When you sign-up through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more >

Food City 300 Predictions: Experience Should Play the Key Role This Friday

Written by: Reid Spencer
Updated September 15, 2023
11 min read
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes a one-off start but has been out of the car too long.
  • Take a close look at Brandon Jones and his impressive record at Bristol.
  • Veteran Justin Allgaier is the only former Bristol winner in Friday’s field.

Food City 300 Betting Odds

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook.

DriverOdds

Justin Allgaier

+275
BET HERE

John Hunter Nemechek

+330
BET HERE 

Josh Berry

+700
BET HERE 

Trevor Bayne

+750
BET HERE 

Sam Mayer

+750
BET HERE 

Cole Custer

+850
BET HERE 

Austin Hill

+1100
BET HERE 

Sammy Smith

+1200
BET HERE 

Chandler Smith

+1200
BET HERE 

Sheldon Creed

+1800
BET HERE 

Brandon Jones

+2200
BET HERE 

Our Picks for the Food City 300

🔥 Claimed by 83 people this week!

DraftKings

4.8/5

Get a No Sweat First Bet up to $1,500 in Bonus Bets

21+ | T&Cs apply

Food City 300 Odds

Food City 300 Predictions

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Will Win a Popularity Contest—Not Friday’s Race

The farther Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets from full-time NASCAR competition, the less likely he is to win a race.

After retiring from NASCAR Cup competition in 2017, Earnhardt continues to make rare appearances in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. On Friday, he’s running a NASCAR National Series event for the only time this year.

Earnhardt’s odds for the Food City 300 opened at +3500 at DraftKings Sportsbook, and the 48-year-old NASCAR Hall of Famer has already seen some action. As of Thursday night, his line was down to +2800.

In this case, a sentimental bet is a losing bet, so stay away from Earnhardt in his one-off appearance. His ship won’t come in at Bristol.

Brandon Jones Finally Has Gotten Comfortable with JR Motorsports

Last week, we steered you away from Brandon Jones, and he almost made us look foolish. Almost, but not quite.

Jones chased John Hunter Nemechek to the finish line last Saturday at Kansas Speedway and claimed the runner-up position.

That shows us that Jones is finally acclimating to the JR Motorsports culture and equipment, and he acknowledged he will return to the team next season.

Driving for Richard Childress Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing, Jones posted three top fives and six top 10s at Thunder Valley. He finished second in last year’s race at the .533-mile short track.

Though we’re not picking Jones to win the Food City 300, we think he’s a good bet to finish in the top three at +550 via DraftKings.

Experience Should Propel Justin Allgaier to the Win at Bristol

Justin Allgaier is the only former Xfinity Series winner at Bristol in the field for Friday’s Food City 300.

Allgaier got that victory back in 2010, but since then he has fashioned a formidable record at the vaunted short track.

In 22 Bristol starts, Allgaier has produced 10 top 10s and 14 top fives. He has finished second twice against competition that often has featured full-time NASCAR Cup Series drivers.

Now that the Bristol race is part of the Xfinity Playoffs, Cup drivers are no longer allowed to compete. That and the experience factor make it easy for us to pick Allgaier on Friday night, even at the short +275 odds offered at DraftKings.

You’ll note we didn’t mention the oddsmakers’ second choice, John Hunter Nemechek, a six-time winner this season. Nemechek has only three Xfinity starts at Bristol, the last coming in 2019.

That’s why we prefer Allgaier at +275 versus Nemechek at +330 via DraftKings.

Logo #1

FanDuel

4.8/5

Bet $5, Get $150 in Bonus Bets

21+ | Terms and conditions apply

Logo #2

BetRivers

4.1/5

$500 Bonus Bet

21+ | VA only | Gambling problem? Call 1-800-532-3500

How to Watch the Food City 300

  • Race: Food City 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series Race
  • Location: Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Time: Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • How to Watch: USA 
Image for Reid Spencer

AUTHOR

Reid Spencer

221 Articles

Award-winning motorsports writer Reid Spencer has served as lead writer for the NASCAR Wire Service for 16 years, having also spent a four-year stint as NASCAR columnist and beat writer for Sporting News. He is currently serving as president of the National Motorsports Press Association. Email: [email protected]

More info on Reid Spencer
We've been featured on:
espn logo
reuters logo
cbs-news logo
forbes logo
entrepreneur logo
entrepreneur logo
We only list licensed sportsbooks
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork

© Rebel Penguin ApS 2024 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)

We support responsible gambling. 21+ Only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.

WSN.com is run by iGaming Cloud Inc (a Gaming Innovation Group Subsidiary) and is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.