2021 Bass Pro Shops Night Race in Bristol
As the NASCAR Cup Series drivers prepare for the final knockout race of the Round of 16, we will prepare our rosters for the daily fantasy. Let’s set your NASCAR DraftKings rosters for Saturday night’s race (September 17th) at Bristol Motor Speedway.
This is the second time Cup has ventured into Thunder Valley this season, but it won’t be on gravel like it did in March. Instead, cars will ride on the 0.533 mile concrete oval with steeply sloping corners. Bristol is very different from Richmond Raceway where the teams raced last week. In fact, it’s quite different from most of the short tracks in the program due to the 24-28 degree incline in the turns. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be watching past short track events from this season (or other courses using the 750 horsepower package). You can always consult them to help you define your list; Don’t forget to also look at the history of each driver in Bristol.
As is often the case on short tracks, you’ll want to choose drivers who can lead laps in Bristol. The race is 500 laps and usually several drivers will occupy the first place on several circuits. Last year Kevin Harvick led 226 laps en route to victory, while Kyle Busch led 159. The only other driver who led more than 23 laps was Brad Keselowski with 82, but he ran into problems and finished 34th.
However, other races like the fall 2019 event have seen multiple riders at the helm for 30 or more circuits, but no one has made it through the century. You may want to prepare for either outcome (two main dominants or multiple round leaders) for your DraftKings contests.
Also, given that there are a lot of laps in this race, it is inevitable that the leader will delay many. Some drivers are able to take positions even during laps and could provide much needed pay relief in your DraftKings entries.
According to sport bets, Kyle Busch is the favorite to win Saturday’s race in Tennessee. His odds are currently listed at +400 while Kyle Larson (+450) and Denny Hamlin (+600) are slightly behind him.
Before I share some of my picks for Bristol, let’s review what happened last week in Richmond.
|$ 10,700.00||Joey logano||43.6|
|$ 10,400.00||Denny hamlin||123.65|
|$ 9,100.00||Kevin harvic||35.25|
|$ 7,200.00||Ross chastain||53.4|
|$ 6,700.00||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||21.25|
|$ 5,500.00||Corey LaJoie||9.45|
Joey Logano, Harvick and Hamlin all had good results but Hamlin had the best score on DraftKings. If Harvick hadn’t struggled so much with his car’s handling, he might have been able to score some fantastic points for the fastest laps. At least Ross Chastain did well again, climbing 10 positions from which he started to finish seventh.
In the $ 1 Double Single Entry Contest, 294.60 DraftKings Points were required to win $ 2. I didn’t take part in the $ 1 Happy Hour tournament this week, but at Quarter Jukebox $ 329.45 won $ 0.64.
When it comes to scoring, DraftKings lowered the points for each fastest lap to 0.45 this season, as well as the points awarded for first place to 45. DraftKings also put more emphasis on the drivers who finish. in the top 10 and top 20. For example, the gap between 10th and 11th place is now two points instead of one: 10th gets 34 points, 11th gets 32, and so on.
You can check out this year’s full NASCAR DraftKings rules below.
Note: The following is an example of a NASCAR DraftKings lineup; you can use the information to create your own.
Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Pick: 2021 Bass Pro Shops Night Race
Kyle Busch ($ 11,500)
Career in Bristol: 31 starts, 8 wins, 14 top 5, 19 top 10
Average final in Bristol: 12.8
Busch is the favorite to win (and the most expensive on DraftKings) for a reason. I mean, for example, he’s won eight times in Bristol, more than any other active driver. In addition, he has six top five in the last seven races, including three wins in fall 2017, spring 2018 and spring 2019. In addition, he has led 100 laps or more in six of the last 11 events (excluding race on land). He was truly remarkable in Bristol.
Last week I wasn’t so sure what the # 18 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing would do given its recent results and performance on shorter tracks. However, he proved that he can always run in front without any practice sessions, as he led 39 laps and almost won. If he hadn’t accelerated in the last round of pit stops, he seemed like the driver to beat towards the end. Still, it showed that he is certainly capable of leading laps and possibly winning the race, which would likely produce a great score on DraftKings.
Kyle Larson ($ 11,300)
Career in Bristol: 12 starts, 0 wins, 2 top 5, 7 top 10
Average final in Bristol: 14.4
Larson wasn’t as strong as the JGR cars last week, but he put in the fastest 33 laps. Part of the reason was that he had to withdraw to the back of the field before the race after failing the pre-race inspection twice. He still finished sixth at Richmond and second at Darlington Raceway the week before. Additionally, on the two concrete race tracks at Dover International Speedway and Nashville Superspeedway, Larson finished second and first respectively. He led 263 laps at Dover and almost as many at Nashville in some truly dominant performances.
No.9 driver Hendrick Motorsports missed last year’s events in Bristol, but in 2019 he led 62 circuits in the fall race. Although Larson has yet to win Bristol’s sword in the Cup, he finished second of two races in 2018, leading 200 laps in the spring event.
Larson is also favorite to win here and should have another fast car again.
Ross Chastain ($ 7,800)
Career in Bristol: 4 starts, 0 wins, 0 top 5, 0 top 10
Average final in Bristol: 30.0
It may seem like he’s getting old from continuing to play Chastain, but it’s hard to avoid him when he continues to perform well. In Richmond, he won a seventh place and scored a fantastic 53.4 points on DraftKings. He’s done well on most of the shorter race tracks this season, winning a second in Nashville and a third in Darlington.
No.42 driver Chip Ganassi Racing did not drive for a well-funded team at Bristol in Cup, but he finished further than his starting point in three events. Last fall, while competing for Kaulig Racing in the Xfinity Series, Chastain led 117 laps before finishing in second place. It’s a little unlikely this week, but he should register yet another top 10 if he can go through overtaken cars.
Chris Buescher ($ 6,700)
Career in Bristol: 11 starts, 0 wins, 1 top 5, 2 top 10
Average final in Bristol: 22.0
Buescher has had varying results at Bristol over the course of his career. In the fall of 2016, he finished fifth for Front Row Motorsports; last year he gained 15 positions to finish in eighth place for Roush Fenway Racing. Between these events, Buescher finished a few times as a teenager – a 19th in 2018 and a 17th a year later. At this low salary, it is sometimes enough to have a few places won on the racetrack.
Unfortunately, he didn’t drive No.17 further from 18th in Richmond last weekend. Buescher was ninth at Darlington and 13th at Martinsville Speedway earlier this season. He will come out of the pits from 25th place, so he has a great opportunity to pick up some places by the end of the race, as long as he doesn’t get in trouble.
Daniel Suarez ($ 6,600)
Career in Bristol: 8 starts, 0 wins, 0 top 5, 2 top 10
Average final in Bristol: 15.3
Suarez had back-to-back teenage results, with a 17th in Richmond and a 13th in Darlington. He was also seventh at Nashville and ninth at Dover, the other two concrete tracks. Suarez should offer good value for your DraftKings rosters due to his low pay.
In Bristol, Suarez has two eighth places, both in 2019 for Stewart-Haas Racing. But he now drives the No.99 Trackhouse Racing Team car with the support of Richard Childress Racing. Since he hasn’t raced in Bristol for the team yet, I’d be looking more at his results this season to help you decide if he should be in your roster. He will start on the 21st Saturday night and should at least finish where he started, hoping to gain some positions.
Ryan Preece ($ 6,000)
Career in Bristol: 4 starts, 0 wins, 0 top 5, 1 top 10
Average final in Bristol: 16.0
Preece, which is in the same lineup as Buescher and Suarez, should also provide fantastic good value for your DraftKings lists. He improved with every race at Bristol (which was not on clay), peaking at ninth place last fall. He also gained 21 positions to finish 12th last spring.
He has struggled in recent weeks since Pocono Raceway, but managed to clinch a fourth place at Daytona International Speedway and a 12th at Darlington. In addition, he finished 18th at Dover earlier this year. Preece starts 27th and if he can hang on and pass the overtaken cars in front of him, he should finish around 22nd or further.
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