Drivers’ Matchups Analysis & Winner Picks



The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Food City Dirt Race from Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee will come on Sunday, April 17 and the running of the ninth race on the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule (TV—FOX, RADIO—PRN; 7 pm ET/6pm CT/4 pm PT).

The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Food City Dirt Race will see Joey Logano try to defend his title on the Dirt in a race which may be very unpredictable, dangerous, but fun to watch visually with the surface, the shorter Track and the occasional Love Tap administered.

And we all need a little Love Tap once in a while, right Dale? We miss you, Intimidator.

NASCAR Drivers Matchups Are Better Bets Than Futures?

The Food City Dirt Race is a 250-lap, 125½-mile race on a 0.533-mile oval track and was changed to a Dirt surface with the 2021 running. It was the first time since 2008 the series held a Dirt race in Indianapolis which turned into a complete nightmare for NASCAR.

The race ended up averaging a sleep-worthy 9 laps of Green Flags and was marked by Tire problems in the red Tennessee Clay (dirt) which the drivers of the near 2-ton cars tried not to be spun into the bullring quicksand in an event the sport would rather forget.

At Bristol, they reduced the banking from 28 degrees to 19 degrees and with potentially nasty weather this Sunday—Clouds, a Low of 44° with 5-10 mph ENE Winds and an 80% chance of Rain—this may be fun to watch or boring depending on Mother Nature.

And betting on this particular race from a Futures standpoint is very tough—I went with Christopher Bell and his Toyota Camry and the 8/1 odds—so turning to the Food City Dirt Driver Matchups may be a better route as there are two drivers to choose from, right?


— NASCAR (@NASCAR) April 14, 2022

In the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 from Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia last Sunday, William Byron became the season’s first two-time winner and that’s where it might be a good idea to look at some head-to-heads.

Byron also won the 2022 NASCAR Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia at profitable 14/1 betting odds in the NASCAR Futures book and the Hendrick Motorsports team member has Top 10 finishes this 2022 season.

We saw different Drivers win every week up until that race in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season, starting with Rookie Austin Cindric who made a quick name for himself winning the 2022 Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida at longshot odds of 28/1 odds.

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Every single 2022 NASCAR Cup Series race in the Regular Season and NASCAR Playoffs will be streaming on FOX and the FOX App Available on Here are all of the Drivers Matchups Futures odds for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Food City Dirt Race coming up this weekend on Sunday night, the past 20 winners of the Food City Dirt Race and some micro-analysis from a cat and a handful of picks for your perusal.

2022 NASCAR Series Cup Food City Dirt Race Driver’s Matchups Odds

Kyle Larson -175 Christopher Bell +145
Joey Logano -110 Christopher Bell -120
Joey Logano -145 Martin Truex Jr. +115
Joey Logano -145 Chase Briscoe +115
Joey Logano -125 William Byron -105
Martin Truex Jr -115 Chase Briscoe -115
Martin Truex Jr. Even William Byron -130
Martin Truex Jr -110 Chase Elliott -120
Chase Briscoe +120 Christopher Bell -150
Chase Briscoe Even William Byron -130
Chase Elliott -110 William Byron -120
Chase Elliott -115 Ryan Blaney -115
Chase Elliott -120 Kyle Busch -110
Chase Elliott -115 Tyler Reddick -115
Ryan Blaney -120 Kyle Busch -110
Ryan Blaney -115 Tyler Reddick -115
Ryan Blaney -115 Denny Hamlin -115
Tyler Reddick -120 Kyle Busch -110
Tyler Reddick -115 Denny Hamlin -115
Tyler Reddick -145 Ross Chastain +115
Kyle Busch -110 Denny Hamlin -120
Kyle Busch -145 Ross Chastain +115
Denny Hamlin -150 Ross Chastain +120
Denny Hamlin -120 Alex Bowman -110
Ross Chastain +115 Alex Bowman -145
Ross Chastain -110 Ricky Stenhouse -120
Alex Bowman -135 Ricky Stenhouse +105
Alex Bowman -145 Kevin Harvick +115
Alex Bowman -125 Daniel Suárez -105
Ricky Stenhouse -120 Kevin Harvick -110
Ricky Stenhouse -110 Daniel Suárez -120
Kevin Harvick -105 Daniel Suárez -125
Kevin Harvick -155 Kurt Busch +125
Daniel Suárez -175 Kurt Busch +145
Austin Dillon -125 Kurt Busch -105
Austin Dillon -125 Austin Cindric -105
Austin Dillon -115 Brad Keselowski -115
Kurt Busch -105 Brad Keselowski -125
Austin Cindric -105 Brad Keselowski -125
Austin Cindric -115 Erik Jones -115
Cole Custer +125 Erik Jones -155
Bubba Wallace -140 Erik Jones +110
Cole Custer +110 Chris Buescher -140
Cole Custer +150 Bubba Wallace -180
Chris Buescher +125 Bubba Wallace -155
Justin Haley +110 Aric Almirola -140
Justin Haley -155 Noah Gragson +125
Aric Almirola -180 Noah Gragson +150
Harrison Burton +145 Ty Dillon -175
Todd Gilliland +115 Michael McDowell -145

NASCAR Cup Series Food City Dirt Race Winners 2000-2021

2021—Joey Logano (Ford), Team Penske
2020—Brad Keselowksi (Ford), Team Penske
2019—Kyle Busch (Toyota), Joe Gibbs Racing
2018—Kyle Busch (Toyota), Joe Gibbs Racing
2017—Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet), Hendrick Motorsports
2016—Carl Edwards (Toyota), Joe Gibbs Racing
2015—Matt Kenseth (Toyota), Joe Gibbs Racing
2014—Carl Edwards (Ford), Roush Fenway Racing
2013—Kasey Kahne (Chevrolet), Hendrick Motorsports
2012—Brad Keselowksi (Dodge), Joe Gibbs Racing
2011—Kyle Busch (Toyota), Joe Gibbs Racing
2010—Jeff Burton (Chevrolet), Richard Childress Racing
2009—Kyle Busch (Toyota), Joe Gibbs Racing
2008—Jeff Burton (Chevrolet), Richard Childress Racing
2007—Kyle Busch (Chevrolet), Hendrick Motorsports
2006—Kurt Busch (Dodge) Penske Racing
2005—Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet), Richard Childress Racing
2004—Kurt Busch (Ford) Roush Racing
2003—Kurt Busch (Ford) Roush Racing
2002—Kurt Busch (Ford) Roush Racing
2001—Elliott Sadler (Ford) Wood Brothers Racing
2000—Rusty Wallace (Ford) Penske Racing

We’ll All Be Eating Tennessee Dirt on Easter Sunday Night

Ford has won two straight times in Bristol after Toyota won two straight and Chevrolets have only won one time in the last eight years but this one should be wide open with chaos ruling the night so any past Trends are likely meaningless in this NASCAR betting spot.

Although 2022 NASCAR Cup series Drivers Points leader Byron (276 points) will be racing a Dirt car for the first time ever without mirrors or spotters, the momentum and confidence he has gained from being the first 2-time winner can’t be overlooked here.

Byron (-105) is an underdog to last year’s winner Joey Logano (-125), but favored in the rest of his head-to-head Drivers Matchups at BetOnline against Martin Truex Jr. (Even, Byron -130), Chase Briscoe (Even, Byron -130), and Chase Elliott (-110, Byron -120).

Besides Byron, looking at some Alex Bowman (237 points) Drivers matchups at the Food City Dirt Race may be a profitable thing, Bowman—who had five straight Front Row starts at the Daytona 500—is a -145 favorite to finish ahead of Ross Chastain (+115) on Sunday.

Bowman is also a -135 to beat Ricky Stenhouse (+105), a -145 favorite to top Kevin Harvick (+115), and Bowman is priced at -125 right now to beat Daniel Suárez (-105) on the short track in Bristol which is legendary in stock car circles and like a church to many.

The Bristol Dirt Race. Easter Sunday on FOX.

— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) April 13, 2022

So I like the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Bowman—in third place in the Points Standings—for Hendrick Motorsports and his teammate in the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL, Byron, as the two drivers may have some learning curves but beat these competitors.

The Drivers with the most Wins (6) here at Bristol—where the Race was run on Asphalt/Concrete before the Dirt—is Rusty Wallace with Daryl Waltrip, icon Dale Earnhardt, Sr., and Kyle Busch all winning here in the Volunteer state five times.

The Team with the most wins in this race in Bristol has been Hendrick Motorsports (8) but the team’s last win here was back in 2017 (Jimmie Johnson) and Chevrolets haven’t fared well here and the days of the now retired Johnson dominating NASCAR are long gone.

Team Penske (7) and Junior Johnson & Associates (7) are tied for second on the list for the Team with most times in Victory Lane at Bristol with Joe Gibbs Racing (6), Richard Childress Racing (5), Holman-Moody (5), and Roush Fenway Racing (4) having success too.

The (Auto) Manufacturer who has won the most Food City Dirt Races has been Chevrolet, with 23 checkered flags with Ford having won in Bristol a respectable 18 times, Toyota six, Pontiac and Dodge five, with Buick winning twice and Plymouth winning just once (1962).

Even though the Chevrolets and Hendrick Motorsports haven’t done great at Bristol lately, I could give a rat’s ass and like the red-hot Byron and upstart Bowman and their Chevrolets and Hendrick Motorsports on Easter Sunday evening in the Tennessee dirt.

Food City Dirt Race: William Byron Drivers Matchups Picks:

William Byron -130 Over Martin Truex Jr.

William Byron -130 Over Chase Briscoe

Food City Dirt Race: Alex Bowman Drivers Matchups Picks:

Alex Bowman -145 Over Ross Chastain

Alex Bowman -135 Over Ricky Stenhouse

Alex Bowman -145 Over Kevin Harvick

Alex Bowman -125 Over Daniel Suárez

Kevin Stott

Kevin Stott is a sports writer who has covered the Sports Gambling industry for over 20 years, handicapping sporting events for SportsbookReview, Gaming Today and Bleacher/Report and was an award-winning writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s View Newspapers. Stott is an avid sports bettor and a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. …

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