Kyle Buschhas five career Cup Series wins at Bristol Motor Speedway, but he hasn't been a fan of the track since it reduced banking in the upper groove of the track in 2012.
Last season after being knocked out of the spring race, Busch said he was "sick and tired of coming here since it sucks to race." Those were strong words from a driver who has ledthe most laps at the track in the Cup Series among active drivers (and the ninth most in Cup history).
Busch and brother Kurt are tied for the most Cup wins at Bristol among active drivers with five, but Kyle has nine fewer starts at the track with 23. The younger Busch brotherhasn't won at the track since March 2011, but his Toyota teammates sure have spent time at the front.
Matt Kenseth has the most top-five finishes (13) and top 10s (20) among active Cup drivers at Bristol, along with four wins. Martin Truex Jr. led thethird-most laps at Bristolwith 316.
Yetnone of the Toyota drivers is as hot as points leader Kyle Larson, who recorded his fifth top-two finish in the last six races at Texas nearly two weeks ago.
Only four other drivers have logged as many top-two finishes as Larson’s five through the first seven races of a season: Kevin Harvick (6 top fives in2015), Dale Earnhardt (5 in1987), Bobby Allison (5 in1972 and'79) andCale Yarborough (5 in1974).
It's no surprise Larson isone of the favorites in Sunday's 500-lap race at The World's Fastest Half-Mile.
What are the Las Vegas odds for the NASCAR race at Bristol?
Here are the race odds according to the Westgate Sportsbook:
Kyle Larson, 6:1
Kyle Busch, 6:1
Brad Keselowski, 6:1
Kevin Harvick, 7:1
Joey Logano, 7:1
Martin Truex Jr., 8:1
Chase Elliott, 8:1
Jimmie Johnson, 10:1
Matt Kenseth, 12:1
Denny Hamlin, 15:1
Dale Earnhardt Jr., 25:1
Clint Bowyer, 25:1
Kurt Busch, 30:1
Jamie McMurray, 30:1
Ryan Blaney, 30:1
Erik Jones, 50:1
Kasey Kahne, 60:1
Ryan Newman, 60:1
Austin Dillon, 80:1
Which drivers are best for fantasy NASCAR in Bristol?
Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth's incredible feats at the track have been well noted, butKevin Harvickleads all active drivers with five runner-up finishes at the half-mile track andJimmie Johnson has 17top-10 finishes.
Bristol, Martinsville and Richmond are the three short tracks in the Cup Series, but Bristol actually may be most comparable to Dover's one-mile circuit with itshigh banking and concrete surface. In the last four races at Dover,Martin Truex Jr. owns the highest driver rating paired with a great6.75 average finish. He's led365 laps in those races and we expect him to lead a few on Sunday in Bristol.
One of the top drivers in Loop Data so far, Brad Keselowski ranks first in driver rating (113.6) and fastest laps run (250). He is third in average running position (7.2) and fourth in laps led (232). At Bristol,Keselowski has two wins and theseventh-best driver rating.
Paul Menard(19 starts)leads the series in starts with the fewest DNFs (0) at Bristol and could provide salary relief, while his teammate Ryan Newman has two top fives and 16 top 10s.
Who are the sleepers to win the NASCAR race at Bristol?
Despite a 12th-place finish, Ryan Blaney dominated atTexas, winning both stages and leading a race-high 148 laps. Blaney has never led a lap on a short track during his Cup Series career, but he did win an Xfinity Series race at Bristol in 2014 to go along with seven top-10 finishes at short tracks in the second-tier series.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.has three top-five finishes in eight career starts at Bristol and it hasbeen his best track.