So far this NASCAR season has been nothing short of spectacular. Everything that you could want has happened thus far.
So far this season we’ve seen every race have a different winner. We’ve seen some of the familiar faces get a win this season, like Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson. NASCAR fans have also seen some lesser names in victory lane so far this year. Christopher Bell and Michael McDowell earned their first wins this season. McDowell had over 350 starts without a win until the Daytona 500 earlier this year.
Denny Hamlin currently leads the standing so far. Hamlin has yet to win a race but has had five top 5 finishes. Expect Hamlin to kick it into gear soon and start tallying some big wins. Kyle Larson is second in the standings after his big win at Las Vegas. Larson currently has three top 5 finishes this season. Last year’s Cup Series winner Chase Elliott is currently sitting in 10th. He will be looking for his first win of the season this weekend.
Now, this brings us to this weekend’s race. There’s already been a road course race this season and there will be five more to come. Sunday, we have Bristol…but it’s a dirt race.
Yes, you heard that right NASCAR fans there will be a Cup Series dirt race at Bristol. This race is going to be 250 laps and the first premier series dirt race NASCAR has had since 1970. This race is sure to be filled with excitement as many of the drivers don’t have much dirt track experience.
One of the biggest stories of the week has been the tires the drivers will be using for the race. For this dirt race, NASCAR is going with bias-ply tires. NASCAR switched from these tires back in 1989 to radial tires and never looked back. Now over 30 years later, they are once again giving them a chance.
Many of the drivers were very surprised as to how quickly the tires begin to lose tread. Some drivers found it very concerning. Denny Hamlin talked about how he could feel the tires begin to lose tread within the first few laps of the race. Hamlin said, “I didn’t see it where someone just lost control because they were on a bald tire. It’s the same for everyone. You’ve got to do the best you can”.
Even guys with experience had some things to say about the tires. Driver Chase Briscoe talked about running 100 laps on the same tires at Eldora. Briscoe said, “I didn’t even think tires would be a thought, it definitely surprised me”. If even experienced dirt racers are surprised, this is going to make for a crazy afternoon.
Fans are in for a hell of sight as NASCAR hasn’t been on a dirt track in over 50 years. Young fans like myself are eager to see what happens to watch this kind of event for the first time.
The excitement at Bristol begins Sunday at 3:30 PM on Fox.
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