Bristol baby! For the first time this year the NASCAR Cup Series heads to the famed concrete of Bristol Motor Speedway. Notice how I said concrete. That’s because they did race here earlier in the year but on a dirt surface which makes it not comparable. As if the Bristol night race didn’t need any more juice behind it, it’s the final race in the Round of 16 and all but one of the spots in the Round of 12 are still open. How will that change the DFS strategy for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol? Let’s dive in.




NASCAR DFS Strategy for Bristol

Bristol Motor Speedway and its half-mile, high-banked, high-speed layout are host to the night race on Saturday. If you’re not familiar with Bristol it’s known as The Last Great Colosseum and it races like a bullring. There’s not a lot of room here to make moves and lap traffic is always a problem in green-flag runs. For DFS, the 500 laps mean there are a ton of dominator points at stake and we should see a couple of different drivers lead more than 100 laps during Saturday’s race. Over the last five races here, we’ve seen at least two drivers lead more than 100 laps in four of those races. So that means for DFS we should be focusing on multiple-dominator builds. If we’re expecting drivers to move up well here, that can be tricky depending on the driver. Drivers will get lapped fairly quickly and frequently because of how short this track is per lap. Over the last five races here an average of just 14 drivers have finished on the lead lap. It’s also a track position track with just 44 percent of the top-10 finishers starting outside the top-12 over the last five races.

Average Points By Starting Spot

These charts show the average points by starting spot over the last five races at Bristol. It’s meant to help show the strategy for DFS and not hard-and-fast rules guaranteeing points for that spot.