Spectator’s Guide to the NASCAR Playoffs in Bristol

Spectator’s Guide to the NASCAR Playoffs in Bristol

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to the “Last Great Coliseum” in Northeast Tennessee to trim the playoff field from 16 to 12 this weekend. Bristol Motor Speedway with its tight quarters and high banks is one of the most unique circuits on the circuit and always produces drama on the track. NASCAR brass know exactly what they’re doing, positioning Bristol as a playoff race.

Christopher Bell enters the weekend atop the playoff scoring column with 2,108 points, followed by William Byron (2,098), Denny Hamlin (2,097) and Joey Logano (2,090). Here’s everything you need to know about the Bass Pro Shops Night Race.

NASCAR Bass Pro Shops Night Race Starting Grid

  1. Aric Almirola (10), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

  2. Chase Briscoe (14), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

  3. Alex Bowman (48), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

  4. Denny Hamlin (11), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

  5. Kyle Larson (5), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

  6. Ryan Blaney (12), Team Penske Ford

  7. Kevin Harvick (4), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

  8. Christopher Bell (20), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

  9. Austin Cindric (2), Team Penske Ford

  10. Brad Keselowski (6), Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing Ford

  11. Cole Custer (41), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

  12. Ross Chastain (1), Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

  13. AJ Allmendinger (16), Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

  14. Bubba Wallace (23), 23XI Racing Toyota

  15. Joey Logano (22), Team Penske Ford

  16. William Byron (24), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

  17. Tyler Reddick (8), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

  18. Michael McDowell (34), Front Row Motorsports Ford

  19. Justin Haley (31), Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

  20. Chris Buescher (17), Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing Ford

  21. Kyle Busch (18), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

  22. Martin Truex Jr. (19), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

  23. Chase Elliott (9), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

  24. Erik Jones (43), Petty GMS Motorsports Chevrolet

  25. Ty Gibbs (45), 23XI Racing Chevrolet

  26. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (47), JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

  27. Harrison Burton (21), Wood Brothers Racing Ford

  28. Austin Dillon (3), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

  29. Daniel Suarez (99), Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

  30. Todd Gilliland (38), Front Row Motorsports Ford

  31. Corey Lajoie (7), Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

  32. Cody Ware (51), Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet

  33. BJ McLeod (78), Live Fast Motorsports Ford

  34. Ty Dillon (42), Petty GMS Motorsports Chevrolet

  35. Landon Cassill (77), Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

  36. JJ Yeley (15), Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet

NASCAR Cup Series weekend schedule and how to watch it

Fans in the United States can watch the game on the USA Network, the USA mobile app or the NBC Sports app (cable or satellite subscription required). Radio coverage is available on Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM.

(All times ET)

Friday, September 16

Qualifiers: 5:20 -6:30 p.m. ET (USA, MRN, SiriusXM)

Saturday, September 17

Bass Pro Shops Night Race: 7:30 – 11 p.m. ET (USA, MRN, SiriusXM)

Top drivers and best bets for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race

According to BetMGM, four playoff drivers – Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch – enter the weekend with the best moneline at +700. Next are fellow playoff contenders Bell and Kevin Harvick (+900 each).

BRISTOL, TN - MAY 31: NASCAR's Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Toyota, drives Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, during the NASCAR Cup Series Food City presents Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway 31, 2020 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch, front, and Denny Hamlin enter NASCAR’s Bass Pro Shops night race at Bristol as the favorites. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Nick Bromberg of Yahoo Sports reports that nearly half the money has been wagered on Busch or Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. (+1600), who narrowly missed out on the playoff chase by a few points. Bromberg suggests that good middle value can be found in Byron, who has the same money as Truex Jr. and suggests staying away from playoff driver Ross Chastain (+1400) as there’s a good chance the payback is coming.

Bass Pro Shops Night Race Weather Forecast

Warm and clean. The moniker ‘Thunder Valley’ is well earned by the track not only because of the roaring action, but also because thunderstorms are common in the area and have wreaked havoc on many weekend races there, but it doesn’t seem to be a cause for concern. time around.

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