DFS Picks for the 2022 Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Dirt
Last week’s race at Martinsville didn’t turn out the way I thought. There was very little action, and maybe worst of all, it was a terrible race for my DFS lineup. Austin Dillon had a strong performance, but he was my only pick to finish top 10.
The NASCAR Cup Series will return to Bristol Dirt this weekend. The Cup Series had its first dirt race since the 1970s last year. It had mixed reviews, but it’s back for the 2022 season.
Check out my top DFS lineup for the 2022 Food City Dirt Race.
Christopher Bell ($10,800)
Christopher Bell was having a strong run last week, but a pit road penalty ruined his chances of a third straight top 10 finish. Luckily, Bell heads to Bristol Dirt as one of the favorites.
He is up there with Kyle Larson for best dirt races in NASCAR. Larson is among my top picks for Bristol dirt, so it made sense to put Bell in my DFS lineup.
Bell started 15th in last year’s Bristol Dirt race but quickly drove to the front. He was top-five 50 laps into the race but crashed while running second. The crash ended his day and chances to win.
I expect a much better performance in this year’s race.
Joey Logano ($10,600)
Last season, everyone looked at the drivers with a dirt background in this race. Then, we saw drivers like Martin Truex Jr. and Daniel Suarez control the race. In the end, there was no one better than Joey Logano.
Check out his numbers in last year’s Cup Series race.
- Starting Position: 10th
- Finishing Position: 1st
- Laps Led: 61 of 250
Logano became the dominant car in the final stage. He held off Denny Hamlin and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on a late-race restart to capture his lone victory of 2021.
It’ll be interesting to see if that dirt success carries over to 2022. Either way, Logano is one of the best drivers in the field. That’s why he’s among my top picks for the Truck Series race at Bristol Dirt.
A big performance in that race could give him momentum for Sunday.
Daniel Suarez ($8,300)
Daniel Suarez hasn’t had as much success as teammate Ross Chastain, but he kicked off the season with three top 10s in five races. He hasn’t kept up that great start, but the Bristol Dirt race could be his chance to bounce back.
There wasn’t a more surprising performance in last year’s race than Suarez. He had no dirt experience, but check out his numbers.
- Starting Position: 18th
- Stage 1 Finish: 4th
- Stage 2 Finish: 2nd
- Finishing Position: 4th
- Laps Led: 58 of 250
Suarez was one of the top contenders. He was in the top five virtually the entire race. His car fell off a little towards the end, but he held on to score a top-five finish. This year, his team should think win.
After all, Trackhouse Racing has shown they can win races.
Bubba Wallace ($7,500)
Bubba Wallace’s 2022 season hasn’t started the way he hoped. Aside from a second-place finish in the Daytona 500, Wallace hasn’t finished better than 12th. The superspeedway races will always be his strength, but don’t count him out at the Bristol Dirt.
Take a look at his performance in last year’s race.
- Starting Position: 19th
- Stage 1 Finish: 7th
- Stage 2 Finish: 7th
Wallace didn’t have a race-winning car, but he deserved to score a top 10 finish. Unfortunately, a late flat tire relegated him to a 27th-place finish.
Recently, Denny Hamlin made comments about his disappointment with 23XI Racing. Hopefully, that can light a fire under Wallace. He’ll be a contender in two weeks at Talladega, but Bristol Dirt could start a nice little run.
Austin Dillon ($7,400)
Austin Dillon is coming off his best finish of the season at Martinsville. Dillon is quietly having a solid season. If you take out the races he has been in a crash, Dillon hasn’t finished worse than 11th.
Surprisingly, Dillon had a rough performance in last year’s race. He didn’t finish top 10 in either stage and finished outside the top 20. It’s surprising considering he has a dirt racing background.
Dillon won the inaugural dirt race at Eldora in 2013. He’ll return to the Truck Series this weekend to gain some dirt experience. That’ll put him in a good position to score a great finish in Sunday’s race.
Todd Gilliland ($5,400)
There weren’t high expectations for Todd Gilliland this season, but I don’t think he has been terrible. He has three top 20 finishes, which is good for his team. It wouldn’t surprise me if he took it one step further at Bristol Dirt.
Last season, Gilliland raced at Bristol Dirt and Knoxville in the Truck Series. Check out his finishes.
- Bristol Dirt: 4th
- Knoxville: 4th
He arguably had the truck to beat at Knoxville. He led 61 laps and ran top five all race. I’m sure he was happy with a fourth-place finish, but he had the speed to win. I want to see if his dirt success transfers over to the Cup Series.
DFS players would love to see a top 10 finish for Gilliland.
My DFS Lineup for the 2022 Food City Dirt Race
- Christopher Bell ($10,800)
- Joey Logano ($10,600)
- Daniel Suarez ($8,300)
- Bubba Wallace ($7,500)
- Austin Dillon ($7,400)
- Todd Gilliland ($5,400)
Last season, the Bristol Dirt race brought a few unfamiliar names to the front. The Next-Gen car has done the same, so I expect a similar race. Hopefully, this DFS lineup will turn a profit.
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