NASCAR's 2018 season rolls on Sunday (1 p.m. ET) at Bristol Motor Speedway with the Food City 500. We simulated this huge race 10,000 times and came up with a surprising leaderboard.
Developed by DFS pro and SportsLine predictive data engineer Mike McClure, our proprietary computer model has a proven track record in multiple sports. It crushed its picks in the golf majors last year and has produced profitable picks in NFL, CBB, MLB and other sports. It also powers McClure's DFS projections, which have helped him to over $1 million in career winnings.
And it absolutely nailed its projections for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 last week, correctly calling both Kyle Busch's win and Kevin Harvick's second-place finish. Anybody who followed those picks cashed in huge.
One driver the model loves in the 2018 Food City 500: Brad Keselowski, who is going off at 12-1. He won at Bristol in 2011 and 2012 and was the runner-up in 2014. He's a target for anyone looking for a big payday.
Another shocker: Kyle Busch, who starts on the pole and is the Vegas favorite, doesn't take home the checkered flag. He's not worth 9/4 odds in a loaded field.
The model is also calling for a driver with odds even longer than Keselowski to make a serious run at the title. Anyone who bets on this long shot could strike it rich... So who wins the 2018 Food City 500? And which long shot stuns NASCAR? Join SportsLine here to see the full Food City 500 leaderboard from the model that nailed the top two finishers at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500.