Bristol II: Petty Enterprises qualifying report

While night racing has become commonplace around the Sprint Cup Series, BMS helped start the fascination with racing under the lights. This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the first night race at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile." Kyle...

While night racing has become commonplace around the Sprint Cup Series, BMS helped start the fascination with racing under the lights. This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the first night race at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile."

Kyle Petty and the No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge team will start tomorrow's race from the 29th position. This will be Petty's 50th start at BMS. It will mark his first Sprint Cup Series start since the Coca-Cola 600 in May. Petty needed to qualify for the race on time, but he had to deal with a 'tight' racecar during the practice session. However, he was able to rely on his experience to garner a good qualifying effort.

"It was good to get back into the car this weekend," said Petty. "May seems like a long time ago. We weren't very good in practice, but Stewart (Cooper, crew chief) did a nice job with the adjustments. This team is fun to be around, man. They're just racers. I didn't realize how much I missed them. We have one more practice session tonight so we need to continue to work hard and get this No. 45 Wells Fargo Dodge dialed in."

Bobby Labonte and the No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge team will start the event from the 37th position. Labonte finished 8th in the 2007 version of this race. The team is looking to get back to their mid-season form of a couple of weeks ago. Even though he will have to come from the back to do it, Labonte is confident in his team.

"The track didn't feel like it had any grip in it at all," stated Labonte. "Setup-wise it felt okay, but it was really sliding around. We'll race at night and that alone will help the track pick up some grip. The final practice session tonight will be crucial because it will be close to race conditions."

-credit: pe

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Kyle Petty