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Free NASCAR Picks: Food City Dirt Race Prediction, Odds (Mar 29)

  • The seventh race of the NASCAR Cup Series takes place this weekend
  • Brad Keselowski is the defending champion
  • Rusty Wallace is the most successful driver at this event, as he has won six times

This weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series action sees the racing move to Tennessee. The Food City Dirt Race will take place, as Brad Keselowski looks to successfully defend the title that he won 12 months ago. But will he be able to achieve that feat?

Food City Dirt Race Schedule

  • Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, Tennessee
  • Original Time: Sunday, 28th March 2021, 3:30PM ET
  • Postponed (Due to Weather) To: Monday, 29th March 2021, 4:00PM ET
  • How To Watch: FOX

Odds to Win Food City Dirt Race

RacerOdds to Win
Kyle Larson+225
Christopher Bell+550
Austin Dillon+900
Ricky Stenhouse Jr+1000
Chase Briscoe+1200
Stewart Friesen+1400
Chase Elliott+1600
Kyle Busch+1600
Tyler Reddick+1600
Ryan Blaney+2000
Darrell Wallace Jr+2000
Denny Hamlin+2500
Martin Truex Jr+2800
Chris Windom+2800
Joey Logano+3300
Kevin Harvick+3300
Alex Bowman+3300
Mike Marlar+3300
Brad Keselowski+4000
Kurt Busch+4000
Ryan Newman+4000
Shane Golobic+4000
Matt DiBenedetto+5000
Erik Jones+5000
William Byron+6600
Cole Custer+6600
Ty Dillon+6600
Aric Almirola+8000
Ross Chastain+8000
Chris Buescher+10000
Daniel Suarez+10000
Corey Lajoie+15000
Ryan Preece+15000
Michael McDowell+20000
Cody Ware+20000
JJ Yeley+20000
Anthony Alfredo+30000
Quin Houff+50000
Josh Bilicki+50000

Food City Dirt Race Preview

History Of The Race

There have been races taking place at the Bristol Motor Speedway track since 1961. However, it hasn’t been without its problems. The track requested that the race date should be moved back in 2008 after rain and snow caused havoc for drivers on the previous date that the race was scheduled for in early spring. That wish was finally granted back in 2015, as the race was pushed a month back. Weather problems have persisted throughout the recent installments of this race, with the races in 2017 and 2018 both taking place on Monday rather than the typical Sunday.

Mar 21, 2021; Hampton, Georgia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) leads down the front stretch  at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 21, 2021; Hampton, Georgia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) leads down the front stretch at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

There have been multiple names for this event throughout its history. However, last year, it was decided that the race would be called the Supermarket Heroes 500. This was to honor the workers in supermarkets throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s event will be the first time that it has taken place on a dirt surface. It was revealed by NASCAR that the race this year would include a total of 250 laps. There will be 75 laps in each of the first two stages before a final stage of 100 laps.

Leading Contenders For The Food City Dirt Race

The fact that the race will be taking place on dirt means that there will be more interesting odds for this weekend’s race. The leading contenders that are typically at the top of the market are nowhere to be found for the Food City Dirt Race. Kyle Busch could be one of the leading names to have the best chance, as he had a solid outing on the dirt last weekend. However, it will be hard to look past drivers such as Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell. Both drivers are more familiar with the terrain.

Feb 28, 2021; Homestead, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace(23) races during the Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway.  Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2021; Homestead, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace(23) races during the Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Bubba Wallace is another driver that is worth considering, as he won on dirt at the Camping World Truck Series and does present excellent value for the race this weekend. Chase Elliott should also attract attention, as he had a couple of runs on dirt ahead of the start of the NASCAR Cup Series this season.

Food City Dirt Race Prediction & Pick

Who will win today’s NASCAR Cup Series race:

This will be one of the most difficult Cup Series races of the season to call. The dirt element of the track means that it could be a case of just picking the driver with the most proven experience. We wouldn’t look past Kyle Larson to build on his decent showing last time out at the Quiktrip 500.

NASCAR Pick(s) Today:

  • Kyle Larson
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