Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 8/19/17
The 2017 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race: Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Bristol Motor Speedway)
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We make our second and final trip to Bristol for the 2017 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, an event that debuted in 1961 and is 266.5 miles long. This event has produced 14 different multiple winners, and Darrell Waltrip leads the way with seven victories. We’re back in the winning column as well, giving out the winning driver the last two weeks, so let’s keep this thing going heading into the playoffs.
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Here are five drivers to consider throwing on this week’s card. (Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.)
Matt Kenseth - Matt Kenseth has top-10 finishes in four of his last five races, but he’s running out of time to get that victory for the first time this season. Good thing for Kenseth is that he’s one of five drivers to win this event at least three times, and he did finish fourth in this years first race in Bristol. Overall, Kenseth has finished in the top-10 in 10 of his last 16 appearances at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Kenseth has a great history on this track and has to feel his chances are good as anyone to win.
Joey Logano - Joey Logano has finished outside of the top-20 in his last three races, but Bristol is the perfect track to get him back in form. Logano has won this particular event twice, and he’s finished in the top-10 in seven of his last eight appearances at the Bristol Motor Speedway. In fact, two of the last three winners at this event have been Logano. Overall, Logano has rarely had a bad showing on this track, so you can expect to get good value for your wager this week.
Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick has quietly been putting together solid performances, finishing ninth or better in five of his last eight races. You can expect another good showing this week in Bristol. Harvick is not only the winner of last years two-day event, but he’s finished third or better in three of his last four tries at the Bristol Motor Speedway. In fact, Harvick has 12 top-five finishes on this track throughout his career. Hard to make a card this week that doesn’t have Harvick on it.
Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch has had a really consistent season overall that includes a victory in Pocono and three straight top-10 finishes. Busch has crashed and burned in each of his last three appearances in Bristol, but he does have five career victories on this track and has finished runner-up three other times. Needless to say, Busch puts together some of his better performances at the Bristol Motor Speedway. There’s a decent chance Busch tastes victory lane for the second time this season.
Chase Elliott - Chase Elliott is another driver looking for his first victory, but he has finished in the top-10 in seven of his last 11 events. Elliott is probably having the best season of anybody who hasn’t won a race yet. As for Bristol, Elliott has finished no worse than 15th in his three career appearances on this track, which includes finishes of fourth and seventh in the first race. Elliott is running out of time, and given his form and consistency in his limited appearances on this track, he’s worth a look this week.