NASCAR Pre-Race Media: Nashville Track Trends, Race Preview, etc

TRACK: Nashville Superspeedway (1.333 mile oval) DISTANCE: 300 Laps – STAGE 1: 90 Laps, Stage 2: 95 Laps, FINAL STAGE 115 LAPS, 400 Miles)

This is only the 2nd time that the track has ever hosted a Cup race.

Nashville Superspeedway hosted its first NASCAR national series races back in April of 2001. Through 2011, the 1.33-mile D-shaped oval with 14 degrees of banking in the turns was home to 21 NASCAR Xfinity Series races and 13 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events prior to last year’s tripleheader weekend.

In 2021, Nashville held its first NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 20 (Father’s Day). The Father’s Day event will be the first NASCAR Cup Series race in the Nashville area since 1984; when the series last competed at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, 0.549-mile paved oval, on July 14, 1984. The race was won by Geoff Bodine driving the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.

Nashville Superspeedway is the largest concrete-only track in NASCAR, and the 1.33-mile speedway is owned by Dover Motorsports, Inc., which also owns Dover International Speedway in Delaware.

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TRACK COMPARISONS

The concrete track is back. This is a combo between a 1.5-mile track and Dover/Bristol too. It’s an all concrete track that in the past, led to some one groove racing. The Cup cars put on a better show last year due to the resin applied to the surface to add more lanes to pass on. That didn’t stop Kyle Larson though who led 264 of 300 laps en route to a win.


LEBANON, TENNESSEE – JUNE 20: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 Valvoline Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway on June 20, 2021 in Lebanon, Tennessee. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

Favorites

Kyle Busch

A pair of Xfinity Series wins (2009, 2021), a pair of Truck Series wins (2010, 2011) and arguably one of the hottest drivers on the season (3 top 3’s in the last 4 races).

Joey Logano

He’s a past Xfinity Series winner at Nashville and also won the race at Darlington back in May of this year too.

Chase Elliott

While he finished last a year ago and is backing his way into this weekend, Elliott won at Dover and was 5th at Darlington this season which are the 2 closest tracks to Nashville. Larson was this way last year and won this very race.

Sleepers

Ross Chastain

He was 3rd at Dover, had a car capable of winning Darlington and was runner-up here a year ago. Need I say any more?

Christopher Bell

Finished in the top 10 last year and in the top 6 this year at both Dover and Darlington.

Kevin Harvick

He has a pair of Xfinity Series wins (2006, 2010) at Nashville, was 5th last year and starting to heat up on the season (5 top 10’s last 7) including being 4th on a like track at Darlington back in May and 9th a week prior at Dover.

Austin Dillon

He won a Truck race there and was 12th in the Cup race a year ago. Dillon looks improved in 2022 and for these odds he’s worth the risk.

Daniel Suarez

He was 7th last year, 10th at Dover and had a good car in Darlington too. Suarez is coming off of a win in Sonoma too.

Aric Almirola

He won the pole for this race and finished 4th last year.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

He was in the top 10 last year as well as being in the top 10 at Darlington this past May too.

Justin Haley

He was 11th (Dover) and 3rd (Darlington) respectively this year.

Fades

Kyle Larson

He won last year’s race after leading all but 36 laps. He was also second and first respectively in the two stages. On top of that, Larson dominated at Dover and won in Bristol (2 other concrete tracks) in 2021 too. This year he was 6th (Dover) and 36th (Darlington) which is why as of now, I’m fading him.

Ryan Blaney

These are his worst type of tracks. Blaney was 37th in 2021 and was 17th this year in Darlington as well as 12th at Dover too. He’s had 5 finishes outside the top 10 in the last 7 points paying events on the season.

Martin Truex Jr.

Was outside the top 10 at both Dover and Darlington earlier this season and 22nd in this race last year.

Denny Hamlin

He was 21st in Dover, 21st in Darlington and 21st in this race last year.

Alex Bowman

Was 14th last year and 29th this year at Darlington.

Brad Keselowski

He does have 2 NXS wins (2008, 2010) at Nashville but was only 23rd last year and is struggling this season with his own team too.


Of Note

The guys good at Darlington last year were good at Nashville in June. Also, the series champion won this race so the best rose to the top.


Key Stat

20% of last year’s race was run under caution.

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