So far this weekend, the action has been crazy at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway. When looking at favorites or sleepers, this is turning into restrictor plate crazy levels. No one really stands out as clear favorites. Several big named drivers have struggled. The practice and qualifying timing sheets are all over the place.
With the new track bite on the track, it’s making things very tricky. So far, it’s shaping up to be the old Bristol.
So, to make matters better, we have a ton of talent coming from the back at the start of Sunday’s Food City 500 (1 p.m. ET/FOX/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
The last two starting spots are going to be Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick. Between them, they have four wins and led over 1,000 laps on the .533-mile concrete oval. But, joining them in the back will now be Kurt Busch too. In the closing laps of final practice, Busch crashed his No. 41 Ford. He was supposed to start on the front row, but they’ll have to go to a backup car and start 37th.
Busch, has 1,062 laps led during the course of his career at Bristol to go along with five wins. That’s well over 2,000 combined laps led and nine Bristol wins for the bottom three starters on Sunday.
Harvick, also crashed and is in a backup car, hence starting last. Johnson, changed his tires after qualifying due to a cut tire.
They’re not the only ones starting towards the back either.
Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. qualified 25th and 26th respectively. Ryan Newman and Jamie McMurray were 30th and 31st themselves.
If the race on Sunday, or whenever we run it, races like the old Bristol, this could be real interesting.