The NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers are back to work this weekend for the annual summer stop to the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway. Friday night’s Food City 300 (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) has a handful of drivers who could easily win. In fact, this was a very hard list to narrow down to five.
Here are the five favorites.
The list starts here right? He’s won 21 times in his NASCAR career at Bristol including nine of which in the XFINITY Series. Five of those nine wins have come in this August night race including just last year. Joe Gibbs Racing has won three straight overall at Bristol and 12 of the last 16 if you go back to 2010.
In practice on Thursday, he was second and third respectively on the speed charts. He earned the pole for Friday night’s race too.
Busch’s No. 18 Toyota is the overall favorite heading into Friday night’s race.
You have to have him on this list. Bell, has been solid on the season and was third and first respectively in practice on Thursday. With JGR’s stats above, don’t be surprised to see him take his No. 20 Toyota to victory on Friday night. Bell, will start second.
He’s been very good on the season and is coming off of a third place run last weekend in Mid-Ohio. Hemric, has been stout at Bristol before with a fourth and third place finish respectively in two Truck Series starts and a fifth, seventh and third place runs respectively in three XFINITY Series starts. He led 61 laps back in the spring race in his No. 21 Chevrolet and was fifth in both practice sessions on Thursday.
He’s a two-time Bristol XFINITY Series winner as he’s had finishes of 10th, fifth, second, fourth, first, first, ninth and ninth respectively over his last eight Bristol starts in the series. He’s won two of his four starts in the series this season including just two weeks ago in Watkins Glen. He enters with three straight top two finishes in the series this season. Logano, was fourth and ninth respectively in his No. 22 Ford in practice.
He will roll off fourth.
He’s been very good at Bristol lately and has led a ton of laps. In the XFINITY Series, Larson has led 380 laps over his last two starts including 200 in a third place run in this race two years ago and 180 more in a seventh place finish last year. Prior to that, he led 94 more laps in another third place finish. Overall, Larson has six top five finishes eight XFINITY Series tries. On the Cup level, Larson finished runner-up in the spring after leading 200 laps. He led 70 laps in the Cup race last August. In the spring 2017 race, Larson led 202 laps.
He was in the top two in both practice sessions on Thursday.
He will start third on Friday night.
Can he get the win though?