NIGHT RACING VERSUS DAY RACING

Bristol’s night race, Texas’s 2011 springtime event, Charlotte’s Chase race. All promote themselves as a big deal because they are held at night. But are they?The night race tag was special when Bristol Motor Speedway and the Nashville Fairgrounds were the only events on the NASCAR Cup schedule with Saturday evening bookings. Over the years technology has increased to where television broadcasts and superspeedways brought in a much higher grade of illumination. Now night racing ...

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JOHNSON CRASHES AT BRISTOL

Not surprisingly, the World’s Fastest Half-Mile provided plenty of excitement this past weekend across all three series, culminating in a triumphant weekend sweep by Kyle Busch. What was surprising was the lack of crashes we’re accustomed to seeing at a short, steep track such as Bristol. There was plenty of hard racing on display, but drivers were able to avoid day-ending mistakes. Somehow, I don’t think Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus are taking much solace ...

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BUSCH QUIETS CRITICS WITH HISTORIC WIN

BRISTOL, Tenn._ In one of the most unique pre-race driver introductions in all of NASCAR, Bristol Motor Speedway allowed drivers to walk out to entrance music and say something to the crowd before the race. While this started out fairly tame and a bit tedious, Kyle Busch lit the crowd on fire when he was introduced. One night after proudly spinning Brad Keselowski for the lead in the Nationwide Series race – a race he eventually won – the estimated 155,000 strong crowd let the Joe Gi ...

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VICKERS TO RETURN IN 2011

BRISTOL, Tenn._ Talking with the media for the first time since announcing he would be forced to sit out the remainder of the season, Brian Vickers provided an update to his medical condition and confirmed he would be back in the No. 83 in 2011. Sitting in the Bristol Motor Speedway media center, Vickers looked like Doogie Houser as he discussed how doctors repaired a hole in his heart, added a stint in his leg and how all of that came about. “A lot has happened since the last time I s ...

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BUSCH-JOHNSON RIVALRY COULD REIGNITE

BRISTOL, Tenn._ After getting beat by Jimmie Johnson at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this year, Penske Racing’s Kurt Busch claimed he would have rather been beat by any of the other 41 cars in the field other than the No. 48.Over the last two seasons, Johnson and Busch have developed a rivalry on that track by racing hard, usually at the front of the field. Unfortunately for Busch, that has led to wrecked race cars and disappointing finishes. With both drivers coming into the Food City 5 ...

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