2014 NASCAR at Bristol II: Preview, Prediction of Irwin Tools Night Race

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2014 NASCAR at Bristol II: Preview, Prediction of Irwin Tools Night Race
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Sprint Cup action at Bristol Motor Speedway

It’s back to Bristol, baby!

Year after year, voted by the fans as the most sought-after ticket on the entire NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, the late-summer Saturday night race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, is often the most rambunctious, most talked-about event of the regular season.

Short-track racing means short fuses and hot tempers as the action gets up close and personal on the Speedway’s all-concrete, high-banked half-mile.

Saturday night short-track racing is what defined many of the drivers in the current Cup field. They love to come here.

“It reminds me of the movie Gladiator,” said Clint Bowyer, who sits two seats next to the Chase cutoff. “You know someone’s going to agitate you. You walk in and the fans are right on you. It’s an incredible atmosphere.” 

This is 500 15-second laps at an average speed of more than 85 miles per hour. It’s extremely tough for man (or woman) and machine.

“Bristol is one of the more physically demanding tracks that isn’t very forgiving and there’s a fine line between going fast and getting stuck in the fence, so it’s all about finding that balance,” said defending race winner Matt Kenseth.

You can expect Kenseth and 42 of his closest friends to put on a real rock 'em, sock 'em party this Saturday night when the green flag flies.

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