track for the most laps in five years and that is Ryan Blaney.

Another racer that is roaring back and has shown as much consistency of any racer is Chase Elliott and if you like a longer shot with yout bet then look no further that Kurt Busch.

Odds for the 8/17/19

Kyle Busch #18 +275
Joey Logano #22 +750
Kevin Harvick #4 +750
Kyle Larson #42 +850
Martin Truex, Jr. #19 +850
Brad Keselowski #2 +1200
Denny Hamlin #11 +1200
Ryan Blaney #12 +1800
Kurt Busch #1 +2000
Chase Elliott #9 +2200
Clint Bowyer #14 +2200
Erik Jones #20 +2200
Aric Almirola #10 +3300
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. #17 +3300
Alex Bowman #88 +4000
Daniel Suarez #41 +4000
Jimmie Johnson #48 +4000
William Byron #24 +5500
Ryan Newman #6 +10000
Austin Dillon #3 +20000
Chris Buescher #37 +30000
Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 +30000
Matt DiBenedetto #95 +30000
Paul Menard #21 +30000
Daniel Hemric #8 +55000
Ty Dillon #13 +55000
Ryan Preece #47 +100000
David Ragan #38 +200000
Michael McDowell #34 +200000
BJ McLeod #51 +400000
Josh Bilicki #53 +400000
Bayley Currey #52 +400000
Quin Houff #77 +400000
Reed Sorenson #77 +400000
Corey LaJoie #32 +500000
Landon Cassill #00 +500000
Matt Tifft #36 +500000
Ross Chastain #15 +500000


As the season comes to a close in a few months, we continue to check the NASCAR ranking. They change almost weekly as we have the latest for your betting the hot drivers and fading the not-so hot drivers.

Here’s the Power Rankings going into weekend of August 17, 2019

1. Denny Hamlin- Still sitting on top as he never seems to disappoint.

2. Kevin Harvick-  Two out of four  shows he is making a hard charge to the top. Watch out!

3. Martin Truex Jr.- Each week it is the same mantra that he has the best car but that doesn’t always translate into wins.

4. Kyle Larson- He is moving up after six top 10 in last eight races. The Michigan third helped his cause.

5. Kyle Busch- He won a stage at Michigan to improve in the rankings.

6. Chase Elliot-  Finally got back-to-back top 10 finishes since May.

7. Daniel Suarez- He is hanging in for the playoffs by a thread.

8. Erik Jones- He cooled of a it after four races in a row in the top five.

9. Brad Keselowski-  Execution is always an issue with his team.

(tie) 10. Joey Logano- He got hurt by the caution at Michigan.

(tie) 10. Austin Cindric-He has now earned back-to-back wins in last two starts (Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio) and is looking more comfortable each week.

Next in Line:

Ryan Preece

Ryan Newman

Ryan Blaney

Coming Up

Aug. 17 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTV
Sept. 1 Bojangles’ Southern 500 Darlington Raceway 6 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTV
Sept. 8 Big Machine Vodka 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2 p.m., NBC/fuboTV
2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup playoff schedule
Date Race Track Time/TV info
Sept. 15 South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 7 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTV
Sept. 21 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway 7:30 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTV
Sept. 29 Bank of America ROVAL 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Coarse 2:30 p.m., NBC/fuboTV
Oct. 6 Cup Series Race at Dover Dover International Speedway 2:30 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTV
Oct. 13 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2:30 p.m., NBC/fuboTV
Oct. 20 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway 2:30 p.m., NBC/fuboTV
Oct. 27 First Data 500 Martinsville Speedway 3 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTV
Nov. 3 AAA Texas 500 Texas Motor Speedway 3 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTV
Nov. 10 Cup Series Race at ISM ISM Raceway 2:30 p.m., NBC/fuboTV
Nov. 17 Ford EcoBoost 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway 3 p.m., NBC/fuboTV


Erik Jones is a nice underdog pick for the NASCAR Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

Erik Jones is a nice underdog pick for the NASCAR Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race


Some History of this Race: 

Drivers– Seven times Darrell Waltrip has won this race and Cale Yarborough has won five times. Matt Kenseth and Rusty Wallace have been in the winners’ circle three times.

Racing Teams– Junior Johnson and Associates led the pack with nine wins while Rouch Fenway Racing follows with seven wins. Team Penske has won this six times and Gibbs Racing has taken five wins at this event.

Cars– Chevrolet has been a winner 21 times and edges Ford with 19 wins. Toyota is far back at four wins with Pontiac, Buick, and Dodge getting three wins at this event.

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