1 huge success at Bristol for Avss The Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Series made another leap in its relatively young history when five teams were invited to test at the legendary Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol TN last week. The...
1 huge success at Bristol for Avss
The Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Series made another leap in its relatively young history when five teams were invited to test at the legendary Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol TN last week.
The test was run on Tuesday October 14 at the .533 mile track banked at 36 degrees. The drivers that did the test for AVSS were Jeff Bloom of Bangor MI a member of the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame and a real veteran of the highbanked tracks. The Katz racing team of 2003 National Champion Tom Fedewa of Leslie MI. His teammate Ryan Katz who won the AVSS feature at Toledo in 2002 alsp ran laps in a Katz car. The 2002 Drivers champion Tim Cox of Park City IL rans laps as well as 2003 points runnerup Jason Blonde who won the feature this year at Salem. The final driver who took laps was Kevin Feeney of Oxford MI who currently holds the track record at Toledo and won the feature at Salem IN in 2002.
These teams were chosen by AVSS management to test out the possibilities of running an AVSS event in 2004 at the amazing facility. The test was three hours long and the teams adjusted their cars several times during the tests. The cars tested not only for how fast they could compete, but also to see how they would be able to run side by side and nose to tail. The findings were very favorable for the AVSS cars. The wings on the cars were not a major problem as Tim Cox was heard to mention that it was by no means worse than either Winchester or Salem with a wing on the car. The concrete surface of Bristol was a slight challenge until the teams raised the height of their cars to make a higher clearance from the bottom of the cars.
The side by side testing was breath taking as Feeney, Blonde and Fedewa did swapping of positions and ran several laps at a 13.9 second pace racing along side of each other. The fastest laps recorded were low 13.8's with Feeney, Bloom, Blonde and Fedewa all running between 13.83 and 13.87. The cars driven by Cox and Ryan Katz also broke the 14 second barrier. The all-time track record at Bristol is 14.908 by Ryan Newman in a Winston Cup car and 13.986 by Sammy Swindell in a World of Outlaws car when the track ran with a dirt surface. The testing proved that the AVSS are not only the fastest short track cars in the world on a paved surface, but can also claim to be among the most competitive as the teams ran many laps at blazing speeds and raced close together.
The Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper Super Sprint Series would like to thank Jeff Byrd and Wayne Estes from the Bristol Motor Speedway, along with everyone else involved at the track that made this incredible day in AVSS history possible. The entire staff of AVSS would like to thank all of the teams that took the time to make the trek down to the track and put on this incredible test. The track was a great host for the day and AVSS will continue in negotiations with BMS to possibly set a date to compete at Bristol in 2004. The official AVSS website is www.supersprints.com for more information.