Bristol Dirt Race – Truck Series

BRISTOL, TENNESSEE - MARCH 26: Stewart Friesen, driver of the #52 Halmar International Toyota, drives during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pinty's Truck Race on Dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 26, 2021 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

If racing fans are curious about Sunday’s unique dirt-track race at Bristol, they’ll get a nice taste of what’s to come on Saturday night when the Camping World Truck Series will feature several of the same competitors. 

It’ll be tricky to predict, but we’re going to provide some tips to help bettors conquer the NASCAR odds.

The Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt will feature several full-time NASCAR Cup Series regulars, as Kyle Larson, Ryan Newman, Martin Truex, and Kevin Harvick will take to the dirt — as opposed to the usual concrete — at the famed Tennessee track.

The trucks will be roaring around NASCAR’s loudest track (though it’ll be a tad quieter with COVID-19 restrictions on crowd size). 

Big Finishers?

So who might finish well? That’s a tough question to answer considering there’s never been a dirt-track truck race at Bristol. The top three candidates — when it comes to NASCAR betting lines — are Kyle Larson (+150), Chase Briscoe (+650), and Stewart Friesen (+650)

Larson, Briscoe, and Friesen do have something in common when it comes to dirt-track racing as they have won three of the last four races at Ohio’s half-mile Eldora Speedway. Eldora has held the only dirt race Camping World Truck Series has run in recent years, dating back to 2013. 

Bristol is also a half-mile oval venue with similar banking in the turns and straightaways. It’s probably the best comparison you’re going to get. Veteran truck driver Matt Crafton (+1200) has raced all seven of the previous truck races at Eldora and never finished outside the top 10. 

Feel a little queasy about putting it all on the line for a race winner, but feel pretty confident in your favorite driver having a strong finish? You can also tame the NASCAR betting odds by wagering on a top-three finish, which is elite when it comes to racing standards.

Big At Bristol

While covering the track with dirt is a new thing at Bristol, the trucks have been racing here since 1995, and nobody has been a part of more of those races than Crafton. He’s been in 18 of them in his career — five more than any other driver. 

Crafton’s usually pretty strong (12 top-10 finishes) and couples his Bristol talents with his dirt-track success to Eldora to be an intriguing driver to watch. Another interesting guy to keep an eye on is Grant Enfinger (+2000), who has had three top-five finishes at Eldora in three attempts, and has four top 10s in four past Bristol attempts. 

Translation? Enfinger is good at Bristol and he’s good on the dirt.

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Brian McLaughlin is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of BMac and Herd’s FCS Podcast. He has written for The Sporting News, headed up the PARADE Magazine High School All America teams, covered FCS college football for HERO Sports … and is a veteran reporter of five spring Daytona Speedweeks (1997, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009). Follow BMac on Twitter @BrianMacWriter.