The NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs continues on this weekend with the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol. This is the final race of Round 1, which means the Championship contenders will be cut from 16 to 12 after this race is over. Bristol is a half-mile bull ring race track, and the last time we were here for a points-paying race was in May. In that race, 11 cars didn’t finish due to wrecks, and five of those were current Playoff contenders. What I’m saying here is we will probably not know who is definitely going to advance on Saturday night until the checkered flag, because things can go crazy in a hurry at Bristol.
Brad Keselowski is on the pole this weekend, just like he was here back in May, and you can click here for the full starting lineup for the 2020 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race.
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Final Top 25 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings for the Bristol Night Race
1. Kevin Harvick – Starts 4th – DraftKings Price: $11,600 – FanDuel Price: $13,400 – Slingshot Price: $13,000
Kevin Harvick is a two-time winner at Bristol Motor Speedway, and as long as he has a clean race on Saturday night, I see no reason why he wouldn’t be able to compete for a solid top 5 finish–if not the win. In this year’s All Star Race at Bristol, Harvick came away with a 3rd-place finish behind Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch, and in the regular season race he ended up 11th after finishing 6th and 3rd in the first two Stages. What I really like about the #4 Ford this weekend is how fast Rodney Childers has it lately; over the last six non-Daytona races, Harvick’s average ranking in Green Flag Speed is 1.8 (ridiculous). Over the last ten Bristol races, Harvick has just one finish worse than 13th along with three results inside the top 3. One other thing to note: the last “shorter” banked track we visited was Dover, and Harvick was significantly faster than the entire field in that race. I just got this weird feeling we’re going to see him in victory lane on Saturday night.
2. Chase Elliott – Starts 6th – DraftKings Price: $10,700 – FanDuel Price: $13,000 – Slingshot Price: $12,300
There’s no reason why Chase Elliott shouldn’t be on your list of favorites here at Bristol on Saturday night. Not only has the Hendrick speed returned lately, but Bristol is one of Chase’s best tracks, even though his average finish here doesn’t seem overly impressive (12.7). That’s still the best among active drivers, though. Chase probably should have won here in Thunder Valley earlier in the season, though (remember, him and Hamlin got together late battling for the lead), and the #9 Chevrolet did end up in victory lane in the All Star Race back in July. Additionally, Chase has the best average running position (6.1) over the last four Bristol night races, and ranks 3rd-best in that category over the last eight races overall here.
3. Denny Hamlin – Starts 7th – DraftKings Price: $12,000 – FanDuel Price: $13,600 – Slingshot Price: $12,700
Dennis is locked in to the next round of the Playoffs already but that doesn’t mean that this #11 team is going to take the weekend off. Hamlin will have a car that can compete for the win here on Saturday night, as he’s not only. the defending winner of this night race, but like I just said, he had a chance to win here in the spring as well. In the All Star Race this year, Hamlin came home 5th. In terms of average running position, Hamlin is 3rd-best in that category over the last four Bristol night races (average of 9.4) and he’s posted top 3 finishes in four of the last five August races here. In this year’s regular season race at Bristol, Hamlin had the 2nd-best average running position (5.2) in that race, right behind Elliott’s 4.5 average.