The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to Bristol, Tennessee, this week for the Irwin Tools Night Race.
The night race at Bristol should be on every NASCAR fan’s bucket list. The electricity of the fans and the roar of the cars is something that words cannot describe. The high-banked half-mile track has given fans some of the best finishes in NASCAR history. The race Saturday night will be an exciting sprint to the finish line.
Rain was the story in March at Bristol. The event was delayed for two hours before the cars took the green flag.
Denny Hamlin won the pole for that race and ran near the front before finishing sixth. Team Penske led the first half of the race, as Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano led 53 of the first 54 laps. Joe Gibbs Racing took over in the middle, with Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth leading 238 of the 503 laps. Roush Fenway Racing led the lap that mattered the most, though, with Carl Edwards taking the checkered flag. His teammate, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., finished second.
Although Bristol is a fun race to watch, the track has not been kind to fantasy NASCAR teams. There is little room to hide, so when there is a wreck, multiple cars are typically involved. Track position will be very important this week. Teams that pit on the frontstretch will have an advantage over the teams pitting on the back. Make sure you start the drivers who qualify up front in this race.
Here are my picks for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol.