Sleeper Picks for the 2021 NASCAR Food City Dirt Race

| March 26, 2021 8:39 am PDT

If it’s sleeper picks for the Food City Dirt Race you’re looking for, I have you covered.

The race goes down at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee this Sunday, March 28, and the latest NASCAR odds doing the round are a little crazy.

For example, defending Cup Series regular-season champion Kevin Harvick comes is nowhere near the favorites for this weekend’s event. Could such a shocker come down to the fact that this is the first dirt race since 1970? If so, could the best Food City Dirt Race sleepers make you some money this weekend?

Let’s get my sleeper picks and longshot tips for the Food City Dirt Race up and running with a solid +2000 sleeper.

Tyler Reddick +2000

The nature of this one is that, well, anything can happen.

But if you’re gambling for real money on the Food City Dirt Race, it’s important to look for drivers that have proven success on non-paved tracks. Enter Tyler Redick at +2000, who finished 2nd at the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead in February’s final race. 

Reddick has a history of hitting the dirt. In fact, the 2018 and 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion started out on the same tracks as my betting favorite for the Food City Dirt Race, Kyle Larson.

Like Larson, he found his way to the Cup Series via racing dirt late models, sprints, and midgets. Here are just a few of his accolades in the dirt arena.

  • Youngest pole winner at Eldora Speedway World 100
  • Youngest East Bay Winter Nationals winner
  • Youngest Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series winner

Reddick’s odds are good enough to class him among the best sleepers for the Food City Dirt Race.

Bubba Wallace +2000

If you’re looking for big odds for Food City Dirt Race sleepers, Wallace deserves a look in. 

Despite being considered more of a natural than someone with an extensive background in dirt, Wallace won at Eldora in 2014. Additionally, he looked pretty comfortable in other scenarios that could come in handy when the bigger, heavier models take to the dirt this Sunday. 

Wallace is a fair shout to win at +2000. There is no doubt that he will be singled out as one of the “dirt guys,” and I expect his odds to shorten by race day. 

If you’re looking for better than Wallace’s odds to win at Bristol, I have another driver you might be interested in. 

Chris Windom +2800

NASCAR sleepers for this weekend’s race don’t get much better than Windom.

Windom makes his NASCAR debut for Rick Ware Racing this weekend, and how awesome would it be to see him mark that occasion with a win. You can get odds of +2800 for Windom to do just that with the best NASCAR betting apps, and I think there is good value to this price. 

Not everything is working in Windom’s favor, of course. For instance, while he might have an extensive record on the dirt, he will need to adapt quickly to the heavier machinery.

Still, looking at his experience on non-paved circuits, those odds do appear very nice. 

  • 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Championship winner
  • 2016 USAC Silver Crown Championship winner
  • 2020 National Midget Car champion

Ty Dillon +5000

The last of my tips for Food City Dirt Race sleepers is to keep an eye on Dillon.

I really like his odds in this race. There is no doubt that he is the best Food City Dirt Race longshot and a top sleeper pick for anyone looking for big odds for NASCAR this weekend.

Ty will be in the shadow of his older brother Austin this weekend, but as the race progresses, we could see him eclipse his older sibling. He certainly has the background on the dirt to move into the upper reaches of the race in Stage 1, and his experience could help him stay there. 

Take Dillon to finish in the top-3 for some pocket change. Or, if you’re feeling as enthusiastic as I am, you might even go as far as to bet on him to win the Food City Dirt Race.

More Food City Dirt Race Predictions and Picks

That’s it for my Food City Dirt Race sleeper picks. 

You can find some seriously good value bets for the race this Sunday, with my four sleepers being the best of them all. 

However, if you’re not feeling any of the guys above, it is definitely worth checking out my full betting preview for the Food City Dirt Race below.

Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

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