* Return To Roots: NASCAR Busch Series Takes On First Short Track Of Season Changes Greet Series Drivers and Teams At Bristol Motor Speedway DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 19, 2007) -- From the first short track of the season to using current...
* Return To Roots: NASCAR Busch Series Takes On First Short Track Of Season
Changes Greet Series Drivers and Teams At Bristol Motor Speedway
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 19, 2007) -- From the first short track of the season to using current owner points to set the top-30 qualifiers to the physical differences in cars on the track, this weekend's Sharpie Mini 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway brings a plethora of change to the NASCAR Busch Series.
Finally getting back to its roots, the series will appear on a short track for the first time in 2007 after having raced on a superspeedway, a speedway, two intermediate tracks and a road course.
Saturday's race will be the sixth of the NASCAR Busch Series season, marking the first event of the year where the top 30 in 2007 owner points are automatically set for qualifying. The first five races of the year used the top-30 owner points from 2006. Owners will have had to attempt every event to date in order to hold a spot in the top 30 heading to Bristol, which means the likes of J.J. Yeley (No. 1 Miccosukee Resorts Chevrolet -- 35th in owner points), Brad Keselowski (No. 23 Oklahoma Centennial Chevrolet -- 41st in owner points), Greg Biffle (No. 37 Cub Cadet Ford -- 33rd in owner points), Eric McClure (No. 0 Hefty Chevrolet -- 39th in owner points) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 8 Menards Chevrolet -- one attempt) will have to qualify on time.
Additionally, the debut of the Car of Tomorrow in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Sunday adds another different competition component to NASCAR's top two national series. The adjustable wing and adjustable splitter on the COT -- scheduled to race in 16 events this year, 10 of which are companion races with the NASCAR Busch Series -- are the major changes to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup car versus the NASCAR Busch Series car.
But what hasn't changed is the transfer of safety initiatives in either series from the Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., including: roof flaps, more robust seats, extra netting inside the cars, head and neck restraints, automatic fire extinguishers, stronger and safer fuel cells and relocation of ballast weight among many others.