Kyle Larson: Leads Opening Bristol Practice

Daniel Suarez joins Busch and Hamlin in the Xfinity Series race, driving the No. 18 Juniper Networks Toyota. Both come into this week’s race as 6-to-1 favorites along with Harvick, and you could argue that each deserves to be a bigger favorite than Harvick based on current form and recent track history. “I’m definitely looking forward to that race”. Busch has competed in five Xfinity Series events this year and he has two wins to his credit with an average finish of 7.0.


Denny Hamlin won the pole and will start next to Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Qualifying for the Irwin Tools Night Race for the Sprint Cup Series begins Friday at 5:45 p.m. ET, with the race going green Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. He’s won twice each on the old and new layouts. He uses that nice thing well and doesn’t get too many cheap shots on him. He’s tied with brother Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon for the most Bristol wins among active drivers. He can earn Team Penske its third straight win at “The Last Great Colosseum.”… Dillon was running third late in that race before he ran out of gas.

Kyle Busch has five wins at Bristol, but none since 2011. Suarez finished second in his first career Bristol Xfinity Series start in the spring after three previous starts in the K&N Pro Series East yielded a best-finish of 15th. Six of the last eight Bristol winners have started from the top two positions….

I’m not going to recommend a wager on Ricky Stenhouse 100-to-1 odds, but I couldn’t fault anyone for taking a shot with him in match-ups or the daily fantasy stuff. Bristol is a prime place for Smith to gain ground on his young adversaries. And even though Roush Fenway Racing has been garbage lately, they always been good at Bristol for whatever reason.


“It’s right on the edge of being loose in”, Kurt Busch said.

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