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Food City 500: NASCAR Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/23/17

The NASCAR world takes a week off, but we'll end up going from Texas to Tennessee for the 2017 Food City 500, an event that debuted in 1961 and is just over 266 miles long. Of course, we’ve listed the winner in the last four NASCAR races, so we’re kind of hot right now and in a nice zone. Let’s keep the money train going, shall we?

Here are five drivers to consider throwing on your card once this event rolls around.

(Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.)

Kurt Busch - It wasn’t long ago when Kurt Busch was a lock to win this event, as he has four victories here and finished third in the 2016 Food City 500. Busch has several top-10 finishes and has five career victories overall at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Just based off of his history, you have to consider Busch for your card this week. Also, Busch is coming off a 10th place finish last week, his best performance since finishing seventh back in Atlanta. Just like Jimmie Johnson last week, this is a track that can get Busch back on track and help him in the standings.

Kyle Busch - If we’re going to play Kurt due to his history, we have to play Kyle Busch as well. Busch has won this event three times with the most recent coming in 2011, and he has five career victories at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch didn’t perform well in the two races on this track last year, but his overall history is enough to forget those performances. As for his current form, Busch has two top-three finishes in his last four races and seems due for that real breakthrough performance as he seeks his first victory since the 2016 Brickyard 400. I’m playing both Busch’s this week.

Kyle Larson - After cooling off in the STP 500, Kyle Larson showed the world he’s still the most consistent threat anytime he takes the track. Larson has finished second or better in five of the last six races, proving that he’s the guy to beat nearly every week. It just doesn’t make much sense to not have Larson on your card until he shows signs of being human. As for his history here, Larson has finished 12th or better in three of his six appearances at the Bristol Motor Speedway, and that’s before he became this master racecar driver who finds himself fighting for a victory every week. The value may not be great with oddsmakers catching on, but Larson is too good to pass up regardless.

Brad Keselowski - Brad Keselowski has finished sixth or better in each of his last six races, which of course includes a victory in the STP 500. Keselowski also won this event in 2012 and has two victories at the Bristol Motor Speedway overall. Even better, Keselowski has finished sixth or better in five of his last 11 appearances on this track. In a shorter sample size than other drivers, it’s clear Keselowski enjoys this track. Keselowski has been one of the more consistent drivers this season and should be on your card.

Jimmie Johnson - Jimmie Johnson was the last driver I put on my card last week and it paid off, so might as well do the same thing this week. Johnson won this event back in 2010 and has countless top-10 finishes at the Bristol Motor Speedway overall. But the real reason to play Johnson back-to-back weeks is his history of stringing wins together once he tastes victory lane. Johnson has won at least two NASCAR races in a row 11 times and the wins pile up rather quickly once he gets that first victory under his belt. Don’t be surprised if Johnson double dips this week.

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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