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Who will win NASCAR's Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway?

It’s dirt, baby! Again.

The first Food City Dirt Race was held in 2021.

The first Food City Dirt Race was held in 2021.
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For the second year running, Bristol Motor Speedway — whose slogan is “It’s Bristol, Baby” — has been temporarily converted into a dirt track for its spring nascar” target=”_blank”>NASCAR< was the surprise winner last year after dirt specialists Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell were involved in a crash early in the race that took them out of contention, but who are the driver’s to beat this year?

According to the odds makers at FOX Bet, Larson is the favorite again ahead of Bell and Logano. Chase Elliot, who finished 10th last year and has nine top 10 finishes and a win in 12 starts on concrete surface, is fourth. William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, Chase Briscoe, Alex Bowman, Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney round out the top 10 to watch.

Pre-race favorite Kyle Larson was wrecked out of contention early in the 2021 race.

Pre-race favorite Kyle Larson was wrecked out of contention early in the 2021 race.
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Larson ran a late model race at the track in early April said the surface is smoother with more sweeping corner entries that made it easier to run wide open. However, he told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that he thinks NASCAR should remove the windows from the cars to they can put more moisture in the dirt like at dedicated racetracks, which is better to drive on but would stick to the windows and ruin visibility.

“So in my opinion, if we’re not going to take the windshields out, we might as well just never put dirt on Bristol again – which I’m all for not putting dirt on Bristol whether we have windshields or not. I think the racing at Bristol is amazing just as normal,” he said.

The NASCAR Truck Series Pinty’s Dirt Race is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on FS1 and the NASCAR Cup Series Food City Dirt Race for 7 p.m. ET on FOX.

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