2020 NASCAR Preview: Week 9 – Bristol

40 Gladiators to do battle for 500 miles…

Chase Elliott got the monkey off his back on Wednesday, grabbing a Win after they had eluded him in the Cup Series for a number of weeks. Today we’re off to Bristol, a track that is known for its short length, short runs, and short tempers. The starting lineup has been selected once more (as Qualifying hasn’t been happening), and we’re off to The Last Great Colosseum.

Here’s what to look for:


Kyle Busch was our winner here last Spring, and has three Wins in his last five Bristol attempts. Running well at Bristol is in his blood, and should have another solid outing today.


Denny Hamlin was our winner in the Fall, and will have an uphill battle today with four crew members still off of his team after issues at Charlotte. Hamlin and the #11 will disembark from 11th.


Brad Keselowski has once again draw the Pole for a race, and will start from the head of the heap in Thunder Valley. Interestingly, this is a place where Keselowski has never achieved victory, and has only finished 3rd. He carries a 21.5 average finish, looking to better that today.


Kurt Busch has a Win and a 2nd place finish in his last three races here. This was a place many years ago where Kurt was an automatic pick here. As mentioned above, that stuff has rolled downhill to his younger brother, Kyle.


Matt DiBenedetto was a guy who turned a lot of heads a few years ago, nearly winning this race when he “shouldn’t even have been” near the top. Now he’s in a much better ride, and has been routinely in the Top 5 for many of the races his year. Is today the day that Matty D finally breaks into Victory Lane? Let’s watch!

After two weeks in the Carolinas, we’re moving inland to Bristol, TN. Today, cooked for our tastebuds and your viewing pleasure:


Banana Pudding (Photo: Lisa Kuhmann)


Banana Pudding. How deep is your love? (Photo: Lisa Kuhmann)


Fried Bologna Sandwich (Photo: Lisa Kuhmann)

Banana Pudding! This is the Main Event of the day, but my gal did a little bonus and whipped up another Tennessee favorite for the undercard — Fried Bologna Sandwich! Very cool! Pudding will be out a little bit later, but boy, does it look lovely or what? Nice!


Coverage of the race starts on FS1 at 3:30pm, green flag scheduled for 3:53pm.

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