NASCAR DFS Picks: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

NASCAR DFS Picks for DraftKings & FanDuel Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

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Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Details:

Track: Bristol Motor Speedway

Type: Short  (0.533 mile)

Time: Saturday, September 18 @ 7:30 pm EST 

We’re racing at Bristol for the second time this season, but unlike the first race here, this one will be on the concrete track as opposed to the dirt race we saw on Easter Sunday. The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race will be 500 laps making this a for sure Dominator race and a race we will want to use at least 2 dominators at a minimum for this race. I’m going to want to start 3 more often than not. It’s not a straight Dom race though as there are some good PD opportunities as well with so many laps and the potential for cars to wreck as well.

Playing this one pretty straight forward. I’m ignoring the dirt race here from earlier this season and I’m going to look a lot at track history. I also will look at Dover and Nashville since they are concrete, and Richmond for track type as my comp tracks.

The Dominators

These are your higher price drivers for NASCAR DFS. Depending on the race, and where they are starting, they are more than likely chalk. 

Big group of drivers here this week, and I’m going to start off with Kyle Larson. Larson loves this track and though he hasn’t ever won here he has a couple of 2nd place finishes and did that in a car that isn’t as good as his current ride is. He finished first at Nashville and 2nd at Dover which are both concrete tracks and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him near the top for much of the race since he led 263 laps at BOTH of those tracks. Larson starts 5th.

Chase Elliott is starting 4th and is in a good position to lead some laps here as well. He’s got 5 top 10 finishes here to his credit. Elliott also raced well at Nashville with a 7th place average position and Dover with a 5th place average position.

Denny Hamlin has raced so well in this package this season that he has led 200 more laps than the next closest driver in this package. He will be starting 2nd and could jump up and lead early laps. He has 6 top 10 finishes here and had a 9th place average at Nashville and a 6th at Dover.

I think Kyle Busch is a good start this week as well. He’s got 3 wins here in the last 10 Bristol races and 6 top 10 finishes overall.  He had an 8th place average in Nashville and he raced well at Richmond as well. Busch starts 9th and could give us some decent PD if he wins as well.

Another driver with potential this weekend is Joey Logano. Logano is starting the race in Bristol from the 3rd spot. He could hit the front early, but I think you’ll see him fade back a little at the start of the race before he makes his move. He has 6 top 10 finishes in his last 10 Bristol races and finished 5th at both Dover and Richmond.

Note: Martin Truex Jr is not a good play here. he’s on the pole, and may lead some laps to start, but he has only finished in the top 10 once in his last 10 Bristol races.

The Contenders

The mid-range drivers for NASCAR DFS. These drivers have top 5 potential and will often see some decent ownership. 

Kurt Busch is intriguing this weekend. He’s starting 15th after a tough Richmond race last week. I don’t think we see him leading laps this week, but could finish top 5. He has 6 top 10 finishes at Bristol in his last 10 and also does have a win here in that timeframe (6 total career wins here). He finished 8th at Nashville and 12th at Dover.

I think Ross Chastain sees a lot of ownership this week as he’s been racing great the last few weeks finishing 7th at Richmond. He has also finished 2nd at Nashville and 15th at Dover. Not a ton of history here, but he’s worth starting. He also has a decent Xfinity history on concrete tracks. He starts 17th.

Christopher Bell looks really good when I include Xfinity numbers. He won 3 concrete races in Xfinity including a race at Bristol. He also finished 9th here last season. Looking at his 3rd place finish at Richmond last week and his Nashville finish of 8th, Bell is a good option for us. He’s going to start 6th, which is high, but playable.

Another good recent Xfinity driver I like is Tyler Reddick. Reddick won a Bristol Xfinity race in 2019 and though he only has 2 races at Bristol in this series, he does have a 4th place win in the playoff race last season. He also finished 8th at Dover this season. He will be starting 13th.

The Pack

Your lower tier priced players on both sites. These guys more than likely won’t win the race. Here we will target drivers who will get us points through Place Differential for NASCAR DFS.

An intriguing pick this week is Daniel Suarez. He finished 7th at Nashville and 9th at Dover which are both great things to hear from a driver who started both of those races from about the same position he’s starting this week – 21st.

Chris Buescher is starting 25th this weekend. He puts us in a decent PD position if he can make his way to the top 20. He finished 8th here in the playoffs last season and had a 12th place average position at Dover and a 10th place average at Nashville before he wrecked.

The Yellow Flags 

These are your deep punts – use with caution! They will help you fit the high-price drivers but may not do much more for NASCAR DFS. Minimize their use in your lineups. Do not use in cash!

Garrett Smithley is my punt for the race. He won’t blow the doors off unless a big wreck happens and he makes it out ok, but he should get decent PD (+7) for his 36th start position.

Good luck and have fun but remember that NASCAR is an extremely volatile sport. Never go a full 100% on any driver when playing NASCAR DFS.


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Jeff Talbot

Jeff Talbot writes articles for both NFL & NASCAR. He is a member of the FSWA and is an avid player of all Daily Fantasy Sports. Find him on DraftKings and FanDuel @boottmills. Find him on Twitter @BoottmillsDFS