Food City 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/17/16
Food City 500
Food City 500: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Bristol Motor Speedway)
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After an interesting Duck Commander 500, we head to Bristol this week for the Food City 500. This is a popular track among racers, and six drivers have won this race at least four times. Legend Rusty Wallace leads the way by winning this race six times.
Anyway, remember that we have picked the winner in five of the seven first Nascar races.
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Here are some drivers to include on your card this week.
Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch has won back-to-back races and has now placed in the top-five in 10 of his last 11 races. Busch is simply dominating Sprint Cup right now and has finished no worse than 11th place in 12 of his last 13 races. Also, Busch has won the Food City 500 three times with the most recent being in 2011. At this point you’d be a fool not to have Busch on your card every week. Busch has a great shot to become the fourth driver to win this race exactly four times.
Matt Kenseth - Matt Kenseth hasn’t been great this season, but he is the defending champion at the Food City 500. In fact, Kenseth has finished third or better in three of his last five races in Bristol and has led over 500 laps on this track since joining Joe Gibbs Racing. Sure, Kenseth has just one top-10 finish this season, but there’s doubting his success at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Give the 44-year-old a shot this weekend.
Joey Logano - Joey Logano hasn’t had much success in this particular race, but he is the back-to-back defending champion in the fall race in Bristol. Logano usually does well on this track and does have three top-20 finishes in his last four appearances at the Food City 500. You also can’t deny his current form, as Logano has four top-five finishes already this season, including a third place finish last week in Fort Worth. It wouldn’t be shocking at all if Logano gets his first victory of 2016.
Kyle Larson - If you’re looking for a real dark horse, try your hand with the 23-year-old Kyle Larson. Larson finished seventh in last year’s Food City 500, and he has three top-12 finishes in four appearances at the Bristol Motor Speedway overall. Larson clearly enjoys this track as it's included some of his better performances of his young career. Add in the fact Larson does have a top-14 finish in three of his last four races, and there’s a decent chance we see the California kid pick up his first Sprint Cup victory.
Kasey Kahne - Another long shot this week will be Kasey Kahne. Kahne is coming off his best performance of the season with an eighth spot in the Duck Commander. Kahne also won the Food City 500 back in 2013. In fact, Kahne has finished in the top-10 in four of his last seven appearances at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Kahne has been a middle-of-the-road racer recently, but he’s coming off a strong performance and has a pretty solid track record in Bristol. I’ll take a shot in the dark here.