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3/18/10 in NASCAR   |   18packabs   |   8136 respect

 
 
               
In a little Eastern corner of The Volunteer State (Tennessee) is a wonderful Racing Cathedral called Bristol Motor Speedway, also known as The World’s Fastest Half Mile. This Track which opened in 1961 in what was at the time a Cow pasture, was a perfect half-mile, measuring 60 feet wide on the straightaway and 75 feet wide in the turns which were banked at 22 degrees. The Track seated just 18,000 Fans.  In the 39 years since that Inaugural Race there has been changes in ownership, multiple upgrades, and major resurfacing. After it was all set and done it now is a .533 mile oval that seats 160,000 Race Fans, is 40 feet wide, 650 foot long straightaway, and variable banking in the corners (24 to 30 degrees) and straightaway (6 to 10 degrees).
From the minute you walk into BMS your stand in awe of the Mass of Humanity. Wall to wall Race Fans hooting and hollering in anticipation of one of the greatest things you shall ever witness. When the National Anthem is belted out you are overcome with emotion, knowing you and some of the proudest Americans you have never even met are enjoying another common Love, Racing. The command is hailed and the 43 Monsters of horsepower roar to a deafening silence.  Excitement overcomes you and all of your new friends, as the Green Flag drops you realize you just entered the History of this Hallowed Ground.
From recent history you would think it was called Busch Motor Speedway. The Brothers Busch have 8 wins in the last 16 Races. Kurt Busch (5 wins) has the distinction of being the first Winston Cup Driver to be invited to the new Winners Circle in 2002, which was Kurt’s first Cup Series win. Kyle Busch (3 wins) was the Winner of the first COT race in 2007, which was the last race on the original concrete surface. He has also swept the Cup Races there in 2009.
Let’s not think for a moment that no one else has a chance. There are 11 Drivers who have won at BMS entered into the Race. Besides the Brothers Busch, other multiple time winners include Carl Edwards (2), Matt Kenseth (2), Mark Martin (2), and Jeff Gordon with 5 wins. Single Race winners include Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Elliott Sadler, and Jeff Burton. Jeff Burton win included 2nd and 3rd place finishes from his teammates in 2008. Now that RCR is back in the groove look for the Childress Clan to try and duplicate the effort.
It is hard to believe with all of his success on Short Tracks and his dominance over the past 4 years, Jimmie Johnson has no wins at BMS. While his HMS Teammates have a combined 8 Cups wins. Mark Martin was also the first driver to claim a race win in the 3 top Series of NASCAR in 2006. The last time any active HMS Driver won a Race at Bristol was 2004, and that was Dale Earnhardt Jr.
There has been some stuff going on prior to this race but I do not see any unnecessary beating and banging. Not to say there will not be any door donuts, but I don’t see too many guys getting seriously aggressive. No one wants to be that first guy the hammer comes down on. Even though there seems to be some disparity early in this 2010 campaign, I see the usual drivers sprinting to the finish. They are in no particular order, Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Carl Edwards. There are of course others who have a chance, but this is Bristol.
 
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3/22/10   |   bb2bsoon   |   44 respect

Debi_L wrote:
LOL it's BRISTOL Baby!  I don't care if one of the Busch brothers wins, or Jr wins, honestly, as long as it isn't Carl or Jimmie

Guess you didn't get your wish far as Johnson goes lol

3/20/10   |   rileyman

wrote:

and takes out Junior.......

The Rookies on the pole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3/19/10   |   Lizzo   |   324 respect

Debi_L wrote:
LOL it's BRISTOL Baby!  I don't care if one of the Busch brothers wins, or Jr wins, honestly, as long as it isn't Carl or Jimmie

Or Juan Pablo. Dare I say it.....Go Keselowski!

3/19/10   |   gatorjoe0615   |   1693 respect

das3cr wrote:
Yes, great article  Having been to Bristol I can say, it's an awesome racing venue !  Nothing can compare to Bristol for having the fan right in the action. You may have herd the phrase "There are no bad seats' but Bristol steals the prize. The roar, the crowd, the racing !!!  Bristol is THE fan favorite and mine. I can not wait to go back to Bristol !

You are so right about Bristol. Having been there myself, I must say that this is the best track out of all of them to watch a race at. The fans are so close to the action its like they are in the cars. Should be a great race with lots of tempers flaring after the race.

3/19/10   |   das3cr   |   288 respect

Yes, great article  Having been to Bristol I can say, it's an awesome racing venue !  Nothing can compare to Bristol for having the fan right in the action. You may have herd the phrase "There are no bad seats' but Bristol steals the prize. The roar, the crowd, the racing !!!  Bristol is THE fan favorite and mine. I can not wait to go back to Bristol !

3/19/10   |   Debi_L   |   11847 respect

It's an excellent article, Ed and I'm so glad you agreed to do this.  Hometown perspective ALWAYS awesome!! Thank you!

3/19/10   |   jevinusmc   |   35 respect

nice article

3/19/10   |   nagaharieules   |   1 respect

Debi_L wrote:
LOL it's BRISTOL Baby!  I don't care if one of the Busch brothers wins, or Jr wins, honestly, as long as it isn't Carl or Jimmie

and who r u again.......

3/18/10   |   Debi_L   |   11847 respect

LOL it's BRISTOL Baby!  I don't care if one of the Busch brothers wins, or Jr wins, honestly, as long as it isn't Carl or Jimmie

3/18/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

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But will he beat the other 41 Drivers????

Junior has won there before so i can see it happening :)

3/18/10   |   CRAZY_LADY   |   355 respect

yes some good beat and banging this weekend 

3/18/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

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LMAO, I guess we shall see, especially since he couldn't beat Kyle to the STRIPE at Atlanta.

that was at Atlanta...he will beat him in Bristol

3/18/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

wrote:

and takes out Junior.......

Junior will be starting to far ahead of Kyle for him to do that LOL

3/18/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

i hope Kyle Busch crashes on lap 3

3/18/10   |   Captain_Chaos   |   287 respect

there is gonna be some torn up racecars - man this is one of the funnest tracks to watch. cant wait.