Bet On NASCAR Online Food City 500: Betting Picks for the Best Drivers to Win

Bet On NASCAR Online Food City 500: Betting Picks for the Best Drivers to Win

Written by on March 15, 2024


Over the past couple of seasons, a trip to Bristol at this stage of the season meant that we were all preparing for the unique spectacle that is a dirt race.

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That has been set aside for now, as the Sunday race will be back on the concrete at Bristol. This is the 5th race in the NASCAR Cup Series season, and we already have a good battle going on at the top of the driver standings. As we have seen in the past, though, things can change quickly, with one driver or another suddenly getting hot after a slow start to the season. The bookies have their opinion on who they believe will win the Food City 500 on Sunday, so let’s take a look at some of the major players and their current NASCAR odds.

NASCAR Race Odds and Favorites to Win Food City 500

  • Kyle Larson +525
  • Christopher Bell +550
  • Denny Hamlin +575
  • Ryan Blaney +1200
  • William Byron +1200
  • Chris Buescher +1300
  • Ty Gibbs +1300

Kyle Larson

The 2021 Cup Series champion is looking to get back to the top of the heap after coming so close last season, when he finished 2nd overall. Larson has had a bit of an up and down start to the new season, finishing in the top 10 just once in the first 4 races. On the bright side of things, that finish was actually a first place run in Las Vegas. All told, he has massed enough points to be sitting in 2nd overall in the driver standings. Given his poor showing in this race last season, Larson is probably happy to be off the dirt and back on concrete, as his last 2 runs on this surface in Bristol saw him land in the top 5. With that in mind, he has to be seen as a threat this weekend.

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Christopher Bell

At the top of this piece, we spoke about the possibility that drivers might get on a roll and start moving up the standings. Given how things have played out through the opening 4 races, Bell might just be that guy. He started the season well enough, finishing in 3rd in the Daytona 500, but that was followed by back-to-back poor showings in the next 2 races. He broke out of that in the biggest way possible by winning last weekend in Phoenix. Can he build on that and make it 2 in a row? In the last 2 races on concrete at Bristol, Bell finished in the top 5, so he is certainly one to watch this weekend.

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Denny Hamlin

Four races into the new season, I think it’s fair to say that we have yet to see the best from Denny Hamlin. Through the first 2 races, Hamlin’s best finish was 19th, and while he did crack the top 10 in Race 3, he took another backward step last weekend in Phoenix, once again landing outside the top 10. This, though, might be the race where he snaps out of this early season funk and gets the job done. While dirt was not necessarily his friend on the Bristol track, concrete seems to be, as he finished first on this track in last season’s playoffs. That alone makes him well worth a look at these odds.

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Ryan Blaney

It is never easy to head into the new season as the defending champion, but Blaney really seems to be handling it well. Things did not get off to the best start, with Blaney landing 30th in the Daytona 500, but he has recovered well from that, landing on the podium in the 3 races that followed. As far as Bristol goes, the track has been a bit of a mixed bag for Blaney over the years, so it’s tough to know what to expect from him this weekend. That said, his current form suggests that he is knocking on the door of his first win of the season, so why not this weekend?

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William Byron

You can’t ask for a better start to the season than what Byron delivered, taking the checkered flag at the Daytona 500. The problem there, though, is that he set the bar high, making it tough for himself to get back to that point. He has not been terrible since that win, but he also only has one other top 10 finish in the last 3 races. Still, all of that is good enough to have him sitting 4th overall in the driver standings. Outside of the dirt races, he has 3 straight top 10 finishes on concrete at Bristol, so he might well be able to get back into the top 10 again this weekend. That’s the way I would go wagering on Byron this Sunday.

William Byron Lines to Win
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Chris Buescher

After 7 straight seasons of failing to really impress, Buescher took a big step forward in 2023, making it to the playoffs and going all the way to the Round of 8. He ended up settling for 7th overall, but it must still have felt like a win after so many years toiling in the middle of the pack. Buescher comes into this race on the heels of his best showing of the season, running 2nd in Phoenix last weekend. While he has not won a ton of races at this level, he did have 3 victories last season, so it is not out of the realm of possibility that he could take the checkered flag this weekend. He did win in Bristol, in 2022, while finishing 4th on the concrete last season. Do we have a live longshot here?

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Ty Gibbs

You have to say that last season, which was the first full year in the Cup Series for Gibbs, was something of a learning experience. Gibbs failed to win a race or make the playoffs, but the reality is that it was probably more about gaining experience at this level than anything else. 4 races into the new year and things already looking better for Gibbs, who has delivered back-to-back top 5 finishes over the last 2 races. This is a driver with momentum on his side, but I would still be nervous about playing him to win, as top 5 or 10 seems more realistic.

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NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 Info

When: Sunday, March 17 at 3:30pm ET
Where: Racing from Bristol Motor Speedway
TV / Streaming: FOX
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM

Top 3 Driver Standings
Pos Driver Points Team
1 Ryan Blaney 110 Ford
2 Kyle Larson 118 Chevrolet
3 Martin Truex Jr. 104 Toyota
Manufacturer Standings
Pos Team Points
1 Chevrolet 151
2 Toyota 141
3 Ford 132
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2023 Food City Dirt Race Odds

NASCAR Cup Series: Food City Dirt Race

We are 7 races into the new Cup Series season and we have yet to see one driver take control of the standings. The wins have been spread out across several different drivers and there really is very little separating the top 8 drivers. In fact, the gap between #1 and #8 right now is just 48 points. Things might get tighter still this weekend, as we have a very different race that not every driver is going to take to. Yes, it’s time for the dirt race at Bristol, which becomes a bit of a crap shoot when trying to pick who will win. This is not a familiar surface for most drivers in the Cup Series, or at least one they haven’t raced on regularly in quite some time. With that in mind, perhaps we can expect a surprise on Sunday. For now, let’s take a look at some of the bookie’s NASCAR betting favorites.


Kyle Larson (+510)

It has been a bit of a disappointing start to the season for Larson, who won the Cup Series Championship in 2021, but he may just have broken out of that early slump with his win last weekend. He did not have a particularly good run on the dirt in his championship winning season, but he had a return to form at Bristol last season, finishing 4th in this corresponding race. Larson has made a habit of stringing together wins, and while it is tough to win back-to-back, he has to be considered a real threat here.


Tyler Reddick (+580)

The nature of this race means that you are going to see drivers listed at odds that are shorter than you might expect. Tyler Reddick certainly fits the bill, thanks in large part to his experience on dirt. He is a driver that seems to thrive on these one-off type races, as his lone win this season came on a road course at the Circuit of the Americas. He has also done well in this particular race, finishing 2nd on the Bristol dirt last year and 7th the year before that. With that information, it’s easy to see why the bookies like him this weekend.


Christopher Bell (+630)

Last season was very much a breakout year for Bell, who made it all the way to the final four before finishing 3rd overall in the Cup Series standings. While he has yet to pick up a win this season, Bell has been close on several occasions, finishing in the top 5 in 4 of 7 races this season. Will this be the weekend when he breaks that goose egg? I certainly think he can be in the mix given that he finished 7th on the Bristol dirt last season. I’d definitely have him in the top 5 on Sunday.


Chase Briscoe (+900)

This is the 3rd full season in the Cup Series for Briscoe, and to this point, he only has 1 win to his name. He has also only landed in the top 10 once in 7 races this season, which makes it a little surprising that the bookies have him in at these odds. You also have to consider that he hasn’t really performed well in 2 races on the Bristol dirt, so I would have a tough time wagering on him this weekend.



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