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Bass Pro Shops Night Race: NASCAR DFS Picks

Welcome to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race and our first playoff elimination showdown!

As a side note, I’ll be doing a DFS Picks/Race Preview combo meal for the remainder of the NASCAR season, but I am always around for thoughts and discussion on Twitter at @thewonkypenguin. This week will be an abbreviated article in general, as I focused a lot of writing energy on the Fantrax NHL Draft Kit in the past few days.

We’re going night racing tonight so let’s take a look at what’s on the docket.

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Bristol Motor Speedway

Track Type

Short Track


0.53-mile oval

Previous 10 Winners (non-dirt)

  • Kyle Larson
  • Kevin Harvick
  • Brad Keselowski
  • Denny Hamlin
  • Kyle Busch
  • Kurt Busch
  • Kyle Busch
  • Kyle Busch
  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Kevin Harvick

Previous 10 Winners by Model

  • Toyota: 4
  • Ford: 3
  • Chevrolet: 3

Bass Pro Shop Night Race: Preview & Picks

If the first elimination took place this morning without this race, the four drivers who would be eliminated are Kevin Harvick, Chase Briscoe, Austin Dillon, and Kyle Busch. Harvick is in the most trouble, currently sitting 16th after two DNFs in the first two playoff races. In fact, the only driver guaranteed a spot in the second round is Christopher Bell. A lot could change tonight in Bristol.

The driver that I expect will gain the most is Kyle Busch. Over his previous five races in Bristol, he has four Top 5 finishes and 1 win. Harvick is a close second and has a great track rating at 101.6, with one DNF marring his record. Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Ryan Blaney have the next three-highest ratings, and all three of them have plenty to race for, given that they sit in more vulnerable positions than we expected.

Bristol is a tricky track to navigate, and the night element adds a spicy flavor to this all-important race. Race teams will need a strategy and a plan to deal with the difficulties inherent to short tracks. If we’re looking for two of the best today, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin have traditionally been exceptional short-track drivers. However, they enter the Bass Pro Shops Night Race headed in two very different directions.

Here are some values on the board for this evening’s 500 laps following qualifiers Friday afternoon.

Bass Pro Shops Night Race: DFS Values

FanDuel Values

AJ Allmendinger$5,20013
Michael McDowell$6,00018
Brad Keselowski$6,80010
Aric Almirola$6,2001
Joey Logano$8,80015

DraftKings Values

Ty Dillon$5,70034
Kevin Harvick$8,5007
William Byron$8,70016
Kyle Busch$10,50021
Chase Elliott$11,20023

Joey Logano starting in 15th seems like a pretty great value on either site. He has a good rating on short tracks in general, and he has been running strong in the playoffs. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Ty Dillon is cheap and really has nowhere to go but up while starting in the 34th slot.

Chase Elliott starting No. 23 for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race seems like this week’s “slam dunk” option, though he won’t come cheap on either site. And I refuse to believe Kyle Busch is going home tonight on a track he loves.

Essentially, tonight’s the night to stack the playoff drivers as much as you can and fill in as you need to. Here are a couple of lineups I’m entering into GPP contests. Let’s make ourselves some money, shall we? Good luck!

Bass Pro Shops Night Race: DFS Picks

FanDuel Lineup

Chase Elliott$13,00023
Kyle Busch$11,50021
Martin Truex$9,00022
Joey Logano$8,80015
Erik Jones$7,50024

DraftKings Lineup

Chase Elliott$11,20023
William Byron$8,70016
Kevin Harvick$8,5007
Erik Jones$7,90024
Brad Keselowski$6,40010
Ty Dillon$5,70034

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