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Food City 500 At Bristol Motor Speedway Preview


This weekend, NASCAR’s finest head to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500. This is the 8th race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. In last year’s running, Matt Kenseth outlasted Jimmie Johnson to win in a rain delayed affair.

Bad Luck Matt: Despite being the defending winner of this race, Matt Kenseth’s season hasn’t been up to par in recent weeks. Kenseth was involved in a late race crash last weekend at Texas, and has struggled to keep pace with his blistering teammates for most of the season. A good result at one of his strongest tracks could ignite the spark the others at JGR have been lit with this season.

Busch Wacker: Kyle Busch has won the last four NASCAR national series (Truck, XFINITY, and Cup) races he’s entered, and once again seems unstoppable entering the track he’s best know for winning through out his career. One driver could stop him, and that’s his brother Kurt Busch. Kurt, just like his brother, has amassed 5 wins in his career at Bristol.

Targeting Breakthrough For Larson: Kyle Larson has been so close in the last few years to win a Sprint Cup Race, and Bristol is one of his strongest tracks. This weekend’s Food City 500 could finally be the race Larson has been looking for not only a win, but a Chase For The Cup spot as well.

Dale Jr. Goes Omaha: Dale Earnhardt Jr. enters the Food City 500 with consistency, but no wins so far this year. However, with Guest and fellow Nationwide spokesperson Peyton Manning joining the crew this Sunday for the race, His luck may change. It may not be suggested that one outside man can be the difference, but ambition being around a Super Bowl champion may be just enough to keep the momentum going.

Below is some NASCAR Fantasy advice for the Food City 500 and the drivers to consider and to avoid:

Drivers To Consider: Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch

Drivers To Avoid: David Ragan, Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chris Buescher

Potential Sleepers: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, Brian Vickers


The Food City 500 From Bristol Motor Speedway Starts Sunday at 1:00pm on FOX