The NASCAR Cup Series is back at Nashville Superspeedway this weekend with the Ally 400. Which dark horse drivers could win the third ever race at the track?
Since Nashville Superspeedway was added to the NASCAR Cup Series schedule back in 2021, the favorites have reigned supreme. Hendrick Motorsports’ Kyle Larson won the race in 2021, and teammate Chase Elliott won it in 2022.
In both seasons, the winners at the four-turn, 1.333-mile (2.145-kilometer) Lebanon, Tennessee oval went on to tally the most total points, the most laps led, the most wins, and the best average finish among full-time drivers.
So perhaps Nashville Superspeedway is bound to produce an upset winner for the first time in 2023, especially in year number two of a Next Gen era which has produced a much more level playing field.
DraftKings Sportsbook, which is now offering fans $150 just for signing up and placing a single $5 bet, has listed several drivers who might just be able to become that next upset winner with longer odds than you might expect.
Here are three longshots who have a serious chance to win on Sunday.
NASCAR at Nashville: Ally 400 longshot picks – Bubba Wallace
23XI Racing’s Bubba Wallace is in the midst of a career year, as he finds himself in a provisional playoff spot through 16 races following a recent run of three straight top five finishes.
Nashville Superspeedway is a track that fits Wallace’s strengths, and if not for a poor pit stop in last year’s race, he probably would have been in the mix for the win. Despite having two career wins to his name, he has never won a regular season race. He has an opportunity to change that this weekend to lock himself into the playoffs for the first time.
NASCAR at Nashville: Ally 400 longshot picks – Chris Buescher
RFK Racing’s Chris Buescher has been exceptionally strong in recent weeks, and he has put himself solidly in the playoff picture heading into the final 10 races of the regular season.
The driver of the No. 17 Ford proved last September at Bristol Motor Speedway that he is capable of not just “running well” but winning races, securing his first win in more than six years. With RFK Racing having taken a step forward from last year, +5500 odds make him extremely undervalued.
NASCAR at Nashville: Ally 400 longshot picks – Austin Dillon
Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon has had an absolutely abysmal 2023 season, even without a recent points penalty that has put him in a must-win situation to get into the playoffs.
But there is reason for optimism. Kyle Busch has shown on multiple occasions that Richard Childress Racing have what it takes to get the job done, and now Dillon needs to capitalize. Fortunately for him, he has a history of doing so.
On only 11 occasions since the modern playoff format was introduced in 2014 has a driver from outside the top 16 gotten into the playoffs via a win. Only one driver has done it more than once. That driver is none other than Dillon, who has done it a whopping four times. He wins when you least expect him to, and he had a relatively solid run at Nashville Superspeedway last June.
The Ally 400 is set to take place at Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday, June 25. It is scheduled to be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET. Start a free trial of FuboTV today and tune in!