Race: Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500|Laps: 500
Date: May 31st @ 3:30pm EST
Venue: Bristol Motor Speedway
2019 Winner: Kyle Busch (2:56:38)
Bristol Motor Speedway constructed in 1960, the Last Great Colosseum has its roots in authentic racing. This all concrete surfaced oval track features turns at 26-30 degrees with straightaways at 6-10 degrees. It’s short at just over half a mile (0.533) and be prepared for some bumping to occur here. This makes it both amazing to watch and tough to predict as many racers get knocked out mid-race. The sound that emits from this course is amazing.
Kyle Busch (third selection this year) — Ignoring back to back wins at Bristol, one might be concerned that he finished 29th last week at Charlotte. The two times before that where he finished outside the top 20, he rebounded with a top 15 finish the next week.
Chase Elliott (second selection this year) — After his win last week, he continued his dominant streak (now five top 10 wins in five of the last six weeks). He has finished in the top 10 more often than not at Bristol. In a nutshell I am going to go with him until he starts faltering.
High Risk/High Reward
Alex Bowman (third selection this year) — He led for about 50 laps in Charlotte before meeting a wall and ultimately falling to 31st. He finished 8th and 5th here in 2018. He finished outside the top 15 last year but I think his car is among the top 5 on circuit right now.
Tyler Reddick (first selection this year) — The rookie is finding his grove. He now has top 15 wins in four consecutive races and thus far this year he has only finished outside the top 20 twice.
The Dark Horse
Clint Bowyer (second selection this year) — Clint has finished in the top 10 consistently here over the last four years. Since 2016, he has never finished worse than 9th. He started off in a fantastic fashion this season with three top 15 finishes in the first four races. Since then he has not had a top 15 finish but given his strong track record here, I think he bounces back.
Fun Fact: In these shot turn around of back to back races at Charlotte, the following racers finished in the top 10 in both races: Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Brad Keslowski, Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch
Favorite: Avg Finish 11th (28th Percent)
High Risk/High Reward: Avg Finish 19th (48th Percent)
Dark Horse: Avg Finish 17th (44th Percent)