2019 Food City 500 Pole Position: Predictions and Odds
Qualifying in the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series is often unpredictable. Following the crazy session at Texas Motor Speedway, things could get even more hectic at Bristol.
And while NASCAR is currently studying possible changes to the format, there won’t be any changes for this round. Given the bullring nature of the track, this is a great opportunity to go with an unexpected pick.
How To Watch
What: Food City 500 Qualifying
Where: Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN
When: Friday, April 5th at 6:10 PM EST
How: Fox Sports 1 (TV) | Performance Racing Network (Web radio)
What’s At Stake?
Strategy is crucial at Bristol. The pole-sitter gets to choose the pit stall, which plays an even more important role at the half-mile track. Securing the best spot plays a key role over the course of the race, especially under caution.
Starting at the front doesn’t necessarily play a major role over the course of a 500-mile race. However, it’s worth noting that drivers won the Food City 500 from pole in three of the last four races.
Favorites To Win The 2019 Food City 500 Pole Position
With three front-row starts in the last four races at the track, Kyle Larson is a good pick.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver scored the pole for last year’s summer race at Bristol. Larson also started the 2017 Food City 500 from the same spot.
Chase Elliot has never won a pole-position at Bristol. However, the driver of the #9 car has two front row starts at the track.
Elliott also holds the best average among active Cup racers at the bullring. The driver of the #9 car has made it to the final round of qualifying in four consecutive races.
Given Hendrick’s strong performance at Texas, Elliott should be in contention for the pole.
Points leader Kyle Busch is another strong candidate. The #18 driver won last year’s race from the pole.
Busch also won the pole-position back in 2013, with only two starts outside the top 10 at Bristol since then.
Dark Horses For The 2019 Food City 500 Pole Position
Texas winner Denny Hamlin leads all active Cup drivers, having scored the pole-position at Bristol on three occasions.
Hamlin’s last pole at the track came in 2015. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver scored four starts inside the top 10 in the last six races at the track.
Erik Jones’ first career Cup Series pole came at Bristol. His other three starts at the track were all outside the top 10.
Jones has only two starts inside the top 12 this season, but Bristol could provide a change of pace.
A true outside pick, William Byron could really pay off. The driver of the #24 car narrowly missed out on the pole at Texas.
Hendrick Motorsports had a dominant showing in the qualifying session at Fort Worth, locking out the top 3.
Following a strong weekend for the team, Byron could show up as a contender for the top spot.
2019 Food City 500 Pole Position Predictions and Odds
The odds will be updated as they are made available.