Can NASCAR Driver Kyle Busch win at Bristol?

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Last week NASCAR and Kyle Busch were at the high banked Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Kyle Busch was his own worst enemy.  He had a fast car, started near the front but got a speeding penalty.  He drove up through the field and finished the race fourth.  This week NASCAR is at another high banked speedway, the Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500.

The Bristol Motor Speedway is different than any other speedway NASCAR goes to.  It is .533 miles in length with variable banking in all four corners of 24 to 28 degrees and 4-8 degrees on the front and backstretch.  It takes a little over 15 seconds to make a lap.  With approximately four laps per minute it is hard to believe the drivers can keep track of where on the track they are.

To make matters worse pit road is split into two; one half on the front stretch and one half on the back stretch.  When a driver pits under green they have to enter the half of pit road they are pitted on.  Under caution they all enter on the back stretch and drive down both pit roads in order that those pitting on the back stretch are not at a disadvantage.

Each week driver ratings are used to point out which drivers are good at that week’s track.  This week is no different.  Kyle Busch leads all active drivers here with a rating of 102.3 with Jeff Gordon following behind at 100.7. Unlike last week at Las Vegas, the more the top drivers by rating are below 120 the less the driver ratings will point to a clear winner. The rest of the ratings are below for reference.

When driver ratings don’t point to a clear choice then past performance is used.  Jeff Gordon has five wins here and an average finish of 11.9 but his last came in the fall of 2002.  Kurt Busch took over as the king of Bristol that year and also has five wins his last in 2006. He has an average finish of 13.8. Kyle Busch took over from his brother and also has five wins and the best average finish of all active drivers at 10.3. Between the two of them they have won ten of the last 22 races.

One thing you won’t hear about is the new generation six car except that those pretty noses that make them look like real cars will be sitting ducks and won’t make it through the race.  Get ready for some beating and banging, it’s Bristol Baby!

Can Kyle Busch break the three way tie and win.  We shall see.  The race is 500 laps or 266.5 miles.  If you can’t get to Bristol Motor Speedway the race is Sunday March 17th at 1 PM ET on Fox.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com.

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Top 12 Driver Rating at Bristol

Kyle Busch…………………………. 102.3
Jeff Gordon………………………… 100.7
Matt Kenseth………………………… 99.8
Brad Keselowski……………………. 97.4
Greg Biffle……………………………. 96.2
Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 93.8
Kurt Busch……………………………. 92.0
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 89.8
Kevin Harvick………………………… 89.7
Carl Edwards………………………… 88.2
Dale Earnhardt Jr…………………… 87.9
Tony Stewart…………………………. 87.7
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (16 total) among active drivers at Bristol Motor Speedway

 


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