This place is the "Woodstock of Speed." Bristol Motor Speedway is a one-of-a-kind racetrack. And it makes every race here a one-of-a-kind race.
With its grandstands towering high over a high-banked, half-mile track, a trip to Bristol Motor Speedway leaves one dazed and confused, with: 1) serious hearing loss (if you don’t wear earplugs), 2) a sore throat from yelling even the shortest of sentences to the person next to you and 3) the unmistakable smell of racing gasoline and tire rubber permeating your clothes.
Sounds great, doesn’t it?
The action here is crazy fast. Any attempt at keeping track of who’s ahead of whom is simply a lost cause without a lengthy glance at the scoring tower.
Last week, Sprint Cup teams got the chance to see if their 1.5-mile track setups were good, bad or maybe something in between.
This week, it is the short-track setup that’s under review. And another chance to say, “I won at Bristol.” A win here is a “must-have” on any driver or crew chief’s resume.
Victory at Bristol means you can’t be intimidated by a bit of physical contact like slamming bumpers or rubbing fenders. In fact, the expression “rubbin’ is racin” was probably first said by someone racing here.
Las Vegas race winner Brad Keselowski is good here. He’s won here twice. The Busch Brothers have five wins apiece, as does four-time champion Jeff Gordon. There’s a lot to choose from when you’re trying to pick a winner. And then there's Denny Hamlin.
Mother Nature is expected to play a role on race day, with showers predicted. You can never trust the weatherman. Race teams will be prepared for a long weekend; you should too.
*All quotes in this slideshow are taken from official team and manufacturer media releases unless otherwise stated.