With three races remaining before the playoffs start at Chicago, several drivers are in need of a win tonight at Bristol Motor Speedway if they want to get in.
By Greg DePalma, PSN Executive Producer
Track: Bristol Motor Speedway
Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops
Shape: Short track oval
Similar tracks: Martinsville & Richmond
Defending champion: Kevin Harvick
T.V.: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
– 7 of last 17 race winners started outside the top-8 (front four rows).
– The farthest back a race winner has started is 38th (Elliott Sadler/2001).
Season: Three straight top-10s including a win at Pocono.
Track: 8 top-5s and a five wins in 24 career races including just 1 top-5 since his last win here in 2011; wrecked in four of last five here while leading a combined 456-laps; 35th in April.
Martin Truex Jr.
Season: 5 top-5s, one runner-up and two wins in his last six races.
Track: 2 top-5s in 23 career races; 8th in April.
Season: Won last week at Michigan.
Track: 3 top-10s in seven career races; 6th in April from the pole while leading 202-laps.
Season: 4 top-10s, L5 including 3 top-5s and a runner-up.
Track: 14 top-5s and four wins in 35 career races; 4th in April.
Kevin Harvick (Defending Champion)
Season: 12 top-10s, L17 including 8 top-5s, two runner-ups and a win.
Track: 12 top-5s and two wins in 33 career races including a win in this race last year; 3rd in April.
Season: 5 top-10s, L7 including third last week.
Track: 17th in April in first Cup Series race here; 4 top-10s in five career Xfinity Series races including 3 top-5s and two wins.
Season: Just 3 top-10s, L7; also won at Martinsville and was runner-up at Richmond.
Track: 4 top-5s and two wins in 15 career races including just 1 top-10, L5; 34th in April.
Season: Just 2 top-5s, L14; won race at Richmond earlier this season.
Track: 4 top-5s and two wins in 17 career races including 7 top-10s, L10 with 4 top-5s, two wins and a combined 518-laps led; 5th in April.
Season: 8 top-10s, L12 including 7 top-5s and a win.
Track: 11 top-10s, 6 top-5s and a win in 23 career races; 10th in April.
Season: Just 1 top-5 (win at Dover) over his last 15 races; has finished 19th or worse in five of his last six races.
Track: 11 top-5s and two wins in 31career races including 5 top-10s, one runner-up and a win in his L6; 10th in June.
Season: 2 top-10s, L3.
Track: 2 top-10s and 1 top-5 in three career races including 7th in April.
Season: 5 top-10s, L8 including 3 top-5s and two runner-ups.
Track: 7 top-5s in 23 career races including 3 top-10s, 2 top-5s and a runner-up (April) in his last four.
Season: No top-5s in his last nine races.
Track: No top-10s in four career races including 33rd in April.
Season: Just 1 top-5 since winning the Daytona 500.
Track: 9 top-5s and five wins in 33 career races; 25th in April.
Season: Just 1 top-5, L13.
Track: 11 top-10s and 3 top-5s in 29 career races; 12th in April.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Season: No top-10s, L7.
Track: 16 top-10s, 8 top-5s and a win in 34 career races including a runner-up last April; 38th in April.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Season: No top-10s, L6.
Track: 5 top-10s and 3 top-5s in nine career races including a runner-up in this race last year; 9th in April.
Season: 4 top-10s, L5.
Track: 18th in April in first Cup Series race here; 4 top-5s in six career Xfinity Series races including two runner-ups with one last night.
Season: 3 top-5s, L7.
Track: 16 top-10s and 2 top-5s in 31 career races; 14th in April.
Season: Just 1 top-10, L13 (win at Brickyard).
Track: 5 top-5s and a win in 27 career races; 20th in April.
Season: 5th last week at Michigan.
Track: 1 top-5 in 6 career races including 12th or better in his last three; 11th in April.
RACE PICKS: WEEK 24
RACE RECORD: 13 for 23
RACE TOTAL: +80
WEEK 24 RACE PICKS
Kyle B (4-1)…40
M Truex Jr. (5-1)…30
B Keselowski (10-1)…15
D Hamlin (12-1)…15
For a complete record of CJs weekly race picks you can check out his 2017 Balance Sheet Report which is updated after every race all season long.
RACE RECORD: 10 for 23
RACE TOTAL: -235
WEEK 24 RACE PICKS
C Bowyer (20-1)…30
E Jones (10-1)…20
J McMurray (40-1)…20
C Elliott (16-1)…15
D Suarez (66-1)…5
R Newman (75-1)…5
T Bayne (250-1)…5
For a complete record of Greg’s weekly race picks you can check out his 2017 Balance Sheet Report which is updated after every race all season long.
Points Formula (Monster Energy Cup Series)
Each analyst receives a weekly allowance of 200 points to spend on races (100 x 36) and futures (100 x 32).
100 futures points will be invested before practice begins each week, while 100 race points will be invested on race day.
The weekly totals take into account both the 100 futures investment and the 100 in race picks.
After race 32 in Kansas, each analyst will no longer be obligated to invest the 100 in futures points if he chooses, although he must continue to invest the 100 in race points through Homestead.
Championship Odds (8/17)
3-1…Kyle B and M Truex Jr.
7-1…K Harvick and J Johnson
80-1…C Bowyer, Kurt Busch, J Logano and J McMurray
100-1…A Dillon, K Kahne, R Newman and R Stenhouse Jr.
200-1…E Jones and D Suarez