NASCAR is holding a throwback weekend at considered one of its most storied tracks.
Cup Series automobiles might be racing on dirt for the first time in additional than half a century when the inexperienced flag drops for the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday. The final Cup dirt race was Sept. 30, 1970, on the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
Here’s every part it’s good to know concerning the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol, together with lineups for the warmth races, rule changes and modifications to the automobiles.
- Why is NASCAR racing on dirt at Bristol?
- How does qualifying work?
- NASCAR schedule at Bristol
- Car modifications for Bristol dirt race
- Bristol dirt race laps, format and other guidelines to know
Why is NASCAR racing on dirt at Bristol?
NASCAR noticed how in style the Truck Series’ annual dirt race at Eldora Speedway was and determined to have Cup automobiles race on the floor, as nicely. Bristol is a becoming place to make a journey down reminiscence lane; the observe is beloved by followers and racing folks, and the ability is marking its sixtieth anniversary this 12 months.
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Of course, dirt was the racing floor of selection throughout NASCAR’s earliest days.
“This isn’t new to NASCAR,” Fox analyst Clint Bowyer told the Bristol website. Bowyer might be a part of the broadcast staff for the race. “This is back to where we came from. I think that’s something to stay focused on and remember as well. This isn’t just completely thrown out of nowhere. This is something our past and our history was part of.”
NASCAR canceled the Eldora dirt truck race final 12 months due to the COVID-19 outbreak after which moved the race to Bristol. The Truck Series will maintain one other dirt race in July, at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway.
How does qualifying work?
Qualifying for the Bristol dirt race will consist of 4 15-lap warmth races run consecutively on Saturday. NASCAR divided the heat-race fields nearly evenly among the many 39 automobiles which are entered for the principle race: three 10-car fields and one nine-car subject. The beginning lineups for every warmth have been decided by a random draw, so as of the motive force level standings.
Qualifying Race 1
|1||Quin Houff||StarCom Racing|
|2||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing|
|4||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|6||Bubba Wallace||23XI Racing|
|7||Erik Jones||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|8||Anthony Alfredo||Front Row Motorsports|
|9||Shane Golobic||Live Fast Motorsports|
|10||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing|
Qualifying Race 2
|1||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske|
|2||Mike Marlar||Motorsports Business Management|
|3||Daniel Suarez||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|4||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports|
|5||Josh Bilicki||Rick Ware Racing|
|6||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports|
|7||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|8||Christopher Bell||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|9||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing|
|10||Chris Buescher||Roush Fenway Racing|
Qualifying Race 3
|1||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||J.J. Yeley||Rick Ware Racing|
|3||Ty Dillon||Gaunt Brothers Racing|
|4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|5||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing|
|6||Cole Custer||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|7||Cody Ware||Petty Ware Racing|
|8||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|9||Joey Logano||Team Penske|
|10||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing|
Qualifying Race 4
|1||Corey LaJoie||Spire Motorsports|
|2||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing|
|3||Chris Windom||Rick Ware Racing|
|4||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||Ross Chastain||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|6||Stewart Friesen||Spire Motorsports|
|7||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske|
|8||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9||Chase Briscoe||Stewart-Haas Racing|
NASCAR will use a two-part level system to set the beginning lineup for the principle race.
The first half is ending order within the warmth races. The winner of every warmth will obtain 10 factors whereas the Tenth-place driver will obtain one level.
The second half is the variety of positions a driver positive factors in a warmth race. Drivers will obtain one level per place gained and won’t have factors deducted for dropping positions.
The two level totals might be added to find out an total level whole. Ties might be damaged by place within the present proprietor level standings.
These qualifying factors are strictly for setting the beginning lineup. They is not going to be added to a driver’s season level whole.
NASCAR schedule at Bristol
The Cup Series race will cap a full weekend of dirt racing in Thunder Valley. The Camping World Truck Series will race at Bristol on Saturday (heats and essential) previous to and after the Cup warmth races. Each sequence may have two observe periods Friday.
Qualifying Race 1 for the Cup Series is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., with the subsequent three races scheduled for 6:15, 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. The essential race on Sunday is scheduled to start someday after 3:30 p.m.
Friday, March 26
|Truck Series first observe||3:05 p.m.||FS1, TSN3|
|Cup Series first observe||4:05 p.m.||FS1, TSN3|
|Truck Series closing observe||5:35 p.m.||FS1, TSN3|
|Cup Series closing observe||6:35 p.m.||FS1, TSN3|
Saturday, March 27
|First truck qualifying race||4:30 p.m.||FS1, TSN2|
|Second truck qualifying race||4:45 p.m.||FS1, TSN2|
|Third truck qualifying race||5 p.m.||FS1, TSN2|
|Fourth truck qualifying race||5:15 p.m.||FS1, TSN2|
|First Cup qualifying race||6 p.m.||FS1, TSN2|
|Second Cup qualifying race||6:15 p.m.||FS1, TSN2|
|Third Cup qualifying race||6:30 p.m.||FS1, TSN2|
|Fourth Cup qualifying race||6:45 p.m.||FS1, TSN2|
|Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt||8 p.m.||FS1, TSN2|
Sunday, March 28
|Event||Time||TV & Radio|
|Food City Dirt Race||3:30 p.m.||Fox, TSN, PRN|
Car modifications for Bristol dirt race
The change in floor required changes to the automobiles, totally on the outside. Viewers will be capable to spot the variations.
For starters, the entrance splitter overhang is gone. A contraption known as a particles deflector could present up on some automobiles’ hoods. Teams can cowl ducts with screens or other supplies to stop dirt from stepping into them. The rear spoiler might be bigger than it normally is for short-track races. Cars may be strengthened alongside the edges and in high-stress spots such because the deck and steering arm.
Racing followers anticipating to see automobiles drift by turns might be disenchanted. As Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass noted, NASCAR determined towards putting in suspensions that might have made the automobiles extra nimble due to the price to groups.
“They don’t drive anything like what I’m used to with a sprint car, midget or now a dirt late model,” mentioned Hendrick Motorsports driver Kyle Larson, who drove a late mannequin to 2 second-place finishes final weekend on the Bristol Dirt Nationals. “These cars are way heavier and have a lot less horsepower than I’m used to on a dirt track.”
Cup automobiles are 1,000 kilos heavier than the late mannequin automobiles Larson drove.
Bristol dirt race laps, format and other guidelines to know
The Bristol Cup Series dirt race is scheduled for 250 laps (133.25 miles), or half the standard variety of laps for a Cup race on Bristol’s concrete observe. The race might be divided into three phases: 75, 75 and 100 laps. Drivers will not have to cease for gas throughout any stage.
And pit stops might be restricted anyway. They’ll solely be allowed throughout breaks between phases or if a automobile is concerned in an incident. Teams may have the choice of not pitting in any respect throughout a stage break. Drivers who keep out will begin on the entrance of the sphere on restarts. Cars is not going to be allowed to race onto or off pit highway, which stays concrete. Positions is not going to be gained or misplaced throughout stops.
NASCAR says the procedures for coming into and exiting pit highway might be much like how pit stops befell on the Eldora truck races. NASCAR is setting all these situations in the identify of security.
Caution-flag laps will depend in the principle race, in contrast to within the qualifying warmth races, the place solely green-flag laps will depend.
Though NASCAR is racing on a brief observe this weekend, there might be no “choose” rule, which permits drivers to decide on the within or outdoors lane on restarts. As NASCAR.com places it, “The difficultly of maintaining an orange ‘V’ on the dirt-racing surface was a key determining factor of this decision.”
Material from the NASCAR Wire Service was used on this report.