2018 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race NASCAR Betting Predictions.

2018 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race NASCAR Betting Predictions

Written by on August 14, 2018

Kevin Harvick won yet another NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Race this past weekend. Harvick took the checkered flag at Michigan. He’ll be a favorite heading into this Saturday’s 2018 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. The race takes place at Bristol Motor Speedway and should start at 7:30 pm ET. Check out 3 favorites, 3 second choices, and 3 underdog picks for the race. While the NASCAR odds for this race will be out later this week, that won’t preclude us from choosing a driver in each category.

2018 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race NASCAR Betting Predictions

  • When: Saturday, August 18
  • Where: Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee
  • Distance: 500 laps (266.5 mi)
  • Radio: PRN
  • Streaming Option: NBC Sports Live


  • Kevin Harvick
  • Kyle Busch
  • Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr., the reigning NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Champion, finished a distance fourteenth at Michigan this past weekend. Truex Jr. still ranks third in the Monster Energy Cup Standings. He could bounce back at Bristol. It’s hard to see him doing it. Kyle Busch finished third at Michigan. He won the 2017 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. The thing about Kyle is that he often takes a couple of races off and looks for a Top 5 finish before trying for the win. He and his crew are often on point at Bristol. Busch hasn’t won since Pocono. That means a victory is due. NASCAR Betting Pick: Kyle Busch

Smart Choices

  • Denny Hamlin
  • Ryan Blaney
  • Brad Keselowski
Last year, Joe Gibbs Racing drivers finished in 3 of the top 4 spots. Busch won it, Denny Hamlin finished third and Matt Kenseth finished fourth. Hamlin has a real shot of taking the checkered flag on Saturday night. Of the second choices, he’s probably the one with the biggest shot. Brad Keselowski is the pick in this category, though. Keselowski finished an awful twenty-ninth at Bristol in last year’s night race. That could change this Saturday because Keselowski and his team were on fire at Michigan. He started eighteenth and ended up second behind Harvick. NASCAR Betting Pick: Brad Keselowski


  • Joey Logano
  • Erik Jones
  • Kurt Busch
Of the underdogs with a shot, Erik Jones, again, looms large. Jones often provides a decent run. Last week, he started fourth and ended up fourteenth. He finished fifth at Watkins Glen on August 5. He finished fifth at Pocono on August 29. Joey Logano looks like a good underdog for the 2018 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. He’s also a Joe Gibbs racer. If Joe Gibbs domination in this race holds, Jones should be right there with both Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch. Erik finished third in Bristol’s night race last year. At that time, he drove for Furniture Row Racing. That gives Jones a shot at what should be decent odds. NASCAR Betting Pick: Erik Jones

Last 10 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Winners

  • 2017: Kyle Busch
  • 2016: Kevin Harvick
  • 2015: Joey Logano
  • 2014: Joey Logano
  • 2013: Matt Kenseth
  • 2012: Denny Hamlin
  • 2011: Brad Keselowski
  • 2010: Kyle Busch
  • 2009: Kyle Busch
  • 2008: Carl Edwards