David Ragan – David Ragan has upside at Bristol. He’ll need the help of attrition but frequently that comes into play. Over the last four Bristol races he has an 18.3 average finish and a 23.3 average running position. This spring, he tied his best Bristol result since 2009 and finished 12th. Last August he finished 17th. In the two races prior to that he had results of 21st and 23rd.
Michael McDowell – At Bristol I would view Michael McDowell as a low to mid-twenties driver. This spring he had a short race and finished 38th after being caught up in the first wreck. In the three Bristol races prior to that he had a 21.7 average finish and a 24.3 average running position. Last summer he finished 20th and had a 22nd place average running position. In spring 2017 he finished 26th. In summer 2016 he finished 19th.
Chris Buescher – Bristol is Chris Buescher’s favorite track. His results aren’t that great, but I wouldn’t overlook him. Realistically I would play it safe and view him as a low-twenties driver. At Bristol he sports a 25.5 average finish and in 5 of his 6 races he’s finished 21st or worse. The last three Bristol races have been really rough for him. In April on lap 117 he was collected in a wreck that ended his afternoon and led to his 36th place finish. He never really ran well prior to wrecking and he maybe looked about low-twenties good. Last summer he didn’t have a good race. He finished 27th and had a 25th place average running position. In spring 2017 he started in the rear of the field but had no problems moving up thru the pack. Unfortunately his race wasn’t incident free and he completed 53 laps before being involved in a wreck. From what I seen from him he looked good and I thought he had teens potential. In summer 2016 the attrition rate was sky high and he finished 5th. In the two Bristol races prior to that he had results of 21st and 25th.
Ty Dillon – I don’t really like Ty Dillon too much at Bristol. His average finish is 26th and in 3 of his 4 races he’s finished 25th or worse. This spring he didn’t run well and finished 25 laps down in 28th. If anything I would say attrition helped him. On lap 77 while he was running in 30th he was off pace and went to pit road which dropped him 3 laps down. Last summer he had a tough race and finished 36th after getting into the wall hard on lap 353. It should be noted he was really uncompetitive and wasn’t even mid-twenties good. In spring 2017 he had his best Bristol race and came home with a 15th place finish. Additionally, he earned the 20th best driver rating and had a 21st place average running position. I would say he was aided by the high attrition rate. In spring 2016 he made his Bristol debut in the #14 and came home with a 25th place finish.
Landon Cassill – Bristol hasn’t been a friendly track for Landon Cassill but since the attrition rate can be high he has potential to sneak in a better than the norm result. In 3 of the last 5 races he’s finished in the low-twenties. This spring he had his best result of the year and finished 20th. In the two races prior to that he finished 32nd and 35th. In the two races prior to those poor results he finished 20th and 22nd.
Ross Chastain – On a weekly basis in 2018 Ross Chastain has been a mid to high-twenties driver. On Saturday night I think there’s a good chance that will be the case again. This spring at Bristol when he made his track debut he had a short race. He completed 3 laps and then wrecked which led to his 39th place finish.