The day we’ve been waiting for since Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag last August at Bristol has finally arrived. The second race on Bristol’s revamped surface is only hours away. Fans, drivers and media members have been talking about how the great racing at Bristol has returned and a classic Bristol race is in-store for us today. Bumper-to-bumper racing will be on display today at the Bristol Motor Speedway and the excitement just keeps building for the green-flag. We only got a preview of what Bristol racing could be like last August but, today we will find out if this new and old-style Bristol racing is here to stay.
Race Info Needed for Fans
Race Start Time (Estimated)- 1:09 PM EST
Race Distance- 500 Laps, 266.5 Miles
Race Day Weather- Showers expected but, mainly before 2 PM EST. High temperature of 62 F and 60% chance of precipitation expected.
TV Broadcast of the Race- FOX
Radio Broadcast of the Race- PRN
Interesting Race Notes-
-Kyle Busch looks for the weekend sweep after winning Saturday’s Nationwide Race. Busch will start the race from the pole position.
-Matt Kenseth will attempt to win two straight races after winning last weekend’s race at Las Vegas.
-Jimmie Johnson will try and maintain his points standings lead for the fourth straight week.
-Denny Hamlin looks to repeat magic from last summer and make it two-for-two on Bristol’s revamped surface.
-Danica Patrick and Ryan Newman need a good run to rebound from awful start to the season since they both are around thirtieth in the point’s standings.
-The Gen 6 car will make its anticipated debut on a short track.
-Rain from the night before washed the rubber off of the track which means the cars will start the race by riding around on the bottom lane.
-Drivers will look to get two lanes running around the track even though the top lane seems to be the fastest lane.
-Brad Keselowski will attempt to win this race for the second straight year.
Drivers to watch out for: Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., Brian Vickers and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Practice/Qualifying Notes: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start from the back of the field. Kyle Busch will be on the pole. The top groove of the track seemed to come in after a while in practice so the top lane may be around by the end of the race.
Tyson- Brian Vickers
Garrett- Brian Vickers
Fan Race Picker (@Kay24Fan)- Jeff Gordon
Alanis- Kyle Busch
Jason- Kyle Busch
Caleb- Kyle Busch
The debut of the Gen 6 car at Bristol is just around the corner. Soon, the green-flag will drop and history will be made when the field of 43 Gen 6 cars makes their way around the World’s Fastest Half Mile. Bristol always offers exciting racing and today’s race should be no exception. Since today is St. Patrick’s Day, could the green cars including Danica Patrick’s be successful? Only time will tell but, maybe the luck of the Irish is with Patrick today. Short track racing is a fan favorite style of racing and today we will see the best racers in the world maneuver around one of the shortest tracks on our schedule. The drivers better pull those belts tight today because, it’s Bristol Baby!
By Jason Schultz