What’s The Dirt On NASCAR Cup Series Manufacturer Records At Bristol?

What’s The Dirt On NASCAR Cup Series Manufacturer Records At Bristol?
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NASCAR is once again ready to turn its Bristol “bullring” into a surface that’s, well, more fitting for an actual bullring. Tennessee sports betting users should get ready to get down and dirty this weekend and take advantage of Bristol dirt's odds with the latest promos.

Sunday’s Food City Bristol dirt race (7 p.m. Eastern, FOX) is at Bristol Motor Speedway, which hosts the only Cup Series race run on dirt. Most of these stats were compiled before NASCAR made Bristol the site of one annual dirt event, which brought back an old racing tradition.

This race marks the third year in a row the Bristol spring race has been contested on dirt, which is laid atop the track’s concrete surface for this event only (the 0.533-mile speedway reverts back to a paved oval event for the September Cup race). 

Bristol Dirt Odds and Offers

Toyota and Ford have sent the most stock cars to Victory Lane over the past 20 races at the track, including one each in the brief, two-year history of Bristol dirt races in NASCAR’s top series. But Chevrolet driver Kyle Larson is the favorite for Sunday at BetMGM Tennessee Sportsbook with +500 odds.

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Bristol NASCAR Cup Stats, Past 20 Races

Manufacturer Victories 2nd Place Top 5s
Ford 8 6 34
Toyota 8 4 29
Chevrolet 4 10 37

Caveat For Toyota Stats At Bristol

The good news for Toyota fans is that the manufacturer has won eight times in the past 20 races at Bristol, including last year’s dirt race.

The bad news is, only one of those eight victories belongs to a driver who still competes for the brand.

That would be fall 2019 winner Denny Hamlin, who drives for powerhouse Joe Gibbs Racing and has +1800 odds to win at FanDuel Tennessee Sportsbook. He’s also +550 for a top-three finish, not bad for somebody who ran third in the inaugural Bristol dirt race in 2021.

The top Toyota driver on the odds board is Tyler Reddick, who led on the final lap last year before being taken out in a spin by Chase Briscoe. Reddick, who was driving a Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing last year, now pilots a Toyota for 23XI Racing.

A driver going the other direction — from Toyota to Chevrolet, in fact replacing Reddick in the No. 8 car — is the defending race champion.

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Busch Part Of Chevrolet Brigade

Kyle Busch won this event in 2022 for Joe Gibbs Racing, inheriting the checkered flag after the Briscoe-Reddick dust-up on the dirt.

Now Busch is driving that No. 8 for RCR and already owns a victory this year, so he can go for it Sunday without worrying about his playoff status for the final 10 races of the season.

Busch is one reason Chevrolet is listed as the +120 favorite with DraftKings Tennessee Sportsbook to win this weekend. But the top Chevy driver on the odds board at DK is Larson (+550), followed by Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron (+1000), who is the only two-time winner this season. Busch has +1200 odds to repeat.

Josh Berry, the replacement driver for the injured Chase Elliott in the No. 9 Hendrick car, is +500 with DraftKings for a top-10 finish. That could be an interesting play for anybody who saw him run second last week at Richmond in just his sixth career Cup Series start.

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Ford Also Strong Here

The first Bristol dirt race in 2021 was won by Joey Logano, who is the defending Cup Series champion for Penske Racing. But he’s not the top Ford on the odds board with Caesars Tennessee Sportsbook; that honor belongs to Briscoe, listed as a +175 favorite to be the Blue Oval’s top racer on Sunday. Logano is +240 to be the top Ford and +1200 to win at Caesars.

Ford owns eight victories in the past 20 Bristol races (18 on concrete, two on dirt), including two victories on the normal paved circuit for Logano.

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Methodology: BetTennessee.com used Racing-Reference to calculate the total number of wins, second place, and Top 5 finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway from each manufacturer since March 2013.

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Jim Tomlin has more than 30 years of experience at such publications as the Tampa Bay Times, FanRag, Saturday Down South and Saturday Tradition. He now lends his his expertise in sports, betting and the intersection of those two industries to BetTennessee.com, among other sites.