Budweiser / Earnhardt Jr. Bristol Race Preview Dale Jr. Quotes "Bristol is so cool. We always ran well there in the Busch Series -- we have a couple of second place finishes there. It's a fun place -- I really like the track. "I think it is...
Budweiser / Earnhardt Jr. Bristol Race Preview
Dale Jr. Quotes
"Bristol is so cool. We always ran well there in the Busch Series -- we have a couple of second place finishes there. It's a fun place -- I really like the track.
"I think it is one of the most respected places among the drivers because it's easy to get into trouble --you're likely to get some scratches there in the race. I think everyone kind of expects that you'll have to make an extra pit stop or two to pull out a bent fender or re-set the alignment on the car.
"It's a hard track on a driver. It's hard mentally and physically to run 500 laps. It can really beat you up."
Dale Jr. at Bristol Winston Cup Starts: 2 Best Start: 12th (Spring. 2000) Best Finish: 16th (Fall 2000)
Notable: Dale Jr. and the No. 8 Budweiser team suffered from bad luck in both Bristol races last season. In the spring race, Dale Jr. was swept into a multi-car crash on lap two. He was able to continue until a second accident knocked the team out of the race on lap 401. In the fall night race, Dale Jr. ran in the top ten all evening until a late spin left him one lap behind the leaders. He was able to continue to a 16th place finish.
<pre> What: Food City 500 / 500 laps / 266.5 miles / .533-mile oval / Winston Cup Race #6 of 36
Where: Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN
When: Sunday, March 25 / 1:00 pm Eastern
Watch: Fox-TV / Pre-race: 12:30 pm Eastern
</pre> Bud Pole Qualifying: qualifying will be seen live on the Fox Sports Bud Pole Network Friday at 3:30 pm Eastern Time. The Winston Cup Happy Hour will also be seen live on the FX Network Saturday afternoon following the Busch Series race.
What to Watch The Bristol track nearly always produces exciting racing and almost non-stop action (also known as multi-car crashes with a lot of extra-curricular bumping and bashing) from green flag to checkered flag. The drivers must endure 500 laps of severe g-forces generated from the high speeds on the short, high-banked concrete track. The track is completely surrounded by towering grandstands that reach high into the sky, creating the feeling of racing inside the world's largest cereal bowl or tea cup.