Friday, August 26, 2011

The 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race At Bristol Motor Speedway Preview

Bristol Motor Speedway:(formerly known as Bristol International Raceway and Bristol Raceway) is a NASCAR short track located in Bristol Tennessee. Bristol ( nicknamed “Thunder Valley”) is one of the most popular tracks on the NASCAR Schedule because of its extraordinarily steep banking, an all concrete surface, two pit roads and stadium-like seating. On August 26th,the NASCAR Nationwide Series rolls into “Thunder valley” to start race 25 out of 34 on there season schedule. Before the race on Friday, almost everyone heard about the top story in the Nationwide Series- Danica Patrick will be racing full time with JR Motor Sports and part time with Stewart- Hass racing in the Sprint Cup Series. The NASCAR Nationwide Series has three other big stories going into the race Friday night.
Parker Kligerman is a 21 year old race car driver currently with Penske Racing’s driver development program. He currently drives the #29 Dodge Ram for Brad Keselowski Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Parker is currently 9th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Points standings with 3 Top 5’s and 6 Tops 10’s in 16 starts. Friday night, Parker will make his first start of the season in the Nationwide series for Penske racing. He will be in Brad Keselowki’s No.22 Nationwide Series car. Keselowski, the resigning Nationwide Series Champion, has been out of the Nationwide Series events since fracturing his ankle and straining his back Aug.3 in a crash while Testing at Road Atlanta. Parker has a good chance at winning or getting at least a solid top 15 finish. He was 14th in the first and only Nationwide practice with a lap time of 16.197 seconds (118.466 Mph). Keep your eye on Parker Friday night and don’t be surprised if you see this young gun up front a lot in the race.
Going into the race Friday night, 20 year old Trevor Bayne is going to have a new Crew chief with him. Chad Norris has been named crew chief of Roush Fenway's No. 16 Nationwide Series team. He has been with Roush Fenway since 2005, and he led Marcos Ambrose's winning effort from atop the pit box last weekend in Montreal. Norris takes over for Chris Andrews. Andrews' role in the organization will be announced at a later date.
Friday morning, the Nationwide cars were out practing in there only practice session. Kevin Harvick Inc driver Elliot Sadler was the fastest with a lap time of 16.020 seconds (119.775 MPH). Friday afternoon, the Nationwide cars were out on the track Qualifying. Kyle “Rowdy” Busch snatched the pole for Friday nights race and his teammate Joey Logano starts second.
Cory Howe, a crew member of the No. 50 MAKE Motor Sports Chevrolet team in the Nationwide Series was injured performing adjustments underneath the car Friday morning during practice at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Cory was transported to Wellmont Health System in Kingsport, Tenn., where he underwent treatment and tests for his minor injuries. He is currently listed in good condition and the team will have further updates on his release once available.
Every time you watch any NASCAR race at Bristol, you never get disappointed. Bristol is one of the most exciting race tracks on the NASCAR Nationwide Schedule and I truly believe Friday night, we will see an exciting “Friday night under the lights” race that you race fans do not want to miss! Who has the best chance at winning Friday night? You want to keep your eye on the Roush Fenway boys, JGR boys and Kevin Harvick Inc boys. They are the teams that have the best chance at winning friday night; but you dont really know who is going to win, becuase short track racing at Bristol is exciting, fast pace and anything can happen. Race Fans: The NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be on ESPN: Friday- 7:30 p.m ET. Get ready to be at the edge of your seat until the checkered flag waves in the air.

To see the complete results of practice, click on the link below.

To see the complete results of Qualifying, click on the link below.

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