Race-day guide to Food City Dirt Race at Bristol
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Everything you need to know about Sunday’s race, the seventh NASCAR Cup Series race of the 2021 season.
Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, half mile covered in dirt located in Bristol, Tennessee
Green flag: 4 p.m. ET
Television / Radio: FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Forecast: High near 66. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts up to 20 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80%, according to NOAA.gov
National Anthem: Randy Houser
Grand marshal: Bristol Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and CEO Jerry Caldwell and Visitor
Race distance: 250 laps, 125 miles
Stages: 75 | 150 | 250
Pit-road speed: 30 mph
Attention car speed: 35 mph
Bristol 101: Get the full lowdown for Sunday
Start lineup: Check again after the qualifying race
Rear cars: No. 5 Kyle Larson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (engine change)
Assignments to the Pit stall: See who steps where
Check before the match: Watch Sunday, 9 p.m. ET
Sightseeing on the track: Take the dirt race scenes
Five to watch
Here are five great stories to follow.
1. Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell have won the last five Chili Bowls – the top midget match in the United States – and are now regarded as the top two players in the Cup Series today. Both have beaten Eldora since the track was on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and are both overwhelming favorites in Sunday’s race. Larson is fresh from a dominant show in Atlanta that saw him slowly lose the lead to the final winner Ryan Blanche but he will have to come from the back of the field after his team changed engines at No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet after final practice. Will we have a Larson-Bell duel on the ground in the closing rounds in Bristol? That would be something you see.
2. Blaney’s victory in Atlanta made him six winners in six games to open the season. A wild match, like Bristol on the ground, will make it seven for seven with a neat cup with backgrounds like Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Tyler Reddick, Chase Briscoe the Alex Bowman grabbing the win, two former Eldora winners Austin Dillon and Bubba Wallace could they find their way to triumph in the Thunder Valley or will a magician one day make his Cup debut? And this does not take into account the drivers at the top or near the top of the ranking… Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott and many more that have not yet been won.
3. Speaking of the pollsters making their Cup debut, there are four of them in this race: Chris Windom, Stewart Friesen, Mike Marlar and Shane Golobic. Windom runs for No. 15 Chevrolet Rick Ware Racing and is one of seven drivers to win the USAC Triple Crown. Marlar will host the No. 66 Motorsports Business Management Toyota and is a two-time Knoxville Nationals winner and champion of the 2018 World of Outlaws Late Model Series. Friesen will drive No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet and is a regular truck for several seasons. He won at Eldora in 2019, not to mention that he cut his teeth while racing on dirt roads across the country. Golobic will drive the No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford and finished second in the USAC National Midget Series in 2017.
4. For all that we have said about Cup winners with background and dirt experts, does a driver who is not necessarily known as the devil of dirt have a good chance of winning on Sunday? A number of drivers – Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Logano, Elliott, Harvick and others – tuned into dirt races in recent weeks and some recording of the Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday night in Bristol. And he could learn nothing from the Pro Invitational Series race he won William Byron;
5. The Cup Series has not run in races since 1970, so expect the unexpected. There are some big differences in the game regarding the pit road rules and regulations for this race. There will be no live stops with a green flag. Teams will perform non-competitive pit stops, changing tires and adding fuel as required during stage breaks. Exceptions will be made for vehicles involved in incidents. In addition, teams are not required to pit during stadium breaks. Those who choose to stay on the track during the tent break will align themselves in front of the cars / trucks trapped on the next restart. The selection rule will not apply to this match.
Day racing staples
The biggest pieces of the week – get covered for day races from all angles.
• Power rating: Larson looks like a favorite title. | See the classes
• Color design preview: See the shapes dancing on the ground See the figures
• Fantasy Fastlane: See which drivers to use, avoid | Complete Imagination Tips Adjust your roster
• Preview Appearance: Jonathan Merryman and Alex Weaver preview the match Watch the show
Looking at the soil
Everything you would like to know about the history of the Cup Series and the evolution of Bristol on the ground for this match
• Details on the soil: 23,000 cubic yards. So dirt was added to Bristol. | Learn about transformation
• What evolution: See how the track was formed in the last months | Look at the pictures
• How to adjust the dirt: NBC Sports’ Steve Letarte examines what happens in preparation for such a match | The lowest point of Letarte
• Frequently Asked Questions About Dirt Racing: Learn the terminology and lingo as well as the race procedures for Sunday | Frequently Asked Questions, Glossary for Sunday
• Historical past: NASCAR authorities started with dirt. See photos from the past that come to life. | Past in photos
• Back to the roots: The last cup match on earth was in 1970. See more details about the first days of the sport. | Learn the story
Get into action
Do you think you know NASCAR? Try your test with toys, imagination.
Betting odds for today’s match See the chances
• What is a dark horse bet? | Preview of BetMGM
• The dirt race poses a challenge for bettors, bettors | Full bet preview
• Get a chance to win cash prizes with the free Jackpot Races | app I win the jackpot
• Complete guide to the 2021 NASCAR Fantasy Live game Receive frequently asked questions
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Each piece has a story to tell. Here we have seen the Bristol Motor Speedway in the past.
• Rattle: Unforgettable moments in Bristol See the moments
• Spring scholars: Spring track winners See the list
• Take me to your leader: Top 10 leaders in Bristol See the list
Tough race statistics presented to you by Racing Insights experts.
• No one was born on the court the last time a Cup Series match was played
• Lee Petty is the career champion who wins on dirt roads with 42 wins
• Each manufacturer has won twice in the first six races
• No driver has finished in the top 10 in all races this season
• Kyle Larson has run the most laps in the top 10 this season (1,195 to 1,190 for Denny Hamlin)
Grab the package
Read all the headlines of the week until Sunday’s game.
• Bowman, Blaney top training while Larson has to change engine| Summarize the practices Spin Cycle: View practice spins
• Which dirt drive is the best choice for Bristol? | Read our discussion
• Which driver is not known for the dirty background is the best choice for Bristol?| See our options
• Unpredictable challenges await the field on Sunday | Marathon for dirt drivers
• Could Brad Keselowski move for 2021? Not if Roger Penske can help. | The captain knocks
• With a roadmap coming to the Pro Invitational series, could the Lord be on the horizon? | “Everything is on the table”
• Rear Seat Drivers: Kyle Petty says “don’t you see Noah did anything wrong” in the Xfinity brouhaha with Daniel Hemric. | Listen to the discussion
• Cup cars were well on their way to a test run at the Nashville Superspeedway before the June race. | Take a first look
Remarkable excerpts from the stars of the sport are directed to Sunday’s match. For more on what the guides say, take a look at this promotion book.
“It’s definitely a race I was back on the calendar every time we went to the 2021 season and it still is. I think I have a great chance to win another race this weekend in Bristol, so we will do everything we can to win another race. It’s nice not to have to rely on it and be like, “Man, that’s the only way we’re in the playoffs.” ” – Christopher Bell, driver of No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
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“Even if I am a dirt fighter, I do not know what to expect. These cars (NASCAR Cup Series) are very different from the ones I used to run on dirt. They are much heavier with much less power than I am used to. I think the only thing that conveys from my previous experience over the weekend is how I read the surface and how it changes and evolves throughout the weekend and the race. Maybe I can adjust to it faster than a sidewalk runner. “- Kyle Larson, driver of No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
“It’s really nice that Alex (Bowman) has some dirty midgets experience and his love for it. I think his background and experience really bring an added bonus not only to myself but to the rest of the team. I grew up having little dirt experience, but most of my stuff was on asphalt. “- Greg Ives, Chief of Staff for No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
“The track is a kind of upcoming and just crazy big distributions. Definitely not smooth. It’s rough, but you just run things that you think will work and there was no real lane change. Larson and Reddick could run to the top for a while and then leave after a few minutes, but just seeing how straight and smooth you can be and trying to hold the tires. We see a lot of tires fastening fast enough, especially the right ones, even the right-fronts started to go fast enough, so something that comes into play saves your tires when the track will probably be like that during race time. “- Ryan Blaney, driver of No. 12 Team Penske Ford