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Food City Dirt Race betting preview: Briscoe, Reddick trending up

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee on Sunday for the Food City Dirt Race, marking the first time in more than 50 years the premier series has implemented a dirt course.

Let’s dig into the odds, driver to beat, and where others are trending.

Driver Odds
Kyle Larson +150
Christopher Bell +400
Austin Dillon +800
Chase Briscoe +800
Chase Elliott +1000
Stewart Friesen +1000
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +1200
Kyle Busch +1400
Ryan Blaney +1500
Bubba Wallace +1800
Tyler Reddick +1800
Alex Bowman +2000
Denny Hamlin +2000
Field – All Drivers Not Listed +2000
Martin Truex Jr. +2000
Mike Marlar +2000
Joey Logano +2500
Kevin Harvick +2500
Kurt Busch +2800
Brad Keselowski +3000
Shane Golobic +3000
Erik Jones +3500
Matt DiBenedetto +3500
Ty Dillon +4000
William Byron +4000
Cole Custer +4500
Ryan Newman +4500
Aric Almirola +5000
Ross Chastain +5000
Chris Buescher +6000

Favorite

Larson (+150) has one win during the current circuit, but he’ll pile ’em up sooner than later. “Yung Money” is the Cup Series leader in laps led (379) and trails only Denny Hamlin and Kyle Harvick in average finish (9.0). Larson’s never won at Bristol Motor Speedway, but he does have four top-six finishes in his last six tries and has led 200 laps or more in a pair of them.

Trending up

Briscoe (+800) slips into the top tier here, primarily due to his success at Bristol in the Xfinity Series. The 26-year-old has three straight top-two finishes, including taking the checkered flag back in September.

Reddick (+1800) has also fared well on this track in the Xfinity Series, winning at Bristol back in his most-recent race in Aug. 2019 and placing top 10 in four straight.

Trending down

Stenhouse Jr. (+1200) doesn’t offer much value at the current market price. The No. 47 car is without a top-10 bid so far across six races and has led one more lap than you and I have. Stenhouse has struggled at Bristol, placing 33rd or worse in four consecutive.

Almirola (+5000) also is without a top-10 finish through six tries, and don’t count on Bristol being the turning point: The 37-year-old’s placed 29th or worse in four of his last five on the course and has crept into the top five in only two of his 23 career races there.

(Odds source: theScore Bet)

Alex Kolodziej is a betting writer for theScore. He can quote every line from “Rounders” and appreciates franchises that regularly wear alternate jerseys. Find him on Twitter @AJKolodziej.