This week NASCAR heads to Bristol, Tennessee. The night race at the world's fastest half mile is truly one of the greatest spectacles in sport.
But after the spring race at Bristol, many had said the magic was gone. So the Tennessee track got a little work done. Not full on plastic surgery, more like a little nip and tuck.
"We're excited to go there … they changed the track a little bit, so we'll have to be ready for anything," said Martin Truex, Junior. "I feel like we can go back there and run even better than we did the last two times."
It will be a little bit of a wild card. Not only is it a short track, but also other than a tire test, no one has raced ther since the changes to the track.
"I have always liked racing at Bristol," said Kevin Harvick. "I've got a good record at this track, but to be honest, I have no clue what to expect when we head back. There have been so many changes made to the track over the last year, I wish they wouldn't have made the changes, so who knows what we might happen this weekend."
Harvick is one of a handful of former Bristol winners. Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keseloksi all have wins in Tennessee. But when it comes to this high banked, high speed half mile there are two active drivers who are king. And they happen to be related. Kurt and Kyle Busch each have five wins at Bristol. And least we forget Jeff Gordon, as much as he has struggled this year, he does have four wins at Bristol.
The Backstretch Blog: Tennessee Titans
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