39-year old Denny Hamlin is having a season for the ages, as he has already racked up six victories so far in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season. Now, he heads into Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway as the odds-on favorite to win yet another race.
According to SportsBettingDime.com, Hamlin leads the field with +480 odds to win the race and for good reason.
Hamlin won last fall’s Night Race at Bristol in a hotly contested battle with Cinderella story Matt DiBenedetto. Hamlin started from the pole in that race and led 79 laps en route to victory.
However, the Virginia-native nearly tasted victory in Bristol again earlier this season.
In the May 31st Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol, Hamlin led a race-high 131 laps before ultimately settling for a 17th-place finish after contact with Joey Logano with 12 laps remaining in the event. Even though he didn’t get the finish he deserved, Hamlin proved to be the guy who had a car capable of winning the race.
Overall, Hamlin has two-career NASCAR Cup Series wins at Bristol Motor Speedway in his career and he has been running at the finish of all but two of his 29 starts at the wild short track. Hamlin’s knack for staying out of trouble and his penchant for victory lane should bode well for his chances this weekend.
If Hamlin is not the man awarded the gladiator sword at the end of 500 dizzying laps at Bristol on Saturday night, there is a good chance that his teammate Kyle Busch – who is win-less in 2020 – could reach the hallowed grounds of victory lane.
Busch has eight wins at the World’s Fastest Half Mile, which is more than any active driver, and he has won three of the last six races contested at the speedway.
Additionally, Busch finished fourth in the May 31st event at Bristol and second to Chase Elliott in the All-Star Race at Bristol in July. The No. 18 has had speed at Bristol all season long. This will undoubtedly be his best chance to ensure he walks out of the 2020 season with a victory.
There is also Brad Keselowski, who has three-career wins at Bristol, including one earlier in the year. Keselowski comes into Bristol riding a wave of momentum as he won last weekend at Richmond Raceway and according to SportsBettingDime.com, at +650 he is tied for the second-most favorable odds to win Saturday’s race.
Without a doubt, these three drivers should have a really good chance at taking home the victory on Saturday night.