Detailed driver notes and statistics to help set your fantasy racing lineup for Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Who’s HOT at Bristol
- Kyle Busch is a eight-time winner, including three of the last four, and has combined to lead 800 laps in his last 10 starts.
- Kurt Busch, who scored his sixth win in this event last year, finished second in the spring.
- Kyle Larson, who finished second in this event last year, has posted a 7.6 average finish and has combined to lead 489 laps in the last five races.
- Kevin Harvick has finished in the top 10 in seven of the last eight races, including a win in the 2016 Night Race.
- Joey Logano has finished in the top 10 in eight of the last 10 races, including wins in the Night Race in 2014 and 2015.
Keep an Eye On at Bristol
- Jimmie Johnson, who leads all drivers with a 7.4 average finish in the last 10 Bristol races, has finished in the top 10 in five of the last six races, including a win in the 2017 spring race.
- Denny Hamlin has finished in the top five in the last five races this season. Hamlin, who won the 2012 Night Race, has finished in the top five in five of the six oval races with the 750 horsepower rules package.
- Martin Truex Jr. (5.8), Ryan Blaney (9.2), Brad Keselowski (11.2) and Chase Elliott (12.7) each rank in the top 10 in average finish in the six oval races this season with the 750 horsepower package.
- Clint Bowyer has finished in the top 10 in four of the last five races at Bristol and has an 8.4 average finish in that span.
- Erik Jones, who has two top fives in his two Night Race starts, has finished in the top 10 in six of the last eight races this season.
- Paul Menard’s two top 10s this season have come on short tracks.
- Ryan Newman has finished 12th or better, including three top 10s, in his last four Bristol starts.
- Bristol is Matt DiBenedetto’s best oval track on the schedule based on average finish.
- Daniel Suarez, who is six points behind the cutoff for the playoffs, finished eighth in the spring at Bristol.
Notes: The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race will mark the seventh race of the season on an oval with the 750 horsepower rules package with no aero ducts…Teams will use the same left- and right-side tire combination that was used in April…Kyle Busch, Erik Jones and Joey Logano will compete in Friday night’s Xfinity Series race…Like in recent years, the PJ1 traction compound will once again be applied in the bottom lane in the turns…The pole position has produced the most winners (25) at Bristol with Kyle Busch the last driver to accomplish the feat in the 2018 spring race.
*Best Average Finish at Bristol
|Last # of Races||Driver||Average Finish|
|Two Races||Kurt Busch||1.5|
|Four Races||Kyle Busch||5.8|
|Six Races||Jimmie Johnson||6.8|
|Eight Races||Kevin Harvick||6.4|
|Ten Races||Jimmie Johnson||7.4|
*The best average finish is based off a driver entered in the race who has competed in every race during that time span.
Laps Led Leaders at Bristol
|Last # of Races||Driver||Laps Led|
|Two Races||Ryan Blaney||279|
|Four Races||Ryan Blaney||379|
|Six Races||Kyle Busch||600|
|Eight Races||Kyle Busch||792|
|Ten Races||Kyle Busch*||800|
*Missed the 2015 spring race due to an injury.
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Bristol Loop Data Stat Leaders (Last Five Races)
|Average Running Pos.||Laps in Top 15|
|1. Joey Logano – 6.6||1. Jimmie Johnson – 2,346|
|2. Kyle Larson – 7.9||2. Joey Logano – 2,304|
|3. Jimmie Johnson – 8.4||3. Denny Hamlin – 2,128|
|4. Clint Bowyer – 9.8||4. Kyle Larson – 2,056|
|5. Ryan Blaney – 9.9||5. Clint Bowyer – 2,014|
|Fastest Laps Run||Driver Rating|
|1. Kyle Busch – 254||1. Kyle Larson – 108.9|
|2. Kyle Larson – 248||2. Joey Logano – 108.8|
|3. Kevin Harvick – 194||3. Kyle Busch – 108.3|
|4. Martin Truex Jr. – 153||4. Jimmie Johnson – 102.8|
|5. Joey Logano – 132||5. Kevin Harvick – 97.1|
Top 10 Stage 1 & 2 Points Earned at Bristol
2019 Spring Bristol Stage Finishes
|Stage 1||Stage 2|
|1. Ty Dillon||1. Joey Logano|
|2. Clint Bowyer||2. Ryan Blaney|
|3. Brad Keselowski||3. Ryan Newman|
|4. Joey Logano||4. Brad Keselowski|
|5. Jimmie Johnson||5. Kyle Busch|
|6. Kyle Busch||6. Kurt Busch|
|7. Ryan Blaney||7. Chris Buescher|
|8. Paul Menard||8. Clint Bowyer|
|9. Martin Truex Jr.||9. Austin Dillon|
|10. Chase Elliott||10.Daniel Suarez|
Top Five in Stage Points Earned in 2019 (23 Races)
|Driver||Stage Points||Stage Wins|
|Martin Truex Jr.||170||3|
MRN.com Staff Picks
Jeff Wackerlin: Erik Jones
Pete Pistone: Kyle Busch
Tyler Burnett: Brad Keselowski
Kenneth Lee: Erik Jones
Driver Notes – Ordered by Average Finish (Top 15) in the Last Five Races at Bristol
Joey Logano has finished in the top 10 in eight of the last 10 races at Bristol, including a pair of wins in the August race in 2014 and 2015. Logano, who led 146 laps and finished third in the spring, ranks fifth in average finish (8.3) in the six races with the 750 horsepower package, excluding the road courses.
Jimmie Johnson has finished in the top 10 in eight of the last 10 races at Bristol, including a win in the 2017 spring race. He ranks third in stage points earned in the last five races. Excluding road courses, Johnson has posted a 16.3 average finish in the six races with the 750 horsepower package with his last of two top 10s in those events coming at Bristol in the spring, 10th.
Kyle Larson finished 19th in the spring to snap a streak of four consecutive finishes of ninth or better. Larson has combined to lead a series-high 489 laps in the last five races with the spring race being the first time he did not lead a lap in that span. Excluding the road courses, Larson has posted two top 10s and a 19.3 average finish in the six races with the 750 horsepower package.
Kevin Harvick finished 13th in the spring to snap a streak of seven consecutive top 10s, which included a win in the 2016 night race. Harvick is the latest winner on an oval with the 750 horsepower package with his win at New Hampshire. Excluding the road courses, Harvick has five top 10s and a 6.2 average finish in the six races with the 750 package.
Clint Bowyer has finished eighth or better in four of his five starts at Bristol with Stewart-Haas Racing, including a seventh-place run in the spring. Bowyer’s 20th-place finish at New Hampshire last month was his first outside the top 10 in the last five oval races with the 750 horsepower package.
Denny Hamlin has finished in the top 10 in five of the last eight races at Bristol, including a fifth-place finish in the spring. Excluding the road courses, Hamlin leads all drivers with five top fives in the six races with the 750 horsepower package.
Ryan Newman has the seventh-best average finish (10.2) among drivers that have competed in each of the last five races at Bristol. Newman, who finished ninth in the spring in his first Bristol start with Roush Fenway Racing, has finished in the top 10 in three of the last four oval races with the 750 horsepower rules package.
Kurt Busch scored his sixth win at Bristol in this event last year with Stewart-Haas Racing. He finished second in the spring in his first track start with Chip Ganassi Racing. The finish in April was one of two top 10s in the six oval races this season with the 750 horsepower rules package.
Kyle Busch recorded his eighth win, and third in the last four races, at Bristol, in the spring after leading 71 laps. This season, Busch leads all drivers with a 5.2 average finish in the six oval races with the 750 horsepower rules package.
Alex Bowman has finished in the top 10 in two of his three starts at Bristol with Hendrick Motorsports. His second-place finish at Dover in May is his only top 10 in the six oval races this season with the 750 horsepower rules package.
Chase Elliott has made seven starts at Bristol and leads all drivers with a 12.4 average finish. He won the pole and finished 11th in the spring. This season, Elliott has the 10th-best average finish (12.7) in the six oval races this season with the 750 horsepower package.
Daniel Suarez finished eighth in the spring for his first top 10 in five starts at Bristol. The finish is one of two top 10s this season at oval tracks with the 750 horsepower rules package.
Erik Jones has finished in the top five in the last two Bristol night races. Jones finished sixth and third, respectively, in the last two oval races with the 750 horsepower rules package.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scored his last of six top 10s in 13 Bristol starts in the 2018 spring race, fourth. The .533-mile track is Stenhouse’s second-best track on the circuit based on his 13.0 average finish. His best oval finish this season with the 750 horsepower rules package came at Phoenix in March, 13th.
Paul Menard finished sixth in the spring for his seventh top 10, and first since 2014, in 24 starts at Bristol. This season, Menard is tied with Ryan Newman for the 11th best average finish (13.0) in the six oval races with the 750 horsepower rules package.