Saturday, August 27, 2011

The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race At Bristol Motor Speedway Preview

On August 28th ,The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolls into Bristol Motor Speedway to start race 24 out of 36 on there season schedule. Bristol is the worlds fastest half mile, were race fans will not get disappointed when the green flag waves in the air Saturday night. One of the biggest stories in NASCAR this week, was that Danica Patrick will run full time in the Nationwide Series next year and part time in the Sprint Cup Series. There was also one other top story in the Sprint Cup Series.Joe Gibbs Racing driver, Kyle Busch was charged May 24th, 2011 for speeding and reckless driving. He was driving his 2012 Lexus sports car 128 mph in a 45- mph zone in a residential area in Mooresville, N.C. According to his Citation, he was speeding past a church and a Daycare. Judge H. Thomas Church gave Busch a 30- day suspended jail sentence with a year of unsupervised probation. As long as Busch doesn’t violate the law over the next year, he wont have to go to jail. Kyle also had his license suspended for 45 days, was fined $1,000 and ordered to do 30 hours of community service with the B.R.A.K.E.S teen safe -driving program. Race fans have mixed emotions about this subject. Some say that Kyle should be suspended from NASCAR for a couple races and be in jail. The race fans that support Kyle say that people should get over it, Kyle is a good driver and should get some more respect.
Things to keep in mind before the race starts Saturday night: Its hard to bet against Kyle or Kurt Busch. Between them, Kurt and Kyle have a total of 10 of the last 19 Cup victories at Bristol ( five a piece). Since Brad Keselowski injured his ankle, he has finished 1-2-3 in the last three Cup races. So is he going to get a 4th place finish or even maybe a win at Bristol?
Friday afternoon, the sprint cup cars rolled out on the track to practice. In practice #1: Carl Edwards was the fastest with a lap time of 15.789 seconds (121.528 Mph). Mark Martin was second fastest, Matt Kenseth was third, Brad Keselowski was fourth and Kasey Kahne was 5th. In the second and final practice: Carl Edwards was the fastest with a lap time of 15.943 seconds (120.354 Mph). David Stremme was second fastest, Juan Montoya was third, Clint Bowyer was fourth and Brad Keselowski was fifth. In qualifying: Ryan Newman sped around Bristol at 122.811 mph (15.624 seconds) to win his second Coors Light pole award of the season and the 48th of his career, 10th on the Sprint Cup all-time list.
So what do the Sprint Cup drivers have to do to finish up front at Bristol? They have to be very aggressive with the gas pedal and the steering wheel. You can’t just cruise around Bristol cautiously and finish in the top three or top five.Who do I think will have the best chance at winning Saturday night? Its hard not to pick Kyle Busch. Kyle won the Nationwide race at Bristol Friday night. Keep your eye on Kyle, because I truly he has a good chance at getting the win.
Race Fans: Make sure you tune into ABC - 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday and get ready to see great short track racing from one of the worlds fastest short tracks. Get ready to be a the edge of your seat until the checkered flag waves in the air, you do not want to miss this race!
To see the complete results of practice one, click on the link below

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

To see the complete results of qualifying, click on the link below

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