NASCAR Weekly Preview: Food City 500

This weekend we head to Bristol, Tennessee for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The race is Sunday at 2pm EST on FOX. I decided to move the weekly preview article from my fantasy NASCAR package this season. I hope it helps everyone get started on their fantasy NASCAR research.

Track Preview

Bristol Motor Speedway

“The Last Great Colosseum”

- 266 Miles

- 500 Laps

- Surface: Concrete

- Banks:

Turns: 26–30°
Straights: 6–10°

Comparable Short Tracks

Martinsville
Richmond

Comparable Steep Tracks

Darlington
Dover
Homestead-Miami
Las Vegas

Stats from 2005-Present

Top 5 Driver Rating

Matt Kenseth – 100.9
Kyle Busch – 100.5
Kevin Harvick – 95.7
Chase Elliott – 94.9
Kurt Busch – 93.1

Top 5 Average Running Position

Matt Kenseth – 11.401
Kevin Harvick – 12.179
Chase Elliott – 12.854
Kurt Busch – 13.296
Jimmie Johnson – 13.48

Top 5 Average Finish

Chase Elliott – 9.5
Ricky Stenhouse Jr – 10.6
Dale Earnhardt Jr – 11.5
Kyle Busch – 14.3
Matt Kenseth – 14.7

Top 5 Fastest on Restarts

- Average speed of first two laps under green.

Matt Kenseth – 115.879
Kyle Busch – 115.545
David Ragan – 115.534
Chase Elliott – 115.500
Denny Hamlin – 115.490

August 2016 Race Results

Driver Starting Spot Finishing Spot Diff Car
Kevin Harvick 24 1 23 #4
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 25 2 23 #17
Denny Hamlin 2 3 -1 #11
Austin Dillon 13 4 9 #3
Chris Buescher 12 5 7 #34
Carl Edwards 1 6 -5 #19
Jimmie Johnson 16 7 9 #48
Jamie McMurray 28 8 20 #1
A.J. Allmendinger 8 9 -1 #47
Joey Logano 10 10 0 #22
Jeff Gordon 11 11 0 #88
Trevor Bayne 22 12 10 #6
Kasey Kahne 19 13 6 #5
Aric Almirola 17 14 3 #43
Chase Elliott 6 15 -9 #24
Greg Biffle 34 16 18 #16
Matt DiBenedetto 18 17 1 #83
Brian Scott 30 18 12 #44
Michael McDowell 26 19 7 #95
Landon Cassill 32 20 12 #38
David Ragan 37 21 16 #23
Danica Patrick 29 22 7 #10
Martin Truex Jr. 7 23 -16 #78
Kyle Larson 23 24 -1 #42
Casey Mears 21 25 -4 #13
Regan Smith 33 26 7 #7
Reed Sorenson 36 27 9 #55
Ryan Newman 15 28 -13 #31
Jeffrey Earnhardt 38 29 9 #32
Tony Stewart 27 30 -3 #14
Clint Bowyer 31 31 0 #15
Paul Menard 20 32 -12 #27
Brad Keselowski 9 33 -24 #2
Cole Whitt 35 34 1 #98
Ryan Blaney 4 35 -31 #21
Josh Wise 40 36 4 #30
Matt Kenseth 5 37 -32 #20
Kurt Busch 14 38 -24 #41
Kyle Busch 3 39 -36 #18
Justin Allgaier 39 40 -1 #46

Top 5 Lap Leaders

Kyle Busch – 256
Kevin Harvick – 128
Joey Logano – 38
Carl Edwards – 31
Denny Hamlin – 19

Top 5 Positive Place Differential

Kevin Harvick +23
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +23
Jamie McMurray +20
Greg Biffle +18
David Ragan +16

Top 5 Negative Place Differential

Kyle Busch -36
Matt Kenseth -32
Ryan Blaney -31
Brad Keselowski -24
Kurt Busch -24

Top 5 Average Running Position

1 19 Carl Edwards – 5.74
2 4 Kevin Harvick – 5.76
3 11 Denny Hamlin – 7.95
4 24 Chase Elliott – 9.41
5 78 Martin Truex Jr – 9.60

Top 5 Fastest Laps Run

Driver – Percentage – Laps

1 4 Kevin Harvick – 16.3% – 65
2 18 Kyle Busch – 15.3% – 61
3 11 Denny Hamlin – 8.3% – 33
4 42 Kyle Larson – 7.0% – 28
5 78 Martin Truex Jr – 5.0% – 20

Top 5 Quality Passes

1 21 Ryan Blaney – 84
2 5 Kasey Kahne – 76
3 42 Kyle Larson – 74
4 24 Chase Elliott – 70
5 19 Carl Edwards – 69

April 2016 Race Results

Driver Starting Spot Finishing Spot Diff Car
Carl Edwards 1 1 0 #19
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 20 2 18 #88
Kurt Busch 26 3 23 #41
Chase Elliott 19 4 15 #24
Trevor Bayne 10 5 5 #6
Matt DiBenedetto 30 6 24 #83
Kevin Harvick 7 7 0 #4
Clint Bowyer 36 8 28 #15
Ryan Newman 17 9 8 #31
Joey Logano 3 10 -7 #22
Ryan Blaney 18 11 7 #21
Greg Biffle 23 12 11 #16
Jamie McMurray 13 13 0 #1
Martin Truex Jr. 8 14 -6 #78
Paul Menard 14 15 -1 #27
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 32 16 16 #17
Kasey Kahne 11 17 -6 #5
Brad Keselowski 12 18 -6 #2
A.J. Allmendinger 9 19 -10 #47
Denny Hamlin 4 20 -16 #11
Chris Buescher 21 21 0 #34
Landon Cassill 28 22 6 #38
Jimmie Johnson 6 23 -17 #48
Casey Mears 16 24 -8 #13
Ty Dillon 34 25 9 #14
Austin Dillon 15 26 -11 #3
Danica Patrick 33 27 6 #10
Cole Whitt 39 28 11 #98
Michael McDowell 31 29 2 #95
Brian Scott 27 30 -3 #44
Michael Annett 40 31 9 #46
Jeffrey Earnhardt 37 32 5 #32
Josh Wise 35 33 2 #30
Aric Almirola 22 34 -12 #43
Kyle Larson 25 35 -10 #42
Matt Kenseth 2 36 -34 #20
Regan Smith 29 37 -8 #7
Kyle Busch 5 38 -33 #18
David Ragan 24 39 -15 #23
Reed Sorenson 38 40 -2 #55

Top 5 Lap Leaders

Carl Edwards – 276
Matt Kenseth – 142
Kurt Busch – 41
Landon Cassill – 20
Kevin Harvick – 13

Top 5 Positive Place Differential

Clint Bowyer +28
Matt DiBenedetto +24
Kurt Busch +23
Dale Earnhardt Jr. +18
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +16

Top 5 Negative Place Differential

Matt Kenseth -34
Kyle Busch -33
Jimmie Johnson -17
Denny Hamlin -16
David Ragan -15

Top 5 Average Running Position

1 19 Carl Edwards – 1.95
2 4 Kevin Harvick – 3.90
3 41 Kurt Busch – 10.04
4 78 Martin Truex Jr – 10.24
5 5 Kasey Kahne – 10.24

Top 5 Fastest Laps Run

Driver – Percentage – Laps

1 19 Carl Edwards – 23.0% – 85
2 4 Kevin Harvick – 21.4% – 79
3 20 Matt Kenseth – 7.1% – 26
4 48 Jimmie Johnson – 6.2% – 23
5 78 Martin Truex Jr – 6.0% – 22

Top 5 Quality Passes

1 21 Ryan Blaney – 67
2 5 Kasey Kahne – 63
3 22 Joey Logano – 60
4 1 Jamie McMurray – 53
5 31 Ryan Newman – 52

August 2015 Race Results

Driver Starting Spot Finishing Spot Diff Car
Joey Logano 5 1 4 #22
Kevin Harvick 7 2 5 #4
Denny Hamlin 1 3 -2 #11
Jimmie Johnson 10 4 6 #48
Clint Bowyer 9 5 4 #15
Brad Keselowski 6 6 0 #2
Carl Edwards 3 7 -4 #19
Kyle Busch 2 8 -6 #18
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 20 9 11 #88
Ryan Newman 18 10 8 #31
Jamie McMurray 21 11 10 #1
Justin Allgaier 14 12 2 #51
Austin Dillon 16 13 3 #3
Kurt Busch 11 14 -3 #41
Trevor Bayne 22 15 7 #6
Kasey Kahne 19 16 3 #5
Aric Almirola 31 17 14 #43
Sam Hornish Jr. 26 18 8 #9
Tony Stewart 40 19 21 #14
Jeff Gordon 24 20 4 #24
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 8 21 -13 #17
Ryan Blaney 15 22 -7 #21
Casey Mears 28 23 5 #13
Paul Menard 29 24 5 #27
Greg Biffle 17 25 -8 #16
A.J. Allmendinger 25 26 -1 #47
Danica Patrick 32 27 5 #10
Martin Truex Jr. 23 28 -5 #78
Cole Whitt 33 29 4 #35
Brett Moffitt 27 30 -3 #34
Michael McDowell 30 31 -1 #95
Alex Bowman 36 32 4 #7
Matt DiBenedetto 42 33 9 #83
J.J. Yeley 38 34 4 #23
Josh Wise 34 35 -1 #32
David Gilliland 37 36 1 #38
Mike Bliss 43 37 6 #33
Landon Cassill 39 38 1 #40
Timmy Hill 41 39 2 #98
David Ragan 4 40 -36 #55
Kyle Larson 12 41 -29 #42
Matt Kenseth 13 42 -29 #20
Michael Annett 35 43 -8 #46

Top 5 Lap Leaders

Kyle Busch – 192
Joey Logano – 176
Carl Edwards – 74
Denny Hamlin – 54
Brad Keselowski – 4

Top 5 Positive Place Differential

Tony Stewart +21
Aric Almirola +14
Dale Earnhardt Jr. +11
Jamie McMurray +10
Matt DiBenedetto +9

Top 5 Negative Place Differential

David Ragan -36
Kyle Larson -29
Matt Kenseth -29
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -13
Greg Biffle -8
Michael Annett -8

Top 5 Average Running Position

1 22 Joey Logano – 2.48
2 11 Denny Hamlin – 3.74
3 18 Kyle Busch – 4.32
4 15 Clint Bowyer – 6.19
5 19 Carl Edwards – 7.00

Top 5 Fastest Laps Run

Driver – Percentage – Laps

1 18 Kyle Busch – 15.3% – 66
2 22 Joey Logano – 12.8% – 55
3 4 Kevin Harvick – 10.7% – 46
4 11 Denny Hamlin – 10.2% – 44
5 19 Carl Edwards – 7.7% – 33

Top 5 Quality Passes

1 41 Kurt Busch – 62
2 4 Kevin Harvick – 61
3 2 Brad Keselowski – 48
4 1 Jamie McMurray – 48
5 31 Ryan Newman – 47

About the Author

  • Stephen Young (stevietpfl)

  • StevieTPFL has been playing baseball since he was five years old, and if it weren’t for a few rotator cuff injuries, could have played at the highest level. Luckily, rotator cuff injuries don’t impede your Daily Fantasy game, and his baseball knowledge has led to much DFS MLB success. In addition to finishing 3rd at the 2015 FantasyAces Basketball Championship, Stevie has qualified for six live events total. Stevie has stapled himself as a very consistent tournament player, and has had a lot of success with NASCAR, MLB, NFL, and NBA. He was a finalist for the 2015 and 2016 Fantasy Sports Writers Association Racing Writer of the Year award. He is currently the lead NASCAR analyst, and the host of the RotoGrinders Morning Grind podcast.

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