For the first time since 1970 the NASCAR Cup Series will be on dirt. History will be made at Bristol as NASCAR will finally return to its roots by running this dirt race. It will be a day to appreciate where NASCAR first started and how this great sport began. This race is easily a crown jewel race where 40 drivers will go out and write their names in the history books as the first winner on dirt in 51 years.
This will be a weekend of returns as we also the return of practice for the first time since Speedweeks. In first practice Alex Bowman was fastest. He ran 42 laps with his fastest lap being a 20.155. His quickest speed was 89.308. In second practice Ryan Blaney was the fastest car. His quickest lap time in the 67 laps he ran was a 20.172. His fastest speed in second practice was 89.233. Both drivers will be ones to watch at Bristol.
Rain Postpones Qualifying
For NASCAR fans looking forward to seeing qualifying for the first time since Speedweeks, were disappointed. With rain ending the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races NASCAR decided to cancel the Cup Series races and postpone the Truck Series race to Sunday night. As a result of this Kyle Larson earned the pole but that disappeared quickly as he will start in the back of the pack.
Rain In The Forecast
If Saturday’s events weren’t already worrying enough, NASCAR fans should be concerned going into Sunday. Early in the day the NASCAR Truck Series attempted to run their qualifying races after rain passed through the area. With mud covering the front of the tucks and the windshield this put an end to all track activity for Saturday. As a result this made it impossible to see out the window. Then NASCAR announced the cancelling of the Heat races. Following that, NASCAR moved the Truck Series to Sunday night at 9pm.
As for Sunday the conditions are looking much worse. Currently the Bristol area is in a flash flood watch. There is a 100% chance of rain tomorrow. Heavy rainfall will continue throughout the day. Weather reports predict the rain to stop at 5pm. The track will be muddy which will result in poor track conditions.
Currently it comes as no surprise as the dirt racing king Kyle Larson is the heavy favorite going into Sunday at -121 odds to win. In second is a heavy sleeper in Christopher Bell as he has +240 odds to win on Sunday. The third best odds to win is Austin Dillon who is another sleeper who can also win at Bristol.
If all goes according to plan the Food City Dirt Race will begin at 4pm eastern time. The race will be 250 laps and 125 miles longs which is only half the normal race run at Bristol. The first two stages will be 100 laps and the last stage will be a 50 lap shootout to the finish. Pit road speed will be a slow 30 MPH and caution speed will be 35 MPH. Kyle Larson will be the only car heading to the rear with an engine change. Coverage of the race is on FOX all around the country. The race can be heard this week on the Performance Racing Network and can also be heard on Sirius XM radio NASCAR channel 90.