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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) heads to the mountains of Tennessee for a showdown under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Bristol, a half-mile, highly-banked concrete oval, provides plenty of side-by-side racing that results in lots of beating and banging, wrecks and hot tempers.
To make this weekend’s NASCAR Props Challenge picks, I’ll look at recent races at Bristol Motor Speedway, as well as historical trends on how these races tend to play out.
1. Kyle and Kurt Busch have won the last four Bristol races. Which brother scores more race points?
Bristol is arguably Kurt Busch’s best track historically, but this is an easy answer for me.
Kyle has won three of the past four races in Thunder Valley, and opened as the heavy +250 favorite at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.
Pick: Kyle Busch
2. Does the Stage 1 winner lead O/U 85.5 laps in that stage?
It’s important to remember that Saturday’s race at Bristol consists of 500 laps (not miles) around the track’s half-mile circuit. As a result, a car out front can quickly hoard laps led under green flag conditions.
Considering that the first stage is 125 laps, I can easily see one driver getting out front for at least 86 laps before taking the Stage 1 victory.
3. Does the Stage 2 winner earn stage points in both stages?
In each of the past three Bristol MENCS races, the Stage 2 winner earned points in Stage 1 as well.
4. The race winner leads O/U 225.5 laps?
Since stage racing was introduced before the 2017 season, no winning driver has eclipsed 225 laps led at Bristol.
In fact, the most laps an eventual winner has led over that span was 156 (Kyle Busch in August of 2017).