2018 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race NASCAR Betting Preview

Posted by Derrick Harper on August 15, 2018 in

Back to Bristol, we go this week. 500 laps of stock car goodness come your way on Saturday as we will get to see the likes of all the premier drivers line up against one another under the lights. For the casual fan or those looking to get into NASCAR Betting action, this race may be a perfect combination.

With a mix of speed, a historic venue, legendary crowds, and a short track for high octane entertainment, it can be an easy watch for those who lack feeling invested from a traditional high-speed race around an oval.

2018 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race NASCAR Betting Preview

Kyle Busch +400

Kyle Busch, it seems, is favored in nearly every race he participates in. His odds are at +400, but I’m not buying him here. He has won at Bristol before and he is a two-time winner of this very race, which typically bodes well for drivers, but he hasn’t won here at Bristol since 2011.

With that being said, Busch has been running in the front of the pack in most of his recent races this year, but I still wouldn’t bet on him finishing as the lead dog in this one. I understand why he is favored, but I just am not sold on 18 this weekend, unlike most.

Kyle Larson +600

Larson took last week’s race in Michigan and seems to be driving hot when it really matters, down the stretch, giving him +600 odds. He seems to struggle through at Bristol. His last attempt, although leading the most laps, grabbed him a seventh-place finish. Before that, in 2015, a sixth-place finish, so far his best finish at this course.

The 42 car favors longer tracks as shown by his track record for second place finishes and two wins at Michigan as well as at a two-mile track in Auto Club Speedway. Try not to put too much recency bias on this one and bet against 42 this weekend.

Matt Kenseth +700

Here’s a guy who needs to be aggressive down the final turn of the season. His odds have him at +700, but here’s what may surprise you when looking at that line. This guy is a four-time champion at Bristol, three of those coming under the lights.

He is also starting to peak, coming in the top five in each of his last five races. He is a racer that shorter tracks favor. He will do well in this race and is not a bad bet to place.

Joey Logano +1350

Logano’s odds are intriguing, to say the least. He stands at +1350, despite bringing in the checkered flag in two-night races of recent memory. He did it once in 2014 and again in 2015. His last win was at Richmond on a small track, similar to the one he will participate in on Saturday. He also finished in the top five at Martinsville, another small track.

Successes on smaller tracks and at night seem like too much to be considered a coincidence here. I like Logano, despite his mediocre season so far.

Best of luck and enjoy all the NASCAR Betting action!