So what did I miss on vacation?

Teammates yelling at other teammates. Chase contenders booting crew chiefs. Brad Keselowski going Sting on Rick Hendrick’s NWO. And now we add a newly repaved Bristol race to the mix…at night.

All the people I would normally want to take look vulnerable. Consider this.

  • Kyle Busch needs a win. He has been as low as 3/1 at Bristol. But engine issues, bad luck and poor decisions about race cautions have Busch feeling a bit cursed.
  • Two Hendrick engines went bad at Michigan, just as I thought about going with Hendrick the rest of the season.
  • Greg Biffle has been the only shining light in anotherwise slumbering summer for Ford teams that tend to do well here.
  • They repaved the track.

Up a fake 502 dollars, this money might go up with the tempers of drivers on a Saturday night in Bristol. Thank goodness this is for entertainment only.

20 fake dollars on Brad Keselowski at 7/1
I really want to pick him to win the Chase. And even though Kyle Busch at five wins here, Bad Brad has the best average finishing position among active drivers.

10 fake dollars on Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 10/1
The #88 wants wins and wasn’t afraid to tick off Jeff Gordon. Add edge and speed to Dale Jr. at Bristol…worse fake wagers have been made.

8 fake dollars on Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. at 25/1
They finished third and fourth here earlier this year.

4 fake dollars on Brian Vickers at 60/1
He finished fifth and would make my season.

Here’s what The Spread thinks. Enjoy what should be an old fashioned slobberknocker Saturday night, and insert random cathchphase here.

Kyle Busch 9/2
Brad Keselowski 7/1
Jimmie Johnson 8/1
Dale Earnhardt Jr 10/1
Matt Kenseth 10/1
Kasey Kahne 12/1
Tony Stewart 12/1
Carl Edwards 12/1
Denny Hamlin 12/1
Greg Biffle 12/1
Jeff Gordon 12/1
Kevin Harvick 20/1
Ryan Newman 25/1
Clint Bowyer 25/1
Martin Truex Jr 25/1
Joey Logano 30/1
Kurt Busch 40/1
Marcos Ambrose 50/1
Brian Vickers 60/1
Paul Menard 75/1
Jeff Burton 75/1
Jamie McMurray 75/1
Aric Almirola 100/1
Juan Pablo Montoya 100/1
Sam Hornish Jr 100/1
Danica Patrick 300/1
Regan Smith 300/1
David Ragan 300/1
Bobby Labonte 300/1
Field (Any Other Driver) 50/1