Oh man, here it comes, Bristol baby! The best possible track we could go to after all the drama and excitement going on in the last two weeks. Guess two drivers who are both really good at Bristol, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch. The saga will continue.

Every race since the restart has been exciting, but the tension between Elliott and Busch has been the best part of it. I have a feeling both these drivers will be driving past each other at multiple points on Sunday, and we may see another round of this rivalry. I think that this will be the week that will decide if this is an ongoing thing.

Once again, no qualifying or even practice so who knows who is actually going to run well. So, any predictions are based on past results.

I’ll give three drivers names, and each will be classified differently. A Favorite, who is a big name driver who is my favorite to win. A Dark Horse, a driver who would be considered an underdog but has just as much chance as anyone to win. Lastly, a Longshot, a driver who nobody would ever guess would even be contending. Guys who are generally running in the twenties each week.

Favorite: Chase Elliott

It was between Busch and Elliott, but Elliott has been the most consistent. As a team total, the 9-car has been better and Busch has been struggling. I still think Kyle will be in contention, probably guaranteed top 10. 

Elliott has looked like the strongest driver out of the gate and I don’t see why that would change at a track he does well at.

Dark Horse: Matt DiBenedetto

There is something special about Matty D. He has one of those personalities you can’t help but root for and a breakout season is on the horizon for him. He has been piloting the Wood Brother machine to an average finish of 13th this season despite only having 2 top 10’s in 8 races.

Bristol is such a great track for him and he now goes there in the best equipment of his career. This is a man who finished 6th here for BK Racing, the biggest joke of a team this generation. Coming off a 2nd place finish last season in his previous trip to Bristol, he has proven he could win here.

Long Shot: Darrell Wallace Jr.

I go back to his rookie season when he took the lead at Bristol all on his own. If his team can give him a car as they gave him on Wednesday I think he could find himself in an admirable position. Again, hard to pick a longshot when there’s no way to see who brought a good car, but I think judging by his car running well last race prior to incident and his abilities on short tracks, he has just as good a shot as any other long shot.

Fantasy:

I break my favorites down into three tiers. Upper-tier drivers worth $12,500-$9,000. Mid-tier worth $8,999-$7,000. Lower-tiers $6,999 and under. All based on DraftKings price ranges.

Upper:

  1. Chase Elliott: $11,300
  2. Kyle Busch: $12,500
  3. Denny Hamlin: $11,600
  4. Clint Bowyer: $9,800
  5. Joey Logano: $10,700

Mid:

  1. Alex Bowman: $8,800
  2. Kurt Busch: $8,300
  3. Matt DiBenedetto: $7,100
  4. Ryan Blaney: $8,600
  5. Matt Kenseth: $8,100

Lower:

  1. Aric Almirola: $6,700
  2. Austin Dillon: $6,300
  3. Ryan Newman: $6,800
  4. Ryan Preece: $6,000
  5. Daniel Suarez: $6,500

Best Line-up:

  1. Chase Elliott: $11,300
  2. Clint Bowyer: $9,800
  3.  Alex Bowman: $8,800
  4. Matt DiBenedetto: $7,100
  5. Aric Almirola: $6,700
  6. Austin Dillon: $6,300

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