NASCAR 2023 Picks: Food City Dirt Race Prediction, Preview, and Odds (Apr 9)

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  • Food City Dirt Race has been staged on the dirt since 2021
  • Kyle Busch claimed victory in the race last year

The NASCAR Cup Series action moves onto Tennessee this weekend, as the first of two races to be staged at Bristol Motor Speedway is staged. The Food City Dirt Race has been an Easter tradition in the world of motor racing for much of the modern era, and this weekendโ€™s edition looks set to be as competitive as ever.

There is a competitive feel in the betting, but Kyle Larson heads the field, as the former champion is a +550 chance this weekend.

Schedule and How To Watch

  • When: Sunday, April 9, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, Tennessee   
  • How To Watch: FOX

Food City Dirt Race Odds

Kyle Larson+550
Tyler Reddick+700
Christopher Bell+800
Chase Briscoe+900
Kyle Busch+1200
Joey Logano+1200
William Byron+1300
Ryan Blaney+1500

Latest odds for the Food City Dirt Race taken from an offshore sportsbook.

Event Preview

The Food City Dirt Race has been a regular stop on the NASCAR schedule since 1961. However, it has only been run on the dirt layout since the 2021 edition. Drivers will complete a race distance of 133.25 miles, which is made up of 250 laps. Each of the opening two stages will consist of 100 laps, with the final stage comprising of 50 laps.

Since moving to the dirt, there have been two different winners of the race. Joey Logano landed victory in the 2021 edition for Team Penske, before Kyle Busch landed a third victory in five years in the race for Joe Gibbs Racing 12 months ago.

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Kyle Larson heads the betting for the event this weekend. The former champion has rediscovered his form over recent weeks, as he has finished in the top ten in three of the last five races. He also claimed a first race win of the season last weekend, as he came out on top in the Toyota Owners 400.

Alex Bowman remains at the top of the Driversโ€™ Championship standings, as he has finished in the top ten in all but one of the races this season. Christopher Bell could be another leading contender this weekend, as he finished fourth last weekend to claim a fourth top-five finish of the season.

NASCAR 2023: Food City Dirt Race Prediction

It will be a competitive race in Tennessee this weekend, and cases can be made for many of the leading contenders. However, we will take a chance on Ross Chastain. He finished third last weekend, and has finished outside the top ten on just three occasions this term.

Free Pick:

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