Fantasy Picks: Who to pick and Who not to pick at the Bristol Motor Speedway

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series enters the Volunteer State this weekend as the fourth race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be raced at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee.

The Bristol Motor Speedway is a 0.533-mile concrete oval located in a town with a daily population of 26,675.

Who To Pick 

Brian Vickers – Off of an above-average finish of thirteenth a week ago in Vegas Vickers enters the Bristol race weekend looking for even better results, and the odds are definitely in his favor as the Michael Waltrip Racing driver has three top-fives in his last four Bristol races, and he has finished no worse than eighth over the last four Bristol races.

Kyle Busch – Busch is by far the favorite for this weekend’s race at the Bristol Motor Speedway as he has five wins, eight top-fives, and twelve top-tens in eighteen career races at the Tennessee short track.

Despite finishing outside the top-ten in two of the last four Bristol races you can’t go against picking someone who has an overall finishing average of 9th at the chaotic Bristol Motor Speedway.

Paul Menard – The Las Vegas Motor Speedway shined bright yet again for Paul Menard a week ago, and the Bristol Motor Speedway should do the same this weekend for the Richard Childress Racing driver as he as four top-ten finishes in the last four Bristol races.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. – There’s one excellent reason to pick Jr. this weekend, and that is the fact that how could you pick against somebody that has finished first, second and second in the initial three races of the season. Another good reason to pick Jr. in this weekend’s Food City 500 is the fact he has finished in the top-twenty in twenty-five of his twenty-eight career Cup races at Bristol in which fourteen of those finishes were in the top-ten.

Dale finished in the top-ten in each of last season’s Bristol races.

Kasey Kahne – The Hendrick Motorsports driver has finished outside the top-ten in more than half of his Bristol races, but you shouldn’t have to worry about that this weekend because Kahne finished second in last year’s August Bristol race, and he is the defending winner of this weekend’s Food City 500.

Kahne has a finishing average of twelve over the course of the last four Bristol races.

Who Not To Pick 

Tony Stewart – Been a very grim season thus far for the three-time Sprint Cup Series champion and Bristol won’t cure his blues because Stewart has just six top-five finishes to go along with only eight top-ten finishes in twenty-nine Bristol races. Much of the same as followed Stewart more recently at the 0.533-mile concrete oval has he has failed to finish in the top-ten in his last six Bristol races.

Stewart has finished outside the top-twenty in thirteen of his twenty-nine Bristol Sprint Cup Series races.

Kurt Busch – Kurt has raced at the Bristol Motor Speedway twenty-six times in his Sprint Cup Series career where he has posted five wins, seven top-fives and fourteen top-tens but even with those statistics, he is the wrong Busch brother to pick this weekend because he has just one top-ten finish in his last four Bristol races, and he has failed to finish in the top-twenty in the first three races of this season.

Until Busch shows signs of breaking out of this cold streak he finds himself in to start the 2014 campaign I would continue to wait out on picking him because as of right now it would be throwing away a pick on an exceptional driver.

Carl Edwards – Edwards enters the Bristol weekend with not so desirable finishes in the last four Bristol races as he has finishes of 39th, 18th, 22nd and 39th in that span. Overall, Edwards has just four top-fives and seven top-ten finishes in nineteen Bristol Motor Speedway races.


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