Fantasy Picks: Who to pick and Who not to pick for the Bristol Motor Speedway 2015 Food City 500

The eighth race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season also happens to be the second short track race of the season as the 55th annual Food City 500 will take the green flag Sunday at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

The fan favorite race track nestled in the Bristol, Tennessee hills has produced some of the best racing the sport of NASCAR has had to offer over the years, and with each season it seams the highlight-reel grows a little larger after we visit the 0.533-mile concrete oval.

Who To Pick 

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – In four career starts at Bristol, the Roush-Fenway Racing driver has one top-five and two top-ten finishes to go along with four top-twenty finishes. Surprisingly, Stenhouse is tied with Greg Biffle and Brian Vickers for the best finishing average at the short-track over the last four Cup races.

This is looking like a weekend to take Stenhouse because this has become one of his best race tracks in the Sprint Cup Series

Greg Biffle – It must be a Roush-Fenway Racing thing when it comes to Bristol lately as Biffle has also finished in the top-twenty in the last four Bristol races, and in two of those races he chalked up top-ten finishes.

Biffle has an overall finishing average of eleventh at Bristol as in twenty-four starts the Ford driver has six top-fives, thirteen top-tens and twenty-one top-twenty finishes at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Kyle Larson – You need a wheel man when it comes to Bristol, and here’s one who has a tenth place-finish and a twelve place-finish in his first two career Bristol Sprint Cup Series races, not to mention, he has two second-place finishes at the Bristol Motor Speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

Paul Menard – Menard has just one top-five and six top-tens in eighteen Bristol starts, but half of those top-ten finishes have come in the last four Bristol races.

The Richard Childress Racing driver has only one top-ten finish to show for so far this season, but for the most part, he has run in the front-half of the field, and you should expect the same this weekend.

Who Not To Pick 

Jimmie Johnson – Too risky to pick last weekend’s winner this weekend in Tennessee because he has only produced one top-ten finish in the last four Bristol races, and he has finished worse than twentieth in two of the last four Bristol Cup races.

Johnson has only accounted for eight top-fives in twenty-six career Bristol races, which falls short of Jimmie Johnson’s usual standard.

Denny Hamlin – Hamlin’s expertise at the small Martinsville Speedway hasn’t quite come over to the Bristol Motor Speedway yet because in eighteen career races he has just four top-fives and five top-tens to show for. Plus, Hamlin has finishes of 40th, 28th and 23rd in three of the last four Bristol races.

Hamlin had a glimmer of hope at Bristol in last year’s running of the Food City 500 as he finished 6th, but this weekend the risk is just greater than the award with Hamlin.

Joey Logano – Logano won this race a year ago, but I don’t know if you want to put all of your chips into the Logano pile this weekend becuase minus that one Bristol victory, he has just three top-ten finishes in twelve Bristol starts.

Kevin Harvick – Harvick has finishes of 11th, 39th, 34th, 14th and 15th in his last five Bristol starts, which doesn’t jump off the page.  And overall, he has only finished inside the top-ten in twelve of his twenty-eight Bristol Sprint Cup Series races.

Take a break from the Harvick bandwagon this weekend in the Food City 500.

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