NASCAR’s Bristol dust race, defined: Format, guidelines, qualifying & different modifications for Meals Metropolis Filth Race

NASCAR is holding a throwback weekend at one in all its most storied tracks.

Cup Sequence automobiles will probably be racing on dust for the first time in additional than half a century when the inexperienced flag drops for the Meals Metropolis Filth Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday. The final Cup dust race was Sept. 30, 1970, on the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

This is the whole lot you could know in regards to the Meals Metropolis Filth Race at Bristol, together with lineups for the warmth races, rule modifications and modifications to the automobiles.

Why is NASCAR racing on dust at Bristol?

NASCAR noticed how common the Truck Sequence’ annual dust race at Eldora Speedway was and determined to have Cup automobiles race on the floor, as nicely. Bristol is a becoming place to make a journey down reminiscence lane; the monitor is beloved by followers and racing individuals, and the ability is marking its sixtieth anniversary this 12 months.

After all, dust was the racing floor of selection throughout NASCAR’s earliest days.

“This is not new to NASCAR,” Fox analyst Clint Bowyer advised the Bristol web site. Bowyer will probably be a part of the broadcast workforce for the race. “That is again to the place we got here from. I feel that’s one thing to remain targeted on and bear in mind as nicely. This isn’t simply utterly thrown out of nowhere. That is one thing our previous and our historical past was a part of.”

NASCAR canceled the Eldora dust truck race final 12 months due to the COVID-19 outbreak after which moved the race to Bristol. The Truck Sequence will maintain one other dust race in July, at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway.

How does qualifying work?

Replace 2: Sunday’s Cup Sequence race was rained out as nicely. NASCAR will strive once more

Replace: Saturday’s qualifying races for the Truck and Cup collection have been rained out. See the complete beginning lineups with out qualifying right here.

Qualifying for the Bristol dust race will consist of 4 15-lap warmth races run consecutively on Saturday. NASCAR divided the heat-race fields virtually evenly among the many 39 automobiles which can be entered for the principle race: three 10-car fields and one nine-car discipline. The beginning lineups for every warmth have been decided by a random draw, so as of the driving force level standings.

Qualifying Race 1

Place Driver Crew
1 Quin Houff StarCom Racing
2 Kyle Larson Hendrick Motorsports
3 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing
4 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
5 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing
6 Bubba Wallace 23XI Racing
7 Erik Jones Richard Petty Motorsports
8 Anthony Alfredo Entrance Row Motorsports
9 Shane Golobic Reside Quick Motorsports
10 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing

Qualifying Race 2

Place Driver Crew
1 Brad Keselowski Crew Penske
2 Mike Marlar Motorsports Enterprise Administration
3 Daniel Suarez Trackhouse Racing Crew
4 Michael McDowell Entrance Row Motorsports
5 Josh Bilicki Rick Ware Racing
6 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports
7 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing
8 Christopher Bell Joe Gibbs Racing
9 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing
10 Chris Buescher Roush Fenway Racing

Qualifying Race 3

Place Driver Crew
1 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports
2 J.J. Yeley Rick Ware Racing
3 Ty Dillon Gaunt Brothers Racing
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
5 Tyler Reddick Richard Childress Racing
6 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing
7 Cody Ware Petty Ware Racing
8 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing
9 Joey Logano Crew Penske
10 Ryan Preece JTG Daugherty Racing

Qualifying Race 4

Place Driver Crew
1 Corey LaJoie Spire Motorsports
2 Matt DiBenedetto Wooden Brothers Racing
3 Chris Windom Rick Ware Racing
4 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
5 Ross Chastain Chip Ganassi Racing
6 Stewart Friesen Spire Motorsports
7 Ryan Blaney Crew Penske
8 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports
9 Chase Briscoe Stewart-Haas Racing

NASCAR will use a two-part level system to set the beginning lineup for the principle race.

The primary half is ending order within the warmth races. The winner of every warmth will obtain 10 factors whereas the Tenth-place driver will obtain one level.

The second half is the variety of positions a driver positive aspects in a warmth race. Drivers will obtain one level per place gained and won’t have factors deducted for shedding positions.

The 2 level totals will probably be added to find out an general level complete. Ties will probably be damaged by place within the present proprietor level standings.

These qualifying factors are strictly for setting the beginning lineup. They won’t be added to a driver’s season level complete.   

NASCAR schedule at Bristol

Replace: All NASCAR occasions scheduled for Saturday and Sunday have been rained out. The Truck and Cup Sequence races have been postponed to Monday. Inexperienced flag is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET. The Truck Sequence race is scheduled for midday ET. 

The Cup Sequence race will cap a full weekend of dust racing in Thunder Valley. The Tenting World Truck Sequence will race at Bristol on Saturday (heats and predominant) previous to and after the Cup warmth races. Every collection could have two apply periods Friday. 

Qualifying Race 1 for the Cup Sequence is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., with the subsequent three races scheduled for six:15, 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. The principle race on Sunday is scheduled to start someday after 3:30 p.m. 

Friday, March 26

Occasion Time TV
Truck Sequence first apply 3:05 p.m. FS1, TSN3
Cup Sequence first apply 4:05 p.m. FS1, TSN3
Truck Sequence ultimate apply 5:35 p.m. FS1, TSN3
Cup Sequence ultimate apply 6:35 p.m. FS1, TSN3

Saturday, March 27

Occasion Time TV
First truck qualifying race 4:30 p.m. FS1, TSN2
Second truck qualifying race 4:45 p.m. FS1, TSN2
Third truck qualifying race 5 p.m. FS1, TSN2
Fourth truck qualifying race 5:15 p.m. FS1, TSN2
First Cup qualifying race 6 p.m. FS1, TSN2
Second Cup qualifying race 6:15 p.m. FS1, TSN2
Third Cup qualifying race 6:30 p.m. FS1, TSN2
Fourth Cup qualifying race 6:45 p.m. FS1, TSN2

Monday, March 29

Occasion Time TV & Radio
Pinty’s Truck Race on Filth Midday FS1, TSN2
Meals Metropolis Filth Race 4 p.m. Fox, TSN, PRN

Automobile modifications for Bristol dust race

The change in floor required modifications to the automobiles, totally on the outside. Viewers will be capable of spot the variations.

For starters, the entrance splitter overhang is gone. A contraption referred to as a particles deflector might present up on some automobiles’ hoods. Groups can cowl ducts with screens or different supplies to stop dust from moving into them. The rear spoiler will probably be bigger than it normally is for short-track races. Vehicles will be bolstered alongside the perimeters and in high-stress spots such because the deck and steering arm.

Racing followers anticipating to see automobiles drift by turns will probably be dissatisfied. As Fox Sports activities’ Bob Pockrass famous, NASCAR determined in opposition to putting in suspensions that may have made the automobiles extra nimble due to the price to groups.

“They don’t drive something like what I’m used to with a dash automobile, midget or now a mud late mannequin,” mentioned Hendrick Motorsports driver Kyle Larson, who drove a late mannequin to 2 second-place finishes final weekend on the Bristol Filth Nationals. “These automobiles are approach heavier and have rather a lot much less horsepower than I’m used to on a mud monitor.”

Cup automobiles are 1,000 kilos heavier than the late mannequin automobiles Larson drove.

Bristol dust race laps, format and different guidelines to know

UPDATE: NASCAR launched a number of modifications to the race format Saturday after receiving suggestions in regards to the Friday apply periods.

Phases 1 and a couple of will now be 100 laps every and Stage 3 will probably be 50 laps. The earlier stage breakdown was 75, 75 and 100 laps. There’ll now be competitors cautions on Laps 50 and 150 to permit groups to pit. The preliminary pit schedule was solely throughout stage breaks or if a automobile was concerned in an incident. The competitors cautions additionally will enable NASCAR to work on the racing floor.


The Bristol Cup Sequence dust race is scheduled for 250 laps (133.25 miles), or half the same old variety of laps for a Cup race on Bristol’s concrete monitor. The race will probably be divided into three phases: 75, 75 and 100 laps. Drivers will not have to cease for gas throughout any stage.

And pit stops will probably be restricted anyway. They will solely be allowed throughout breaks between phases or if a automobile is concerned in an incident. Groups could have the choice of not pitting in any respect throughout a stage break. Drivers who keep out will begin on the entrance of the sector on restarts. Vehicles won’t be allowed to race onto or off pit highway, which stays concrete. Positions won’t be gained or misplaced throughout stops.

NASCAR says the procedures for getting into and exiting pit highway will probably be just like how pit stops came about on the Eldora truck races. NASCAR is setting all these circumstances in the identify of security.

Warning-flag laps will depend in the principle race, in contrast to within the qualifying warmth races, the place solely green-flag laps will depend. 

Although NASCAR is racing on a brief monitor this weekend, there will probably be no “select” rule, which permits drivers to decide on the within or exterior lane on restarts. As places it, “The difficultly of sustaining an orange ‘V’ on the dirt-racing floor was a key figuring out issue of this resolution.”

Materials from the NASCAR Wire Service was used on this report.

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