NASCAR 2023 Picks: Bass Pro Shops Night Race Prediction, Preview, and Odds (Sep 17)
- The final race of the round of 16 takes place this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway
- Only 12 drivers will remain in contention for the drivers’ championship after this weekend
The pressure will be on all drivers this weekend, as the final race in the round of 16 of the NASCAR playoffs is staged. Bristol Motor Speedway will stage the 29th race of the campaign, as the final 12 drivers left standing for the NASCAR Championship will be determined.
Schedule and How To Watch
- When: Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, Tennessee
- How To Watch: USA
Bass Pro Shops Night Race Odds
Latest odds aren’t yet available.
The race to the NASCAR Cup Series Championship heats up this weekend, as the final 12 spots in the playoffs will be determined in Tennessee. The Bass Pro Shops Night Race is the final evening race of the season, as drivers look to ensure their finish in the top 12 of the standings.
This race has been staged since 1961, with the drivers completing 500 laps to make up the 266.5 mile race distance. The first two stages both consist of 125 laps apiece, while the final stage will see the remaining 250 laps contested. Darrell Waltrip is the most successful driver in the history of the race with seven wins.
Kyle Larson moved to the top of the standings last weekend after finishing fourth in the Hollywood Casino 400, but he is closely being tracked by Tyler Reddick, who sits second after winning last weekend. Both drivers have raised their games since the start of the playoffs, and both will likely be among the leading contenders for victory this weekend.
There are some big-name drivers under pressure this weekend, as Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Kevin Harvick are among those that are sitting on the cusp of elimination. Harvick’s chances are certainly boosted based on his excellent record in the night race, as he has won twice since 2016. Meanwhile, Michael McDowell and Rickey Stenhouse Jr are among the other drivers at risk this weekend.
Bass Pro Shops Night Race Prediction
This should be a thrilling race this weekend, and two drivers that we are siding with are Kyle Larson and Bubba Wallace. The latter has been consistent throughout the season, and he needs a fine weekend to make the top 12 as he currently sits 14th in the standings.