Top Early Prop Bets for the Supermarket Heroes 400 at Bristol Motor Speedway
With NASCAR’s return to the World’s Fastest Half-Mile this weekend with the Food City 500, rebranded as Food City presents the Supermarkets Heroes 500, there’s plenty to look at. Bristol Motor Speedway can be a demanding course with 500 laps in the heat and humidity of the Volunteer State. Normally, the venue holds 162,000 screaming fans but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that won’t be the case here. Instead, it will be empty venues much like we saw at Darlington and Charlotte the last two weeks. With that in mind, it’s time to take a look at where you might have the best shots at making some money if you choose to lay some bets on the race this weekend. Here are some of our top options, with the odds brought to you DraftKings.
Kyle Busch to Win (+350): Busch is the betting favorite here and there’s good rationale for that when you look at the numbers. In 29 career races on the track, he’s recorded eight wins, 12 top-five finishes and 17 top-10 finishes here at Bristol. Throw in that Busch has won back to back Food City 500s along with three of the last five races on the track overall and it’s pretty clear that he has had great success at the track. He’s finished in the top-five in four of the last five races here at Bristol, which comes on the heels of three straight crashes at the track. When you come down to it, he’s a pretty safe option to consider when it comes to taking the checkered flag.
Kurt Busch to Finish in the Top Three (+350): Kyle’s brother, Kurt, comes in at the same odds to finish in the top three here as Kyle has to win the race. Busch has had success here with six victories, 12 top-five finishes and 20 top-ten finishes in his 38 races on the track in his career. He won the Bass Pro Shops 500 in 2018 while recording second and ninth-place finishes in the two races on the track last year. Four of Busch’s last five starts at Bristol have seen him finish in the top 10. Given how well he ran here last year and his previous successes, one has to think he’s a viable contender to be near the front of the pack.
Matt Kenseth to Finish in the Top Three (+700): In Kenseth’s most recent full season back in 2017, he had a pair of solid runs at Bristol Motor Speedway on the books. He finished fourth in both the Bass Pro Shops 500 and the Food City 500 that year, which marked his last two spins around The Fastest Half-Mile. Kenseth has 15 top-five finishes on the track in his 36 races at Bristol, which is something that can’t be overlooked. He had his struggles at both Darlington and Charlotte but that’s to be expected when you’re trying to knock the rust off. After all, he was brought out of retirement last month in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic to replace Kyle Larson, who was fired for using a racial slur during an iRacing event. He could bounce back with a top-five showing here.
Once more props come out, we’ll likely have a follow-up piece giving more information and solid options to lean on when it comes to making wagers. Brad Keselowski will start from the pole position in this race after the random draw from teams ranked 1-12 in the NASCAR Cup standings coming into this race. Aric Almirola will start on the outside of the first row in this race, which starts at 3:30 pm ET Sunday afternoon.