The NASCAR Cup Series rolls into Music City this weekend for the first time since 1984 as it makes its inaugural appearance at Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday.
This 1.33 mile track is no stranger to drivers in the NASCAR cup series, with Darlington being very similar.
The inaugural 300-lap Cup race at Nashville Superspeedway will be held in front of a sold-out, full-capacity crowd of 38,000 people this Sunday, marking the first full-capacity sellout since fans have been allowed back to the stands following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since Nashville is new to the Cup circuit, the series will practice and qualify this weekend. The lone practice will be held Saturday at 2:05 p.m. ET and qualifying will be held Sunday at 11:05 a.m. ET ahead of the race.
The favorites for this race is unsurprisingly, Kyle Larson remains Las Vegas’ No. 1 man as the series shifts to Nashville, with Larson as the favorite at 11-4 odds. Behind him are Martin Truex Jr. at 11-2 odds, Chase Elliott at 15-2 and a pair of Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, at 8-1.
Hendrick Motorsports have been dominating this season and mainly their newest driver Kyle Larson who drives the number 5 car. After being suspended for a year and a move to Hendrick is showing the potential Larson has always promised to show.
Other drivers in Hendrick have been performing well this season too like Chase Elliott. Last year’s NASCAR Cup Series Champion has the 3rd best odds to win this race. Chase Elliott has won two of the last three races at new venues, including the Daytona International Speedway road course in August 2020 and Circuit of the Americas in May.
Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott have finished 1-2 in each of the last three races. In each of the 11 previous times this feat has happened, one of those two drivers won the championship. The last time this happened was 1998 between Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon.
Kyle Larson won the last NASCAR Cup Series race held on Father’s Day in June 2017 at Michigan International Speedway.