Average drivers (between $8,000 and $9,000)
Ryan Blaney ($8,600) – His history here probably is meaningless because he’s just been fast everywhere this year and had speed in practice as well. You could easily see him leading laps here, right? Yeah, we think so too.
Erik Jones ($8,300) – Most of what we said about Blaney applies to Jones too, perhaps minus leading laps. Still, you never know at Bristol, so he seems like the type that could be lurking to contend for a win if some of the even better cars run into trouble.
Clint Bowyer ($8,200) – Maybe our favorite play in this tier, as he’s the cheapest and has a history of strong short track finishes. Also is starting 14th so has some positional upside, and he finished second in this race in 2017, when he wasn’t as good as he has been this season.