Bristol II: Kelly Bires preview

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Friday night's Food City 250 always is one of the most action-packed races of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season. For Kelly Bires and the No. 47 Bush's Baked Beans Ford, it's a chance to continue the momentum from last week's...

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Friday night's Food City 250 always is one of the most action-packed races of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season. For Kelly Bires and the No. 47 Bush's Baked Beans Ford, it's a chance to continue the momentum from last week's top 10 finish in Michigan.

As a former two-time state high school wrestling champion -- and a former American Speed Association national champion -- Bires has all the right ingredients for 250 laps around the famed half-mile track.

"We're going to race hard on every lap," he said. "There is no cushion to ride or be conservative. You can't control all the things that can happen there, so you need to concentrate on what you're doing. We're going hard there; we're not holding back. I feel very comfortable in that kind of environment. We hope to use Bristol to our advantage."

Crew chief Scott Zipadelli knows there's a good chance Bires' Ford Fusion will return to JTG Daugherty Racing with some damage. As long as it returns as a Top 10 car, the extra work will be worth it. "Kelly has really adapted well to Bristol, so we're going to turn him loose," Zipadelli said. "We hope to keep all the fenders on it, but we know that's not always easy. That's the nature of short-track racing. I don't think there's any reason not to expect at solid Top 10 finish."

Bires believes it takes equal amounts of preparation and luck to avoid the crashes that come with racing at Bristol. He knows JTG Daugherty Racing has taken care of the preparation side. All that's left is a little racing luck.

"You go there hoping to avoid the wrecks," Bires said. "We're not going to worry about that. We'll go hard, worry about ourselves and try to come home with a good, Top 10 finish. We're not going to hold back, that's for sure."

-credit: jtgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kelly Bires
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing