NASCAR Pick Sheet: Night Race at Bristol

Our favorite drivers, odds and betting picks for the Night Race at Bristol

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NASCAR Pick Sheet: Night Race at Bristol

The Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway is the final race in the Round of 16 and with the first two events won by non-playoff drivers, we have a scenario that has never occurred in the history of the playoffs. That changes the way drivers approach this wild card event. 

Christopher Bell is the only one who knows for certain he will advance to the Round of 12. Kevin Harvick is 35 points below the cutline, and while a near-perfect race and catastrophes for four contenders would elevate him, he is effectively in a must-win situation. 

William Byron and Denny Hamlin are relatively safe and could lock in if they score enough points in the early stages of the race. One might also include Joey Logano in that group with his 40-point advantage, but Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, and Ross Chastain would prefer to not have to worry about the math; they want and need to have a strong run.

Daniel Suarez, Tyler Reddick, Austin Cindric, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, and Chase Briscoe are separated by 15 points. Barring extremely strange circumstances, at least three of the drivers who fail to advance to the next round will come from that group. All 16 playoff contenders want to win, but finding Victory Lane for several of them is paramount.

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