2021 NASCAR Preview: Week 17 – Nashville

Another “new to the Cup Series” track!

NASCAR comes to NAShville this week. I put it like that, they didn’t do that. Anyway, “new” track to the Cup Series that we haven’t run on in years and years. The Xfinity Series was here a few years ago, but it has been quite a while. We’ve got a 1.333-mile oval awaiting us, and an exciting race starting in just a few minutes. –HAHA, I actually just saw that #NASHCAR is a thing. Great minds think alike!

Here’s what to look for:

Aric Almirola is trying to turn things around here, fastest on Sunday morning’s Qualifying session. They haven’t had the luck this year that they’d like to have, definitely missing a spark that was ever-present in 2020. This could be the start of something good for the #10 team though; Almirola ran well at Pocono last year, and we head there next week. A great finish today would set him up well for an excellent start there.

Kyle Busch will start 2nd, and he spent some time running around this place yesterday, too. Good enough for his 100th Xfinity Series Win, Rowdy spent the majority of the race out front. He looked like he was driving with guys leagues beneath him. Promising to retire if he hit 100 Wins, I’m legitimately curious to see if he sticks to that. Whatever the case, he’s got a taller order against the Cup guys today, but capturing the flag less than 24 hours ago doesn’t hurt.

Kevin Harvick has had oodles of success at this place in the Xfinity Series, winning two of his four starts here. We’ll see if that translates to the Cup circuit today. He rolls off in his absolutely monstrous Grave Digger Ford 12th.

Joey Logano looked like he had enough for Almirola’s time when he went out, but that number was just too good. He’ll start 3rd. Logano was part of an early Blue Oval contingent filling the first six spots, but the Chevy teams made sure to break those up..

-..and the quickest of them was William Byron. Hendrick Motorsports was, unsurprisingly, fast again. Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman will also start in the Top 8. Watch out for these four today, though the #24 will have things a little harder heading to the back for unapproved adjustments. This was an impound race, Byron!

What do you eat in Nashville?

Nashville Hot Chicken (Photo: Lisa Kuhmann)

Nashville Hot Chicken! Yeah, they have other stuff, but how could we pass this up? I love this stuff, never had it taste the same (when having it at different restaurants). My girl Lisa’s version is crispier than the others, and spiced wonderfully. I can’t wait to submit this thing so I can finish my plate and get seconds. Great job, Leese! (And we’re IN Pocono next week for a pair of races, so we’ll have to see what shakes out then. Might be something GREAT, might be NOTHING AT ALL. Either way, we’re PUMPED. Hoo!)

Coverage of the race today starts on NBCSN at 3:30pm, green flag scheduled for 3:45pm. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Keep up the good work!

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