BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 21, 2009) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members give their insight on the 'keys for success' for the upcoming race. This week, the green flag drops at the .533...
BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 21, 2009) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members give their insight on the 'keys for success' for the upcoming race. This week, the green flag drops at the .533 mile oval of Bristol Motor Speedway for the Sharpie 500.
Track: Bristol Motor Speedway (race 24 of 36 NSCS point's events)
Race: Sharpie 500
Track Length: n533 mile (500 laps/266.5 miles)
Banking: Turns vary from 26 to 30 degrees, frontstretch varies from 5 to 9 degrees, and backstretch varies from 4 to 8 degrees
Frontstretch: 650 feet
Backstretch: 650 feet
Race Record: Charlie Glotzbach, 101.074 mph (July 11, 1971)
Trivia Question: Bristol Motor Speedway will try and attemptto establish a new Guinness World Record for the largest group karaoke ever by singing the 1990 Garth Brooks hit, "Friends in Low Places." What Nashville bar did the song concept originate in? (Answer Below)*
ROBBIE LOOMIS (Executive Vice President of Race Operations, Richard Petty Motorsports)
"The biggest thing is this race track is not made for 43 cars, so the first half of the race is getting the right amount of cars to match the size of the race track. It's real tough to run the bottom and stay there. That's where you need to be. Running the bottom, the car usually starts out real tight, but gets loose on exit on long runs. In the middle of the race, you'll have a 150-lap stint or so when you see the cream come to the top. Usually, cars get a little bit loose getting into (Turn) Three, slide the nose in the middle (of the turn) and are loose off."
Answer to Trivia Question: Tavern on the Row. According to Earl Bud Lee, one of the song's co-composers, the idea of the song was born when he and some songwriting friends gathered for lunch one day at Tavern on the Row, a popular Nashville eatery. When the check came, Lee realized he had forgotten his money. He was asked how he was going to pay for the meal, and he replied, "Don't worry. I have friends in low places. I know the cook. The song spent four weeks No. 1 on the Billboard country charts.
-credit: dodge motorsports