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Denny Hamlin, driver of the Acumatica Toyota, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 as we look at the Daytona 500 odds.
Denny Hamlin, driver of the Acumatica Toyota, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400. Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images/AFP.

Four drivers will be eliminated from the postseason after Saturday. Find out who we like to win with our Bass Pro Shops Night Race picks and preview.

After two wild weekends of racing, Bristol Motor Speedway plays host to a playoff elimination round. Sixteen drivers will enter with hopes of advancing, only 12 of them will survive. Short-track racing produces high tempers and lots of full-contact driving. 

Kyle Larson won the last race under the lights at Bristol, but after two disappointing outings to start his playoff run, can he find his way to victory lane this week?

Here are our picks for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race based on the odds at our top-rated sportsbooks (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook).

Bass Pro Shops Night Race Info

Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN
When: Saturday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m. ET
How to watch: USA Network
Defending champion: Kyle Larson

Bass Pro Shops Night Race Odds

Denny Hamlin+550+550+400
Kyle Larson+650+650+600
Kyle Busch+800+700+900
Christopher Bell+800+700+850
Kevin Harvick+850+800+750
Chase Elliott+1000+1000+1200
Ryan Blaney+1200+1200+1400
Joey Logano+1500+1500+1300
Chase Briscoe+1500+1600+1800
Aric Almirola+1500+1600+1500

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Who Will Win the Bass Pro Shops Night Race?

Hamlin (+550)

Denny Hamlin already has a trophy on his mantle from this race. In fact, he has two that he’s earned under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway. Overall, his No. 11 has made 31 career starts on this track not covered in dirt. Along with his wins, he has 15 top-10 finishes with nine of those inside the top 5. He crossed the finish line inside the top 10 in three of his last five races here.

Hamlin is entering this weekend riding the momentum of back-to-back second-place finishes to begin the playoffs. Four of his last six races have seen him finish fourth or better. His Toyota has run at least 86% of its laps inside the top 15 in four of his last six races.

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Harvick (+850)

The No. 4 team has their backs against the wall Saturday while facing elimination without a strong showing at Bristol. Harvick sits 35 points behind the cut line and all but needs to win this race to keep his championship hopes alive. Fortunately, he will make his stand at a track where he has seen great success.

Harvick has 41 career starts on this Tennessee pavement. He has 21 top-10 and 14 top-5 finishes. He also has three career wins, the most recent of which came two seasons ago. Last season, he was the runner-up to Larson. In the two playoff races, Harvick has run inside the top 3 before running into bad luck resulting in two finishes outside of 30th.  

Logano (+1500)

Quietly, Joey Logano has built a solid playoff performance heading into Saturday’s elimination round. Currently, the No. 22 sits fourth in the standings, 40 points above the cut line. Logano started on the pole at Darlington and held on through utter chaos to finish fourth. Last week, he started on the outside pole but had to settle for a 17th-place finish.

Logano's average finish at Bristol is 15th place in his 25 career starts. However, he has two wins, the last of which was the 2015 night race. He took another checkered flag home from Bristol last season, only that time, the track was covered in dirt.

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Bass Pro Shops Night Race picks made 9/15/2022 at 9:20 p.m. ET