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2021 Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt, Food City Dirt Race

This will be the last race before the series takes a week off for the Easter holiday. The rules for the DGG league are a little different also and you should have received an email about them. Make sure you check it out and ask questions if you’re not sure.


The series heads to the Bristol Motor Speedway for the running of the Food City Dirt Race. Yes, as the name implies this week’s race is going to be run on a dirt track. They are covering Bristol with dirt for the entire weekend. This article might be a little shorter than most because we really have nothing to go on other than looking at which drivers have competed on dirt tracks earlier in their careers.

Kyle Larson: Once again I’ll have to go with Kyle to win this race. Last year when he was suspended from NASCAR he ran in the World of Outlaws and other dirt track events. In fact, he won forty races last year on dirt, so he is far and away the driver with the most experience on dirt. Especially the one with the most recent exposure.

Austin Dillon: Austin cut his teeth on dirt tracks with his brother Ty and they both have a lot of experience on the dirt. I’m not sure if Ty will be in a car this weekend or not, but you might want to keep your eye on the entry list. If he does register to race and has a halfway decent team he might be someone to take a chance on.

Christopher Bell: Christopher dabbles in running on dirt and is someone else to watch for this week. He had won three straight Chili Bowl Nationals races before losing to Kyle Larson the past two seasons. These are my top two drivers to pick from this weekend.

Chase Briscoe: Chase also grew up racing on dirt tracks in the Midwest and has been running a few dirt track events lately to try and get himself back to being familiar with this type of racing.

Other of Interest: Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch will all run in the super late model class at the Bristol Dirt Nationals this week. Kyle did win one of these races back in the 2012 season, so he has run on dirt before.

Joey Logano will compete in the open-wheel modified class, while Brad Keselowski recently ran a race on dirt at the Cochran Motor Speedway in which he finished twlefth.

Chris Buescher will compete in the 604 late model class.

Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. will both run the truck series race on the dirt at Bristol too.


Driver Group Game Group A

  • Ryan Blaney
  • Chase Elliott

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Kyle Larson
  • Christopher Bell
  • Austin Dillon
  • Ryan Newman

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Chase Briscoe
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr.


  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Christopher Bell
  3. Chase Briscoe
  4. Austin Dillon
  5. Ryan Blaney

Dark Horse: Chase Briscoe

Stay Away From: Alex Bowman

Big 18: Christopher Bell

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2021 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Five races in the books and five different winners so far. Will that trend continue this coming week or will we have our first repeat winner of the year?


The series now heads over to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the running of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. This is the third mile and a half track on the young season and so far we have had two different winners. Both of those drivers run for Hendrick Motor Sports, so we will probably stick with as many of them as we can this week.

Chase Elliott: I’m picking Chase to be the third Hendrick driver to win on a mile and a half track this season. He has been very good at Atlanta through his young career only having run five races at this track. In those five races he has come away with four top ten finishes. This team just keeps improving every week and I think they are due to win at Atlanta this week.

Kyle Larson: Let’s not forget the winner of the Las Vegas race a couple of weeks ago. Kyle has also run pretty well at this track and now that the Hendrick teams are showing a lot of speed on the track he should be able to improve on his average finishing position at Atlanta and could well give Chase a battle for the win.

William Byron: After a dominating performance when he won at Homestead-Miami, we can’t forget about William this week either. All of the Hendrick cars have been fast so far this season and Atlanta is a track built for speed. I have a feeling all of the Hendrick drivers are going to run towards the front of the pack this week. The question is which one can pull out the win?

Kevin Harvick: Kevin won the first race he ever ran in the Cup series at Atlanta back in the 2001 season. After that he seemed to struggle a bit at this track until three years ago. He has won two of the last three races at Atlanta and has also finished in the top ten here in nine of his last ten starts. You can really never count this team out on any track and he will give the Hendrick teams some competition this week.

Martin Truex Jr.: Martin is still looking for his first win at this track which is a bit surprising seeing how he dominated on this type of track for a couple of years running. That’s not to say that he doesn’t run well here. He just hasn’t gotten to victory lane yet. He has finished in the top five in five of his last nine starts here and the top ten in eight of those starts. He will be another non Hendrick driver to give them some competition.

Brad Keselowski: Brad has six straight top ten finishes at Atlanta and that includes two wins. That tells you that the Penske teams are going to be very competitive this week too. Brad has lead laps here in seven of his last eight starts which tells you that he is usually towards the front of the pack in every race he runs here. This is going to be a very competitive race this week at one of the fastest tracks on the circuit.

Kyle Busch: Kyle has six top ten finishes in his last eight Atlanta starts including a win back in the 2013 season and a runner-up finish last year. This team might not be back to dominating like they did a few years ago, but they are getting better and once they do start winning again they could go on a streak of wins. I might hold off on him a bit longer on this type of track, but I think by the middle of the year we will know how good they will be.

Kurt Busch: Another surprising thing to me is that Kurt has finished no worse than thirteenth in his last eleven Atlanta starts. That in itself isn’t so surprising, but that he did it with four different teams is. If he can run that well with that many different teams it tells me he has a great feel for this track and can communicate to his crew chief exactly what adjustments he needs to make his car better as the race progresses.

Denny Hamlin: This track hasn’t been all the great for Denny. He hasn’t been very consistent here throughout his career. In fact, in his last eight starts here he has finished in the top ten three times, but also finished thirty-eighth three times. Those aren’t the kind of stats I’m looking for when I want to set my lineup here.


Driver Group Game Group A

  • Chase Elliott

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Kyle Larson
  • William Byron

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Chase Briscoe


  1. Chase Elliott
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Martin Truex Jr.
  5. Brad Keselowski

Dark Horse: Aric Almirola

Stay Away From: Denny Hamlin

Big 18: Kyle Larson

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2021 Phoenix Raceway, Instacart 500

With four weeks in the season complete we head to a different type of track for the first time this year. That means all new cars and a different strategy where the speed isn’t as important as the handling and pit selections are huge. Let’s see who we think will run well this week.


The series stays out west as the drivers and teams head to the Phoenix Raceway for the running of the Instacart 500. This 1-mile flat track will demand that the cars are handling great into and coming out of the turns. The straightaways aren’t all that long, so speed isn’t the major factor here. If you falter early you will find yourself at least one lap down if not several and it’s hard to get those laps back on a shorter track because so many will get lapped on the track without having to pit for an issue.

Kevin Harvick: I have to stick with Kevin even though he isn’t as dominant here now as he has been in the past when he was virtually unbeatable for a few years. Still, he is the only active driver to finish in the top ten here in each of the last six races run. In fact, he has finished in the top ten here in nineteen of his last twenty-one starts and that includes seven wins and three runner-up finishes.

Kyle Busch: Kyle is no slouch here either. He has finished in the top five in nine of his last eleven starts with two wins in that stretch. He has also lead way more laps than any other driver in his last six starts. Even when he’s having a bad year like last year, this is the track where he will always run well. The biggest question will be where he gets to pit.

Denny Hamlin: Denny won the fall race here two years ago and has finished in the top five in four of his last six starts. Denny has always been very good on the flatter tracks and this is one of those. My concern with Denny is all of the speeding on pit road penalties he gets. That is something you can’t do at a track like Phoenix where if you start at the back you’re already in danger of going a lap down.

Martin Truex Jr.: Martin has five top ten finishes in his last seven Phoenix starts. That’s pretty good, but there are better drivers to choose from this week and there are better places to use Martin at. I think he is someone we want to use on the mile and a half and longer tracks and possibly on the road courses where he has shown much more consistency.

Chase Elliott: Chase won this race last fall to win the season championship and has finished in the top three three times in his short ten race career at this track. The way he runs on the road courses and flat tracks tells you he should have a fast car once again this year. Plus the fact that he won here last year will give this team a lot of confidence heading into this weekend.

Joey Logano: Joey has won here twice in his career. The last coming in this race last year. The only driver to lead more laps here over the past six races is Kyle Busch which tell me that when Joey’s car is handling well he is going to run up front. The thing is, when he doesn’t have a good handling car early in the race they never seem to get it to handle well and then he suffers with poor finishing positions.

Kyle Larson: It’s still early in the season for this new team, but Kyle has run very well at Phoenix in his career. He has finished sixth or better in six of his last eight races at this track, but is still looking for his first win. They have impressed me with now well they have been running already this season and I only see them getting better at the year progresses. He might be worth taking a shot on this week.

Brad Keselowski: Brad has finished runner-up in two of his last five starts at this track as he looks for his first win. The problem here is the same problem his teammate, Joey Logano, has. If he doesn’t have a good handling car right away they don’t seem to be able to get it much better during the race. Hard to tell where they’ll be come race day without any practice sessions.

Aric Almirola: A bit of a surprise to me was that Aric has finished in the top ten in five of his last seven Phoenix starts. I guess I shouldn’t really be that surprised as he has run much better at these flatter tracks the past few seasons from what he did earlier in his career. It probably has a lot to do with him being with Stewart-Haas Racing now and being able to learn from Kevin Harvick.

William Byron: William has done pretty well in his short six race career at this track. He has an average finishing position of 13.5 with three top ten finish overall. With this team already qualified for the playoffs they might use this race as a test session to see what they can do to get the car to handle at its best so they have a leg up if they make the championship race this year.

Kurt Busch: Kurt has finished in the top twelve in each of his four starts here since joining Chip Ganassi Racing a couple of seasons ago. His career average finish is 13th in thirty-six starts at this track. He is someone you might want to take a chance on this week also.


Driver Group Game Group A

  • Kevin Harvick

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Kyle Busch
  • Kyle Larson

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Bubba Wallace


  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Chase Elliott
  4. Martin Truex Jr.
  5. Denny Hamlin

Dark Horse: Christopher Bell

Stay Away From: Alex Bowman

Big 18: Kyle Busch