Bristol Speedway and NASCAR

Bristol Speedway - Under the Lights, Baby!!

8/20/10 in NASCAR   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

The long awaited night race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway has arrived.  The truck race was run on Wednesday, won by (surprise, surprise) Kyle Busch.  Today, the Nationwide teams took to the track for qualifying, and Elliott Sadler, driving for Kevin Harvick Inc. takes the green flag from the pole position when the race gets underway, with Joey Logano alongside and Kyle Busch right behind.  It is a huge boost to Sadler who has struggled in the Cup series, but seems focused and strong in both the N'wide cars and the Camping World Trucks.

Kevin Harvick has secured his place in the Chase, but behind him, almost anything can happen.  Kurt Busch was a supposed lock-in last weekend before Michigan, sitting solidly in 4th place, but a blown engine and a 40th place finish means the Penski team needs a strong finish at Bristol.  It shouldn't be too hard, as Kurt has run well at Bristol winning here five times.  Unfortunately, he still risks being caught up in an accident of his own making, as does every other driver on the track. 

Anything can happen at Bristol, and tempers are bound to flare.  As Dale Jr describes it, "Bristol.... is like a rock concert...on steroids".

And speaking of Dale Jr., his relationship with Crew Chief, Lance McGrew seems to be well, faltering.  The communication between them is stilted, and Dale just doesn't seem to be able to get a car he can drive with any kind of success.  Many would argue that it is the driver, not the car, but Dale Jr. didn't score 18 wins being a no-talent.  I'm not sure what the answer is for the 88 team, but it's obvious by their 17th place standing, about par for Dale Jr. in past years, that whatever they are doing isn't working.  Is it time for Dale Jr. to hang up the steering wheel?  I'm noping not yet, but I'm sure he cannot be happy running in the positions he is every week.  He wants to win.

The drivers around 12th place have ramped up their efforts, with Clint Bowyer and Mark Martin the closest competitors.  Ryan Newman sits in 14th and is looking for a strong finish at Bristol to get into the Chase.   Jamie McMurray is currently in 15th, and with 2 wins so far this year, is one of the surprise non-Chasers.  He and his team just haven't been able to put together the finishes in other races.  He and his teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya have the most top ten finishes of the non-Chasers, but again, other than those finishes, they've not been able to recover from poor finishes in other races.

As Cup qualifying concludes, Jimmie Johnson is on the pole for the Cup race tomorrow night.  Ryan starts 6th, while Kurt is in 20th. 

Next up is the Nationwide race - I'm at work, so will follow along on my Blackberry, and if my boss is feeling generous, he may let me tune in the TV to the race. 

Of course, many of our members, and other friends of mine have been to the race, and some will no doubt be there tonight.  Hopefully, they'll post some pictures when the get back online. (Thanks for this one Ed and Lou!)

So, who are your picks for the races?  Are we going to see a fistfight at the end? Whose temper will get out of hand? Who's going to use the "bump 'n run"?  Chat it up and let me know your thoughts, and I'll catch up a little later on.

Let's Go RACING!!!
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11/16/10   |   ThomasReen1   |   1 respect

I know exactly what you mean.  He will be incredibly motivated, but will he try too hard and somehow make a mistake?

8/23/10   |   Captain_Chaos   |   287 respect

Race was decent - love Jimmy getting spun, but Karma kicked my rear when Tony got hit - oh well - :)

gah its been a while since i posted here

8/22/10   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Not only did he get the threepeat, he won his 19th race in the Cup Series, pulling him past the likes of Harry Gant, and Dale Jr, and tying him with Davey Allison and Buddy Baker, among others.  Congrats to Kyle and his fans!! Way to Go Kyle!

8/21/10   |   djjfrench   |   67 respect

 Just saw Busch swept the weekend.  Big ups to him making history.

8/21/10   |   Scott   |   52035 respect

Kyle Busch...en fuego

8/21/10   |   Shaconage   |   38476 respect

Congrats to Kyle the first in Nascar history to win all three in one week....Trifecta, Hat Trick, Triple Crown, Three-peat....whatever you want to call it, he did it.

8/21/10   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Just watching "NASCAR in a Hurry" on Speed and catching up on all I missed last night, and WOW!!!

Unbelievable for Kasey and a double bump and run, or was it a bump and run and a payback and run?? Either way   that I missed it

8/21/10   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Shaconage wrote:
Go Kyle, Love to see it happen! Triple Crown or is it Hat Trick?

BOTH!!!

8/21/10   |   Shaconage   |   38476 respect

(Edited by Shaconage)

Go Kyle, Love to see it happen! Triple Crown or is it Hat Trick?

8/21/10   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Scott wrote:

Before the truck race ever began, I had Kyle Busch to win the Sprint Cup race on Saturday night.  Now that he's won the first two races this weekend and knowing how hard it is to sweep, I dont like my pick nearly as much

I know exactly what you mean.  He will be incredibly motivated, but will he try too hard and somehow make a mistake?  I hope he can do it, cuz it would be really cool, but I'm not picking him now, seems like a jinx pick almost.......

8/21/10   |   Scott   |   52035 respect

Before the truck race ever began, I had Kyle Busch to win the Sprint Cup race on Saturday night.  Now that he's won the first two races this weekend and knowing how hard it is to sweep, I dont like my pick nearly as much

8/21/10   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

One more win tonight and he'll pull off the "Three-peat". I'm sure he will be the MOST motivated driver out there tonight.....