NASCAR Food City 500 Analysis & Odds

NASCAR Food City 500 Analysis & Odds

Written by on May 29, 2020

NASCAR is back in business after an extended layoff due to the coronavirus situation. While it is great to see racing back on TV again, the organization is operating under a very tight schedule as they try to play catchup on the season. The Alsco Uniforms 500, which was supposed to be run in Charlotte on Wednesday night, was postponed by rain and moved to Thursday, which has had a domino effect on the upcoming schedule. The Food City 500 will now be held on Sunday at the Bristol Motor Speedway, with all the action available to watch on FS1. Which driver will come out on top in this one? The bookies seem to have their idea about the potential winner, so let’s take a closer look at a few of the favorites and their NASCAR odds for this upcoming race.

NASCAR Food City 500 

Chase Elliott (+800)

It is always very tough to win back to back races on the NASCAR circuit, but it is not totally impossible. That is what Elliott will be looking to do on Sunday after winning the Alsco Uniforms 500 on Thursday night. That win, his first of the season, moved him up to the #3 spot in the driver standings, leaving him just 41 points back of the top spot, which is currently being held by Kevin Harvick. While Chase Elliott is yet to win at Bristol, he does have a pair of top 5 finishes in his last 3 races there. He is likely to be in the mix again, but I am not so sure that he gets the win.

Kevin Harvick (+750)

The man at the top of the driver standings needs to be considered among the favorites in every single race, which is why we have Kevin Harvick in here. Harvick has landed in the top 5 in 5 different races this season, which includes picking up a single win. He has landed in the top 10 in all 8 races this season, so he is definitely the most consistent driver out there right now. The problem we have here is that Bristol is not a great track for him. He did go on a run where he landed in the top 10 in 6 straight races at Bristol, but he has struggled there in his last 3 outings.

Brad Keselowski (+1200)

Keselowski had his first win of the season at the Coca Cola 600 last weekend, a victory that has him in among the leaders in the driver standings. He has finished in the top 10 in 5 of his 8 races this season, but like Harvick, it has been a little while since he has seen any real success at Bristol Motor Speedway. He had success there early on in his career, winning back to back races in 2011 and 2012. It has been mostly downhill from there, although he did have a 3rd place finish at Bristol last season. I would be looking elsewhere for a winner.

Kyle Busch (+350)

Given his slow start to the season, it would be easy to instantly dis miss Kyle Busch ahead of this race, but that would be a mistake. Busch seem to really enjoy racing at Bristol and has 8 career wins there. That includes 3 wins since 2017, with a 4th place finish also in there for good measure. His stats at this track are ridiculously good, so it might be worth taking a look at what price you can get him at here, as he might just be able to break his goose egg this season.