Bristol Motor Speedway is as old school as it gets. It is billed as the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, where high speeds and close quarters can combine to create chaos. There is a reason the race drivers and fans call it The Coliseum, a place that causes outright anger and aggravation each time the cars run at Bristol.
Come Saturday night, this track in the Smoky Mountains will bring the best drivers in the world to their knees. Last week at Michigan was a big win for both Ford and hometown hero Roger S. Penske. His driver Joey Logano piloted the N0. 22 Ford to a big win.
Now on the half mile of Bristol, the Ford gang of Team Penske and Roush-Fenway racing feel that they still have a chance to put at least three or more drivers into the Chase for the Sprint Cup. As of now, Carl Edwards of Roush-Fenway is at no. 3 in the Chase standings followed by Brad Keselowski of Team Penske holding down the eighth spot, and Gregg Biffle of Roush-Fenway has the 10th and final spot.
The goal at Bristol is to make sure Biffle stays in the top-10, the requirement for making the Chase. At the same time, a late rush by Penske’s team and Logano could get into them into the Chase. Logano is 17 points out of the 10th and final spot with very little time to make up the ground. Things are very close for the final spots as places eighth through 14th are separated by only 30 points.
There are only three races – Bristol, Atlanta and Richmond – left before the Chase for Sprint Cup Championship begins.
Meanwhile, Edwards wants to make a run at Jimmie Johnson, who leads the pack in the easy. Edwards will likely have to wait for the Chase to begin in Chicago on September 15 to start his march for a title. For the past three years, the Chase winner has not been decided until the final race of the season in Miami. The Ford gang hope that this will be their year to win a Sprint Cup title.