NASCAR Racing: Practice and Qualifying At Bristol

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. This week NASCAR is at the Bristol Motor Speedway. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series both practiced on Friday. There was a problem with the tire not rubbering up the track like the drivers wanted them to. And the right side tires were down to the core after only thirty laps. Goodyear will issue new tires to the Cup teams for their practice on Saturday. Nationwide will have a competition caution on lap 25 to change tires to the new ones. They will qualify for the EZ Seed 300 on the old tires.

Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Jeff Byrd 500 Sprint Cup race took place on Friday afternoon. The new rule starting this year is that the slowest cars in practice come out first and the fastest cars come out onto the track last. Followed by the slowest of those not in the top thirty-five in owner points. So there were many pole sitters for those locked into the race.

78 Regan Smith knocked 24 Jeff Gordon off the pole position when he was the 23rd car to start. But as in practice the fastest did indeed come out last. 16 Greg Biffle sat on the pole through second fastest driver, 48 Jimmie Johnson. Fastest in practice and last on the track, 99 Carl Edwards captured the pole with a speed of 128.01 mph and 14.98 seconds. This was not a new track record. Ryan Newman still holds the record at 128.709. This was Carl’s second pole this year and his ninth career pole.

Saturday will see Cup practice, Nationwide qualifying and the Nationwide race. Sunday is the Jeff Byrd 500 presented by Food City. More later.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

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