Thursday, August 18, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol



Track Classification: Short Track
Similar Tracks: Dover International Speedway • Phoenix International Raceway 
Martinsville Speedway • Richmond International Raceway
Distance: .533 Miles

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Both with 4 - Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson
All with 3 - Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard and Carl Edwards

By Track
All with 5 - Brian Vickers, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson
All with 4 - Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne

Recent Pole Winners: 
2015 Denny Hamlin
2014 Kevin Harvick

Last Year's Race Winner: Joey Logano

The Likely Suspects: Bristol Saturday night racing is fun to watch, but more than a bit wild for drivers trying to win or even point their way into the Chase. One false move and you could get caught in someone else's bad night. Hold your breath and pick. I will focus on these drivers this weekend: Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick is tie between Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon. My next choices are Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard. I will complete my team with Chase Elliott.

My Final Four: Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Jeff Gordon.

Points to Ponder:
  • Roger Penske leads the series among active car owners with the most wins at Bristol with 12.
  • 89 of the 111 (80.1%) races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • 48 different drivers have poles at Bristol. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five, followed by Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman with three each.
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in runner-up finishes with five, followed by Kyle Busch with three.
  • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in finishing at the front at Bristol. He has 11 top-three finishes, 17 top-five showings and 25 top 10s. Matt Kenseth is the runner-up in both top-five and top-10 finishes with 13 and 20, respectively.
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