One of the highlights of this or any other NASCAR season is the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, featuring 500 laps of furious action around the tight 0.533-mile Tennessee short track. The stats at Bristol -- and really the stats for all of 2016 -- say the winner Saturday night should come from Joe Gibbs Racing or Team Penske. After all, JGR;s four drivers have won 14 races at Bristol, while Team Penske's Joey Logano has won this race in each of the last two seasons and teammate Brad Keselowski is also a two-time Bristol winner. But this week, we're going to veer off the predictable path and pick five potential upset winners on an hot August Saturday night in Tennessee. If one of these guys comes through, it would rock the standings for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Getty ImagesPatrick Smith
Yes, he's struggled in recent weeks, but in six starts in three series at Bristol, the Hendrick Motorsports rookie has never finished worse than ninth. And he was fourth here in the spring Sprint Cup race.
Getty ImagesRobert Laberge
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
In the spring of 2014, Stenhouse finished a career-best second here at Bristol, and he has the best average finish of any active driver who has made more than one start here.
Getty ImagesJonathan Moore
We all know Bowyer has had a tough time at HScott Motorsports this season, but he got a top 10 here in the spring and finished fifth here last August. Bowyer has finished 17th or better in the last nine Bristol races.
NASCAR via Getty ImagesRainier Ehrhardt
Young Money doesn't have great numbers at Bristol so far, but he excels at running the high line, where the grip will be as the race goes on. Larson led 90 laps here in the spring race last year.
NASCAR via Getty ImagesTodd Warshaw
In the final year of his contract with Richard Childress Racing, Newman is riding a streak of three consecutive top 10s at Bristol and he's finished as high as third at this track. He would like to mount a title charge like he did in 2014.